From the 03-29-15 bulletin

Post date: Apr 16, 2015 2:13:15 AM

This week at St. John

  • Sunday, March 29 - Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt
    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy followed by fellowship
    • 5:30 p.m. Pan-Orthodox Vespers at St. Elias in Dubuque
  • Monday, March 30 -
    • 9:30 a.m. Playgroup meeting
    • 6:00 p.m. Great compline
  • Tuesday, March 31
    • 10:00 a.m. Adult education series
  • Wednesday, April 1
    • 5:30 p.m. Presanctified Liturgy with fellowship and presentation on Christ in the Old Testament to follow
  • Saturday, April 4 - Lazarus Saturday
    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy
    • following service: church and hall clean-up and decoration
    • 5:30 p.m. Great Vespers
  • Sunday, April 5 - Palm Sunday
    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy with blessing of palm crosses, followed by fellowship
    • 7:00 p.m. Bridegroom service

Prosphora this week were prepared by Tula Margellos and Regina Christodoulou

Please check the sign-up sheet in the hall for opportunities to sponsor the Sunday fellowship in 2015.

The date to complete clean up in our cemetery is tomorrow, March 30. All flowers and/or decorations are to be removed from graves

St. John playgroup (3 and under, older siblings welcome) will meet tomorrow at 9:30

If you would like to receive the sacrament of confession during Lent, I am available either after Saturday Vespers or by appointment.

On March 1st the Sunday school children received their Orthodox Mission Coin Boxes. They will collect coins and donations all throughout Great Lent to support the Orthodox Christian Mission Center. We ask all parishioners for their help in finding lost and forgotten coins, you know the ones in our couches, in our cars, in the washing machines, the bottom of our purses, etc... These coins need a new home. Simply bring them to a Sunday school student at church and we will gladly take care of all your lost coins. We would like to collect all those lost coins by Palm Sunday. Thank you for all your help with this mission.

Save the Date: Palm Sunday Luncheon on April 5th. The RSVP list is in the church hall. Let us know you are coming. Or call/email Maria Katsiris. 319-373-0777/ This lovely luncheon is hosted by the Sunday school families of St. John the Baptist.

Mark your calendars, the Spring Dinner is coming up on May 3rd. This is an important fundraiser for our Parish and we need everyone’s help in selling tickets and volunteering for a successful event. Tickets will be distributed today. The sign up sheet for helping at the event is also up in the fellowship hall.

The Spring Parish Assembly will take place on Sunday, April 26, following Fellowship. Please remember that Eligible Voters need to have filled out a Pledge Form for 2015, paid 25% of 2015 total and all prior year pledge balances at least 30 days prior to the Parish Assembly. As always we want as many parishioners to be eligible so if you have a balance from prior years please contact Fr. Peter as soon as possible.

Registration is open for Camp St. George. Online registration for Fanari Camp should open April 1. As we have done in the past few years St. John’s will be providing financial assistance to help defer the cost for our youth attending.

Stewardship corner

"And he told them a parable, saying, 'The land of a rich man brought forth plentifully; and he thought to himself, `What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?' And he said, `I will do this: I will pull down my barns, and build larger ones; and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, be merry.' But God said to him, `Fool! This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?' So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God." (Luke 18:16-20 RSV)

Wherever there is life in a parish church, there is increase and growth. There is also constant interchange. There is the taking and giving out; there is the receiving and returning to the Lord that which is His. Through the parish church and the Holy Mysteries of the Church that are dispensed therein, every Orthodox believer has the opportunity to receive light and blessing. It is this light and blessing that an Orthodox believer then gives to others in the work that he or she does for the Lord and His Church. (from On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life on

If you haven’t done so yet, please fill out a pledge form for your 2015 stewardship! So far in 2015 we have $88,818 pledged out of $108,480 budgeted.