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November 17, 2016, 7:33 AM

Newsletter:

St. John’s Episcopal Church                 Sunday, November 20, 2016

 

This coming Sunday is the last Sunday in Pentecost, which means it is the final Sunday in the liturgical year.  Next week we start the liturgical cycle all over again as we enter Advent. It is fitting that the last Sunday of the church year is called Christ the King Sunday.  As we look back on a year of divisiveness in politics, wars abroad, terrorist attacks at home, suffering of the innocent and racial and class tensions it is good to remember that our primary allegiance is not to the principalities and powers of this world.  Christ is King and it is to him that we have given ourselves in our baptismal vows. The Apostle Paul, in writing to first century Christians in Galatia, reminded them that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  The fact that those qualities are lacking in most parts of our world just goes to show how very different the Kingdom of Christ is from the kingdoms of the world.  As we come to the end of the church year and begin a new one, let us remember that Christ, and Christ alone, is King.  Blessings, Fr. Ray +

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A Thanksgiving Service will be held at St. John’s at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23.  Following the service, you are invited to a wine and cheese reception in the Chapel. Please let Jeannie Turley know if you can bring a cheese or fruit tray or chips and dip or cookies for the reception. And, don’t forget to invite a friend!    


 

Worship and Education News:

Adult Education:  Meets Sunday at 9:00 am

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

Worship:  November 20th, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown. 

Readings for Sunday (Last Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 29):

Jeremiah 23:1-6; Canticle 16 - BCP 92 (In unison); Colossians 1:11-20; Luke 23:33-43


Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Buddy Byrd, Jim Howe, Jr., Susan Gibbs Worrell, Jeffrey Mink, Sharon Hinderer, Walter Morris, Sr., Dr. Marion McDaniel, Sarah Myers, Donna Drewry (Marjie’s sister-in-law), Debra Richardson (BZW’s co-worker), Bob White, Carol Jennings, and Ruth Howe.

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During Advent I will be leading a study entitled The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem.  This five- session DVD was filmed in the Holy Land and is designed to accompany the 28 daily Advent devotions in the book Walking the Road to Bethlehem: Your Journey to Christmas All class participants will receive a copy of the book of Advent devotions.  Classes start on Wednesday, November 30 and conclude on Wednesday, December 28.  Class times are as follows:

Wednesday Evenings @ 6:30 p.m.

Thursday Mornings @ 10:30 a.m.

The change in class times is designed to allow those who wish to do so to attend one of our mid-week Eucharistic Services. On Wednesdays you can attend the Eucharist at 5:30 p.m. and remain for the study group at 6:30 p.m.  On Thursdays you can attend the study group at 10:30 a.m. and remain for the Eucharist at noon. 

A sign-up sheet for the Advent Study Classes is located on the table at the back of the church. Or, you can sign up by calling or mailing the church office.  Signing up ahead of time helps me make sure I have adequate books for all participants. Blessings! Fr. Ray+


 

Outreach News:

Thanksgiving Food Drive by The Family Center Nov 2 – Nov 18: Drop box is located in back of church.

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The item from their wish list this week is toilet paper.  Plastic tubs for each are on the stair landing just outside the chapel.

Humane Society of the Delta:  Donation needed is dog & puppy food.  Their plastic tub is also on the stair landing.

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

A Request From Dagmar  - Check out what Ms. Garcia wants for her students in this amazing project: Piano Power for the KIPP Delta Choir! Ms. Garcia is using DonorsChoose.org to request things for her students. It's an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. If you chip in to help her classroom (or any other one on the site), you'll get photos from the classroom and thank-you notes to see the impact you made. Please pass this along to anyone you know who may want to help out!       Thanks! Dagmar


Church Office News and Announcements:

Wednesday, November 16, 5:30 pm, Wednesday Eucharist in the chapel

Thursday, November 17, 12:00, Noonday Eucharist in the chapel

Sunday duties November 20, 2016:

Acolyte – Drew Fielder

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Gina Pillow

Altar Guild – Susan Carter

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

Monday, November 21, 5:30 pm, Vestry will meet in the undercroft.

Wednesday, November 23, 5:30 pm, Thanksgiving worship in the church, with Wine and Cheese Reception following in the chapel.

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Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 19th and 20th the ANNUAL BAZAAR at ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH.  The BIG BAKE SALE, from 9:00am to 1:00pm on Saturday.  Along with the Bake Sale, SILVER JEWELRY SALE and the CHRISTMAS MARKET

The FABULOUS SPAGHETTI DINNER: As always, the dinner includes spaghetti & meatballs, bread, salad, dessert and a drink.  All Sunday events are from 11am-2pm. Tickets for the dinner are $10; $5 for children and carry-outs are available. Purchase your tickets at the door, from a church member or by calling the church office (870-338-6990).

Along with the SPAGHETTI DINNER comes the BIG RAFFLE. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 and also are available at the door or from church members.

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ST. JOHN’S T-SHIRTS ARE BACK!!!  The 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

Email:  rector@saintjohnshelena.org

 

St. John’s Church Office:

Phone:  870-338-8115       Fax: 870-338-8519

Email:   office@saintjohnshelena.org

Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 770, Helena, AR 72342




November 10, 2016, 8:04 AM

Newsletter

St. John’s Episcopal Church       Sunday, November 13, 2016

 

It is hard to believe that two weeks from this Sunday is the beginning of Advent!  During Advent I will be leading a study entitled The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem.  This five- session DVD was filmed in the Holy Land and is designed to accompany the 28 daily Advent devotions in the book Walking the Road to Bethlehem: Your Journey to Christmas.  All class participants will receive a copy of the book of Advent devotions.  Classes start on Wednesday, November 30 and conclude on Wednesday, December 28.  Class times are as follows:

Wednesday Evenings @ 6:30 p.m.

Thursday Mornings @ 10:30 a.m.

 

The change in class times is designed to allow those who wish to do so to attend one of our mid-week Eucharistic Services. On Wednesdays you can attend the Eucharist at 5:30 p.m. and remain for the study group at 6:30 p.m.  On Thursdays you can attend the study group at 10:30 a.m. and remain for the Eucharist at noon. 

A sign-up sheet for the Advent Study Classes is located on the table at the back of the church. Or, you can sign up by calling or mailing the church office.  Signing up ahead of time helps me make sure I have adequate books for all participants.

Blessings!---Fr. Ray+

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Worship and Education News:

Adult Education:  Meets Sunday at 9:00 am

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

Worship:  November 13th, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown. 

Readings for Sunday (Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 28):

Malachi 4:1-2a; Psalm 98; 2 Thessalonians 2:6-13; Luke 21:5-19


 

Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Buddy Byrd, Jim Howe, Jr., Susan Gibbs Worrell, Jeffrey Mink, Sharon Hinderer, Belinda Hyslip, Walter Morris, Sr., Dr. Marion McDaniel, Lena Cunningham, Sarah Myers, Donna Drewry (Marjie’s sister-in-law), Debra Richardson (BZW’s co-worker), Bob White, Carol Jennings, and Neville Jones.

 

 

Outreach News:

Thanksgiving Food Drive by The Family Center Nov 2 – Nov 18: (Flyer below)Drop box is located in the back of St. John’s Church.

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The item from their wish list this week is laundry detergent & bleach.  Plastic tubs for each are on the stair landing just outside the chapel.

Humane Society of the Delta:  Donation needed is dog & puppy food.  Their plastic tub is also on the stair landing.

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

 


Church Office News and Announcements:

Wednesday, November 9, 5:30 pm, Wednesday Eucharist in the chapel

Thursday, November 10, 12:00, Noonday Eucharist in the chapel

Sunday duties November 13, 2016:

Acolyte – Katherine Wright

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Mike Fielder

Altar Guild – Julie Pittman

Altar Flowers – Gina & Jerry Pillow

Monday, November 14th, 5:00 pm, ECW will have monthly meeting

Wednesday, November 16th, 5:30 pm, Wednesday Eucharist in the chapel

Thursday, November 17th, 12:00, Noonday Eucharist in the chapel

Wednesday, November 23rd, 5:30 pm, Thanksgiving worship in the church, with Wine and Cheese Reception following in the chapel.

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Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 19th and 20th the ANNUAL BAZAAR at ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH.  The BIG BAKE SALE, from 9:00am to 1:00pm on Saturday, features casseroles, cakes, candy, appetizers and lots more.  Along with the Bake Sale, SILVER JEWELRY SALE and the CHRISTMAS MARKET

The FABULOUS SPAGHETTI DINNER: As always, the dinner includes spaghetti & meatballs, bread, salad, dessert and a drink.  All Sunday events are from 11am-2pm. Tickets for the dinner are $10; $5 for children and carry-outs are available. Purchase your tickets at the door, from a church member or by calling the church office (870-338-6990).

Along with the SPAGHETTI DINNER comes the BIG RAFFLE with cash prizes of: $1000; $500; and $250. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 and also are available at the door or from church members.

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ST. JOHN’S T-SHIRTS ARE BACK!!!  The 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                                                                    

Email:  rector@saintjohnshelena.org         

                                                    

St. John’s Church Office:                                               

Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 770, Helena, AR 72342

Phone:  870-338-8115

Fax: 870-338-8519  

Email:   office@saintjohnshelena.org




November 1, 2016, 4:22 PM

Newsletter:

St. John’s Episcopal Church         Sunday, November 6, 2016

 

Giving and Celebrating!

This coming Sunday, November 6, is our opportunity to GIVE THANKS, GIVE BACK and CELEBRATE TOGETHER!  During our worship we will give thanks by remembering our loved ones who have gone on before us.  Please call the office if you would like to add someone to our list of Beloved Departed.  These names will be read aloud during worship. We will give back by placing our 2017 Estimate of Giving Cards in the offering plate.  If you are unable to be present this Sunday, cards can be mailed to the church office, dropped off at the office or placed in the offering plate on a different Sunday. Extra Estimate of Giving cards will be available on the table at the back of the church. We will celebrate together by sharing lunch together in the undercroft following worship.  This is NOT a potluck, so you do not need to bring a dish to share. Just come and enjoy lunch! I hope you can be there.  It just wouldn’t be the same without you!  Blessings---Fr. Ray +

Daylight savings time ends Nov. 6, don’t forget to set your clocks back Saturday night.

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Worship and Education News:

Adult Education:  Meets Sunday at 9:00 am 

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

Worship:  November 6th, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown. 

Readings for Sunday (Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 27):

Job 19:23-27a; Psalm 98; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17; Luke 20:27-38

 

The names of the beloved departed souls of St. John’s will be read during the service.  Please call or email or text (662.910.0790) the office by Wednesday, if you want a name placed in the Bulletin.


 

Pastoral News:

A note received from the Bishop Larry Benfield:

To my friends at St. John’s,

I send you my sincere congratulations upon your 100th year celebration this upcoming weekend.

If I were not at the opposite end of the state in Siloam Springs, I would drop by to congratulate you in person.

Keep up the good work of sharing good news in Helena!

Faithfully yours,

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Please keep the following in your prayers: 

Buddy Wheeler, Buddy Byrd, Jim Howe, Jr., Susan Gibbs Worrell, Jeffrey Mink, Sharon Hinderer, Belinda Hyslip, Walter Morris, Sr., Dr. Marion McDaniel, Lena Cunningham, Sarah Myers, Donna Drewry (Marjie’s sister-in-law), Debra Richardson (BZW’s co-worker), Bob White, and Carol Jennings.


 

Outreach News:

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries:

The item from their wish list this week is cleaning supplies.  Plastic tubs for each are on the stair landing just outside the chapel.

 

Humane Society of the Delta: 

Donation needed is dog & puppy food.  Their plastic tub is also on the stair landing.

 

Grace Food Pantry

plastic bags go in the labeled container in the narthex.


Church Office News and Announcements:

Wednesday, November 2nd, 5:30 pm, Wednesday Holy Unction & Prayers For Healing in the chapel

Thursday, November 3rd, 12:00, Noonday Holy Unction & Prayers For Healing in the chapel

Sunday duties November 6, 2016:

Acolyte – Chris Rogers

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Ann Lee

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves

Altar Flowers – St. John’s Alter Guild

 

Daylight Savings Time ends this Sunday.  Don’t forget to change your clocks and “fall back”.

 

Sunday November 6, Immediately after worship, lunch will be served in the undercroft.

Sunday November 6, 2:30 pm, Warfield Concerts will present The Siberian Virtuosi at Lily Peter Auditorium, PCCUA.

Wednesday, November 9th, 5:30 pm, Wednesday Eucharist in the chapel

Thursday, November 10th, 12:00, Noonday Eucharist in the chapel

 

ST. JOHN’S T-SHIRTS ARE BACK!!!  The 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

Email:  rector@saintjohnshelena.org

 

St. John’s Church Office:

Phone:  870-338-8115       Fax: 870-338-8519     

Email:   office@saintjohnshelena.org             

Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 770, Helena, AR 72342  




October 27, 2016, 8:46 AM

Newsletter

St. John’s Episcopal Church            Sunday, October 30, 2016

 

The simple words “Thank You” seem inadequate for the prayer, preparation and hard work done by our Hundredth Birthday Committee and their many helpers! Last Saturday’s Eucharist and Dinner will be long remembered as a time of inspiring worship and fellowship with members, friends and former members.  I enjoyed meeting so many folks who used to call St. John’s “home.”  It was evident their love remains with us even though they have moved to other parts of the state and country.

We will gather as a church again on Sunday, November 6, for a potluck lunch following worship.  Please plan to join us as, once again, we celebrate the joy of serving Christ together.

 

Worship and Education News:

Adult Education:  Meets Sunday at 9:00 am

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

Worship:  October 30th, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown. 

Readings for Sunday (Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 26):

Isaiah 1:10-18; Psalm 32:1-8; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12; Luke 19:1-10

 

 

 

Pastoral News:

Stewardship Commitment Cards To Be Received on November 6

All members and friends are encouraged to turn in their 2017 Estimate of Giving Cards on Sunday, November 6.  You may place your card in the offering plate during worship, mail it to the church office or place it in the offering plate on a different Sunday if you cannot be present on the 6th.  We recently celebrated the 100th Birthday of our lovely church building.  The generosity of previous generations built and maintained our present building.  Their offerings supported missions at home and abroad.  Our stewardship enables the continuation of Christ’s mission in the world today.

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Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Buddy Byrd, Jim Howe, Jr., Susan Gibbs Worrell, Jeffrey Mink, Richard Hargraves, Elena Hinderer, Sharon Hinderer, Belinda Hyslip, Walter Morris, Sr., Dr. Marion McDaniel, Lena Cunningham, Sarah Myers, Donna Drewry (Marjie’s sister-in-law), Debra Frazier Richardson, Carol Jennings, the family of Sam Gaustad, and the family of Charles Shirley.

 

 

 

Outreach News:

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The item from their wish list this week is laundry detergent and bleach.  Plastic tubs for each are on the stair landing just outside the chapel.

 

Humane Society of the Delta:  Donation needed is dog & puppy food.  Their plastic tub is also on the stair landing.

 

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


Church Office News and Announcements:

Wednesday, October 26th, 5:30 pm, Wednesday Eucharist in the chapel

Thursday, October 27th, 12:00, Noonday Eucharist in the chapel

Sunday duties October 30th, 2016

Acolyte – Ann Lee

Lay Eucharistic Minister - Susan Carter

Altar Guild – Carla Myers

Altar Flowers – Tait Owens

Wednesday, November 2nd, 5:30 pm, Wednesday Eucharist in the chapel

Thursday, November 3rd, 12:00, Noonday Eucharist in the chapel

 

ST. JOHN’S T-SHIRTS ARE BACK!!!  The 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

Email:  rector@saintjohnshelena.org

 

St. John’s Church Office:

Phone:  870-338-8115       Fax: 870-338-8519     

Email:   office@saintjohnshelena.org             

Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 770, Helena, AR 72342  

 




October 19, 2016, 6:03 AM

Newsletter:

 

   

St. John’s Episcopal Church           Sunday, October 23, 2016

 

After months of planning, preparation and prayer our 100th Birthday Celebration is this coming Saturday!  I hope you will join the many St. John’s members, friends and former members who are coming together for this joyous event.  The Eucharist will be celebrated at 4 p.m. with myself and Fr. John Leach of Holy Apostles Episcopal Church in Memphis.  Fr. Leach’s father was the rector at St. John’s in the 1960’s.  Following the service, we will gather for a catered dinner in the undercroft.  The gallery of pictures in the undercroft provides a marvelous look at the St. John’s family over the years.  If you have not yet called the church office with your RSVP, please do so today.                       Fr. Ray +         


 

Worship and Education News:

Adult Education:  Meets Sunday at 9:00 am

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

Worship:  October 23rd, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown.          

Readings for Sunday (Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 25): Sirach 35:12-17; Psalm 84:1-6; 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18; Luke 18:9-14

 

The Holy Baptism of Mica Aiden Hyslip, son of Katie Mouritsen and Morgan Hyslip, will be on October 23rd.

 

 

Pastoral News:

What Do You Love About St. John’s?

The month of October will be Stewardship Month at St. John’s.  Each year members and friends of the congregation are invited to share ways in which St. John’s is a blessing to them or reasons they give financially to support the mission and ministry of the church.  You are invited to submit your blessings and reasons for being supportive to the church office.  With your permission we will print them in our October newsletters.  These submissions can be mailed to the church office, email to office@saintjohnshelena.org, dropped off at the church office, or placed in an envelope in the offering plate on Sunday morning.                                                                                                  

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Buddy Byrd, Sam Harris, Jim Howe, Jr., Susan Gibbs Worrell, Jeffrey Mink, Richard Hargraves, Elena Hinderer, Sharon Hinderer, Belinda Hyslip, Walter Morris, Sr., Dr. Marion McDaniel, Lena Cunningham, Sarah Myers, Donna Drewry (Marjie’s sister-in-law), and Carol Jennings.

 

 

Outreach News:

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The item from their wish list this week is cleaning supplies.  Plastic tubs for each are on the stair landing just outside the chapel.

Humane Society of the Delta:  Donation needed is dog & puppy food.  Their plastic tub is also on the stair landing.

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

 

 

Church Office News and Announcements:

     Wednesday, October 19th, 10:30 am and 6:30 pm, D Bonhoeffer class “Come & Die”

     Wednesday, October 19th, 5:30 pm, Wednesday Eucharist in the chapel

     Thursday, October 20th, 12:00, Noonday Eucharist in the chapel

     Saturday, October 22- One Hundredth Birthday Celebration

          2:30 Organ Concert – Linda Kelly

          4:00 Eucharist followed by Dinner

                 Acolyte – Chris Rogers & Mike Fielder

                 Lay Eucharist Minister – Ann Lee & Mike Fielder

                 Altar Guild – Susan Carter & Bennett Sellers

                 Altar Flowers – Neville & Maureen Jones and John Clopton Wolfe                            

     Sunday duties October 23rd, 2016:

            Acolyte – Drew Fielder

            Lay Eucharistic Minister – Jack Myers

            Reader:  Nolan Dean

            Altar Guild – Angie Fielder & Bennett Sellers

            Altar Flowers – Tom Miller

     Wednesday, October 26th, 5:30 pm, Wednesday Eucharist in the chapel

     Thursday, October 27th, 12:00, Noonday Eucharist in the chapel

 

ST. JOHN’S T-SHIRTS ARE BACK!!!  The St. John’s T-shirts will be available this week with sizes from S through 3XL.  The price is $15.

 

Contact info for Fr. Ray:

 

     Cell: 501-291-6262

     Email:  rector@saintjohnshelena.org

 

St. John’s Church Office:

     Phone:  870-338-8115       Fax: 870-338-8519     

     Email:   office@saintjohnshelena.org             

     Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 770, Helena, AR 72342  

 


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