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January 19, 2017, 7:26 AM

Newsletter:

St. John’s Episcopal Church         Sunday, January 22, 2017

 

Are you aware that we have two mid-week Eucharistic Services at St. Johns? These services, which last about 25 minutes, are held on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Thursdays at noon in the chapel.  On the first Wednesday and Thursday of each month, the service is A Public Service of Healing, with anointing with oil for those desiring it. In addition to Holy Communion, each service includes scripture lessons, prayers and a brief homily.  There is no music. These services are helpful to those who cannot attend our principal service on Sunday and for those who want to include a mid-week Eucharist as part of their spiritual discipline.  As always, all are welcome.  Blessings, Fr. Ray

Annual Diocesan Convention is February 17-18

The 2017 Arkansas Diocesan Convention will be held Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18 in Little Rock.  St. Johns is allowed two voting delegates to the convention.  It has been our practice to also send one alternate delegate.  As of this writing, we have one delegate. If you would like to attend as a voting delegate or alternate, please call Fr. Ray at 870-338-8115.  Your registration and overnight lodging will be provided.

Vestry Nominations

Three new vestry members will be elected to a three-year term at our Annual Parish Meeting following worship on January 29.  The three persons who have been nominated are Jack Hornor, Tap Jennings and Buff Brothers.  They will replace three persons who have completed their three-year terms and are going off the vestry.  Those going off the vestry are Mike Fielder, Lorraine Ferryman and Jack Myers.  Their service to St. John’s is greatly appreciated!  I will be announcing a new Senior Warden at the parish meeting and the 2017 Jr. Warden will be selected by the vestry at their first meeting. 

Our annual meeting will be a joyful time of looking back at 2016 and looking forward to 2017 and beyond.  I look forward to seeing you there.

 

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:  January 22, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown. 

Readings for Sunday (Third Sunday after the Epiphany): Isaiah 9:1-4; Psalm 27:1, 5-13; 1 Corinthians 1:10-18; Matthew 4:12-23

 


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, Lena Cunningham, Richard Hargraves, Carol Jennings, Donna Rohrscheib, Nic Cole (brother of Mary McCain Morris’s fiancée), Mike Brandt (friend of Liz & Lane Carter), Doug & Anna Freelander & newborn baby girl, Alex Ferryman, and Jeannie Turley.

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Dagmar and Hank Are Getting Married!  The St. Johns family is invited to remain after worship on Sunday, January 22 for the marriage ceremony of our organist, Dagmar Bergan and Hank Boudinot.  They will be leaving after the ceremony for a reception later in the day in Memphis.  We will continue our celebration with them at the Annual Parish Meeting and Potluck following worship on January 29.  A box for your well wishes, cards and monetary gifts will be placed on the table with a cake celebrating their marriage. 


Outreach News:

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The item from their wish list this week is dish soap & 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:

Wednesday, Jan 18, Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Thursday, Jan 19, Noonday Eucharist (chapel) at 12:00

Sunday duties January 22, 2017,   

Acolyte – Drew Fielder

        Lay Eucharist Minister – Gina Pillow

Altar Guild – Julie Pittman

Altar Flowers – Martha Lambert

Wednesday, Jan 25, Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Thursday, Jan 26, Noonday Eucharist (chapel) at 12:00

Sunday, Jan 29, Our Annual Parish Meeting will be Sunday, January 29, 2017.  There will be a potluck following worship. The first meeting of the vestry with the three new members will follow the potluck.


 

I would like to thank everyone at St. John’s for including my sister-in-law, Donna Drewry, in your prayers all these months after her accident in September 2016.  The power of prayer is a glorious thing.  She has done remarkably well considering the multiple injuries she received.   Donna is now at home, with a rigorous rehab schedule three times a week.  She still has a long way to go to achieve her goal.  Thank you all from the bottom of my heart, Marjie

 

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

                                                                               




January 11, 2017, 8:28 AM

Newsletter:

St. John’s Episcopal Church            Sunday, January 15, 2017


VESTRY NOMINATIONS

Three new vestry members will be elected to a three-year term at our Annual Parish Meeting following worship on January 29.  The three persons who have been nominated are Jack Hornor, Tap Jennings and Buff Brothers.  They will replace three persons who have completed their three-year terms and are going off the vestry.  Those going off the vestry are Mike Fielder, Lorraine Ferryman and Jack Myers.  Their service to St. John’s is greatly appreciated!  I will be announcing a new Senior Warden at the parish meeting and the 2017 Jr. Warden will be selected by the vestry at their first meeting. 

Our annual meeting will be a joyful time of looking back at 2016 and looking forward to 2017 and beyond.  I look forward to seeing you there.

Blessings,  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:  January 15, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown. 

Readings for Sunday (Second Sunday after Epiphany): Isaiah 49:1-7; Psalm 40:1-12; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9; John 1:29-42

 


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., Dr. Marion McDaniel, Sarah Myers, Donna Drewry, Debra Richardson, Ruth Howe, Lena Cunningham, Richard Hargraves, Carol Jennings, Donna Rohrscheib, and Nic Cole (brother of Mary McCain Morris’s fiancée).


Outreach News:

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The item from their wish list this week is laundry detergent and 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:

Wednesday, Jan 11,  Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Thursday, Jan 12,  Noonday Eucharist (chapel) at 12:00

Sunday duties, January 15, 2017      

Acolyte – Chris Rogers

        Lay Eucharist Minister – Mike Fielder

       Altar Guild – Maureen Jones

       Altar Flowers – Altar Guild

Wednesday, Jan 18, Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Thursday, Jan 19, Noonday Eucharist (chapel) at 12:00

Sunday, Jan 29, Our Annual Parish Meeting will be Sunday, January 29, 2017.  There will be a potluck following worship. The first meeting of the vestry with the three new members will follow the potluck.


 

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




January 7, 2017, 10:08 AM

Newsletter:

St. John’s Episcopal Church                      Sunday, January 8, 2017

From Fr. Ray

2016 was a year of changes and blessings for many of us. Of course, for Royce and me, the biggest change was also one of the biggest blessings of the year as we moved to Helena and became part of the St. John’s family!

As we begin this New Year I wanted to let you know some of the things that will be coming up at St. John’s. The following list is not exhaustive, and a few things may change as we continue to tweak them. However, this is a general overview of what is coming up at St. John’s this winter and spring:

  • January 29th   Annual Congregational Meeting with potluck following worship
  • February 28th Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper at church
  • March 1st Ash Wednesday Services (times to be announced)
  • Thursdays in Lent (March) @ Noon Picnic in the Pews in the chapel
  • Mondays and Tuesdays in Lent Evening Prayer
  • Holy Week Services: Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday
  • Easter Worship on April 16 with mimosas and Easter Egg Hunt following worship
  • To be determined date in May will be Graduation Sunday and potluck

 

New Year’s Blessings! -- 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:  January 8, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown. 

Readings for Sunday (First Sunday after Epiphany): Isaiah 42:1-9; Psalm 29; Acts 10:34-43; Matthew 3:13-17

 


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., Dr. Marion McDaniel, Sarah Myers, Donna Drewry (Marjie’s sister-in-law), Debra Richardson (BZW’s co-worker), Ruth Howe, Lena Cunningham, Richard Hargraves, Carol Jennings, and the family of Jane Spivey Montgomery.

 

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:

Jan 4, Wednesday:  Midweek Unction and Prayers for the Healing (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Jan 5, Thursday:  Noonday Unction and Prayers for the Healing (chapel) at 12:00

Jan 8, 2017 Sunday duties :                      

Acolyte – Mike Fielder

        Lay Eucharist Minister – Ann Lee

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves 

Altar Flowers – Otis & Ruth Howe and Jim & Nancy Howe

 

Jan 11, Wednesday: Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Jan 12, Thursday: Noonday Eucharist (chapel) at 12:00

Jan 29, Sunday: Our Annual Congregational Meeting will be Sunday, January 29, 2017.  There will be a potluck following worship, and the first meeting of the vestry with the three new members will follow the potluck.


 

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

 

 

 




December 28, 2016, 3:00 PM

Newsletter:

St. John’s Episcopal Church               Sunday, January 1, 2017


Worship and Education News:

Adult Education:  No class this Sunday

Sunday School:   No class this Sunday

Worship:  January 1, at 10:30 am, the Christmas Lessons and Carols, with Rev. Ray Brown. 

 


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., Dr. Marion McDaniel, Sarah Myers, Donna Drewry (Marjie’s sister-in-law), Debra Richardson (BZW’s co-worker), Ruth Howe, Lena Cunningham, Richard Hargraves, Carol Jennings, and the family of Jane Spivey Montgomery.

 

Outreach News:

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The item from their wish list this week is paper towels.  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:

Wednesday, Dec 28    Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm, followed by the final Advent Study Class (undercroft) at 6:30 pm

Thursday, Dec 29        The final Advent Study Class (undercroft)at 10:30 am, followed at 12:00 by Noonday Eucharist (chapel)

Sunday duties January 1, 2017      

Acolyte – Ann Lee

       Worship Leader – Susan Carter 

       Altar Guild – Susan Carter 

Altar Flowers - Poinsettias

Sunday, January 22     Our Annual Congregational Meeting will be Sunday, January 22, 2017.  There will be a potluck following worship, and the first meeting of the vestry with the three new members will follow the potluck.


 

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




December 21, 2016, 7:27 AM

Newsletter:

St. John’s Episcopal Church        Sunday, December 25, 2016

 

CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE 5:30 P.M.

The four Sundays of Advent have come and gone.  The beautiful blue vestments and altar hangings have been put away for another year. Christmas is almost here! A Christmas Eve celebration of our Lord’s birth is a long standing tradition at St. John’s.  Whether you have been attending for decades or this is your first time, I invite you to join in celebrating this holiest of nights.  The secular observance of Christmas includes much fun and merriment, but it cannot compare with the deep JOY we experience when we take time to remember and celebrate its real meaning. As St. Athanasius said fifteen hundred years ago: “Christ became like us so that we might become like Christ.” Now, that is something worth celebrating!   Christmas Blessings, Fr. Ray+

 

CHRISTMAS DAY AT ST. JOHN’S

Christmas is on Sunday this year! We will worship at our usual time of 10:30 a.m. but there will be no Sunday School. 


Worship and Education News:

Adult Education:  No class on December 25

Sunday School:   No Sunday school on December 25

Worship:  December 25, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown. 

Readings for Sunday (Christmas Day): Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98; Hebrews 1:1-12; John 1:1-14

Readings for Saturday (Christmas Eve): Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20

 


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., Dr. Marion McDaniel, Sarah Myers, Donna Drewry (Marjie’s sister-in-law), Debra Richardson (BZW’s co-worker), Ruth Howe, Lena Cunningham, Richard Hargraves, and Carol Jennings.

 

Outreach News:

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:

Wednesday, Dec 21, 5:30 pm, Midweek Eucharist in the chapel, followed by Advent Study Class at 6:30 pm in the undercroft

Thursday, Dec 22, 10:30 am, Advent Study Class in the undercroft.

No Noonday Eucharist

Thursday, Dec 22, 4:30 pm, All Altar Guild members will meet to hang greenery and prepare the church for Christmas. 

Saturday, Dec 24, at 5:30 pm, Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Christmas Eve duties December 24, 2016:

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

Thurifer -  Chris Rogers

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Gina Pillow

Altar Guild – Altar Guild Members 

Sunday duties December 25, 2016:

Acolyte – Chris Rogers

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Jack Myers

Altar Guild – Altar Guild Members

Wednesday, Dec 28, 5:30 pm, Midweek Eucharist in the chapel, followed by Advent Study Class (final one) at 6:30 pm in the undercroft

Thursday, Dec 29, at 10:30 am, Advent Study Class (final one) in the undercroft, followed at 12:00 by Noonday Eucharist in the chapel

 

 

Our Annual Congregational Meeting will be Sunday, January 22, 2017.  There will be a potluck following worship and the first meeting of the vestry with the three new members will follow the potluck.


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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