CHRIST IS BORN! GLORIFY HIM!
On behalf of our Saint John Parish Council, Philoptochos, and all the organizations and Staff, we want to wish us all HAPPY NEW YEAR, 2022!
LEFTY HELIDONAS AND GUS RIGAS
We regret tto announce the falling asleep in the Lord: Eleftherios Helidonas who passed away in Jacksonville, Florida on Christmas Eve after a long battle with COVID-19. His funeral will be Saturday, January 8, 2022, More details will follow.
We also regret to announce the passing of Gus Rigas. His Funeral will be Saturday, January 15, 2022 at Saint John the Forerunner at 9 am.
May their Memories be Eternal!
Feast Day Celebrations
Theophany Celebrations – January 5-6, 2021
January 5 – Vesperal Liturgy & Blessing of Waters 6 pm
January 6 - Divine Liturgy & Blessing of Waters 9:30 am
St John Feast Day – January 6-7, 2022
January 6 – Great Vespers 6:30 pm
January 7- Orthros 8:30 am, Divine Liturgy 9:30 am
Sunday, January 23 – Blessing of Waters at Lake Glacier – 3:00 pm
NO CHILDREN'S SERMON TODAY
Please note that there will be no children’s sermon until January 9th. There also will be no Church School today.
Father Tom will be blessing homes beginning after January 6th. There is a sign–up sheet in the Narthex. Please sign up or contact Father directly to have your home blessed.
SAINT JOHN FEAST DAY
January 7th is the Feast Day of our parish’s Patron Saint, St John the Forerunner and Baptist. Please see calendar of events for the schedule.
PAN HELLENIC ScHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE
The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation has released the 2021/22 scholarship application. The Foundation will accept applications from eligible Greek American college students through January 31, 2022 and will distribute $250,000 in scholarship awards to exceptional undergraduates as follows: Twenty (20) Awards of $10,000 each based on academic merit and financial need and Twenty (20) Awards of $2,500 each based solely on academic achievement. The application and qualification criteria, requirements, and guidelines are available at www.panhellenicsf.org. For any questions or inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (312) 357-6432.
SOMETHING IS MISSING IN CH_RCH - U
With the scare of the Pandemic that has changed our lives and way of thinking, it is time we try to live our lives normally again. Yes, we all still must take precautions to keep ourselves safe, however staying away from church, in the long run, hurts us more than helps us. We need as a community to pray together and fellowship together. Please encourage your friends and relatives to join us in person in Church on Sundays. We need you, and YOU NEED the Church!
* St John Commandarie communion wine ($175)
* Eight round Tables ($100 each)
* Twelve 8 foot long tables ($75 each)
DONATIONS CAN BE MADE ON ST JOHN WEBSITE
We are happy to announce that electronic donations are now being accepted on our stjohnboardman.com website. On the lower part of the page, you will notice a donate button. You are now able to make your stewardship payments on the site via paypal. May God bless our Saint John parish.
TO THE FAITHFUL STEWARDS OF SAINT JOHN THE FORERUNNER
In the past few months when some have been limited in their ability to physically attend Church on Sundays, we want to thank especially those who have continued to offer their offerings, pledges and donations to our St John Church. There are a couple of ways to continue contributing to the Church. The first way is by bringing or mailing your contribution to the Church. The other way is by donating through our website - stjohnboardman.com. On the lower left hand corner of the home page there is a yellow "donate" tab. You can donate through PayPal using this method.
Lastly, we encourage everyone to reach out to our members of our Church family to let them know that they are being thought of and prayed for, and, most of all LOVED! Now that the restrictions have been lifted, we encourage everyone to come back HOME – back to your Church – Saint John the Forerunner. Thank you and may God bless you and our Saint John family!!
WELCOME TO ALL – We want to welcome everyone to our St. John Parish. All visitors are asked to kindly sign our guest book. Although everyone is welcome to worship with us, please note that only Orthodox Christians that are properly prepared may receive Holy Communion. HOLY COMMUNION - One of the most sacred acts an Orthodox Christian participates in is the reception of our Lord in the Holy Eucharist at the Divine Liturgy, to receive Holy Communion, one must be prepared through; FASTING; On Wednesday and Friday (Consuming nothing after 12:00 AM on Sunday. PRAYER; Asking for forgiveness of one’s sins and by making frequent use of HOLY CONFESSION. If one is guilty of serious sin, (A violation of the Lord’s 10 Commandments) one must receive Holy Confession before receiving Holy Communion. ATTENDANCE - We encourage everyone to be on time. The Divine Liturgy is an all-encompassing the church preparing for Holy Communion also requires us to be present before the epistle and the gospel reading.
HOSPITALIZATION – Please notify Father or the Church office of any hospitalization, nursing home admissions, or illnesses so that Father can visit and offer the Holy Sacraments to your loved ones. We do not want to ever deprive anyone support and consolation during an illness. If you desire this information kept confidential, please advise us and strict confidence will be maintained. Please keep in mind that according to Federal Law, hospitals are not allowed to give our personal information such as religious affiliating. Hospitals will notify the priest or church only if the patient requests the facility to do so. STEWARDSHIP - An Orthodox Christian Steward is an active participant in the life of the Church. The parish encourages all who accept the Orthodox Faith to become practicing Stewards. Each year the Steward is expected to carefully review his or her personal circumstances and make a commitment of time, talent, and treasure to support the Parish and her Ministries, which in turn support the National Ministries of our Archdiocese, Metropolis, and institutions. Have you pledged to your Church? Pledge cards have been sent out. Please turn them in so we can continue in the work of the church. Think Stewardship!
2022 CHURCH CALENDARS
We have received our 2022 Church calendars and are awaiting to find homes. You may pick yours up from the Narthex desk. Please feel free to take some. May God bless us all.
CHURCH SECRETARY/OFFICE MANAGER AND OFFICE HOURS
Our secretary and office manager is Joanne Martin. Our new office hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 am - 2 pm. Joanne has been a long time friend to Saint John the Forerunner and has bookkeeping experience. She is an asset to our Church family. We are thankful that Joanne is with us!