March 6, 2019, 6:00 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, March 10, 2019


From Fr. Ray+

Our Ash Wednesday service is this Wednesday, March 6 at 5:30 p.m. in the chapel.  This deeply moving service marks the beginning of our Lenten Journey.  We will continue that journey each Wednesday at 5:30 with a brief Eucharist in the chapel, followed by a simple soup supper and program in the undercroft.  Our program this year is entitled The Way of Love, Practices for Jesus-Centered Life.  Each week we will focus on one spiritual practice of The Way of Love. These practices are Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go and Rest.  Since there are a total of seven practices, some weeks we will take a look at two of them.  In commending this program, our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, writes By entering into reflection, discernment and commitment around the practice of The Way of Love, I pray we will grow as communities following the loving liberating, life-giving way of Jesus. His way has the power to change each of lives and to change this world.”

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 10, the Holy Eucharist, Rite I, with Rev Ray Brown

Readings for the First Sunday in Lent: Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16; Romans 10:8b-13; Luke 4:1-13

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, and Jack Myers


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.

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 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:

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

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.

Mar 10, SUN at 10:30 am:  Holy Eucharist, Rite I

Acolyte – Drew Fielder

Lay Eucharist Minister – Gina Pillow

Altar Guild – Julie Pittman

Altar Flowers – Lyle & Lisa Wheeler

Mar 13, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Lenten Program in the chapel.  Soup Supper

Altar Guild – Julie Pitman

Mar 13, Wednesday, at 12:00 Noon: Helena First United Methodist Church Lenten Listening services.  The speaker will be Kelly King and special music by Abbi Phillips.

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