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May 15, 2019, 7:18 AM


St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, May 19, 2019


From Fr. Ray+

In addition to our Sunday celebration of the Eucharist, St. John’s offers two other opportunities to nourish your spiritual life.  Our mid-week celebration of the Eucharist is observed at 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday.  On the first Wednesday of the month we have a Healing Eucharist with unction (anointing with oil) for all who desire it, followed by Holy Communion.

The adult Sunday School class meets each week at 9:15 in the undercroft.  We enjoy warm fellowship and interesting discussions of topics pertinent to spiritual growth.  Within the next few weeks we will be wrapping up a study by Church of England Bishop N.T. Wright.  Our next study is entitled Discussing Mere Christianity.   I will be providing more information about this study in the coming weeks.  In the meantime, here is a brief description of the study:

 In this eight-session video group study, you will discover why Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis is one of the most read and beloved Christian books of all time. But seventy years later from when it was first delivered on radio, what relevance does it have to our world   today? Host Eric Metaxas and a variety of Christian leaders-including Philip Yancey, Alister McGrath, Devin Brown, Paul McCusker, Douglas Gresham, and others-help us understand the timeless message of C. S. Lewis in fresh ways for a new generation.

As always, all are welcome!   

Blessings, Fr. Ray+

ECW will meet today at Carla Myers home. May 13, Mon at 5:00 pm

Thanks to the generosity of our congregation we have been able to help a young single mother who left an abusive relationship earlier this year.  She stayed at the Battered Women’s Shelter for a while and was eventually able to move into public housing in Elaine.  The good news is that this young woman has secured a full-time job at the Boot Factory in Dewitt and is working 50+ hours per week.  Her greatest need at this time is beds for her two children.  If anyone has a used bed or bunkbeds that you would be willing to donate please let me know.  I’m sure any used bedroom furniture such as chests of drawers or dressers would be welcome, too.  If you would like to donate something, let me know and I will arrange for it to be picked up and delivered to her.

Thanks, 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 19, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev Ray Brown

Readings for the Fifth Sunday of Easter: Acts 11:1-18; Psalm 148; Revelation 21:1-6; John 13:31-35; Hymn Nos:  304, 657, 686

Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:   Debra Richardson, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Larry Bryant, Lynn Jordan, Ray Worley, Nancy Howe, Jim Howe, Parker Pace, Heather Treat,  Courtney Turner, Sheila Fraiser, P.J. Clay, Rita Merritt, Mary Hamm, Mary Helen Lagarde, Jo Boone Wild,  Gloria Higginbotham,  Kelly Faye Parker, Carla Myers, Jeffery Mink, Jack Myers, Vivian Wright,  Madge Saba, Al Martin, William Brandon, Leo Schuster, Joan Schuster, Orville Jiles,  Cedric Franks, Jr, Jeannie McCabe, Karen Foster, Pat Wheeler, and Carol Jennings.


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:  Donations needed are dog food & puppy food.

Collections this week for Operation Christmas Child boxes:  Toothbrush Holders, Little Brushes & Combs, Barrettes & Hair Bows, Band-Aids, Water Bottles for GIRLS 2 – 4

   Please place all of these donations in the red wagon at the back of the church to be blessed.

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 13, Mon at 5:00 pm: ECW will meet at Carla Myers home.

May 15, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist

Altar Guild – Susan Carter

MAY 19, SUNDAY at 10:30:  Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Acolyte – West Hornor

Lay Eucharist Minister – Susan Carter

Altar Guild – Julie Pittman

Altar Flowers- Neville & Maureen Jones

May 20, Mon at 5:30 pm: Vestry will meet at the church.

May 22, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist

Altar Guild – Julie Pittman

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

Street address:  625 Pecan St., Helena, AR

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