February 20, 2019, 8:00 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, February 24, 2019


From Fr. Ray+

One of the statements I will be reading from the Book of Common Prayer on Ash Wednesday is I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent…” Last week I met with our Spiritual Development Group to consider how we can observe a “holy Lent.” I encourage you to consider participating in some or all of the following:

  • March 5, Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper 5-6:30 p.m. in the undercroft.  There is no charge but donations will be accepted.
  • March 6, Ash Wednesday Service at 5:30 p.m. in the chapel
  • Wednesdays in Lent, March 13-April 10, Brief Eucharist, Soup Supper and Lenten Program, The Way of Love, 5:30-7 p.m. in the chapel and undercroft.
  • Evening Prayer will be offered on Mondays and Tuesdays during Lent at 5:30 p.m. in the chapel
  • Maundy Thursday Service at 5:30 p.m.
  • Good Friday Service at Noon and Stations of the Cross at 5:30 p.m.
  • Centering Prayer will be offered.  Day and time to be announced soon.


As is our custom, we will use Rite I on most Sundays during Lent.

I will be providing additional information about our Wednesday program, The Way of Love, in upcoming newsletters.

Blessings, Fr. Ray+

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

Readings for the Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany: Genesis 45:3-11, 15; Psalm 37:1-12, 41-42; 1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50; Luke 6:27-38

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, Jeffery Mink, and Jack Myers.

Outreach News:

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

Collections this week for Christmas boxes: Stuffed animals or dolls for GIRLS 2 – 4

      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:

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

Altar Guild – Angie Fielder

Feb 24, SUN at 10:30 am:

Acolyte – Ed Pat Wright

Lay Eucharist Minister – Susan Carter

Altar Guild – Melody Rogers & Nancy Hornor

Altar Flowers – Jim & Betty Bush

Feb 25, Mon at 5:30 pm: Vestry will meet at the church.

Feb 27, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist

Altar Guild – Melody Rogers & Nancy Hornor

Mar 1, Friday, 5:00 – 8:00 pm: St Mary’s Catholic Church Mardi Gras (See below)

Mar 5, Tuesday, 5:00 – 6:30 pm: Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

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