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From 02/14/10 Sunday Bulletin

posted Feb 17, 2010, 1:33 PM by FrCiprian Sas

·         TODAY – MISSION SUNDAY – SCOBA designates Forgiveness Sunday to also be Mission Sunday when we pass a special collection to supplement our children’s Coin Box fundraiser. Our Sunday School participates in this fundraiser every year with much success thanks to our parishioners' generosity. Please make checks payable to St. John’s and mark your donation as “Missions”. These donations will be forwarded to the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) in support of its ministry throughout the world.

·         TODAY – WELCOME TO HIS GRACE BISHOP DEMETRIOS for coming to be with us today on FORGIVENESS (CHEESEFARE) SUNDAY. We thank His Grace (and the Metropolis Registrar) for making the effort to drive into town after midnight so as to preside over these spiritually uplifting Sunday morning services! May God grant Him and His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos many years of health to continue to “rightly teach the Word of HIS Truth”. His Grace will be with us for the Philoptochos Valentine Luncheon and he will also preside over the beautiful Pan-Orthodox Solemn (Forgiveness) Vespers tonight at 6:00pm.

·         TODAY – HIERARCHAL SOLEMN (FORGIVENESS) VESPERS AT 6:00PM – His Grace Bishop Demetrios will preside over this beautiful service that marks the beginning of Great and Holy Lent. Fellowship over a Lenten Meal will follow immediately after the service. Priests and parishioners from near-by Orthodox Churches (St. George and St. Raphael) will join us for the service and fellowship.

·         TODAY – SUNDAY SCHOOL – Threre are NO Sunday School classes today for Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4 (grades 1-12). There IS a class for the Preschool and Kindergarten children immediately after communion.

·         OUR CHURCH’S TECHIE PROJECT, intended to enhance our educational ministries as well as facilitate other administrative needs, is coming along very nicely – thanks to our consistently focused and extremely time-generous Michael Christodoulou and his helpers Joe Wright, Chris & Nick Paxton, Konstantine Katsiris, & Eddie Bohren. Last but certainly not least, thank you to Carrol Chipokas for offering to use the Dean Chipokas memorial fund to sponsor this valuable project in Dean’s remembrance. Our newly-installed screen, projector, and sound are ready for our Lenten Wednesday Evening Educational Classes.

·         LIFE LESSONS FROM SUNDAY GOSPEL READINGS (2010) – EVERY TUESDAY from 5:30pm-6:30pm (unless otherwise noted) – This in-depth look at the Gospel Readings prescribed by the Orthodox Church for each of the 52 Sundays for 2010 focuses on how to best apply the teachings from these Gospel Readings to our every-day lives. Because of this past week’s cancellation due to weather, the class on Tuesday, Feb. 16 will cover 2 Gospel Readings (today’s Gospel and last Sunday’s Gospel readings)

·         PHILOPTOCHOS – will meet this Tuesday, February 16th at 6:30pm-8:00pm.

·         GREEK SCHOOL TIME CHANGE (for the Adult Class) – EVERY WEDNESDAY AT 4:30PM - For the duration of Great and Holy Lent, BOTH (the adult and children classes) will be held at 4:30pm-5:30pm, so as to not interfere with the Lenten Wednesday evening program (PreSanctified Liturgies at 5:30pm, Lenten Meal at 6:45pm, & Religious Education at 7:15pm-8:30pm). Come and see/experience/participate!

·         LENTEN WEDNESDAY EVENINGS at 5:30pm-8:30pm – Every Wednesday Evening during the Great and Holy Lent starting the Wednesday, February 17, we will serve the PreSanctified Divine Liturgy at 5:30pm, partake of the Lenten Meals prepared by our ladies at about 6:45pm and participate in a Religious Education Class at about 7:15pm; will end at 8:30pm. A solid effort to set dedicate these 3 hours weekly will be a worth-while investment in our spiritual development. Please come/see/experience/participate!

·         LENTEN FRIDAY EVENINGS at 5:30pmSalutations and Akathist Services

·         LENTEN SUNDAY EVENINGS at 5:30pm – Pan-Orthodox Lenten Vespers (see schedule)

·         SATURDAY OF SOULS (FEBRUARY 6, 13, 20) – Orthros (9am), Divine Liturgy (10am), and Memorial Service. Thanks to Mary Moscrip, Eleonora Rieck, and Renee Hadjis for making Kolyva for these services. If you haven’t already done so, PLEASE SUBMIT names of Departed/Dead for 2010. This coming Saturday, February 20th is our last Saturday of Souls until right before Pentecost.

·         SATURDAY EVENINGS - NEW ALTAR BOY TRAINING every Sat. at 5:15pm and during Vespers.

·         NEXT SUNDAY (February 21) is the SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY. All Sunday School students and children will participate in the Procession of the Icons. Please bring an icon from home for your child to carry in the procession. Extra icons will be available for those whose parents forget to bring one J.

·         THE MESSENGER (Our Bi-Monthly Newsletter) – IT IS TIME to send your submissions for our March-April Newsletter Issue. Please email submissions and pictures of recent events to or give them in writing to Fr. Ciprian. Ministry leaders please be prompt with your submissions and, if necessary, speak with Fr. Ciprian to finalize plans and events for the next two months before submitting your piece. Together we’ll prevail and send this Messenger Issue out BEFORE the end of February J

·         GREAT AND HOLY LENT – Please follow the fasting guidelines outlined in our Archdiocesan Parish Wall Calendars. For additional questions, ask Fr. Ciprian.