August 31, 2017, 8:02 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, September 3


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 +


Our Fellowship Committee and their Chairperson, Carla Myers, did an awesome job with the luncheon and homemade ice cream social last Sunday following worship! Please let them know how much their efforts are appreciated.

Several folks have asked if there is a way to contribute to Hurricane Harvey relief through The Episcopal Church. A message from the Diocesan office said they are awaiting information from Texas Bishop, Andy Doyle, on how to best assist.  As soon as we have this information, we will pass it along to you.

We will be continuing our study of The Apostles’ Creed this week in Sunday School. Our topic this week is The Communion of the Saints.  Please consider joining us at 9:15 a.m. next Sunday!

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:  September 3, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Sunday (Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 17): Jeremiah 15:15-21; Psalm 26:1-8; Romans 12:9-21; Matthew 16:21-28

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, Jimmy Billingsley, Larry Bryant, Lynn & Richard Jordan, Linda Worstell, Madge Saba, Carol Jennings, Darryl Byrd, Walter Morris, Sr, Karen Davidson, Brooke Tappan, and the family of Charles Roscopf.

Outreach News:

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The item from their wish list this week is paper towels.

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

Sep 3, SUN                  

Acolyte – Drew Fielder

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Susan Carter

Altar Guild – Jeannie Turley

Altar Flowers – Gibson & Jeannie Turley

Sep 6, Wed - Midweek Eucharist with Healing (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Altar Guild – Jeannie Turley

Sep 16, Sat - All Altar Guild members to polish at 10:00 am

Operation Christmas Child

We will allot 4 weeks to each age group.  You are asked to bring gifts chosen from the list below, and we will have a little red wagon at the back of the church to place all gifts in.  Items must fit in a shoebox.

August 20 – September 10                                    

Girls & Boys 10-14                                                           

September 3                      September 10  


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