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December 9, 2015, 6:25 PM

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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.  



December 3, 2015, 7:38 AM

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St. John’s Episcopal Church             Sunday, December 6, 2015

 
 
WORSHIP& EDUCATION NEWS:
 
ADULT EDUCATION: Sunday, Dec. 6th at 9:00 am until 10:00 am studying this Sunday’s readings which are found below.
 
SUNDAY SCHOOL: Sunday, Dec. 6th at 9:00 am youth choir followed by Sunday school at the First United Methodist Church.
 
WORSHIP: December 6th, Holy Eucharist Rite II, with Rev. Tom Baker from Mt. Home, AR as our visiting priest.
 
SUNDAY SERVICES WILL BE HELD IN THE CHAPEL.
  
READINGS for this Sunday are: Malachi 3:1-4; Canticle 16: The Song of Zechariah; Philippians 1:3-11; Luke 3:1-6.
 
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:  Next Sunday, Dec. 13th immediately following the service, the ECW will host a SOUP SAMPLER 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.
 
Also the Canon Jason Alexander will be our visiting priest and he will meet with the vestry immediately following lunch.  THIS WILL BE OUR DECEMBER MEETING FOR THE VESTRY AND IT IS VERY IMPORTANT ALL ATTEND. Please let Allison know if you will not be able to attend on December 13th.
 
 
 
 
PASTORAL NEWS:
 
Pastoral Visitor: Angie Fielder.  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 laundry detergent for the women’s shelter. Please place your 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 laundry detergent. 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:
 
ALTAR GUILD NEWS:
Group one (Allison, Angie, Julie, Carla, Jeanie and Bennett) will meet this Sunday, December 6th at 4:30 pm to polish silver and brass.
Group two (Susan, Maureen, Lindalu, Jayne and Betsy) will meet Friday, December 11th at 9:30 am to finish polishing.  If you cannot attend please go on your own to polish and leave a list in the sacristy on the counter.
On Monday, December 21st at 4:00 pm ALL altar guild members will meet at the church to hang the greens and prepare the church for the Christmas Eve service at 10:00 pm.  There will only be one Christmas service this year.  Afterwards we will all go out for our yearly celebration hosted by your chairman.
 
Sunday duties:
Acolyte –Katherine Wright
Lay Eucharistic Minister–Gina Pillow
No Midweek Eucharist
Altar Guild –Allison Biederman
Altar Flowers – Frances Howe
Pastoral Visitor –Angie Fielder from Dec. 6th through Dec. 12th.
 
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.



November 29, 2015, 11:47 AM

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St. John’s Episcopal Church             Sunday, November 29, 2015

 
 
WORSHIP& EDUCATION NEWS:
 
ADULT EDUCATION: Sunday, Nov. 29th at 9:00 am until 10:00 am studying this Sunday’s readings which are found below.
 
SUNDAY SCHOOL: Sunday, Nov. 29th at 9:00 am youth choir followed by Sunday school at the First United Methodist Church.
 
WORSHIP: November 29th, Holy Eucharist Rite II, with Rev. Senter Crook from Memphis, TN as our celebrant. 
 
SUNDAY SERVICES WILL BE HELD IN THE CHAPEL.
  
READINGS for this Sunday are: Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalm 25:1-9; I Thessalonians 3:9-13; Luke 21:25-36.
 
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.
 
 
PASTORAL NEWS:
 
Pastoral Visitor: Lorraine Ferryman.  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: Otis Howe, 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, Tricia Hearn and Gere Carnathan.
 
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 items from their wish list this week are household 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 items are household 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.
 
WELCOME TO ADVENT! The first Sunday in Advent is the beginning of the Christian year.  Advent means the coming of our Lord and his kingdom, which is said to be at hand.
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:
 
ALTAR GUILD NEWS:  On Sunday, December 6th at 4:30 pm all altar guild members will meet to polish and clean all brass and silver in preparation for Christ’s birth.  Immediately following they will go to Rio Lindo’s for their annual Christmas meal provider by their chairman.
On Monday, December 21st all altar guild members (and Tait Owens) will meet again at the church at 4:30 to hang the green and prepare the church or chapel for the Christmas Eve service at 10:00 pm on the 24th.  There will only be one Christmas service this year.
 
Sunday duties:
Acolyte –Ned Pillow
Lay Eucharistic Minister–Mike Fielder
No Midweek Eucharist
Altar Guild –Lindalu Hargraves & Jeannie Turley
Altar Flowers – Jessica & Gil Pillow
Pastoral Visitor –Lorraine Ferryman; this duty runs from Nov. 29 through Dec 5th.
 
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.



November 19, 2015, 7:48 AM

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St. John’s Episcopal Church             Sunday, November 22, 2015

 
 
WORSHIP& EDUCATION NEWS:
 
ADULT EDUCATION: Sunday, Nov. 22nd at 9:00 am until 10:00 am studying this Sunday’s readings which are found below.
 
SUNDAY SCHOOL: Sunday, Nov. 22nd at 9:00 am youth choir followed by Sunday school at the First United Methodist Church.
 
WORSHIP: November 22nd, Holy Eucharist Rite II, with Rev. Louis Hayden from Germantown as our celebrant. 
 
SUNDAY SERVICES WILL BE HELD IN THE CHAPEL.
  
READINGS for this Sunday are: Daniel7:9-10, 13-14; Psalm 93; Revelation 1:4b-8; John 18:33-37.
 
PASTORAL NEWS:
 
Pastoral Visitor: Maureen Jones. This is a new ministry in which the duties run from Sunday to 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: Otis Howe, 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, and Gere Carnathan.
 
OUTREACH NEWS:
 
The Samaritan’s Purse: The Samaritan’s purse category for donations in November is:
Clothes for boys:  ages 2-4 years. Their basket is in the stairwell off the chapel during October.
 
Angels of Grace The items from their wish list this week are toiletries 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 items are toiletries. 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 –Katherine Wright
Lay Eucharistic Minister–Ann Lee
No Midweek Eucharist
Altar Guild –Susan Carter & Maureen Jones
Altar Flowers – Mr. & Mrs. Alan Hargraves, Jr., & Mr. & Mrs. David Bohannan
Pastoral Visitor –Maureen Jones The duty runs from Nov. 22 through Nov. 28.
 
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.  



November 12, 2015, 8:42 AM

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St. John’s Episcopal Church             Sunday, November 15, 2015

 
 
WORSHIP& EDUCATION NEWS:
 
 
ADULT EDUCATION: Sunday, Nov. 15th at 9:00 am until 10:00 am studying this Sunday’s readings which are found below.
 
SUNDAY SCHOOL: Sunday, Nov. 15th at 9:00 am youth choir followed by Sunday school at the First United Methodist Church.
 
WORSHIP: November 15TH, Holy Eucharist Rite II, with Rev. Tom Baker from Mt. Home as the celebrant.  He is the Director of spiritual and religious life at the Baxter CO Regional Hospital in Mt. Home.
 
SUNDAY SERVICES WILL BE HELD IN THE CHAPEL.
  
READINGS for this Sunday are: Daniel 12:1-3; Psalm 16; Hebrews10:11-14, [15-18], 19-25; Mark 13:1-8.
 
We will start our midweek services back up starting in Advent.  (Beginning Dec. 2) Of course this depends on the roof project.
 
PASTORAL NEWS:
 
Pastoral Visitor: Andrea Clark. This is a new ministry which runs from Sunday to 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: Otis Howe, Marie Simon, Buddy Wheeler, Buddy Byrd, Carol Jennings, Debra Richardson, Blanche Choate, Freeman Staley, Sam Harris, Leslie Galloway, Doris Smith, Nina Zachary, Jim Howe, Jr., Elena Hinderer, Gere Carnathan and the family of Kay Shreeve.
 
OUTREACH NEWS:
 
The Samaritan’s Purse: The Samaritan’s purse category for donations in November is:
Clothes and toys for boys and girls:  ages 10-14 years. Their basket is in the stairwell off the chapel during October.
 
Angels of GraceThe items from their wish list this week are face cloths and bath soap 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 items are face cloths and bath soap. 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:
 
VESTRY MEETING WILL BE THIS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH AT 6:30 IN THE UNDERCROFT.  PLEASE LET ALLISON KNOW IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND.
 
Sunday duties:
Acolyte –Ann Lee
Lay Eucharistic Minister–Susan Carter
No Midweek Eucharist
Altar Guild –Jeannie Turley & Susan Carter
Altar Flowers – Jerry and Gina Pillow
Pastoral Visitor –Andrea Clark (runs from Sunday to Sunday)
 
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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