October 24, 2018, 7:17 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, October 28, 2018


From Fr. Ray+


MEN’S GROUP CHILI SUPPER! Thursday, October 25 @ 6 p.m. at Church!

All men are invited to come enjoy hot chili and cold beer this coming Thursday, October 25 at 6 p.m. at the church.  Jack Hornor and Tap Jennings are making the chili, so you know it’s going to be good!  You are welcome to bring a friend.

We are less than two weeks away from our All Saint’s Day/Commitment Sunday on November 4.  The Mighty Souls Brass Band will be providing joyful music for the service and various agencies will be presenting brief presentations during the luncheon following worship.  Our pledge cards will be received during worship and Outreach Cards will be available at the luncheon.  I hope you will join us as we remember those who have passed into God’s nearer presence, celebrate our blessings and respond by making financial commitments to God’s work in our church and in our community.

While stewardship of our resources is something we talk about throughout the year at St. John’s, at this time of year we take a more focused look at our call to be faithful in the use of our time, talent and treasure.  On each of the next three Sundays a different layperson will give a brief testimony during the announcement time during worship about why they contribute financially to St. John’s. Our speakers will be:

  • October 28      Nolan Dean
  • November 4    Walter Morris, Jr.

Within the next week you will receive a letter from me in which I mention some things I believe about our call to be stewards.  Your 2019 Estimate of Giving Card will be enclosed. Your card can be placed in the offering plate during our All Saints’ Day celebration on Sunday, November 4.  If you cannot be present for worship on Nov 4th, you can mail your card or drop it off at the church office.

On Sunday, November 4, we will be observing All Saints’ Day at St. John’s.  Please let the church office know of loved one’s names you would like to have read during the memorial portion of the service.

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

Readings for Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 25; Job 2:1-6 10-17; Psalm 34:1-8, (19-22); Hebrews 7:23-28; Mark 10:46-52

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,  Nate Holder, Harriet Collette, Jerry Robertson, Mary Hamm, and Mary Helen Lagarde


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.


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

Operation Christmas Child (OCC): boxes are being packed and working on completion.  ECW will accept monetary donations to complete the items needed for the boxes and to help with the $9.00 shipping cost for each box.  Thank you for your support.

Church Office News and Announcements:

Oct 24, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist (chapel)

Altar Guild – Angie Fielder

Oct 25, Thur at 6 pm: The Men’s Group will meet in the undercroft.

OCT 28, SUN at 10:30 am: Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Acolyte – Ed Pat Wright & West Hornor

Lay Eucharist Minister – Gina Pillow

Altar Guild – Carla Myers & Nancy Hornor

Altar Flowers – Tait Owens

Oct 31, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist (chapel)

Altar Guild – Carla Myer & Nancy Hornor

Sunday, November 4, UTO boxes will be collected on during the service.

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