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From the 04-21-13 bulletin

posted Apr 23, 2013, 6:04 PM by St. John's Webmaster
This week at St. John

Sunday, April 21 – Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt
  • 9:00 a.m. Orthros, 10:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy, followed by fellowship in the hall
  • Last day for OCMC collections. Please put donations in the OCMC box of one of our Sunday school students.
  • Those who placed book orders may pick them up during fellowship.
  • 5:30 p.m. Pan-Orthodox Vespers at St. Demetrios in Waterloo
Monday, April 22
  • 1:30 p.m. Bible study – the book of Hebrews (group 1)
  • 6:00 p.m. Compline
Tuesday, April 23
  • 10:30 a.m. Bible study – the book of Hebrews (group 2)
  • 5:30 p.m. Children’s Level 3 Greek school
Wednesday, April 24
  • 5:30 p.m. Presanctified Liturgy, 7:00 p.m. Lenten meal, 7:30 p.m. Religious education
Friday, April 26
  • 6:30 p.m. Bible study – the book of Hebrews (group 3)
Saturday, April 27 – Saturday of Lazarus
  • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy, followed by potluck lunch and church cleaning
  • 4:30 p.m. Byzantine chant
  • 5:30 p.m. Great Vespers
Sunday, April 28 – Palm Sunday
  • 9:00 a.m. Orthros, 10:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy, followed by fellowship in the hall
  • 5:00 p.m. All-youth candle decoration
  • 7:00 p.m. Bridegroom service
The prosfora this week were provided by Eleonora Rieck and Regina Christodoulou. We need prosforo for the services of Holy Week, Pascha, and Bright week. Please see Fr. Peter if you would like to bring some to church.

Prairie Heights Elementary will host their Multicultural Night this Thursday, April 25, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., and has invited St. John’s to host a display.  People who are interested in volunteering to share our parish with the community should contact Elleni Huerter by tomorrow.

The Palm Sunday fish luncheon will be hosted by Sunday school families on Sunday, April 28. If you are planning to attend, please use the sign-up sheet so we can prepare enough fish for all. Sunday school families and teachers: please consider how best to contribute to the luncheon, then sign up on the posted sheet to donate food items and your time for preparation and clean-up.

St. George will be organizing retreats for middle and high school students on Friday, April 26 (starting at 4:30 p.m.), and Saturday, April 27 (following Liturgy), and for pre-school through fifth grade on Saturday, April 27 (following Liturgy). Please contact Fr. Peter today if interested.

This Lent we are embarking on a fundraiser for replacing our altar boy robes. Currently we have two partial and mismatched sets. A new set will cost $2,400. Please use the sign-up sheet in the hall for donations.

Sign up for Easter Flower Donations. A sign-up sheet has been posted in the church hall for those who would like to donate towards the flower decorations we will be using throughout Lent. 

Needed: Candy donations for the Egg Hunt on Pascha. 

The food bank continues to have much need for donations. Each time Carrol takes food there they weigh the church's donation, and our gifts are much appreciated. Lent brings a reminder to continue this helpful gifting via our service and outreach program. The food pantry donation box is in the narthex area.

The ladies of St. George are having a Mother’s Day Banquet at St. George on Thursday, May 9. All women (not just mothers and daughters) are invited. Advance tickets (only) via Gayle Goodale (319-393-7807).

Summer is drawing near. Parents, please submit a letter to the parish council if you would like your children to receive assistance towards going to camp. Fanari camp applications are now available. Registration forms are now available for Camp St. George, an Orthodox camp of the Antiochian Archdiocese in Iowa, August 11-17. For more information and registration forms, visit http://campstgeorge.org  The registration deadline is June 30.

The dinner is approaching (May 19), and we need help to prepare the pastries. Whether you are able to make the pastries or donate to the materials for making them, please let Eleonora or Regina know. Kourambiedes and karidopita will be started on Friday, April 27, starting at 3:00 p.m.

The SPRING GREEK DINNER tickets were distributed last week. If you have not received any or need more after selling these, speak to Michael. The sign-up form for volunteer positions is in the church hall. Your help is needed in making this a successful event.