December 4, 2019, 7:00 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, December 8, 2019

From Fr. Ray+

This past Sunday was the First Sunday of Advent, which is the beginning of the Church Year in liturgical churches.   Advent comes from the Latin word adventus, meaning "coming,” and is a season of preparation.  As such, we are called to prepare ourselves for the coming of Christ in Bethlehem’s manger as well as for the coming of Christ at the end of time.  Especially, we prepare for his coming into our lives each and every day as Savior and Lord.

As we move into this new liturgical year, I wanted to remind you of several important dates that are coming up at St. John’s:

Our Christmas Eve Service will be at 6 p.m. and will include music by our organist, Dr. Gabe Statom, as well as a guest soprano from The Memphis Chorale. This lovely service will include candles, incense (very light…I promise not to get carried away!), familiar carols and Holy Communion.  It is a wonderful time to invite family and friends to join you as we celebrate our Savior’s birth.

January 12 is the First Sunday after the Epiphany and is the date we remember The Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ.  We will be having one baptism on this date. If others would like to receive the sacrament of baptism, please contact me.

Finally, our Annual Parish Meeting and Luncheon will take place on Sunday, January 19 immediately following worship.  I encourage all members and friends of St. John’s to be present for this “once a year” important meeting. 

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 Second Sunday of Advent: Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12

Hymn No: 56 (Verses 3 & 4), 65, 68

Pastoral News:

Please keep the following in your prayers:   Debra Richardson, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Larry Bryant, Lynn Jordan, Ray Worley, Jim Howe, Nancy 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, Jeffery Mink, Cole Jefferies, Bonnie Rowland, Pat Wheeler, 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 toilet paper.

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

Grace Food Pantryplastic 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:

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

DEC 8, SUNDAY at 10:30:  Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Acolyte – Ben Pittman

Lay Eucharist Minister – Gina Pillow

Altar Guild – Jayne Morris & Bennett Sellers

Altar Flowers – Tap Jennings, Jack Hornor, & West Hornor

Dec 11, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist in the chapel.

Dec 13, Friday: Drop by from 1 – 4 o’clock; Mike Fielder's retirement.

Poinsettias Donations form below

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 7234

Street address:  625 Pecan St., Helena, AR