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From the 08-02-15 bulletin

posted Aug 6, 2015, 8:49 PM by St. John's Webmaster   [ updated Aug 6, 2015, 8:50 PM ]
This week at St. John
  • Sunday, August 2 – Ninth Sunday of Matthew 
    • 8:30 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy, with fellowship to follow 
    • 5:30 p.m. Great Paraklesis 
  • Monday, August 3 
    • 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Vacation Church School 
    • 6:00 p.m. Small Paraklesis 
  • Tuesday, August 4 
    • 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Vacation Church School 
    • 6:00 p.m. Great Paraklesis 
  • Wednesday, August 5 
    • 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Vacation Church School 
    • 6:00 p.m. Vespers for Transfiguration 
  • Thursday, August 6 – Great Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord 
    • 8:30 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy 
    • 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Vacation Church School (participating in services) 
    • 6:00 p.m. Great Paraklesis 
  • Friday, August 3 
    • 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Vacation Church School 
    • 6:00 p.m. Small Paraklesis 
  • Saturday, August 8 
    • 5:30 p.m. Great Vespers 
  • Sunday, August 9 – Tenth Sunday of Matthew 
    • 8:30 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy, with fellowship to follow 
    • 5:30 p.m. Great Paraklesis 
Prosphora this week were prepared by Angie Panagos 

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

Please register children and helpers for Vacation Church School, which will begin tomorrow 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), and charcoal for incense at $2/sleeve of 10. 

As we begin the Dormition Fast, please give me the names of the living for which we 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. 

Tuesday, August 11, join Eleonora and Regina at 9:30 am at the church hall. We will be baking baklava and other pastries for our upcoming dinner on October 4. Please let Eleonora or Regina know if you will be helping. Thank you.

***Attention ministry leaders!*** the newsletter deadline of August 15 is approaching quickly, please gather all of your events and dates for September and October and verify them with Father. Please submit them by the 15th to stj.news@gmail.com, so we can get the newsletter out in a timely manner. Any late submission will not be put in. Thank you for your timely response.

Stewardship corner 

It is the usual practice for an Orthodox priest to give a sermon at the Sunday Divine Liturgy. The offering of the people is their own kind of sermon. This “people’s sermon” becomes a weekly declaration that God is the true possessor of all of our property. Our offering is a formal way to say that God has made us stewards of all His creation, and we are to use that which God has given us of His bounty to His glory. And we do so in the midst of the glory of celebrating the Resurrection of Christ! 

“…each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper.” This matter of giving is not a matter of sudden impulse. When we make our offering, it is not how much we have left over from the week before; it is not even “How much change have I got with me today?” We do not give what remains of our income after all of our real or imaginary wants are satisfied. We are “to put something aside” is what Paul says. Thus the offering is not the leftovers – it is the planned giving back to God. Many will make the meeting of lesser needs or imaginary wants as the first of their budgeting and leave that which is left over to God – if there is anything left over. 

God our Father, provided the first and best He had for us: His own Son whom He raised from the dead for our salvation. Do we in thanksgiving provide the first and best for Him? Or is it the leftovers? (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 $96,498 pledged out of $108,480 budgeted.