From the 03-16-14 bulletin

Post date: Mar 18, 2014 4:42:59 PM

This week at St. John

  • Sunday, March 16 – Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas
    • 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
    • 5:30 p.m. Pan-Orthodox Vespers here at St. John the Baptist, with potluck after
  • Monday, March 17
    • 6:00 p.m. Compline
    • 7:00 p.m. Orthodox Spirituality series (A)
  • Tuesday, March 18
    • 10:00 a.m. Orthodox Spirituality series (B)
    • 6:30 p.m. Parish Council meeting
  • Wednesday, March 19
    • 5:30 p.m. Presanctified Liturgy
    • 7:00 p.m. Fellowship meal and religious education series
  • Friday, March 21
    • 6:00 p.m. Salutations to the Theotokos
  • Saturday, March 22
    • 3:30 p.m. Baptism of Zachary John Dancer
    • 5:30 p.m. Great Vespers, with reception to follow
    • 6:30 p.m. Orthodox Spirituality series (C)
  • Sunday, March 23 – Sunday of the Holy Cross
    • 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
    • St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival will be held after fellowship
    • 5:30 p.m. Pan-Orthodox Vespers at St. George, Cedar Rapids

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.

St. John’s hosts Pan-Orthodox Vespers this evening. We expect 50 people to join us for fellowship after, so need the following fasting foods: 2 or 3 main dishes (e.g., beans, pasta, vegetable stew), 3 or 4 side dishes (e.g., rice, potatoes, hummus, fruit), 2 or 3 salads, 4 desserts or snacks, 60 dinner rolls, four gallons of juice. We also need help to clean up. Please sign up in the hall.

The prosfora this week were provided by Goldie Helgens. If you can make more prosfora, please let Fr. Peter know, as we need more on hand.

The Dancers 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 today, March 16 (email: or phone: 319-329-6179).

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

Our fundraiser for the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) continues. Our goal is $300.

For 2014, we have $85,271 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 Spring Parish Assembly will be on Sunday, April 6, after fellowship. Eligible Voters must have returned a Pledge Form for 2014 and paid 25% of 2014 total and all prior year pledge balances 30 days before the Assembly. If for any reason you cannot fulfill prior year pledges, please see Fr. Peter ASAP.

Mark your calendars: the Spring Grecian Dinner is coming up on Sunday, May 4. This is an important fundraiser for our parish, and we need everyone’s help to sell tickets and volunteer for a successful event. Look for your tickets to arrive in the mail around the end of March, and sign up to help at the event.

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

We have an opportunity to raise funds for our church by working at a concession stand at events at the US Cellular center. If you are interested in participating , please let Michael Christodoulou know.

If you want to make a donation to offset ingredient costs for Spring Dinner pastries, make a check to St. John’s with “Pastry donation” in the memo, sending it in or giving it to Chris Paxton, treasurer. If you want to make pastries, please choose from the items below and contact Regina (319-804-9665). Bring pastries (except galaktoboureko) to the church on Saturday, May 3, starting at 4:30 pm. Galaktoboureko is to be brought to the dinner no later than 10:00 am, May 4. We need: 7 pans galaktoboureko, 300 cookies koulourakia, 7 pans lemon cake, 4 pans karidopita (walnut cake), and any and all finikia. A sign-up sheet will be in the hall. Baklava- and kourambiedes-making will be announced in the weekly bulletins, and all are invited. If you want to oversee the donation collection, contact Regina or Michael.