August 28, 2019, 6:51 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, September 1, 2019


From Fr. Ray+






After taking a break for several weeks, the Adult Sunday School Class will resume on Sunday, September 8 with a study of the life of Moses.  We will be using the book Moses, by Adam Hamilton.  Hard cover copies will be provided to all participants.  In the accompanying DVD we will be introduced to places in Egypt that were central to the life of Moses.  In the introduction to his book, Rev. Hamilton writes,

“Moses. The epic account of his life, together with the deliverance of the Israelite slaves from bondage in Egypt, is the defining story of the Jewish people. For Christians, Moses’ life serves as the backdrop for much that is found in the Gospels. Throughout history, his story has continued to speak to each successive generation.

I hope this book will not only help readers come to know Moses, but see how his life and story speak to our lives and stories today. Moses’ story is an important part of sacred Scripture; as such, Jews and Christians believe it reveals something to us about God, about ourselves, and about God’s will for our lives.

As always, if there is interest, I will gladly lead this same class on a weekday morning or evening.  Just give me a call to see what we can arrange.

Blessings, Fr. Ray +

Bishop Benfield will be making his annual pastoral visit to St. John’s on Sunday, September 29th.   If you would like to be baptized, confirmed or received as a member of St. John’s, please let me know by emailing me at or calling the church office at 870-338-8115.


Worship and Education News:

Adult Sunday School:  September 8

Sunday School:  

Worship:  September 1, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 17; Jeremiah 2:4-13; Psalm 81:1, 10-16; Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16; Luke 14:1, 7-14

Hymn No:  450, 423, 376

Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:   Debra Richardson, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Larry Bryant, Lynn Jordan, Ray Worley, Nancy Howe, Jim Howe, Parker Pace, Heather Treat,  Courtney Turner,  Rita Merritt, Mary Helen Lagarde, Jo Boone Wild,  Gloria Higginbotham,  Kelly Faye Parker, Vivian Wright, Al Martin, William Brandon, Leo Schuster, Joan Schuster, Orville Jiles, Cedric Franks, Jr, Jeannie McCabe, Karen Foster, Susan Worrell, Margaret Dean,  Pat Wheeler, Linda Jane McIntosh, Linda Lee Morganti, Jeffery Mink, Cole Jefferies, Buff Brothers, Kathleen Gibson, and Bonnie Rowland.


Outreach News:

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The item from their wish list this week is cleaning supplies.

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

Collections this week for Operation Christmas Child boxes:  Clothes and Shoes for GIRLS 2 – 4

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

Grace Food Pantry: plastic bags go in the labeled container in the narthex.

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

Church Office News and Announcements:

Aug 28, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist in the chapel.

Altar Guild – Melody Rogers & Bennett Sellers

Aug 28, Wed at 6:15 pm: Meeting at First United Methodist Church (Joint Children’s Ministry)

Pizza and drinks will be served.

Aug 31, Saturday, at 6:00 pm: Dorothy Clark’s wedding

Altar Guild – Carla Myers, Nancy Hornor, Angie Fielder, Susan Carter, Melody Rogers

SEP 1, SUNDAY at 10:30: Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Acolyte – Rachel Wright

Lay Eucharist Minister – Susan Carter

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves

Altar Flowers – Gibson & Jeannie Turley

Sep 4, Wed at 5:30 pm:Midweek Healing Eucharist in the chapel.

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves



St. John’s T-shirts are available with sizes from S through XL.  The price is $15.  Located at back of church.

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