December 7, 2017, 7:23 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, December 10


From Fr. Ray +


Our guest musician for the Second Sunday of Advent will be flutist Ms. Kelly Herrmann.  You may recall that Kelly provided beautiful music for our Thanksgiving Service a few weeks ago.  We look forward to having her with us again this week. Advent and Christmas are especially good times to invite friends and family to worship with you at St. John’s.  If you know someone who does not have a church home, please invite them to join us as we prepare for and celebrate God’s presence with us in the Christ Child.  As always, ALL are welcome!


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!


Congratulations to Drew and Megan Fielder on the birth of their son William Henry Fielder on Sunday, December 3.  Baby Fielder weighed in at 9 lbs. 5 oz. and is 21 inches long.


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 10, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Sunday (Second Sunday of Advent): Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13; 2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8

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, Jim Howe, Nancy Howe, Jane Hequembourg Barker (Stephen’s mother),and Sara Hornor.

Outreach News:

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

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:

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

Altar Guild – Bennett Sellers

Dec 10, SUN -

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

     Lay Eucharistic Minister – Jack Myers

     Altar Guild – Angie Fielder

     Altar Flowers – Jack Hornor, West Hornor & Tap Jennings

Dec 13, WED - Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 p.m.

Altar Guild – Angie Fielder

 Dec 16, SAT - Polish Day at 10:00 a.m. – All Altar Guild

 Dec 21, THU - Decorate church for Christmas – All Altar Guild


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.  

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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: _____________________________________________________________________