August 14, 2019, 5:52 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, August 18, 2019


From Fr. Ray+

Recently I met with Rev. Debbie Head, the new pastor at First United Methodist Church, to discuss creation of a joint children’s ministry between St. John’s and First Methodist.  This would not be a Sunday School class, but rather a ministry program that would meet on Sunday afternoons.  The initial staffing of the program would come from volunteers from our two churches.

In order to get input from parents we are having an informational meeting and pizza supper on Thursday, August 29 at 6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church.   All parents, children and interested adults are welcome to attend.  This new program will only happen if there is sufficient interest on the part of the parents of elementary age children in our two congregations.  So, if you are interested, but cannot make the meeting, please call or email me so that I am aware of your interest.  This meeting is not just for parents!  If you are an adult who loves kids and would consider being part of the program team, please let me know!  This could be a wonderful opportunity for our children.  I look forward to hearing from you and/or seeing you at the meeting on the 29th

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 18, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Anne Carrier

Readings for Tenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 15; Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalm 80:1-2, 8-18; Hebrews 11:29—12:2; Luke 12:49-56

Hymn No 427, 574, 490


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 toilet paper.

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:

Aug 14, Wed at 5:30 pm: NO Midweek Service

Aug 18, SUNDAY at 10:30: Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Anne Carrier

Acolyte – Ben Pittman

Lay Eucharist Minister – Mike Fielder

Altar Guild – Carla Myers

Altar Flowers – Stephen Barker

Aug 21, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist Service in the chapel.

Altar Guild – Carla Myers


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 Saturday, 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.