November 20, 2019, 8:00 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, November 24, 2019

From Fr. Ray+

Psalm 100:3 invites us to “Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise; give thanks to him and call upon his name.”

I think when all is said and done, much of our lives as followers of Christ is about giving thanks.  It has been said that the simple two-word prayer “Thank You” is among the most important we can pray.  Within the next week you will have two opportunities to express the thankfulness that it is in your heart.  A bit more about each of those opportunities is mentioned in the following paragraphs.

This coming Sunday, November 24, we will be receiving our Estimate of Giving Cards during worship.  Completed cards can be placed in the offering plate, mailed to the church office at P.O. Box 770, Helena 72342, or dropped off at the church office.  Your 2020 financial commitment will help our church treasurer and vestry as they finalize our budget for the coming year.  Of far greater importance, your commitment is one way to express your love for Christ, the church and your neighbors who are served in his name.  It is also a way to say “Thank You” for your blessings.

We will have our annual Thanksgiving Service on Wednesday, November 27 at 6 pm.  This is a wonderful way to start your Thanksgiving Holiday!  We will sing familiar Thanksgiving hymns and partake of the Eucharist, which is from a Greek word that literally means “the act of giving thanks.”

Blessings, Fr. Ray+



Worship and Education News:

Adult Sunday School:  Sunday at 9:15 am.

Worship:  November 24, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for the Last Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 29; Jeremiah 23:1-6; Psalm Canticle 4; Colossians 1:11-20; Luke 23:33-43

Hymn No: 616, 493, 494

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 laundry detergent.

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

NOV 24, SUNDAY at 10:30: Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Acolyte – West Hornor

Lay Eucharist Minister – Mike Fielder

Altar Guild – Maureen Jones & Nancy Hornor

Altar Flowers – Mr. & Mrs. Alan Hargraves, Jr. and Mr. & Mrs. David Bohannan

       NOV 27, Wed at 6:00 pm: Thanksgiving Service in the church.

Nov 29, Friday at 3:00:  See 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