October 19, 2016, 6:03 AM



St. John’s Episcopal Church           Sunday, October 23, 2016


After months of planning, preparation and prayer our 100th Birthday Celebration is this coming Saturday!  I hope you will join the many St. John’s members, friends and former members who are coming together for this joyous event.  The Eucharist will be celebrated at 4 p.m. with myself and Fr. John Leach of Holy Apostles Episcopal Church in Memphis.  Fr. Leach’s father was the rector at St. John’s in the 1960’s.  Following the service, we will gather for a catered dinner in the undercroft.  The gallery of pictures in the undercroft provides a marvelous look at the St. John’s family over the years.  If you have not yet called the church office with your RSVP, please do so today.                       Fr. Ray +         


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:  October 23rd, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown.          

Readings for Sunday (Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 25): Sirach 35:12-17; Psalm 84:1-6; 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18; Luke 18:9-14


The Holy Baptism of Mica Aiden Hyslip, son of Katie Mouritsen and Morgan Hyslip, will be on October 23rd.



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, Sam Harris, Jim Howe, Jr., Susan Gibbs Worrell, Jeffrey Mink, Richard Hargraves, Elena Hinderer, Sharon Hinderer, Belinda Hyslip, Walter Morris, Sr., Dr. Marion McDaniel, Lena Cunningham, Sarah Myers, Donna Drewry (Marjie’s sister-in-law), and Carol Jennings.



Outreach News:

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The item from their wish list this week is cleaning supplies.  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, October 19th, 10:30 am and 6:30 pm, D Bonhoeffer class “Come & Die”

     Wednesday, October 19th, 5:30 pm, Wednesday Eucharist in the chapel

     Thursday, October 20th, 12:00, Noonday Eucharist in the chapel

     Saturday, October 22- One Hundredth Birthday Celebration

          2:30 Organ Concert – Linda Kelly

          4:00 Eucharist followed by Dinner

                 Acolyte – Chris Rogers & Mike Fielder

                 Lay Eucharist Minister – Ann Lee & Mike Fielder

                 Altar Guild – Susan Carter & Bennett Sellers

                 Altar Flowers – Neville & Maureen Jones and John Clopton Wolfe                            

     Sunday duties October 23rd, 2016:

            Acolyte – Drew Fielder

            Lay Eucharistic Minister – Jack Myers

            Reader:  Nolan Dean

            Altar Guild – Angie Fielder & Bennett Sellers

            Altar Flowers – Tom Miller

     Wednesday, October 26th, 5:30 pm, Wednesday Eucharist in the chapel

     Thursday, October 27th, 12:00, Noonday Eucharist in the chapel


ST. JOHN’S T-SHIRTS ARE BACK!!!  The St. John’s T-shirts will be available this week with sizes from S through 3XL.  The price is $15.


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