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December 8, 2014, 2:00 PM

Newsletter - December 7, 2014

Please come to St. John’s for worship and fellowship this Sunday, Dec. 7.  The 9 a.m. Adult Class will continue their study of the gospel of Matthew.  All are welcome, even if you haven’t attended previous sessions.  Sunday school for kindergarten through 4th grade will not meet again until after the first of the year.
Readings Sunday, Dec. 7 Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm85:1-2, 8-13; 2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark1:1-8.
ECW meeting on Monday, December 8th at 5:00 p.m. They will meet at Bennette Morris’s home.
Vestry meeting on Wednesday, December 10th at 6:15 p.m.
Next week’s schedule:  On Wednesday, Dec. 10, we will have a mid-week Eucharist at 5:30 p.m.
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 ECW have graciously offered their time to assist anyone needing help.  If you would like to volunteer to pick up one of our older members who do not drive especially at night to ensure they can participate in All church activities, please let Maureen or Jeannie know.  Also, if you need a ride to church services, but cannot drive yourself, please let Maureen or Jeannie know.
Please keep the following in your prayers:  Diana Reeves, Tom Choate, Gloria Tappan, Buddy Wheeler, Jaxson Robertson, Buddy & Wanda Byrd, Bishop Larry Maze, John Miles, Timothy Watson, Carol Jennings, Jayne Morris, Carvill Fitzhugh, Pam Garofas, Nina Zachary, Shawna Helton, Sarah Mouritsen, Danielle McDaniel and Betty Biederman..
Angels of Grace - item from their wish list this week is tall kitchen garbage bags for the home.  Their office is on 406 Pecan Street.
Please remember your donations for the Helena-West Helena Community Space. They are located at 105 Missouri St. in Helena.  There is a list in the back of the church for items they need.
Keep your church office in your thoughts and prayers. We are still searching for a secretary/bookkeeper to work about 20 hours a week.  Fortunately, Macon Kirkman has agreed to work in the office and man the phone for several hours on Monday, Wednesday and Friday to help us out doing the holiday season.  We are grateful to have an old St. John’s family member in our office.
MHM Navajo Christmas There are donation cards in the back of the church should you want to donate to the Mike Hardin Ministry for the Navajo’s.  We have sent them support every Christmas over the last several years.  I hope we will continue this support.
The Christmas Poinsettia and Wreath donation insert is in your bulletin.  Please make checks payable to St. John’s altar guild. The cutoff date to have your name printed in the Christmas bulletins is Dec. 15.
New church address! We now have a P O Box 770, Helena AR 72342.  They will forward all 625 Pecan St. letters to our PO Box until Nov. 18, 2015.   This was done to ensure we receive all mail and it is not just left in the office door to get wet.

November 30, 2014, 2:37 PM

Working on website

Hello everyone, I'm just starting to work on our website, if you have anything to add please call the church. Thanks, Tait Owens

November 2, 2014, 1:38 PM

Great All Saints' Sunday

Thanks to all who participated in our All Saints' Sunday festivities.  It was another high point for the parish family.

June 11, 2014, 8:00 PM

Highly recommended article

I just read a great blog entry from Fr. Kevin Morris of the Church of the Ascension in Rockville Centre, N.Y.  It's called "Do we really believe in the Real Presence?"  Here's the web address: .  I think it helps us appreciate the Eucharist more, and its connection to every aspect of life.


June 4, 2014, 10:41 AM

Opportunity for a deeper prayer life

I'm very pleased that the Rev. Danny Schieffler will lead a workshop on "Centering Prayer" here at St. John's this Saturday, 7 June, from 9 until noon.  

I just read a little article related to centering prayer in the newsletter of St. Paul's Church in Fayetteville.  The author, the Rev. Lowell Grisham, gave me permission to quote it in full.  He noted that he got this material from the Rev. Tim Patterson of Holy Trinity Church in Greensboro, N.C.


One of the prayer practices that we teach in our various classes here at St. Paul's is called The Three Breaths.  It is an excellent way to shift from ordinary consciousness into an attentive state ready for prayer.  It is also a good way to recall yourself to your center whenever you are anxious or distracted.  Here's how it works:

Take three slow deep breaths.

*With the first breath, let go of everything you may have brought with you to the present moment.  Leave the past in the past.

*With the second breath, be fully present, here and now.

*With the third breath, become open to what will happen here and now--during this period of prayer or in whatever circumstances you are attending to.

The Three Breaths are a good way to begin prayer, to begin a new project that will take some concentration, or to mark the start of any passage.  They are also a good way to recall your attention and focus whenever you feel scattered or anxious.  Breathe deeply, and let your exhale last longer than your inhale.  See if your consciousness shifts just a bit to make you more aware, more centered.

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