From the 06-21-15 bulletin

Post date: Jun 29, 2015 4:42:57 AM

This week at St. John

  • Sunday, June 21 - Third Sunday of Matthew
    • 8:30 a.m. Orthros, Divine Liturgy, with fellowship to follow
    • Hymnology
  • Tuesday, June 23
    • 6;00 p.m. Great Vespers
  • Wednesday, June 24 - Nativity of St. John the Baptist
    • 8:30 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy
  • Saturday, June 27
    • 5:30 p.m. Great Vespers
  • Sunday, June 28 - Fourth Sunday of Matthew
    • 8:30 a.m. Orthros, Divine Liturgy, with fellowship to follow
    • Hymnology
    • Special parish assembly
    • 1:30 p.m. Sunday school outing
    • 5:30 p.m. Great Vespers

Prosphoro this week was prepared by Eleonora Rieck

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

Please let me know by the end of June what topics you would like to see offered as part of our educational series in the fall of 2015 and spring of 2016. If you would like to attend and have not been able to, please let me know what days and times would enable you to participate.

Sunday School Outing: Sunday June 28 1:30-3:30 at AirFx trampoline park, 1100 N 18th Ave Hiawatha. Come join us for a day of hoppy fun! There is an area for toddlers/preschoolers and a large area of trampolines for older kids. Dodge ball, foam pits, and basketball hoops are some of the features. Parents are welcome to stay and hang out--even jump if you are brave! This will include 1.5 hours of jump time, laser maze token, soda, and jump socks. Jessica will bring a small snack. Please RSVP to Jessica White by text at 319-899-4311 or email at as I need to give them a final count. You need to get online and sign a waiver for your child if you plan on coming. Web site is There are other snacks and mini golf for additional fees if you are interested.

Our summer reading book this year is "The Parable of the Prodigal Son" by Hieromonk Gregorios. The book club will run for four weeks and potential meeting times are:

Mondays at 6:30 or 7 pm,

Tuesdays at 6, 6:30, or 7 pm (except for the July parish council meeting),

Wednesdays at 7 pm

Fridays at 6, 6:30, or 7 pm.

If you would like to read and discuss this beautiful little book with us, please let me know this week what time works best for you.

Stewardship corner

No specific amount of giving is ever commanded, and no percentage is suggested. While a tithe or tenth of one’s finances may be a good standard to use for Christian giving, it is clear the early church did not focus on a specific amount but rather on meeting needs.

This sometimes included giving much more than a tenth, as some believers sold homes or land to meet the needs that existed in the church: “And with great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles' feet; and distribution was made to each as any had need. Thus Joseph who was surnamed by the apostles Barnabas (which eans, Son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, sold a field which belonged to him, and brought the money and laid it at the apostles' feet” (Acts 4:33-37).

God’s gifts to us now are no less than the gifts that were abundantly showered on Adam and Eve in the Garden. Those gifts are no less abundant that the gifts that God provided for His people Israel in the Promised land flowing with milk and honey. God’s gifts today flow upon us all. Take the test of loyalty to our God. The test is simple. It goes like this: “God loves a cheerful giver.” (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 $95,158 pledged out of $108,480 budgeted.