From 03-20-2011 Sunday Bulletin

Post date: Mar 20, 2011 6:03:20 PM

· TODAY – EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI IN JAPAN – We will do a special collection today for the earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Japan. Our hierarchs encourage us to pray fervently for those affected by these massive twin disasters and choose an agency through which we can contribute to the relief efforts of this disaster. Today’s special collection will be forwarded to IOCC. Due to all the damage to communication infrastructure, needs are still being assessed, and soon our church will also take on preparing disaster relief kits. A special prayer will be said today at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy.

· TODAY – Tickets for the Greek Dinner on May 15th will be handed out today. Volunteer Sign-Up list is posted in the Church Hall. Our next PARISH ASSEMBLY: Sun, May 1st.

· TODAY – BOOK ORDER PICK-UP – Book orders placed with Maria Katsiris on March 6th have arrived. Please see Nicole Wright to pay for and pick up your books today.

· TODAY - Sun, Mar. 20 – PAN-ORTHODOX SOLEMN VESPERS at 5:30pm in Waterloo, IA – This Pan-Orthodox Solemn Vespers will be hosted by St. Demetrios’ Church (613 West Fourth Street, Waterloo, IA 50702). Car pools will be decided today during fellowship.

· SUNDAY SCHOOL – Our special collection toward the Missions Coin Box Drive on Forgiveness Sunday (Mar. 6th) totaled $185. Remember, our children continue this Mission Coin Box Drive throughout Great Lent and last Sunday (Mar. 13th) they brought in another $105. It's amazing that in just two weeks we are so close to our goal of $300. The Alms Giving Spirit of Great Lent surely lives in our parish family. After Palm Sunday, our total donations will be forwarded to the Orthodox Christian Missions Center (OCMC) to support the Orthodox Missions throughout impoverished parts of the world.

· GREAT AND HOLY LENT – In addition to fasting from meat and dairy, remember to also increase your personal prayer, your participation in the many and beautiful church services, and your alms giving.

· LITURGICAL COVERS FOR ALTAR & OTHER – As you may already know, Philoptochos is fundraising for a new set of much needed Paschal White Liturgical Covers for the Altar Table and other Liturgical Items. Please use the sign-up sheet in the church hall. Remember to print your name and the amount in brackets ($) under the item you’d like to donate towards. Checks payable to “Philoptochos”.

· FLOWER DONATIONS 2011 – If you’d like to help beautify our services through flower decorations of icons/tomb/etc. for this Great Lent period, please use the sign-up list available in the church hall.

· LONG-TERM PLANNING COMMITTEE – This new committee established at the Fall Parish Assembly met for the first time yesterday (Sat, May 19) from 3pm-5pm and constructively discussed events in Christ’s life in an attempt to bring to surface and emphasize how Christ’s ministry affects us today and how His sermons, miracles, healings, and examples can help shape our own parish ministries. The next meeting is scheduled for Sat, April 30 from 3pm-5pm. All meetings of this committee are open - any steward (pledged parishioner) of our parish family is welcome to attend.

· Wed, Mar. 23 – GREEK SCHOOL – 4:30pm-5:20pm Children’s Greek School

· Wed, Mar. 23 – 5:30pm PreSanctified Liturgy; 6:45pm Meal; 7:15-8:30pm Religious Education

· Wed, Mar. 23 – GOYA’s Event this month is to attend this evening Religious Education Class as a group.

· Thu, Mar. 24 – 6:00pm Adult Greek School

· Fri, Mar. 25 – HOLY ANNUNCIATION – 9am Orthros; 10am Divine Liturgy

· Fri, Mar. 25 – 5:30pm 3rd Salutations Service

· Sat, Mar. 26 from 3pm-5pm - JOY CLAY ART BUILDING EVENT – All details are on our church website calendar. This event has an anonymous sponsor but everyone needs to RSVP NO LATER THAN TONIGHT.

· Sat, Mar. 26 – 5:30pm Great Vespers

· Sun, Mar. 27 – Holy Cross Sunday - 9:00am Orthros; 10:00am Divine Liturgy; 11:30am Fellowship

· Sun, Mar. 27 – 5:30pm PAN-ORTHODOX SOLEMN VESPERS will be hosted by St. George Church in Cedar Rapids (3650 Cottage Grove Ave). See full schedule available in the Narthex.

· Fr. Ciprian’s DAY OFF this week will be on Monday, March 21 instead of the usual Thursday since he will be in Minneapolis. Remember his cell phone is always on FOR EMERGENCIES you can still reach him there.

· SWORD – Series of Workshops on Orthodox Relationship Development (Sat., April 2 at 3pm-5pm) - This first of its kind workshop here at St. John’s will be led by Presbytera Magdalena Sas. Please use the Sign-up sheet.