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From 01-08-2012 Sunday Bulletin

posted Jan 16, 2012, 6:41 AM by FrCiprian Sas   [ updated Jan 16, 2012, 6:44 AM by St. John's Webmaster ]

·       WELCOME to His Grace Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos who brings His blessings and those of our beloved Metropolitan Iakovos. Accompanying him is Dean Kartsimas, our Metropolis Registrar.

·       Happy New Year! – Please grab a 2012 WALL CALENDAR from the Narthex, one per household please. Also, Sunday School would much appreciate your now-old 2011 Wall Calendars for crafts throughout this year. Hand them to Maria Katsiris.

·       Theodore Dalamaggas fell asleep in the Lord yesterday (Sat, January 7th). May his memory be eternal and his soul rest in peace among the saints. His funeral arrangements will appear in the newspaper and on our church website once the family decides. Tentative: Visitations on Tuesday evening and Funeral Wednesday morning.

·       TODAY – NO Sunday School classes. Classes resume next week (Jan 15)

·       TODAY – Oath of Office by the Parish Council will follow the Divine Liturgy.

·       TODAY – FEAST DAY CELEBRATIONS continue in our Church Hall with the Cutting of the Vasilopita and the Luncheon. The Vasilopitas are prepared by our Philoptochos ladies and all the proceeds will go to support The Saint Basil Academy, our national not-for-profit philanthropic center of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese which provides love, shelter, food, education, protection and a home for her orphans, children of chronically ill or destitute parents, or children from broken homes. Our lunch is prepared by Katering Kitchen and preparations/serving/cleaning is taken care of by our newly sworn-in Parish Council members with much much help from Maria Katsiris J

·       Mon, Jan. 9 – Fr. Ciprian doing visitations and offering communion in homes of parishioners.

·       Tue, Jan. 10 – NO Religious Education Class this week due to Annual Philoptochos Christmas Party

·       Wed, Jan. 11 – 4:30pm Children’s Greek School  &  6:00pm Adult Greek School

·       Sat, Jan. 14 – 4:15pm-5:00pm  YOUTH STEWARDSHIP KICK-OFF – All youth from our church, and their parents are invited to the first bi-monthly series on Youth Stewardship. This first lesson will be an introduction for the youth to get acquainted with stewardship and becoming more like Christ Jesus through good decision making. The event will be focused on youth, ages 3-18, but parents are asked to stay to help guide your children. Plenty of new information about this exciting new program will be shared (documentation scrapbook, etc.). Contact Elleni Huerter for information.

·       Sun, Jan. 15 – 1:30pm-4:00pm  All Youth Sledding Event (HOPE, JOY, GOYA) – The plan is for this fun event to take place at Chatham Park by Bowman Woods Elementary School on Boyson Rd. NE. Since sledding without snow hasn’t yet worked, a backup plan will be announced next Sunday.

·       Mon, Jan. 16 – 1:00pm  SENIORS’ EVENT – Our seniors and the seniors from St. George will enjoy a musical program by Rob Nassif in the fellowship hall of St. John’s. Mr. Nassif is an instructor of music and has composed several Broadway shows. Fellowship over desserts will follow the program.

·       DATE CHANGE – Mon, Jan. 16 - 6:00pm  THE ANNUAL PHILOPTOCHOS CHRISTMAS PARTY will be at the Vernon Inn (6:00pm Cocktails & 6:30pm Dinner). Philoptochos members, prospective members and significant others are invited, but RSVP with Kay Escobedo TODAY.

·       At Our Metropolis Chapel of St. Anthony in ChicagoMon, Jan. 16, 7:00pm Vespers and Fellowship & Tue, Jan. 17, 9:00am Orthros & Divine Liturgy for St. Anthony, the patron saint.

·       DONATE TO LOCAL CHARITIES – The Catering Clergy “Served by Servants” Raffle is a wonderful way to donate to local charities. The IOCCA clergy are putting on our CATERING CLERGY hats and together will prepare and serve a dinner in the home of the winner of our Raffle. Dinner will be for up to 8 adults of the winner’s choice and will be prepared and served on either Thu, Feb. 9 or Fri, Feb. 10, 2012. Since tickets sales currently did not cover the cost of the meal J, we decided to extend the opportunity for others to still participate in this fundraiser and, if enough tickets are sold in the next couple of weeks, the drawing will be done late January TBA. Ticket prices are: $35/one, $60/two, $25/each for 4 or more tickets. Remember all proceeds will support local charities.

·       HOME BLESSINGS – Please call the office to schedule your home blessing with Father.