November 29, 2015, 11:47 AM

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

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. 
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 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.
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.
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
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