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August 25, 2016, 8:26 AM

Newsletter:

St. John’s Episcopal Church                         Sunday, August 28, 2016

 
LOUISIANA FLOOD RELIEF OFFERING
 
1 Corinthians 12:26
 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
 
This past week the St. John’s Family contributed $1,700 (as of Monday) for Louisiana flood relief.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated and is a sign of your commitment to those beyond our own walls.  These funds will be sent to Bishop Larry Benfield and distributed to Louisiana through his Discretionary Fund.
 
Since arriving at St. John’s last Spring I have been inspired by our congregation’s generosity.  Whether it is providing gifts cards for me to distribute to folks in need, assisting others through the Priest’s Discretionary Fund, supporting Children and Youth via the Ophelia Polk Moore Fund, contributing to a young mom and her newborn child or reaching out to new educators at Teach for America the St. John’s Family exhibits an ongoing concern for our neighbors in need.  We have been blessed in so very many ways.  Thank you for celebrating our many blessings by being a blessing to others.
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:  August 28th, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown. 
 
Readings for Sunday (Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost): Sirach 10:12-18; Psalm 112; Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16; Luke 14:1, 7-14.

 
Pastoral News:
 
Holy Unction and Prayers for the Healing will be on the first Thursday of each month at 12:00 Noon in the chapel.
 
Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Buddy Byrd, Carol Jennings, Sam Harris, Jim Howe, Jr., William Millard, Susan Gibbs Worrell, Jeffrey Mink, Richard Hargraves, Elena Hinderer, Sharon Hinderer, Belinda Hyslip, Walter Morris, Sr., Pat Wheeler, Dr. Marion McDaniel, Lena Cunningham, Rex Webb (son of John & Samantha Webb), Walt Morris, Katy Mouritsen, Joyce St. Columbia and for the family of Roger Dean (Nolan Dean’s uncle).
 
Outreach News:
 
The Samaritan’s Purse Donations that will fit in a shoe box can be placed in the basket by front door.  This month will be clothes and toys for boys and girls 10-14. 
             
Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The item from their wish list this week is toilet paper.   Plastic tubs for each are on the stair landing just outside the chapel.
 
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:
 
Thursday, August 25th, 12:00 Noon, Midweek Eucharist in the Chapel.
 
Sunday duties August 28, 2016:
 
Acolyte – Kathrine Wright
Lay Eucharistic Minister – Ann Lee
Altar Guild – Bennett Sellers & Angie Fielder
Altar Flowers – Mark & Melody Rogers
 
Thursday, September 1st, 12:00 Noon, Holy Unction and Prayers for the Healing in the Chapel.
 
Thursday, September 8th, 5:00 pm, All Alter Guild members will meet at the church.

 
One Hundredth Birthday Celebration:  October 21-23
 
Chairperson of Birthday Committee:  Maureen Jones
Invitations and Addresses:  Angie Fielder
Food:  Julie Pittman
Displays and Memorabilia:  Grace Henderson
Decorations:  Carla Myers
 
Please consider which of these groups you would like to help with and let the team leader know.  Plans now include a Wine and Cheese Reception on Friday evening and Worship Service on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 followed by a buffet dinner/reception in the undercroft.  

St John’s historical records:       Sunday School members in 1953 included Bobby Anders; Betty and Rachel Lynn Anderson; Jane, Lewis, and Tom Barlow; Elizabeth and Nina Beall; Johnny Broome; Eddie Brown; Ann and Jim Clopton; Lynne Coates; Jim Conditt; Jean, Kathy and Susan Cracraft; Jimmy Ruth DeGuion; Tookie Faulkner; Ann Hargraves; Joe Heslep; Jack, Marjorie and Nannice Hornor; W.B. Hudson Jr; David, Mary and Tap Jennings; Betty Zane and Ricky Johnson; Allison and Elizabeth Keesee; Alla Kusnetcaw, Mary Lambert; Nadia and Nicolai Milnic; Tommy Miller; Bobby and Nancy Nicholls; Jerry and Lee Pillow; Helen Polk; David and Murray Schrantz; Hilda, Johnny, Nina and Washa Salonks; Sue Topp; Dick and Tommy Titus; and Suzanne and Kathy Vandiver.

Contact info for Fr. Ray:
 
Cell: 501-291-6262
 
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  



August 17, 2016, 7:36 PM

St. John's Newsletter: Sunday, August 21, 2016


Worship and Education News

Adult Education:  Sunday,  August 21st, at 9:00 am.

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

Worship:  August 21st, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown. 

Readings for this Sunday (Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost): Isaiah 58:9b-14; Psalm 103:1-8; Hebrews 12:18-29; Luke 13:10-17.

Midweek Eucharist will be on Thursday, August 25th, at Noon.

 

Pastoral News:

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.

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Buddy Byrd, Carol Jennings,

Sam Harris, Jim Howe, Jr., William Millard, Susan Gibbs Worrell, Jeffrey Mink, Richard Hargraves, Elena Hinderer, Sharon Hinderer, Belinda Hyslip, Walter Morris, Sr., Walt Morris, Pat Wheeler, Dr. Marion McDaniel, Lena Cunningham, and teachers and students as we start this school year.

 

Outreach News:

The Samaritan’s Purse Donations that will fit in a shoe box can be placed in the basket by front door.  This month will be clothes and toys for boys and girls 10-14.       

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The item from their wish list this week is dish soap.   Plastic tubs for each are located at the stair landing just outside the chapel.

Humane Society of the Delta:  Donations needed are dog food, cat litter and large used bath towels.  There is a plastic tub for them also on the stair landing.

Grace Food Pantry labeled container in the narthex is for any plastic bags you might want to donate.

 

CHURCH OFFICE NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Thursday, August 18th, at 12:00 Noon, Midweek Eucharist in the Chapel.

Sunday duties August 21, 2016:

Acolyte – Mike Fielder

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Susan Carter

Altar Guild – Carla Myers

Altar Flowers – Stephen Barker

Thursday, August 25th, at 12:00 Noon, Midweek Eucharist in the Chapel.

Hope For The Future is a program offered through Alzheimer’s Arkansas.  If you have a loved one with dementia, or if you just want to know more about caring for those with dementia or alzheimer’s, I enthusiastically recommend this program.  It will be a half-day well spent.  Please call me if you would like to know more about this opportunity that is coming to Helena on Friday, September 8:30 am to 1:00 pm at UAMS East.  Additional information about this event can be found in following newsletters.  Blessings! -- Fr. Ray

One Hundredth Birthday Celebration:  Plans are underway for the 100th Birthday Celebration of the St. John’s church building on October 21-23 of this year.   The Birthday Committee held its first meeting on May 17.  The following persons have volunteered to head up the various teams that will be working to ensure we have a wonderful celebration:

Chairperson of Birthday Committee:  Maureen Jones

Invitations and Addresses:  Angie Fielder

Food:  Julie Pittman

Displays and Memorabilia:  Grace Henderson

Decorations:  Carla Myers

Please consider which of these groups you would like to help with and let the team leader know.  As of this time plans include a Wine and Cheese Reception on Friday evening, Worship Service on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. followed by a buffet dinner/reception in the undercroft.   More information will be provided in future newsletters.

St John’s historical records:  1965  Christmas Eve service: 340 persons were present.

Office:  If you know anyone that needs to be on the prayer list please contact the office in order to include them in the newsletter and the bulletins.  We also need to know when someone should be taken off.  Email, text or call, your help is greatly appreciated.

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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August 10, 2016, 4:41 PM

Newsletter:

St. John’s Episcopal Church                        Sunday, August 14, 2016

 

WORSHIP AND EDUCATION NEWS:

 

ADULT EDUCATION: Sunday, August 14th, at 9:00 am. We will continue to focus on the study of Matthew with Chapter 31 (N.T. Wright’s book).

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL: Will meet at 9:00 at the First United Methodist Church.

 

WORSHIP: August 14th, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown.

 

READINGS for this Sunday (Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost): Jeremiah 23:23-29; Psalm 82; Hebrews 11:29-12:2; Luke 12:49-56.

 

MIDWEEK EUCHARIST will be on Thursday, August 18th, at Noon.

 

PASTORAL NEWS:

 

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.

 

Please keep the following in your prayers: Buddy Wheeler, Buddy Byrd, Carol Jennings,

Sam Harris, Jim Howe, Jr., William Millard, Susan Gibbs Worrell, Jeffrey Mink, Richard Hargraves, Katy Mouritsen, Elena Hinderer, Sharon Hinderer, Belinda Hyslip, Walter Morris, Sr., Walt Morris, Pat Wheeler, Carol Simmons, Dr. Marion McDaniel, and teachers and students as we start this school year.

 

OUTREACH NEWS:

 

The Samaritan’s Purse: Donations that will fit in a shoe box can be placed in the basket by front door. This month will be clothes and toys for boys and girls 10-14.

           

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The item from their wish list this week is laundry detergent & bleach.  Plastic tubs for each are located at the stair landing just outside the chapel.

 

Humane Society of the Delta: Donations needed are dog food, cat litter and large used bath towels. There is a plastic tub for them also on the stair landing.

 

Grace Food Pantry labeled container in the narthex is for any plastic bags you might want to donate.

 

CHURCH OFFICE NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Thursday, August 11th, at 12:00 Noon, Midweek Eucharist in the Chapel.

 

Sunday duties August 14, 2016:

 

Acolyte – Katherine Wright

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Jack Myers

Altar Guild – Betsy Wright

Altar Flowers – Ed Pat, Betsy, & Rachel Wright

 

Monday, August 15th, at 5:30, VESTRY will meet in the undercroft.

 

Thursday, August 18th, at 12:00 Noon, Midweek Eucharist in the Chapel.

 

Hope For The Future is a program offered through Alzheimer’s Arkansas.  If you have a loved one with dementia, or if you just want to know more about caring for those with dementia or alzheimer’s, I enthusiastically recommend this program.  It will be a half-day well spent.  Please call me if you would like to know more about this opportunity that is coming to Helena on Friday, September 8:30 am to 1:00 pm at UAMS East.  Additional information about this event can be found in following newsletters.  Blessings! -- Fr. Ray

One Hundredth Birthday Celebration: Plans are underway for the 100th Birthday Celebration of the St. John’s church building on October 21-23 of this year.   The Birthday Committee held its first meeting on May 17. The following persons have volunteered to head up the various teams that will be working to ensure we have a wonderful celebration:

Chairperson of Birthday Committee: Maureen Jones

Invitations and Addresses: Angie Fielder

Food: Julie Pittman

Displays and Memorabilia: Grace Henderson

Decorations: Carla Myers

 

Please consider which of these groups you would like to help with and let the team leader know. As of this time plans include a Wine and Cheese Reception on Friday evening, Worship Service on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. followed by a buffet dinner/reception in the undercroft.   More information will be provided in future newsletters.

St John’s historical records: The Women's Missionary Society in 1879 paid the monthly salary for the organist. The salary was $8.00 per month.

Office: If you know anyone that needs to be on the prayer list please contact the office in order to include them in the newsletter and the bulletins. We also need to know when someone should be taken off. Email, text or call, your help is greatly appreciated.

 

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

Web Site: http://saintjohnshelena.org

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




August 4, 2016, 8:35 AM

Newsletter:

St. John’s Episcopal Church                          Sunday, August 7, 2016

 

WORSHIP AND EDUCATION NEWS:

 

ADULT EDUCATION:  Sunday, August 7th, at 9:00 am.  We will continue to focus on the study of Matthew with Chapter 30 (N.T. Wright’s book).

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL:   Will meet at 9:00 at the First United Methodist Church.

 

WORSHIP:  August 7th, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown. 

 

READINGS for this Sunday (Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost): Genesis 15:1-6; Psalm 33:12-22; Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16; Luke 12:32-40.

 

MIDWEEK EUCHARIST will be on Thursday, August 11th, at Noon.

 

PASTORAL NEWS:

 

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.

 

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Buddy Byrd, Carol Jennings,

Sam Harris, Jim Howe, Jr., William Millard, Susan Gibbs Worrell, Jeffrey Mink, Richard Hargraves, Katy Mouritsen, Elena Hinderer, Sharon Hinderer, Belinda Hyslip, Walter Morris, Sr., Walt Morris, Pat Wheeler, Carol Simmons, and Dr. Marion McDaniel.

 

OUTREACH NEWS:

 

The ECW meeting this month will be at church in the undercroft on August 8th at 5:00.  Please bring items for boys or girls ages 5-9 so we can fill more boxes for Operation Christmas Child.  If anyone needs boxes to fill on their own, please contact Bennette Morris (870-338-1340).

The Samaritan’s Purse:  Donations that will fit in a shoe box can be placed in the basket by front door. 

             

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The item from their wish list this week is cleaning supplies.   Plastic tubs for each are located at the stair landing just outside the chapel.

 

Humane Society of the Delta:  Donations needed are dog food, cat litter and large used bath towels.  There is a plastic tub for them also on the stair landing.

 

Grace Food Pantry labeled container in the narthex is for any plastic bags you might want to donate.

 

CHURCH OFFICE NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Thursday, August 4th, at 12:00 Noon, Holy Unction & Prayers for the Healing in the Chapel.

 

Sunday duties August 7, 2016:

 

Acolyte – Ed Pat Wright

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Gina Pillow

Altar Guild – Allison Biederman

Altar Flowers – Betty Bush

 

Monday, August 8th, at 5:00, ECW will meet at the church in the undercroft.

 

Thursday, August 11th, at 12:00 Noon, Midweek Eucharist in the Chapel.

 

Hope For The Future is a program offered through Alzheimer’s Arkansas.  While living in Little Rock I attended this event and found in to be greatly helpful as I dealt with family members of persons with dementia.  When my mother was diagnosed with dementia and I moved her from Florida to Arkansas I found Alzheimer’s Arkansas, and particularly Hope For The Future, to be a tremendous resource.  If you have a loved one with dementia, or if you just want to know more about caring for those with dementia, I enthusiastically recommend this program.  It will be a half-day well spent.  Please call me if you would like to know more about this opportunity that is coming to Helena on Friday, September 9 at UAMS East.  Additional information about this event can be found in next week's newsletter.  Blessings! -- Fr. Ray

One Hundredth Birthday Celebration:  Plans are underway for the 100th Birthday Celebration of the St. John’s church building on October 21-23 of this year.   The Birthday Committee held its first meeting on May 17.  The following persons have volunteered to head up the various teams that will be working to ensure we have a wonderful celebration:

Chairperson of Birthday Committee:  Maureen Jones

Invitations and Addresses:  Angie Fielder

Food:  Julie Pittman

Displays and Memorabilia:  Grace Henderson

Decorations:  Carla Myers

 

Please consider which of these groups you would like to help with and let the team leader know.  As of this time plans include a Wine and Cheese Reception on Friday evening, Worship Service on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. followed by a buffet dinner/reception in the undercroft.   More information will be provided in future newsletters. 

St John’s historical records "Back in the day" (as they say), children were awarded pins if they had perfect attendance at Sunday School. Not so today, so if we hurt Tom Miller’s or Jack Hornor's feelings by telling that when they were just little boys in 1955 they missed 9 or 10 Sundays out of 52 in a year, we apologize, and we admit that our own adult attendance isn't perfect, either.  To have been in Sunday school 41 and 42 out of 52 weeks is actually mighty good

The Women's Missionary Society in 1879 paid the monthly salary for the organist. The salary was $8.00 per month.

 

Office:  If you know anyone that needs to be on the prayer list please contact the office in order to include them in the newsletter and the bulletins.  We also need to know when someone should be taken off.  Email, text or call, your help is greatly appreciated.

 

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

Web Site:  http://saintjohnshelena.org  

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




July 28, 2016, 7:37 AM

Newsletter:

St. John’s Episcopal Church                          Sunday, July 31, 2016

 

WORSHIP AND EDUCATION NEWS:

 

ADULT EDUCATION:  Sunday, July 31st, at 9:00 am.  We will continue to focus on the study of Matthew with Chapter 29 (N.T. Wright’s book).

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL:   Will meet at 9:00 at the First United Methodist Church.

 

WORSHIP:  July 31st, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown. 

 

READINGS for this Sunday (Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost): Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23; Psalm 49:1-11; Colossians 3:1-11; Luke 12:13-21.

 

MIDWEEK EUCHARIST will be on Thursday, August 4th, at Noon.

 

 PASTORAL NEWS:

 

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.

 

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Buddy Byrd, Carol Jennings,

Sam Harris, Jim Howe, Jr., Janet Juengel, William Millard, Susan Gibbs Worrell, Jeffrey Mink, Richard Hargraves, Katy Mouritsen, Elena Hinderer, Belinda Hyslip, Walter Morris, Sr.,

Walt Morris, Pat Wheeler, Carol Simmons, and Dr. Marion McDaniel.

 

OUTREACH NEWS:

 

The Samaritan’s Purse Donations that will fit in a shoe box can be placed in the basket by front door.  Donations for July: Clothes for boys and girls 5 to 9

             

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The item from their wish list this week is toilet tissue.   Plastic tubs are located at the stair landing just outside the chapel.

 

Humane Society of the Delta:  Donations needed are dog food, cat litter and large used bath towels.  There is a plastic tub for them also on the stair landing.

 

Grace Food Pantry labeled container in the narthex is for any plastic bags you might want to donate.

 

CHURCH OFFICE NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Midweek Eucharist is cancelled for Thursday July 28.

 

Sunday duties July 31st, 2016:

 

Acolyte – Ed Pat Wright

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Ann Lee

Altar Guild – Jeannie Turley

Altar Flowers – Gill & Jessica Pillow

 

Thursday, August 4th, at 12:00 Noon, Midweek Eucharist in the Chapel.

 

Hope For The Future is a program offered through Alzheimer’s Arkansas.  While living in Little Rock I attended this event and found in to be greatly helpful as I dealt with family members of persons with dementia.  When my mother was diagnosed with dementia and I moved her from Florida to Arkansas I found Alzheimer’s Arkansas, and particularly Hope For The Future, to be a tremendous resource.  If you have a loved one with dementia, or if you just want to know more about caring for those with dementia, I enthusiastically recommend this program.  It will be a half-day well spent.  Please call me if you would like to know more about this opportunity that is coming to Helena on Friday, September 9 at UAMS East.  Additional information about this event can be found in this week's newsletter.  Blessings! -- Fr. Ray

One Hundredth Birthday Celebration:  Plans are underway for the 100th Birthday Celebration of the St. John’s church building on October 21-23 of this year.   The Birthday Committee held its first meeting on May 17.  The following persons have volunteered to head up the various teams that will be working to ensure we have a wonderful celebration:

Chairperson of Birthday Committee:  Maureen Jones

Invitations and Addresses:  Angie Fielder

Food:  Julie Pittman

Displays and Memorabilia:  Grace Henderson

Decorations:  Carla Myers

 

Please consider which of these groups you would like to help with and let the team leader know.  As of this time plans include a Wine and Cheese Reception on Friday evening, Worship Service on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. followed by a buffet dinner/reception in the undercroft.   More information will be provided in future newsletters. 

St John’s historical records According to the Sunday School attendance records of 1955, Tom Miller missed Sunday School 9 times but Jack Hornor missed 10 times!

 

Office:  If you know anyone that needs to be on the prayer list please contact the office in order to include them in the newsletter and the bulletins.  We also need to know when someone should be taken off.  Email, text or call, your help is greatly appreciated.

 

 

 

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

Web Site:  http://saintjohnshelena.org  

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


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