November 14, 2018, 5:00 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, November 18, 2018


From Fr. Ray+

We are having a brief  “welcome” reception for our new organist, Dr. Gabriel Statom, this coming Sunday, November 18, immediately following worship.  I have heard many expressions of appreciation for the inspirational music Dr. Statom provides each week.  Since he is playing the Postlude as the congregation is departing, most folks have not had opportunity to meet him.  Simple refreshments will be provided in the chapel by our Fellowship Committee.   I encourage you to take this opportunity to meet Gabe and let him know how much we appreciate his presence at St. John’s!

It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is only a week away!  Our St. John’s Thanksgiving Eucharist will be at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21, in the church.  All are welcome!

Finally, the St. John’s vestry will meet Monday, November 19, at 5:30 p.m. in the undercroft.  As always, vestry meetings are open to anyone who wishes to attend.

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 18, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev Ray Brown

Readings for Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 28; Daniel 12:1-3; Psalm Canticle The Song of Hannah; Hebrews 10:11-25; Mark 13:1-8

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, Kent Shreeve,  Nate Holder, Harriet Collette, Jerry Robertson, Mary Hamm, Mary Helen Lagarde, Vivian Wright, Richard Hargraves, Bob Wright, Gloria Higginbotham, and Pat Wheeler


Outreach News:

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

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

    Please place all of these donations in the red wagon at the back of the church.

Grace Food Pantryplastic 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:

Nov 14, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist (chapel)

Altar Guild – Julie Pittman

Nov 18, SUN at 10:30 am:  Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Acolyte – West Hornor

Lay Eucharist Minister – Ann Lee

Altar Guild – Maureen Jones

Altar Flowers – Pat Wheeler

Following the worship service there will be a Welcome Reception for our new organist Gabe Statom in the chapel.

Nov 19, Mon at 5:30 pm: Vestry will meet in the undercroft

Nov 21, Wed at 6:00 pm: THANKSGIVING EUCHARIST (church)


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