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April 17, 2017, 4:49 PM


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


From Fr. Ray

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


Commemorative Coffee Table Book

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

Worship and Education News:

Adult Education:  Meets Sunday at 9:00 am

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

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

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

Pastoral News:

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

Outreach News: 

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

Humane Society of the Delta:  Donation needed is dog & puppy food.  Their plastic tub is also on the stair landing.

Grace Food Pantry – plastic bags go in the labeled container in the narthex.

Church Office News and Announcements:

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

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

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

Apr 23, SUN - 

Acolyte – Ed Pat Wright

Lay Eucharist Minister – Ann Lee

Altar Guild – Carla Myers

Altar Flowers – Pat Wheeler

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

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


Delta Cultural Center Reconciliation Program, Sunday, April 23

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


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


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


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


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


Contact info for Fr. Ray:

Cell: 501-291-6262


St. John’s Church Office:

Phone:  870-338-8115                         


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

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