October 30, 2018, 3:49 PM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, November 4, 2018


From Fr. Ray+

This coming Sunday, November 4, is going to be a wonderful day of worship and celebration at St. John’s!  We will be observing All Saint’s Day as well as making our financial commitments to St. John’s for calendar year 2019.  The Might Souls Brass Band from Memphis will be our guest musicians at worship.  Following worship, we will enjoy a delicious potluck lunch in the undercroft.  Meat will be provided.  Everyone is encouraged to bring a side dish to share.  During lunch, 5 area agencies will make brief presentations about the work they do meeting needs in Helena-West Helena.  Those agencies include:  Anchor Mission, The Angels of Grace Women’s Shelter, Grace Food Pantry, Young Life of Phillips County and The Humane Society of the Delta.  I hope you will be present for this time of remembering our loved ones who have passed on and celebrating God’s mercy and provision through sharing from the fruit of our labor.

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.  This Sunday Walter Morris, Jr. will give a brief testimony during the announcement time of worship about why he contributes financially to St. John’s.         

Your 2019 Estimate of Giving Card was enclosed in your letter sent out last week. Your card can be placed in the offering plate during our All Saints’ Day celebration on Sunday.  Giving cards are also  available on the back table.  If you cannot be present for worship on Nov 4th, you can mail your card or drop it off at the church office.

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.

This weekend is the time to FALL BACK!  Don’t forget to turn your clocks back on Saturday night.

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:  November 4, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 26  - ALL SAINTS’ DAYIsaiah 25:6-9; Psalm 24; Revelation 21:1-6; John 11:32-44

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, Rita Merritt, Virginia Topp, Winston Carter, Jerry Staley, Gloria Higginbotham, Kent Shreeve,  Nate Holder, Harriet Collette, Jerry Robertson, Mary Hamm, Mary Helen Lagarde, Vivian Wright, and Richard Hargraves.


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 Pantryplastic bags go in the labeled container in the narthex.

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

Operation Christmas Child (OCC) boxes are being packed and very near 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 31, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist (chapel)

Altar Guild – Carla Myers & Nancy Hornor

Nov 4, SUN at 10:30 am:  Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Acolyte – Rachel Wright

Lay Eucharist Minister – Jack Myers

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves

Altar Flowers – St. John’s

UTO boxes will be collected this Sunday during the service.

POTLUCK LUNCHEON will be served in the undercroft after the service.

Nov 7, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Healing Eucharist (chapel)

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves

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