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From the 03-22-15 bulletin

posted Apr 15, 2015, 7:11 PM by St. John's Webmaster   [ updated Apr 15, 2015, 7:11 PM ]
This week at St. John
  • Sunday, March 22 - Sunday of St. John of the Ladder 
    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy followed by fellowship 
    • Memorial service for Diana Erceg, and Anastasios and Anna Panagos (sister and parents to Angie Panagos and Mary Moscrip) and Fr. Thomas Hopko 
    • 5:30 p.m. Pan-Orthodox Vespers at St. Demetrios in Waterloo 
  • Monday, March 23 - 
    • 9:30 a.m. Playgroup meeting 
    • 6:00 p.m. Great compline 
  • Tuesday, March 24 
    • 10:00 a.m. Adult education series 
    • 6:00 p.m. Great Vespers 
    • after service Parish council meeting (postponed from last week) 
  • Wednesday, March 25 - the Annunciation 
    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy 
  • Friday, March 27 
    • 6:00 p.m. the Akathist hymn 
    • 5:00 - 8:30 p.m. Youth retreat 
  • Saturday, March 28 
    • 4:30 p.m. Chant and Liturgy music 
    • 5:30 p.m. Great Vespers 
  • Sunday, March 29 - Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt 
    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy followed by fellowship 
    • 5:30 p.m. Pan-Orthodox Vespers at St. Elias in Dubuque 
Prosphora this week were prepared by Eleonora Rieck 

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

The date to complete clean up in our cemetery is March 30. All flowers and/or decorations are to be removed from graves 

St. John playgroup (3 and under, older siblings welcome) will meet tomorrow at 9:30 at the DeJong home. 

If you would like to chant the Paschal canon at Pascha, join us at chant rehearsal on Saturdays. 

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 let Fr. Peter know if you can help. 

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. The RSVP list is in the church hall. Let us know you are coming. Or call/email Maria Katsiris. 319-373-0777/mariakatsiris@yahoo.com. This lovely luncheon is hosted by the Sunday school families of St. John the Baptist. 

Registration is open for Camp St. George. Online registration for Fanari Camp should open April 1. 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. 

Eleonora and Regina invite all of the parish to meet at 10 am to assemble the Baklava and Galatouboureko, for our Greek dinnner, this Tuesday, March 24, in the church fellowship hall. We will work while we listen to the adult education series about the lives of the saints. 

Stewardship corner 

“…put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.” (Romans 13:14 RSV) “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” (Galatians 3:27 RSV) “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 3:20 NIV) 

In a sense, being an Orthodox Christian is being an immigrant seeking a better life. When one is Baptized and Chrismated an Orthodox, that new life begins. The immigration is complete. That new life is described by St. Paul as having “put on Christ.” We can very well look at how we are blessed in our American life in the same way precisely as we have been blessed with our Orthodoxy. 

When God entrusts to us, in our new Orthodox life, means and riches that abound as they do in America, God does so with the purpose that we use these means not for personal gains and satisfaction, but to adorn the New Life of Christ that we have put on. We are to represent Christ, the Christ we have “put on.” We are to live not to please and glorify ourselves, or to receive honor because we have succeeded in finding material gains in this “new life.” The self of the pre-baptismal life is gone. Selfishness is put aside. “For me to live is Christ…” (Philippians 1:21 RSV) 

(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 $88,818 pledged out of $108,480 budgeted.