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From the 08-16-15 bulletin

posted Aug 16, 2015, 7:14 PM by St. John's Webmaster   [ updated Aug 16, 2015, 7:14 PM ]
This week at St. John
  • Sunday, August 16 – Eleventh Sunday of Matthew 
    • 8:30 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy, with fellowship to follow 
  • Tuesday, August 18 
    • 6:30 p.m. Parish Council meeting 
  • Wednesday, August 19 
    • 9:30 a.m. Paraklesis 
  • Saturday, August 22 
    • 5:30 p.m. Great Vespers 
  • Sunday, August 23 – Twelfth Sunday of Matthew 
    • 8:30 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy, with fellowship to follow 
Prosphora this week were prepared by Eleonora Rieck and Tula Margellos

Sunday School registration today! Children ages 3 – high school.

Please sign up for the Founders’ Day Picnic on Sunday, August 30, both for the potluck dish you will bring as well as the number of people in your party.

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

We have three items for sale to help our building projects. Please let me know if you are interested in either: banana bread (vegan, non-vegan, and various flavors $5/loaf, gluten-free available on request for $6), charcoal for incense at $2/sleeve of 10, and beautiful handmade prayer ropes.

Stewardship corner

A Christian disciple is a follower of Jesus Christ. Sometimes we are tempted to prefer a comfortable and convenient discipleship. However, Jesus says, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” Christian discipleship involves sacrifice. When we make a conscious decision to follow Jesus Christ, no matter the cost to ourselves, we take on the lifestyle of stewardship. A Christian steward is one who realizes the fact that everything ultimately belongs to God. Even we ourselves belong to God. We are accountable to God for what we do with whatever He has entrusted to us. Christ says, “From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required.” This includes the gifts of the talents given to us.

God has made you a steward, or caretaker, of your life, your time, your health, your education, your material things, your relationships, and your personal talents. Being a faithful steward thus also means:
1. We gratefully accept the talents that God has given us.
2. We take care of those talents and develop them.
3. We give those talents back to God for use in bettering the church, and the world.

If the Church is going to fulfill its mission in the world, and if the world is going to become a better place, we must be good stewards. Part of our task in becoming good stewards is to put our talents to good use and leave the world a better place than we found it. (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.