December 21, 2016, 7:27 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church        Sunday, December 25, 2016



The four Sundays of Advent have come and gone.  The beautiful blue vestments and altar hangings have been put away for another year. Christmas is almost here! A Christmas Eve celebration of our Lord’s birth is a long standing tradition at St. John’s.  Whether you have been attending for decades or this is your first time, I invite you to join in celebrating this holiest of nights.  The secular observance of Christmas includes much fun and merriment, but it cannot compare with the deep JOY we experience when we take time to remember and celebrate its real meaning. As St. Athanasius said fifteen hundred years ago: “Christ became like us so that we might become like Christ.” Now, that is something worth celebrating!   Christmas Blessings, Fr. Ray+



Christmas is on Sunday this year! We will worship at our usual time of 10:30 a.m. but there will be no Sunday School. 

Worship and Education News:

Adult Education:  No class on December 25

Sunday School:   No Sunday school on December 25

Worship:  December 25, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown. 

Readings for Sunday (Christmas Day): Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98; Hebrews 1:1-12; John 1:1-14

Readings for Saturday (Christmas Eve): Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20


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.


Outreach News:

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

Thursday, Dec 22, 10:30 am, Advent Study Class in the undercroft.

No Noonday Eucharist

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

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

Christmas Eve duties December 24, 2016:

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

Thurifer -  Chris Rogers

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Gina Pillow

Altar Guild – Altar Guild Members 

Sunday duties December 25, 2016:

Acolyte – Chris Rogers

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Jack Myers

Altar Guild – Altar Guild Members

Wednesday, Dec 28, 5:30 pm, Midweek Eucharist in the chapel, followed by Advent Study Class (final one) at 6:30 pm in the undercroft

Thursday, Dec 29, at 10:30 am, Advent Study Class (final one) in the undercroft, followed at 12:00 by Noonday Eucharist in the chapel



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: 870-338-8519


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