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January 24, 2015, 5:06 PM

Sr. Warden’s Report For Annual Parish Meeting

 2015 SR. WARDEN’S REPORT FOR ANNUAL PARISH MEETING

First, let me say again how glad I am to see all of you today and for being together in worship, fellowship and love.  I am not quite sure what I am supposed to address or say as your Sr. Warden.  I wish I had words of wisdom or inspiring visions to share.  I can only share what I see when I look out at each one of you.  You are God’s beaming love reflecting Christ and nourishing my soul.  I couldn’t say this a year ago even though we were feeling safe and secure with Russ as our interim rector.  We were coming out of a trial and time of spiritual stress, but had Russ to lean on for direction.  Quietly, gently, and lovingly Russ led us out of brokenness into wholeness; out of darkness into Christ’s light; from uncertainty into conviction and strength.  We felt Christ’s love for us through Russ and in Russ.  It is through Christ’s love and healing power we became whole again.  We became Christ’s church alive through the Holy Spirit.  This is what I see in all of your faces – joy, strength, faithfulness and commitment.

            But what now?  Where do we go from here?  Russ, our priest is not here to guide us.  Like I said, I do not possess the gift of wisdom or have profound answers, but I do know that God does not want us to look back or hold onto the past.  We are to take this new life of abundant love into God’s kingdom.  We are to be the beams of God’s infinite light and love especially to those who wouldn’t otherwise know it.  We have been changed, made anew and re called by God to share his gift of life triumphant.  We must as St. Paul said to the Philippians, “forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead.  Press toward the goal for the prize, of the heavenly call of God, in Christ Jesus.”

We are to strain forward, to reach out and extend ourselves beyond our brick and mortar.  We are to love one another as Christ loved us.  We can love because he first loved us. This is our source of strength which we receive from Christ and pass to others.  We can offer hope and courage because of the hope and courage we have found in Christ.  We can lift up others because we have been lifted up out of dispiritedness & despondency by the infusion of grace.  We can encourage and cherish because we have been encouraged and cherished by the one who calls all mankind to be his friend, his beloved, his church.  We are the source of Christ’s indwelling light and love in the world.  We are not to hide this tremendous love and hold onto it as if it is ours alone.  We are called to share the good news in gratefulness for God’s unconditional love he bestowed on us through and in Christ.

            I tried to figure out a way St. John’s might do this.  I know the first call is to prayer.  To offer ourselves to God in prayer and allow him to lead and transform us into what he intends for us to be.  I encourage each of you to keep our parish in your daily prayers and especially the Search process and committee.  The second is action.  I came up with 4 action groups and each group with a team of leaders.  On each table there are cards with the name of each group and its leaders.

Pastoral…….Maureen Jones & Jayne Morris

Outreach……Bennette Morris & Pat Wheeler

Evangelism…Melody Rogers & Ed Pat Wright

Fellowship….Carla Myers &

Before you leave today, each one of you will be asked to commit to serving our Lord by signing the card where you feel you can best serve St. John’s, the community, and God’s Kingdom.  It is up to each one of us to do the work God has given us to do.  We can only become a vibrant and growing church if we share this amazing love and fellowship.  The love will fade and the fellowship will dwindle if we do not nourish it by sharing it with others.

Explain groups:

PASTORAL: To give aid to those who are sick or in need; to offer rides to church and the doctor’s offices.  But not just for the members of St. John’s.  This will extend out to our friends and the community.  This group will visit the sick, the shut-ins, & those in nursing homes.  They will send cards to the lonely and visit members of St. John’s who haven’t been in church for some time.  To communicate to the parish those in need. To help us care for Christ’s own.

OUTREACH: To give of our time, talents and resources to help those that are less fortunate and in need whether it be food, clothes, shelter or a hundred other ways.  They will reach out to the community and take Christ’s love and aid into his kingdom where it is needed most.

Evangelism: To share our faith, our joy and our gratefulness with each other and our community; to invite all to worship with us; to reach out and inform our community what St. John’s is all about and share the God we all worship and adore.  This is not in order to get converts (although that would be a welcomed result) but to express and share God’s love with those who might not know him or ever experienced his love.

Fellowship: Provide opportunities for us to gather outside worship to celebrate our faith, our church community and to enjoy the love we have for one another and share it with strangers.

 These four groups (and there can be more) will meet for a SHORT time each month to brainstorm, to strain forward, to reach beyond and figure out how St. John’s can take Christ’s love into the world.  We may be small in numbers, and old in age, but that matters not to God who can accomplish all things through willing and open hearts. We do not have to be greatly successful or affect a multitude of lives.  It is enough that our efforts be known to God.  We only need humbly offer our works, ourselves  to God and He takes care of the rest.

In closing, may we, who have been given and blessed with so very much, joyfully and obediently, give ourselves to God through Christ for the work of His Kingdom.  Let us go forth to love and serve the Lord through the power of the Holy Spirit.

 




January 12, 2015, 5:24 PM

Newsletter:

St. John’s Episcopal Church                      Sunday, January 18, 2015
 
Please come to St. John’s for worship and fellowship this Sunday, Jan 18th.  The 9 a.m. Adult Class will study the Gospel of Matthew.  Sunday school for kindergarten through 4th grade will o study Jonathan and friendship. Our celebrant for the 10:30 service will be Rev. Arnold Hearn from Marianna.
 
Readings Sunday Jan.18: 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20); Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51.
 
Next week’s schedule: We will have our regular Wednesday midweek Eucharist at 5:30 on January 21st.  The Rev. Arnold Hearn from Marianna will be our celebrant.
 
St. John’s Good Samaritans (ECW):  Please feel free to call Maureen Jones (404-697-7197) or Jeannie Turley (870-816-6387) if you are in need of some help with errands or transportation or food, or if you would just like some company.  These and other members of the ECW have graciously offered their time to assist anyone needing help.  If you would like to volunteer services, please let Maureen or Jeannie know. 
 
Please keep the following in your prayers: Les Seals, Walter Morris, David and Grace Henderson, Ruth Howe, Diana Reeves, Tom Choate, Buddy Wheeler, Jaxson Robertson, Buddy & Wanda Byrd, Bishop Larry Maze, Carol Jennings, Carvill Fitzhugh, Nina Zachary, Shawna Helton, Sarah Mouritsen, Sammy Elardo, and Phil McCarty.
 
Angels of Grace - item from their wish list this week is tall kitchen trash bags for the women’s shelter. Their office is on 406 Pecan Street.
 
New church address! We now have a P O Box 770, Helena AR 72342.  This was done to insure we receive all mail and it is not just left in the office door to get wet.
 
Humane Society of the Delta will sponsor a spay and neuter clinic on Jan 20th, 21st and 22nd in the undercroft. They are in need of VOLUNTEERS to help.
 
Mark Your Calendars!  Sunday, January 25th will be our Annual Parish Meeting with a pot luck lunch. Rev. Jason Alexander, Canon to the Ordinary will be our guest priest.
 
Please note church’s email address is:  office@saintjohnshelena.org.
 
A letter Father Russ ask me to send out follows:
 
 
10 January 2015
 
Dear friends at St. John’s,
 
I will always be deeply grateful for your love and generosity during my time as your Interim Rector.  From the beginning, we knew we had something precious, not only to preserve but to build on:  a community of faith, with roots going back 160 years, called to offer our Lord :true and laudable service” in worship, in care for each other, and in outreach.  I appreciate your supporting me from “day one,” both as a leader and as a friend.  Your devotion to God and to St. John’s has impressed me greatly.  Margaret Kirk Denton was right, I think, when she observed that what is happening at St. John’s is “nothing short of a miracle.”  Focusing on what God has done and is continuing to do in your midst, and thanking God for it, will lead, I am sure, to more miracles.
 
I will never forget Epiphany 2015.  Our worship and our communion with God and each other truly gave a foretaste of eternal bliss.  Many thanks for honoring me with such an elegant party, warm sentiments (expressed even in song!) and generous gifts.  You beautifully conveyed God’s love to me.  In God’s book, my friends, that is a mark of great success.
 
Blessings on you as we pursue our callings, with God’s help.  You are forever dear to me, and you will be in my prayers,
 
                                                                                Sincerely,
                                                                                 Russ+



January 7, 2015, 3:55 PM

Newsletter:

St. John’s Episcopal Church                      Sunday, January 11, 2015
 
Please come to St. John’s for worship and fellowship this Sunday, Jan 11th.  The 9 a.m. Adult Class will return to its study on the Gospel of Matthew.  Sunday school for kindergarten through 4th grade will meet again Jan. 18, 2015.  They will begin to study Jonathan and friendship. 
 
Readings Sunday Jan.11: Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11.
 
Next week’s schedule: We will have our regular Wednesday midweek Eucharist at 5:30 on January 14th.  The Rev. Arnold Hearn from Marianna will be our celebrant.
 
St. John’s Good Samaritans (ECW):  Please feel free to call Maureen Jones (404-697-7197) or Jeannie Turley (870-816-6387) if you are in need of some help with errands or transportation or food, or if you would just like some company.  These and other members of the ECW have graciously offered their time to assist anyone needing help.  If you would like to volunteer to pick up one of our older members who do not drive especially at night to ensure they can participate in all church activities, please let Maureen or Jeannie know.  Also, if you need a ride to church services, but cannot drive yourself, please notify Maureen or Jeannie.
 
Please keep the following in your prayers: Les Seals, Walter Morris, David Henderson, Ruth Howe, Diana Reeves, Tom Choate, Gloria Tappan, Buddy Wheeler, Jaxson Robertson, Buddy & Wanda Byrd, Bishop Larry Maze, Carol Jennings, Jayne Morris, Carvill Fitzhugh, Nina Zachary, Shawna Helton, Sarah Mouritsen, Sammy Elardo, Phil McCarty and the Tait Owens family.
 
Angels of Grace - items from their wish list this week are laundry detergent and bleach for the women’s shelter. Their office is on 406 Pecan Street.
 
New church address! We now have a P O Box 770, Helena AR 72342.  This was done to insure we receive all mail and it is not just left in the office door to get wet.
 
On January 12th there will be an ECW meeting at 5:00 pm at Lindalu Hargraves’ home.
 
January 14th there will be a vestry meeting at 6:15 pm in the undercroft.
 
Sunday January the 11th and 18th the Rev. Arnold Hearn from Marianna will be our supply priest at the 10:30 service. He will also be with us to celebrate the Eucharist on Wednesday, January the 14th and 21st.  On the 28th we will have evening prayer.
 
Humane Society of the Delta will sponsor a spay and neuter clinic on Jan 20th, 21st and 22nd in the undercroft.
 

Sunday, January 25th will be our Annual Parish Meeting with a pot luck lunch. Rev. Jason Alexander, Canon to the Ordinary will be our guest priest




January 4, 2015, 5:53 PM

Newsletter Sunday, January 4, 2015

St. John’s Episcopal Church                      Sunday, January 4, 2014
 
Please come to St. John’s for worship and fellowship this Sunday, Jan 4th.  The 9 a.m. Adult Class will focus on Holy Baptism.  Sunday school for kindergarten through 4th grade will not meet again until Jan. 11, 2015.  There will be a service of Holy Baptism for De’Andrae Clark during the regular Eucharist at 10:30 am.
 
Readings Sunday Jan. 4: Jeremiah 31:7-14; Psalm 84; Matthew 2:1-12; Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23.
 
Next week’s schedule: There will be no regular Wednesday midweek Eucharist for this week only.
 
There will be an Epiphany Festival of Light service followed by a “farewell” reception for Father Russ on Tuesday, January 6th at 5:30 pm. The church will provide all refreshments.
 
The parish extends its sympathy and prayers to Tait Owens and his family on the death of his mother, Ramsay Owens.
 
St. John’s Good Samaritans (ECW):  Please feel free to call Maureen Jones (404-697-7197) or Jeannie Turley (870-816-6387) if you are in need of some help with errands or transportation or food, or if you would just like some company.  These and other members of the ECW have graciously offered their time to assist anyone needing help.  If you would like to volunteer to pick up one of our older members who do not drive especially at night to ensure they can participate in all church activities, please let Maureen or Jeannie know.  Also, if you need a ride to church services, but cannot drive yourself, please notify Maureen or Jeannie.
 
Please keep the following in your prayers: Les Seals, Walter Morris, David Henderson, Ruth Howe, Diana Reeves, Tom Choate, Gloria Tappan, Buddy Wheeler, Jaxson Robertson, Buddy & Wanda Byrd, Bishop Larry Maze, Carol Jennings, Jayne Morris, Carvill Fitzhugh, Nina Zachary, Shawna Helton, Sarah Mouritsen, Sammy Elardo, the Tappan family and the Tait Owens family.
 
Angels of Grace - item from their wish list this week is toiletries for women and children.  Their office is on 406 Pecan Street.
 
New church address! We now have a P O Box 770, Helena AR 72342.  This was done to insure we receive all mail and it is not just left in the office door to get wet.
 
Immediately following the January 4th Sunday service, there will be a short vestry meeting in the church.
 
On January 12th there will be an ECW meeting at 5:00 pm at Lindalu Hargraves’ home.
 
January 14th there will be a vestry meeting at 6:15 pm.
 
Sunday January the 11th and 18th the Rev. Arnold Hearn from Marianna will be our supply priest at the 10:30 service. He will also be with us to celebrate the Eucharist on Wednesday, January the 14th and 21st.  On the 28th we will have evening prayer.
 
Humane Society of the Delta will sponsor a spay and neuter clinic on Jan 20th, 21st and 22nd in the undercroft.
 
Sunday, January 25th will be our Annual Parish Meeting with a pot luck lunch. Rev. Jason Alexander, Canon to the Ordinary will be our guest priest.
 
To my new St. John’s family: I wish to thank you for my beautiful Christmas poinsettia, but even more for the warm welcome you have extended to me.  Jody Bridges



December 22, 2014, 3:00 PM

Newsletter Sunday, December 28, 2014

 
St. John’s Episcopal Church                      Sunday, Dec.28, 2014
 
Please come to St. John’s for worship and fellowship this Sunday, Dec. 28.  The 9 a.m. Adult Class will continue their study of the gospel of Matthew.  All are welcome, even if you haven’t attended previous sessions.  Sunday school for kindergarten through 4th grade will not meet again until after the first of the year.
 
Readings Sunday, Dec. 28: Isaiah 61:10-62:3,147; Canticle 3: Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7: John 1:1-18.
 
Next week’s schedule: Holy Eucharist on Wednesday, Dec. 31st at 5:30 with prayers for healing and unction.
 
St. John’s Good Samaritans (ECW):  Please feel free to call Maureen Jones (404-697-7197) or Jeannie Turley (870-816-6387) if you are in need of some help with errands or transportation or food, or if you would just like some company.  These and other members of the ECW have graciously offered their time to assist anyone needing help.  If you would like to volunteer to pick up one of our older members who do not drive especially at night to ensure they can participate in all church activities, please let Maureen or Jeannie know.  Also, if you need a ride to church services, but cannot drive yourself, please let Maureen or Jeannie know.
 
Please keep the following in your prayers: Walter Morris, David Henderson, Ruth Howe, Diana Reeves, Tom Choate, Gloria Tappan, Buddy Wheeler, Jaxson Robertson, Buddy & Wanda Byrd, Bishop Larry Maze, Carol Jennings, Jayne Morris, Carvill Fitzhugh, Nina Zachary, Shawna Helton, Sarah Mouritsen, and the Tappan family.
 
Angels of Grace - item from their wish list this week is paper towels for the home.  Their office is on 406 Pecan Street.
 
Please remember your donations for the Helena-West Helena Community Space. They are located at 105 Missouri St. in Helena.  There is a list in the back of the church for items they need.
Our prayers have been answered. Jody Malone Bridges has agreed to be our secretary/ bookkeeper.  The office hours will be Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am.-12:00pm.
Please give her a warm welcome.
 
 
New church address! We now have a P O Box 770, Helena AR 72342.  They will forward all 625 Pecan St. letters to our PO Box until Nov. 18, 2015.   This was done to ensure we receive all mail and it is not just left in the office door to get wet.
 
Financial Notice! All pledges and donations for 2014 must be turned in by December 31st in order for them to apply to your 2014 giving statement.  This is not our decision, but federal law.
 
Mark your calendars for our Epiphany Feast of Light service on January 6th at 5:30 pm. It will be followed by a farewell reception for Father Russ.  This will be his last service with us.  (The church will be supplying all food and drink.)
 
Sunday, January 25th will be our Annual Parish Meeting with a pot luck lunch. Rev. Jason Alexander, Canon to the Ordinary will be our guest priest.
 
 
A Big thank you to the altar guilds of St. John’s and Tait Owens. Without their dedicated hard work St. John’s would not reflect the glory of God so radiantly at Christmas time
 

 

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