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From the 01-18-15 bulletin

posted Apr 15, 2015, 6:54 PM by St. John's Webmaster   [ updated Apr 15, 2015, 6:55 PM ]
This week at St. John 
  • Sunday, January 18 - Ss. Athanasios and Cyril 
    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy with fellowship to follow 
  • Monday, January 19 
    • 6:00 p.m. Religious education: Lives of the saints 
  • Tuesday, January 20 
    • 10:00 a.m. Religious education: Lives of the saints 
    • Parish council meeting 
  • Wednesday, January 21 
    • 9:30 a.m. Paraklesis 
    • 6:00 p.m. Great Vespers 
  • Thursday, January 22 - St. Timothy the apostle of the seventy 
    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy 
  • Saturday, January 24 
    • 4:30 p.m. Chant and Liturgy music 
    • 5:30 p.m. Great Vespers 
  • Sunday, January 25 - St. Gregory the Theologian 
    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy with fellowship to follow 
The prosforo this week was provided by Regina Christodoulou and Eleonora Rieck. 

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

The 2015 Metropolis of Chicago Family Synaxis Men's Retreat has been postponed until after Pascha 

The schedule for house blessings has been mailed and emailed. Please let Fr. Peter know as soon as possible if you need to reschedule, as lent begins the last week of February 

Our parish St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival will be on Sunday, March 15. If you are interested in participating, please contact Anne Gasperetti or Fr. Peter. 

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 

It is the increasing devotion to money-getting that deadens the spirit of the Church. When the head and hands are constantly occupied with planning and toiling for the accumulation of riches, the claims of God and humanity are forgotten. If God has blessed us with prosperity, it is not that our time and attention should be diverted from Him and given to that which He has lent us. The Giver is greater than the gift. “We have been bought with a price…we are not our own.” 

We are the recipients of the abundant fruit of Christ’s self-sacrifice; and yet, when work is to be done, when our money is wanted to help in the work of the Church, we shrink for duty and ask to be excused. Indifference and selfishness seal our senses to the claims of God and His Holy Church. 

Are we to recline at our ease and forget the very reason why Christ went to the Cross, suffered, and died to take away the punishment for sin? Rather let us give while we have the power. Let us do while we have the strength. Let us work while it is day. Let us, rather than reclining at our ease, devote our time and our means to the service of God, and “glorify God in our bodies.” (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! So far in 2015 we have $75,653 pledged out of $108,480 budgeted.