December 19, 2018, 6:00 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, December 23, 2018


From Fr. Ray+

Christmas is upon us!  This coming Sunday, December 23, is the fourth, and last, Sunday of Advent.  It has gone by so quickly!  Next Monday we will gather at 5:30 p.m. for our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service.  This is one of the most beautiful services of the Church Year at St. John’s.  If you are in town, I encourage you to make this lovely service part of your Christmas celebration.  If you have family in town, please invite them to join you.  We will continue our observance of our Lord’s birth with a Service of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 30, during our principal service of worship at 10:30 a.m.

On the first Saturday of the New Year, January 5, Rev. Danny Schieffler will present a program on Contemplative Prayer.  We will gather at the church at 9 a.m. for breakfast, followed by Fr. Danny’s program.  We should be finished by 11:30 or so.  I can’t think of a better way to start the New Year than by strengthening our life of prayer.

Please note on your calendar the date of our Annual Parish Meeting is Sunday, January 20, following worship.  Lunch will be served.  Among other things, we will approve our 2019 budget and elect three new vestry members.

Blessings, Fr. Ray +

Gluten free Communion wafers are available now.  If you desire to receive a gluten free wafer, simply let Fr. Ray know as he distributes the bread at the altar rail.

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 23, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev Ray Brown

Readings for Fourth Sunday of Advent: Micah 5:2-5a; Psalm Canticle 3: The Song of Mary; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-55

Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:   Susan Worrell, Debra Richardson, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Larry Bryant, Lynn Jordan, Ray Worley, Carol Jennings, Nancy Howe, Jim Howe, Parker Pace, Heather Treat, Julie Ann Doan, Courtney Turner, Sheila Fraiser, P.J. Clay, Rev. Mike Wilkie, Rita Merritt, Kent Shreeve, Jerry Robertson, Mary Hamm, Mary Helen Lagarde, Jo Boone Wild, Richard Hargraves, Gloria Higginbotham, Pat Wheeler, Jan Hickey, Paula Oliver, Kelly Faye Parker, and for the family of Emma Lee Gordon.

Outreach News:

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

Humane Society of the Delta:  Donations needed are dog & puppy food. 

       Please place all of these donations in the red wagon at the back of the church.

Grace Food Pantryplastic bags go in the labeled container in the narthex.

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

Church Office News and Announcements:

Dec 19, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist (chapel)

Altar Guild –  Nancy Hornor, Melody Rogers & Bennett Sellers

Dec 20, Thurs at 4:30 pm: All Altar Guild will meet at the church for Hanging of the Greens and polishing.  This will be followed by fellowship at the Tavern.

All Altar Guild will, immediately after the service on Sunday, December 23, decorate and set up for Christmas.

Dec 23, SUN at 10:30 am:  Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Acolyte – Ned Pillow, Mary Pillow, Eli Pillow, Katherine Pillow & Jack Pillow

Lay Eucharist Minister – Ann Lee

Altar Guild – Angie Fielder

Altar Flowers – St. John’s


Acolytes – Rachel Wright, Katherine Wright & Chris Rogers

Lay Eucharist Minister – Jack Myers

All Altar Guild

Dec 26, Wed at 5:30 pm: No Midweek Eucharist this week

The website to purchase St John’s church photos is  All proceeds will go to support Young Life of Phillips County.  Photographs can also be viewed in the church office.  

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

Street address:  625 Pecan St., Helena, AR