August 17, 2017, 9:27 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, August 20, 2017


From Fr. Ray +


Mark your calendar and dust off your ice cream maker! St. John’s is having a light lunch and homemade ice cream social on Sunday, August 27 following worship!

If you cannot bring homemade ice cream, then feel free to bring “store bought” or toppings. This is a wonderful opportunity to invite family and friends to join you for worship at St. John’s.

More details will be sent in a separate email early next week.

Towards the end of September, I will be leading a six-week Confirmation/Informational Class on The Episcopal Church.  While geared towards those who want to be Confirmed or Received into membership at St. John’s and The Episcopal Church, it will also be an excellent opportunity to refresh your knowledge of our faith tradition. Bishop Benfield’s next pastoral visit to St. John’s will be February 4, 2018, at which time those who have completed the class will have the opportunity to be baptized and/or confirmed.

We are continuing our study of The Apostles’ Creed during Adult Sunday School. We are currently on week 3 of a six-week course. All are welcome!

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:  August 20, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Sunday (Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 15): Isaiah 56:1, 6-8; Psalm 67; Romans 11:1-2, 29-32; Matthew 15:10-28


Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Jim Howe, Jr, Susan Gibb Worrell, Sharon Hinderer, Debra Richardson, Donna Rohrscheib, Nic Cole, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Joe Ann Hargraves, Bennett Morris, Jimmy Billingsley, Larry Bryant, Lynn & Richard Jordan, Bill Hanson, Margaret Dean, Linda Worstell, Jimmy Gordon, Madge Saba, Carol Jennings, Darryl Byrd, Walter Morris, Sr, Karen Davidson, Bubba Sullivan, Kathy Bush, and Brooke Tappan.


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.

Operation Christmas Child list is below.

Thank you for all your weekly donations.  They are all greatly appreciated.


Church Office News and Announcements:

Aug 16, Wed - Midweek Evening Prayers (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Aug 20, SUN 

Acolyte – Ed Pat Wright

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Mike Fielder

Altar Guild – Angie Fielder & Jayne Morris

Altar Flowers – Jayne & Walter Morris

Aug 21, Mon - Vestry meeting in the undercroft at 5:30 pm

Aug 23, Wed - Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Altar Guild – Anger Fielder & Jayne Morris


Operation Christmas Child

We are a little late starting to collect items for boxes so we will do it a little differently this year. We will allot 4 weeks to each age group.  You will be asked to bring gifts chosen from the list below, and we will have a red wagon at the back of the church to place all gifts in. 

August 20 – September 17              ITEMS NOT ALLOWED IN SHOEBOXES

Girls & Boys 10-14                                Candy, chocolate, fruit, fruit rolls, snacks

August 20            August 27                  No food              

September 3      September 10               Toothpaste

September 17 – October 8                 War-related items (toy guns, knives, etc)

Girls & Boys 5-9                                     Drink mixes

September 17   September 24                 Lotions or liquids

October 1            October 8                    Medications or vitamins

October 15 – November 5                   No breakable items

Girls & Boys 2-4

October 15          October 22

October 29          November 5


Doll                                        Soccer ball with pump

Stuffed animal                  Outfit/clothing item

Cars/Trucks                        Small musical instruments


Comb/brush                      Toothbrush (NO TOOTHPASTE)

Washcloth                           Bar soap in a container

Band-Aids – colorful (NO ANTIBIOTIC OINTMENT)



Shirts/pants                       Underwear

Hats, scarfs, mittens       Sunglasses

Tote bag/purse                 Barrettes/bows


Pencils, pencil case, pens             Small manual pencil sharpener

Crayons, colored pencils               Coloring/picture/sticker books

Notebooks/paper                           Glue sticks or tape

Paint (Acrylic & Watercolor)       


Foam ball                             Tennis balls

Finger puppets                 Playing cards

Slinky                                    Etch-a-sketch

Contact info for Fr. Ray: ‚Äč

Cell: 501-291-6262                                                 



St. John’s Church Office:

Phone:  870-338-8115


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