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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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