December 7, 2016, 9:26 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church        Sunday, December 11, 2016


Thanks to everyone for providing a warm St. John’s welcome to Bishop Larry Benfield last Sunday.  The potluck following worship was filled with both good food and good fellowship.  A special thanks goes out to those who worked behind the scenes decorating tables and preparing food.  Also, thanks to your generosity we will be sending $400 to Bishop Benfield for his Discretionary Fund. 

Our next big event is our Christmas Eve Service.  This Candlelight service will include lovely music from our own Katherine and Rachel Wright as well as familiar carols.  Please think about who you can invite to this beautiful service. See you Sunday!  ---- Fr. Ray+

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:  December 11th, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown. 

Readings for Sunday (Third Sunday of Advent):

Isaiah 35:1-10; Psalm 146:4-9; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11

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 Richard Hargraves.


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.  Class times are Wednesday evenings @ 6:30 p.m. and Thursday mornings @ 10:30 a.m. Classes conclude on Wednesday, December 28.  Blessings! Fr. Ray+

Outreach News:

Samaritan’s Purse:  Thank you so much for your participation in this great ministry!  I’m so excited to tell you that our area collected a total of 922 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child.  That is up 346 boxes from 2015.  We are already making plans for next year’s collection.  This message was from Pat Harrison, Relay Center Coordinator.  St. John’s donated 112 boxes in 2016 to this operation. Thank you to everyone for sharing your goodwill.


Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The item from their wish list this week is laundry detergent and bleach.  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, Dec 7, 5:30 pm, Midweek Holy Unction & Prayers of Healing in the chapel, followed by Advent Study Class at 6:30 pm in the undercroft

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

Thursday, Dec 8, 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.

Sunday duties December 11, 2016:

Acolytes – Katherine Wright

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Mike Fielder

Altar Guild – Angie Fielder & Bennett Sellers  

Altar Flowers – Ned & Jill Pillow

Wednesday, Dec 14, 5:30 pm, Midweek Eucharist in the chapel, followed by Advent Study Class at 6:30 pm in the undercroft

Thursday, Dec 15, at 10:30 am, Advent Study Class in the undercroft, followed at 12:00 by Noonday Eucharist in the chapel

Thursday, Dec 22, 4:30 pm, All Altar Guild members will meet to hang greenery and prepare the church for Christmas. 

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.



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  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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