January 31, 2019, 8:00 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, February 3, 2019


From Fr. Ray+

Thank you to everyone who helped with our Annual Parish Meeting and Luncheon last Sunday!   By unanimous vote, Mike Fielder, Ann Lee and Ben Pittman were elected to three-year terms on the St. John’s vestry.  Gina Pillow was announced as our new Sr. Warden and Tap Jennings was elected Jr. Warden at the vestry meeting following the Annual Meeting.  Gibson Turley and Walter Morris, Jr. will continue to serve as Clerk and Treasurer, respectively.  Vestry meetings will continue to be held on the third Monday of every month at 5:30 p.m. at the church and will, as always, be open to anyone who wishes to attend.

One of my goals for the New Year is for St. John’s to continue to prayerfully consider ways of living out the core values we identified last year.  Those core values are: Celebrating God’s love in the beauty of Anglican worship, Growing in our faith through study and spiritual disciplines and Serving the world in Jesus’ name with our time, talent and treasure.  If you would like to be part of one (or more!) of the small groups focusing on each of these core values, please let me know.

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: February 3, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev Ray Brown

Readings for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany: Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Luke 4:21-30

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, Violet Hargraves (Brandon Hargraves’ daughter), Carla Myers, and Rev Ray Brown.

Outreach News:

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

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

       This Sunday 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 30, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist

Altar Guild – Julie Pittman

Feb 3, SUN at 10:30 am: Holy Eucharist, RiteII

Acolytes – Ned Pillow, Mary Pillow, Eli Pillow, Katherine Pillow & Jack Pillow

Lay Eucharist Minister – Mike Fielder

Altar Guild – Betsy Wright

Altar Flowers – Charlie Tappan family

Feb 6, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist

Altar Guild – Betsy Wright

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