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From the 01-04-15 bulletin

posted Apr 15, 2015, 6:50 PM by St. John's Webmaster   [ updated Apr 15, 2015, 6:51 PM ]
This week at St. John 
  • Sunday, January 4 – Sunday before Theophany 
    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy with fellowship to follow 
    • Sunday school: 9:00 a.m. for middle and high school, after Communion for 1-5 
  • Monday, January 5 – Eve of Theophany 
    • 9:00 a.m. Royal Hours 
    • 5:30 p.m. Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil with indoor blessing of waters 
  • Tuesday, January 6 – Great Feast of Theophany 
    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom with indoor blessing of waters 
    • 6:00 p.m. Great Vespers for the Synaxis of St. John the Baptist 
  • Wednesday, January 7 – Synaxis of St. John the Baptist, Forerunner, and Prophet 
    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy 
  • Saturday, January 10 
    • 4:00 p.m. Outdoor blessing of the waters in Coralville at the IRP Dam Pedestrian Bridge 
    • 5:00 p.m. Pan-Orthodox Vespers with meal to follow at St. Raphael, Iowa City 
  • Sunday, January 11 - Sunday after Theophany 
    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy with Feast Day Luncheon and Vasilopita to follow 
  • Sunday school: 9:00 a.m. for middle and high school, after Communion for 1-5 
The prosforo this week was provided by Tula Margellos. 

Please check the sign-up sheet in the hall for opportunities to sponsor the Sunday fellowship in 2015. 

If you are sponsoring one of our Sunday School students in the Achievement Award Program, please turn in your contribution so that we may place the order for the icons. They are made to order and the supplier needs time to prepare them. Thank you for your continued support of this program. 

The 2015 Metropolis of Chicago Family Synaxis Men's Retreat will be February 6-7 at the St. Iakovos Retreat Center. Registration will open soon. More information will be posted at: www.gocfamilysynaxis.org/mens-retreat 

Note on the Sunday Liturgy: Following several individual discussions about our services and consideration of the topic at the recent Parish Council meeting, the following hymns will be sung in both Greek and English: the Cherubic hymn, the Axion Estin, the pre-communion hymn (Psalm 135: Exomologisthe), the communion hymn, and the final hymn. For all hymns except Exomologisthe we will sing the whole hymn in Greek, then English. For Exomologisthe, we will sing each verse in Greek then in English.

Stewardship corner 

By pointing them to the sacrifice of Christ, made on their behalf, St. Paul sought to raise the level of the Corinthians’ love. “I say this not as a command,” said the Saint, “but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich.” 

Here is the crux of St. Paul’s argument against selfishness. And it is not the commandment of Paul, but of the Lord Jesus Christ. How great was the gift of God to humanity, and how like our God to make it! With a liberality that can never be exceeded God gave, that He might save the rebellious sons of men and bring them to see His purpose and His love. This is the spirit of stewardship. The first great Steward was God Himself. He gave His only-begotten Son to die for those rebellious sons of men. He gave His all. He continues to give His all every time the bloodless Sacrifice is re-enacted on the altar of the Divine Liturgy. 

Will we, by our own stewardship of gifts and offerings, show that we think nothing too good for Him who “gave His only-begotten Son”? (from On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life at acrod.org) 

If you haven’t done so yet, please fill out a pledge form for your 2015 stewardship!