October 18, 2017, 8:49 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, October 22


From Fr. Ray +


The preface to an article about the Book of Common Prayer in the April 7, 2014 edition of the magazine Christianity Today says, “The Book of Common Prayer (BCP) has had an illustrious and checkered career since Archbishop Thomas Cranmer first introduced it to the Church of England back in 1549, almost five hundred years ago. If you've ever pledged to be faithful to someone "till death do us part," mourned to the words "earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust," or hoped for "peace in our time," you've been shaped by Cranmer's cadences, perhaps without knowing it.”

I will be leading a discussion about The Book of Common Prayer in Sunday School this week. We will look at how it is used in our worship, as well as at ways it can be a valuable resource for enriching your spiritual life seven days a week. The Adult Sunday School class meets at 9:15 a.m. in the undercroft. All are welcome! 

Classes are scheduled for our Episcopal history, beliefs and practices.

Weekly topics are as follows:

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 Helena First United Methodist Church will be conducting The Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, October 29, from 2 – 4 p.m. in their garden.

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

Readings for Sunday (Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost): Isaiah 45:1-7; Psalm 96:1-13; Thessalonians 1:1-10; Matthew 22:15-22

Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Jim Howe, Jr, Susan Worrell, Debra Richardson, Donna Rohrscheib, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Jimmy Billingsley, Larry Bryant, Lynn & Richard Jordan, Carol Jennings, Darryl Byrd, Ruth Howe,  and Carla Myers.

Outreach News:

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The item from their wish list this week is laundry detergent & bleach.

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

Altar Guild – Jayne Morris & Angie Fielder

Oct 22, SUN                

Acolyte – Chris Rogers

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Ann Lee

Altar Guild – Bennett Sellers & Angie Fielder

Altar Flowers – Tom & Allison Miller

Oct 22, SUN - Greenfield Quarles/Sigma Nu Dedication at Maple Hill Cemetery at 2 p.m. with reception following at St. John’s in the undercroft.

Oct 25, Wed - Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm

Altar Guild – Bennett Sellers & Angie Fielder

Oct 29, SUN - The Blessing of the Animals will take place on Sunday afternoon, Oct 29, from 2 – 4 p.m. with Helena First United Methodist Church in their garden this year.

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 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