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From the 04-05-15 bulletin

posted Apr 15, 2015, 7:15 PM by St. John's Webmaster   [ updated Apr 15, 2015, 7:15 PM ]
This week at St. John
  • Sunday, April 5 - Palm Sunday 
    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy with blessing of the palms 
    • 7:00 p.m. Bridegroom service 
  • Monday, April 6 - Holy Monday 
    • 9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts 
    • 7:00 p.m. Bridegroom service 
  • Tuesday, April 7 - Holy Tuesday 
    • 9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts 
    • 7:00 p.m. Bridegroom service 
  • Wednesday, April 8 - Holy Wednesday 
    • 9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts 
    • 3:00 p.m. Holy Unction 
    • 7:00 p.m. Bridegroom service; anointing with holy unction after service 
  • Thursday, April 9 - Holy Thursday 
    • 9:00 a.m. Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil the Great 
    • 7:00 p.m. Service of the 12 Gospels (Passion service) 
  • Friday, April 10 - Holy Friday 
    • 9:00 a.m. Royal Hours 
    • 3:00 p.m. Vespers of Unnailing (taking down of Christ from the Cross) 
    • 7:00 p.m. Lamentations/Encomia at the tomb 
  • Saturday, April 11 - Holy Saturday 
    • 9:00 a.m. Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil the Great 
    • 11:30 p.m. Resurrection service 
  • Sunday, April 12 - Holy and Great Pascha 
    • 11:30 a.m. Agape Vespers with Gospel reading in multiple languages and children's egg hunt 
Prosphora this week were prepared by the 3rd and 4th grade Sunday School class, Regina Christodoulou, 

The children of the Sunday school will pass a tray in support of the Orthodox Christian mission center. They are almost halfway to their goal. Our goal is to raise $300 in coin and donations. Please consider helping during this Lenten. This will most likely be our final collection for the Orthodox Christian Mission Center this year please give generously and thoughtfully. 

There is no Sunday school today on Palm Sunday (4/5) and Holy Pascha (4/12). Sunday school classes will be resume on Sunday, April 19. 

After the blessing of the palm service please come downstairs and join us for the Annual fish luncheon. Proceeds will benefit the Sunday school. The suggested donation is $5/per person. Extra piece of fish $1.00) 

As always, we will read the Gospel lesson at Agape Vespers in multiple languages. Please let me know if you would like to read and in what language. 

The annual egg hunt will be held on Holy Pascha. We are looking for donations of candy and plastic eggs. Please bring them in during Holy Week until Holy Friday. If you wish to participate in stuffing and hiding the eggs please contact Renee Hadjis. 

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

Mark your calendars, the Spring Dinner is coming up on May 3rd. This is an important fundraiser for our Parish and we need everyone’s help in selling tickets and volunteering for a successful event. Tickets will be distributed today. The sign up sheet for helping at the event is also up in the fellowship hall. 

The Spring Parish Assembly will take place on Sunday, April 26, following Fellowship. Please remember that Eligible Voters need to have filled out a Pledge Form for 2015, paid 25% of 2015 total and all prior year pledge balances at least 30 days prior to the Parish Assembly. As always we want as many parishioners to be eligible so if you have a balance from prior years please contact Fr. Peter as soon as possible. 

Doug Escobedo, Randy's brother, fell asleep in the Lord on Wednesday, April 1. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. on Sunday afternoon,at Stewart Baxter Funeral Home (1844 1st Ave NE), with a trisagion service at 6 p.m. The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, April 6, at Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial chapel in Mason City. May Doug's memory be eternal. 

Registration is open for Camp St. George. Online registration for Fanari Camp should open April 15. 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. Leadership 100 funds are available for Fanari camp in addition to our own scholarships, so if you would like your children to attend but finances may be a restriction, please let me know as soon as possible in order to apply for all available scholarships. 

Stewardship corner 

As each gives of that which is received, each individual’s capacity for receiving is increased. Room is made for fresh supplies of grace and truth. On this giving and receiving the very life of the Orthodox Church depends. On this giving and receiving the growth of the Orthodox Church depends. The one who receives but never gives, soon stops receiving. If what that individual has received in grace and blessing from God does not flow from him or her to others, the capacity to receive is soon lost. We must give away that which has been given to us to make room for the reception of fresh blessings. 

Our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ did not come down to this earth to provide unending funding for the advancement of His Church. Rather, Christ has supplied individuals with resources, that by their gifts and offerings they may keep Christ’s work advancing. 

Only if we become channels through which the blessings of heaven can flow to others will the Lord keep the channels supplied. What makes us poor in our parish churches is that we are not returning to the Lord what which is His own. Holding on tight to what we have, when what we have is not our own, is the source of true poverty in the Church. (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 $89,858 pledged out of $108,480 budgeted.