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April 27, 2017, 1:45 PM

Newsletter

   

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, April 30, 2017

 

From Fr. Ray

I will be leading a six week class on The Apostles’ Creed beginning Wednesday, May 17 at 6:15 p.m. and Thursday, May 18 at 10:30 a.m. These times allow those who so desire to attend both the class and one of the mid-week Eucharists.  I will also be leading the same class during the Adult Sunday School at 9:15 on Sunday mornings.  The Apostles’ Creed is an excellent summary of our Christian faith.  The subjects of each class will be as follows:

  • Week 1:  God
  • Week 2:  Jesus Christ
  • Week 3: The Holy Spirit
  • 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+


Commemorative Coffee Table Book

We are looking into the possibility of publishing a commemorative coffee table book at St. John’s.  The book would be hardcover and contain around 125 pages of beautiful pictures of the interior and exterior of our building. Also included would be pictures of all of the memorial kneelers along with an index of who created each one of them.  The approximate cost of the book would be between $75 and $100 depending on how many were ordered.  If this is something you would purchase if it was produced, please let Marjie know by calling the church office at 870-338-8115 or emailing office@saintjohnshelena.org 


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:  April 30, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown.

Readings for Sunday (Third Sunday of Easter): Acts 2:14a, 36-41; Psalm 116:1-3, 10-17; 1 Peter 1:17-23; Luke 24:13-35


Pastoral News:

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


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.


Church Office News and Announcements:

Apr 26, Wed - Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm       

Apr 27, Thur - Noonday Eucharist (chapel) at 12:00

Apr 30, SUN                

Acolyte – Drew Fielder

Lay Eucharist Minister – Mike Fielder

Altar Guild – Angie Fielder

Altar Flowers – Bob & Vivian Wright

May 3, Wed - Midweek Unction (chapel) at 5:30 pm

May 4, Thur - Noonday Unction (chapel) at 12:00

 


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      




April 17, 2017, 4:49 PM

Newsletter:

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, April 23, 2017

 

From Fr. Ray

I want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who did so much to make our Holy Week and Easter services such a blessing! Allison and the Altar Guild did an outstanding job changing our altar coverings, stripping the altar on Maundy Thursday and arranging all the beautiful Easter lilies.  Jack and Elena did a wonderful job with the extended Gospel readings on Palm Sunday and Good Friday.  Ann arranged a lovely processional with our acolytes and children on Easter.  Wasn’t it a delight seeing the faces of all those happy children! Carla and the Fellowship Committee sponsored a delightful time of fellowship following worship. Our garden couldn’t have been lovelier and the children had a terrific time hunting eggs. As always, our choir was so very faithful in leading us in song. Finally, I am so very appreciative of all the folks from St. John’s who attended our Holy Week Services. Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed!

 

Commemorative Coffee Table Book

We are looking into the possibility of publishing a commemorative coffee table book at St. John’s.  The book would be hardcover and contain around 125 pages of beautiful pictures of the interior and exterior of our building. Also included would be pictures of all of the memorial kneelers along with an index of who created each one of them.  The approximate cost of the book would be between $75 and $100 depending on how many were ordered.  If this is something you would purchase if it was produced, please let Marjie know by calling the church office at 870-338-8115 or emailing office@saintjohnshelena.org 


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:  April 23, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown.

Readings for Sunday (Second Sunday of Easter): Acts 2:14a, 22-32; Psalm 16; 1 Pete 1:3-9; John 20:19-31


Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Buddy Byrd, Jim Howe, Jr, Susan Gibbs Worrell, Jeffrey Mink, Sharon Hinderer, Walter Morris, Sr, Debra Richardson, Donna Rohrscheib, Nic Cole, Kuba Friedlander, David Henderson, Lena Cunningham, Kathy Sullivan, and Jason Rowlett


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.


Church Office News and Announcements:

Apr 18, Tues - ECW will meet at Susan Carter’s home at 5:00

Apr 19, Wed - Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Apr 20, Thur - Noonday Eucharist (chapel) at 12:00

Apr 23, SUN - 

Acolyte – Ed Pat Wright

Lay Eucharist Minister – Ann Lee

Altar Guild – Carla Myers

Altar Flowers – Pat Wheeler

Apr 26, Wed - Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Apr 27, Thur - Noonday Eucharist (chapel) at 12:00


 

Delta Cultural Center Reconciliation Program, Sunday, April 23

This coming Sunday afternoon, April 23 at 2 p.m. the Delta Cultural Center will present a program entitled Reflection and Reconciliation: The Elaine Massacre.

 

Presenters will be J. Chester Johnson and Sheila Walker whose ancestors were directly involved in the tragic event. Johnson’s maternal grandfather participated, and several of Walker’s family members were victims, including her great-grandmother and great uncles. Over the last several years Johnson and Walker have committed to a reconciliation of the trauma associated with the event.

 

The presenters will share stories and history of their respective families related to the massacre, but the journey of reconciliation between the two presenters will also be given special relevance.

 

J. Chester Johnson is a member of Trinity Wall Street Episcopal Church in New York and worships at St. John’s whenever he is in town. Some of our folks may recall him joining us one evening last year when we were studying the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

 

Reconciliation is an important theme in Christian scriptures, faith and theology. While there are differing understandings of what happened in Elaine nearly one hundred years ago, all can agree that reconciliation is an important part of our Judeo-Christian heritage.

 

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      




April 12, 2017, 6:54 AM

Newsletter:

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, April 16, 2017

 

April 15, Saturday, The Altar Guild will decorate church for Easter at 10:00.

 

From Fr. Ray

One of the things I love about our Episcopal liturgy is the opportunity to enter fully into the events of the life our Lord Jesus. On Palm Sunday we joined the crowd that cheered his entry into Jerusalem.  This week on Maundy Thursday at 5:30 p.m. we will remember Jesus’ last supper with his disciples. On Good Friday we will remember our Lord’s suffering and crucifixion with a noon service and at 5:30 p.m. we will walk the Stations of the Cross.

Then, on Easter Sunday at 10:30 we will celebrate our Lord’s resurrection and his victory over death. 

I encourage you to attend as many of these services as possible. When taken together, they are a dramatic retelling of the story of our salvation. Our joy on Easter morning cannot be separated from the darkness and sadness of Thursday and Friday. Blessings to you on this holiest of weeks.

Fr. Ray +


Worship and Education News:

Adult Education:  No class Sunday April 9 or April 16 and will resume on April 23.

Sunday School:  No class Sunday April 9 or April 16 and will resume on April 23.

Your Mite Boxes will be collected on Easter and the children of the parish will bring them forward during offertory.

The flowering of the cross on Sunday in the sanctuary at 10:00 followed by the Holy Easter Mass

Worship:  April 16, the Holy Eucharist, Rite I, with Rev. Ray Brown.

Egg hunt and reception will immediately follow the service in the garden.

Readings for Easter Sunday:  Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; Colossians 3:1-4; John 20:1-18


Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Buddy Byrd, Jim Howe, Jr, Susan Gibbs Worrell, Jeffrey Mink, Sharon Hinderer, Walter Morris, Sr, Debra Richardson, Donna Rohrscheib, Nic Cole, Kuba Friedlander, David Henderson, Lena Cunningham, Kathy Sullivan, and Jason Rowlett


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.


Church Office News and Announcements:

Apr 5, Wed - Lenten Listening at Helena United Methodist Church at 12:00 noon. The speaker is Rev. Ray Brown with special music by Royce Brown.

Apr 13, Thur - Maundy Thursday service will be at 5:30 in the sanctuary

Apr 14, Fri - Good Friday service at 12 noon.  At 5:30, we walk the Stations of the Cross.

Apr 15, Sat - Altar Guild will decorate church for Easter at 10:00.

Apr 16, SUN - At 10:00, The flowering of the cross in the sanctuary followed by the Holy Easter Mass

Apr 16, SUN 

Acolytes – Katherine Wright & Rachel Wright

Lay Eucharist Minister – Susan Carter

Altar Guild – Angie Fielder, Carla Myers, & Jayne Morris

Apr 16, SUNEgg hunt and reception will immediately follow the service in the garden.

Apr 17, Mon - Vestry will meet at 5:30 pm at the church

Apr 19, Wed - Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Apr 20, Thur - Noonday Eucharist (chapel) at 12:00

 


 

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      




April 5, 2017, 7:01 AM

Newsletter:

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

 

The Easter Lilies 2017 order form is included below and will be on table at the back of church.  They need to be turned in by April 10 to be recognized in the booklet.

 

April 15, Saturday, The Altar Guild will decorate church for Easter at 10:00.

 

From Fr. Ray

This Sunday we will remember Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on what has become known as Palm Sunday. At 10:15 our friends from First United Methodist and First Presbyterian will be joining us in our Garden for the liturgy of the palms followed by our worship service at the usual time of 10:30.  We are very blessed this week to have Ms. Elizabeth Garcia as our guest soloist. Ms. Garcia is a talented young woman who teaches music at the KIPP School.

I hope to see you this Sunday as we join the first Palm Sunday crowd in proclaiming, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

 Blessings, Fr. Ray +


Worship and Education News:

Adult Education:  No class Sunday April 9 or April 16 and will resume on April 23.

Sunday School:   No class Sunday April 9 or April 16 and will resume on April 23.

 

The Liturgy of the Palms will be held in our garden at 10:15

 

Worship:  April 9, the Holy Eucharist, Rite I, with Rev. Ray Brown.

Readings for Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew 26:14--27:66--27:11-54


Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Buddy Byrd, Jim Howe, Jr, Susan Gibbs Worrell, Jeffrey Mink, Sharon Hinderer, Walter Morris, Sr, Sarah Myers, Debra Richardson, Donna Rohrscheib, Nic Cole, Kuba Friedlander, David Henderson, Lena Cunningham, Kathy Sullivan, Kathy Bush, Billy Mitchell, Helen Ginn, and the family of John O Moore, and the family of Ronald Hyslip

Be sure to fill your Mite Boxes. These will be collected on Mother's Day and the children of the parish will bring them forward during offertory.

Egg hunt and reception will immediately follow the service in the garden.


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.


Church Office News and Announcements:

April 3, Monday -  Evening Prayer (chapel) at 5:30 pm

April 4, Tuesday -  Evening Prayer (chapel) at 5:30 pm

April 5, Wednesday -  Midweek Holy Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm

April 5, Wednesday -  Lenten Listening at Helena United Methodist Church at 12:00 noon. The speaker is Mark Husband with special music by Don Eastman.

April 6, Thursday -  Noonday Holy Eucharist (chapel) at 12:00 followed by “Picnic in the Pews” luncheon - ECW Hosts Allison Biederman and Royce Brown

April 8, Saturday - Altar Guild will meet at 9:30 to polish and make Palm crosses.

April 9, SUNDAY                

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

Lay Eucharist Minister – Jack Myers

Altar Guild – Bennett Sellers & Angie Fielder

Altar Flowers – Altar Guild

Special Music by Elizabeth Garcia

April 10, Monday - Evening Prayer (chapel) at 5:30 pm

April 11, Tuesday - Evening Prayer (chapel) at 5:30 pm

April 12, Wednesday -  Midweek Holy Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm

April 12, Wednesday -  Lenten Listening at Helena United Methodist Church at 12:00 noon. The speaker is Rev. Ray Brown with special music by Royce Brown.

April 13, ThursdayNoonday Holy Eucharist (chapel) at 12:00 followed by “Picnic in the Pews” luncheon - ECW Hosts Allison Biederman and Royce Brown

April 13, Thursday -  Maundy Thursday service will be at 5:30 in the sanctuary

April 14, Friday - Good Friday service at 12 noon.   At 5:30, we walk the Stations of the Cross.

April 15, Saturday - Altar Guild will decorate church for Easter at 10:00.

 

Easter lilies requests need to be turned in by April 10 to be recognized in the booklet.


 

 

             Easter Lilies 2017

 

I/We would like to order _________ Easter Lilies at $18 each.

 

Given by:________________________________________________

________________________________________________________

 

In Memory of: ________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________

 

In Honor of/ In Thanksgiving for: ________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________

 

Please make checks payable to St John’s Altar Guild

 

 

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      




March 29, 2017, 4:31 PM

Newsletter:

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

 

The Easter Lilies 2017 order form is included below and will be on table at the back of church.

 

From Fr. Ray

This coming Sunday, April 2, we are delighted to welcome Fr. Jason Alexander back to St. John’s.  Fr. Jason is on the bishop’s staff and has been a good friend to St. John’s. It is always a pleasure when he can be with us. We also welcome Mr. Drew Spencer-Bell who will be providing beautiful music for our service. Mr. Spencer-Bell and Ms. Dagmar Bergan will be playing several oboe/piano duets during our liturgy.  I am encouraging everyone in our St. John’s family to be present to welcome Fr. Jason and enjoy the lovely special music.  Blessings, Fr. Ray +

Commemorative Coffee Table Book

We are looking into the possibility of publishing a commemorative coffee table book at St. John’s.  The book would be hardcover and contain around 125 pages of beautiful pictures of the interior and exterior of our building. Also included would be pictures of all of the memorial kneelers along with an index of who created each one of them.  The approximate cost of the book would be between $75 and $100 depending on how many were ordered.  If this is something you would purchase if it was produced, please let Marjie know by calling the church office at 870-338-8115 or emailing office@saintjohnshelena.org 


Worship and Education News:

Adult Education:  Meets Sunday at 9:00 am, The 5 Marks of Love

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

Worship:  April 2, the Holy Eucharist, Rite I, with Rev. Jason Alexander.

Readings for Sunday (Fifth Sunday in Lent): Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 130; Romans 8:6-11; John 11:1-45


Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Buddy Byrd, Jim Howe, Jr, Susan Gibbs Worrell, Jeffrey Mink, Sharon Hinderer, Walter Morris, Sr, Sarah Myers, Debra Richardson, Carol Jennings, Donna Rohrscheib, Nic Cole, Kuba Friedlander, David Henderson, Lena Cunningham, John O Moore, Kathy Sullivan, Ronald Hyslip, Kathy Bush, Billy Mitchell, Helen Ginn, and the family of David Solomon


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.


Church Office News and Announcements:

Mar 29, Wed     Midweek Holy Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Mar 30, Thur    Noonday Holy Eucharist (chapel) at 12:00 followed by “Picnic in the Pews” luncheon - ECW Hosts Susan Carter and Lorraine Ferryman

April 2, SUNDAY         

Acolyte – Ann Lee

Lay Eucharist Minister – Gina Pillow

Altar Guild – Betsy Wright

Altar Flowers – Altar Guild

Apr 3, Mon    Evening Prayer (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Apr 4, Tues   Evening Prayer (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Apr 5, Wed   Midweek Holy Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Apr 5, Wed   Lenten Listening at Helena United Methodist Church at 12:00 noon. The speaker is Mark Husband with special music by Don Eastman.

Apr 6, Thur   Noonday Holy Eucharist (chapel) at 12:00 followed by “Picnic in the Pews” luncheon - ECW Hosts Allison Biederman and Royce Brown

Apr 8, Sat     Altar Guild will polish and make Palm crosses at 9:30.

Apr 15, Sat    Altar Guild will decorate church for Easter at 10:00.


Thank You!

 

Thank you ladies of St. John’s ECW for sponsoring the lovely Garden Party last Thursday.  Your wonderful dishes were very tasty!  I enjoyed meeting your friends from the surrounding churches and the Helena community.  Your kindness and friendship is deeply appreciated.

 

Thank you,

Royce Brown


 

Easter Lilies 2017

 

I/We would like to order _________ Easter Lilies at $18 each.

 

Given by:________________________________________________

________________________________________________________

 

In Memory of: ________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________

 

In Honor of/ In Thanksgiving for: ________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________

 

Please make checks payable to St John’s Altar Guild

 

 

 

Contact info for Fr. Ray:

Cell: 501-291-6262

Email:  rector@saintjohnshelena.org

St. John’s Church Office:

Phone:  870-338-8115     Fax:  870-338-8519                    

Email:   office@saintjohnshelena.org              

Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 770, Helena, AR 72342      


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