November 10, 2016, 8:04 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church       Sunday, November 13, 2016


It is hard to believe that two weeks from this Sunday is the beginning of Advent!  During Advent I will be leading a study entitled The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem.  This five- session DVD was filmed in the Holy Land and is designed to accompany the 28 daily Advent devotions in the book Walking the Road to Bethlehem: Your Journey to Christmas.  All class participants will receive a copy of the book of Advent devotions.  Classes start on Wednesday, November 30 and conclude on Wednesday, December 28.  Class times are as follows:

Wednesday Evenings @ 6:30 p.m.

Thursday Mornings @ 10:30 a.m.


The change in class times is designed to allow those who wish to do so to attend one of our mid-week Eucharistic Services. On Wednesdays you can attend the Eucharist at 5:30 p.m. and remain for the study group at 6:30 p.m.  On Thursdays you can attend the study group at 10:30 a.m. and remain for the Eucharist at noon. 

A sign-up sheet for the Advent Study Classes is located on the table at the back of the church. Or, you can sign up by calling or mailing the church office.  Signing up ahead of time helps me make sure I have adequate books for all participants.

Blessings!---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:  November 13th, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown. 

Readings for Sunday (Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 28):

Malachi 4:1-2a; Psalm 98; 2 Thessalonians 2:6-13; Luke 21:5-19


Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Buddy Byrd, Jim Howe, Jr., Susan Gibbs Worrell, Jeffrey Mink, Sharon Hinderer, Belinda Hyslip, Walter Morris, Sr., Dr. Marion McDaniel, Lena Cunningham, Sarah Myers, Donna Drewry (Marjie’s sister-in-law), Debra Richardson (BZW’s co-worker), Bob White, Carol Jennings, and Neville Jones.



Outreach News:

Thanksgiving Food Drive by The Family Center Nov 2 – Nov 18: (Flyer below)Drop box is located in the back of St. John’s Church.

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The item from their wish list this week is laundry detergent & bleach.  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, November 9, 5:30 pm, Wednesday Eucharist in the chapel

Thursday, November 10, 12:00, Noonday Eucharist in the chapel

Sunday duties November 13, 2016:

Acolyte – Katherine Wright

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Mike Fielder

Altar Guild – Julie Pittman

Altar Flowers – Gina & Jerry Pillow

Monday, November 14th, 5:00 pm, ECW will have monthly meeting

Wednesday, November 16th, 5:30 pm, Wednesday Eucharist in the chapel

Thursday, November 17th, 12:00, Noonday Eucharist in the chapel

Wednesday, November 23rd, 5:30 pm, Thanksgiving worship in the church, with Wine and Cheese Reception following in the chapel.


Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 19th and 20th the ANNUAL BAZAAR at ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH.  The BIG BAKE SALE, from 9:00am to 1:00pm on Saturday, features casseroles, cakes, candy, appetizers and lots more.  Along with the Bake Sale, SILVER JEWELRY SALE and the CHRISTMAS MARKET

The FABULOUS SPAGHETTI DINNER: As always, the dinner includes spaghetti & meatballs, bread, salad, dessert and a drink.  All Sunday events are from 11am-2pm. Tickets for the dinner are $10; $5 for children and carry-outs are available. Purchase your tickets at the door, from a church member or by calling the church office (870-338-6990).

Along with the SPAGHETTI DINNER comes the BIG RAFFLE with cash prizes of: $1000; $500; and $250. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 and also are available at the door or from church members.


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                                                                    



St. John’s Church Office:                                               

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

Phone:  870-338-8115

Fax: 870-338-8519