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July 6, 2017, 8:36 AM

Newsletter:

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, July 9, 2017

 

From Fr. Ray +

 

Beginning July 7th – July 21st St John’s will host two groups from the Together for Hope that will be working throughout the community of Helena-West Helena on various projects.  While staying in our undercroft, they will teach swimming lessons, repair several buildings and work on various projects in the community.  We have hosted them over the past several years and they are always a delight to have with us.  Many of them join us for the adult education class.  On Sunday, July 9th and July 16h we will provide a Fun, Food and Fellowship time in the chapel immediately following the service where we will have the opportunity to share food, stories and meet these wonderful people.  So please mark your calendars for these Sundays and share in the light lunch and wonderful gathering of God’s people.

 

Our Neighborhood Back-To-School Event will take place in the garden at St. John’s on Saturday, August 5 at 11 a.m.  More volunteers have stepped forward to help with this event.  Two teams were formed at our meeting Monday. The “Meal Team” consists of Susan Carter, Jack & Nancy Horner and Anna Barry. The “School Supplies Team” includes Carla Meyers, Grace Henderson and Melody Rogers. Maureen Jones is helping Father Ray with some of the overall logistics of the event. If you would like to assist with one of these teams, please contact one of the current volunteers.

 

There is a box labeled “School Supplies” in the narthex. You can participate in this ministry by purchasing new school supplies such as notebooks, pencils and Crayola crayons and placing them in the box. A full school supply list will be put in our weekly newsletter in the near future.

 

Blessings, Fr. Ray +


Worship and Education News:

Adult Education:  Meets Sunday at 9:00 am

Sunday School:   Will meet at 9:00 am at the First United Methodist Church.

Worship:  July 9, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Louis Hayden.

Readings for Sunday (Fifth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 9): Zechariah 9:9-12; Psalm 45:11-18; Romans 7:15-25a; Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30


 

Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Jim Howe, Jr, Susan Gibbs Worrell, Jeffrey Mink, Sharon Hinderer, Debra Richardson, Donna Rohrscheib, Nic Cole, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Joann Hargraves, Bennett Morris, Walter Morris, Sr, Jimmy Billingsley, Larry Bryant, Lynn & Richard Jordan, Bill Hanson, Gareth Vaughan (Peace talks diplomat in Iraq), Margaret Dean, and Otis Howe.


 

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:  Donation needed is dog & puppy food.  Their plastic tub is also on the stair landing.

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

 

Thank you for all your weekly donations.  They are all greatly appreciated.

 

United Thank Offering (UTO) collections this year totaled an impressive $469.12. 


 

Church Office News and Announcements:

July 5, Wed - Midweek Evening Prayers (chapel) at 5:30 pm

July 7, Fri - Together For Hope group #1 returns to St. John’s (Stay until July 14)

July 8, SAT - At 10:00 a.m. - All Altar Guild members will polish silver and brass

July 9, SUN                

Acolyte – Drew Fielder

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Mike Fielder

Altar Guild – Jeannie Turley

Altar Flowers – Susan Carter

July 9, SUN -Fun, Food and Fellowship time in the chapel immediately following the service to share with the Together for Hope group.

July 12, Wed - Midweek Evening Prayers (chapel) at 5:30 pm

 

The next Cherry Street Fair will be July 8th from 5-8 pm.  This is a great place to visit with friends and neighbors, enjoy some delicious food and the free concert.

 

Fr. Ray & Royce will be on vacation from July 3 and returning July 17.  Rev. Louis Hayden will be our visiting priest on July 9 and July 16.

 


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





June 27, 2017, 4:02 PM

Newsletter:


St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, July 2, 2017

 

From Fr. Ray +

 

Many of the folks who have participated in the mid-week class on The Apostles’ Creed have commented that it is one of the most interesting classes they have attended. Due to summer schedules, we have decided to offer the course again during adult Sunday School at 9:30 on Sunday mornings and discontinue the Wednesday evening class. So, beginning this coming Sunday, we will start over with Week 1 of the study.

 

Thanks to everyone who extended a warm St. John’s welcome to our guest soloist, Mr. Everett Long, last Sunday. We are looking forward to having him with us again toward the end of July.

 

Please keep Marzell and Justin in your prayers as they are away at Young Life Camp this week in North Georgia. I’m sure this will be a wonderful experience for these two young men. Also, thanks to all who helped make this week possible for them.

 

Our Neighborhood Back-To-School Event will take place in the garden at St. John’s on Saturday, August 5 at 11 a.m.  More volunteers have stepped forward to help with this event.  Two teams were formed at our meeting Monday. The “Meal Team” consists of Susan Carter, Jack & Nancy Horner and Anna Barry. The “School Supplies Team” includes Carla Meyers, Grace Henderson and Melody Rogers. Maureen Jones is helping Father Ray with some of the overall logistics of the event. If you would like to assist with one of these teams, please contact one of the current volunteers.

 

Soon you will see a box labeled “School Supplies” at the entry to the church. You can participate in this ministry by purchasing new school supplies such as notebooks, pencils and Crayola crayons and placing them in the box. A full school supply list will be put in our weekly newsletter in the near future.

 

Blessings, Fr. Ray +


Worship and Education News:

Adult Education:  Meets Sunday at 9:00 am

Sunday School:   Will meet at 9:00 am at the First United Methodist Church.

Worship:  July 2, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown.

Readings for Sunday (Fourth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 8): Jeremiah 28:5-9; Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18; Romans 6:12-23; Matthew 10:40-42


 

Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Jim Howe, Jr, Susan Gibbs Worrell, Jeffrey Mink, Sharon Hinderer, Debra Richardson, Donna Rohrscheib, Nic Cole, Kuba Friedlander, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Joann Hargraves, Bennett Morris, Walter Morris, Sr, Jimmy Billingsley, Larry Bryant, Lynn & Richard Jordan, Bill Hansen, Gareth Vaughn, and Otis Howe.


 

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:  Donation needed is dog & puppy food.  Their plastic tub is also on the stair landing.

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

 

Thank you for all your weekly donations.  They are all greatly appreciated.

 

United Thank Offering (UTO) collections this year totaled an impressive $469.12. 


 

Church Office News and Announcements:

June 28, WedMidweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm

July 2, SUN  

Acolyte – Ed Pat Wright

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Ann Lee

Altar Guild – Susan Carter

July 8, SAT - At 10:00 a.m. - All Altar Guild members will polish silver and brass

 

Fr. Ray & Royce will be on vacation from July 3 and returning July 17.  Rev. Louis Hayden will be our visiting priest on July 9 and July 16.

 


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


 

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June 22, 2017, 12:00 AM

Newsletter


St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, June 25, 2017

 

From Fr. Ray +

Please Note: The 5:30 p.m. Wednesday Eucharist and the Wednesday evening book study on The Apostles’ Creed are canceled this week, June 21, due to Fr. Ray attending an ordination service in Lake Village.

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Last Sunday I preached on the good news of justification by faith.  That simply means we are made right with God through faith and faith alone. However, the faith that saves is never “alone.” Those who have come to God through Christ make their faith known by serving others in his name. Please take a moment to consider the following information and invitation.

We are planning to provide a simple supper and school supplies for some of our neighborhood children just before school starts in August. I believe this is one way we can witness to our community about God’s love and grace.

At our next meeting on Monday, June 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the church, we will decide on specifics such as date, time and exactly who, and how many children and family members will be invited to this event. Volunteers are needed to assist with gathering school supplies and preparing a simple supper.

 

Guest Soloist This Sunday!

This coming Sunday, June 25 we are delighted to have a guest soloist at St. John’s! Everett Long is a familiar face to anyone who has attended PCCUA musicals. We are happy he will be sharing his beautiful voice and enriching our worship experience.

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I am leading a six-week class on The Apostles’ Creed each Wednesday, 6:15 p.m. The Apostles’ Creed is an excellent summary of our Christian faith.  The remaining classes are as follows:

  • Week 5:  The Forgiveness of Sins
  • Week 6:  The Resurrection of the Body

Each class will include a brief video by Rev. Adam Hamilton. We have used his material before and found it both inspiring and challenging.                                   

Blessings, Fr. Ray+


Worship and Education News:

Adult Education:  Meets Sunday at 9:00 am

Sunday School:   Will meet at 9:00 am at the First United Methodist Church.

Worship:  June 25, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown.

Readings for Sunday (Third Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 7): Jeremiah 20:7-13; Psalm 69:8-11, [12-17], 18-20; Romans 6:1b-11; Matthew 10:24-39


 

Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Jim Howe, Jr, Susan Gibbs Worrell, Jeffrey Mink, Sharon Hinderer, Debra Richardson, Donna Rohrscheib, Nic Cole, Kuba Friedlander, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Joann Hargraves, Bennett Morris, Walter Morris, Sr, Jimmy Billingsley, and Larry Bryant.


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:  Donation needed is dog & puppy food.  Their plastic tub is also on the stair landing.

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

Thank you for all your weekly donations.  They are all greatly appreciated.


 

Church Office News and Announcements:

June 21, Wed - No Midweek Eucharist and Study Class - Both cancelled this week.

June 25, SUN  

Acolytes – Chris Rogers

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Susan Carter

Altar Guild – Angie Fielder & Carla Myers

Altar Flowers – Mrs. Frank Jeffett

June 28, Wed - Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm

June 28, Wed - Study Class (The Apostles’ Creed) at 6:15 pm in the undercroft

                                   


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

 

 

 

 

 




June 14, 2017, 3:52 PM

Newsletter:

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, June 18, 2017

 

From Fr. Ray +

As I mentioned in my sermon last Sunday, a few of our members came up with an idea to reach out to our immediate neighborhood with a back-to-school supper and school supplies distribution. I believe this a wonderful idea and a great way to get to know our neighbors and share the love of Christ with them.  At our next meeting on Monday, June 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the church, we will decide on specifics such as date, time and exactly who, and how many children and family members will be invited to this event. Volunteers are needed to assist with gathering school supplies and preparing a simple supper. Please let me know if you want to be part of this outreach to our neighbors. In our Gospel lesson last week we heard the call of Jesus to go into all the world with the good news of Jesus.  Again, as I said in my sermon last week, we don’t have to travel abroad to be in mission. “All the world” includes those at our doorstep.

 

Change in Summer Mid-Week Eucharist Schedule

Starting this week, we will have only one mid-week Eucharist. The Eucharist on Wednesdays at 5:30 will remain unchanged during the summer months.  We are discontinuing the Thursday noon service for the summer. The service on the first Wednesday of every month will continue to be a Healing Service.

I am leading a six-week class on The Apostles’ Creed each Wednesday, 6:15 p.m. The Apostles’ Creed is an excellent summary of our Christian faith.  The subjects of each class will be as follows:

  • Week 4:  The Church and the Communion of the Saints
  • Week 5:  The Forgiveness of Sins
  • Week 6:  The Resurrection of the Body

Each class will include a brief video by Rev. Adam Hamilton. We have used his material before and found it both inspiring and challenging.                               

Please mark your calendar for our next Fellowship Activity on Sunday, July 30.  Following worship we will beat the summer heat with a lite lunch and homemade ice cream at the church. More details will be provided as we get closer to the date.                                          

Blessings, Fr. Ray+


Worship and Education News:

Adult Education:  Meets Sunday at 9:00 am

Sunday School:   Will meet at 9:00 am at the First United Methodist Church.

Worship:  June 18, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown.

Readings for Sunday (Second Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 6): Exodus 19:2-8a; Psalm 100; Romans 5:1-8; Matthew 9:35–10:8-23


 

Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Jim Howe, Jr, Susan Gibbs Worrell, Jeffrey Mink, Sharon Hinderer, Debra Richardson, Donna Rohrscheib, Nic Cole, Kuba Friedlander, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Joann Hargraves, Bennett Morris, Walter Morris, Sr, Jimmy Billingsley, Larry Bryant, and the family of Lillian Deckelman


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:  Donation needed is dog & puppy food.  Their plastic tub is also on the stair landing.

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

 

Thank you for all your weekly donations.  They are all greatly appreciated.


 

Church Office News and Announcements:

June 14, Wed - Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm

June 14, Wed - Class (The Apostles’ Creed / The Church and the Communion of the Saints) at 6:15 pm in the undercroft

Altar Guild – Angie Fielder & Bennett Sellers

June 18, SUN              

Acolytes – Katherine Wright & Rachel Wright

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Jack Myers

Altar Guild – Betsy Wright

Altar Flowers – Walter & Bennette Morris

June 21, Wed - Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm

June 21, Wed - Class (The Apostles’ Creed / The Forgiveness of Sins) at 6:15 pm in the undercroft

Altar Guild – Betsy Wright

 


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




June 6, 2017, 10:18 AM

Newsletter:

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, June 11, 2017

 

From Fr. Ray +

A few weeks ago I asked for the financial support of our St. John’s family in helping send a young man from our congregation to Young Life Camp in the North Georgia Mountains. Our goal was $700 and through your generous support we have raised over $900! The extra money will be used to help other students also attend camp.  Thank You for going the extra mile in helping these students!

Please mark your calendar for our next Fellowship Activity on Sunday, July 30.  Following worship we will beat the summer heat with a lite lunch and homemade ice cream at the church. More details will be provided as we get closer to the date.

Change in Summer Mid-Week Eucharist Schedule

Starting this week, we will have only one mid-week Eucharist. The Eucharist on Wednesdays at 5:30 will remain unchanged during the summer months.  We are discontinuing the Thursday noon service for the summer. The service on the first Wednesday of every month will continue to be a Healing Service.

I am leading a six-week class on The Apostles’ Creed each Wednesday, 6:15 p.m. The Apostles’ Creed is an excellent summary of our Christian faith.  The subjects of each class will be as follows:

  • Week 4:  The Church and the Communion of the Saints
  • Week 5:  The Forgiveness of Sins
  • Week 6:  The Resurrection of the Body

Each class will include a brief video by Rev. Adam Hamilton. We have used his material before and found it both inspiring and challenging.                              Blessings, Fr. Ray+


Worship and Education News:

Adult Education:  Meets Sunday at 9:00 am

Sunday School:   Will meet at 9:00 am at the First United Methodist Church.

Worship:  June 11, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown.

Readings for Sunday (Trinity Sunday): Genesis 1:1-2:4a; Psalm 8; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13; Matthew 28:16-20


 

Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Jim Howe, Jr, Susan Gibbs Worrell, Jeffrey Mink, Sharon Hinderer, Debra Richardson, Donna Rohrscheib, Nic Cole, Kuba Friedlander, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Joann Hargraves, Bennett Morris, Walter Morris, Sr, and Larry Bryant.


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 Donation needed is dog & puppy food.  Their plastic tub is also on the stair landing.

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

 

Thank you for all your weekly donations.  They are all greatly appreciated.


 

Church Office News and Announcements:

June 7, Wed - Midweek Unction & Healing (chapel) at 5:30 pm

June 7, Wed - Class (The Apostles’ Creed / The Church and the Communion of the Saints) at 6:15 pm in the undercroft 

Altar Guild – Carla Myers & Jayne Morris

June 11, SUN              

Acolytes – Ned Pillow, Mary Pillow, Eli Pillow & Jack Pillow

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Gina Pillow

Altar Guild – Angie Fielder & Bennett Sellers

Altar Flowers – Walter & Bennette Morris

June 12, Mon  - ECW will meet at 5:00 p.m. at the home of Martha Lambert.

June 14, Wed - Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm

June 14, Wed - Class (The Apostles’ Creed / The Forgiveness of Sins) at 6:15 pm in the undercroft

Altar Guild – Angie Fielder & Bennett Sellers

 


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


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