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July 31, 2019, 6:00 AM

Newsletter:


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    

Email:  rector@saintjohnshelena.org                                           

St. John’s Church Office:

Phone:  870-338-8115    

Email:   office@saintjohnshelena.org 

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 stonejeannie@gmail.com.  Thank you.

 




July 24, 2019, 7:00 AM

Newsletter:


St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, July 28, 2019

 

From Fr. Ray+

The St. John’s Men’s Group will be having a hot dog supper at the church on Thursday, July 25 at 5:30 p.m.   Since forming last year, the Men’s Group has met several times, one of which was to cook for this year’s Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper.  Each event has provided opportunity for enjoyable fellowship with other men from the church.  We will be meeting in the undercroft. Please feel free to bring a guest.

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.

I appreciate the warm hospitality our congregation showed this year’s Together For Hope volunteers.  The receptions on two consecutive Sundays and the food brought to the volunteers on two consecutive Mondays were a blessing to the group.  Thank you for showing them such kindness!

Blessings, Fr. Ray +

Fr. Ray is at home now recuperating from his surgery, keeping his leg propped up and taking his medicine.


 

Worship and Education News:

Adult Sunday School: meets next the Sunday after Labor Day

Sunday School:  

Worship:  July 28, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev Ray Brown

Readings for Seventh Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 12; Genesis 18:20-32; Psalm 138; Colossians 2:6-19; Luke 11:1-13

Hymn No:  410, 462, 376

 

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 Rev. Ray Brown.


 

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 and needed.


 

Church Office News and Announcements:

July 24, Wed at 5:30 pm: NO Midweek service

July 25, Thurs at 5:30 pm: St. John’s Men’s Group – Hot Dog Supper

JULY 28, SUNDAY at 10:30:  Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Acolyte –  Mike Fielder

Lay Eucharist Minister – Susan Carter

Altar Guild – Maureen Jones

Altar Flowers –  Gill & Jessica Pillow

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

Altar Guild –

 

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    

Email:  rector@saintjohnshelena.org                                           

St. John’s Church Office:

Phone:  870-338-8115    

Email:   office@saintjohnshelena.org 

Mailing address:  P.O. Box 770, Helena, AR 72342

Street address: 625 Pecan St., Helena, AR




July 22, 2019, 6:12 AM

Newsletter:


St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, July 21, 2019

 

From Fr. Ray+

 

The St. John’s Men’s Group will be having a hot dog supper at the church on Thursday, July 25 at 5:30 p.m.   Since forming last year, the Men’s Group has met several times, one of which was to cook for this year’s Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper.  Each event has provided opportunity for enjoyable fellowship with other men from the church.  We will be meeting in the undercroft. Please feel free to bring a guest.

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.

I appreciate the warm hospitality our congregation showed this year’s Together For Hope volunteers.  The receptions on two consecutive Sundays and the food brought to the volunteers on two consecutive Mondays were a blessing to the group.  Thank you for showing them such kindness!

Blessings, Fr. Ray +


 

Worship and Education News:

Adult Sunday School: meets the Sunday after Labor Day

Sunday School:  

Worship:  July 21, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev Ray Brown

Readings for Sixth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 11; Amos 8:1-12; Psalm 52; Colossians 1:15-28; Luke 10:38-42

Hymn No:  401, 495, 688

 

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, and Buff Brothers.


 

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 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 17, Wed: NO Midweek Eucharist this week

JULY 21, SUNDAY at 10:30: Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Acolyte – West Hornor

Lay Eucharist Minister – Ann Lee

Altar Guild – Julie Pittman

Altar Flowers – Jim Anders

July 24, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist

Altar Guild – Julie Pittman

 

 

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    

Email:  rector@saintjohnshelena.org                                           

St. John’s Church Office:

Phone:  870-338-8115    

Email:   office@saintjohnshelena.org 

Mailing address:  P.O. Box 770, Helena, AR 72342

Street address: 625 Pecan St., Helena, AR




July 10, 2019, 6:00 AM

Newsletter:


St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, July 14, 2019

 

From Fr. Ray+

A big THANKS goes out to our Fellowship Committee for sponsoring a luncheon and ice cream social on June 30, a welcome luncheon for our Together For Hope guests on July 7 and another Together For Hope luncheon this coming Sunday, July 14.  It is no small task to put together luncheons three weeks in a row.  Carla Myers and her team have done an awesome job!

As mentioned above, there will be a welcome luncheon for the second Together For Hope team that will be arriving later this week.  Please stay for a few minutes after church to enjoy a lite lunch and welcome these hard working volunteers.

The St. John’s Men’s Group will meet at the church on Thursday, July 25 at 5:30 p.m. for a hot dog cookout and fellowship.  All men are welcome and guests are encouraged.

Finally, our St. John’s vestry will meet on Monday, July 15 at 5:30 in the chapel.  As always, vestry meetings are open to anyone wishing to attend.

Blessings, 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:  July 14, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev Ray Brown

Readings for Fifth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 10; Amos 7:7-17; Psalm 82; Colossians 1:1-14; Luke 10:25-37

Hymn No 390, 304, 657

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 Helen Lagarde, Jo Boone Wild,  Gloria Higginbotham,  Kelly Faye Parker, Jeffery Mink, 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, Cole Jefferies, Linda Jane McIntosh, Linda Lee Morganti, and Elbert & Rada Jackson.


 

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 Pantryplastic 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 10, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves

JULY 14, SUNDAY at 10:30:  Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Acolyte – Drew Fielder

Lay Eucharist Minister – Gina Pillow

Altar Guild – Susan Carter

Altar Flowers – Sarah Lee Mixon McPhillips

July 14, Sunday: immediately following our worship service there will be a lite lunch in the chapel welcoming the second Together For Hope group.

July 15, Monday at 5:30 pm: Vestry will meet in the chapel.

July 17, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist

Altar Guild – Susan Carter

 

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    

Email:  rector@saintjohnshelena.org                                           

St. John’s Church Office:

Phone:  870-338-8115    

Email:   office@saintjohnshelena.org 

Mailing address:  P.O. Box 770, Helena, AR 72342

Street address:  625 Pecan .St., Helena, Ar  72342




July 3, 2019, 9:48 AM

Newsletter:


St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, July 7, 2019

 

From Fr. Ray+

 

This week we will celebrate our nation’s Independence Day.  Fireworks, picnics, family gatherings and patriotic programs in communities across our great land will commemorate the heritage of freedom for which so many have sacrificed so much.  As followers of Jesus Christ, we are heirs to spiritual freedom, too.  As I reflect on the theme of “freedom,” I am reminded of the words of the Apostle Paul in Galatians 5:1,

For freedom Christ has set us free.”

Spiritual freedom means freedom from sin and death.  It also means freedom from believing we have to earn God’s love and grace.  Through this freedom we are set free to love without condition and to give without reservation. Christ has “set us free” to love and serve the world in his name.  Thankfully, we live in a nation where we can do that without fear of persecution.  As we celebrate this week, may we also recognize the responsibilities, both temporal and spiritual, that come with freedom.    

Blessings, Fr. Ray+


The first Together For Hope Team arrives on Saturday, July 6.  There will be about fifteen volunteers from around the country staying in our undercroft as they serve Christ by serving the people of the Delta.  This coming Sunday, July 7, we will have a lite lunch in the chapel to welcome the Together For Hope Team and to get a bit better acquainted with them.   Let’s show them the kind of warm welcome for which the Delta is famous!


 

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:  July 7, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev Ray Brown

Readings for Fourth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 9; 2 Kings 5:1-14; Psalm 30; Galatians 6:1-16; Luke 10:10:1-11, 16-20

Hymn No:  718, 716, 522

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 Helen Lagarde, Jo Boone Wild,  Gloria Higginbotham,  Kelly Faye Parker, Jeffery Mink, 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, Cole Jefferies, and Elbert & Rada Jackson.


 

Outreach News:

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The item from their wish list this week is dish soap.

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:

Jul 3, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Healing Eucharist

Altar Guild – Betsy Wright

JULY 7, SUNDAY at 10:30:  Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Acolyte – Mike Fielder

Lay Eucharist Minister – Mike Fielder

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves

Altar Flowers – Susan Carter

July 7, Sunday immediately following our worship service there will be a lite lunch in the chapel welcoming the first Together For Hope group.

July 10, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves

July 14, Sunday immediately following our worship service there will be a lite lunch in the chapel welcoming the second Together For Hope group.

 

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    

Email:  rector@saintjohnshelena.org                                           

St. John’s Church Office:

Phone:  870-338-8115    

Email:   office@saintjohnshelena.org 

Mailing address:  P.O. Box 770, Helena, AR 72342

Street address:  625 Pecan St., Helena, AR


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