September 19, 2017, 5:22 PM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, September 24


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From Fr. Ray +


St John’s and First United Methodist of Helena will be conducting a Blessing of the Animals event toward the end of October.  The exact date and time will be announced soon.

The St. John’s Fellowship Committee met last week and made plans for our Fall and early Winter Fellowship events.  Please put these things on your calendar.

  • September 24:  Lite lunch following worship.  We will meet in either the Chapel or our Garden depending on the weather.
  • October 15:  Lite lunch in the undercroft
  • November 22: Thanksgiving Service followed by snacks in the Chapel
  • December 3: Kick off Advent with a Soup Sampler Supper.  Details and time to be announced.

Fellowship is an important aspect of our life together.  I’ve noticed on Sunday mornings that sometimes the Passing of the Peace gets a bit long due to everyone wanting to visit with each other.  These fellowship events provide a wonderful opportunity to visit and catch up with one another.  I encourage you to make plans to attend each of these events. 

Upcoming Special Music in Worship

On September 24, our guest soloist will be Ms. Vivian Hoskins.  This will be Vivian’s first time with us. Please plan on being present and extending her a warm St. John’s welcome!  Don’t forget to stay after worship for the Lite Luncheon sponsored by our Fellowship Committee.

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.  

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

Worship:  September 24, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Sunday (Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 20):  Jonah 3:10-4:11; Psalm 145:1-8; Philippians 1:21-30; Matthew 20:1-16

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

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.  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 20, Wed - Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Altar Guild – Maureen Jones

Sep 24, SUN                

Acolyte – Rachel Wright

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Gina Pillow

Altar Guild – Susan Carter & Lindalu Hargraves

Altar Flowers – Knox Shelton

Special Music – Vivian Hoskins

    There will be a lite lunch following worship.

Sep 27, Wed - Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Altar Guild – Susan Carter & Lindalu Hargraves


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.

September 17 – October 8

Girls & Boys 5-9

September 17                   September 24

October 1                         October 8


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