Newsletter: April 26, 2020
April 21, 2020, 7:03 AM

 

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, April 26, 2020

 

FROM FR. RAY+

 

And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you,

just as you did it to one of the least of these who

 are members of my family,  you did it to me.”

 

Matthew 25:40 is a familiar verse where Jesus’ reminds us to care for “the least of these.” The “least of these” can be found in many places during this time of pandemic.  The “least of these” can take the form of someone who has enough money but is experiencing depression or loneliness as a result of isolation.  It can take the form of someone who is worn out from being the caregiver for a loved who is sick or has dementia.  And, of course, it can take the form of someone whose usual network of support or income has been compromised by current events . A few weeks ago I was contacted by one of our church members who told me about a young woman who is a student at PCCUA.  She depended on the school’s food pantry to help feed herself and her children.  When the school moved to online only classes this young woman no longer had access to the food pantry.  When the St. John’s member learned of her need she asked me if we could help.  St. John’s provided this young woman with a gift card to Walmart.  Here is the note she sent us:

 

“Me and my kids would like to say Thank you and that it was worth more than the number that was put on it, we are greatful for the blessings that we receive. The Lord told Abraham I will bless those that bless you, and you all have been a great blessing, just when you are down on your last, an Angel is there with what you need. We cannot thank you enough.”

 

This past weekend I learned of a family of eight who was still without power as of Saturday afternoon. The father is disabled and the mother is making weekly trips to Little Rock for chemotherapy.  All of their food had spoiled.  Because the mother is self-employed she had not yet been able to draw unemployment benefits and her stimulus deposit had not yet been made.  When I became aware of their need, St.  John’s was able to provide them with a gift card to purchase food and gas.

I mention these stories because I want you to know that St. John’s ministry to “the least of these” in our community continues, even in this time of turmoil.  Thank you for making this ministry possible through your contributions to the Priest’s Discretionary Fund.

Please continue to check-in with each other. Also, please let me know if you become aware of a need within our church family.  Be sure to check out the following article about virtual worship plans for this coming Sunday, April 26.

Blessings,

Fr. Ray+


WORSHIP AND EDUCATION NEWS:

 

 ONLINE WORSHIP FOR SUNDAY, APRIL 26

 

At the end of this week you will receive a newsletter with the link to our online worship for this coming Sunday. For the next few weeks we will be providing the service of Morning Prayer with a sermon and music.  The major difference you will notice is that Morning Prayer does not include the Eucharist.  As always, feel free to forward the service to family and friends.

PASTORAL NEWS:

Please keep the following in your prayers:   Debra Richardson, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Larry Bryant, Lynn Jordan, Ray Worley, Jim Howe, Nancy Howe, Parker Pace, Heather Treat,  Courtney Turner,  Rita Merritt, Jo Boone Wild,  Gloria Higginbotham,  Vivian Wright, Al Martin, William Brandon, Cedric Franks, Jr, Jeannie McCabe, Karen Foster, Kathleen Gibson, Jeffery Mink, Cole Jefferies,  Pat Wheeler, Carol Spencer, Pat Jeffries,  Tommy & Carrie Galloway, Bonnie & Charles Rowland, Rickey Johnston, Joe Tom Cunningham,  Pat Delk, Duncan Highet, Lee McCarty Boyd, Jo Liddy, Riley Kate Haas, Danny Hutchens, Carla Myers, Katrina Justice, Joan Henderson, and Kathy Turley Bush.


OUTREACH NEWS:

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: Choose any items from their wish list which includes:  paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates, laundry detergent, bleach, dish soap, and cleaning supplies.

Humane Society of the Delta:  Donations needed include puppy, dog, cat, & kitten food

Please place all of these donations in the red wagon in the chapel to be blessed.

Grace Food Pantry: plastic bags go in the labeled container in the narthex.

Thank you for your donations.  They are all greatly appreciated and needed.


CHURCH OFFICE NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
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MAINTAINING GOOD SOCIAL DISTANCE (6 feet) is very important in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Everyone please take care and follow the guidelines for this virus.  Distancing when you have to get out, wearing your mask and washing your hands.

 

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