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From the 04-19-15 bulletin

posted Jun 28, 2015, 8:54 PM by St. John's Webmaster   [ updated Jun 28, 2015, 8:54 PM ]
This week at St. John 
  • Sunday, April 19 – Sunday of St. Thomas 
    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy with fellowship to follow 
    • Sunday school: 9:00 a.m. for Middle and High School, after Communion for K-5 
  • Monday, April 20 
    • 9:30 a.m. St. John playgroup 
  • Tuesday, April 21 
    • 6:30 p.m. Parish Council meeting 
  • Wednesday, April 22 
    • 9:30 a.m. Paraklesis 
    • 5:00 p.m. Great Vespers at St. George in Des Moines 
    • 6:00 p.m. Great Vespers at St. George in Cedar Rapids 
  • Thursday, April 23 – St. George 
    • 8:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy at St. George in Des Moines 
    • 8:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy at St. George in Cedar Rapids 
  • Friday, April 24 
    • 6:00 p.m. Great Vespers 
  • Saturday, April 25 – St. Mark 
    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy 
    • 4:30 p.m. Chant/Liturgy music 
    • 5:30 p.m. Great Vespers 
  • Sunday, April 26 – Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearers 
    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy with fellowship to follow 
    • Sunday school: 9:00 a.m. for Middle and High School, after Communion for K-5 
    • Parish Assembly following fellowship! 
Fr. Peter’s thanks to all the parishioners and visitors by whose prayers and through whose presence this Holy Week and Pascha have been a joy and a blessing! 

Prosphora this week were prepared by the 3rd and 4th grade Sunday School class and Mary Moscrip, 

Congratulations to Kalliopi Katsiris on winning the Metropolis-level St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival in the Junior Poetry Division. 

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. Please sign-up to help on the sheet in the fellowship hall. 

The Spring Parish Assembly will take place next 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 is also available. 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 

It is the usual practice for an Orthodox priest to give a sermon at the Sunday Divine Liturgy. The offering of the people is their own kind of sermon. This “people’s sermon” becomes a weekly declaration that God is the true possessor of all of our property. Our offering is a formal way to say that God has made us stewards of all His creation, and we are to use that which God has given us of His bounty to His glory. And we do so in the midst of the glory of celebrating the Resurrection of Christ! 

“…each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper.” This matter of giving is not a matter of sudden impulse. When we make our offering, it is not how much we have left over from the week before; it is not even “How much change have I got with me today?” We do not give what remains of our income after all of our real or imaginary wants are satisfied. We are “to put something aside” is what Paul says. Thus the offering is not the leftovers – it is the planned giving back to God. Many will make the meeting of lesser needs or imaginary wants as the first of their budgeting and leave that which is left over to God – if there is anything left over. 

God our Father, provided the first and best He had for us: His own Son whom He raised from the dead for our salvation. Do we in thanksgiving provide the first and best for Him? Or is it the leftovers?. (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 $96,378 pledged out of $108,480 budgeted.