September 19, 2018, 7:24 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, September 23, 2018


From Fr. Ray+

Although it is still over a month away, I am asking everyone to please plan to be present for worship and the luncheon following it on Sunday, November 4.  We will be observing All Saints Day in worship. Guest musicians will be The Mighty Souls Brass Band who were last with us on Easter Sunday. During lunch, representatives from several local ministries will present brief (5 minutes or less) statements about how their ministry is making a difference in Helena-West Helena. Last winter at a congregational gathering, our congregation identified “outreach to the community” as one of our top three values. With that in mind, our Outreach Team has been working on ways we can put that value into action in our community. One of the ways we will do that is by highlighting agencies and ministries that are making a difference. In future communications I will look at how we can support these vitally important ministries.

We started a new study in the Adult Sunday School Class last week. The title of this 6-week series is “Enough” and deals with Christian Stewardship.  

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

Readings for Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 20; Proverbs 31:10-31; Psalm 1; James 3:13—4:3, 7-8a; Mark 9:30-37

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, 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 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.


Operation Christmas Child (OCC) has begun!  Each Sunday through November 11th , a list will be highlighted. This year we are targeting boys and girls 5-9 only.  Please bring from the following list (below) WOW items this Sunday and place in the red wagon.  Thank you for your support.

Church Office News and Announcements:

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

Altar Guild – Julie Pittman

SEP 23, SUN at 10:30 am : Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Acolytes – Mike Fielder

Lay Eucharist Minister – Gina Pillow

Altar Guild – Maureen Jones

Altar Flowers – Knox Shelton


Sep 26, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist (chapel)

Altar Guild – Maureen Jones


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

Operation Christmas Child (OCC)  

More information can be found on the website.  1) Go to   2) How to Pack a Shoebox.  3) Under Fill with Gifts – See Our Gift Suggestions – Age Group 5-9.  4) A “Wow” Item