September 18, 2019, 6:00 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, September 22, 2019


From Fr. Ray+

On Sunday September 29, we will be welcoming Bishop Larry Benfield to St. John’s for his annual pastoral visit.  At worship that morning he will be confirming/receiving ten persons into membership at St. John’s!   Following worship he will be our guest at a luncheon in the undercroft.  I encourage all members and friends of St. John’s to be present to welcome our bishop and provide encouragement to the children and adults who will be affirming their faith in Christ by becoming members of our church.  We sometimes think of the church as a place or building, but according to Holy Scripture, the church is the people who gather to worship God and support each other.  What a joy it will be to witness the confirmation of children who have grown up here as well as the confirmation and reception of adults who are ready to call St. John’s their spiritual home.  It is going to be a wonderful morning at St. John’s!

Blessings, Fr. Ray+



Worship and Educati on News:

Adult Sunday School:  September 22 at 9 am

Sunday School:  will meet at 9:00 o'clock at the First United Methodist Church

Worship:  September 22, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 20; Amos 8:4-7;  Psalm 79:1-9; 1 Timothy 2:1-7; Luke 16:1-13

Hymn No:  473, 711, 390

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, Lynn Biederman,  Della Staton, and the family of Jim Hargraves.


Outreach News:

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

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

Altar Guild – Maureen Jones

SEP 22, SUNDAY at 10:30: Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Acolyte – West Hornor

Lay Eucharist Minister – Ann Lee

Altar Guild – Nancy Hornor

Altar Flowers – Knox Shelton

Sep 25, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist in the chapel.

Altar Guild – Nancy Hornor


ECW elected new officers at their meeting this month:   Ann Lee, President, Carla Myers, Vice-President, and Melody Rogers, Secretary and Treasurer.  Congratulations to all!


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


Hurricane Relief Through ERD

Episcopal Relief & Development partners with dioceses as they respond to hurricanes and other tragic storms.

Your contribution to Episcopal Relief & Development’s Hurricane Relief Fund will support communities as they respond to storms like Hurricane Dorian.  Your donation will meet urgent needs by providing critical supplies such as food, water and other basics and will help provide long-term assistance as needed.

Currently, members of Episcopal Relief & Development’s US Disaster Program are working closely with dioceses in the path of Hurricane Dorian. In addition, the organization is working through the Anglican Alliance to support the Anglican Diocese of the Bahamas & the Turks and Caicos as they begin assessing the damage. The organization’s Partners in Response and Resilience stand ready to respond in the coming weeks as the full extent of the slow-moving storm becomes clear.

You can make a donation to Hurricane Relief by check, payable to St. John’s Episcopal Church. Make sure you put Hurricane Relief in the memo area of your check.  We will forward all money received to Episcopal Relief and Development.

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