September 11, 2019, 11:00 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, September 15, 2019


From Fr. Ray+


Sunday, September 29, is the date of Bishop Larry Benfield’s annual pastoral visit to St. John’s. In addition to preaching and celebrating the Holy Eucharist, Bishop Benfield will be baptizing, confirming and receiving persons into the membership of The Episcopal Church. Anyone desiring baptism for themselves or a child is encouraged to contact me to make arrangements for baptism. If you are considering confirmation or reception, you might find the following information helpful:

Confirmation is closely connected to Baptism, and thus we do not confirm a person more than once. The Episcopal Church realizes that there are people who have made mature affirmations of faith in other Christian traditions and who wonder if that affirmation is equivalent to Confirmation. Thus, in deciding whom to present for Confirmation and whom to present for Reception, please let the candidate make the decision based on what the canons state: “Those who have previously made a mature public commitment in another Church may be received by the laying on of hands by a Bishop in this Church, rather than confirmed.” (Canon I.17.1)


Simply stated, The Episcopal Church honors mature commitments to Christ made in other Christian traditions. When that is the case, persons are received rather than confirmed.

Perhaps you are wondering, why should I take the step of becoming a member of St. John’s Church? While reasons for church membership are varied and often personal, I usually point to a couple of reasons that I consider important. First, I think it is a good thing to formally connect with a local manifestation of the Body of Christ as a place of serving Christ and others. Secondly, the polity of The Episcopal Church requires that persons be members of the church in order to serve in certain capacities such as member of the vestry or Eucharistic Minister.

Of course, I happily love and serve all without distinction concerning church membership. I don’t love or serve anyone any less if they are not members and I don’t love or serve anyone in a greater way if they are members. However, it is my responsibility to extend the invitation that “whosoever will may come!” With that in mind, please let me know if you are interested in being confirmed or received when Bishop Benfield visits on September 29.

Blessings, Fr. Ray +


Worship and Education News:


Adult Sunday School: September 15 at 9 am

Sunday School:

Worship: September 15, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 19; Exodus 32:7-14; Psalm 14; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-10

Hymn No: 410, 671, 470

Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers: Debra Richardson, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Larry Bryant, Lynn Jordan, Ray Worley, 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, Kathleen Gibson, Susan Worrell, Linda Jane McIntosh, Linda Lee Morganti, Jeffery Mink, Cole Jefferies, Bonnie Rowland, Pat Wheeler, Nancy Howe, Buff Brothers, and Lynn Biederman.


Outreach News:


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


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:

Sep 11, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Healing Eucharist in the chapel.

Altar Guild – Julie Pittman


SEP 8, SUNDAY at 10:30: Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Acolyte – Drew Fielder

Lay Eucharist Minister – Gina Pillow

Altar Guild – Maureen Jones

Altar Flowers – Neville & Maureen Jones


Sep 18, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist in the chapel.

Altar Guild – Maureen Jones


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