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December 9, 2015, 6:25 PM

Newsletter:


St. John’s Episcopal Church             Sunday, December 13, 2015

 
 
WORSHIP& EDUCATION NEWS:
 
ADULT EDUCATION: Sunday, Dec. 13th at 9:00 am until 10:00 am studying this Sunday’s readings which are found below.
 
United First Methodist will perform the Cantata at 5:00 pm along with the children’s Christmas program.
 
WORSHIP: December 13th, Holy Eucharist Rite II, with Canon Jason Alexander from Little Rock as our visiting priest.  Soup Sampler meal immediately following.  Everyone is asked to bring a can of soup and monetary donation for Grace Food Pantry.
 
IT HAS BEEN REQUESTED THAT I RING THE CHIMES FIVE MINUTES BEFORE THE START OF THE SUNDAY SERVICE TO START A PERIOD OF SILENCE FOR PRAYER TIME.  PLEASE RESPECT OTHERS NEED FOR SILENCE AT THIS TIME.  THANK YOU.
 
READINGS for this Sunday are: Zephaniah 3:14-20; Canticle 9: The Song of Isaiah (Isaiah 12:2-6); Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18.
 
ORDER FORMS for Christmas poinsettias and wreaths will be in your Sunday Bulletins.  Make sure you make out your checks to ST. John’s Altar Guild.  Poinsettias will cost $15.00 and wreaths $22.00.  Please be sure to clarify if your donation is in Memory of, Thanksgiving for or in Honor of.  DEADLINE to have your donation placed in the Christmas Eve Bulletin is Dec. 15th.  Donations after this will be accepted, but not in the Bulletin.
 
FELLOWSHIP NEWS:  This Sunday, Dec. 13th immediately following the service, the ECW will host a SOUP SAMPLER SUNDAY lunch.  All are welcomed, but you are asked to bring a donation of a can of soup to give to Grace’s Food pantry along with any monetary donation you would like to contribute to them.
 
 
 
The Canon Jason Alexander will be our visiting priest and he will meet with the vestry immediately following lunch.  THIS WILL BE OUR DECEMBER VESTRY MEETING FOR THE VESTRY AND IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT ALL ATTEND. Please let Allison know if you will not be able to attend on December 13th.
 
PASTORAL NEWS:
 
Pastoral Visitor: Susan Carter.  This is a new ministry.  The duty runs from Sunday to the next Sunday.  Each week the pastoral visitor or visitors will visit the members of St. John’s that are either sick or shut-in.
 
St. John’s Good Samaritans (ECW):  Please feel free to call Maureen Jones (404-697-7197) or Jeannie Turley (870-816-6387) if you are in need of some help with errands or transportation or food, or if you would just like some company.  These and other members of the church have graciously offered their time to assist anyone needing help.  If you would like to volunteer services, please let Maureen or Jeannie know.
 
Please keep the following in your prayers:  Marie Simon, Buddy Wheeler, Buddy Byrd, Carol Jennings, Debra Richardson, Blanche Choate, Freeman Staley, Sam Harris, Leslie Galloway, Nina Zachary, Jim Howe, Jr., Elena Hinderer, baby Walt Morris, Ann Lee, Tricia Hearn, Gere Carnathan and the family of Jimmie Nicholls.
 
OUTREACH NEWS:
 
The Samaritan’s Purse: This project is coming to a close for 2015.  The people of St. John’s made a total of 81 shoe boxes to be sent all over the world to children in need.
 
Angels of Grace The item from their wish list this week is paper towels for the women’s shelter. Please place you items in the plastic tub at the stair landing just outside the chapel coming up from the undercroft. Our tub is rather empty now.
 
Anchor Mission Ministry Box: This week’s donation item is paper towels. They will accept donations for personal hygiene (deodorant, soap bars, tooth brush and tooth paste, wash cloths & towels, shampoo) laundry detergent, paper towels and toilet tissue.  They also need prepared casseroles that they can freeze and put in their freezer.  They feed hot meals at noon five days a week with devotional included. This mission ministers to the homeless and hungry and is located on the bypass.  Their donation box is located off the chapel in the stairwell next to the Angels of Grace box.  Monetary donations may be sent to Brenda Knapp’s CPA office located at 207 N. Sebastian, West Helena 72390.
 
ADVENT
The color of the season is purple, due to the theme of preparation.  It can be blue in honor of the Virgin Mary and her obedience to God’s calling.  We recognize Advent as a time of expectation and preparation.
We celebrate the season with an Advent wreath that has four candles.  There are three purple candles and one rose or pink candle for the third week in Advent in recognition of Mary, Christ’s mother.
The first is the prophecy candle, announcing the period of waiting.  The second is the Bethlehem candle, symbolic of the preparation being made to receive and cradle the Christ child.  The third is the shepherd’s candle signifying the act of sharing Christ, and the fourth is the angel’s candle, heralding Christ’s love and imminent coming.  A white candle is placed in the center of the wreath and is lit on Christmas Eve.
 
 
CHURCH OFFICE NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS:
 
ECW:  There will be a meeting on Monday, December 14th at 5:00 at the home of Suzanne Brothers.
 
Sunday duties:
Acolyte –Ann Lee
Lay Eucharistic Minister-Jack Myers
No Midweek Eucharist
Altar Guild –Angie Fielder & Bennett Sellers
Altar Flowers – Ned & Jill Pillow
Pastoral Visitor –Susan Carter from Dec. 13th through Dec. 19th.
 
Church Address:  P O Box 770, Helena AR  72342
 
Please note church’s email address is:  office@saintjohnshelena.org.
 
Our web site is: http://saintjohnshelena.org.  

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