This week at St. John
I will be out of town for the annual metropolis clergy from Monday afternoon through Thursday afternoon. In case of emergency, please continue to call 804-8502. Fr. Fred (until Wednesday afternoon) or Fr. Elias will be available for emergencies.
Please check the sign-up sheet in the hall for opportunities to sponsor the Sunday fellowship in 2015.
Have you heard?! Our Greek Dinner is May 3rd! Preparations are being finalized for our annual Spring Grecian Dinner. If you were planning to help and still have not signed up it is not too late! There are plenty of time slots that need filling. We need as much help as we can to make this event a success. Even if you can only spare one hour we will be happy to have you. Thank you to those who have utilized the sign-up sheet in the fellowship hall. While gyros is not included with the meal we will have gyros slices available for sale (2 slices for $1). Also our pastry prices will go up to $2.
As we have done in the past, no one will be coming around and asking if you will donate towards the pastries. If you are interested in making a monetary donation, please write your checks out to St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church and put “Pastry donation” in the memo part of the check. You may send in the donation or give it to Chris Paxton, our treasurer. These donations help to offset the cost of the ingredients to make these wonderful desserts. We still need help in making one pan of galatoboureko and 2 pans of lemon cake. If you are interested in helping or have questions please contact Regina Christodoulou at 319-804-9665 or email@example.com. As always, please bring your baked goods (except for galatoboureko) to the church on Saturday May 2nd starting at 4:00 pm so they can be ready for the dinner. Galatoboureko needs to be brought to the dinner no later than 10 am that morning.
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.
"Do not love the world or the things in the world. If any one loves the world, love for the Father is not in him." (1 John 2:15 RSV)
At the Holy Mysteries of Baptism and Chrismation, the candidate (and his or her sponsor) stands at the door of the church facing the East, the rising sun, the symbol of Resurrection and the new life that awaits the newly baptized. At one point in the rite, the candidate is turned away from the East, and is instructed to turn to the West. During the time the candidate faces West, the prayer for the casting out of sin and Satan is prayed by the priest. The candidate is then turned back to the East (seemingly with much relief). He or she is now ready to be joined to Christ and His Church.
That brief moment of turning one’s back on Christ and His Church is the very moment when one’s allegiance to Satan and all his works and all his ways should finally put behind. Evil and darkness are cast out. All there is to come is brightness and the uncreated Light that is the Transfigured (changed) Christ!
This joining of a person to Christ and His Church is not to be taken lightly. Every Orthodox Christian should strive to maintain this attachment. And every Orthodox Christian is given the means to do so. The Holy Mysteries are available to every Orthodox Christian. A spiritual Father is available to every Orthodox Christian. There should be no question that there are resources for every Orthodox Christian to remain firmly in the Church of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (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 $95,178 pledged out of $108,480 budgeted.