May 1, 2019, 7:00 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, May 5, 2019


From Fr. Ray+

Dr. Stuart Hoke will be our guest speaker for the next program presented by St. John’s Spiritual Development Group.  This program will take place in the undercroft on Saturday, May 11, 9:00 a.m. - Noon.  Breakfast will be provided.




As a priest on staff of Trinity Church Wall Street in New York City, the Rev. Dr. Stuart Hoke happened to be standing under the North Tower of the World Trade Center when it was attacked on September 11, 2001.   In addition to narrating his eyewitness accounts of the day's events and the recovery efforts that followed in his parish church and neighborhood in the ensuing months, Dr. Hoke will also reflect on the significant learnings that emerged from the ashes--touch all of us as we learn to navigate life in the 21st century.

Born in Memphis TN, and raised across the Mississippi River in Blytheville, the Rev. Dr. Stuart Hoke is a priest of the Diocese of New York who retired in 2008 as Executive Assistant to the Rector of Trinity Wall Street and Missioner to St. Paul's Chapel at Ground Zero.

After graduating from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Dr. Hoke attended the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he received the Master of Divinity degree.   Ordained in 1972, Hoke has served congregations in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and New York. In 1996, Dr. Hoke completed the Master of Sacred Theology degree at New York's General Theological Seminary, and was awarded the Doctor of Theology degree in the spring of 2000.

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:  May 5, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev Ray Brown

Readings for the Third Sunday of Easter: Acts 9:1-20; Psalm 30; Revelation 5:11-14; John 21:1-19

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, William Brandon, Leo Schuster, Joan Schuster, Gibson Turley, Orville Jiles,  Cedric Franks, Jr and Jeannie McCabe.


Outreach News:

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

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:

May 1, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Healing Eucharist

Altar Guild – Betsy Wright

MAY 5, SUNDAY at 10:30: Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Acolyte – Drew Fielder

Lay Eucharist Minister – Gina Pillow

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves

Altar Flowers – West & Jane Hornor

May 8, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves

May 11, SAT, 9:00 am at NOON: Spiritual Development Program with the Rev.

Dr. Stuart Hoke  -  Breakfast will be provided.


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