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From the 06-28-15 bulletin

posted Jun 28, 2015, 9:44 PM by St. John's Webmaster   [ updated Jun 28, 2015, 9:45 PM ]
This week at St. John 
  • Sunday, June 28 - Fourth Sunday of Matthew 
    • 8:30 a.m. Orthros, Divine Liturgy, with fellowship to follow 
    • Hymnology 
    • Special parish assembly 
    • 2:30 p.m. Sunday school outing 
    • 5:30 p.m. Great Vespers 
  • Monday, June 29 - Ss. Peter and Paul 
    • 8:30 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy 
    • 5:30 p.m. Great Vespers 
  • Tuesday, June 30 - The 12 Holy Apostles 
    • 8:30 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy 
  • Wednesday, July 1 
    • 9:30 a.m. Paraklesis 
    • 6:00 p.m. Great Vespers 
    • After Vespers – book club 
  • Thursday, July 2 - St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco 
    • 8:30 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy 
  • Saturday, July 4 
    • 5:30 p.m. Great Vespers 
  • Sunday, July 5 - Fifth Sunday of Matthew 
    • 8:30 a.m. Orthros, Divine Liturgy, with fellowship to follow 
    • Hymnology 
Prosphoro this week was prepared by Tula Margellos and Angie Panagos 

Please check the sign-up sheet in the hall for opportunities to sponsor the Sunday fellowship in 2015. 

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. 

Our summer reading book this year is "The Parable of the Prodigal Son" by Hieromonk Gregorios. The book club will run for four weeks beginning this Wednesdays, at church following Vespers. 

Stewardship corner 

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” (John 13:34 RSV) 

The system of the tithe (giving 10% of all things received back to God) reaches far back. It reaches back even further than Moses and the Law. The expectation on God’s people has always been that they were to show their thankfulness for God’s mercies and blessings to them by making offerings back to God. 

Abraham gave tithes to Melchizedek, the priest of the Most High God (Hebrews 7:1,2). Patriarch Jacob promised the Lord: “and of all that thou givest me I will give the tenth to thee” (Genesis 28:22 RSV). Under the Old Covenant, the tithe was, at first, voluntary. Later, under the Law of Moses, it became mandatory (Deuteronomy 14:22) 

When Paul instructed his people at the Corinthian community, he gave them some general principles underlying the support of God’s work on earth. He asks: “Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard without eating any of its fruit? Who tends a flock without getting some of the milk? … If we have sown spiritual good among you, is it too much if we reap your material benefits?” (1 Corinthians 9:7,11 RSV). Paul is referring to God’s plan for the support of the work of those who are called and ordained to serve the Church. He asks again: “Do you not know that those who are employed in the temple service get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in the sacrificial offerings? In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel” (1 Corinthians 9: 13-14 RSV). (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 $95,658 pledged out of $108,480 budgeted.