October 11, 2017, 7:53 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, October 15


From Fr. Ray +


For the next six weeks I will be leading a course about our Episcopal history, beliefs and practices. We will start during Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. each week. The Sunday class will be repeated each Wednesday at 6:15 after the Midweek Service.

Weekly topics are as follows:

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

Readings for Sunday (Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost): Isaiah 25:1-9; Psalm 23; Philippians 4:1-9; Matthew 22:1-14

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, Ruth Howe, Carla Myers, the family of Frances Carvill Cox and the family of Walter Morris, Sr.

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:

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

Oct 15, SUN                

Acolyte – Drew Fielder

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Mike Fielder

Altar Guild – Jayne Morris & Angie Fielder

Altar Flowers – Bill & Carol Simmons

Oct 16, Mon - Vestry meeting will be at 5:30 in the undercroft

Oct 18, Wed - Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Altar Guild – Jayne Morris & Angie Fielder

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.

October 15 – November 5                                            

Girls & Boys 2-4

October 15              October 22

October 29              November 5


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