Newsletter, Sunday, July 12, 2020
July 9, 2020, 4:00 PM

St. John’s Episcopal Church 

 

FROM FR. RAY+

After an absence of a couple of weeks, I’m glad to let you know that you will receive a video recording for the Sunday, July 12 worship service. It should arrive in your email Saturday afternoon.  We anticipate a few more weeks of recorded services before switching to live streaming our Sunday morning service.  If you are willing to be trained to operate the new live streaming equipment, please let me know by calling the church office at 338-8115 or emailing me at rector@saintjohnshelena.org. We would like to train several operators for the Sunday morning live stream. Nolan Dean will be doing the training and has assured me that it is not too complicated and that it is something persons as young as 12 or 13 could easily learn. We hope to continue live streaming our services even after we reopen.

The latest county based Covid-19 infection statistics from the bishop’s office is a mix of good news and not so good news for Phillips County. The good news is that our active infection rate has fallen almost ten percent in the last week. The not so good news is that we are still at 24.5% of active cases per ten thousand persons in the county. That places us in the top 4 highest rates of infection among counties in which there are Episcopal churches in Arkansas. Hopefully, the downward trend will continue and we will soon be able to return to in person worship. Just one or two more decreases like we saw last week will put us within the bishop’s parameters for reopening. I choose to be optimistic!

I am planning to offer Morning Prayer via Facebook Live tomorrow morning, Thursday, July 9 at 9 a.m.  Most everyone knows that I am not good with technology, so please say a prayer for me and hope for the best!  The service will be brief, lasting about 15 minutes.  At this time I am planning to do the service from my personal Facebook page since I don’t have access to do so on the St. John’s Episcopal Church Facebook page.  If you plan to watch Morning Prayer you will need to send me a friend request if you have not already done so.  If for any reason I am not able do the service, I will post a message on my Facebook page.

Blessings,

Fr. Ray+

 

PASTORAL NEWS:

There will be a graveside service for Kappi Pillow on Friday, July 17 at 1 p.m. at Maple Hill Cemetery.  In keeping with Arkansas Department of Health guidelines, all in attendance are asked to practice social distancing by remaining at least six feet apart.  Kappi’s family will have a celebration of life at a future date when things get back to normal.

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, Pat Delk, Duncan Highet, Lee McCarty Boyd, Jo Liddy, Riley Kate Haas, Danny Hutchens, Katrina Justice, Joan Henderson, Dagmar Bergan, Bob Wright,  Carla Myers, the family of Kappi Pillow, and the family of Marie Simon.


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:

You will receive an email with the link to the pre-recorded video of the service for Sunday, July 12, in a newsletter by Saturday, July 11.

Readers this week:  Ann Lee & Nolan Dean

MAINTAINING GOOD SOCIAL DISTANCE:

At least SIX 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 when available or USING HAND SANITIZER.