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From the 02-22-15 bulletin

posted Apr 15, 2015, 7:04 PM by St. John's Webmaster   [ updated Apr 15, 2015, 7:04 PM ]
This week at St. John 
  • Sunday, February 22 - Forgiveness Sunday (Cheesefare) 
    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy with fellowship to follow 
    • 5:30 p.m. Forgiveness Vespers 
  • Monday, February 23 - 
    • 9:30 a.m. Playgroup meeting at the Andronache home 
    • 6:00 p.m. Great compline with canon of St. Andrew 
    • after Compline, adult education series 
  • Tuesday, February 24 
    • 10:00 a.m. Adult education series 
    • 5:30 p.m. Great compline with canon of St. Andrew 
    • 6:45 p.m. Parish council meeting 
  • Wednesday, February 25 
    • 5:30 a.m. Presanctified Liturgy, followed by fellowship and presentation on Christ in the Psalms and the Old Testament in general 
  • Thursday, February 26 
    • 6:00 p.m. Great compline with canon of St. Andrew 
  • Friday, February 27 
    • 6:00 p.m. Salutations to the Theotokos 
  • Saturday, February 28 - Commemoration of the miracle of St. Theodore the Recruit with the kolyva 
    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy with memorial service 
    • 4:30 p.m. Chant and Liturgy music 
    • 5:30 p.m. Great Vespers 
  • Sunday, March 1 - Sunday of Orthodoxy 
    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy with icon procession, followed by fellowship 
    • 5:30 p.m. Pan-Orthodox Vespers at St. George in Cedar Rapids
Prosphora this week were prepared by Tula Margellos and Eleonora Rieck 

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

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

Metropolis Lenten Family Synaxis: Saturday, March 14, at St. Nektarios in Palatine, IL. Topic – Philanthropia: God’s great love and our calling as families. 

St. John playgroup (3 and under, older siblings welcome) will meet tomorrow at 9:30 at Fr. Peter’s home. 

Stewardship corner 

The plan, when made use of, makes each partaker, whether man, woman or youth, a treasurer for the Lord. Each partaker becomes God’s agent in the exchange that happens when God gives, human beings receive, and then give back a portion of what each has received in thanksgiving. 

Actually, great things can happen when everyone takes his or her part in this plan. When each person becomes a watchful treasurer of the good gifts of God, and that tithe (10% of all that has been received) is carefully totaled and used properly, only good things can result. There would be more than sufficient means to carry out the mission and ministry of the Holy Orthodox Church, and its many parishes. Not only would the basic needs be filled, but there would be more than enough to use in mission outreach to the poor and needy. The various treasuries would be filled, and, equally important, the contributors would not be the poorer. 

Yes – recall that whenever our Lord Jesus Christ received something, he multiplied it in return to his followers: bread and fish in the wilderness; wine from water at the wedding in Cana; victory over sin and death from the Cross and empty tomb! Those who give back what they have received are never the poorer. 

If you haven’t done so yet, please fill out a pledge form for your 2015 stewardship! So far in 2015 we have $85,298 pledged out of $108,480 budgeted.