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October 10, 2018, 6:15 AM


St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, October 14, 2018


From Fr. Ray+

I have received a lot of positive feedback about the beautiful organ music last Sunday.  Dr. Gabriel Statom (he likes to be called “Gabe”) will be at the organ again this coming Sunday, as well as the rest of the Sundays in October.  Hopefully, he will remain with us beyond this four-week interim period.  If you have friends who appreciate fine music and who don’t already attend church elsewhere, I encourage you to invite them to worship with you at St. John’s.  The Worship Advisory Group and I hope the presence of exceptional organ music will be one step toward helping St. John’s become a “regional” church.  We believe there are many people within a twenty-mile radius of St. John’s who would appreciate music that draws the heart to God within the context of the beauty of Anglican worship.   As God’s people we are called to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others so that they may experience the joy that comes from a heart turned toward him.  Beautiful music is but one way of doing that.

On an entirely different note, people of all ages and abilities are invited to join the Helena Adult Kickball League. If you’d like to be part of this fun league please touch base with Sarah Melby.  You can call the church office and we will provide you with Sarah’s contact info.

I am asking everyone to please plan to be present for worship and the luncheon following it on Sunday, November 4.   We will be observing All Saints Day in worship.  Guest musicians will be The Mighty Souls Brass Band who were last with us on Easter Sunday. During lunch, representatives from several local ministries will present brief (5 minutes or less) statements about how their ministry is making a difference in Helena-West Helena and how we can support them.

Blessings, Fr. Ray+


Worship and Education News:

Adult Sunday School:  Meets Sunday at 9:00 am. 

Sunday School:   Will meet at 9:00 am at the First United Methodist Church.

Worship:  October 14, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 23; Job 23:1-9, 16-17; Psalm 22:1-15; Hebrews 4:12-16; Mark 10:17-31

Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:   Susan Worrell, Debra Richardson, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Jimmy Billingsley, Larry Bryant, Lynn Jordan, Ray Worley, Carol Jennings, Nancy Howe, Jim Howe, Parker Pace, Heather Treat, Julie Ann Doan, Courtney Turner, Sheila Fraiser, Gwen Newkirk, Sharon Hinderer, Jeffery Hinderer, Scott Hinderer, Mica Cole, Blake Robertson, P.J. Clay, Rev. Mike Wilkie, Kelly Namour, Rita Merritt, Virginia Topp, Winston Carter, Jerry Staley, Gloria Higginbotham, Kent Shreeve,  Nate Holder, Harriet Collette, the family of Bobby Anders, the family of Rick Anderson, the family of Rusty Jenkins, Jerry Robertson, and Mary Hamm


Outreach News:

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

Humane Society of the Delta:  Donations needed are dog & puppy food. 

                Their plastic tubs are on the stair landing by the chapel.

Grace Food Pantry: plastic bags go in the labeled container in the narthex.


     Thank you for your weekly donations.  They are all greatly appreciated.


EPISCOPAL RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT- If anyone would like to donate to the Hurricane Relief for North Carolina, contributions may be made to the church and will be sent to ER&D from St. John’s.


Operation Christmas Child (OCC) has begun!  Each Sunday through November 11th , a list will be highlighted. This year we are targeting boys and girls 5-9 only.  Please bring from the following list (below) of SCHOOL SUPPLIES for this Sunday and place in the red wagon.  Thank you for your support.

Church Office News and Announcements:

Oct 10, Wed at 4:00 pm: All Altar Guild members will polish.

Oct 10, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist (chapel)

Altar Guild – Bennett Sellers & Angie Fielder

OCT 14, SUN at 10:30 am: Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Acolyte – Ann Lee

Lay Eucharist Minister – Ann Lee

Altar Guild – Melody Rogers & Jayne Morris

Altar Flowers – Bill & Carol Simmons

Oct 15, Monday at 5:00 pm: ECW will meet in the undercroft to pack boxes for OCC.

Oct 17, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist (chapel)

Altar Guild – Melody Rogers & Jayne Morris


The website to purchase St John’s church photos is  All proceeds will go to support Young Life of Phillips County.  Photographs can also be viewed in the church office.

St. John’s T-shirts are available with sizes from S through 3XL.  The price is $15. 

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 

Operation Christmas Child (OCC)  More information can be found on the website.  1) Go to   2) How to Pack a Shoebox.  3) Under Fill with Gifts – See Our Gift Suggestions – Age Group 5-9.  4) SCHOOL SUPPLIES


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