September 21, 2016, 3:02 PM

St. John's Episcopal Church        Sunday, September 25, 2016


Fr. Ray will be leading a four-week study on major themes from the works and life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer beginning Wednesday, September 28, and ending Wednesday, October 19. Class sessions include:


September 28:   What Is The Church?

October 5:           Living In Christian Community

October 12:         Religionless Christianity

October 19:         Come and Die


Classes will be meet at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.  A sign-up sheet will be placed on the table at the back of the church.


Worship and Education News:


Adult Education:  Meets Sunday at 9:00 am


Sunday School:   Will meet at 9:00 am at the First United Methodist Church.


Worship:  September 25th, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown. 


Readings for Sunday (Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost): Amos 6:1a, 4-7; Psalm 146; 1 Timothy 6:6-19; Luke 16:19-31.


Pastoral News:


What Do You Love About St. John’s?

The month of October will be Stewardship Month at St. John’s.  Each year members and friends of the congregation are invited to share ways in which St. John’s is a blessing to them or reasons they give financially to support the mission and ministry of the church.  You are invited to submit your blessings and reasons for being supportive to the church office.  With your permission we will print them in our October newsletters.  These submissions can be mailed to the church office, email to, dropped off at the church office, or placed in an envelope in the offering plate on Sunday morning.

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Buddy Byrd, Carol Jennings, Sam Harris, Jim Howe, Jr., Susan Gibbs Worrell, Jeffrey Mink, Richard Hargraves, Elena Hinderer, Sharon Hinderer, Belinda Hyslip, Walter Morris, Sr., Pat Wheeler, Dr. Marion McDaniel, Lena Cunningham, Joyce St. Columbia, Sarah Myers, and Donna Drewry (Marjie’s sister-in-law).


Outreach News:



Earlier this week I learned of a local family of 5 who was burned out of their home.  I spoke with a representative of the Red Cross who confirmed the family’s situation.  Please review this list to see if you have any items in your garage or attic that could be donated to this family.  The Red Cross helped them move into a mobile home, so space is limited.  Children’s clothing needs have been somewhat met through a gift from the OPM trust. Other needs include:

  • Kitchen table and chairs        
  • Bed frames and mattresses
  • Toddler bed (for a 2-year-old)
  • Sofa and chairs
  • Window air conditioner
  • Box fans
  • Mom:  size 14 pants, XL shirts/blouses, size 9 shoes
  • Dad:  34 X 32 pants, XL shirts, size 10 shoes

Thanks for helping where you can!                Fr. Ray+


The Samaritan’s Purse Donations that will fit in a shoe box can be placed in the basket by front door.  This month will be clothes and toys for boys and girls 10-14


Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The item from their wish list this week is dish soap.  Plastic tubs for each are on the stair landing just outside the chapel.


Humane Society of the Delta:  Donation needed is dog & puppy food.  Their plastic tub is also on the stair landing.


Grace Food Pantry – plastic bags go in the labeled container in the narthex.


Church Office News and Announcements:


Wednesday, September 21th, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday Eucharist in the chapel


Thursday, September 22nd, 12:00, Noonday Eucharist in the chapel


Sunday duties September 25th, 2016:


Acolyte – Chris Rogers

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Susan Carter

Altar Guild –Julie Pittman

Altar Flowers –Knox Shelton


Wednesday, September 28th, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday Eucharist in the chapel


Thursday, September 29th, 12:00, Noonday Eucharist in the chapel



One Hundredth Birthday CelebrationOctober 22-23


Chairperson of Birthday Committee:  Maureen Jones

Invitations and Addresses:  Angie Fielder

Food:  Julie Pittman

Displays and Memorabilia:  Grace Henderson

Decorations:  Carla Myers


Please consider which of these groups you would like to help with and let the team leader know. 


St John’s historical records:     1892:   The Ophelia Polk Moore Trust was set up to provide a foster home for young children.  St. John’s Episcopal Church vestry was named the Trustee for the home.


Contact info for Fr. Ray:

Cell: 501-291-6262



St. John’s Church Office:

Phone:  870-338-8115       Fax: 870-338-8519     


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