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From the 07-19-15 bulletin

posted Jul 20, 2015, 9:55 PM by St. John's Webmaster   [ updated Jul 20, 2015, 9:55 PM ]
This week at St. John
  • Sunday, July 19 – Sunday of the Holy Fathers 
    • 8:30 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy, with fellowship to follow 
    • Hymnology 
    • 4:30 p.m. Great Vespers in Dubuque (7307 Bradel Cove Rd) 
  • Monday, July 20 – St. Elijah (Elias) 
    • 8:30 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy in Dubuque (2001 Asbury Rd) 
  • Tuesday, July 21 
    • 5:30 p.m. Great Vespers 
    • 6:30 p.m. Parish Council meeting 
  • Wednesday, July 22 – St. Mary Magdalene 
    • 8:30 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy 
    • 7:00 p.m. Book club 
  • Saturday, July 25 
    • 5:30 p.m. Great Vespers 
  • Sunday, July 26 – Eighth Sunday of Matthew 
    • 8:30 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy, with fellowship to follow 
    • Hymnology 
    • 5:30 p.m. Great Vespers 
Prosphora this week were prepared by Koula Demetroulis.

Please check the sign-up sheet in the hall for opportunities to sponsor the Sunday fellowship in 2015. There are several Sundays in July and August in need of sponsorship.

Please register children and helpers for Vacation Church School, which will be held the first week of August, in the morning.

We have two items for sale to help our building projects. Please let me know if you are interested in either.
  • banana bread (vegan and non-vegan $5/loaf, gluten-free available on request). 
  • charcoal for incense at $2/sleeve of 10. 
As we approach the beginning of August, please give me the names of the living for which we will pray at our paraklesis services. If you have given me your names in the past and there are no changes, you do not need to do so again.

If you would like to come to our fall educational series and are unable to come at 10 a.m. on Tuesday mornings, please let me know one or more times when you would be available. The fall series will most likely be a series combining various topics, such as what we know about God, the purpose, meaning, and organization of the church building, etc.

Stewardship corner

Proportional giving is the amount of time and money that each will offer to God through His Church. The exact amount of that giving will, of course, vary with each individual steward. With those whose means are limited or on fixed income, the portion of that income which is returned to the work of God will be a comparatively small amount. In proportional giving, each gives according to his or her means. The Old Testament tithe began that practice. 10% of income was to be given back to God. Ten percent of a small amount among the poorer would, of course, be a smaller amount when compared to that which was expected from those with greater resources.

But it is not the size of the amount given that makes the offering acceptable to God. It is, rather, the purpose of the heart, the spirit of gratitude and love that it expresses. Those whose means are small should not think that their small gifts are unworthy of notice. All give according to their means, giving thanks to God for all of the gifts that He has abundantly showered on us. God will accept the gifts of all, rich or poor. Those to whom God has entrusted a large portion of income will not, if they love and fear God, find it a burden to return a larger portion to Him.

Everyone is tempted to indulge in selfishness and greediness – that is, to withhold from God what is His own. Will a man rob God? Not if that man, in proportion to His means, in faith and love returns to God that which belongs to God. (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.