January 24, 2019, 10:00 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, January 27, 2019


From Fr. Ray+

Sympathy is extended to our friends and neighbors at First United Methodist Church at the death of their pastor, Brother Mike Wilkie.  Brother Mike was a huge asset to the entire Helena-West Helena community and will be missed.  Please keep our brothers and sisters at First United Methodist in your prayers.

Our Annual Parish Meeting and luncheon will be this coming Sunday, January 27, immediately following worship.  The luncheon is potluck, although meat will be provided by the church.

At this meeting we will elect three new vestry members, receive an update on how we finished 2018 in terms of finances and hear brief reports from a few of our lay leaders.  The persons nominated to three-year terms on the vestry include Ben Pittman, Ann Lee and Mike Fielder. They will be replacing three faithful members who have completed three-year terms of service. Please let Bob Lee, Tait Owens and Grace Henderson know how much you appreciate their service these past three years.  They have been a pleasure to work with and have done a wonderful job serving their Lord and their church.

Also, as is always the case when we get together as a church family, we will enjoy simply being together!  The goal of both myself and the vestry is that our Annual Meeting will be a time when essential church business is handled both professionally and relatively quickly.  We believe this is a time for celebrating God’s work in our midst in the past year, while joyfully looking forward to all that God will be doing in the coming months.  I hope to see you there!

Blessings, Fr. Ray +

Please add the following dates to your 2019 calendar.

  • March 5, Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
  • March 6, Ash Wednesday Service at 5:30 p.m.
  • April 14, Palm Sunday
  • April 18, Maundy Thursday Service at 5:30 p.m.
  • April 19, Good Friday Service at Noon and Stations of the Cross at 5:30 p.m.
  • April 21, Easter Sunday

Worship and Education News:

Adult Sunday School:  Meets Sunday at 9:00 am. 

Sunday School:   Will meet at 9:00 am at the First United Methodist Church.

Worship:  January 27, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev Ray Brown

Readings for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany; Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a; Luke 4:14-21

Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:   Susan Worrell, Debra Richardson, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Larry Bryant, Lynn Jordan, Ray Worley, Carol Jennings, Nancy Howe, Jim Howe, Parker Pace, Heather Treat, Julie Ann Doan, Courtney Turner, Sheila Fraiser, P.J. Clay, Rita Merritt, Jerry Robertson, Mary Hamm, Mary Helen Lagarde, Jo Boone Wild, Richard Hargraves, Gloria Higginbotham, Pat Wheeler, Jan Hickey, Paula Oliver, Kelly Faye Parker, Bennett Sellers, Carla Myers, and the family of Rev. Mike Wilkie.

Outreach News:

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The item from their wish list this week is dish soap.

Humane Society of the Delta:  Donations needed are dog food & puppy food. 

For the next two Sundays ECW will be collecting Ivory soap, soap dishes and wash cloths.

           Please place all of these donations in the red wagon at the back of the church.

Grace Food Pantry: plastic bags go in the labeled container in the narthex.

Thank you for your weekly donations.  They are all greatly appreciated.

Church Office News and Announcements:

Jan 23, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist

Altar Guild – Maureen Jones

Jan 27, SUN at 10:30 am:  Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Acolyte – Ben Pittman

Lay Eucharist Minister – Ann Lee

Altar Guild – Julie Pittman

Altar Flowers – the Keesee girls

Jan 27,  Sunday: Annual Parish Meeting and luncheon following worship

Jan 30, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist

Altar Guild – Julie Pittman

The website to purchase St John’s church photos is  All proceeds will go to support Young Life of Phillips County.  Photographs can also be viewed in the church office.   St. John’s T-shirts are available with sizes from S through 3XL.  The price is $15 each. 

Contact info for Fr. Ray:

Cell: 501-291-6262    


St. John’s Church Office:

Phone:  870-338-8115    


Mailing address:  P.O. Box 770, Helena, AR 72342

Street address:  625 Pecan St., Helena, AR