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July 23, 2016, 3:46 PM

Newsletter

St. John’s Episcopal Church                      Sunday, July 24, 2016

WORSHIP AND EDUCATION NEWS:

 ADULT EDUCATION: Sunday, July 24th, 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 24th, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown.

READINGS for this Sunday (Tenth Sunday after Pentecost) areGenesis 18:20-32; Psalm 138; Colossians 2:6-15, 16-19; Luke 11:1-13.

MIDWEEK EUCHARIST will be on Thursday, July 28th, 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 prayersBuddy 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, Walt Morris, Walter Morris, Sr., 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 ispaper towels. Plastic tubs are located at the stair landing just outside the chapel.

 

Humane Society of the DeltaDonations 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, July 21st, at 12:00 Noon, Midweek Eucharist in the Chapel.

 Sunday duties July 24th, 2016:

 Acolyte – Katherine Wright

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Mike Fielder

Altar Guild – Maureen Jones

Altar Flowers – Bob and Jim Anders

 Monday, July 25thVestry will meet in the undercroft at 5:30.

 Thursday, July 28th, at 12:00 Noon,Midweek Eucharistin the Chapel.

 There are two open dates for Altar flowers inAugust (the 14th and the 21st).

 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 onFriday, 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.

 

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 13, 2016, 3:42 PM

Newsletter:

St. John’s Episcopal Church                        Sunday, July 17, 2016

 

   WORSHIP AND EDUCATION NEWS:

 

ADULT EDUCATION: Sunday, July 17th, at 9:00 am. We will continue to focus on the study of Matthew with Chapter 28 (N.T. Wright’s book).

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

WORSHIP: July 17th, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown.

READINGS for this Sunday (Ninth Sunday after Pentecost) are: Genesis 18:1-10a; Psalm 5; Colossians 1:15-28; Luke 10:38-42.

MIDWEEK EUCHARIST will be on Thursday, July 21st, at Noon.

 

   PASTORAL NEWS:

 

Fun, Food and Fellowship time in the chapel, Sunday, July 17th,immediately following the service to share with the second Together for Hope group.

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.

On Saturday, July 16th, All Altar Guild members   will meet at 10:00 am to polish. Immediately afterward lunch will be provided at Rio Lindo’s. As always, if you are unable to attend, go before and polish and leave a list on the sacristy counter of what you did.

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, Walt Morris, Walter Morris, Sr., Pat Wheeler, Carol Simmons, Dr. Marion McDaniel, and the family of Rick Johnson.

 

    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 cleaning supplies. 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:

 

Wednesday, July 13th, 10:30 am and 6:30 pm THE CALL final meetings

Thursday, July 14th, at 12:00 Noon, Midweek Eucharist in the Chapel.

Saturday, July 16th, at 10:00 am, All Altar Guild member to polish at church.

Sunday duties July 17th, 2016:

   Acolyte – Ann Lee

   Lay Eucharistic Minister – Susan Carter

   Altar Guild – Julie Pittman

   Altar Flowers – Jimmy Mixon

Sunday, July 17th, Fun, Food and Fellowship time in the chapel immediately following the service to share with the second Together for Hope group.

Monday, July 18th, at 5:30 pm, Vestry will meet at the church.

Thursday, July 21st, at 12:00 Noon, Midweek Eucharist in the Chapel.

 

St John’s is hosting 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. On Sunday, July 10th and July 17th we will provide a Fun, Food and Fellowship time in the chapel immediately following the service.

There are two open dates for Altar flowers in August (Sunday the 14th and the 21st).

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.

 

Freeman Playground: To keep up with the progress of the Freeman Playground, like their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/freemanplayground. For more information on how to donate, make an in-kind donation, or volunteer contact Misti Freeman Staley at 770-490-9973.

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 7, 2016, 10:25 AM

Newsletter

St. John’s Episcopal Church    Sunday, July 10, 2016

 

 WORSHIP AND EDUCATION NEWS:

 

ADULT EDUCATION: Sunday, July 10th, at 9:00 am. We will continue to focus on the study of Matthew and finish Chapter 27 and start on Chapter 28 (N.T. Wright’s book).

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

WORSHIP: July 10th, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown.

READINGS for this Sunday (Eighth Sunday after Pentecost) areDeuteronomy 30:9-14;

Psalm 25:1-9; Colossians 1:1-14; Luke 10:25-37.

MIDWEEK EUCHARIST will be on Thursday, July 14th, at Noon.

 

PASTORAL NEWS:

 

Fun, Food and Fellowship time in the chapel, Sunday, July 10th,immediately following the service to share with the Together for Hope group.

THE CALL a DVD study and discussion of the life of St. Paul will have our last meeting Wednesday, July 13thMeeting times are: 10:30 A.M. and 6:30 P.M.

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, Walt Morris, Walter Morris, Sr., Pat Wheeler, and the family of Rick Johnson.

 

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 (ALL MUST FIT IN SHOE BOX)

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

Humane Society of the DeltaDonations needed aredog food, cat litter and large used bath towels.There is a plastic tub for them also on the stair landing.

There is a new outreach project at St. John’s. As you know, we support Grace Food pantry financially each month and with volunteers from the church. Each week the food is packed in plastic grocery/Walmart bags and handed out. We have a labeled container in the narthex for any plastic bags you might want to donate. It is a great way to recycle, help Grace Food pantry and those in need in our community. Thanks for your bags and support.

 

CHURCH OFFICE NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Thursday, July 7th, at 12:00 Noon, Midweek Eucharist in the Chapel.

Sunday duties July 10th, 2016:

 

Acolyte – Ned Pillow

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Jack Myers

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves

Altar Flowers – Susan Carter

 

There aretwo open dates for Altar flowers in August(Sunday the 14th and the 21st).

Sunday, July 10th,Fun, Food and Fellowship time in the chapel immediately following the service to share with the Together for Hope group.

Wednesday, July 13th, at10:30 AM and at 6:30 PM,THE CALL(last meeting) in the undercroft.

Thursday, July 14th, at 12:00 Noon, Midweek Eucharist in the Chapel.

Blood Drive: Life Blood will be at PCCUA onThursday, July 7th, 2016, from 1:00 pm till 6:00 pm. Please contact Julie Pittman (jpittman@pccua.eduor 870-714-0358) to participate.

 

The Freeman Playground groundbreaking is set for Friday, July 8th, Noon-1:30 pm at the corner of Beech and Market Streets in downtown, Helena. St. John’s Episcopal Churchwill provide hot dogs, chips, watermelon, and water.Come meet your neighbors, have lunch, and find out more about the Freeman Playground.

 

Beginning July 8th – July 22ndSt 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 10th and July 17th 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.

 

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.

 

Freeman Playground:To keep up with the progress of the Freeman Playground, like their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/freemanplayground. For more information on how to donate, make an in-kind donation, or volunteer contact Misti Freeman Staley at 770-490-9973.

 

The next Cherry Street Fair will be July 9th from 5-8 pm. This is a great place to visit with friends and neighbors, enjoy some delicious food or cool off with a cold brew in the beer garden.

 

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.

We would like to update our directory information on all members. This includes address, home phone, cell phones, and email addresses. Please let the office know yours by email or text to office@saintjohnshelena.org or call the office. Thank you.

 

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




June 29, 2016, 3:40 PM

Newsletter:

St. John’s Episcopal Church                        Sunday, July 3, 2016

 

WORSHIP AND EDUCATION NEWS:

 

ADULT EDUCATION: Sunday, July 3rd, at 9:00 am. We will continue to focus on the study of Matthew with Chapter 27 (N.T. Wright’s book).

 

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

 

WORSHIP: July 3rd, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown.

 

READINGS for this Sunday (Seventh Sunday after Pentecost) are: Isaiah 66:10-14; Psalm 66:1-8; Galatians 6:1-6, 7-16; Luke 10:1-11, 16-20.

 

MIDWEEK EUCHARIST will be on Thursday, July 7th, at Noon.

 

PASTORAL NEWS:

 

THE CALL a DVD study and discussion of the life of St. Paul will meet Wednesday, July 7th. Meeting times are: 10:30 A.M. and 6:30 P.M. and will continue through July 13th. For further information, call Fr. Ray or Marjie at the church office.

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, Walt Morris, Katy Mouritsen, and Elena Hinderer.

 

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.

 

There is a new outreach project at St. John’s. As you know, we support Grace Food pantry financially each month and with volunteers from the church. Each week the food is packed in plastic grocery/Walmart bags and handed out. We have a labeled container in the narthex for any plastic bags you might want to donate. It is a great way to recycle, help Grace Food pantry and those in need in our community. Thanks for your bags and support. Father Ray will take the bags to the pantry on the days he volunteers.

 

CHURCH OFFICE NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Wednesday, June 29th, at 10:30 AM and at 6:30 PM, THE CALL will meet.

 

Thursday, June 30th, at 12:00 Noon, Midweek Eucharist in the Chapel.

 

Sunday duties July 3rd, 2016:

 

Acolyte – Mike Fielder

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Gina Pillow

Altar Guild – Susan Carter

Altar Flowers – There are two open dates in August (Sunday the 14th and the 21st).

 

Wednesday, July 6th, at 10:30 AM and at 6:30 PM, THE CALL in the undercroft.

 

Thursday, July 7th, at 12:00 Noon, Midweek Eucharist in the Chapel.

 

Blood Drive:  Life Blood will be at PCCUA on Thursday, July 7th, 2016, from 1:00 pm till 6:00 pm. Please contact Julie Pittman (jpittman@pccua.edu or 870-714-0358) to participate.

 

The Freeman Playground groundbreaking is set for Friday, July 8th, Noon-1:30pm at the corner of Beech and Market Streets in downtown, Helena. St. John’s Episcopal Church, will provide hot dogs, chips, watermelon, and water. Come meet your neighbors, have lunch, and find out more about the Freeman Playground.

 

 

Beginning July 8th – July 22nd 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 10th and July 17th 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 Sundaysand share in the light lunch and wonderful gathering of God’s people.

 

 

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.

The Celebration Committee needs names and addresses of family members, relatives and/or acquaintances that should be notified about our birthday celebration. Families such as Andersons, Schrantz, Pillows, Gist, Nicholls, Leach, etc. and many more. Your help will be appreciated.

 

Freeman Playground: To keep up with the progress of the Freeman Playground, like their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/freemanplayground. For more information on how to donate, make an in-kind donation, or volunteer contact Misti Freeman Staley at 770-490-9973.

 

The next Cherry Street Fair will be July 9th from 5-8 pm. This is a great place to visit with friends and neighbors, enjoy some delicious food or cool off with a cold brew in the beer garden.

 

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.

 

We would like to update our directory information on all members. This includes address, home phone, cell phones, and email addresses. Please let the office know yours by email or text to office@saintjohnshelena.org or call the office. Thank you.

 

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




June 22, 2016, 4:52 PM

Newsletter:

St. John’s Episcopal Church                        Sunday, June 26, 2016

 

WORSHIP AND EDUCATION NEWS:

 

 ADULT EDUCATION: Sunday, June 26th, at 9:00 am. We will continue to focus on the study of Matthew with Chapter 27 (N.T. Wright’s book).

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

WORSHIP: June 26TH, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown.

READINGS for this Sunday (Sixth Sunday after Pentecost) are: 1 Kings 19:15-16, 19-21; Psalm 16; Galatians 5:1, 13-25; Luke 9:51-62.

MIDWEEK EUCHARIST will be on Thursday, June 30th, at Noon.

 

 PASTORAL NEWS:

 

 THE CALL a DVD study and discussion of the life of St. Paul will meet Wednesday, June 29. Meeting times are: 10:30 A.M. and 6:30 P.M. and will continue through July 13th. The books are here and will be available on Wednesday. For further information, call Fr. Ray or Marjie at the church office.

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: Marie Simon, Buddy Wheeler, Buddy Byrd, Carol Jennings, Blanche Choate, Sam Harris, Leslie Galloway, Jim Howe, Jr., Nina Zachary, Janet Juengel, William Millard, Susan Gibbs Worrell, Jeffrey Mink, Ruth Howe, Walt Morris,

Gibson Turley, and Kati Mouritsen.

 

OUTREACH NEWS:

 

 The Samaritan’s Purse: Donations that will fit in a shoe box can be placed in the basket by front door. Suggestions: (ALL MUST FIT IN SHOE BOX)

            Clothes - underwear, shorts, shirts, dresses, shoes/sox, pajamas

            Toys – dolls, cars & trucks (no guns, tanks, military)

            Hygiene – soap, wash cloths, toothpaste & brush, powder

            Paper products – books (coloring & illustration), easy puzzles, tablets, pencils, scissors, crayons

            Etc. –sunglasses, sand buckets & shovel, harmonicas, horns

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission Ministries: The item from their wish list this week is cleaning supplies.Humane Society of the Delta: Donations needed are dog food, cat litter and large used bath towels. Aplastic tub for each is located at the stair landing just outside the chapel.

There is a new outreach project at St. John’s. As you know, we support Grace Food pantry financially each month and with volunteers from the church. Each week the food is packed in plastic grocery/Walmart bags and handed out. These bags are donated by individuals and various churches so no money is used for bags, but can be used to purchase food for the recipients.

We will have a labeled container in the narthex for any plastic bags you might want to donate. It is a great way to recycle, help Grace Food pantry and those in need in our community.

Thanks for your bags and support. Father Ray will take the bags to the pantry on the days he volunteers.

 

CHURCH OFFICE NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

 Wednesday, June 22nd, at 10:30 AM and at 6:30 PM, THE CALL will meet.

 Thursday, June 23rd, at 12:00 Noon, Midweek Holy Eucharist in the Chapel.

 Sunday duties June 26th, 2016:

Acolyte – Drew Fielder

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Ann Lee

Altar Guild – Carla Myers & Bennett Sellers

Altar Flowers – Mrs. Frank Jeffett

Wednesday, June 29th, at 10:30 AM and at 6:30 PM, THE CALL in the undercroft.

Thursday, June 30th, at 12:00 Noon, Midweek Holy Eucharist in the Chapel.

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.

Blood Drive:  Life Blood will be at PCCUA on July 7, 2016, from 1:00 pm till 6:00 pm. Please contact Julie Pittman (jpittman@pccua.edu or 870-714-0358) to participate.

Freeman Playground: Join Will and Misti Staley for the groundbreaking of the Freeman Playground in honor of their son Freeman Ellis Staley. Freeman passed away in February at 10 months old, after spending all but 5 weeks of his short life at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. Will and Misti spent every day by his side making his life full of love and as fun as possible.

“The Freeman Playground will not only honor Freeman’s life, but the lives of all the children in Helena-West Helena that have left this world a little too soon,” said Misti Freeman Staley, Freeman’s mother. “The mission of Freeman Playground will be to provide children and families of all ability levels with a safe, healthy, and fun place to play.”

The nearest American Disabilities Act (ADA) playground with ramps in Arkansas is 87 miles away in Jonesboro, which will make the Freeman Playground the first of its kind in Phillips County - allowing wheelchair bound children the freedom to play alongside children without disability,” said Will Staley, Freeman’s Father.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Freeman Playground is set for Friday, July 8th, Noon-1:30pm at the corner of Beech and Market Streets in downtown, Helena. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3 blocks from the Freeman Playground, will provide hot dogs, chips, watermelon, and water. Come meet your neighbors, have lunch, and find out more about the Freeman Playground.

 Fundraising will continue for the Freeman Playground in hopes of an opening this Fall.

 To keep up with the progress of the Freeman Playground, like their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/freemanplayground. For more information on how to donate, make an in-kind donation, or volunteer contact Misti Freeman Staley at 770-490-9973.

Office: We would like to update our directory information on all members. This includes address, home phone, cell phones, and email addresses. Please let the office know yours by email or text to office@saintjohnshelena.org or call the office. Thank you.

 

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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