September 26, 2017, 5:10 PM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, October 1


From Fr. Ray +


Would you like to know more about Anglicanism and The Episcopal Church?  If so, I encourage you to be part of a seven-week course I will be leading during the Adult Sunday School hour at 9:15 in the undercroft.  I will teach the same course at 6:15 p.m. on Wednesdays, immediately following our mid-week Eucharist, starting October 4.  While this course is a good way for all of us to review and refresh our understanding of our church, it is especially helpful for those who would like to be baptized, confirmed or received into membership in The Episcopal Church when our bishop visits in early February. Weekly topics are as follows:

October 1 and 4:  A Brief History of Anglicanism

October 8 and 11: Organization of The Episcopal Church (Polity)

October 15 and 18:  Theology and Spirituality in The Episcopal Tradition

October 22 and 25: The Book of Common Prayer

October 29 and November 1:  Worship and Liturgy Part I

November 5 and 8:  Worship and Liturgy Part II

November 12 and 15:  The Diocese of Arkansas and St. John’s Helena-West Helena


I am willing to offer this course at other times, too, if Sunday or Wednesday do not work for you.  Just let me know.  


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.

Please put these dates on your calendar.

  • 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. 

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:  October 1, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Sunday (Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost): Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32; Psalm 25:1-8; Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew 21:23-32

Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Jim Howe, Jr, Susan Gibb Worrell, Sharon Hinderer, Debra Richardson, Donna Rohrscheib, 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, Carla Myers, and the family of John Vaughan (Maureen’s brother-in-law).

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:

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

Altar Guild – Susan Carter & Lindalu Hargraves

Oct 1, SUN                  

Acolyte – Mike Fielder

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Susan Carter

Altar Guild – Betsy Wright

Altar Flowers – Henry & Munnie Jordan

Oct 4, Wed  - Midweek Unction & Prayers for Healing (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Altar Guild – Betsy Wright


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

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