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January 14, 2016, 10:39 AM

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St. John’s Episcopal Church             Sunday, January 17, 2016

 
 
WORSHIP& EDUCATION NEWS:
 
ADULT EDUCATION: Sunday, January 17th at 9:00 am until 10:00 am studying this Sunday’s readings which are found below.
 
SUNDAY SCHOOL will be held at 9:00 at the First United Methodist Church.
 
WORSHIP: January 17th, Holy Eucharist Rite II, with Rev. Jason Alexander as our visiting priest.
 
 
IT HAS BEEN REQUESTED THAT I RING THE CHIMES FIVE MINUTES BEFORE THE START OF THE SUNDAY SERVICE TO INITIATE A PERIOD OF SILENCE FOR PRAYER.  PLEASE RESPECT OTHERS’ NEED FOR SILENCE AT THIS TIME.  THANK YOU.
 
  
READINGS for this Sunday are: Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 36:5-10; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11;
 John 2:1-11
 
PASTORAL NEWS:
 
Pastoral Visitors: Nancy Hornor.  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., Maureen Jones, Tricia Hearn, Otis Howe and Ruth Howe.
 
OUTREACH NEWS:
 
The Samaritan’s Purse: To be announced
 
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 cleaning supplies. 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.
 
Humane Society of the Delta:  They have made a request for donations of large bath towels, laundry detergent and cat litter.  Please call 870-753-2119 or 870-995-2379 and they will pick up your donation.  You may also take your donation directly to the shelter, 9518 Phillips 300 Rd. between the hours of 7-10 am or 2-5 pm.
 
 
CHURCH OFFICE NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS:
 
 
POT LUCK LUNCH AND ANNUAL PARISH MEETING THIS SUNDAY, JANUARY
 
17TH. MARK YOUR CALENDARS.  Help is needed for this event.  Workers can contact Julie
 
Pittman at 870-714-0358.
 
 
Sunday duties:
Acolyte – Drew Fielder
Lay Eucharistic Minister – Jack Myers
No Midweek Eucharist
Altar Guild – Jeannie Turley
Altar Flowers – Alter Guild
Pastoral Visitor – Nancy Hornor from Jan. 17th through Jan. 23rd.
 
There is an opening for altar flowers on February 7.
 
 
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.



January 7, 2016, 5:48 PM

Newsletter:


St. John’s Episcopal Church             Sunday, January 10, 2016

 
WORSHIP& EDUCATION NEWS:
 
ADULT EDUCATION: Sunday, January 10th at 9:00 am until 10:00 am studying this Sunday’s readings which are found below.
 
SUNDAY SCHOOL will be held at 9:00 at the First United Methodist Church.
 
WORSHIP: January 10th, Holy Eucharist Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown from St. Nicholas in Maumelle, AR, as our visiting priest.
 
 
IT HAS BEEN REQUESTED THAT I RING THE CHIMES FIVE MINUTES BEFORE THE START OF THE SUNDAY SERVICE TO INITIATE A PERIOD OF SILENCE FOR PRAYER.  PLEASE RESPECT OTHERS’ NEED FOR SILENCE AT THIS TIME.  THANK YOU.
 
  
READINGS for this Sunday are: Isaiah 43:1-7; Psalm 29; Acts 8:14-17; Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
 
PASTORAL NEWS:
 
Pastoral Visitors: Bennett SellersThis 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., Maureen Jones, Tricia Hearn and Gere Carnathan.
 
OUTREACH NEWS:
 
The Samaritan’s Purse: To be announced
 
Angels of Grace The item from their wish list this week is toilet tissue 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 cleaning supplies. 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.
 
Humane Society of the Delta:  They have made a request for donations of large bath towels, laundry detergent and cat litter.  Please call 870-753-2119 or 870-995-2379 and they will pick up your donation.  You may also take your donation directly to the shelter, 9518 Phillips 300 Rd. between the hours of 7-10 am or 2-5 pm.
 
 
CHURCH OFFICE NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS:
 
ECW will meet on January 11th at 5:00 at the home of Martha Lambert
 
THE VESTRY will meet at 6:30 on January 11th to vote on budget and confirm vestry slate. (I apologize for having to schedule the meeting on the same day as ECW, but we have to meet before the 17th.)
 
SUNDAY duties:
Acolyte - Ann Lee
Lay Eucharistic Minister - Gina Pillow
No Midweek Eucharist
Altar Guild - Susan Carter
Altar Flowers - Otis & Ruth Howe
Pastoral Visitor - Bennett Sellers from Jan. 10th through Jan. 16th.
 
POT LUCK LUNCH AND ANNUAL PARISH MEETING ON JANUARY 17TH.  MARK YOUR CALENDARS.  Help is needed for this event.  Workers can contact Julie Pittman at 870-714-0358.
 
 
Church Address:  P O Box 770, Helena AR  72342
Please note church’s email address isoffice@saintjohnshelena.org.
Our web site is: http://saintjohnshelena.org.



December 31, 2015, 8:41 AM

Newsletter:


St. John’s Episcopal Church             Sunday, January 3, 2016

 
 
WORSHIP& EDUCATION NEWS:
 
ADULT EDUCATION: Sunday, Jan. 3rd at 9:00 am until 10:00 am studying this Sunday’s readings which are found below.
 
SUNDAY SCHOOL will be held at 9:00 at the First United Methodist Church.
 
WORSHIP: January 3rd, Holy Eucharist Rite II, with Rev. Ken Parks from Bella Vista as our visiting priest.
 
IT HAS BEEN REQUESTED THAT I RING THE CHIMES FIVE MINUTES BEFORE THE START OF THE SUNDAY SERVICE TO INITIATE A PERIOD OF SILENCE FOR PRAYER.  PLEASE RESPECT OTHERS’ NEED FOR SILENCE AT THIS TIME.  THANK YOU.
  
READINGS for this Sunday are: Jeremiah 31:7-14; Psalm 84; Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-19a; Matthew 22:13-15, 19-23.
 
PASTORAL NEWS:
 
Pastoral Visitors: Martha Lambert.  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., and Gere Carnathan.
 
 
OUTREACH NEWS:
 
The Samaritan’s Purse:  Information about the 2016 program to be announced soon.  Watch for it in the coming newsletters.
 
Angels of Grace The item from their wish list this week is cleaning supplies 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 cleaning supplies. 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.
 
Humane Society of the Delta:  They have made a request for donations of large bath towels, laundry detergent and cat litter.  Please call 870-753-2119 or 870-995-2379 and they will pick up your donation.  You may also take your donation directly to the shelter, 9518 Phillips 300 Rd. between the hours of 7-10 am or 2-5 pm.
 
CHURCH OFFICE NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS:
 
Sunday duties:
Acolyte –Ed Pat Wright
Lay Eucharistic Minister-Mike Fielder
No Midweek Eucharist
Altar Guild –Susan Carter
Altar Flowers –Nancy & Jim Howe
Pastoral Visitor –Martha Lambert from Jan. 3rd through Jan. 9th
 
Pot luck lunch and annual Parish Meeting on January 17th.  Mark your calendars!
 
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.  



December 23, 2015, 12:24 PM

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St. John’s Episcopal Church                            Thursday, December 24, 2015

 
Christmas Eve Service will be held in the chapel at 10:00 pm with the Rev. Russ Snapp Officiating.
Acolytes: Katie Mouritsen, Chris Rogers, Rowland Brothers & Katherine Wright
Lay Eucharistic Minister – Mike Fielder
Altar Guild – Team 3
A time of fellowship follows in the chapel with a little refreshment celebrating the birth of Christ.
No December 25th service.
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                                                                              Sunday, December 27, 2015                                                
WORSHIP& EDUCATION NEWS:
 
ADULT EDUCATION: Sunday, Dec. 27th no class.!!!!
 
SUNDAY SCHOOL will be held at 9:00 at the First United Methodist Church.
 
WORSHIP: December 27th, The Festival of Lessons and Carols, a service found in the Episcopal Book of Occasional Services and is comprised of 8 readings with hymns, carols and lots of singing.  There is no sermon and is basically a Morning Prayer service.  Come join in the fun. 
 
 
IT HAS BEEN REQUESTED THAT I RING THE CHIMES FIVE MINUTES BEFORE THE START OF THE SUNDAY SERVICE TO INITIATE A PERIOD OF SILENCE FOR PRAYER.  PLEASE RESPECT OTHERS’ NEED FOR SILENCE AT THIS TIME.  THANK YOU.
  
PASTORAL NEWS:
 
Pastoral Visitor: Allison Biederman.  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, Ann Lee, Tricia Hearn, and Gere Carnathan.
 
OUTREACH NEWS:
 
Angels of Grace The item from their wish list this week is Kleenex 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 Kleenex. 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.
 
CHURCH OFFICE NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS:
 
Sunday duties:
Acolyte –Mike Fielder
Lay Minister-Ann Lee
No Midweek Eucharist
Altar Guild –Betsy Wright
Altar Flowers – Christmas poinsettias which you make take home after the service.
Pastoral Visitor –Allison Biederman: runs from Dec 27-Jan 2nd.
 
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.  



December 20, 2015, 8:13 AM

Newsletter:


St. John’s Episcopal Church             Sunday, December 20, 2015

 
 
WORSHIP& EDUCATION NEWS:
 
ADULT EDUCATION: Sunday, Dec. 20th at 9:00 am until 10:00 am studying this Sunday’s readings which are found below.
 
SUNDAY SCHOOL will be held at 9:00 at the First United Methodist Church.
 
WORSHIP: December 20th, Holy Eucharist Rite II, with Rev. Louis Hayden from Germantown as our visiting priest.
 
IT HAS BEEN REQUESTED THAT I RING THE CHIMES FIVE MINUTES BEFORE THE START OF THE SUNDAY SERVICE TO INITIATE A PERIOD OF SILENCE FOR PRAYER.  PLEASE RESPECT OTHERS’ NEED FOR SILENCE AT THIS TIME.  THANK YOU.
  
READINGS for this Sunday are: Micah 5:2-5a; Psalm 80:1-7; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45, [46-55]
 
ORDER FORMS for Christmas poinsettias and wreaths have been turned in.  You make continue to donate but they will not be mentioned in the Christmas Bulletin due to time limitation.
 
PASTORAL NEWS:
 
Pastoral Visitors: Nancy Hornor & Martha Lambert.  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, 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 toilet tissue 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 toilet tissue. 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:
 
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE WILL BE AT 10:00 PM ON DEC. 24TH.  IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THERE WILL BE A TOAST CELEBRATING THE BIRTH OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR IN THE CHAPEL.
 
Mr. James Robert Nicholls’ Memorial service at 11:00 am on Dec. 18th at the First United Methodist Church, Helena.
 
ALL ALTAR GUILD MEMBERS WILL MEET AT 4:30 ON MONDAY, DEC. 21ST TO HANG WREATHS AND POINSETTIAS FOR CHRISTMAS.  AFTERWARDS WE WILL HAVE OUR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY HOSTED BY YOUR CHAIRMAN.
 
Sunday duties:
Acolyte –Ned Pillow
Lay Eucharistic Minister-Susan Carter
No Midweek Eucharist
Altar Guild –Carla Myers & Jayne Morris
Altar Flowers – Pat Wheeler
Pastoral Visitor –Nancy Hornor & Martha Lambert from Dec. 20th through Dec. 26th.
 
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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