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June 8, 2018, 6:58 AM

Newsletter:



St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, June 10, 2018


From Fr. Ray+

 

Last Sunday we kicked off a new Adult Sunday School class entitled “Short Stories of Jesus.”  The brief video of Dr. Amy-Jill Levine was excellent, as was the discussion by the class.  This week we will be taking a fresh look at the parable of The Good Samaritan. Dr. Levine helps us better understand these familiar parables by broadening our understanding of the cultural context in which Jesus first spoke them.  These parables of our Lord have a timeless quality that speaks to our world just as they did to Jesus’ first listeners.  Please consider joining us at 9:15 on Sunday mornings!

Sunday, June 17 is Father’s Day and is also the date of our next Fellowship Gathering at St. John’s.  Our Fellowship Committee is hosting a Baked Potato Luncheon in the undercroft immediately following worship.  Hot baked potatoes and delicious toppings will guarantee no one leaves hungry!

By way of reminder, we celebrate a mid-week Eucharist in the chapel every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. On the first Wednesday of the month we conduct a Healing Eucharist with unction (anointing with oil). Wednesday, June 6 is the date of our next Healing Eucharist.


 

Do you have a tux, or other men's formal wear, that has "shrunk" over the years or that you no longer wear?  If so, please consider donating it to the Pop Up Prom Shop.  Last year this group started collecting used prom dresses and they are now expanding their mission to include formal wear for young men. Sarah Melby, who is on the staff at Thrive, along with others from area schools, are coordinating this worthwhile project.  Back in the dark ages I paid $16 to rent a tux for prom.  The cost today is close to $200. If you would like to donate clothes or money to this project you can email Sarah at sarah@thrivecenter.org or drop off your donation at the church and we will deliver it for you.  Thank You!  

 

Blessings, Fr. Ray+


 

Worship and Education News:

Adult Sunday School:  Meets Sunday at 9:00 am. 

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

Worship:  June 10, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Third Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 5 Genesis 3:8-15; Psalm 130; 2 Corinthians 4:13—5:1; Mark 3:20-35


Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Susan Worrell, Debra Richardson, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Jimmy Billingsley, Larry Bryant, Lynn Jordan, Ray Worley, Chris Walters, Carol Jennings, Nancy Howe, Jim Howe, Donald W. Merritt, Parker Pace, Heather Treat,  Julie Ann Doan, Courtney Turner, Sheila Fraiser, Melinda Roberts, Samantha Webb, Donald Knapp, Katy Mouritsen, Gwen Newkirk, Blake Robertson, Harper Pittman, Rev. Arnold Hearn, Aiden Hyslip, and P.J. Clay.


 

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 tubs are on the stair landing by the chapel.

Grace Food Pantryplastic bags go in the labeled container in the narthex.

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

 


Church Office News and Announcements:

Jun 6, Wed at 4:00 pm - Altar Guild Polish Day

Jun 6, Wed at 5:30 pmMidweek Healing & Eucharist (chapel)

June 10, SUN at 10:30 am –

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

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Gina Pillow

Altar Guild – Carla Myers & Royce Brown

Altar Flowers – Mrs. Frank Jeffett

Jun 11, Mon at 5:00 - ECW will meet at Susan Carter’s house

Jun 13, Wed at 5:30 pmMidweek Eucharist (chapel)

Altar Guild – Carla Myers & Royce Brown

Jun 14, Thu from 5:30 - 7:00 pm - Helena Museum of Phillips County invites you to celebrate another successful year.  A special honoree will be Otis Howe. (Invitation below)


The website to purchase St John’s church photos is https://stjohnsepiscopalchurch.pixieset.com.  All proceeds will go to support Young Life of Phillips County.  Photographs can also be viewed in the church office.

St. John’s T-shirts are available with sizes from S through 3XL.  The price is $15. 


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

Street address:  625 Pecan St., Helena,  AR




May 30, 2018, 6:23 AM

Newsletter:



St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, June 3, 2018


From Fr. Ray+

 

We are starting a new six week study in the Adult Sunday School Class this week!  The title of the class is Short Stories by Jesus and features brief videos of Dr. Amy-Jill Levine from the Divinity School at Vanderbilt University. One reviewer of this study had this to say about Dr. Levine:

As a Jewish scholar and a clever raconteur, Levine is endowed with peculiar gifts to help us achieve her purpose: recovering “the art of hearing a parable,” where context helps us “to determine what is normal and what is absurd.”

Please consider joining us at 9:15 Sunday morning as we begin this short study of some of Jesus’ best known parables. 

 


Earlier this year we gathered for lunch after worship and discussed those things we value and appreciate about St. John’s Church.  Based on that discussion, we have created three teams that will consider how we focus our future ministries on those three dimensions of our life together. Several folks have agreed to serve on each team, but others are certainly welcome. If you would like to be part of one, or more, of these teams, please let Fr. Ray know. The three teams are:

  • Worship and Liturgy
  • Mission and Outreach
  • Discipleship and Spiritual Development

 

Do you have a tux, or other men's formal wear, that has "shrunk" over the years or that you no longer wear? If so, please consider donating it to the Pop Up Prom Shop.  Last year this group started collecting used prom dresses and they are now expanding their mission to include formal wear for young men. Sarah Melby, who is on the staff at Thrive, along with others from area schools, are coordinating this worthwhile project.  Back in the dark ages I paid $16 to rent a tux for prom.  The cost today is close to $200. If you would like to donate clothes or money to this project you can email Sarah at sarah@thrivecenter.org or drop off your donation at the church and we will deliver it for you.  Thank You!   (See below)

 

Blessings, Fr. Ray+


 

Worship and Education News:

Adult Sunday School:  Meets Sunday at 9:00 am. 

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

Worship:  June 3, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Second Sunday after Pentecost: Deuteronomy 5:12-15; Psalm 81:1-10; 2 Corinthians 4:5-12; Mark 2:23—3:6


Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Susan Worrell, Debra Richardson, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Jimmy Billingsley, Larry Bryant, Lynn Jordan, Ray Worley, Chris Walters, Carol Jennings, Nancy Howe, Jim Howe, Donald W. Merritt, Parker Pace, Heather Treat,  Julie Ann Doan, Courtney Turner, Sheila Fraiser, Melinda Roberts, Samantha Webb, Donald Knapp, Katy Mouritsen, Gwen Newkirk, Blake Robertson, Harper Pittman, Rev. Arnold Hearn, Aiden Hyslip, and P.J. Clay.


 

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 tubs are on the stair landing by the chapel.

Grace Food Pantryplastic bags go in the labeled container in the narthex.

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

 


Church Office News and Announcements:

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

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves

June 3, SUN at 10:30 am

Acolyte – Mike Fielder

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Mike Fielder

Altar Guild – Betsy Wright & Jayne Morris

Altar Flowers – Mrs. Wilson Howe

Jun 6, Wed at 4:00 pm - Altar Guild Polish Day

Jun 6, Wed at 5:30 pm - Midweek Eucharist (chapel)

Altar Guild –


The website to purchase St John’s Church photos is https://stjohnsepiscopalchurch.pixieset.com.  All proceeds will go to support Young Life of Phillips County.  Photographs can also be viewed in the church office.

St. John’s T-shirts are available with sizes from S through 3XL.  The price is $15. 


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

Street address:  625 Pecan St., Helena, AR




May 23, 2018, 8:40 AM

Newsletter:


St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, May 27, 2018


From Fr. Ray+

 

John 13:35 says,

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

It was a great joy watching the many expressions of love last Sunday at St. John’s!  Our members and friends went out of their way to make sure graduating senior Marzell Moody knows that he is loved by his church family.  Members of our Fellowship Committee did a great job preparing and serving Marzell’s favorite foods and decorating the undercroft. Recognizing Marzell’s need for a phone, the ECW gave him a new phone along with six months of pre-paid service.  That will be a huge help when he starts college in a few months.   Also, many folks provided encouragement to Marzell with congratulatory cards and cash gifts.  Please accept my sincere THANK YOU to all who did so much to make the reception for Marzell such a wonderful experience!  In his sermon at the royal wedding last week, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said that only love has the power to change our world.  He was right.  May we, by God’s grace, continue to change the world by the power of love. 


 

Earlier this year we gathered for lunch after worship and discussed those things we value and appreciate about St. John’s Church.  Based on that discussion, we have created three teams that will consider how we focus our future ministries on those three dimensions of our life together. Several folks have agreed to serve on each team, but others are certainly welcome. If you would like to be part of one, or more, of these teams, please let Fr. Ray know. The three teams are:

  • Worship and Liturgy
  • Mission and Outreach
  • Discipleship and Spiritual Development

 

Blessings, Fr. Ray+


 

Worship and Education News:

Adult Sunday School:  Meets Sunday at 9:00 am. 

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

Worship:  May 27, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for First Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity Sunday Isaiah 6:1-8; Psalm 29; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-17


Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Jim Howe, Jr, Susan Worrell, Debra Richardson, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Jimmy Billingsley, Larry Bryant, Lynn Jordan, Ray Worley, Chris Walters, Carol Jennings, Nancy Howe, Jim Howe, Donald W. Merritt, Parker Pace, Heather Treat, Annie Fielder, Julie Ann Doan, Courtney Turner, Sheila Fraiser, Melinda Roberts, Samantha Webb, Donald Knapp, Katy Mouritsen, Gwen Newkirk, Blake Robertson, Jerry Wenzel, Harper Pittman, Rev. Arnold Hearn, Aiden Hyslip, and P.J. Clay.


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 tubs are on the stair landing by the chapel.

Grace Food Pantryplastic bags go in the labeled container in the narthex.

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

 


Church Office News and Announcements:

May 23, Wed at 5:30 pm - Midweek Eucharist (chapel)

Altar Guild – Julie Pittman

May 27, SUN at 10:30 amTrinity Sunday

Acolyte – Ben Pittman

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Susan Carter

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves

Altar Flowers – Ned, Jill, Mary, Eli, & Katherine Pillow

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

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves


The website to purchase St John’s church photos is https://stjohnsepiscopalchurch.pixieset.com.  All proceeds will go to support Young Life of Phillips County.  Photographs can also be viewed in the church office.

St. John’s T-shirts are available with sizes from S through 3XL.  The price is $15. 


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

Street address: 625 Pecan St., Helena, AR




May 16, 2018, 8:27 AM

Newsletter:


St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, May 20, 2018


From Fr. Ray+

 

This coming Sunday, May 20, is Pentecost Sunday.   The scriptures, music and collects for the day all point us to the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the church on this day.   Elizabeth Garcia will be making her last visit to St. John’s this week, since she will be moving to New England in the near future.  We have been blessed by Elizabeth’s past visits to St. John’s and look forward to having her with us one last time.   Following worship, we will gather in the undercroft for lunch.  Our luncheon is not a potluck, so all you need to bring is yourself.   Also, we will be celebrating Marzell Moody’s graduation from Central High School.  Marzell was confirmed as a member of St. John’s earlier this year when the bishop made his annual pastoral visit.  Marzell is a fine young man who has endeared himself to our St. John’s family.   I hope you will join us as we celebrate this milestone in his life.


Congratulations to Alex Mouritsen (son of Elena Hinderer) on his graduation from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering.

 

Earlier this year we gathered for lunch after worship and discussed those things we value and appreciate about St. John’s Church.  Based on that discussion, we have created three teams that will consider how we focus our future ministries on those three dimensions of our life together. Several folks have agreed to serve on each team, but others are certainly welcome. If you would like to be part of one, or more, of these teams, please let Fr. Ray know. The three teams are:

  • Worship and Liturgy
  • Mission and Outreach
  • Discipleship and Spiritual Development

 

Blessings, Fr. Ray+


 

Worship and Education News:

Adult Sunday School:  Meets Sunday at 9:00 am. 

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

Worship:  May 20, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for The Day of Pentecost: Whitsunday Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 104:25-35, 37; Acts 2:1-21; John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15


Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Jim Howe, Jr, Susan Worrell, Debra Richardson, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Jimmy Billingsley, Larry Bryant, Lynn Jordan, Ray Worley, Chris Walters, Carol Jennings, Nancy Howe, Jim Howe, Donald W. Merritt, Parker Pace, Heather Treat, Annie Fielder, Julie Ann Doan, Courtney Turner, Sheila Fraiser, Melinda Roberts, Samantha Webb, Donald Knapp, Katy Mouritsen, Gwen Newkirk, Blake Robertson, Jerry Wenzel, Harper Pittman, Rev. Arnold Hearn, and Neville Jones.


 

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 tubs are on the stair landing by the chapel.

Grace Food Pantryplastic bags go in the labeled container in the narthex.

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

 


Church Office News and Announcements:

May 16, Wed at 5:30 pm - Midweek Eucharist (chapel)

Altar Guild – Maureen Jones

May 20, SUN at 10:30 amThe Day of Pentecost

Acolyte – Ed Pat Wright & West Hornor

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Susan Carter

Altar Guild – Julie Pittman

Altar Flowers – Neville & Maureen Jones

Immediately following worship, lunch will be served in the undercroft.

May 21, Mon – Vestry will meet in the undercroft at 5:30 pm.

May 23, Wed at 5:30 pm - Midweek Eucharist (chapel)

Altar Guild – Julie Pittman


The website to purchase St John’s church photos is https://stjohnsepiscopalchurch.pixieset.com.  All proceeds will go to support Young Life of Phillips County.  Photographs can also be viewed in the church office.

St. John’s T-shirts are available with sizes from S through 3XL.  The price is $15. 


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

Street address: 625 Pecan St., Helena,  AR




May 11, 2018, 9:12 AM

Newsletter:


St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, May 13, 2018


From Fr. Ray+

 

In Acts 2:42 we learn that the early Christian community “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”  Two thousand years later, we still strive to incorporate each of these activities into our life together.   Our fellowship committee plans numerous events throughout the year to promote the “fellowship” part of our life together.  The next event will be a luncheon after church on Sunday, May 20.  Not only is May 20 Pentecost Sunday, it is also the occasion on which we will celebrate Marzell Moody’s graduation from Central High School.  I hope you will join us as we celebrate the Birthday of Church as well as an important milestone in the life of Marzell.    Blessings, Fr. Ray+


The Adult Sunday School Class will be using material from the DVD and book Fear of the Other, by retired Methodist Bishop Will Willimon.  The publisher describes this book as follows:

Tolerate one another.  Wait.  Isn’t that supposed to be love one another?  It’s one thing to genuinely love people who are more or less the same as we are, but what about those who are not only strangers, but people who live completely different lives?  Reliable spiritual guide Will Willimon invites you to look more closely at the gospel’s command to love—because to genuinely love those considered to be "Other" may be the hardest thing for people of faith to do.

Melody Rogers and I will be sharing responsibility for leading this class on Sunday mornings.  If there is sufficient interest, I am willing to lead the class in a weekday setting, too.  If interested, please let me know.

What is the Christian response in a world that is increasingly polarized by politics, religion, economics, race, class and other “isms?”  How do we go about loving those who are different from us, whether they be across the street or on the other side of the globe?  These and other questions will be considered.  You are invited to join us at 9:15 on Sunday mornings.

Blessings, Fr. Ray +


 

Worship and Education News:

Adult Sunday School:  Meets Sunday at 9:00 am. 

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

Worship:  May 13, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Seventh Sunday of Easter: Acts 1:15-17, 21-26; Psalm 1; 1 John 5:9-13; John 17:6-19


Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Jim Howe, Jr, Susan Worrell, Debra Richardson, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Jimmy Billingsley, Larry Bryant, Lynn Jordan, Ray Worley, Chris Walters, Carol Jennings, Nancy Howe, Jim Howe, Donald W. Merritt, Parker Pace, Heather Treat, Annie Fielder, Julie Ann Doan, Courtney Turner, Sheila Fraiser, Melinda Roberts, Samantha Webb, Donald Knapp, Katy Mouritsen, Gwen Newkirk, Blake Robertson, Jerry Wenzel, Harper Pittman, and Rev. Arnold Hearn.


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 tubs are on the stair landing by the chapel.

Grace Food Pantryplastic bags go in the labeled container in the narthex.

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

 


Church Office News and Announcements:

May 9, Wed at 5:30 pm, Midweek Eucharist (chapel)

Altar Guild – Susan Carter

May 13, SUN at 10:30 am – Seventh Sunday of Easter

Acolyte – Chris Rogers

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Jack Myers

Altar Guild – Maureen Jones

Altar Flowers – Happy Mother’s Day!

May 16, Wed at 5:30 pm, Midweek Eucharist (chapel)

Altar Guild – Maureen Jones


The website to purchase St John’s church photos is https://stjohnsepiscopalchurch.pixieset.com.  All proceeds will go to support Young Life of Phillips County.  Photographs can also be viewed in the church office.

St. John’s T-shirts are available with sizes from S through 3XL.  The price is $15. 


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

Street address: 625 Pecan St., Helena, AR 


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