September 5, 2018, 12:00 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, September 9, 2018


From Fr. Ray+

You may recall that back in the winter, we had a congregational gathering at which we discussed the things we most appreciate about St. John’s Church.  Based on that discussion we narrowed our findings to the top three things our folks appreciate about their church. Those three things were:  1) Worship in the Anglican Tradition, 2) Outreach to persons in need in our community and beyond and  3) Opportunities for Spiritual Growth and Discipleship.  We formed three groups of church members who have met to discuss things we can do to further develop those three areas of congregational life.  At last week’s meeting of the Outreach Group, it was decided that we will include a special focus on Outreach Ministries in our community as part of our stewardship emphasis this year.  Our annual stewardship focus will take place October 21, 28 and November 4.  November 4 is going to be a very special day as we receive our annual estimate of giving cards during worship followed by lunch in the undercroft.  During lunch representatives of community agencies will provide very brief descriptions of what their organizations do and how we can support them.  The other two groups are meeting this week and next week and will be finalizing plans for their areas of focus.  I appreciate the work and wisdom these groups are bringing to St. John’s!

Blessings, Fr. Ray+


Worship and Education News:

Adult Sunday School:  Meets Sunday at 9:00 am. 

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

Worship:  September 9, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 18; Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23; Psalm 125; James 2:1-17; Mark 7:24-37

Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:   Susan Worrell, Debra Richardson, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Jimmy Billingsley, Larry Bryant, Lynn Jordan, Ray Worley, Chris Walters, Carol Jennings, Nancy Howe, Jim Howe, Parker Pace, Heather Treat, Julie Ann Doan, Courtney Turner, Sheila Fraiser, Gwen Newkirk, Blake Robertson, P.J. Clay, Rev. Mike Wilkie, Kelly Namour, Rita Merritt, Tommy McCormick, Virginia Topp, Vivian Wright, Winston Carter, Jerry Staley, and Gloria Higginbotham.

Outreach News:

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The items from their wish list this week is cleaning supplies.

Humane Society of the Delta:  Donations needed are 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.

     Thank you for your weekly donations.  They are all greatly appreciated.


Church Office News and Announcements:

Sep 5, Wed: No Midweek service

SEP 9, SUN at 10:30 am:

Acolyte – Chris Rogers

Lay Eucharist Minister – Mike Fielder

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves

Altar Flowers – Ed Pat, Betsy, Katherine & Rachel Wright

Sep 10, Mon at 5:00 pm: ECW meeting

Sep 12, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Healing Eucharist (chapel)

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves

Oct ECW Fall Gathering (See Attachment)


The website to purchase St John’s church photos is  All proceeds will go to support Young Life of Phillips County.  Photographs can also be viewed in the church office.

St. John’s T-shirts are available with sizes from S through 3XL.  The price is $15. 

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

Street address:  625 Pecan St., Helena, AR