January 7, 2020, 9:15 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, January 12, 2020


From Fr. Ray+



Our Annual Parish Meeting will take place on Sunday, January 26, immediately following worship.  Lunch will be served.  The primary business of the meeting will be the election of three new vestry members to three year terms.  In The Episcopal Church, the vestry is the body that handles the business matters of the church, approves the annual budget and supports, under the direction of the Rector, the overall spiritual, temporal and administrative life of the congregation.  The three nominees for the 2020-2023 term are Mark Rogers, Allison Biederman and Michael Allen.   Every active member of St. John’s, age sixteen and over, can vote in the election of new vestry members.

January 12 is the First Sunday after the Epiphany and is the date we remember The Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ.  We will be having three baptisms on this date:

Brittany Mason, Martha Cozy Kelly, Thad Kelly

On January 18, at 9:30 til 11:00 am, I will be leading a training event for new Acolytes and Eucharistic Ministers.  If you would like to attend this training, please let me know.   You can get more information about this training by calling the church office at 338-8115.

Blessings, Fr. Ray+


Worship and Education News:

Adult Sunday School:  Sunday at 9:15 am on January 12.

Worship:  January 12, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for The First Sunday after Epiphany: The Baptist of Our Lord; Isaiah 42:1-9; Psalm 29; Acts 10:34-43; Matthew 3:13-17

Hymns:  135, 480, 490

Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:   Debra Richardson, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Larry Bryant, Lynn Jordan, Ray Worley, Jim Howe, Nancy Howe, Parker Pace, Heather Treat,  Courtney Turner,  Rita Merritt, Mary Helen Lagarde, Jo Boone Wild, Gloria Higginbotham,  Vivian Wright, Al Martin, William Brandon, Leo & Joan Schuster, Orville Jiles, Cedric Franks, Jr, Jeannie McCabe, Karen Foster, Kathleen Gibson, Susan Worrell, Jeffery Mink, Cole Jefferies,  Pat Wheeler, Buff Brothers,  Carol Spencer, Pat Jeffries,  Tommy & Carrie Galloway, Bonnie & Charles Rowland, Rickey Johnston, Joe Tom Cunningham, Witt Vaughn, and Pat Delk.


Outreach News:


Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries:  Choose any items from their wish list which includes paper towels,  toilet paper, laundry detergent, bleach, dish soap, and cleaning supplies.

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

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

Thank you for your donations.  They are all greatly appreciated and needed.


Church Office News and Announcements:


Jan 8, Wed at 5:30 pm: NO Midweek Service


JAN 12, SUNDAY at 10:30:  Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Acolyte – Mike Fielder

Lay Eucharist Minister - Mike Fielder

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves

Altar Flowers - Altar Guild


Jan 15, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist in the chapel



St. John’s T-shirts are available with sizes from S through XL.  The price is $15.  Located at back of church.

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