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December 20, 2017, 5:54 AM

Newsletter:


St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, December 24

 


From Fr. Ray +

 

Christmas Eve falls on Sunday this year, so we will have our usual 10:30 a.m. service as well as our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 5:30 p.m.  We are fortunate that Ms. Kelly Hermann (the flutist) will be with us again for our 5:30 service.  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!

 

Even though we are approaching the Fourth Sunday of Advent and will be in the Christmas Season, I want to draw your attention to the New Year and ask that you save some dates on your calendar. 

On Saturday, January 6, we will have an Epiphany Service at St. John’s at 5:30 p.m.  Epiphany, also Theophany or Three Kings' Day, is a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ. In Western Christianity, the feast commemorates principally the visit of the Magi to the Christ child, and thus Jesus' physical manifestation to the Gentiles.

Sunday, January 21, is the date for our Potluck and Annual Parish Meeting following worship.

On Tuesday, January 23, 5:30-7:00 p.m. St. John’s is hosting a program by Mr. Chester Johnson at the Pillow-Thompson House. Mr. Johnson will be presenting a brief program about his role in translating the Psalms for our 1979 Book of Common Prayer. Copies of his book, Auden, The Psalms, and Me, will be available for purchase at a discount. Wine and cheese will be served.

On Sunday, January 28, we will welcome Bishop Larry Benfield for his annual pastoral visit. A potluck will follow the worship service. It is always a pleasure to welcome our Bishop. Please make plans to be part of worship on this special occasion.

Thank you saving these dates on your calendar!

Blessings, Fr. Ray+


Worship and Education News:

Adult Sunday School:  Meets Sunday at 9:00 am.  This will be our last class of the video-based course entitled FAITHFUL: Christmas Through The Eyes of Joseph this week.

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

Worship:  December 24, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Sunday (Fourth Sunday of Advent): 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Canticle 3; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38

Readings for Sunday (Christmas Eve Candlelight Service): 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Canticle 15; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 2:1-20


Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Jim Howe, Jr, Susan Worrell, Debra Richardson, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Jimmy Billingsley, Larry Bryant, Lynn & Richard Jordan, Carla Myers, Ray Worley, Donna Rohrscheib, Louis Hardman, Chris Walters, Carol Jennings, Jane Barker, Sara Hornor, Nancy Howe, Jim Howe, Donald Wayne Merritt, Parker Pace, Heather Treat, and Annie Fielder.


Outreach News:

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The item from their wish list this week is paper towels.

Humane Society of the Delta:  Donation needed is dog & puppy food. 

                Their plastic tubs are on the stair landing by the chapel.

Grace Food Pantry – plastic bags go in the labeled container in the narthex.

  Thank you for all your weekly donations.  They are all greatly appreciated.


Church Office News and Announcements:

Dec 20, WED - 4:00 p.m. – Hang greenery & prepare church for Christmas – All Altar Guild

Dec 20, WED - 5:30 p.m. Midweek Eucharist (chapel)

Altar Guild – Jayne Morris

Dec 24, SUN - 10:30 a.m. 

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

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Ann Lee

Altar Guild –Carla Myers

Dec 24, SUN - 5:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Acolytes – Chris Rogers, Katherine Wright and Rachel Wright

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Mike Fielder

Altar Guild – Altar Guild Members

Dec 27, WED  -   No Midweek Eucharist

Dec 31, SUN  - Christmas Lessons and Carols at 10:30 am.

 

St John’s professional church photos are now available for purchase on the internet at stjohnsepiscopalchurch.pixieset.com. Beautiful interior and exterior pictures of St. John’s were taken by Nolan Dean and are available in either 5X7 or 8X10 prints.  All proceeds from sales will go to support Young Life of Phillips County. Photographs can also be viewed on the table at the back of the nave on Sunday mornings or the church office during the week.

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    

Email:   office@saintjohnshelena.org




December 13, 2017, 3:32 PM

Newsletter


St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, December 17

 


From Fr. Ray +

 

Our guest musician for the Third Sunday of Advent will be Ms. Elizabeth Garcia.  We look forward to having her with us again this week.  Advent and Christmas are especially good times to invite friends and family to worship with you at St. John’s as we prepare for and celebrate God’s presence with us in the Christ Child.  As always, ALL are welcome!

 

Christmas Eve falls on Sunday this year, so we will have our usual 10:30 a.m. service as well as our Family Christmas Eve Eucharist at 5:30 p.m.  We are fortunate that Ms. Kelly Hermann (the flutist) will be with us again for our 5:30 service.

 

Even though we are approaching the Third Sunday of Advent and will soon be in the Christmas Season, I want to draw your attention to the New Year and ask that you save some dates on your calendar. 

On Saturday, January 6, we will have an Epiphany Service at St. John’s at 5:30 p.m.  Epiphany, also Theophany or Three Kings' Day, is a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ. In Western Christianity, the feast commemorates principally the visit of the Magi to the Christ child, and thus Jesus' physical manifestation to the Gentiles.

Sunday, January 21, is the date for our Potluck and Annual Parish Meeting following worship.

On Tuesday, January 23, 5:30-7:00 p.m. St. John’s is hosting a program by Mr. Chester Johnson at the Pillow-Thompson House. Mr. Johnson will be presenting a brief program about his role in translating the Psalms for our 1979 Book of Common Prayer. Copies of his book, Auden, The Psalms, and Me, will be available for purchase at a discount. Wine and cheese will be served.

On Sunday, January 28, we will welcome Bishop Larry Benfield for his annual pastoral visit. A potluck will follow the worship service. It is always a pleasure to welcome our Bishop. Please make plans to be part of worship on this special occasion.

Thank you saving these dates on your calendar!

Blessings, Fr. Ray+


Worship and Education News:

Adult Sunday School:  Meets Sunday at 9:00 am.  During Advent, the class will spend four weeks on a video-based course entitled FAITHFUL: Christmas Through The Eyes of Joseph.  All are welcome!

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

Worship:  December 17, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Sunday (Third Sunday of Advent): Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Psalm 126; I Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28


Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Jim Howe, Jr, Susan Worrell, Debra Richardson, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Jimmy Billingsley, Larry Bryant, Lynn & Richard Jordan, Carla Myers, Ray Worley, Donna Rohrscheib, Louis Hardman, Chris Walters, Joann Smith, Carol Jennings, Jane Barker, Sara Hornor, Nancy Howe, Jim Howe, and Donald Wayne Merritt.


Outreach News:

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The item from their wish list this week is paper towels.

Humane Society of the Delta:  Donation needed is dog & puppy food. 

                   Their plastic tubs are on the stair landing by the chapel.

Grace Food Pantry – plastic bags go in the labeled container in the narthex.

Thank you for all your weekly donations.  They are all greatly appreciated.


Church Office News and Announcements:

Dec 13, WED - Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 p.m.

Altar Guild – Angie Fielder

Dec 16, SAT - Polish Day at 10:00 a.m. – All Altar Guild

Dec 17, SUN    

Acolyte – Ben Pittman

     Lay Eucharistic Minister Susan Carter

     Altar Guild – Jayne Morris

     Altar Flowers –Ernest & Cathy Cunningham

Dec 18, MON - Vestry will meet at 5:30 in the undercroft

Dec 20, WED - Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 p.m.

Altar Guild – Jayne Morris

  Dec 21, THU - Decorate church for Christmas – All Altar Guild

 

St John’s professional church photos are now available for purchase on the internet at stjohnsepiscopalchurch.pixieset.com. Beautiful interior and exterior pictures of St. John’s were taken by Nolan Dean and are available in either 5X7 or 8X10 prints.  All proceeds from sales will go to support Young Life of Phillips County. Photographs can also be viewed on the table at the back of the nave on Sunday mornings or the church office during the week.

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    

Email:   office@saintjohnshelena.org


                                                                   

Please return this form along with payment, no later than Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017,

to be acknowledged in the program.

 

Name: _______________________________________________________________

 

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

 

  1.    I/We wish to order ______________ Wreaths at $22.00 each.

 

Given in Memory of:

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

Given in Honor/Thanksgiving of: _____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________




December 7, 2017, 7:23 AM

Newsletter:


St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, December 10

 


From Fr. Ray +

 

Our guest musician for the Second Sunday of Advent will be flutist Ms. Kelly Herrmann.  You may recall that Kelly provided beautiful music for our Thanksgiving Service a few weeks ago.  We look forward to having her with us again this week. Advent and Christmas are especially good times to invite friends and family to worship with you at St. John’s.  If you know someone who does not have a church home, please invite them to join us as we prepare for and celebrate God’s presence with us in the Christ Child.  As always, ALL are welcome!

 

Christmas Eve falls on Sunday this year, so we will have our usual 10:30 a.m. service as well as our Family Christmas Eve Eucharist at 5:30 p.m.  We are fortunate that Ms. Hermann (the flutist) will be with us again for our 5:30 service.

 

During Advent the Adult Sunday School Class will spend four weeks on a video based course entitled FAITHFUL: Christmas Through The Eyes of Joseph. All are welcome!

 

Congratulations to Drew and Megan Fielder on the birth of their son William Henry Fielder on Sunday, December 3.  Baby Fielder weighed in at 9 lbs. 5 oz. and is 21 inches long.

 

New Cross in Garden!

The next time you are at church, take a moment to visit the Garden and see the new 7-foot wrought iron cross behind our outdoor altar. This lovely cross is patterned after the Processional Cross we use at our regular services and is a gift from one of our members in honor and memory of Otis and Ruth Howe.

 

Blessings, Fr. Ray+


Worship and Education News:

Adult Sunday School:  Meets Sunday at 9:00 am. 

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

Worship:  December 10, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Sunday (Second Sunday of Advent): Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13; 2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8


Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Jim Howe, Jr, Susan Worrell, Debra Richardson, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Jimmy Billingsley, Larry Bryant, Lynn & Richard Jordan, Carla Myers, Ray Worley, Donna Rohrscheib, Louis Hardman, Chris Walters, Joann Smith, Carol Jennings, Jim Howe, Nancy Howe, Jane Hequembourg Barker (Stephen’s mother),and Sara Hornor.


Outreach News:

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The item from their wish list this week is toilet paper.

Humane Society of the Delta:  Donation needed is dog & puppy food. 

                  Their plastic tubs are on the stair landing by the chapel.

Grace Food Pantry – plastic bags go in the labeled container in the narthex.

  Thank you for all your weekly donations.  They are all greatly appreciated.


Church Office News and Announcements:

Dec 6, WED - Midweek Unction & Prayers for Healing (chapel)

Altar Guild – Bennett Sellers

Dec 10, SUN -

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

     Lay Eucharistic Minister – Jack Myers

     Altar Guild – Angie Fielder

     Altar Flowers – Jack Hornor, West Hornor & Tap Jennings

Dec 13, WED - Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 p.m.

Altar Guild – Angie Fielder

 Dec 16, SAT - Polish Day at 10:00 a.m. – All Altar Guild

 Dec 21, THU - Decorate church for Christmas – All Altar Guild

 

Poinsettia donation sheet is below.  Please turn in to the office by December 18 to be included in the program.

 

Beautiful interior and exterior pictures of St. John’s are available for purchase. These photos were taken by professional photographer Nolan Dean and are available in either 5X7 or 8X10 prints. All proceeds from sales will go to support Young Life of Phillips County. Photographs can be viewed on the table at the back of the nave on Sunday mornings or the church office during the week. 5X7 photos are $25 and 8X10 are $35.  

The Photo Store is ready. stjohnsepiscopalchurch.pixieset.com -- Share it!

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    

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. 17, 2017,

to be acknowledged in the program.

 

Name: _______________________________________________________________

 

 

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

 

  1.    I/We wish to order ______________ wreaths at $22.00 each.

 

 

Given in Memory of:

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

Given in Honor/Thanksgiving of: _____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

 




November 30, 2017, 6:58 AM

Newsletter:


St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, December 3

 


From Fr. Ray +

 

Advent begins this coming Sunday, December 3!  For each of the next three weeks, guest musicians will bless us with beautiful Advent music.  They are as follows:

                        December 3:  Everett Long

                        December 10:  Kelly Herrmann (flutist)

                        December 17:  Elizabeth Garcia

 

Christmas Eve falls on Sunday this year, so we will have our usual 10:30 a.m. service as well as our Family Christmas Eve Eucharist at 5:30 p.m.  We are fortunate that Ms. Hermann (the flutist) will be with us again for our 5:30 service.

During Advent the Adult Sunday School Class will spend four weeks on a video based course entitled FAITHFUL: Christmas Through The Eyes of Joseph. All are welcome!

 

New Cross in Garden!

The next time you are at church, take a moment to visit the Garden and see the new 7-foot wrought iron cross behind our outdoor altar. This lovely cross is patterned after the Processional Cross we use at our regular services and is a gift from one of our members in honor and memory of Otis and Ruth Howe.

 

Blessings, Fr. Ray+


Worship and Education News:

Adult Sunday School:  Meets Sunday at 9:00 am. 

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

Worship:  December 3, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Sunday (First Sunday of Advent)Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37


Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Jim Howe, Jr, Susan Worrell, Debra Richardson, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Jimmy Billingsley, Larry Bryant, Lynn & Richard Jordan, Carla Myers, Ray Worley, Donna Rohrscheib, Louis Hardman, Chris Walters, Joann Smith, Carol Jennings, the family of Ruth Howe, Jim Howe,  Nancy Howe, and James Hequembourg Barker (Stephen’s mother).


Outreach News:

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The item from their wish list this week is dish soap.

Humane Society of the Delta:  Donation needed is dog & puppy food. 

                    Their plastic tubs are on the stair landing by the chapel.

Grace Food Pantry – plastic bags go in the labeled container in the narthex.

      Thank you for all your weekly donations.  They are all greatly appreciated.

 


Church Office News and Announcements:

Nov 29, WED - Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 p.m.

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves

Dec 3, SUN           

Acolyte – Drew Fielder

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Gina Pillow

Altar Guild – Bennett Sellers

Altar Flowers Frances Howe

Dec 6, WED - Midweek Unction & Prayers for Healing (chapel)

Altar Guild – Bennett Sellers

 

Poinsettia donation sheet is below.  Please turn in to the office by December 18 to be included in the program.

 

Beautiful interior and exterior pictures of St. John’s are available for purchase. These photos were taken by professional photographer Nolan Dean and are available in either 5X7 or 8X10 prints. All proceeds from sales will go to support Young Life of Phillips County. Photographs can be viewed on the table at the back of the nave on Sunday mornings or the church office during the week. 5X7 photos are $25 and 8X10 are $35. Nolan is setting up a website with a picture gallery for anyone interested in purchasing pictures.  We will have more information when this is complete.

 

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

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. 17, 2017,

to be acknowledged in the program.

 

Name: _______________________________________________________________

 

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

 

  1.    I/We wish to order ______________ wreaths at $22.00 each.

 

 

Given in Memory of:

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

Given in Honor/Thanksgiving of: _____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

 




November 21, 2017, 6:23 AM

Newsletter:


St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, November 26

 


From Fr. Ray +

If you are not traveling over the river and through the woods, I encourage you to attend our annual Thanksgiving Service on Wednesday, November 22, at 5:30 p.m. at the church.  Ms. Kelly Herrmann of Memphis will be our guest musician. 

Kelly, a flutist, has performed with the Memphis Symphony, Arkansas Symphony, The Orchestra Now, and YOA Orchestra of the Americas.  She has enjoyed a truly international career, most recently performing in Eastern Europe and Scandinavia on YOA's Nordic-Baltic Legacy Tour.

Following the service we will enjoy a brief reception with wine, cheese and snacks in the Chapel. I hope you will join others from our St. John’s family in giving thanks for our many blessings!

Beautiful interior and exterior pictures of St. John’s are available for purchase. These photos were taken by professional photographer Nolan Dean and are available in either 5X7 or 8X10 prints. All proceeds from sales will go to support Young Life of Phillips County. Photographs can be viewed on the table at the back of the nave on Sunday mornings or the church office during the week. 5X7 photos are $25 and 8X10 are $35.

 

The funeral service for Ruth Howe will be Friday, November 24, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s. Please keep Otis and family in your prayers during this difficult time.

 

Blessings, Fr. Ray+

 


Worship and Education News:

THANKSGIVING EVE WORSHIP: November 22, at 5:30 p.m.

Readings:  Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24; Psalm 95:1-7; Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25:31-46

Adult Sunday School:  No class

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

Worship:  November 26, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Sunday (Last Sunday after Pentecost): Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24; Psalm 95:1-7; Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25:31-46

 


Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Jim Howe, Jr, Susan Worrell, Debra Richardson, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Jimmy Billingsley, Larry Bryant, Lynn & Richard Jordan, Carla Myers, Jim Howe, Ray Worley, Donna Rohrscheib, Louis Hardman, Chris Walters, Joann Smith, Carol Jennings, and the family of Ruth Howe.


Outreach News:

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The item from their wish list this week is laundry detergent & bleach.

Humane Society of the Delta:  Donation needed is dog & puppy food. 

                   Their plastic tubs are on the stair landing by the chapel.

Grace Food Pantry – plastic bags go in the labeled container in the narthex.

   Thank you for all your weekly donations.  They are all greatly appreciated.

 


Church Office News and Announcements:

Nov 22, WED        THANKSGIVING EVE WORSHIP in the church at 5:30 p.m. 

Acolytes – Chris Rogers & Ben Pittman 

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Gina Pillow 

Altar Guild - Jeannie Turley

Special Music - Kelly Herrmann

     Wine & Cheese Reception following in the chapel.

Nov 26, SUN       

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

     Lay Eucharistic Minister Mike Fielder

     Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves

     Altar Flowers Pat Wheeler

 


 

Contact info for Fr. Ray:

Cell: 501-291-6262                                                 

Email:  rector@saintjohnshelena.org

St. John’s Church Office:

Phone:  870-338-8115

Email:   office@saintjohnshelena.org


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