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From the 09-21-14 bulletin

posted Sep 20, 2014, 3:44 PM by St. John's Webmaster   [ updated Sep 20, 2014, 3:44 PM ]
This week at St. John 
  • Sunday, September 21 – Sunday after Holy Cross 
    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy with fellowship and special parish assembly to follow. 
    • Sunday school: 9:00 a.m. for middle and high school, after Communion for 1-5 
  • Monday, September 22 
    • 6:00 p.m. Religious education 
  • Tuesday, September 23 
    • 10:00 a.m. Religious education 
  • Wednesday, September 24 – St. Thecla 
    • 8:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy: area clergy concelebration at St. George, Cedar Rapids 
  • Thursday, September 25 
    • 6:00 p.m. Great Vespers 
  • Friday, September 26 - The Falling Asleep of St. John the Theologian 
    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy 
  • Saturday, September 27 
    • 4:30 p.m. Byzantine chant 
    • 5:30 p.m. Great Vespers 
    • after Vespers - GOYA outing to Bloomsbury farm 
  • Sunday, September 28 – 1st Sunday of Luke 
    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy with fellowship to follow 
    • Sunday school: 9:00 a.m. for middle and high school, after Communion for 1-5 
Today we will hold a special parish assembly to discuss the findings of the planning study conducted by Jerry Minetos. At this assembly we will decide the next concrete steps for our project. If you were unable to attend Jerry’s presentation, copies of the study are available at church. Please consider in what ways you could be involved and make the time to participate in this assembly. 

Please continue to give comments to Fr. Peter regarding the bulletin format. 

The prosfora this week were provided by the Vacation Church School and Tula Margellos. 

Our fall fundraiser is coming up on October 12. This is an important fundraiser for our community and we need everyone's help to make it a success. A sign-up sheet is posted in the church hall for helping at the event. There are lots of positions available, and with everyone helping things will run very well. Tickets for the event have been distributed; if you have not received any or need additional tickets, please see Michael Christodoulou. 

We are looking for donations to cover the costs of the pastry ingredients. For a monetary donation, please make checks out to St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church and put “Pastry donation” as the memo. You may send in the donation or give it to treasurer Chris Paxton. If you would like to make the pastries, please see the sign-up sheet in the church hall. If you have any questions please see Regina Christodoulou. 

Metropolitan Iakovos’s nameday dinner will take place on Thursday, October 23, in Palatine, IL, with proceeds benefitting the St. Iakovos Retreat Center and ministries of the clergy syndesmos. If you would like to attend or donate towards the cost of a table for St. John ($1000), please contact Fr. Peter. 

Please give Fr. Peter names of your loved ones for our weekly paraklesis so that we can pray for their health and salvation. If you have given him the names recently, think about your list on occasion and let him know of any changes. Please specify whether you would like all or some of these names to be published in our bulletin so that our parishioners may add them to their daily prayers. 

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

For stewardship in 2014, we have $93,664 pledged so far, of the $100,500 budgeted/$118,715 needed for the 2014 budget. Please fill out a pledge form if you have not done so yet! Forms should be in the narthex.