December 1, 2016, 8:31 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church           Sunday, December 4, 2016



Bishop Larry Benfield will be visiting St. John’s this 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!

We will gather in the garden at 10:00 a.m. this Sunday, December 4th, to dedicate the Gloria Y. Tappan Memorial Walkway.  The new sidewalk makes our lovely garden even nicer. 

Worship and Education News:

Adult Education:  No class this Sunday due to Walkway Dedication at 10:00 am in the garden.

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

Worship:  December 4th, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Bishop Larry Benfield and Rev. Ray Brown. 

Potluck luncheon will follow the service in the undercroft.  Fried chicken will be provided by the church.  Side dishes and desserts will be potluck.

Readings for Sunday (Second Sunday of Advent): Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12

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, Jean McCullum, Katy Moritsen, and Richard Hargraves.


Ruth Howe is home recuperating and any meals or food brought by would be appreciated.


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 Wednesday evenings @ 6:30 p.m. and Thursday mornings @ 10:30 a.m.

  Blessings! Fr. Ray+

Outreach News:

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The item from their wish list this week is cleaning supplies.  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 30th, 5:30 pm, Midweek 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

Sunday duties December 4, 2016:

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

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Susan Carter

Altar Guild – Betsy Wright  

Altar Flowers – Frances Howe

Wednesday, Dec 7th, 5:30 pm, Midweek Holy Unction & Prayers For Healing in the chapel, followed by Advent Study Class at 6:30 pm in the undercroft

Thursday, Dec 8th, 10:30 am, Advent Study Class in the undercroft, followed at 12:00 by Noonday Holy Unction & Prayers For Healing in the chapel

Thursday, Dec 8th, 5:00 pm, All Altar Guild members will meet to polish for Christmas.  This will be our main polish day.  If you are unable to attend, please let Allison know, and go before this date.  Leave a list on the sacristy counter of what you polished.


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


Please return this form along with payment, no later than Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, to be acknowledged in the program.



Name: ___________________________________________________________________________



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


  1. I/We will give ______________ wreaths at $22.00 each.



Please make checks payable to St. John’s Altar Guild.


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