April 17, 2019, 8:00 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, April 21, 2019


From Fr. Ray+


Between Palm Sunday and Good Friday Jesus heard the crowd both bless him and call for his crucifixion.  He experienced betrayal, abandonment, profound grief and physical, as well as spiritual, pain.  Our Maundy Thursday and Good Friday liturgies help us enter into those tragic times in the life of our Lord.  Those liturgies are a way of saying “not so fast, there” as we race toward Easter morning.  Although we know how this story ends, we must avoid the temptation of taking short cuts from  Palm Sunday’s “Hosanna!” straight to  Easter’s “Alleluia!.”  Our services this week are:

  • Maundy Thursday Service at 5:30 p.m.
  • Good Friday Service at Noon
  • Good Friday Stations of the Cross at 5:30 p.m.

Then, on Easter Morning we will gather at 10:30 to celebrate our Lord’s Resurrection.  Our service will include beautiful music from our organist, Dr. Gabriel Statom, guest violinist Ms. Alice Hasen and guest soloist Ms. B.J. Webster of the Memphis Chorale.

Following worship, everyone is invited to the Garden for mimosas for the adults and juice boxes for the children.

Blessings, Fr. Ray+

The Flowering of the Cross will take place at 10 am Easter Sunday.

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 Easter.  Will resume on April 28  

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

Worship:  April 21, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev Ray Brown

Readings for the Sunday of the Resurrection:  Easter Day; Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:19-26; John 20:1-18

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, Al Martin, and Gibson Turley.


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.

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:

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 in the church: MAUNDY THURSDAY (Stripping of the Altar) .

Altar Guild – All Altar Guild

APR 19, at 12:00 Noon: GOOD FRIDAYand 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


APR 21, at 10:30 am: EASTER SUNDAY; Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Acolyte – Chris Rogers, Ned Pillow, Mary Pillow, Eli Pillow, Jack Pillow, & Katherine Pillow

Lay Eucharist Minister – Ann Lee

Altar Guild – All Altar Guild

Apr 24, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist

Altar Guild –


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