December 20, 2017, 5:54 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, December 24


From Fr. Ray +


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


Even though we are approaching the Fourth Sunday of Advent and will 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.  This will be our last class of the video-based course entitled FAITHFUL: Christmas Through The Eyes of Joseph this week.

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

Worship:  December 24, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for Sunday (Fourth Sunday of Advent): 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Canticle 3; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38

Readings for Sunday (Christmas Eve Candlelight Service): 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Canticle 15; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 2:1-20

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, Carol Jennings, Jane Barker, Sara Hornor, Nancy Howe, Jim Howe, Donald Wayne Merritt, Parker Pace, Heather Treat, and Annie Fielder.

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 20, WED - 4:00 p.m. – Hang greenery & prepare church for Christmas – All Altar Guild

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

Altar Guild – Jayne Morris

Dec 24, SUN - 10:30 a.m. 

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

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Ann Lee

Altar Guild –Carla Myers

Dec 24, SUN - 5:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Acolytes – Chris Rogers, Katherine Wright and Rachel Wright

Lay Eucharistic Minister – Mike Fielder

Altar Guild – Altar Guild Members

Dec 27, WED  -   No Midweek Eucharist

Dec 31, SUN  - Christmas Lessons and Carols at 10:30 am.


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