December 15, 2016, 1:07 PM



St. John’s Episcopal Church       Sunday, December 18, 2016


This coming Sunday, December 18, we will be dedicating new choir robes during our worship service.  These beautiful new robes are a gift from the Morris and Bernie families in memory of Walter Morris IV.  We dedicate these new robes to the glory of God and in memory of one whose brief life impacted many people across our country and in far off countries, too.  Also, we affirm the importance of music as a means of bringing glory to God and joy to the human heart.  As we prepare to dedicate these new robes, we also express our appreciation to our choir and their director, Jack Myers.  Their ministry in our midst is truly a gift!  Blessings---Fr. Ray +

Christmas Eve is less than two weeks away!  St. John’s will celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior at 5:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve.  This lovely service will include candlelight and special music by Katherine and Rachel Wright.  This is a wonderful opportunity to invite friends and family to come and remember the real meaning of Christmas.  ---- 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 18th, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown. 

Readings for Sunday (Fourth Sunday of Advent):

Isaiah 7:10-16; Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25

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), Ruth Howe, Lena Cunningham, Richard Hargraves, and Carol Jennings.


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 toilet paper.  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 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

Sunday duties December 18, 2016:

Acolytes – Ed Pat Wright

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Ann Lee

Altar Guild – Carla Myers & Jayne Morris  

Altar Flowers – Pat Wheeler

Monday, Dec 19, 5:30 pm, Vestry will meet at the church

Wednesday, Dec 21, 5:30 pm, Midweek Eucharist in the chapel, followed by Advent Study Class at 6:30 pm in the undercroft

Thursday, Dec 22, at 10:30 am, Advent Study Class in the undercroft, followed at 12:00 by Noonday Eucharist in the chapel

Saturday, Dec 24, at 5:30 pm, Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

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

Our Annual Congregational Meeting will be Sunday, January 22, 2017.  There will be a potluck following worship and the first meeting of the vestry with the three new members will follow the potluck.


Contact info for Fr. Ray:

Cell: 501-291-6262



St. John’s Church Office:

Phone:  870-338-8115       Fax: 8‚Äč70-338-8519


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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