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June 20, 2019, 6:44 AM

Newsletter:


St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, June 23, 2019

 

From Fr. Ray+

 

As has been the case for the past several years, St. John’s will be providing lodging in our undercroft for two Together For Hope teams in July.  Here is a brief description of their mission from their website:

Together for Hope is the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s commitment to partner with transformational work in the 301 counties of persistent poverty in the United States. Together for Hope partners employ the philosophy of asset-based community development in the areas of education, health & nutrition, housing & environment, and social enterprise.

I’m glad St. John’s is a partner with this group’s work in the Delta.  In support of their ministry, we will have receptions with a light lunch on Sunday, July 7 and Sunday, July 14.  I encourage you to stay for a few minutes after worship to meet and express your appreciation to these volunteers.     

 

Blessings, Fr. Ray+

 

SAVE THESE DATES!  On Sunday, June 30, we will have a light lunch and ice cream social immediately following worship.  The Fellowship Committee will provide sandwiches, chips and drinks.  You are asked to bring ice cream.  Homemade and “store bought” are both ok.

The next meeting of the St. John’s Men’s Group will be on Thursday, July 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the undercroft.  We will have Nathan’s hotdogs with all the trimmings and chips & dip.  Drinks will be provided, too.


The Adult Sunday School class:  Discussing Mere Christianity

The first purpose of this video study is to explore the positive ideas that C.S. Lewis has so eloquently written about in Mere Christianity for those who already call themselves Christian. The second purpose is to explain in an engaging, winsome and non-threatening way the basic tenets of the Christian faith as illustrated by C.S. Lewis to those who do not claim to be Christian.  This study aims to fulfill the vision of C.S. Lewis of reaching people from all faith backgrounds.

Sessions include:

  • Our Sense of Right and Wrong
  • What's Behind Our Sense of Right and Wrong
  • The Rival Conceptions of God
  • Free Will and the Shocking Alternative
  • Christian Behavior and the Great Sin of Pride
  • The Christian Virtue of Hope
  • God in Three Persons
  • Counting the Cost

 

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:  June 23, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev Ann Carriere (from Memphis)

Readings for Second Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 7; 1 Kings 19:1-15a; Psalm 42; Galatians 3:23-29; Luke 8:26-39

Hymn No:  450, 686, 493


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, Susan Worrell, Margaret Dean, and  Pat Wheeler.


 

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 puppy & dog food.

Collections this week for Operation Christmas Child boxes:  Clothes and Shoes 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 Pantry: plastic 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:

June 19, Wed at 5:30 pm: No Midweek service this week

June 22, Sat at 10:30 am: Altar Guild Polish Day.  Out to lunch afterwards.

JUNE 23, SUNDAY at 10:30:  Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Acolyte – Ed Pat Wright

Lay Eucharist Minister –Susan Carter

Altar Guild – Carla Myers

Altar Flowers – Mrs. Frank Jeffett

Jun 26, Wed at 9:30 am: ALL CHURCH WOMEN needed to polish church silver.

(Not Altar Gild silver)

Jun 26, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist

Altar Guild – Carla Myers

June 30, Sunday immediately following worship service: there will be a lite lunch and ice cream social.


Contact info for Fr. Ray:

Cell: 501-291-6262    

Email:  rector@saintjohnshelena.org                                           

St. John’s Church Office:

Phone:  870-338-8115    

Email:   office@saintjohnshelena.org 

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

Street address: 625 Pecan St.,  Helena, AR




June 13, 2019, 7:06 AM

Newsletter:


St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, June 16, 2019

 

From Fr. Ray+

 

St. John’s is blessed with several groups that enrich our common life.  The Episcopal Church Women as well as the relatively new Men’s Group provide opportunities for fellowship and mission.  The Spiritual Development Group has sponsored two events this year, Rev. Danny Schieffler in January and Rev. Stuart Hoke in May.  At a meeting on Tuesday of this week they will be making plans for upcoming programs.  Last year our worship group led the way in hiring our new organist, Dr. Gabe Statom and our Outreach Group led the way in increasing our financial support for worthy community agencies, as well as increasing support for the Priest’s Discretionary Fund.

 

The Fellowship Committee provides opportunities for our church family to gather and simply enjoy each other’s company.  They met recently to plan our next event.  On Sunday, June 30, we will gather for an ice cream social following worship.  The Fellowship Committee will provide sandwiches, chips and drinks for a light lunch. Others are encouraged to bring ice cream.  Homemade ice cream or “store bought” are both welcome!  Ice cream toppings will be provided.

 

I realize that not everyone has the time nor necessarily the desire to take part in everything going on at St. John’s.  I do hope, though, that you will consider which things interest you and help you grow in your faith.


The Adult Sunday School class has begun their new class called Discussing Mere Christianity.

The first purpose of this video study is to explore the positive ideas that C.S. Lewis has so eloquently written about in Mere Christianity for those who already call themselves Christian.  The second purpose is to explain in an engaging, winsome and non-threatening way the basic tenets of the Christian faith as illustrated by C.S. Lewis to those who do not claim to be Christian.  This study aims to fulfill the vision of C.S. Lewis of reaching people from all faith backgrounds.

Sessions include:

  • Our Sense of Right and Wrong
  • What's Behind Our Sense of Right and Wrong
  • The Rival Conceptions of God
  • Free Will and the Shocking Alternative
  • Christian Behavior and the Great Sin of Pride
  • The Christian Virtue of Hope
  • God in Three Persons
  • Counting the Cost

 

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:  June 16, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev Ray Brown

Readings for Trinity Sunday: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31; Psalm 8; Romans 5:1-5; John 16:12-15

Hymn No:  370, 362, 423


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, Susan Worrell, Kenlee St. John, Margaret Dean, and  Pat Wheeler.


 

Outreach News:

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

Humane Society of the Delta Donations needed are dog food & puppy food.

Collections this week for Operation Christmas Child boxes:  Clothes and Shoes 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 Pantry: plastic 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:

Jun 12, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist

Altar Guild – Bennett Sellers & Angie Fielder

JUNE 16, SUNDAY at 10:30:  Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Acolyte – Ned Pillow

Lay Eucharist Minister –Jack Myers

Altar Guild –Jayne Morris

Altar Flowers – Bennette Morris

Jun 19, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist

Altar Guild – Jayne Morris

Jun 22, Sat at 10:30 am:  Altar Guild Polish Day.  Lunch afterwards.


Contact info for Fr. Ray:

Cell: 501-291-6262    

Email:  rector@saintjohnshelena.org                                           

St. John’s Church Office:

Phone:  870-338-8115    

Email:   office@saintjohnshelena.org 

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

Street Address:  625 Pecan St., Helena, AR




June 5, 2019, 6:00 AM

Newsletter:


St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, June 9, 2019

 

From Fr. Ray+

The Adult Sunday School class began their new class called Discussing Mere Christianity last Sunday.

The first purpose of this video study is to explore the positive ideas that C.S. Lewis has so eloquently written about in Mere Christianity for those who already call themselves Christian.  The second purpose is to explain in an engaging, winsome and non-threatening way the basic tenets of the Christian faith as illustrated by C.S. Lewis to those who do not claim to be Christian.  This study aims to fulfill the vision of C.S. Lewis of reaching people from all faith backgrounds.

Sessions include:

  • Our Sense of Right and Wrong
  • What's Behind Our Sense of Right and Wrong
  • The Rival Conceptions of God
  • Free Will and the Shocking Alternative
  • Christian Behavior and the Great Sin of Pride
  • The Christian Virtue of Hope
  • God in Three Persons
  • Counting the Cost

 

If anyone is interested in doing this same study during the week, please let me know.   I will be happy to lead a mid-week group.

 

Thanks, Fr. Ray +

 

Jackie, Nolan, Arwen and Aiden Dean just moved into their new College Street home. Jackie, Arwen and Aiden are all sick with a virus and Nolan left for Texas last Sunday to see his mom who just had an intensive cancer treatment.  They do not have their new kitchen finished so cooking is a challenge although they do have a microwave and fridge.

Please pray for Jackie, Arwen and Aiden to heal quickly and please pray for Nolan's mom, Margaret, that the cancer treatment works and for 100% healing.

If you like to sign up to help out the Dean’s with a meal, please go to the following link.

 

Sign up here:  www.TakeThemAMeal.com/TPQV1375

 

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:  June 9, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev Ray Brown

Readings for The Day of Pentecost: Acts 2:1-21; Psalm 104:25-35, 37; Romans 8:14-17; John 14:8-27

Hymn No:  225, 751, 752


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, Susan Worrell, Kenlee St. John, Margaret Dean, and  Pat Wheeler.


Outreach News:

 

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

Humane Society of the Delta:  Donations needed are dog food & puppy food.

Collections this week for Operation Christmas Child boxes:  Clothes and Shoes 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 Pantry: plastic 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:

 

June 3 -7: Helena First United Methodist Church – Vacation Bible School

Jun 5, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist

Altar Guild – Melody Rogers

JUNE 9, SUNDAY at 10:30: Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Acolyte – Ann Lee

Lay Eucharist Minister –Gina Pillow

Altar Guild –Bennett Sellers & Angie Fielder

Altar Flowers – Bob & Ann Lee

Jun 12, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist

Altar Guild – Bennett Sellers & Angie Fielder

 

Jun 22, Sat at 10:30 am: Altar Guild Polish Day.  We will go to lunch after.


 

Contact info for Fr. Ray:

Cell: 501-291-6262    

Email:  rector@saintjohnshelena.org                                           

St. John’s Church Office:

Phone:  870-338-8115    

Email:   office@saintjohnshelena.org

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

Street address:  625 Pecan St., Helena,  AR




May 29, 2019, 7:00 AM

Newsletter:


              St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, June 2, 2019

 

From Fr. Ray+

We are about four months away from the next pastoral visit by Bishop Larry Benfield on Sunday, September 29.  During his visit Bishop Benfield will be baptizing, confirming and receiving new members into The Episcopal Church.  If you, or someone in your family, would like to be baptized, confirmed or received into the church on September 29, please let me know.  I will be offering a six week course (six lessons that are each one hour in length) prior to the bishop’s visit.  I have not yet set the exact dates for the course, but it will likely be in August and September.  If you are unsure as to whether you should be confirmed or received, the information below was provided by Bishop Benfield:

“Those who have previously made a mature public commitment in another

Church may be received by the laying on of hands by a Bishop in this Church, rather than confirmed.” (Canon I.17.1)

 

If you have questions or would like to discuss membership in The Episcopal Church, please get in touch with me. 

 

Blessings, 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:  June 2, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev Ray Brown

Readings for the Seventh Sunday of Easter: Acts 16:16-34; Psalm 97; Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 21-21; John 17:20-26

Hymn No:  450, 379, 495


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, Susan Worrell, Kenlee St. John, and  Pat Wheeler.


 

Outreach News:

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

Humane Society of the Delta:  Donations needed are dog food & puppy food.

Collections this week for Operation Christmas Child boxes:  Clothes and Shoes 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 Pantry: plastic 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 29, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist

Altar Guild – Maureen Jones

JUNE 2, SUNDAY at 10:30:  Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Acolyte – Ben Pittman

Lay Eucharist Minister –Ann Lee

Altar Guild –Melody Rogers & Nancy Hornor

Altar Flowers – Mrs. Wilson Howe

Jun 5, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist

Altar Guild – Melody Rogers

June 3 -7:  Helena First United Methodist Church – Vacation Bible School


Contact info for Fr. Ray:

Cell: 501-291-6262     

Email:  rector@saintjohnshelena.org                                           

St. John’s Church Office:

Phone:  870-338-8115     

Email:   office@saintjohnshelena.org 

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

Street address:  625 Pecan St., Helena, AR

 




May 21, 2019, 4:00 PM

Newsletter:


St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, May 26, 2019

 

From Fr. Ray+

 

We are about four months away from the next pastoral visit by Bishop Larry Benfield on Sunday, September 29.  During his visit Bishop Benfield will be baptizing, confirming and receiving new members into The Episcopal Church.  If you, or someone in your family, would like to be baptized, confirmed or received into the church on September 29, please let me know.  I will be offering a six week course (six lessons that are each one hour in length) prior to the bishop’s visit.  I have not yet set the exact dates for the course, but it will likely be in August and September.  If you are unsure as to whether you should be confirmed or received, the information below was provided by Bishop Benfield:

“Those who have previously made a mature public commitment in another

Church may be received by the laying on of hands by a Bishop in this Church, rather than confirmed.” (Canon I.17.1)

 

If you have questions or would like to discuss membership in The Episcopal Church, please get in touch with me.  

 

 Blessings, Fr. Ray +

 

Sympathy is extended to Tap Jennings and family at the death of Carol Jennings last week.   A memorial service for Carol was held at St. John’s on Monday, May 20.   May Carol, and all the faithful departed, rest in peace and rise in glory.

 

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 26, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev Ray Brown

Readings for the Sixth Sunday of Easter: Acts 16:9-15; Psalm 67; Revelation 21:10, 22—22:5; John 14:23-29

Hymn No:  405, 510, 518


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, Charles Cagle, and the family of Carol Jennings.


 

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:  Donations needed are dog food & puppy food.

Collections this week for Operation Christmas Child boxes:  Clothes and Shoes 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 Pantry: plastic 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 22, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist

Altar Guild – Julie Pittman

MAY 26, SUNDAY at 10:30: Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Acolyte – Mike Fielder

Lay Eucharist Minister – Ann Lee

Altar Guild – Maureen Jones

Altar Flowers – Jill & Ned Pillow

May 29, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist

Altar Guild – Maureen Jones

June 3 -7: Helena First United Methodist Church – Vacation Bible School 


Contact info for Fr. Ray:

Cell: 501-291-6262    

Email:  rector@saintjohnshelena.org                                           

St. John’s Church Office:

Phone:  870-338-8115    

Email:   office@saintjohnshelena.org 

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

Street Address:  625 Pecan St., Helena, AR 

 


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