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From the 10-27-2019 bulletin

posted Oct 28, 2019, 7:07 AM by St. John's Webmaster   [ updated Oct 28, 2019, 7:07 AM ]

  • Sunday, October 27 - Seventh Sunday of Luke

    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros, and Divine Liturgy, followed by fellowship

    • OXI day doxology

    • 12:30 p.m. Singing practice

  • Monday, October 28

    • 10:00 a.m. Religious education

    • 6:30 p.m. Parish council meeting (rescheduled)

  • Wednesday, October 30

    • 9:30 a.m. Paraklesis

    • 6:00 p.m. Religious education

  • Thursday, October 31

    • 6:00 p.m. Vespers

  • Friday, November 1 - Ss. Cosmas and Damian

    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy

    • 7:00 p.m. Vespers at St. Raphael in Iowa City

  • Saturday, October 26 - St. Raphael of Brooklyn

    • 8:30 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy at St. Raphael in Iowa City

    • 5:30 p.m. Vespers

  • Sunday, November 3 - Fifth Sunday of Luke

    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros, and Divine Liturgy, followed by fellowship

    • 12:30 p.m. Singing practice


  • Please mark your calendars for the fall parish assembly on Sunday, November 17.

  • November has many saints whom we celebrate with services. Among them are the holy archangels, St. Nektarios, St. John Chrysostom, St. Catherine, and St. Andrew. If you are able to make prosfora for one or more of the upcoming services, please let Fr. Peter know.

  • ATTENTION PARENTS OF CHILDREN IN GRADES K-2. Our local chapter of Holy Orthodox Primary Education (HOPE) is trying to get up and running again. If you are interested in having your children participate in this ministry, which is focused on Worship, Fellowship, Service, and Witness, please get in touch with Juliana Dancer at julianadancer1@gmail.com by October 31. We would like to plan an event in November and want to make sure everyone interested is included!

  • The church has acquired a copy of 100 Natural Ways to Grow a Church: A Guide to Orthodox Evan­gelism in North America. If you would like to borrow the book, please let Fr. Peter know.

  • Please sign up to sponsor a Sunday fellowship. If you cannot be present or cannot serve, you can fi­nan­cially sponsor the fellowship and someone will pick up the food. As little as $25 can be used for a basic sponsorship of bagels, a topping (peanut butter or cream cheese), and juice. On Sundays that are not sponsored by a parishioner, a basket will be set out for funds to offset the cost of the food. The next week without sponsorship is Sunday, November 24.

From the 09-08-19 bulletin

posted Sep 9, 2019, 9:46 AM by St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church   [ updated Sep 9, 2019, 9:46 AM by St. John's Webmaster ]

  • Sunday, September 8 – Nativity of the Theotokos

    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy with fellowship to follow

    • Sunday school teacher meeting

  • Tuesday, September 10

    • 6:30 p.m. Philoptochos meeting

  • Wednesday, September 11

    • 9:30 a.m. Paraklesis

  • Friday, September 13

    • 6:00 p.m. Vespers

  • Saturday, September 14 – Elevation of the Holy Cross

    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy

    • 5:30 p.m. Vespers

  • Sunday, September 15 – Sunday afer Holy Cross

    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy with fellowship to follow

    • Sunday school: after Communion for PreK-12

    • Blessing of the Church school, parent meeting to follow Liturgy

    • 12:30 p.m. Music practice in the church

  • The next Philoptochos meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 10, at 6:30pm in the church hall.

  • The first day of Sunday school and Blessing will be on Sunday, September 15. (There will be a short parent meeting after Liturgy.)

  • On September 15 we will begin working on Liturgy music upstairs on Sundays after fellowship. Please make time to come and make our worship as beautiful an offering to God as we are able.

  • Please sign up to sponsor a Sunday fellowship. If you cannot be present or cannot serve, you can fi­nan­cially sponsor the fellowship and someone will pick up the food. As little as $25 can be used for a basic sponsorship of bagels, a topping (peanut butter or cream cheese), and juice. On Sundays that are not sponsored by a parishioner, a basket will be set out for funds to offset the cost of the food. The next week without sponsorship is Sunday, November 17.

  • In the Divine Liturgy, the bread and wine are consecrated on a cloth called the antimension. A brief explanation of the importance of the antimension from https://orthodoxwiki.org/Antimension states:

The antimension must be consecrated and signed by a bishop. The antimension and the chrism are the means by which a bishop indicates his permission for priests under his omophorion to celebrate the Divine Liturgy and Holy Mysteries in his absence, being in effect the church’s license to conduct divine services. [...] Whenever a bishop visits a church or monastery under his omophorion, he will enter the altar and inspect the antimension to be sure that it has been properly cared for, and that it is in fact the one that he issued.

Metropolitan Nathanael has consecrated antimensia for the churches of the Metropolis of Chicago and they will be issued to the parishes at the Clergy-Laity congress. The cost to the parishes for a new antimension is $200. If you would like to contribute towards covering the cost of this essential item, please let Fr. Peter know.

  • The theme of the upcoming Clergy-Laity conference is Mercy. In preparation, Metr. Nathanael has issued an encyclical on mercy. Several printed copies can be found in the narthex.

  • Prosphora this week were prepared by Mary Moscrip and Regina Christodoulou. We will need prosphora for upcoming Sundays. If you are able to make them, please let Fr. Peter know.

  • If your children attended an Orthodox camp this summer, please submit your receipt to Fr. Peter either in paper or electronically, so that they are able to receive our parish camp scholarship.

  • The church has acquired a copy of 100 Natural Ways to Grow a Church: A Guide to Orthodox Evan­gelism in North America. If you would like to borrow the book, please let Fr. Peter know.

  • Beautiful Orthodox Study Bibles are available for purchase for $40. See Fr. Peter.

  • Incense charcoal ($2/sleeve of 10) is available to buy to help our building project.

  • A limited internet connection is now available in order to follow along with weekly services. The link for the AGES Digital Chant Stand is available on our parish website, stjohncr.org, and the network name and password are posted in the narthex. Please keep in mind that this is made available to encourage participation in liturgical services and not for general use.

  • If you or your loved one is in the hospital or homebound, please let Fr. Peter know directly.

From the 08-25-19 bulletin

posted Aug 27, 2019, 2:32 PM by St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church   [ updated Aug 27, 2019, 2:32 PM by St. John's Webmaster ]

·         The first day of Sunday school and Blessing will be on Sunday, September 15. (There will be a short parent meeting after the Divine Liturgy.)

·         The Sunday school teacher meeting for the 2019-2020 school year will be held on Sunday, September 8, after fellowship. Please let Maria know if you are unable to attend.

·         If your children attended an Orthodox camp this summer, please submit your receipt to Fr. Peter either in paper or electronically, so that they are able to receive our parish camp scholarship.

·         The church has acquired a copy of 100 Natural Ways to Grow a Church: A Guide to Orthodox Evan­gelism in North America. If you would like to borrow the book, please let Fr. Peter know.

·         We will be looking at various psalms that can be used as prayers for different circumstances in life. Last year, the times were Mondays at 10am and Wednesdays at 6pm. Please let Fr. Peter know this week if you would like to attend but neither of those times works for you.

·         The next Philoptochos meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 10, at 6:30pm in the church hall. 

·         On September 15 we will begin working on Liturgy music upstairs on Sundays after fellowship. Please make time to come and make our worship as beautiful an offering to God as we are able.

From the 11-27-16 bulletin

posted Nov 30, 2016, 12:03 PM by St. John's Webmaster   [ updated Nov 30, 2016, 12:03 PM ]

This week at St. John

  • Sunday, November 27 - Thirteenth Sunday of Luke 
    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy with fellowship to follow
  • Monday, November 28
    • 6:30 p.m. Stewardship meeting
  • Tuesday, November 29
    • 10:00 a.m. Religious education
    • 6:00 p.m. Great Vespers
  • Wednesday, November 30 - St. Andrew
    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy
    • 6:30 p.m. Religious education
  • Friday, December 2
    • 6:00 p.m. Christmas play rehearsal
  • Saturday, December 3
    • 2:00 p.m. Seniors event: Tuba Christmas concert at downtown library
    • 5:30 p.m. Great Vespers
  • Sunday, December 4 - Tenth Sunday of Luke, St. Barbara and St. John of Damascus
    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy with fellowship to follow
    • Stewardship Sunday
    • Christmas play rehearsal
Sunday School announcements
  • On December 4th the children will put up the Christmas tree. 
  • The Christmas play will be on December 11. With a dress rehearsal on Saturday morning 10-noon
  • The Christmas concert will be on Sunday, December 18. Anyone wishing to perform at the Christmas concert along with some Sunday school students are welcome. Let Maria know.
  • On Friday, December 2nd at 6:00 pm-7:00 pm there will be a Christmas play rehearsal. Please let Maria know if you are planning to attend or not.


Building fundraising tool
Part of our fundraising effort has been the creation of a generosity.com page, so that contributions to the project could be made easily from anywhere. Our fundraising page is now up and running and is available at:


To help spread the word, please share the above link with your friends and family. Please note that the donation page comes with an automatic suggested donation of $50. That amount is simply a default from generosity.com and is easily changed for an actual donation. The suggested donation for generosity.com can also be changed to 0. Finally, since the donation is going to the church, it is tax-deductible.

Bake and crafts sale - recap
Last Saturday we had a good response to our bake and crafts sale. We made $330 for our building project. Many thanks to all who contributed their time, efforts, and creations (culinary or crafty :-)

Building fund-raisers
We have items for sale to help our building projects. 
- banana bread at $5 a loaf
- charcoal for incense at $2/sleeve of 10. 
- beautiful handmade prayer ropes ($5, 10, and 20 for 33/50/100-knot ropes)
Please let Fr. Peter know if you are interested in any of the above items.

Fellowship sign-up
if you have not signed up for fellowship, please check the sign-up for Sundays without sponsorship - there are a couple in December. Please remember juice should not be dark-colored, in order to protect the hall carpet. 

Bibles
We are able to offer beautiful Orthodox Study Bibles for purchase for $40. Please see Fr. Peter.

Parish WiFi
A limited internet connection is now available in order to follow along with weekly services. The link for the AGES Digital Chant Stand is available in the menu at the left of this page, and the network name and password are posted in the narthex. Please keep in mind that this is made available to encourage participation in liturgical services and not for general use.

From the 09-06-15 bulletin

posted Sep 11, 2015, 2:21 PM by St. John's Webmaster   [ updated Sep 11, 2015, 2:22 PM ]

This week at St. John 
  • Sunday, September 6 – Fourteenth Sunday of Matthew 
    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy, with fellowship to follow 
  • Monday, September 7 
    • 6:00 p.m. Great Vespers 
  • Tuesday, September 8 – Nativity of the Theotokos 
    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy, after service: Adult education series 
    • 6:30 p.m. Philoptochos meeting 
  • Wednesday, September 9 
    • 9:30 a.m. Small Paraklesis 
    • 5:00-6:30 p.m. Greek school, start of school year 
    • 6:30 p.m. Adult education series 
  • Saturday, September 12 
    • 4:30 a.m. Chant and Liturgy music 
    • 5:30 p.m. Great Vespers 
  • Sunday, September 13 – Sunday before Holy Cross 
    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy, with fellowship to follow 
    • 5:30 p.m. Great Vespers
Prosphora this week were prepared by Goldie Helgens and Eleonora Rieck. We need prosfora for future services. If you are able to offer this blessing, please contact Fr. Peter.

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, including next Sunday, Sept. 13.

We will be collecting supplies for IOCC School Kits on September 20, hoping to collect enough materials for 60 kits to provide assistance for children around the world who otherwise will not have what they need for school! Money towards postage and large boxes for shipping would also be appreciated. Please sign up in the hall today!

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

Our fall fundraiser is coming up on October 11 (not on the 4th). 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 with for helping at the event. There are lots of positions available and with everyone helping things will run very well. Tickets for the event will be distributed soon.

As always we are looking for donations to cover the costs of the pastry ingredients. If you are interested in making a monetary donation, please write your checks out to St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church and put “Pastry donation” in the memo part of the check. You may send in the donation or give it to Chris Paxton, our treasurer. These donations help to offset the cost of the ingredients to make these wonderful desserts. If you would prefer to make the pastries, please see the signup sheet in the church hall. If you have any questions, please see Regina Christodoulou.

From the 08-30-15 bulletin

posted Sep 11, 2015, 2:19 PM by St. John's Webmaster   [ updated Sep 11, 2015, 2:19 PM ]

This week at St. John 
  • Sunday, August 30 – Thirteenth Sunday of Matthew 
    • 8:30 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy, with fellowship to follow 
    • 11:30 a.m. Founders’ Day picnic at Morgan Creek Park 
  • Monday, August 31 
    • 6:00 p.m. Great Vespers 
  • Tuesday, September 1 – Ecclesiastical New Year 
    • 9:00 a.m. - Orthros and Divine Liturgy 
  • Wednesday, September 2 
    • 9:30 a.m. Small Paraklesis 
  • Friday, September 4 
    • 6:00 p.m. Great Vespers and Divine Liturgy 
  • Saturday, September 5 – St. Zachariah, father of St. John the Baptist 
    • 4:30 a.m. Chant and Liturgy music 
    • 5:30 p.m. Great Vespers 
  • Sunday, September 6 – Fourteenth Sunday of Matthew 
    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy, with fellowship to follow
Prosphora this week were prepared by Tula Margellos and Mary Siamis

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.

We will be collecting supplies for IOCC School Kits on September 20, hoping to collect enough materials for 60 kits to provide assistance for children around the world who otherwise will not have what they need for school! Money towards postage and large boxes for shipping would also be appreciated. Please sign up in the hall today!

From the 08-23-15 bulletin

posted Sep 11, 2015, 2:17 PM by St. John's Webmaster   [ updated Sep 11, 2015, 2:17 PM ]

This week at St. John
  • Sunday, August 23 – Twelfth Sunday of Matthew 
    • 8:30 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy, with fellowship to follow 
  • Wednesday, August 26 
    • 9:30 a.m. Paraklesis 
  • Thursday, August 27 
    • 6:00 p.m. Vespers and Divine Liturgy (for St. Moses the Black, August 28) 
  • Friday, August 28 
    • 6:00 p.m. Great Vespers 
  • Saturday, August 29 – Beheading of St. John the Baptist 
    • 8:30 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy 
    • 5:30 p.m. Great Vespers 
  • Sunday, August 30 – Thirteenth Sunday of Matthew 
    • 8:30 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy 
    • 11:30 a.m. Founders’ Day Picnic at Morgan Creek Park 
Prosphora this week were prepared by Eleonora Rieck

Sunday School registration due 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.

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.

From the 08-09-15 bulletin

posted Aug 8, 2015, 11:24 PM by St. John's Webmaster   [ updated Aug 8, 2015, 11:25 PM ]

This week at St. John 
  • 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 
  • Monday, August 10 
    • 6:00 p.m. Small Paraklesis 
  • Tuesday, August 11 
    • 9:30 a.m. Pastry baking for Greek dinner 
    • 6:00 p.m. Great Paraklesis 
  • Wednesday, August 12 
    • 6:00 p.m. Small Paraklesis 
  • Thursday, August 13 
    • 6:00 p.m. Great Paraklesis 
  • Friday, August 14 
    • 7:00 p.m. Great Vespers at Assumption in East Moline, IL 
  • Saturday, August 15 – Dormition of the Theotokos 
    • 8:30 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy 
    • Newsletter submissions due 
    • 5:30 p.m. Great Vespers 
  • Sunday, August 16 – Eleventh Sunday of Matthew 
    • 8:30 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy, with fellowship to follow 
    • Prosphora this week were prepared by Koula Demetroulis and Mary Siamis. 
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. 

Many thanks to all those who participated in and assisted with Vacation Church School this past week! 

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. 

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.

As we continue the Dormition Fast, please give Fr. Peter the names of the living for which we pray at our paraklesis services. If you have given 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 Fr. Peter 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, or the purpose, meaning, and organization of the church building, etc. 

***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 

Valentine Zander tells this story about St. Seraphim of Sarov, 18th century Russian monk and saint: The care of the two churches was entrusted to two nuns. St. Seraphim told them that everything to do with the church “is like an inner fire enkindling us, and looking after it is the best work of all. The humblest job, be it only to clean the floor of the house of God, is a nobler work than all the others. Everything you do in the house of God should be done with love and reverence. You must do nothing trivial there, only necessary duties. For where else could you find greater joy than in the place where our Lord is dwelling, surrounded by cherubim and seraphim and all the heavenly spirits!" 

This is an example of what our stewardship should mean to us and require of us. It is not enough to say of the Church, "I'm a member in good standing," and then walk away from the responsibilities that Almighty God has placed into our hands. It is solely through our love and commitment to the Holy Trinity expressed in both faith and action that salvation can be ours. All that we have belongs to Him. This includes the gifts of the talents we have, and the gift of time we spend. 

As the nuns in the story about St. Seraphim found out, even sweeping the floor in the house of God is an honorable and noble work. But there are so many other works that need to be done. It is only the believer and practitioner of the Orthodox faith that can do them with the joy of seeing that whatever is done, is done to the glory of God and the benefit of the Church. We must do all we can to express unreserved love emptying ourselves and following Him always. This is true stewardship. (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. 

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. 

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