Newsletter: Sunday, August 2, 2020
July 29, 2020, 6:00 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church 



This coming Sunday at 10:30 a.m., we will be attempting the first live stream of our worship service from St. John’s!  We have been looking forward to making this change for a couple of months and are glad the time has arrived to switch to providing you a live service.   Many folks have let me know how much they appreciate our prerecorded services each week.  The quality of the recordings has been excellent, thanks to the skill of our videographer, Nolan Dean.  We have been blessed by lovely music from our musicians Gabe and Dagmar.  Our faithful Readers have spent many hours recording the Lessons and The Prayers of the People each week.  I am deeply grateful for each and every one of these persons. Without them there would not have been any recorded services.

When you watch the live streamed service on Sunday, you will notice some differences compared to the prerecorded services.  Of course, the big difference will be that the prerecorded services were produced and edited by a talented professional film maker.  The live streamed services will not have the benefit of editing. They will, though, seem more like regular Sunday morning worship.

You may have noticed that in the first sentence of this article I used the phrase attempting the first live stream of our worship service…” There will, no doubt, be a learning curve to our live stream efforts.  If our attempt does not work out as planned this week, we will be back next week and will keep at it till we get it “right.”

At the time I wrote this article, we had not made a final decision about whether to broadcast the live stream via Facebook or YouTube.  That decision will be finalized by the end of the week and a second newsletter will be sent with instructions on how to access the live stream Sunday morning.

Thank you for supporting our staff and lay leaders in our efforts to provide you with meaningful worship opportunities each week for the past several months.  Like you, we realize our efforts are not a perfect substitute for gathering each week for worship.  Also, like you, we look forward to the time when these substitute efforts are no longer necessary.  As I’ve said so often, the church has never been a building.  It has always been people who love Christ and who love each other.  I’m thankful you are still doing those two things….loving Christ and loving each other!

Blessings,  Fr. Ray+



Please keep the following in your prayers:   Debra Richardson, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan,  Lynn Jordan, Ray Worley, Jim Howe, Nancy Howe, Parker Pace, Heather Treat,  Courtney Turner,  Rita Merritt, Jo Boone Wild,  Gloria Higginbotham,  Vivian Wright, Al Martin, William Brandon, Cedric Franks, Jr, Jeannie McCabe, Karen Foster, Kathleen Gibson, Jeffery Mink, Cole Jefferies,  Pat Wheeler, Carol Spencer, Pat Jeffries, Tommy & Carrie Galloway, Bonnie & Charles Rowland, Pat Delk, Duncan Highet, Lee McCarty Boyd, Jo Liddy, Riley Kate Haas, Danny Hutchens, Katrina Justice, Joan Henderson, Dagmar Bergan, Bob Wright,  Carla Myers, and Katy Mouritsen.



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

Humane Society of the Delta:  Donations needed include puppy, dog, cat, & kitten food

Please place all of these donations in the red wagon in the narthex 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.



Readers this week:  Ann Lee 


The church will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. till noon and on Wednesdays from 5 p.m. till 7 p.m.  Our sexton Tony will be present to assist with the lift if it is needed and will apply disinfectant to seating areas after they are used.  Please follow CDC and Arkansas Health Department guidelines when entering the building.  These include:

  • Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and others, unless they are part of your family.
  • Wear a face mask while in the building. They will be available as you enter.
  • Use hand sanitizer upon entering and leaving the building. It will be available on the table as you enter the building.
  • Please enter by the front doors since the chapel door will not be open.


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