May 21, 2019, 4:00 PM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, May 26, 2019


From Fr. Ray+


We are about four months away from the next pastoral visit by Bishop Larry Benfield on Sunday, September 29.  During his visit Bishop Benfield will be baptizing, confirming and receiving new members into The Episcopal Church.  If you, or someone in your family, would like to be baptized, confirmed or received into the church on September 29, please let me know.  I will be offering a six week course (six lessons that are each one hour in length) prior to the bishop’s visit.  I have not yet set the exact dates for the course, but it will likely be in August and September.  If you are unsure as to whether you should be confirmed or received, the information below was provided by Bishop Benfield:

“Those who have previously made a mature public commitment in another

Church may be received by the laying on of hands by a Bishop in this Church, rather than confirmed.” (Canon I.17.1)


If you have questions or would like to discuss membership in The Episcopal Church, please get in touch with me.  


 Blessings, Fr. Ray +


Sympathy is extended to Tap Jennings and family at the death of Carol Jennings last week.   A memorial service for Carol was held at St. John’s on Monday, May 20.   May Carol, and all the faithful departed, rest in peace and rise in glory.


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 26, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev Ray Brown

Readings for the Sixth Sunday of Easter: Acts 16:9-15; Psalm 67; Revelation 21:10, 22—22:5; John 14:23-29

Hymn No:  405, 510, 518

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,  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, Charles Cagle, and the family of Carol Jennings.


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:  Clothes and Shoes 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 22, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist

Altar Guild – Julie Pittman

MAY 26, SUNDAY at 10:30: Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Acolyte – Mike Fielder

Lay Eucharist Minister – Ann Lee

Altar Guild – Maureen Jones

Altar Flowers – Jill & Ned Pillow

May 29, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist

Altar Guild – Maureen Jones

June 3 -7: Helena First United Methodist Church – Vacation Bible School 

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