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June 20, 2019, 6:44 AM


St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, June 23, 2019


From Fr. Ray+


As has been the case for the past several years, St. John’s will be providing lodging in our undercroft for two Together For Hope teams in July.  Here is a brief description of their mission from their website:

Together for Hope is the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s commitment to partner with transformational work in the 301 counties of persistent poverty in the United States. Together for Hope partners employ the philosophy of asset-based community development in the areas of education, health & nutrition, housing & environment, and social enterprise.

I’m glad St. John’s is a partner with this group’s work in the Delta.  In support of their ministry, we will have receptions with a light lunch on Sunday, July 7 and Sunday, July 14.  I encourage you to stay for a few minutes after worship to meet and express your appreciation to these volunteers.     


Blessings, Fr. Ray+


SAVE THESE DATES!  On Sunday, June 30, we will have a light lunch and ice cream social immediately following worship.  The Fellowship Committee will provide sandwiches, chips and drinks.  You are asked to bring ice cream.  Homemade and “store bought” are both ok.

The next meeting of the St. John’s Men’s Group will be on Thursday, July 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the undercroft.  We will have Nathan’s hotdogs with all the trimmings and chips & dip.  Drinks will be provided, too.

The Adult Sunday School class:  Discussing Mere Christianity

The first purpose of this video study is to explore the positive ideas that C.S. Lewis has so eloquently written about in Mere Christianity for those who already call themselves Christian. The second purpose is to explain in an engaging, winsome and non-threatening way the basic tenets of the Christian faith as illustrated by C.S. Lewis to those who do not claim to be Christian.  This study aims to fulfill the vision of C.S. Lewis of reaching people from all faith backgrounds.

Sessions include:

  • Our Sense of Right and Wrong
  • What's Behind Our Sense of Right and Wrong
  • The Rival Conceptions of God
  • Free Will and the Shocking Alternative
  • Christian Behavior and the Great Sin of Pride
  • The Christian Virtue of Hope
  • God in Three Persons
  • Counting the Cost


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:  June 23, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev Ann Carriere (from Memphis)

Readings for Second Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 7; 1 Kings 19:1-15a; Psalm 42; Galatians 3:23-29; Luke 8:26-39

Hymn No:  450, 686, 493

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, Susan Worrell, Margaret Dean, and  Pat Wheeler.


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 puppy & dog 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:

June 19, Wed at 5:30 pm: No Midweek service this week

June 22, Sat at 10:30 am: Altar Guild Polish Day.  Out to lunch afterwards.

JUNE 23, SUNDAY at 10:30:  Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Acolyte – Ed Pat Wright

Lay Eucharist Minister –Susan Carter

Altar Guild – Carla Myers

Altar Flowers – Mrs. Frank Jeffett

Jun 26, Wed at 9:30 am: ALL CHURCH WOMEN needed to polish church silver.

(Not Altar Gild silver)

Jun 26, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist

Altar Guild – Carla Myers

June 30, Sunday immediately following worship service: there will be a lite lunch and ice cream social.

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

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