From the 08-09-15 bulletin

Post date: Aug 9, 2015 6:24:42 AM

This week at St. John

  • Sunday, August 9 – Tenth Sunday of Matthew
    • 8:30 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy, with fellowship to follow
    • 5:30 p.m. Great Paraklesis
  • Monday, August 10
    • 6:00 p.m. Small Paraklesis
  • Tuesday, August 11
    • 9:30 a.m. Pastry baking for Greek dinner
    • 6:00 p.m. Great Paraklesis
  • Wednesday, August 12
    • 6:00 p.m. Small Paraklesis
  • Thursday, August 13
    • 6:00 p.m. Great Paraklesis
  • Friday, August 14
    • 7:00 p.m. Great Vespers at Assumption in East Moline, IL
  • Saturday, August 15 – Dormition of the Theotokos
    • 8:30 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy
    • Newsletter submissions due
    • 5:30 p.m. Great Vespers
  • Sunday, August 16 – Eleventh Sunday of Matthew
    • 8:30 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy, with fellowship to follow
    • Prosphora this week were prepared by Koula Demetroulis and Mary Siamis.

Please check the sign-up sheet in the hall for opportunities to sponsor the Sunday fellowship in 2015. There are several Sundays in need of sponsorship.

Many thanks to all those who participated in and assisted with Vacation Church School this past week!

We have three items for sale to help our building projects. Please let me know if you are interested in either: banana bread (vegan, non-vegan, and various flavors $5/loaf, gluten-free available on request for $6), charcoal for incense at $2/sleeve of 10, and beautiful handmade prayer ropes.

Tuesday, August 11, join Eleonora and Regina at 9:30 am at the church hall. We will be baking baklava and other pastries for our upcoming dinner on October 4. Please let Eleonora or Regina know if you will be helping. Thank you.

As we continue the Dormition Fast, please give Fr. Peter the names of the living for which we pray at our paraklesis services. If you have given your names in the past and there are no changes, you do not need to do so again.

If you would like to come to our fall educational series and are unable to come at 10 a.m. on Tuesday mornings, please let Fr. Peter know one or more times when you would be available. The fall series will most likely be a series combining various topics, such as what we know about God, or the purpose, meaning, and organization of the church building, etc.

***Attention ministry leaders!*** the newsletter deadline of August 15 is approaching quickly, please gather all of your events and dates for September and October and verify them with Father. Please submit them by the 15th to, so we can get the newsletter out in a timely manner. Any late submission will not be put in. Thank you for your timely response.

Stewardship corner

Valentine Zander tells this story about St. Seraphim of Sarov, 18th century Russian monk and saint: The care of the two churches was entrusted to two nuns. St. Seraphim told them that everything to do with the church “is like an inner fire enkindling us, and looking after it is the best work of all. The humblest job, be it only to clean the floor of the house of God, is a nobler work than all the others. Everything you do in the house of God should be done with love and reverence. You must do nothing trivial there, only necessary duties. For where else could you find greater joy than in the place where our Lord is dwelling, surrounded by cherubim and seraphim and all the heavenly spirits!"

This is an example of what our stewardship should mean to us and require of us. It is not enough to say of the Church, "I'm a member in good standing," and then walk away from the responsibilities that Almighty God has placed into our hands. It is solely through our love and commitment to the Holy Trinity expressed in both faith and action that salvation can be ours. All that we have belongs to Him. This includes the gifts of the talents we have, and the gift of time we spend.

As the nuns in the story about St. Seraphim found out, even sweeping the floor in the house of God is an honorable and noble work. But there are so many other works that need to be done. It is only the believer and practitioner of the Orthodox faith that can do them with the joy of seeing that whatever is done, is done to the glory of God and the benefit of the Church. We must do all we can to express unreserved love emptying ourselves and following Him always. This is true stewardship. (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 $96,498 pledged out of $108,480 budgeted.