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From the 12-01-13 bulletin

posted Dec 8, 2013, 5:50 PM by St. John's Webmaster   [ updated Dec 8, 2013, 5:50 PM ]
This week at St. John 
  • Sunday, December 1 - Fourteenth Sunday of Luke 
    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros, 10:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy, with fellowship to follow 
    • IOCC health kit donations are due 
    • no Sunday school 
    • no Christmas play rehearsal 
    • Bookstore is open – last chance to order before Christmas 
  • Tuesday, December 3 
    • 6:00 p.m. Vespers for Ss. Barbara and John of Damascus 
  • Wednesday, December 4 
    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy 
  • Thursday, December 5 
    • 6:00 p.m. Great Vespers for St. Nicholas 
  • Friday, December 6 
    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy 
    • 5:30 p.m. All-youth activity "An evening with St. Nicholas," followed by overnight lock-in, including the preparation service for the Divine Liturgy (proskomede), Orthros, and Liturgy 
  • Saturday, December 7 
    • 10:00 a.m. Christmas play rehearsal 
    • 12:00 noon Juliana Dancer's baby shower at Khouri home 
    • 4:30 p.m. Christmas carols rehearsal 
    • 5:30 p.m. Great Vespers 
  • Sunday, December 8 - Tenth Sunday of Luke and Stewardship Sunday 
    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros, 10:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy, with fellowship to follow 
    • Sunday school: 9:00 a.m. for Middle and High School, after Communion for K-5 
    • Christmas play rehearsal after fellowship luncheon 
    • Christmas card forms are due 
    • Parish council elections 
The spring educational series will be on the topic of Orthodox spirituality. We will look at how we understand our relationship with God and the world around us, as well as at the practical tools that our faith uses to help us in our journey of sanctification. If you would like to participate in this series, please use the sign-up sheets downstairs to let Fr. Peter know when you are available. 

All the ladies of St. John’s Parish are cordially invited to a baby shower in honor of Juliana Dancer on Saturday, December 7, from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Khouri home. RSVP by today to Regina Christodoulou, Kh. Irene Khouri, Presv. Magda Andronache, Elleni Huerter, or Carrol Chipokas. Consider signing a copy of a favorite children’s book instead of a greeting card, to build a library for the baby. 

The prosfora: Eleonora Rieck and Helen Mantice. We need prosfora for the upcoming December services. Please let Fr. Peter know if you are able to provide prosfora – large or small. 

We have a few spots available for hosting fellowship in December. If you have not hosted one this year, please utilize the sign-up sheet in the church hall. Please remember juice for fellowship should not be red or dark-colored, in case of spills. 

A few of our parishioners will be making Christmas pastries as a fund-raiser for our church. The pastries available are: galaktoboureko, baklava, kourambiedes, koulourakia, and karidopita. (Same prices as at the dinner.) Orders are accepted through December 8 and will be ready for pick-up or delivery on Saturday, December 14. Please see Elleni, Carrol, Edie, Goldie, Regina, or Presvytera Magda if you or someone you know would like to order. 

Christmas play rehearsals are Sundays at 12:15 pm, lasting about 20 minutes. The first Saturday play rehearsals will be held on December 7, 10:00 – 11:30 am. The last rehearsal (full dress rehearsal) will be on December 14, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon. We ask that all cast members try their best to attend as many rehearsals as possible. Please notify Maria Katsiris if you are unable to attend rehearsal. 

Please submit newsletter items and photographs before December 11! 

You may now sign up in the hall to contribute to the flower decorations of the church for Christmas. 

Angel Tree tags are available to pick up in the hall; please select a tag and sign up. Unwrapped gifts should be returned by Sunday, December 15, so that they can be sent to Tanager Place in time.