From the 03-02-14 bulletin

Post date: Mar 3, 2014 6:26:09 PM

This week at St. John

  • 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
    • Bookstore will be open to order during fellowship
    • 5:30 p.m. Vespers of Forgiveness (First service of Great Lent)
  • Monday, March 3 – Clean Monday
    • 6:00 p.m. Compline
    • 7:00 p.m. Orthodox Spirituality series (A)
  • Tuesday, March 4
    • 10:00 a.m. Orthodox Spirituality series (B)
    • 6:00 p.m. Compline
    • 7:00 p.m. OCMC presentation by Markella Balasis
  • Wednesday, March 5
    • 5:30 p.m. Presanctified Liturgy
    • 7:00 p.m. Fellowship meal and religious education series
  • Thursday, March 6
    • 6:00 p.m. Compline
  • Friday, March 7
    • 6:00 p.m. Salutations to the Theotokos
  • Saturday, March 8 – Commemoration of the Miracle of Kolyva by St. Theodore the Tyro
    • 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 9 – Sunday of Orthodoxy
    • Daylight Saving Time Begins
    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros, Divine Liturgy, and procession of icons, with fellowship to follow
    • Sunday school: 9:00 a.m. for Middle and High School, after Communion for K-5
    • OCMC Fundraiser begins; second tray and children’s coin boxes
    • Bookstore will be open to order during fellowship
    • 5:30 p.m. Pan-Orthodox Vespers at St. Raphael, Iowa City

Please note that Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 9. Plan to be early!

The Fundraising Committee will meet today after divine services.

We are looking for a sponsor for the meal following the Presanctified Liturgy for the first week of Lent, this Wednesday. Please see Maria Katsiris or Kay Escobedo if you are interested.

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, Tula Margellos, and Mary Moscrip.

We need sponsors for fellowship on March 9, 16, and 30. The sign-up 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.

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

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

Scholarships are available for undergraduate and graduate Orthodox students. Contact Fr. Peter.

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.