May 15, 2019, 6:49 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, May 12, 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+


During worship this Sunday, we will celebrate the baptism of John Michael Fielder.  It is going to be a very special day at St. John’s!


Thanks to the generosity of our congregation we have been able to help a young single mother who left an abusive relationship earlier this year.  She stayed at the Battered Women’s Shelter for a while and was eventually able to move into public housing in Elaine.  The good news is that this young woman has secured a full-time job at the Boot Factory in Dewitt and is working 50+ hours per week.  Her greatest need at this time is beds for her two children.  If anyone has a used bed or bunkbeds that you would be willing to donate please let me know.  I’m sure any used bedroom furniture such as chests of drawers or dressers would be welcome, too.  If you would like to donate something, let me know and I will arrange for it to be picked up and delivered to her.

Thanks, 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 12, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev Ray Brown

Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Easter: Acts 9:36-43; Psalm 23; Revelation 7:9-17; John 10:22-30

Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:   Debra Richardson, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Larry Bryant, Lynn Jordan, Ray Worley, Nancy Howe, Jim Howe, Parker Pace, Heather Treat,  Courtney Turner, Sheila Fraiser, P.J. Clay, Rita Merritt, Mary Hamm, Mary Helen Lagarde, Jo Boone Wild, Richard Hargraves, Gloria Higginbotham,  Kelly Faye Parker, Carla Myers, Jeffery Mink, Jack Myers, Vivian Wright,  Madge Saba, Al Martin, William Brandon, Leo Schuster, Joan Schuster, Orville Jiles,  Cedric Franks, Jr, Jeannie McCabe, Karen Foster, Pat Wheeler, and Carol Jennings.


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 to be blessed.

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:

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

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves

May 11, SAT, 9:00 am – NOON: Spiritual Development Program with the Rev. Dr. Stuart Hoke     -   Breakfast will be provided.

MAY 12, SUNDAY at 10:30: Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Acolyte – Chris Rogers

Lay Eucharist Minister – Jack Myers

Altar Guild – Susan Carter

May 12, Sun at the 10:30 service: John Michael Fielder will be baptized.


                             Happy Mother’s Day!


May 13, Mon at 5:00 pm: ECW

May 15, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist

Altar Guild – Susan Carter


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