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From the 01-25-15 bulletin

posted Apr 15, 2015, 6:56 PM by St. John's Webmaster   [ updated Apr 15, 2015, 6:57 PM ]
This week at St. John 
  • Sunday, January 25 - St. Gregory the Theologian 
    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy with fellowship to follow 
  • Friday, January 30 - The three holy hierarchs 
    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy 
  • Saturday, January 31 
    • 2:00 p.m. Family event 
    • 4:30 p.m. Chant and Liturgy music 
    • 5:30 p.m. Great Vespers 
  • Sunday, February 1 
    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy with fellowship to follow 
    • 5:30 p.m. Great Vespers 
The prosforo this week was provided by Eleonora Rieck. 

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

The 2015 Parish Council officers are 
  • President: Michael Christodoulou 
  • Vice-president: Konstantine Katsiris 
  • Treasurer: Chris Paxton 
  • Secretary: Lance Okones 
Family Event: Sharing the Love. Saturday, January 31st, 2:00 pm - all families are invited to meet in the fellowship hall and enjoy each other’s fellowship while we create Valentine’s Cards for the shut-ins of our parish and beyond. We will complete our family event with vespers. Please bring a snack and any Valentine crafts to share. For further questions feel free to contact Regina Christodoulou at 319-804-9665. 

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. 

Stewardship corner 

Selfishness has brought discord into the Church, filling individuals with ambition and self-love. That self-love is blind to the perfection that Christ requires: “You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Christ came into this world to reveal the love of God. His followers are to continue in the work which He began. Seeking the good of others is the primary way in which true perfection can be found. Christ Himself demonstrated this at the Cross. 

The more unselfish a person is, the happier he is. That is because he is fulfilling God’s purpose for him. To such a person, life becomes a sacred trust. It is given as a gift to be cared for and given back. Life is precious in the sight of the unselfish because life is seen as given by God to be spent in ministering to others. Such is the start and the completion of good stewardship. 

Orthodox Christians act not in the spirit of self-centeredness, but in the fixed example of Christ: self-denial and self-sacrifice. Partaking with Him in this life of sacrifice for the sake of others, we share with Him the very nature of God Himself. And is this not the very essence of the Orthodox teaching of Theosis – returning to the state we were in creation before selfishness ever entered the world? (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 $76,203 pledged out of $108,480 budgeted.