September 7, 2017, 11:56 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, September 10


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.” 

From Fr. Ray +


Hurricane Harvey Relief

St. John’s is sending a donation for Hurricane Harvey relief.  All designated donations are being channeled through Bishop Benfield’s Emergency Fund. The good thing about donating through the bishop’s fund is that 100% what we send goes directly to relief efforts.  You can make a donation by sending a check to the church at P.O. Box 770, Helena, 72342, or by placing your donation in the offering plate on Sunday morning.  Thank you and God bless you as you seek to be a blessing to our brothers and sisters in Texas. 


Beautiful Music at St. John’s

Sunday worshippers at St. John’s are in for a triple blessing during the month of September!  We are fortunate to have three talented soloists this month. The schedule is as follows:

                                                Sunday, September 10:  Ms. Elizabeth Garcia

                                                Sunday, September 17:  Mr. Everett Long

                                                Sunday, September 24:  Ms. Vivian Hoskins

Have you invited a family member of friend to join you for worship at St. John’s?  Guests are always welcome!  Any one of these Sundays provide a wonderful opportunity to share the love of Christ and the beauty of worship in our Anglican tradition.

Confirmation/Informational Class

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.  We will be continuing our study of The Apostles’ Creed this week.  Our topic this week will continue with The Communion of the Saints.

Sunday School:   Will meet at 9:00 am at the First United Methodist Church.

Worship:  September 10, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Sunday (Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 18): Ezekiel 33:7-11; Psalm 119:33-40; Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 18:15-20

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, Jimmy Billingsley, Larry Bryant, Lynn & Richard Jordan, Linda Worstell, Madge Saba, Carol Jennings, Darryl Byrd, Walter Morris, Sr, Karen Davidson, Brooke Tappan, Ernestine Norton, and Ruth Howe.

Outreach News:

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

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:

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

Altar Guild – Jeannie Turley

Sep 10, SUN               

Acolyte – Chris Rogers

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Gina Pillow

Altar Guild – Julie Pittman

Altar Flowers – Ed Pat, Betsy, Katherine & Rachel Wright

Special Music – Elizabeth Garcia

Sep 13, Wed - Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Altar Guild – Julie Pittman

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 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