February 27, 2019, 7:00 AM

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


From Fr. Ray+

Shrove Tuesday is next week on March 5. It is also known as Shrovetide Tuesday or Pancake Tuesday. So what does "Shrove" mean?  And why do some Christians eat pancakes on that day?

  • Pancakes were traditionally eaten on the day before Ash Wednesday because they were a way to use up eggs, milk, and sugar before the fasting season of the 40 days of Lent. Liturgical fasting during Lent emphasizes eating plainer food and refraining from "pleasurable" foods such as meat, dairy and eggs.  Many people "give something up" during Lent as a way to prepare for Easter.
  • Shrove is the past tense of shrive, which means to gain absolution of sins by confession and repentance.  Shrove Tuesday is also known as Pancake Tuesday in some western European countries. The pancake aspect is not as widely observed in the United States as it is in England.


Episcopal churches, being affiliated with the Church of England, carry on the tradition of Shrove Tuesday pancake suppers.


Our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper at St. John’s will be prepared by our Men’s Group and will be served between 5 and 6:30 p.m. in the undercroft.  Feel free to invite your friends! All are welcome!

Last week I became aware of a 71 year old homeless veteran who is undergoing chemotherapy treatments for cancer.  Mr. L has been approved for an apartment at Christopher Homes in West Helena.  His apartment will be ready this Wednesday, February 27.  In the meantime, we have provided lodging for him at the Crown Inn and have given him a little cash for food.  We will also be paying his deposit and pro-rated first month’s rent of two days.  Mr. L receives a small Social Security and Military pension that is adequate for his rent and living expenses, so he should not need any additional assistance moving forward.


By the time we finish assisting Mr. L we will have spent around $850, which exceeds the amount  budgeted each month through our Outreach Budget.  If you would like to help cover these expenses, please let me know.  Also, it would be nice if we could provide Mr. L with used sheets, blankets and pillows that are still in serviceable condition.


Thanks for considering this request for assistance!

 Blessings, Fr. Ray+


  • 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.

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

Readings for the Last Sunday after the Epiphany: Exodus 34:29-35; Psalm 99; 2 Corinthians 3:12—4:2; Luke 9:28-43a

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, 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, Carla Myers, Rev Ray Brown, Jeffery Mink, Jack Myers and the family of Jerry Robertson.


Outreach News:

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

Collections this week for Operation Christmas Child boxes:  Toothbrush Holders, Little Brushes & Combs, Barrettes & Hair Bows, Band-Aids, Water Bottles 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 27, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist

Altar Guild – Melody Rogers & Nancy Hornor

Mar 3, SUN at 10:30 am: Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Acolyte – Chris Rogers

Lay Eucharist Minister – Ann Lee

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves

Altar Flowers – Altar Guild

Mar 5, Tuesday, 5:00 – 6:30 pm: Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper (See below)

Mar 6, Wed at 5:30 pm: Ash Wednesday Service in the chapel

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves

Mar 6, Wednesday, at 12:00 Noon: Helena First United Methodist Church will begin their Lenten Listening services.  The speaker will be Carolyn Turner and special music by Elizabeth Stephens.


There is an opening for flowers on March 31.  Please contact Ann Lee

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



Pancake Supper

March 5      5:00 - 6:30 p.m.


We will observe Shrove Tuesday with a traditional Pancake Supper.  The menu includes homemade buttermilk pancakes with choice of blueberries, pecans and chocolate chips, sausage (link and patty), King Cake, milk, orange juice and coffee.  There is no charge, but donations will be accepted.