This week at St. John
Please check the sign-up sheet in the hall for opportunities to sponsor the Sunday fellowship in 2015.
St. John playgroup (3 and under, older siblings welcome) will meet tomorrow at 9:30 at the Shaheen home.
Fr. Constantine Balomenos, who served at St. John in the past, fell asleep in the Lord on Tuesday, February 24 in Sioux City
If you would like to receive the sacrament of confession during Lent, I am available either after Saturday Vespers or by appointment.
We will have an all-youth mini-retreat on Friday, March 27, 5 - 8:30 p.m. and are looking for a couple of volunteers to help oversee the younger children. Please look for more details next week.
On March 1st the Sunday school children received their Orthodox Mission Coin Boxes. They will collect coins and donations all throughout Great Lent to support the Orthodox Christian Mission Center. We ask all parishioners for their help in finding lost and forgotten coins, you know the ones in our couches, in our cars, in the washing machines, the bottom of our purses, etc... These coins need a new home. Simply bring them to a Sunday school student at church and we will gladly take care of all your lost coins. We would like to collect all those lost coins by Palm Sunday. Thank you for all your help with this mission.
Save the Date: Palm Sunday Luncheon on April 5th. Look for the RSVP list in the church hall. Let us know you are coming. Or call/email Maria Katsiris. firstname.lastname@example.org. This lovely luncheon is hosted by the Sunday school families of St. John the Baptist.
Registration is open for Fanari Camp as well as Camp St. George. As we have done in the past few years St. John’s will be providing financial assistance to help defer the cost for our youth attending.
“Bring the full tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house; … put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, (see) if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing.” (Malachi 3:10 RSV)
One of the continuing themes of the Old Testament Scriptures is that of covenant. A covenant is an agreement, something like a contract. A covenant binds two parties to a certain plan that each agrees to carry out. A professional athlete, for example, signs a contract with the team for which he or she will play. The athlete agrees, as his or her part of the contract, to use the abilities and skills he or she has to help the team win, to follow the rules of the team, and to carry out requests that the team officials make from time to time. In return the contract requires of the team to pay the athlete a certain amount of money, to offer protection to the athlete, as the team is able, from injury, and to keep the athlete employed with that team for a definite amount of time. This is a form of a covenant.
God made a covenant with His Old Testament people. Going all the way back to our Holy Forefather Abraham, God said simply, “I will be your God, and you will be my people.” From that simple covenant, the contract was filled in with many things for which God’s people were responsible, and those things for which God was responsible. (from On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life on 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 $87,318 pledged out of $108,480 budgeted.