November 13, 2019, 4:00 PM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, November 17, 2019


From Fr. Ray+

Each year I enjoy watching the changes in the farmland during my drives to and from Little Rock.  The barren fields of winter give way to the green fields of summer.  It seems like every time I make the trip I see how the corn, beans and cotton have grown just a little bit more.  Fall brings the harvest and then before you know it, the fields are barren again.  By November most of the harvesting is complete.  Then, on the fourth Thursday of the month we observe a special day of giving Thanks for our many blessings, including the recently harvested crops.  

It is also around this time of year that we observe a more focused emphasis on stewardship.  One part of that focus includes asking our congregation to complete their Estimate of Giving Pledges for 2020.  You will be receiving your card, along with a letter from me, in the mail in the next seven days.  I ask that you prayerfully consider your financial commitment to St. John’s for the coming year.  You may place your card in the offering plate on Sunday, November 24, mail it to the church office or drop it off to Marjie in the office.

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 17, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for the Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 28; Isaiah 65:17-25; Psalm Canticle 9; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; Luke 21:5-19

Hymn No: 376, 488, 450

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,  Tommy & Carrie Galloway, and Rev. Arnold Hearn.


Outreach News:

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

Operation Christmas Child boxes:  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:

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

NOV 17, SUNDAY at 10:30: Holy  Eucharist, Rite II

Acolyte – Drew Fielder

Lay Eucharist Minister – Ann Lee

Altar Guild – Julie Pittman

Altar Flowers – Jayne & Walter Morris

Nov 20, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist in the chapel.

Nov 29, Friday at 3:00: Invitation attached.

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