August 23, 2017, 8:21 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, August 27, 2017


One Call Now:  In order to receive your text messages through our new phone contact system, you need to send a text message to 22300, type the message Alert, and send.  You will immediately receive a response from OCN “Thanks! Alerts will be sent from One Call Now when available.”  We will send out a short message later this week testing this set-up.

From Fr. Ray +


This coming Sunday, August 27, we will be having a lite lunch and homemade ice cream immediately following worship.  This is a wonderful opportunity to invite friends and family to join you at St. John’s!

There is a list of items needed for Operation Christmas Child on the table at the back of the church. Items can be placed in the red wagon in the narthex.


Our study of The Apostles’ Creed continues during Sunday School. This week we will be taking a look at The Church and The Communion of the Saints. Sunday School starts at 9:30 and meets in the undercroft.


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.

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 27, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Sunday (Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 16): Isaiah 51:1, 1-6; Psalm 138; Romans 12:1-8, 29-32; Matthew 16:13-20


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 toilet paper.

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.  Remember items must fit in a shoebox.


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


Church Office News and Announcements:

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

Altar Guild – Anger Fielder & Jayne Morris

Aug 27, SUN               

Acolyte – Ned Pillow, Mary Pillow, Eli Pillow, & Jack Pillow

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Jack Myers

Altar Guild – Angie Fielder & Bennett Sellers

Altar Flowers – Melody & Mark Rogers

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

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 10                                    

Girls & Boys 10-14                                                                       

August 20            August 27

September 3      September 10


September 17 – October 8

Girls & Boys 5-9

September 17   September 24

October 1            October 8


October 15 – November 5                                     

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



Candy, chocolate, fruit, fruit rolls, snacks

No food


War-related items (toy guns, knives, etc)

Drink mixes

Lotions or liquids

Medications or vitamins

No breakable items

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