NEWEST PANDEMIC UPDATE FROM OUR METROPOLITAN SAVAS
- Masking, while still strongly encouraged, is not mandated. His Eminence continues to urge the faithful to take reasonable steps to protect their neighbor, especially the most vulnerable among us. Consideration should be made for environment as well - whether the gathering space is small (meeting room or classroom) or large (Church, gym); whether circulation is better or worse; etc.
- Virtual participation in critical meetings should still be offered.
- Parishes are free to implement stricter measures based on case rates in their areas (as many have done in previous months).
PARISH COUNCIL FOR 2022
Congratulations to our Saint John Parish Council. After receiving the confirmation of our 2022 Parish Council from His Eminence Metropolitan Savas, today we will officially install our new Council. The 2022 members are: George Denney, Antoun Dibo Heather Gialousis, Plato Kalfas, Debbie Kreatsoulas, Anthony Orologas, Micheal Orologas, Andrew Rosko, and Peter Stanos. Congratulations!
Please keep our Parish Council in prayer as we navigate through our 2022 year!
Last week we had the annual cutting of the vasilopita in Church. The lucky piece with the coin in it was for our Metropolis of Pittsburgh...which means we all (each parish and member in the Metropolis) will have good fortune this year. Chronia Polla!
BLESSING OF THE WATERS
Because of the inclement weather last Sunday, the Blessing of the Waters has been rescheduled for today, February 6 at 3:00 pm. Sponsored by the Eastern Orthodox Clergy Association, we will be blessing the waters at Mill Creek Park as we pray for the well being and prosperity of our Youngstown area. Please join us at the Lake Glacier lower parking lot for the service. The television media has been invited. May God bless our Mahoning Valley!
Thursday, February 10 is the Feast of Saint Haralambos. A Divine Liturgy will be chanted at 9:30 am. Chronia Polla!
ORDINATION TO THE PRIESTHOOD OF DEACON DEMETRIOS CONSTANTINE
Next Saturday, February 19, we are all invited to attend the Ordination to the Priesthood of Deacon Demetrios. The Ordination will take place at Saint Demetrios in Warren, Ohio, where Father Demetrios will serve as the second priest. Orthros will begin at 8:30am followed by the Divine Liturgy and the Ordination. Please join him and wish him the very best. Axios!!
Father Tom will be blessing homes this week. There is a sign–up sheet in the Narthex. He will be in the Canfield, Boardman, Poland, and New Middletown areas this week. Please sign up or contact Father directly to have your home blessed.
YOUTH MARDI GRAS PARTY
Mark your calendars!! On Sunday February 27, 2022 st. John parish will be celebrating the Apokreas or Mardi Gras party with our youth. Please plan to attend. More details to follow!
AHEPA SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE
The Buckeye Scholarship Foundation gladly announce that they are offering scholarships for high school and collegestudents. Applications are available on line. You may access the application via the following link: www.bsf.buckeyedistrict11.org.
Applications and related material must be submitted no later than March 31.
CALENDAR - EVENTS THIS WEEK
Thursday, February 10 - Saint Haralambos - Divine Liturgy 9:30 am
Saturday, February 12 - Seafood Fest Baking koulourakia - 10:00 am
Community Meal 12 noon - 2 pm
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 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!