July 31, 2019, 6:00 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, August 4, 2019


From Fr. Ray+

The priesthood of all believers is a core doctrine of our faith.   In I Peter 2:5-9 we read

"You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ … But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”

The priesthood of all believers was very much in evidence on Sunday, July 21.

When I was admitted to the hospital shortly after midnight on that date, one of the things I was not overly concerned about was what would happen later that morning at St. John’s. I was confident our congregation would pull together and get through worship just fine. Sure enough, that is exactly what happened.  A huge THANK YOU to Senor Warden Gina Pillow for all that she did to help things go smoothly.  Special appreciation goes to Ann Lee who stepped in on very short notice to lead Morning Prayer.  Since Gabe was out that morning, too, I appreciate those who helped our guest organist navigate through our service.

As an FYI, I have made a full recovery and enjoyed being back at church this past Sunday. I hope nothing like this ever happens again, but if it does, I take comfort in knowing that the “priesthood of all believers” is more than just a theological concept at St. John’s.

The Adult Sunday School class will not be meeting until the Sunday after Labor Day. At that time we will begin a study of Moses.  More information will be provided as we get closer to the start of our fall class.

Blessings, Fr. Ray +


Worship and Education News:

Adult Sunday School:

Sunday School:  

Worship:  August 4, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev Ray Brown

Readings for Eighth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 13; Hosea 11:1-11; Psalm 107:1-9, 43; Colossians 3:1-11; Luke 12:13-21

Hymn No:  594, 510, 542


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,  Rita Merritt, Mary Helen Lagarde, Jo Boone Wild,  Gloria Higginbotham,  Kelly Faye Parker, Vivian Wright, Al Martin, William Brandon, Leo Schuster, Joan Schuster, Orville Jiles, Cedric Franks, Jr, Jeannie McCabe, Karen Foster, Susan Worrell, Margaret Dean,  Pat Wheeler, Linda Jane McIntosh, Linda Lee Morganti, Jeffery Mink, Cole Jefferies, Buff Brothers, and Kathleen Gibson.


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 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 and needed.


Church Office News and Announcements:

July 31, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist

Altar Guild – Maureen Jones

Aug 4, SUNDAY at 10:30: Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Acolyte – Ben Pittman

Lay Eucharist Minister – Ann Lee

Altar Guild – Angie Fielder

Altar Flowers –  Betty Bush

Aug 7, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Healing Eucharist

Altar Guild – Angie Fielder


St. John’s T-shirts are available with sizes from S through XL.  The price is $15.  Located at back of church.

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


Our Front Porch, a traveling Arkansas nonprofit project supported by the Episcopal Church in Arkansas, is scheduled to stage an event at the Delta Cultural Center on Sat., August 17, 1-4 p.m.  The event focuses on the traditions of neighborliness and hospitality and makes space for civil conversations.  Included in the event is a fine art show based on the themes of belonging and home, storytelling, and children's craft time.  The activity at the core of the event is the conversation circle. We are looking for community members to volunteer to initiate conversations and encourage others to participate in sharing memories of home.  As all good front porch conversations go, we expect the talk to veer all over the place but beginning with home is a good place to start. Volunteers will not be working alone and must commit to a 1-hour discussion of what the role entails. A working lunch is planned for August 8th  at 12:15 at The Tavern in Helena or a phone conference can be scheduled.  The Our Front Porch event is free and open to the public.  We hope you can be a part of this community effort to bring folks together.  For more information call Jeannie Stone (479) 747-0210 or email  Thank you.