November 25, 2016, 12:41 PM

St. John’s Episcopal Church       Sunday, November 27, 2016


THANKSGIVING EVE EUCHARIST, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23 @ 5:30 P.M.!  WINE AND CHEESE RECEPTION IN CHAPEL FOLLOWING THE SERVICE.  Please contact Jeannie Turley (338-7151 or 816-6387) to co-ordinate if you can bring fruit, chips and dip, cookies, etc. for the reception. Wine will be furnished.  And everyone is welcome!



Bishop Larry Benfield will be visiting St. John’s on Sunday, December 4th!  Following worship there will be a potluck reception in the undercroft.  Let’s show our bishop a warm St. John’s welcome on the 4th!



Our Candlelight Christmas Eve Service will be at 5:30 p.m.  Be sure to invite family and friends to join you in celebrating our Savior’s birth!


Worship and Education News:

Adult Education:  Meets Sunday at 9:00 am

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

Worship:  November 27th, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown. 

Readings for Sunday (First Sunday of Advent: 1 Advent):

Isiah 21-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:36-44

Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Buddy Byrd, Jim Howe, Jr., Susan Gibbs Worrell, Jeffrey Mink, Sharon Hinderer, Walter Morris, Sr., Dr. Marion McDaniel, Sarah Myers, Donna Drewry (Marjie’s sister-in-law), Debra Richardson (BZW’s co-worker), Carol Jennings, Ruth Howe, Lena Cunningham, and Jean McCullum.


During Advent I will be leading a study entitled The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem.  This five- session DVD was filmed in the Holy Land and is designed to accompany the 28 daily Advent devotions in the book Walking the Road to Bethlehem: Your Journey to Christmas.  All class participants will receive a copy of the book of Advent devotions.  Classes start on Wednesday, November 30 and conclude on Wednesday, December 28.  Class times are as follows:

Wednesday Evenings @ 6:30 p.m.

Thursday Mornings @ 10:30 a.m.

The change in class times is designed to allow those who wish to do so to attend one of our mid-week Eucharistic Services. On Wednesdays you can attend the Eucharist at 5:30 p.m. and remain for the study group at 6:30 p.m.  On Thursdays you can attend the study group at 10:30 a.m. and remain for the Eucharist at noon.  Blessings! Fr. Ray+



Outreach News:

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The item from their wish list this week is paper towels.  Plastic tubs for each are on the stair landing just outside the chapel.

Humane Society of the Delta Donation needed is dog & puppy food.  Their plastic tub is also on the stair landing.

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

Church Office News and Announcements:

Wednesday, November 23, 5:30 pm, Thanksgiving worship in the church, with Wine and Cheese Reception following in the chapel.

Thursday duties for Thanksgiving Eve:

Acolyte – Chris Rogers

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Mike Fielder

Altar Guild – Maureen Jones

Sunday duties November 27, 2016:

Acolyte - Ed Pat Wright

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Jack Myers

Altar Guild – Maureen Jones

Altar Flowers – Neville & Maureen Jones

Wednesday, November 30th, 5:30 pm, Wednesday Eucharist in the chapel, followed by Advent Study Class at 6:30 pm in the undercroft

Thursday, December 1st, at 10:30 am, Advent Study Class in the undercroft, followed at 12:00 by Noonday Eucharist in the chapel


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


St. John’s Church Office:

Phone:  870-338-8115       Fax: 870-338-8519


Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 770, Helena, AR 72342





St. Francis House is an Episcopal ministry in Little Rock that does a wonderful job caring for needy veterans and others throughout the year. The following request was put out this week as they prepare to help make Christmas brighter for our veterans and other persons in need:


We Need a Little Christmas

Outside our normal budget, we take on several Christmas projects that go to meet the needs of clients that have nowhere else to turn including holiday food gift boxes, gift bags for seniors, and presents for the families not adopted by other ministry drives. St. Francis House practically shuts down for a week as the staff personally packs the gift boxes and a tries to find ways to meet the needs the overlooked and underserved. Join us this holiday season by making a special donation so we can bring as many special memories to families as we can.


Gifts can be made directly to St. Francis House at:

St. Francis House, 2701 S. Elm, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72204.

 (All contributions are tax deductible)

Or, if you prefer, you can write a check to St. John’s, designated for St. Francis House and we will send in all donations in a single check.  Blessings!  Fr. Ray +