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April 9, 2019, 6:00 AM


St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, April 14, 2019


From Fr. Ray+

This Wednesday, April 10, is the final week of our Lenten Program, The Way of Love.  We will gather in the chapel at 5:30 for a brief Eucharist, then will go the undercroft for homemade soup and our program.  Our lesson this week revolves around the two words “Worship” and “Go.”  Worship is the natural response of hearts turned toward God in gratitude.  Like the first disciples, we, too, are called to “go” and spread the good news of God’s love made manifest in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

I am very grateful to everyone who participated in this year’s Lenten Program at St. John’s.  A heartfelt THANK YOU goes out to all those who prepared delicious homemade soups each week!

Blessings, Fr. Ray+

On behalf of the St. John’s Spiritual Development Group, I am pleased to let you know that our next event will be led by Rev. Stuart Hoke on Saturday, May 11, in the undercroft.  Currently on staff at Trinity Cathedral in Little Rock, Rev. Hoke was on staff at Trinity Church Wall Street on 9/11.  He will be speaking to us about his experiences on that horrible day.  During the attacks he was at Trinity’s St. Paul’s Chapel, which was practically in the shadows of the twin towers.  I believe you will be deeply blessed by his presence in our midst.


Worship and Education News:

Adult Sunday School: NO CLASS on Palm Sunday or Easter.  Will resume on      April 28  

Sunday School:   NO CLASS on Palm Sunday or Easter.  Will resume on April 28

Worship:  April 14, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev Ray Brown

Readings for the Sunday of Passion:  Palm Sunday  Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Philippians 2:5-11; Luke

Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:   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, Kelly Faye Parker, Carla Myers, Jeffery Mink, Jack Myers, Vivian Wright,  Madge Saba, and Al Martin.


Outreach News:

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

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 to be blessed.

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:

The Easter Lilies order form is included below and on the tables at the back of the church and the chapel.  They need to be turned in by April 15 to be recognized in the booklet.

Apr 10, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist in the chapel followed by Soup Supper & Lenten Program in the undercroft.  (Julie Pittman & Maureen Jones )

Altar Guild – Bennett Sellers & Melody Rogers

Apr 10, Wed, at 12:00 Noon: Lenten Listening  at Helena First United Methodist Church.  The speaker will be Matt Cullum and special music by Lindsay Cullum.

APR 13, SAT at 9:30: ALL ALTAR GUILD will meet to polish and make palm crosses.

APR 14, Sun at 10:00 am: THE LITERGY OF THE PALMS will be held in the garden of St. John’s.

APR 14, PALM SUNDAY, at 10:30: Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Acolyte – Ed Pat Wright

Lay Eucharist Minister – Gina Pillow

Altar Guild – Nancy Hornor & Jayne Morris

Apr 17, Wed, at 12:00 Noon: Helena First United Methodist Church Lenten Listening services.  The speaker will be Wayne Downey and special music by Don Eastman.

APR 18, at 5:30 pm: MAUNDY THURSDAY, (Stripping of the Altar)  in the church.

Altar Guild – All Altar Guild

APR 19, at 12:00 Noon:GOOD FRIDAY Service and THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS at 5:30 pm.

Altar Guild – Angie Fielder

 APR 20, SAT at 9:30 am: ALL ALTAR GUILD will decorate for Easter


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






I/We would like to order _________ Easter Lilies at $18 each.


Given by:________________________________________________


In Memory of: ____________________________________________




In Honor of/ In Thanksgiving for: _____________________________



Please turn in by April 15.







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