November 28, 2019, 7:00 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, December 1, 2019

From Fr. Ray+

Our Thanksgiving Eucharist will be celebrated this coming Wednesday, November 27 at 6 p.m.  If you haven’t gone “over the river and through the woods” this lovely service is a great way to start your Thanksgiving.  We will sing hymns that are traditionally associated with Thanksgiving and will, of course, celebrate the Eucharist, which is a Greek word that means “to give thanks.”

This coming Sunday, December 1, is the First Sunday of Advent, so the Adult Sunday School Class is starting a new Advent/Christmas series entitled “A Thrill of Hope: The Christmas Story in Word and Art.”  In this video-based course, world-renowned biblical scholars and an internationally known professor of preaching from Candler School of Theology offer their expertise in discussions of how the familiar Advent and Christmas texts from Matthew and Luke are brought to life in the art of John August Swanson.  Swanson’s art tells Bible stories in finely detailed, brilliantly colored paintings and original prints…”  The class will include a video of about eight minutes, followed by discussion.  As is always the case, I will be glad to offer this class at a time other than Sunday morning if several folks are interested.

Blessings, Fr. Ray+



Worship and Education News:

Adult Sunday School:  Sunday at 9:15 am.

Worship:  December 1, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for the First Sunday of Advent:  Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:36-44

Hymn No: 56 (Verses 1 & 2), 58, 494

Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:   Debra Richardson, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Larry Bryant, Lynn Jordan, Ray Worley, Jim Howe, Parker Pace, Heather Treat,  Courtney Turner,  Rita Merritt, Mary Helen Lagarde, Jo Boone Wild,  Gloria Higginbotham,  Kelly Faye Parker, Vivian Wright, Al Martin, William Brandon, Leo Schuster, Joan Schuster, Orville Jiles, Cedric Franks, Jr, Jeannie McCabe, Karen Foster, Kathleen Gibson, Susan Worrell, Linda Jane McIntosh, Linda Lee Morganti, Jeffery Mink, Cole Jefferies, Bonnie Rowland, Pat Wheeler, Nancy Howe, Buff Brothers, Della Staton, Carol Spencer, Pat Jeffries,  Tommy & Carrie Galloway, and Rev. Arnold Hearn.


Outreach News:

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

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

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

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


Church Office News and Announcements:

NOV 27, Wed at 6:00 pm: Thanksgiving Service in the church.

Nov 29, Friday at 3:00 – 4:30: 90th year celebration for Bennette Morris in the undercroft.

DEC 1, SUNDAY at 10:30:  Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Acolyte – Mike Fielder

Lay Eucharist Minister –

Altar Guild – Melody Rogers & Angie Fielder

Altar Flowers – Frances Howe

Dec 4, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Healing Eucharist in the chapel.


Poinsettias Donations form attached


ECW dues are set for $20 this year.  Checks can be made out to St. John’s and mailed or dropped by the office.


St. John’s T-shirts are available with sizes from S through XL.  The price is $15.  Located at back of church.


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