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May 11, 2018, 9:12 AM

Newsletter:


St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, May 13, 2018


From Fr. Ray+

 

In Acts 2:42 we learn that the early Christian community “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”  Two thousand years later, we still strive to incorporate each of these activities into our life together.   Our fellowship committee plans numerous events throughout the year to promote the “fellowship” part of our life together.  The next event will be a luncheon after church on Sunday, May 20.  Not only is May 20 Pentecost Sunday, it is also the occasion on which we will celebrate Marzell Moody’s graduation from Central High School.  I hope you will join us as we celebrate the Birthday of Church as well as an important milestone in the life of Marzell.    Blessings, Fr. Ray+


The Adult Sunday School Class will be using material from the DVD and book Fear of the Other, by retired Methodist Bishop Will Willimon.  The publisher describes this book as follows:

Tolerate one another.  Wait.  Isn’t that supposed to be love one another?  It’s one thing to genuinely love people who are more or less the same as we are, but what about those who are not only strangers, but people who live completely different lives?  Reliable spiritual guide Will Willimon invites you to look more closely at the gospel’s command to love—because to genuinely love those considered to be "Other" may be the hardest thing for people of faith to do.

Melody Rogers and I will be sharing responsibility for leading this class on Sunday mornings.  If there is sufficient interest, I am willing to lead the class in a weekday setting, too.  If interested, please let me know.

What is the Christian response in a world that is increasingly polarized by politics, religion, economics, race, class and other “isms?”  How do we go about loving those who are different from us, whether they be across the street or on the other side of the globe?  These and other questions will be considered.  You are invited to join us at 9:15 on Sunday mornings.

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 13, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Seventh Sunday of Easter: Acts 1:15-17, 21-26; Psalm 1; 1 John 5:9-13; John 17:6-19


Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Jim Howe, Jr, Susan Worrell, Debra Richardson, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Jimmy Billingsley, Larry Bryant, Lynn Jordan, Ray Worley, Chris Walters, Carol Jennings, Nancy Howe, Jim Howe, Donald W. Merritt, Parker Pace, Heather Treat, Annie Fielder, Julie Ann Doan, Courtney Turner, Sheila Fraiser, Melinda Roberts, Samantha Webb, Donald Knapp, Katy Mouritsen, Gwen Newkirk, Blake Robertson, Jerry Wenzel, Harper Pittman, and Rev. Arnold Hearn.


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:  Donation needed is dog & puppy food. 

                 Their plastic tubs are on the stair landing by the chapel.

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 9, Wed at 5:30 pm, Midweek Eucharist (chapel)

Altar Guild – Susan Carter

May 13, SUN at 10:30 am – Seventh Sunday of Easter

Acolyte – Chris Rogers

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Jack Myers

Altar Guild – Maureen Jones

Altar Flowers – Happy Mother’s Day!

May 16, Wed at 5:30 pm, Midweek Eucharist (chapel)

Altar Guild – Maureen Jones


The website to purchase St John’s church photos is https://stjohnsepiscopalchurch.pixieset.com.  All proceeds will go to support Young Life of Phillips County.  Photographs can also be viewed in the church office.

St. John’s T-shirts are available with sizes from S through 3XL.  The price is $15. 


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 25, 2018, 6:51 AM

Newsletter:


St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, April 22, 2018


From Fr. Ray+

 

Beginning this coming Sunday, April 29, the Adult Sunday School Class will be using material from the DVD and book Fear of the Other, by retired Methodist Bishop Will Willimon.  The publisher describes this book as follows:

Tolerate one another.  Wait.  Isn’t that supposed to be love one another?  It’s one thing to genuinely love people who are more or less the same as we are, but what about those who are not only strangers, but people who live completely different lives?  Reliable spiritual guide Will Willimon invites you to look more closely at the gospel’s command to love—because to genuinely love those considered to be "Other" may be the hardest thing for people of faith to do.

Melody Rogers and I will be sharing responsibility for leading this class on Sunday mornings.  If there is sufficient interest, I am willing to lead the class in a weekday setting, too.  If interested, please let me know.

What is the Christian response in a world that is increasingly polarized by politics, religion, economics, race, class and other “isms?”  How do we go about loving those who are different from us, whether they be across the street or on the other side of the globe?  These and other questions will be considered.  You are invited to join us at 9:15 on Sunday mornings.

Blessings, Fr. Ray +


 

Young life of Phillips County is actively sharing the gospel with area teens.  They want to share their mission and story with local residents.  Ben and I are hosting a table at a banquet for Younglife.  It is Thursday, April 26, from 6:30 - 8:00pm in the fine arts center at PCCUA.  We can invite 6 people to sit at our table.  If anyone is interested in hearing what Younglife is about and how they are impacting the lives of local teens, please give me a call.  My number is 870-714-0358.  We are fortunate to have this organization in our area!  We will have the pleasure of listening to some of the teenagers that attend, and I can't wait to hear how God is working in their lives!

Thanks!  Julie Pittman


 

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 29, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Fifth Sunday of Easter: Acts 8:26-40; Psalm 22:24-30; 1 John 4:7-21; John 15:1-8


Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Jim Howe, Jr, Susan Worrell, Debra Richardson, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Jimmy Billingsley, Larry Bryant, Lynn Jordan, Ray Worley, Chris Walters, Carol Jennings, Nancy Howe, Jim Howe, Donald W. Merritt, Parker Pace, Heather Treat, Annie Fielder, Julie Ann Doan, Courtney Turner, Sheila Fraiser, Melinda Roberts, Samantha Webb, Donald Knapp, Katy Mouritsen, Gwen Newkirk, Blake Robertson, Jerry Wenzel, Harper Pittman, Rev. Arnold Hearn, and Virginia Topp.


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:  Donation needed is dog & puppy food. 

                Their plastic tubs are on the stair landing by the chapel.

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:

Apr 25, Wed at 5:30 pmMidweek Eucharist (chapel)

Altar Guild – Bennett Sellers/Nancy Hornor

Apr 26, Thur – Younglife Banquet from 6:30 – 8:00 pm in the Fine Arts Center at PCCUA

APR 29, SUN at 10:30 am - Fifth Sunday of Easter

Acolyte – Mike Fielder

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Mike Fielder

Altar Guild – Betsy Wright

Altar Flowers – Bob & Vivian Wright

May 2, Wed at 5:30 pm - Midweek Eucharist (chapel)

Altar Guild – Betsy Wright


The website to purchase St John’s Church photos is https://stjohnsepiscopalchurch.pixieset.com.  All proceeds will go to support Young Life of Phillips County.  Photographs can also be viewed in the church office.

St. John’s T-shirts are available with sizes from S through 3XL.  The price is $15. 


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




April 18, 2018, 9:05 AM

Newsletter:


St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, April 22, 2018


From Fr. Ray+

 

Several weeks ago we had a very productive gathering after worship where we discussed those things we most appreciate about St. John’s.  Based on that information we identified three core values that we would like to concentrate on moving forward. Those three values are:

  • Worship and Liturgy
  • Discipleship and Spiritual Formation
  • Outreach and Mission

Our next step is to organize a team of folks for each of these core values.  These teams will prayerfully consider how we go about living into our core values in a way that reflects our love for God and his people.  Please consider which of these three teams you would like to support with your presence.

Blessings, Fr. Ray +


 

Young life of Phillips County is actively sharing the gospel with area teens.  They want to share their mission and story with local residents.  Ben and I are hosting a table at a banquet for Younglife.  It is Thursday, April 26, from 6:30 - 8:00pm in the fine arts center at PCCUA.  We can invite 6 people to sit at our table.  If anyone is interested in hearing what Younglife is about and how they are impacting the lives of local teens, please give me a call.  My number is 870-714-0358.  We are fortunate to have this organization in our area!  We will have the pleasure of listening to some of the teenagers that attend.   I can't wait to hear how God is working in their lives!!

Thanks!  Julie Pittman


 

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 22, Morning Prayer

Readings for Fourth Sunday of Easter: Acts 4:5-12; Psalm 23; 1 John 3:16-24; John 10:11-18


Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Jim Howe, Jr, Susan Worrell, Debra Richardson, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Jimmy Billingsley, Larry Bryant, Lynn Jordan, Ray Worley, Chris Walters, Carol Jennings, Nancy Howe, Jim Howe, Donald W. Merritt, Parker Pace, Heather Treat, Annie Fielder, Julie Ann Doan, Courtney Turner, Sheila Fraiser, Melinda Roberts, Samantha Webb, Donald Knapp, Katy Mouritsen, Allen Loveless, Gwen Newkirk, Blake Robertson, Nellie Hopper,  Jerry Wenzel,  Harper Pittman, Rev. Arnold Hearn, and the family of Jane Barker.


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:  Donation needed is dog & puppy food. 

              Their plastic tubs are on the stair landing by the chapel.

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:

Apr 18, Wed at 5:30 pm - Midweek Eucharist (chapel)

Altar Guild – Carla Myers/Royce Brown

APR 22, SUN at 10:30 am – Fourth Sunday of Easter

Acolyte – Ann Lee

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Jack Myers

Altar Guild – Bennett Sellers/Nancy Hornor

Altar Flowers – Pat Wheeler

Apr 22, SunA 50th Anniversary Benefit to celebrate Warfield Concerts (See all details below)

Apr 25, Wed at 5:30 pm - Midweek Eucharist (chapel)

Altar Guild – Bennett Sellers/Nancy Hornor

Apr 26, ThurYounglife Banquet from 6:30 – 8:00 pm in the Fine Arts Center at PCCUA


 

The website to purchase St John’s church photos is https://stjohnsepiscopalchurch.pixieset.com.  All proceeds will go to support Young Life of Phillips County.  Photographs can also be viewed in the church office.

St. John’s T-shirts are available with sizes from S through 3XL.  The price is $15. 


 

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




April 12, 2018, 7:06 AM

Newsletter:



St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, April 15, 2018


From Fr. Ray+

 

Several weeks ago we had a very productive gathering after worship where we discussed those things we most appreciate about St. John’s.  Based on that information we identified three core values that we would like to concentrate on moving forward. Those three values are:

  • Worship and Liturgy
  • Discipleship and Spiritual Formation
  • Outreach and Mission

Our next step is to organize a team of folks for each of these core values.  These teams will prayerfully consider how we go about living into our core values in a way that reflects our love for God and his people.  Please consider which of these three teams you would like to support with your presence.

Blessings, Fr. Ray +

 

Congratulations to Allison Biederman on her induction last Sunday into the Society of St. John the Evangelist!  Fr. Russ Snapp, who is also a member of the SSJE, officiated at the induction and also preached.  It is always a pleasure to welcome Fr. Russ back to St. John’s.

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 15, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Second Sunday of Easter: Acts 3:12-19; Psalm 4; 1 John 3:1-7; Luke 24:36b-48


Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Jim Howe, Jr, Susan Worrell, Debra Richardson, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Jimmy Billingsley, Larry Bryant, Lynn Jordan, Ray Worley, Chris Walters, Carol Jennings, Jane Barker, Nancy Howe, Jim Howe, Donald W. Merritt, Parker Pace, Heather Treat, Annie Fielder, Julie Ann Doan, Courtney Turner, Sheila Fraiser, Melinda Roberts, Samantha Webb, Donald Knapp, Katy Mouritsen, Allen Loveless, Gwen Newkirk, Blake Robertson, Nellie Hopper,  Jerry Wenzel,  Harper Pittman, and Rev. Arnold Hearn.


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:  Donation needed is dog & puppy food. 

                   Their plastic tubs are on the stair landing by the chapel.

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:

Apr 11, Wed at 5:30 pm - Midweek Eucharist (chapel)

Altar Guild – Melody Rogers/Angie Fielder

APR 15, SUN at 10:30 amThird Sunday of Easter

Acolyte – Rachel Wright

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Susan Carter

Special Music – Elizabeth Garcia

Altar Guild – Carla Myers/Royce Brown

Altar Flowers – Altar Guild

Apr 16, Mon at 5:30 pm – Vestry will meet in the undercroft

Apr 18, Wed at 5:30 pm - Midweek Eucharist (chapel)

Altar Guild – Carla Myers/Royce Brown

Apr 22, Sun – A 50th Anniversary Benefit to celebrate Warfield Concerts (See all details below)

 

 

The website to purchase St John’s church photos is    https://stjohnsepiscopalchurch.pixieset.com.  All proceeds will go to support Young Life of Phillips County.  Photographs can also be viewed in the church office.

St. John’s T-shirts are available with sizes from S through 3XL.  The price is $15. 


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

 




April 10, 2018, 9:47 AM

Newsletter:


St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, April 8, 2018


From Fr. Ray+

 

Royce and I are so very grateful to you, our St. John’s family, for your many acts of kindness last week following the death of my mother.  I wish I could mention each one of them individually, but if I did so it would take up this entire newsletter!  The food you brought to our home was both delicious and abundant.  It was especially helpful since we had a houseful of kids, grandkids, relatives and guests with us for Easter.

Many folks have asked us how we are doing. The answer to that question is that we are well.  Yes, there is a part of us that is sad at mom’s passing.  But, we are also grateful for the life she lived and the time we got to spend with her since we moved her to Arkansas over four years ago.  Mom had vascular dementia and had gradually lost all quality of life.  We are thankful that she has moved onward and upward into God’s nearer presence.  We are an Easter people.  In both life and death, we belong to the Lord.  Even as we trust mom to his keeping, so do we trust ourselves to his never ending mercy and grace.

My siblings (there are 5 of us) and our spouses will gather in Florida later this month to bury mom next to my dad.   I’ll conduct a brief graveside service and Royce will sing a few of mom’s favorite hymns.

Blessings, Fr. Ray+


The St. John’s Altar Guild did an outstanding job keeping our church building liturgically appropriate and beautiful for Holy Week and Easter!  Their work is done quietly and behind the scenes, so all the rest of us see is the lovely results of their labor.  Thank you Altar Guild!

 

 

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 8, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Second Sunday of Easter: Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 133; 1 John 1:1—2:2; John 20:19-31


Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Jim Howe, Jr, Susan Worrell, Debra Richardson, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Jimmy Billingsley, Larry Bryant, Lynn Jordan, Ray Worley, Chris Walters, Carol Jennings, Jane Barker, Nancy Howe, Jim Howe, Donald W. Merritt, Parker Pace, Heather Treat, Annie Fielder, Julie Ann Doan, Courtney Turner, Sheila Fraiser, Melinda Roberts, Samantha Webb, Donald Knapp, Rev. Arnold Hearn, Katy Mouritsen, Allen Loveless, Gwen Newkirk, Blake Robertson, Nellie Hopper, Lorraine Ferryman, Jerry Wenzel, the family of Betty Brown, the family of Beverly Lee, and the family of Joan Bell.


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 tubs are on the stair landing by the chapel.

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:

Apr 4, Wed at 5:30 pm - Midweek Eucharist (chapel)

Altar Guild – Jayne Morris/Angie Fielder

Apr 8, Sun at 10:30 amSecond Sunday of Easter

Acolyte – Ed Pat Wright

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Jack Myers

Altar Guild – Melody Rogers/Angie Fielder

Altar Flowers – Martha Lambert

Apr 8, Sun - St Mary’s Catholic Church will host a Ravioli Luncheon from 11:00 until 2:00 in their Parish Hall.  Tickets are $15 at the door.

Apr 11, Wed at 5:30 pm - Midweek Eucharist (chapel)

Altar Guild – Melody Rogers/Angie Fielder

 


The website to purchase St John’s church photos is stjohnsepiscopalchurch.pixieset.com.  All proceeds will go to support Young Life of Phillips County.  Photographs can also be viewed in the church office.

St. John’s T-shirts are available with sizes from S through 3XL.  The price is $15. 


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


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