This week at St. John
Please check the sign-up sheet in the hall for opportunities to sponsor the Sunday fellowship in 2015. June 21 is in need of sponsorship.
June seniors’ event: Tuesday, June 16, at PCI Medical Pavilion, 12 – 1pm. Witwer Healthy Aging Program: Rethink Your Drink
Submissions to the July-August newsletter are due on June 15th. Please remember to send your submissions to email@example.com.
Please let me know by the end of June what topics you would like to see offered as part of our educational series in the fall of 2015 and spring of 2016. If you would like to attend and have not been able to, please let me know what days and times would enable you to participate.
Sunday School Outing: Sunday June 28 1:30-3:30 at AirFx trampoline park, 1100 N 18th Ave Hiawatha. Come join us for a day of hoppy fun! There is an area for toddlers/preschoolers and a large area of trampolines for older kids. Dodge ball, foam pits, and basketball hoops are some of the features. Parents are welcome to stay and hang out--even jump if you are brave! This will include 1.5 hours of jump time, laser maze token, soda, and jump socks. Jessica will bring a small snack. Please RSVP to Jessica White by text at 319-899-4311 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org as I need to give them a final count. You need to get online and sign a waiver for your child if you plan on coming. Web site is www.airfxcr.com. There are other snacks and mini golf for additional fees if you are interested.
Our summer reading book this year is "The Parable of the Prodigal Son" by Hieromonk Gregorios. The book club will run for four weeks and potential meeting times are:
If you would like to read and discuss this beautiful little book with us, please let me know what time works best for you.
“God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7 RSV)
Cheerful giving – here is the loyalty test that challenges Orthodox believers today. The New Testament teaches us to give voluntarily to support the needs of others. The community in the Book of the Acts of the Apostles set the standard very high: “And all who believed were together and had all things in common; and they sold their possessions and goods and distributed them to all, as any had need.” (Acts 2:45). The churches of Greece in St. Paul’s day provided a large offering for the needs of the Jerusalem church. The Saint writes: “I am going to Jerusalem with aid for the saints. For Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make some contribution for the poor among the saints at Jerusalem” (Romans 15:25-26).
Cheerful giving provided support for Church workers in the expansion of mission outreach. St. Paul again to the church in Philippi: “And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, (you) entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving … for even in Thessalonica you sent me help once and again” (Philippians 4:15-16). (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.