Newsletter: Sunday, May 31, 2020
May 28, 2020, 5:33 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church 



A recent increase in Covid-19 infections in Phillips County means we will need to push back the reopening planned for June 7.  Since I just received this update from Bishop Benfield a few minutes ago, the vestry and I have not had time yet to process it and discuss how we will move forward and whether or not a new reopening date will be set.  There is the possibility we could conduct outdoor worship, so the vestry and I will be looking into that option. In the meantime, I welcome your input on the possibility of conducting a Sunday morning service in our garden. While it is a lovely venue for a service, the weather is heating up quickly, so that brings special considerations, too.

This coming Sunday is Pentecost Sunday.  The word “Pentecost” means fiftieth day. It was on this day, fifty days after Easter, that the Holy Spirit was poured out on the followers of Jesus and the church was born. On the Day of Pentecost followers from diverse backgrounds and languages were united into one body through the power of the Holy Spirit.  That same Spirit keeps us united during this time when we cannot gather physically. Through his presence and power we are still the Church.  As the Body of Christ, we are not confined to any single place or time.  I ask that you join me in praying for the Holy Spirit to lead us into new ways of caring for one another and our broader community.  On this birthday of the Church, may we never forget that “Church” has never been primarily about bricks and mortar.  Rather, it is about loving God, loving our neighbor, caring for one another and taking the Good News of Jesus Christ with us everywhere we go and in everything we do.


Fr. Ray+


You will receive an email with the link to the pre-recorded video of the service for Sunday, May 31, in a newsletter on Saturday, May 30.



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, Joe Tom Cunningham,  Pat Delk, Duncan Highet, Lee McCarty Boyd, Jo Liddy, Riley Kate Haas, Danny Hutchens, Carla Myers, Katrina Justice, Joan Henderson, and Bob Wright.


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.


Readers this week:  Allison Biederman and Ben Pittman

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. 


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