November 30, 2017, 6:58 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, December 3


From Fr. Ray +


Advent begins this coming Sunday, December 3!  For each of the next three weeks, guest musicians will bless us with beautiful Advent music.  They are as follows:

                        December 3:  Everett Long

                        December 10:  Kelly Herrmann (flutist)

                        December 17:  Elizabeth Garcia


Christmas Eve falls on Sunday this year, so we will have our usual 10:30 a.m. service as well as our Family Christmas Eve Eucharist at 5:30 p.m.  We are fortunate that Ms. Hermann (the flutist) will be with us again for our 5:30 service.

During Advent the Adult Sunday School Class will spend four weeks on a video based course entitled FAITHFUL: Christmas Through The Eyes of Joseph. All are welcome!


New Cross in Garden!

The next time you are at church, take a moment to visit the Garden and see the new 7-foot wrought iron cross behind our outdoor altar. This lovely cross is patterned after the Processional Cross we use at our regular services and is a gift from one of our members in honor and memory of Otis and Ruth Howe.


Blessings, Fr. Ray+

Worship and Education News:

Adult Sunday School:  Meets Sunday at 9:00 am. 

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

Worship:  December 3, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Sunday (First Sunday of Advent)Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37

Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:  Buddy Wheeler, Jim Howe, Jr, Susan Worrell, Debra Richardson, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Jimmy Billingsley, Larry Bryant, Lynn & Richard Jordan, Carla Myers, Ray Worley, Donna Rohrscheib, Louis Hardman, Chris Walters, Joann Smith, Carol Jennings, the family of Ruth Howe, Jim Howe,  Nancy Howe, and James Hequembourg Barker (Stephen’s mother).

Outreach News:

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: The item from their wish list this week is dish soap.

Humane Society of the Delta:  Donation needed is dog & puppy food. 

                    Their plastic tubs are on the stair landing by the chapel.

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

      Thank you for all your weekly donations.  They are all greatly appreciated.


Church Office News and Announcements:

Nov 29, WED - Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 p.m.

Altar Guild – Lindalu Hargraves

Dec 3, SUN           

Acolyte – Drew Fielder

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Gina Pillow

Altar Guild – Bennett Sellers

Altar Flowers Frances Howe

Dec 6, WED - Midweek Unction & Prayers for Healing (chapel)

Altar Guild – Bennett Sellers


Poinsettia donation sheet is below.  Please turn in to the office by December 18 to be included in the program.


Beautiful interior and exterior pictures of St. John’s are available for purchase. These photos were taken by professional photographer Nolan Dean and are available in either 5X7 or 8X10 prints. All proceeds from sales will go to support Young Life of Phillips County. Photographs can be viewed on the table at the back of the nave on Sunday mornings or the church office during the week. 5X7 photos are $25 and 8X10 are $35. Nolan is setting up a website with a picture gallery for anyone interested in purchasing pictures.  We will have more information when this is complete.


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


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


Please return this form along with payment, no later than Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017,

to be acknowledged in the program.


Name: _______________________________________________________________


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


  1.    I/We wish to order ______________ wreaths at $22.00 each.



Given in Memory of:






Given in Honor/Thanksgiving of: _____________________________________________________________________