December 11, 2019, 2:00 PM

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Sunday, December 15, 2019

From Fr. Ray+

We are blessed to have numerous folks who volunteer their time and talent in the life of St. John’s Church.  Some of these volunteers are visible, while others work quietly behind the scenes.  Two of the most visible areas where folks volunteer are our Acolytes and Eucharistic Ministers.  Acolytes assist in the worship service by carrying the cross in the entrance procession (the liturgical term is Crucifer), helping the priest set the altar for Communion and sometimes carrying the torches, Gospel Book and, on some occasions, the incense.  Eucharistic Ministers assist the priest by serving the chalice of wine to those who come forward for Communion.  Sometimes they take the consecrated bread and wine to folks in the hospital or who are homebound.  It is St. John’s custom that Eucharistic Ministers also read the lessons in worship.

Shortly after the first of the year I will be leading a training event for new Acolytes and Eucharistic Ministers.  The training will be held on a Saturday morning in January and will take about ninety minutes.  If you would like to attend this training, please let me know.  In this season of giving, this is a wonderful way to give back to St. John’s.  I’m pretty sure that everyone who is currently serving as an Acolyte or Eucharistic Minister would be quick to say they are incredibly blessed to serve in these ministries.  As is usually the case, you receive far more than you give.

You can get more information about this training by calling the church office at 338-8115.

Blessings, Fr. Ray+

The St. John’s Christmas Eve Service will be at 6:00 p.m.  Our organist, Dr. Gabriel Statom, along with guest soprano Ms. Alyce Tarver, will provide beautiful music.  Be sure to invite your family and friends to join you for this delightful celebration of the birth of our Lord!

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.

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. 

Worship and Education News:

Adult Sunday School:  Sunday at 9:15 am.

Worship:  December 15, the Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Rev. Ray Brown

Readings for the Third Sunday of Advent: Isaiah 35:1-10; Psalm 146:4-9; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11

Hymn No: 56 (Verses 5 & 6), 76, 74

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 & Joan Schuster, Orville Jiles, Cedric Franks, Jr, Jeannie McCabe, Karen Foster, Kathleen Gibson, Susan Worrell, Jeffery Mink, Cole Jefferies,  Pat Wheeler, Buff Brothers,  Carol Spencer, Pat Jeffries,  Tommy & Carrie Galloway, Rev. Arnold Hearn, Bonnie & Charles Rowland, Rickey Johnston, and the family of Della Staton.


Outreach News:

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

  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:

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

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

DEC 15, SUNDAY at 10:30:  Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Acolyte – Ann Lee

Lay Eucharist Minister – Ann Lee

Altar Guild – Betsy Wright

Altar Flowers – Ernest & Cathy Cunningham

Dec 18, Wed at 5:30 pm: Midweek Eucharist in the chapel.

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 72342

Street address: 625 Pecan St., Helena, AR