Saint Helena United Methodist Church

Week of 8 November - 14 November 2023

Hello my friends,

The 5th was another Sunday you wish you had not missed. Or, on the other hand, you will continue to talk about with exclamations and nostalgia.

This was All Saints Sunday, of course, and the Brunswicks invited Nancy Brandl to sing the songs that fit the day: for our Contemplative Moment we heard, "A Better Place" and just before the message was "Poor Wayfaring Stranger." Never have I ever heard the music better.

Nancy has a way about her that makes you want to both grab a hanky to dab your eyes and sway with the tune. That's the kind of music I hope shows up at my memorial service. Truly.

Kevin Leninger read the names of those who have gone before us. Jennifer rang the bell after each one. We all had different memories of the people whose names we heard, but the beautiful part is that they are well-remembered and held close in our hearts.

The Brunswicks attended the memorial service for Jeanne Chapman that her daughter held for her on Saturday afternoon. They reported that several people spoke of the "new life" she seemed to gain in living here in Saint Helena: they attributed that increased zest to the United Methodist Church.

You all make a difference when you gather to sing and to pray; to listen and to speak on Sunday. Those who meet together feel more alive just because they were here.

It's called a "Community of Faith" and of course I refer to faith as "reliable relationships" and trust we are that for each other when we make these connections Sunday after Sunday.

Next Sunday, the 12th, Mike Greensill will return to the piano and the Reverend Ms. Wendy Weller will join us for the message. If you haven't been here for a while, you deserve the beauty of this sanctuary and the inspiration that you'll find here. If you have been here, well, I don't have to tell you a thing, do I?

Bring your pledge card back in--or mail it--for 2024 to help make another year possible. We plan for all of them to be tallied after Sunday, the 19th of November.

And on the 18th of November, Saturday, you will want to encourage our District Superintendent by being here for the annual All Church Meeting at 4 PM.

So keep on being a good neighbor wherever you are and you'll find the world is so much more enjoyable than they say it is on the news.

Love to you and yours,


Pastor Audrey Ward

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 Sunday Worship

12 November 2023

10 a.m. Worship

Preacher: Reverend Ms. Wendy Weller

Music: Mike Greensill

Join us for Coffee Fellowship!

See you after worship...


Pledges for 2024 are being received in the 19th November Sunday morning service.

The St. Helena Food Pantry is needing volunteers. Helpers that are willing to fill in when they are short handed. A lot goes on to make it run smoothly when they are open. If you would be willing to help with anything, please give Sue Davis a call 707 696-6082.

Charge Conference Schedule

18 November Charge Conference

3:30--4:00 p.m. DS Shinya Goto meets with SPRC

4:00--5:00 p.m. Charge Conference with congregation

5:00--5:30 p.m. DS meets with Pastor

A look at this week's weather

The weather this week will be 64-69 with Wednesday being the warmest day at 69 and nights will be chilly all the way down to 35 one night.

Remember you can give online!

Our church continues to receive giving and donations through our online and mobile app platforms. Thank you for trying it out, here are the links again for you to sign up and give easily from your computer with Vanco:


or your phone or tablet with Vanco Mobile Faith Engagement App:

Dear friends,

Our St Helena church has provided an on-line app for use on your phone or tablet to give remotely over the last two years.

This app, GivePlus, is managed by Vanco, a finance company ensuring online payment processing with donations received for our church bank account.

Vanco Mobile Faith Engagement App. 

  • Download the Vanco Mobile app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
  • Find our church and log in using your previous GivePlus Mobile username and password.
  • Or set up your user account in minutes.


Do let me know if you have any questions.

Pastor Audrey Ward

Pray for Those in Our Care

Remember Them

in Our Prayers

Reverend Amy Denney Zuniga healing after a bike accident. Cynthia Matheny had a devastating stroke. Israel & Palestinian and all going on over there. Jack and Ruthie Rydman; Lisa Cox; Karen Riordon; Ben and Natalie DiMaio; Linda Lang; Anita and David Cummings; Jan Frate; and all our community near and far.

November Birthdays to Celebrate!


9 Caroline P Owens

20 Angela Henszel-Larson

24 Maureen St. John

Pastor Audrey Ward

Saint Helena United

Methodist church

1310 Adams Street

St Helena, CA 94574

You can reach Audrey at:


e-mail: [email protected]

If you need to reach the secretary you can email or call the church office at 707 963-2839. Office hours are Tuesday Morning and Wednesday afternoon.

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Click on the photo to hear the Hayde Bluegrass Orchestra - "Wayfaring Stranger"

The beauty of fall likes in the colors of the leaves.