Saint Helena United Methodist Church

Week of September 21 to September 27 

September 21 , 2022

Sun and clouds this week

Dear friends,

Isn’t it wonderful to see and feel and hear the rain! A joy to know God’s abundance in such a tactile way. All of nature is calmer and more at ease, relieved from the harsh grasping of drought. No rain in the forecast for the next two weeks now, so we pray that all the fruit still in the fields can be harvested safely and in good health. Then, when all the harvest is in, may abundant rain fall upon us, relieving our tired world!

David Ward’s memorial service and celebration went very well this past Saturday afternoon at Covenant Presbyterian in Napa. A large group of family, friends and work associates came to honor Dave, with stories and prayers, hymns and fellowship. Following the service, everyone gathered in the fellowship hall for food and toasts to his life and all he brought to this world. Dave touched many lives, and he will be missed by all those who knew him. 

Tonight at 6 p.m., our monthly film night at church will be watching The Maltese Falcon (1941 Warner Brothers). Directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet, this is an urban detective mystery set in the San Francisco of 100 years ago. Unlike Sherlock Holmes or Hercule Poirot, detective Sam Spade is a hardboiled, even mercenary character, looking out for himself, while trying to do the right thing, even when it does not benefit him. Come join us and bring you dinner, as we watch this classic, the one that made Bogie a star.

Tuesday this week the church belltower renewal work has begun! Workers from St Helena Construction arrived yesterday to begin preparing the front of the church for repairs and painting. Scaffolding has gone up on the west side of the belltower as the work team begin, headed up by Bennie and Virginia. We expect them to be in place thru the end of next week, September 30, before Modern Method Roofers come in to replace the sanctuary and Asa White Room roofs the first of October. Let Dawn Leininger or myself know if you have any questions.

Thanks to Sue Billings the mostly dead plum tree by the driveway entrance has been removed. Thanks Sue!

Stewardship campaign for 2023 is in process and so expect to see a letter from the Finance team next month. Thank you for all for your generous support of the church and all its work.

Children’s worship is scheduled for October 2, with the theme being God’s grace.

Karl and Linda Parker are back home in Calistoga, recovering from his surgery last week. Please continue to hold them in prayer for healing, peace and comfort and, if you can, send them a card or note at 2412 Foothill Blvd., # 91, Calistoga, 94515.

As Autumn arrives this week, here is a seasonal Celtic blessing,

May you have -

Walls for the wind

And a roof for the rain,

And food and drink bedside the fire

Laughter to cheer you

And those you love near you,

And that God bless you always!



Sunday Worship

September 25, 2022

Sunday Worship

16th Sunday after Pentecost

10 a.m.

Scripture: Joel 3:13-18; Galatians 6:6-10

Sermon: Harvest of the Vine: Wine

Music: The Napa Valley Duo

Click below for a link to join Sunday morning Livestream Worship

Grape Harvest, Israel 2020

Join us after worship for fellowship time in our Fellowship Hall.

We look forward to seeing you!

Our church continues to receive giving and donations through our new 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.
The GivePlus app is being retired as of this month, and a new app will take its place, called 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 Burke

Something for everyone!

Two of our small groups

are online

for the month of September.

Check below to see which ones.

Everyone is invited to join our small groups!

Our Weekly Small Group Meetings

Book Study Group  In person.

Vintage Group, Tuesdays via Zoom

Call Pastor if you need a link to join any group!

Silent Meditation, Wednesdays via Zoom.

Bible Study on Thursdays  In person.

Thursday's Bible Study is: The Book of Psalms,

Please hold these saints in your prayers, 

For Lesa Ward and family, for Karl and Linda Parker, for Char Butcher, Ben DiMaio, Mary Chavez, Jack and Ruthie Rydman, Carolyn and Dick Woodson, David and Nancy Garden, Tony and Carole Pietrangelo, and all our community.

The Grapevine

It is so easy to go straight to our monthly newsletter to find the upcoming church calendar and event details:

September Birthdays!!!

5   Mike Greensill

15 Suzan Rada

15 Emali Vakawale

Pastor Burke Owens

Saint Helena United Methodist Church
1310 Adams Street
St. Helena, Ca. 94574

Pastor's hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
afternoons and evenings
by appointment. 

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to hear When You Believe!

performed by One Voice Children's Choir, from Utah

Abide in His Love