December 13, 2017, 3:32 PM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, December 17


From Fr. Ray +


Our guest musician for the Third Sunday of Advent will be Ms. Elizabeth Garcia.  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 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. Kelly Hermann (the flutist) will be with us again for our 5:30 service.


Even though we are approaching the Third Sunday of Advent and will soon be in the Christmas Season, I want to draw your attention to the New Year and ask that you save some dates on your calendar. 

On Saturday, January 6, we will have an Epiphany Service at St. John’s at 5:30 p.m.  Epiphany, also Theophany or Three Kings' Day, is a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ. In Western Christianity, the feast commemorates principally the visit of the Magi to the Christ child, and thus Jesus' physical manifestation to the Gentiles.

Sunday, January 21, is the date for our Potluck and Annual Parish Meeting following worship.

On Tuesday, January 23, 5:30-7:00 p.m. St. John’s is hosting a program by Mr. Chester Johnson at the Pillow-Thompson House. Mr. Johnson will be presenting a brief program about his role in translating the Psalms for our 1979 Book of Common Prayer. Copies of his book, Auden, The Psalms, and Me, will be available for purchase at a discount. Wine and cheese will be served.

On Sunday, January 28, we will welcome Bishop Larry Benfield for his annual pastoral visit. A potluck will follow the worship service. It is always a pleasure to welcome our Bishop. Please make plans to be part of worship on this special occasion.

Thank you saving these dates on your calendar!

Blessings, Fr. Ray+

Worship and Education News:

Adult Sunday School:  Meets Sunday at 9:00 am.  During Advent, the class will spend four weeks on a video-based course entitled FAITHFUL: Christmas Through The Eyes of Joseph.  All are welcome!

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

Worship:  December 17, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Sunday (Third Sunday of Advent): Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Psalm 126; I Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28

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, Jane Barker, Sara Hornor, Nancy Howe, Jim Howe, and Donald Wayne Merritt.

Outreach News:

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

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 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 17, SUN    

Acolyte – Ben Pittman

     Lay Eucharistic Minister Susan Carter

     Altar Guild – Jayne Morris

     Altar Flowers –Ernest & Cathy Cunningham

Dec 18, MON - Vestry will meet at 5:30 in the undercroft

Dec 20, WED - Midweek Eucharist (chapel) at 5:30 p.m.

Altar Guild – Jayne Morris

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


St John’s professional church photos are now available for purchase on the internet at Beautiful interior and exterior pictures of St. John’s were taken by 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 also be viewed on the table at the back of the nave on Sunday mornings or the church office during the week.

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    



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

to be acknowledged in the program.


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