November 6, 2019, 6:00 AM

   St. John’s Episcopal Church -  Sunday, November 10, 2019


From Fr. Ray+

During the month of November I will be teaching a class on Spirituality and Humor for the Adult Sunday School Class.  The older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve come to believe that humor and joyfulness are important elements of genuine spirituality.  One of the resources I will be using is the book Between Heaven and Mirth by Franciscan priest James Martin.  An excerpt from the book says

“Holy people are joyful people…the parables are often the stuff of comedy, and the gospels reveal Jesus to be a man with a palpable sense of joy and even playfulness.  In fact, thinking about a Jesus without a sense of humor may be close to heretical.”

C.S. Lewis said that “Joy is the serious business of heaven,” and the apostle Paul repeatedly encourages followers of Christ to rejoice. I think our experience of joy and laughter in this world allows us to experience a little bit of heaven on earth.

On any given day we face circumstances and events that are very serious and are certainly not to be taken lightly.  Without discounting those things that are solemn, difficult and serious, we will take a look at the healing power of humor and the place of joy in our lives.

The Adult Sunday School Class meets in the undercroft at 9:15.  All are welcome!

Blessings, Fr. Ray+


St. John’s will offer a Thanksgiving Service on Wednesday, November 27 at 6 p.m. at the church. All are invited to begin their Thanksgiving Holiday by taking a few minutes to give thanks to the One who is the source of our blessings.



Worship and Education News:

Adult Sunday School:  Sunday at 9:15 am.

Worship:  November 10, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for the Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 27; Job 19:23-27a; Psalm 145:1-5, 18-22; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17; Luke 20:27-38

Hymn No: 372, 178, 608

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, Della Staton, Carol Spencer, Pat Jeffries, and Tommy & Carrie Galloway.


Outreach News:

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

Humane Society of the Delta:  Donations needed are dog food and cat food.

Operation Christmas Child boxes:  To complete the boxes we need tops & pants 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 Pantryplastic 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:

Nov 6, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Healing Eucharist in the chapel.

NOV 10, SUNDAY at 10:30: Holy Eucharist, RiteII

Acolyte – Ann Lee

Lay Eucharist Minister – Ann Lee

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves

Altar Flowers – Gina Pillow

Nov 11, Monday at 5:30 pm: ECW will meet in the undercroft to finish the OCC Christmas boxes.

       Nov 13, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist in the chapel.

ECW dues are set for $20 this year.  Checks can be made out to St. John’s and mailed or dropped by the office.

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