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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 

 




May 15, 2019, 7:18 AM

Newsletter:


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    

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 15, 2019, 6:49 AM

Newsletter:


St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, May 12, 2019

 

From Fr. Ray+

Dr. Stuart Hoke will be our guest speaker for the next program presented by St. John’s Spiritual Development Group.  This program will take place in the undercroft on Saturday, May 11, 9:00 a.m. - Noon.  Breakfast will be provided.

 

     OUR SHELTER FROM THE STORMY BLAST: SPIRITUAL REFLECTIONS ON 9/11

As a priest on staff of Trinity Church Wall Street in New York City, the Rev. Dr. Stuart Hoke happened to be standing under the North Tower of the World Trade Center when it was attacked on September 11, 2001.   In addition to narrating his eyewitness accounts of the day's events and the recovery efforts that followed in his parish church and neighborhood in the ensuing months, Dr. Hoke will also reflect on the significant learnings that emerged from the ashes--touch all of us as we learn to navigate life in the 21st century.

 

Born in Memphis TN, and raised across the Mississippi River in Blytheville, the Rev. Dr. Stuart Hoke is a priest of the Diocese of New York who retired in 2008 as Executive Assistant to the Rector of Trinity Wall Street and Missioner to St. Paul's Chapel at Ground Zero.

 

After graduating from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Dr. Hoke attended the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he received the Master of Divinity degree.   Ordained in 1972, Hoke has served congregations in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and New York. In 1996, Dr. Hoke completed the Master of Sacred Theology degree at New York's General Theological Seminary, and was awarded the Doctor of Theology degree in the spring of 2000.

 

Blessings, Fr. Ray+


 

During worship this Sunday, we will celebrate the baptism of John Michael Fielder.  It is going to be a very special day at St. John’s!


 

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

Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Easter: Acts 9:36-43; Psalm 23; Revelation 7:9-17; John 10:22-30


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, Richard Hargraves, 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 paper towels.

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 8, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves

May 11, SAT, 9:00 am – NOON: Spiritual Development Program with the Rev. Dr. Stuart Hoke     -   Breakfast will be provided.

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

Acolyte – Chris Rogers

Lay Eucharist Minister – Jack Myers

Altar Guild – Susan Carter

May 12, Sun at the 10:30 service: John Michael Fielder will be baptized.

 

                             Happy Mother’s Day!

 

May 13, Mon at 5:00 pm: ECW

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

Altar Guild – Susan Carter

 


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 1, 2019, 7:00 AM

Newsletter:


St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, May 5, 2019

 

From Fr. Ray+

Dr. Stuart Hoke will be our guest speaker for the next program presented by St. John’s Spiritual Development Group.  This program will take place in the undercroft on Saturday, May 11, 9:00 a.m. - Noon.  Breakfast will be provided.

 

                 OUR SHELTER FROM THE STORMY BLAST: SPIRITUAL REFLECTIONS ON 9/11

 

As a priest on staff of Trinity Church Wall Street in New York City, the Rev. Dr. Stuart Hoke happened to be standing under the North Tower of the World Trade Center when it was attacked on September 11, 2001.   In addition to narrating his eyewitness accounts of the day's events and the recovery efforts that followed in his parish church and neighborhood in the ensuing months, Dr. Hoke will also reflect on the significant learnings that emerged from the ashes--touch all of us as we learn to navigate life in the 21st century.

Born in Memphis TN, and raised across the Mississippi River in Blytheville, the Rev. Dr. Stuart Hoke is a priest of the Diocese of New York who retired in 2008 as Executive Assistant to the Rector of Trinity Wall Street and Missioner to St. Paul's Chapel at Ground Zero.

After graduating from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Dr. Hoke attended the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he received the Master of Divinity degree.   Ordained in 1972, Hoke has served congregations in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and New York. In 1996, Dr. Hoke completed the Master of Sacred Theology degree at New York's General Theological Seminary, and was awarded the Doctor of Theology degree in the spring of 2000.

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:  May 5, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev Ray Brown

Readings for the Third Sunday of Easter: Acts 9:1-20; Psalm 30; Revelation 5:11-14; John 21:1-19


Pastoral News:

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


 

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:  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 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 1, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Healing Eucharist

Altar Guild – Betsy Wright

MAY 5, SUNDAY at 10:30: Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Acolyte – Drew Fielder

Lay Eucharist Minister – Gina Pillow

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves

Altar Flowers – West & Jane Hornor

May 8, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves

May 11, SAT, 9:00 am at NOON: Spiritual Development Program with the Rev.

Dr. Stuart Hoke  -  Breakfast will be provided.

 


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

 




April 24, 2019, 5:00 AM

Newsletter:


St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, April 28, 2019

 

From Fr. Ray+

Dr. Stuart Hoke will be our guest speaker for the next program presented by St. John’s Spiritual Development Group.  This program will take place in the undercroft on Saturday, May 11,  9:00 a.m. - Noon.  Breakfast will be provided.

 

   OUR SHELTER FROM THE STORMY BLAST: SPIRITUAL REFLECTIONS ON 9/11

As a priest on staff of Trinity Church Wall Street in New York City, the Rev. Dr. Stuart Hoke happened to be standing under the North Tower of the World Trade Center when it was attacked on September 11, 2001.   In addition to narrating his eyewitness accounts of the day's events and the recovery efforts that followed in his parish church and neighborhood in the ensuing months, Dr. Hoke will also reflect on the significant learnings that emerged from the ashes--touch all of us as we learn to navigate life in the 21st century.

Born in Memphis TN, and raised across the Mississippi River in Blytheville, the Rev. Dr. Stuart Hoke is a priest of the Diocese of New York who retired in 2008 as Executive Assistant to the Rector of Trinity Wall Street and Missioner to St. Paul's Chapel at Ground Zero.

 

After graduating from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Dr. Hoke attended the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he received the Master of Divinity degree.   Ordained in 1972, Hoke has served congregations in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and New York. In 1996, Dr. Hoke completed the Master of Sacred Theology degree at New York's General Theological Seminary, and was awarded the Doctor of Theology degree in the spring of 2000.

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:  April 28, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev Ray Brown

Readings for the Second Sunday of Easter: Acts 5:27-32; Psalm 118:14-29; Revelation 1:4-8; John 20:19-31


Pastoral News:

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


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:  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 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:

Apr 24, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist

Altar Guild – Angie Fielder

APR 28, SUNDAY at 10:30:  Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Acolyte – Rachel Wright

Lay Eucharist Minister – Mike Fielder

Altar Guild – Betsy Wright

Altar Flowers – Bob & Vivian Wright

May 1, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Healing Eucharist

Altar Guild – Betsy Wright

 

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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