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February 22, 2018, 6:35 AM

Newsletter:


St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, February 25, 2018


From Fr. Ray +

 

The Ash Wednesday liturgy that we observed last week, invites us to “…the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy word.”

 

Part of our common Lenten experience this year includes the following:

Monday Evening Prayer led by Father Ray

Tuesday Evening Prayer led by laity

Wednesday Eucharist followed by a simple soup supper

 

All services will take place in the chapel at 5:30 p.m.  The Wednesday soup suppers will be served in the undercroft immediately following the Eucharist.  Instead of a homily during the Eucharist, Father Ray will share a brief message at the soup supper.

 

I encourage you to make some or all of these weekly services part of your Lenten journey this year. 

 

I will be facilitating two meetings at which you will be invited to share those things you appreciate about St. John’s.   It is from the things that we appreciate that we will determine our most important values and begin the process of better understanding where the Lord is leading us at this time in our journey of faith as a congregation.  These two meetings will be held on Tuesday, March 6 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, March 18 at 4 p.m.  Each meeting will last approximately two hours.  I look forward to hearing your input!

 

Young Life is in need of meals for their weekly meeting (Club night).  If you would like to provide a meal, please go to https://mealtrain.com/4dv3n5  for additional information and to sign up.

 

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:  February 25, the Holy Eucharist, Rite I, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Sunday (Second Sunday in Lent): Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22:22-30; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38


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 & Richard Jordan, Ray Worley, Louis Hardman, Chris Walters, Carol Jennings, Jane Barker, Donna Rohrscheib, Nancy Howe, Jim Howe, Donald Wayne Merritt, Parker Pace, Heather Treat, Annie Fielder, Julie Ann Doan, Courtney Turner, Sheila Fraiser, Melinda Roberts, Rita King, Samantha Webb, and Mari Askew.


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 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:

The Easter Lilies 2018 order form is included below.

Feb 19, Mon at 5:30 pm - Evening Prayer (chapel) Fr. Ray

Feb 20, Tues at 5:30 pm - Evening Prayer (chapel) Susan Carter

Feb 21, Wed at 12:00 Noon - Lenten Listening at the Helena First United Methodist Church. The speaker is Rev. Melissa Maskell and special music by Denise VonKanel.

Feb 21, Wed at 5:30 pm - Midweek Eucharist (chapel)

Soup Supper – Ann Lee

Altar Guild – Carla Myers

Feb 25, SUN at 10:30 am

Acolyte – Ed Pat Wright

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Ann Lee

Altar Guild – Betsy Wright/Melody Rogers

Altar Flowers – Jim & Betty Bush

Feb 26, Mon at 5:30 pm - Evening Prayer (chapel) Fr. Ray

Feb 27, Tues at 5:30 pm - Evening Prayer (chapel) Ann Lee

Feb 28, Wed at 5:30 pm - Midweek Eucharist (chapel)

Altar Guild – Betsy Wright


St John’s professional church photos are now available for purchase on the internet at stjohnsepiscopalchurch.pixieset.com.  All proceeds from sales will go to support Young Life of Phillips County.  Photographs can also be viewed in the church office during the week.

ST. JOHN’S T-SHIRTS ARE BACK!  The 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


 

Easter Lilies 2018

 

I/We would like to order _________ Easter Lilies at $18 each.

 

Given by:_____________________________________________

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In Memory of: _______________________________________

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In Honor of/ In Thanksgiving for: ______________ 

 

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February 14, 2018, 10:04 AM

Newsletter:


St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, February 18, 2018


From Fr. Ray +

Dear St. John’s Family,

As I mentioned in last week’s newsletter and in my sermon last Sunday, I will be facilitating two meetings at which you will be invited to share those things you appreciate about St. John’s.   It is from the things that we appreciate that we will determine our most important values and begin the process of better understanding where the Lord is leading us at this time in our journey of faith as a congregation.  These two meetings will be held on Tuesday, March 6 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, March 11 at 4 p.m.  Each meeting will last approximately two hours.  I look forward to hearing your input!

Evening Prayer will be held on Monday and Tuesday of each week during Lent at 5:30 p.m. in the chapel.  Midweek Eucharist will be on Wednesdays, at 5:30 p.m., followed by a Soup Supper immediately after the service.  All are welcome!

 

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:  February 18, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Sunday (First Sunday in Lent): Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-9; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15


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 & Richard Jordan, Ray Worley, Louis Hardman, Chris Walters, Carol Jennings, Jane Barker, Donna Rohrscheib, Nancy Howe, Jim Howe, Donald Wayne Merritt, Parker Pace, Heather Treat, Annie Fielder, Julie Ann Doan, Courtney Turner, Sarah Myers, Sheila Fraiser, Melinda Roberts, Rita King, and the Maynard family (Martha Buchanan).


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 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:

Feb 13, Tues (5:30 to 7:00 pm) - Shrove Pancake Supper in the undercroft

Feb 14, WED at 5:30 pm - Ash Wednesday Service (chapel)

Acolytes - Chris Rogers & Ed Pat Wright

Old Testament Lesson - Henry Jordan

Psalm - Allison Biederman

New Testament Lesson - Nolan Dean

Pianist - Dagmar Bergan

Soloist - Elizabeth Garcia

Altar Guild – Bennett Sellers

Feb 18, SUN at 10:30 am

Acolyte – Ann Lee

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Susan Carter

Altar Guild – Carla Myers

Altar Flowers – Martha Lambert

Feb 19, Mon at 5:30 pm - Evening Prayer (chapel) Fr. Ray

Feb 20, Tues at 5:30 pm - Evening Prayer (chapel) Susan Carter

Feb 21, Wed at 5:30 pm - Midweek Eucharist (chapel)

Altar Guild – Carla Myers

 


St John’s professional church photos are now available for purchase on the internet at stjohnsepiscopalchurch.pixieset.com. Beautiful interior and exterior pictures of St. John’s were taken by Nolan Dean and are available in either 5X7 or 8X10 prints.  All proceeds from sales will go to support Young Life of Phillips County. Photographs can also be viewed on the table at the back of the nave on Sunday mornings or the church office during the week.

ST. JOHN’S T-SHIRTS ARE BACK!  The 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




February 6, 2018, 3:37 PM

Newsletter:


St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, February 11, 2018


From Fr. Ray +

This past weekend I was fortunate to attend the Values in Action conference at Trinity Episcopal Church in New York.  Presiding Bishop Michael Curry kicked off the conference with at stirring message on Friday night.  Later that evening, and all day Saturday, a series of speakers continued on the theme of putting our core values into action.  This conference was very helpful as I work on fulfilling the plans I announced at our Annual Parish Meeting a few weeks ago.  At that time, I announced that I will be holding two meetings with St. John’s members and friends to think about the question, “What is God calling us to be and do at this time in our life as a congregation?”  That conversation begins with identifying our core values.  I will be announcing the details of these meeting within the next week. Please be thinking about those things that you most value about our common life as a parish.  I look forward to listening to you as we pray and think together about our future! 

 

Blessings, Fr. Ray+

 

Mark your Calendars for these February events!

 

Tuesday, February 13, Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper in the undercroft at 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 14, 5:30 p.m. Ash Wednesday Service


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:  February 11, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Sunday (Last Sunday after the Epiphany):  2 Kings 2:1-12; Psalm 50:1-6; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9


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 & Richard Jordan, Ray Worley, Louis Hardman, Chris Walters, Carol Jennings, Jane Barker, Donna Rohrscheib, Nancy Howe, Jim Howe, Donald Wayne Merritt, Parker Pace, Heather Treat, Annie Fielder, Julie Ann Doan, Martha Buchanan, Courtney Turner, Sarah Myers, and Sheila Fraiser.


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 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:

Feb 7, WED - Midweek Eucharist Healing Service (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Altar Guild - Angie Fielder & Jayne Morris

Feb 9, Fri - St. Mary’s Mardi Gras Seafood Dinner (5 to 8pm)

Feb 11, SUN at 10:30 am

Acolyte – Chris Rogers

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Mike Fielder

Altar Guild – Bennett Sellers

Altar Flowers - Jack & Carla Myers

Feb 13, TUES - Shrove Pancake Supper (5:30 to 7:00 pm) in the undercroft

Feb 14, WED - Ash Wednesday Service (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Acolytes - Chris Rogers & Ed Pat Wright

Old Testament Lesson - Henry Jordan

Psalm - Allison Biederman

New Testament Lesson - Nolan Dean

Altar Guild – Bennett Sellers

Pianist - Dagmar Bergan

Soloist - Elizabeth Garcia

 


St John’s professional church photos are now available for purchase on the internet at stjohnsepiscopalchurch.pixieset.com. Beautiful interior and exterior pictures of St. John’s were taken by Nolan Dean and are available in either 5X7 or 8X10 prints.  All proceeds from sales will go to support Young Life of Phillips County. Photographs can also be viewed on the table at the back of the nave on Sunday mornings or the church office during the week.

ST. JOHN’S T-SHIRTS ARE BACK!  The 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

 

 

 




January 31, 2018, 1:55 PM

Newsletter:


St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, February 4, 2018


From Fr. Ray +

We are barely a month past the joyful beauty of Christmas and already we are on the cusp of the quiet introspection of Lent.  Like our lives, the cycle of the Christian Year can be a bit of a roller coaster ride. There are “up” times such as Christmas and Easter and “down” times such as Lent and Holy Week.  There are long stretches of, hopefully growth, such as the Season after Pentecost and brief bursts of glory like the Day of Pentecost. God is at work in our world and in our lives in all of these times!  We will begin the Season of Lent on Ash Wednesday, February 14 with a service at 5:30 p.m. at the church.  The day before Ash Wednesday is Shrove Tuesday, which we will observe with a traditional pancake supper from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church.   I invite you to walk with your church family as together we walk with our Lord through this tumultuous, yet ultimately victorious, period in his life.

 

 

I want to express my sincere gratitude to everyone who helped make the bishop’s visit last Sunday such a wonderful time in the life of St. John’s Church!  Thank you to those who arranged the luncheon, decorated the tables, made desserts, prepared baptismal and confirmation certificates and supported those who were baptized, confirmed and received.  Congratulations to our confirmands, Rachel Wright, Marzell Moody and LaQuenta Baker, our newly baptized member Amir Akin and to Ben Pittman who was received into The Episcopal Church.

 

Blessings, Fr. Ray+

 

Mark your Calendars for these February events!

 

Tuesday, February 13, Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper in the undercroft

Wednesday, February 14, 5:30 p.m. Ash Wednesday Service


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:  February 4, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Canon Jason Alexander

Readings for Sunday (Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany): Isaiah 40:21-31; Psalm 147:1-12, 21; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39


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 & Richard Jordan, Carla Myers, Ray Worley, Louis Hardman, Chris Walters, Carol Jennings, Jane Barker, Donna Rohrscheib, Nancy Howe, Jim Howe, Donald Wayne Merritt, Parker Pace, Heather Treat, Annie Fielder, Julie Ann Doan, Martha Buchanan, Courtney Turner, Sarah Myers, and Sheila Fraiser.


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 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:

Jan 31, WED - Midweek Evening Prayers (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Feb 4, SUN at 10:30 am

Acolyte – Ben Pittman

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Mike Fielder

Altar Guild – Angie Fielder & Jayne Morris

Altar Flowers – Charlie Tappan Family

Feb 7, WED - Midweek Eucharist Healing Service (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Altar Guild – Angie Fielder & Jayne Morris

Feb 9, Fri - St. Mary’s Mardi Gras Seafood Dinner (See Below)


St John’s professional church photos are now available for purchase on the internet at stjohnsepiscopalchurch.pixieset.com. Beautiful interior and exterior pictures of St. John’s were taken by Nolan Dean and are available in either 5X7 or 8X10 prints.  All proceeds from sales will go to support Young Life of Phillips County. Photographs can also be viewed on the table at the back of the nave on Sunday mornings or the church office during the week.

ST. JOHN’S T-SHIRTS ARE BACK!  The 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


 

 



January 23, 2018, 1:55 PM

Newsletter


St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, January 28, 2018


From Fr. Ray +

 

This coming Sunday, January 28, Bishop Larry Benfield will be making his annual pastoral visit to St. John’s.  It will be a wonderful Sunday for our congregation!  Amir Akin will receive the sacrament of Holy Baptism.  Rachel Wright, La Quenta Baker and Marzell Moody will be confirmed and Ben Pittman will be received as a member of The Episcopal Church.  Following the worship service, everyone is invited to the undercroft for a delicious catered lunch.  All you have to bring is yourself!

When the bishop comes for a visit, the custom in the church is to contribute to The Bishop’s Fund.  This fund focuses on outreach to assist people, congregations, and organizations that could use additional financial support for things ranging from medical expenses to camp scholarships to funding for special programs that merits support.  You can give to it by placing cash in the offering plate or writing a check to the church that is noted, “for the Bishop’s Fund.”

I encourage all St. John’s members and friends to be here this Sunday to give Bishop Benfield a warm Arkansas Delta welcome!      

 

At the Annual Parish Meeting last Sunday, three new members were elected to a three-year term on the St. John’s vestry.  These new members are Jane Hornor, Gina Pillow and Carla Myers.  Jack Hornor is our new Senior Warden.  Tait Owens will be continuing as Junior Warden and Gibson Turley will continue as Clerk of the vestry.


Mr. J. Chester Johnson of New York will be presenting a program entitled Auden, The Psalms and Me on Tuesday, January 23 at 5:30 p.m. at the Pillow-Thompson House.  Mr. Johnson replaced W.H. Auden as the translator of the Psalms for our 1979 Book of Common Prayer.  Copies of his book, which he will be happy to sign, will be available at the discounted cost of $10.  Light refreshments of wine and cheese will be served.

Mark your Calendars for these February events!

 

Tuesday, February 13, Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper in the undercroft

Wednesday, February 14, 5:30 p.m. Ash Wednesday Service

 

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:  January 28, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Bishop Larry Benfield

Readings for Sunday (Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany): Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 111; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Mark 1:21-28


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 & Richard Jordan, Carla Myers, Ray Worley, Louis Hardman, Chris Walters, Carol Jennings, Jane Barker, Donna Rohrscheib, Nancy Howe, Jim Howe, Donald Wayne Merritt, Parker Pace, Heather Treat, Annie Fielder, Julie Ann Doan, Martha Buchanan, Courtney Turner, and Sarah Myers.

 

A couple whose mobile home burned completely on Christmas day is in need of furniture and household items.  If you have any used furniture, please call Fr. Ray at the office.


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 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:

Jan 24, WED - Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves and Maureen Jones

Jan 25, Thur - Altar Guild new member training at 4:30 in the chapel

JAN 28, SUN at 10:30 am

Acolyte – Ben Pittman

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Ann Lee

Altar Guild – Susan Carter & Julie Pittman

Altar Flowers – Keesee Family

Jan 28, SUN at the 10:30 service

Baptism:  Amir Akin

Confirmations:  Rachel Wright, LaQuenta Baker, and Marzell Moody

Received:  Ben Pittman

Jan 31, WED - Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Altar Guild – Susan Carter & Julie Pittman


St John’s professional church photos are now available for purchase on the internet at stjohnsepiscopalchurch.pixieset.com. Beautiful interior and exterior pictures of St. John’s were taken by Nolan Dean and are available in either 5X7 or 8X10 prints.  All proceeds from sales will go to support Young Life of Phillips County. Photographs can also be viewed on the table at the back of the nave on Sunday mornings or the church office during the week.

ST. JOHN’S T-SHIRTS ARE BACK!  The 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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