September 12, 2018, 6:20 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, September 16 2018


From Fr. Ray+

This coming Sunday, September 16, we will be starting a new study in the Adult Sunday School Class. The title of this 6-week series is “Enough” and deals with Christian Stewardship. Promotional material for the series describes it in these words:

“Money has great power in our lives and, when used wisely, helps us meet goals, provide for our needs, and fulfill life purposes. But in recent years, many of us ignored this wisdom when managing and spending our money. We spent tomorrow’s money today. The result: not greater happiness, but greater stress and anxiety. Enough is an invitation to rediscover the Bible’s wisdom on prudent financial practices. Find the keys to experiencing contentment, overcoming fear, and discovering joy through simplicity and generosity.”

As always, I am willing to present this class in a mid-week setting if there is interest. I realize that not everyone can make it to the Adult Sunday School Class on Sunday mornings at 9:15. If you are interested in a mid-week presentation of the same material, please let me know.

Stewardship is an important aspect of our Christian commitment. This study of “Enough” will help prepare us for our three-week Stewardship emphasis that runs October 21 thru November 4.

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

Readings for Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 19; Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 19; James 3:1-2; Mark 8:27-38

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, Carol Jennings, Nancy Howe, Jim Howe, Parker Pace, Heather Treat, Julie Ann Doan, Courtney Turner, Sheila Fraiser, Gwen Newkirk, Sharon Hinderer, Jeffery Hinderer, Scott Hinderer, Mica Cole, Blake Robertson, P.J. Clay, Rev. Mike Wilkie, Kelly Namour, Rita Merritt, Virginia Topp, Vivian Wright, Winston Carter, Jerry Staley, Gloria Higginbotham, Kent Shreeve, and Neville Jones.

Outreach News:

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

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

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves

SEP 16, SUN at 10:30 am: Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Acolytes – Ed Pat Wright & West Hornor

Lay Eucharist Minister – Ann Lee

Altar Guild – Julie Pittman

Altar Flowers – Neville & Maureen Jones

Sep 17, Mon at 5:30 pm: Vestry meeting in the undercroft

Sep 19, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist (chapel)

Altar Guild – Julie Pittman

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