February 13, 2019, 7:00 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, February 17, 2019


From Fr. Ray+


Dear St. John’s Friends and Family,


I am deeply appreciative to everyone who has been keeping me in their prayers as I deal with some gait and balance issues.  As you may have noticed, sometimes I am a bit unsteady on my feet and have slight tremors in my hands and legs, mostly on my left side.  My neurologist in Little Rock has been running tests to figure out exactly what is going on.  So far, he has ruled out Parkinson’s Disease and several things related to my brain such as a tumor, stroke or aneurysm.  This coming Friday I am having a nerve conduction test and further tests may be ordered depending on what that shows.  As I learn more, I will pass that information along to you.  The symptoms I am dealing with are fairly obvious.  To that end, I don’t want anyone wondering what is going on or what I am doing about it.  The good news is that I feel fine and my energy level is good.  These symptoms do not slow me down or prevent me from doing all the ministry related things I’ve always done.  I have good doctors and I am confident they will get this figured out.  In the meantime, please continue to keep me in your prayers.

Thanks,  Ray+

The Arkansas Diocesan Convention is taking place February 15 and 16 in Little Rock. Father Ray, along with lay delegates Susan Carter and Lorraine Ferryman, will be representing St. John’s.  Opening worship is Friday, February 15 at 6 p.m. at Trinity Cathedral and business sessions will be conducted on Saturday, February 16 at Episcopal Collegiate School.

The next meeting of the vestry is Monday, February 18, at 5:30 p.m. in the undercroft.

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 17, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev Ray Brown

Readings for the Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany: Jeremiah 17:5-10; Psalm 1; 1 Corinthians 15:12-20; Luke 6:17-26

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, Rev Ray Brown, Lawson Towles, and Jack Myers.


Outreach News:

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The item from their wish list this week is laundry detergent & bleach.

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

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

Grace Food Pantryplastic 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:

Feb 13, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist

Altar Guild – Jayne Morris

Feb 17, SUN at 10:30 am:  Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Acolyte – West Hornor

Lay Eucharist Minister – Susan Carter

Altar Guild – Angie Fielder

Altar Flowers – Mike & Angie Fielder

Feb 18, Mon at 5:30 pm: Vestry will meet at the church.

Feb 20, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist

Altar Guild – Angie Fielder

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