This week at St. John
As always, we will read the Gospel lesson at Agape Vespers in multiple languages. Please let Fr. Peter know if you would like to read and in what language.
Prosphora this week were prepared by the 3rd and 4th grade Sunday School class, Regina Christodoulou, Mary Moscrip, Mary Siamis, Tula Margellos, and Eleonora Rieck.
There is no Sunday school today on Holy Pascha (4/12). Sunday school classes will resume next Sunday, April 19.
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 3. This is an important fundraiser for our parish and we need everyone’s help in selling tickets and volunteering for a successful event. 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.
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.
The Holy Apostle Paul was the chief pastor of many churches. His church in the Greek town of Corinth was given specific direction on how to provide for the needs of the Church. It is simple. It is clear. It is full of meaning: “On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper…”
He was, of course, referring to Sunday, the Lord’s day, the weekly commemoration of the Holy Resurrection of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ. What more appropriate time could be chosen for setting aside and presenting our offerings to God? On Sunday we celebrate the Divine Liturgy of the Resurrection – every Sunday! We are reminded each Sunday of the great work of God for our salvation. Our hearts soar up to Him in thanksgiving for the life given to us through the raising of His Son. And on that day, before the work begins of another week, we return to God what is His own. And in that offering of our hard-earned money, comes a tangible, a real, show of our thanksgiving. (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 $92,658 pledged out of $108,480 budgeted.