From the 02-23-14 bulletin

Post date: Feb 23, 2014 1:22:06 AM

This week at St. John

  • Sunday, February 23 – Sunday of the Last Judgment (Meatfare)
    • 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 K-5
  • Monday, February 24
    • 6:00 p.m. Orthodox Spirituality series (A)
  • Tuesday, February 25
    • 10:00 a.m. Orthodox Spirituality series (B)
    • 6:30 p.m. Parish council meeting
  • Friday, February 28
    • 6:00 p.m. Vespers
  • Saturday, March 1 – Saturday of Ascetic Saints
    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy with memorial
    • 4:30 p.m. Byzantine chant
    • 5:30 p.m. Great Vespers
    • 6:30 p.m. Orthodox Spirituality series (C)
  • Sunday, March 2 – Sunday of Forgiveness
    • 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 K-5
    • 5:30 p.m. Vespers of Forgiveness

Nick and Brenda Paxton are preparing to adopt and welcome a newborn baby in March. The gender will be revealed at coffee hour!

Please give Fr. Peter names of your loved ones who have fallen asleep; we will pray for everyone this coming Saturday. Mark the names of Orthodox Christians so they can continue to be remembered throughout the year when Fr. Peter prepares the holy gifts for the Liturgy.

The prosfora this week were provided by Goldie Helgens and Tula Margellos.

The sign-up for the 2014 fellowships is posted in the hall. Please remember juice for fellowship should not be red or dark-colored, in case of spills.

For 2014, we have $84,771 pledged so far, of the $100,500 budgeted/$118,715 needed for 2014. Please fill out a pledge form if you have not done so yet! Forms should be in the narthex.

This is the last week Fr. Peter will bless homes this season. If you have needed to reschedule and have not done so, please contact Fr. Peter as soon as possible.

The St. John the Baptist phase of the 2014 St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival (grades 4-12) will be on Sunday, March 23. Please let Anne Gasperetti or Fr. Peter know if you would like to participate.

Frank and Juliana Dancer would like to invite our parish family to the baptism of their son, Zachary John, on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at 3:30 pm. Please also join us after the service for Great Vespers followed by a reception in the church hall. If you are able to make it, please RSVP to Juliana by March 16 (email: or phone: 319-329-6179).

There are several scholarships available for undergraduate and graduate Orthodox students. Please contact Fr. Peter if you would like more information.

The bookstore will be available for orders on Sunday, March 2, and Sunday, March 9.

March 9 is the Sunday of Orthodoxy. Everyone is invited to bring an icon from home, and children may participate in the procession with their icons.

Our fundraiser for the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) begins on March 9, when children will receive their coin boxes, and a tray will be passed. Our goal this year is $300.

Men and women aged 18 and older are invited to play softball on a church league with St. George. Call their parish office for more information: 319-363-1559.