October 3, 2018, 6:26 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, October 7, 2018


From Fr. Ray+

Based on the recommendation of the Worship Advisory Group that was formed earlier in the year, and with the approval of the vestry, we have undertaken a search for an organist who is specifically trained in pipe organ and church music. Surprisingly, we already have someone interested in the position and he will be with us for the next four Sundays on an interim basis.  I’d like to tell you a little bit about him and encourage you to be at worship some or all of the next several weeks.

Dr. Gabriel Statom lives in Memphis and has extensive experience in church music.  He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, with an emphasis in vocal and piano, from the University of Mississippi, which he attended on a full music scholarship.  His Master’s Degree in Music, with an emphasis in organ, is from Florida State University and his Doctor of Worship Studies is from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies.  He has served in a variety of churches and been active in many community music groups.

Earlier this week I had lunch with Dr. Statom, who goes by “Gabe.”  I found him to be friendly and a committed follower of Jesus Christ.  I think he is a good “fit” for St. John’s and I hope you can be present to welcome him this coming Sunday, October 7.

You may be wondering what happens to our current keyboard person, Dagmar Bergan, if we hire a new organist.  The good news is that Dagmar will remain on staff at St. John’s.  Dagmar is an extremely talented pianist, but is not specifically trained in organ.  She will work alongside the new organist and myself to strengthen our music program and contribute to our goal of becoming a church that draws folks from throughout this part of the Delta. 

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 and how we can support them.

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:  October 7, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 22; Genesis 2:18-24; Psalm 26; Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12; Mark 10:2-16

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, Winston Carter, Jerry Staley, Gloria Higginbotham, Kent Shreeve, Bobby Anders, Rick Anderson.


Outreach News:

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

Humane Society of the Delta:  Donations needed are dog & puppy food. 

                  Their plastic tubs are on the stair landing by the chapel.

Grace Food Pantryplastic bags go in the labeled container in the narthex.

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


EPISCOPAL RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT:  If anyone would like to donate to the Hurricane Relief for North Carolina, contributions may be made to the church and will be sent to ER&D from St. John’s.

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) of CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES for this Sunday and place in the red wagon.  Thank you for your support.

Church Office News and Announcements:

Oct 3, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Healing Eucharist (chapel)

Altar Guild – Susan Carter & Royce Brown

OCT 7, SUN at 10:30 am: Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Acolyte – Ned Pillow, Mary Pillow, Eli Pillow, Katherine Pillow & Jack Pillow 

Lay Eucharist Minister – Susan Carter

Altar Guild – Bennett Sellers & Angie Fielder

Altar Flowers – Charlie Tappan Family

Oct 8, Monday at 5:00 pm: ECW will pack boxes for OCC in the Undercroft

Oct 10, Wed at 4:00 pm: All Altar Guild members will polish.

Oct 10, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist (chapel)

Altar Guild – Bennett Sellers & Angie Fielder


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) CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES