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December 28, 2016, 3:00 PM

Newsletter:


St. John’s Episcopal Church               Sunday, January 1, 2017


Worship and Education News:

Adult Education:  No class this Sunday

Sunday School:   No class this Sunday

Worship:  January 1, at 10:30 am, the Christmas Lessons and Carols, with Rev. Ray Brown. 

 


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), Ruth Howe, Lena Cunningham, Richard Hargraves, Carol Jennings, and the family of Jane Spivey Montgomery.

 

Outreach News:

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The item from their wish list this week is paper towels.  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, Dec 28    Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 pm, followed by the final Advent Study Class (undercroft) at 6:30 pm

Thursday, Dec 29        The final Advent Study Class (undercroft)at 10:30 am, followed at 12:00 by Noonday Eucharist (chapel)

Sunday duties January 1, 2017      

Acolyte – Ann Lee

       Worship Leader – Susan Carter 

       Altar Guild – Susan Carter 

Altar Flowers - Poinsettias

Sunday, January 22     Our Annual Congregational Meeting will be Sunday, January 22, 2017.  There will be a potluck following worship, and the first meeting of the vestry with the three new members will follow the potluck.


 

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




December 21, 2016, 7:27 AM

Newsletter:


St. John’s Episcopal Church        Sunday, December 25, 2016

 

CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE 5:30 P.M.

The four Sundays of Advent have come and gone.  The beautiful blue vestments and altar hangings have been put away for another year. Christmas is almost here! A Christmas Eve celebration of our Lord’s birth is a long standing tradition at St. John’s.  Whether you have been attending for decades or this is your first time, I invite you to join in celebrating this holiest of nights.  The secular observance of Christmas includes much fun and merriment, but it cannot compare with the deep JOY we experience when we take time to remember and celebrate its real meaning. As St. Athanasius said fifteen hundred years ago: “Christ became like us so that we might become like Christ.” Now, that is something worth celebrating!   Christmas Blessings, Fr. Ray+

 

CHRISTMAS DAY AT ST. JOHN’S

Christmas is on Sunday this year! We will worship at our usual time of 10:30 a.m. but there will be no Sunday School. 


Worship and Education News:

Adult Education:  No class on December 25

Sunday School:   No Sunday school on December 25

Worship:  December 25, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown. 

Readings for Sunday (Christmas Day): Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98; Hebrews 1:1-12; John 1:1-14

Readings for Saturday (Christmas Eve): Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20

 


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), Ruth Howe, Lena Cunningham, Richard Hargraves, and Carol Jennings.

 

Outreach News:

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.


Church Office News and Announcements:

Wednesday, Dec 21, 5:30 pm, Midweek Eucharist in the chapel, followed by Advent Study Class at 6:30 pm in the undercroft

Thursday, Dec 22, 10:30 am, Advent Study Class in the undercroft.

No Noonday Eucharist

Thursday, Dec 22, 4:30 pm, All Altar Guild members will meet to hang greenery and prepare the church for Christmas. 

Saturday, Dec 24, at 5:30 pm, Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Christmas Eve duties December 24, 2016:

Acolytes – Ned Pillow, Mary Pillow, Eli Pillow, & Jack Pillow

Thurifer -  Chris Rogers

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Gina Pillow

Altar Guild – Altar Guild Members 

Sunday duties December 25, 2016:

Acolyte – Chris Rogers

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Jack Myers

Altar Guild – Altar Guild Members

Wednesday, Dec 28, 5:30 pm, Midweek Eucharist in the chapel, followed by Advent Study Class (final one) at 6:30 pm in the undercroft

Thursday, Dec 29, at 10:30 am, Advent Study Class (final one) in the undercroft, followed at 12:00 by Noonday Eucharist in the chapel

 

 

Our Annual Congregational Meeting will be Sunday, January 22, 2017.  There will be a potluck following worship and the first meeting of the vestry with the three new members will follow the potluck.


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

                                                                               




December 15, 2016, 1:07 PM

Newsletter:


 

   

St. John’s Episcopal Church       Sunday, December 18, 2016

 

This coming Sunday, December 18, we will be dedicating new choir robes during our worship service.  These beautiful new robes are a gift from the Morris and Bernie families in memory of Walter Morris IV.  We dedicate these new robes to the glory of God and in memory of one whose brief life impacted many people across our country and in far off countries, too.  Also, we affirm the importance of music as a means of bringing glory to God and joy to the human heart.  As we prepare to dedicate these new robes, we also express our appreciation to our choir and their director, Jack Myers.  Their ministry in our midst is truly a gift!  Blessings---Fr. Ray +

Christmas Eve is less than two weeks away!  St. John’s will celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior at 5:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve.  This lovely service will include candlelight and special music by Katherine and Rachel Wright.  This is a wonderful opportunity to invite friends and family to come and remember the real meaning of Christmas.  ---- 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:  December 18th, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown. 

Readings for Sunday (Fourth Sunday of Advent):

Isaiah 7:10-16; Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25


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), Ruth Howe, Lena Cunningham, Richard Hargraves, and Carol Jennings.

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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.  Class times are Wednesday evenings @ 6:30 p.m. and Thursday mornings @ 10:30 a.m. Classes conclude on Wednesday, December 28.  Blessings! Fr. Ray+


 

Outreach News:

Samaritan’s Purse:  Thank you so much for your participation in this great ministry!  I’m so excited to tell you that our area collected a total of 922 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child.  That is up 346 boxes from 2015.  We are already making plans for next year’s collection.  This message was from Pat Harrison, Relay Center Coordinator.  St. John’s donated 112 boxes in 2016 to this operation. Thank you to everyone for sharing your goodwill.

            _________________________

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.


Church Office News and Announcements:

Wednesday, Dec 14, 5:30 pm, Midweek Eucharist in the chapel, followed by Advent Study Class at 6:30 pm in the undercroft

Thursday, Dec 15, at 10:30 am, Advent Study Class in the undercroft, followed at 12:00 by Noonday Eucharist in the chapel

Sunday duties December 18, 2016:

Acolytes – Ed Pat Wright

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Ann Lee

Altar Guild – Carla Myers & Jayne Morris  

Altar Flowers – Pat Wheeler

Monday, Dec 19, 5:30 pm, Vestry will meet at the church

Wednesday, Dec 21, 5:30 pm, Midweek Eucharist in the chapel, followed by Advent Study Class at 6:30 pm in the undercroft

Thursday, Dec 22, at 10:30 am, Advent Study Class in the undercroft, followed at 12:00 by Noonday Eucharist in the chapel

Saturday, Dec 24, at 5:30 pm, Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Thursday, Dec 22, 4:30 pm, All Altar Guild members will meet to hang greenery and prepare the church for Christmas. 

Our Annual Congregational Meeting will be Sunday, January 22, 2017.  There will be a potluck following worship and the first meeting of the vestry with the three new members will follow the potluck.


 

Contact info for Fr. Ray:

Cell: 501-291-6262

Email:  rector@saintjohnshelena.org

 

St. John’s Church Office:

Phone:  870-338-8115       Fax: 8‚Äč70-338-8519

Email:   office@saintjohnshelena.org

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


                                                                   

Please return this form along with payment, no later than Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, to be acknowledged in the program.

 

 

Name: ___________________________________________________________________________

 

  1. I/We wish to order _____________ Poinsettias at $15.00 each.     

 

  1. I/We will give ______________ wreaths at $22.00 each.

                                   

Please make checks payable to St. John’s Altar Guild.

Given in Memory of: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Given in Honor/Thanksgiving of: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________




December 7, 2016, 9:26 AM

Newsletter:


St. John’s Episcopal Church        Sunday, December 11, 2016

 

Thanks to everyone for providing a warm St. John’s welcome to Bishop Larry Benfield last Sunday.  The potluck following worship was filled with both good food and good fellowship.  A special thanks goes out to those who worked behind the scenes decorating tables and preparing food.  Also, thanks to your generosity we will be sending $400 to Bishop Benfield for his Discretionary Fund. 

Our next big event is our Christmas Eve Service.  This Candlelight service will include lovely music from our own Katherine and Rachel Wright as well as familiar carols.  Please think about who you can invite to this beautiful service. See you Sunday!  ---- 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:  December 11th, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown. 

Readings for Sunday (Third Sunday of Advent):

Isaiah 35:1-10; Psalm 146:4-9; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11


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), Carol Jennings, Ruth Howe, Lena Cunningham, and Richard Hargraves.

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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.  Class times are Wednesday evenings @ 6:30 p.m. and Thursday mornings @ 10:30 a.m. Classes conclude on Wednesday, December 28.  Blessings! Fr. Ray+


Outreach News:

Samaritan’s Purse:  Thank you so much for your participation in this great ministry!  I’m so excited to tell you that our area collected a total of 922 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child.  That is up 346 boxes from 2015.  We are already making plans for next year’s collection.  This message was from Pat Harrison, Relay Center Coordinator.  St. John’s donated 112 boxes in 2016 to this operation. Thank you to everyone for sharing your goodwill.

            _________________________

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, Dec 7, 5:30 pm, Midweek Holy Unction & Prayers of Healing in the chapel, followed by Advent Study Class at 6:30 pm in the undercroft

Thursday, Dec 8, 10:30 am, Advent Study Class in the undercroft, followed at 12:00 by Noonday Holy Unction & Prayers of Healing in the chapel

Thursday, Dec 8, 5:00 pm, All Altar Guild members will meet to polish for Christmas.  This will be our main polish day.  If you are unable to attend, please let Allison know, and go before this date.  Leave a list on the sacristy counter of what you polished.

Sunday duties December 11, 2016:

Acolytes – Katherine Wright

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Mike Fielder

Altar Guild – Angie Fielder & Bennett Sellers  

Altar Flowers – Ned & Jill Pillow

Wednesday, Dec 14, 5:30 pm, Midweek Eucharist in the chapel, followed by Advent Study Class at 6:30 pm in the undercroft

Thursday, Dec 15, at 10:30 am, Advent Study Class in the undercroft, followed at 12:00 by Noonday Eucharist in the chapel

Thursday, Dec 22, 4:30 pm, All Altar Guild members will meet to hang greenery and prepare the church for Christmas. 


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


                                                                   

Please return this form along with payment, no later than Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, to be acknowledged in the program.

 

 

Name: ___________________________________________________________________________

 

 

  1. I/We wish to order _____________ Poinsettias at $15.00 each.     

 

  1. I/We will give ______________ wreaths at $22.00 each.

 

                                   

Please make checks payable to St. John’s Altar Guild.

 

Given in Memory of: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Given in Honor/Thanksgiving of: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 




December 1, 2016, 8:31 AM

Newsletter:


St. John’s Episcopal Church           Sunday, December 4, 2016

 

BISHOP LARRY BENFIELD COMING TO ST. JOHN’S!

Bishop Larry Benfield will be visiting St. John’s this Sunday, December 4th!  Following worship there will be a potluck reception in the undercroft.  Let’s show our bishop a warm St. John’s welcome!

We will gather in the garden at 10:00 a.m. this Sunday, December 4th, to dedicate the Gloria Y. Tappan Memorial Walkway.  The new sidewalk makes our lovely garden even nicer. 


Worship and Education News:

Adult Education:  No class this Sunday due to Walkway Dedication at 10:00 am in the garden.

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

Worship:  December 4th, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Bishop Larry Benfield and Rev. Ray Brown. 

Potluck luncheon will follow the service in the undercroft.  Fried chicken will be provided by the church.  Side dishes and desserts will be potluck.

Readings for Sunday (Second Sunday of Advent): Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12


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), Carol Jennings, Ruth Howe, Lena Cunningham, Jean McCullum, Katy Moritsen, and Richard Hargraves.

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Ruth Howe is home recuperating and any meals or food brought by would be appreciated.

             _______________________

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 Wednesday evenings @ 6:30 p.m. and Thursday mornings @ 10:30 a.m.

  Blessings! Fr. Ray+


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 30th, 5:30 pm, Midweek Eucharist in the chapel, followed by Advent Study Class at 6:30 pm in the undercroft

Thursday, December 1st, at 10:30 am, Advent Study Class in the undercroft, followed at 12:00 by Noonday Eucharist in the chapel

Sunday duties December 4, 2016:

Acolytes – Ned Pillow and Mary, Eli, and Jack Pillow

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Susan Carter

Altar Guild – Betsy Wright  

Altar Flowers – Frances Howe

Wednesday, Dec 7th, 5:30 pm, Midweek Holy Unction & Prayers For Healing in the chapel, followed by Advent Study Class at 6:30 pm in the undercroft

Thursday, Dec 8th, 10:30 am, Advent Study Class in the undercroft, followed at 12:00 by Noonday Holy Unction & Prayers For Healing in the chapel

Thursday, Dec 8th, 5:00 pm, All Altar Guild members will meet to polish for Christmas.  This will be our main polish day.  If you are unable to attend, please let Allison know, and go before this date.  Leave a list on the sacristy counter of what you polished.

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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


                                                                   

Please return this form along with payment, no later than Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, to be acknowledged in the program.

 

 

Name: ___________________________________________________________________________

 

 

  1. I/We wish to order _____________ Poinsettias at $15.00 each.     

 

  1. I/We will give ______________ wreaths at $22.00 each.

 

                                   

Please make checks payable to St. John’s Altar Guild.

 

Given in Memory of: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Given in Honor/Thanksgiving of: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 


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