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From the 06-07-15 bulletin

posted Jun 28, 2015, 9:38 PM by St. John's Webmaster   [ updated Jun 28, 2015, 9:39 PM ]
This week at St. John 
  • Sunday, June 7 – Sunday of All Saints 
    • 8:30 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy, with fellowship to follow 
  • Saturday, June 13 
    • 5:30 p.m. Great Vespers 
  • Sunday, June 14 – Second Sunday of Matthew 
    • 8:30 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy, with fellowship to follow 
    • Special Parish Assembly 
A warm welcome and thanks to Fr. Germogen Tucker for celebrating the services this morning. 

Prosphoro this week was prepared by Eleonora Rieck and Regina Christodoulou 

The Ladies of the Philoptochos invite all the women and young ladies to join them in an evening of miniature golf at 3001 Wrights Blvd E and dinner at Culvers on June 9th at 6:00 pm. Please RSVP to Kay Escobedo 319-350-9826. 

The work of the Building Committee is complete. We have a Parish Assembly next Sunday, June 14, after services. Everyone’s participation is welcomed and encouraged so this would be a good time to fill out a Stewardship form for 2015 if you haven’t done so already. 

Please check the sign-up sheet in the hall for opportunities to sponsor the Sunday fellowship in 2015. June 14 and June 21 are in need of sponsorship. 

June seniors’ event: Tuesday, June 16, at PCI Medical Pavilion, 12 – 1pm. Witwer Healthy Aging Program: Rethink Your Drink 

The St. Iakovos Retreat Center will be celebrating the Grand Opening of the new facilities on Saturday June 13th 2015. The event will begin at 11:00 am with an Agiasmo service and blessing of the new facilities, followed by lunch, tours, hayrides and animal visits. 

Submissions to the July-August newsletter are due on June 15th. Please remember to send your submissions to stj.news@gmail.com. 

Stewardship corner 

What is the test of gratitude and loyalty now? The New Testament nowhere commands, or even recommends, that Christians submit to a required tithe system. The New Testament nowhere designates a percentage of income a person should set aside, but only says gifts should be in keeping with income: “On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper…” (1 Corinthians 16:2). Some in the Christian church have taken the 10 percent figure from the Old Testament tithe and applied it as a “recommended minimum” for Christians in their giving. 

The New Testament talks about the importance and benefits of giving. We are to give as we are able. Sometimes that means giving more than 10 percent; sometimes that may mean giving less. It all depends on the ability of the Christian and the needs of the Church. Every Christian should diligently pray and seek God’s wisdom in the matter of participating in tithing and/or how much to give. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all men generously and without reproaching, and it will be given him” (James 1:5). 

Above all, all tithes and offerings should be given with pure motives and an attitude of worship to God and service to the body of Christ. “Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7). Cheerful giving – here is the loyalty test that challenges Orthodox believers today. In response to God’s giving us all we need for this life and the next, we respond by cheerfully giving back to Him from our time, our talent and our treasure! We know this life is simply a preparation for the next. We know that what we have to give back cheerfully never was ours in the first place. (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 $95,158 pledged out of $108,480 budgeted.