October 4, 2017, 7:14 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, October 8


From Fr. Ray +


Since this Wednesday, October 4, is the first Wednesday of the month, our mid-week Eucharist at 5:30 p.m. will be a healing service with unction (anointing with oil). Our mid-week Eucharist does not include music and usually lasts around 25-30 minutes. All are welcome!

Following the service, for the next six weeks I will be leading a course about our Episcopal history, beliefs and practices. The course will start at 6:15 and lasts approximately 45 minutes to one hour. This week I will be covering the beginnings of Anglicanism with a brief review of the English Reformation, Henry VIII and the Tudors. I am also leading this same course during Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. The class on Sunday, October 8 is about Episcopal Polity, which is our structure and organization. That class will be repeated on Wednesday, October 11.

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.

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

Readings for Sunday (Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost): Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalm 80:7-14; Philippians 3:4-14; Matthew 21:33-46

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, Carol Jennings, Darryl Byrd, Walter Morris, Sr, 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 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:

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

Altar Guild – Betsy Wright

Oct 8, SUN                  

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

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Jack Myers

Altar Guild – Bennett Sellers & Betsy Wright

Altar Flowers – Charlie Tappan Family

Oct 11, Wed - Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Altar Guild – Bennett Sellers & Betsy Wright

Oct 15, SUN - Lite lunch in the undercroft


A letter from the Bishop is attached below.

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 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