Saint John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2021-09-26
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Saint John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • 408.605.0621
  • Street Address:

  • 9th and Lincoln

  • Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
  • Mailing Address:

  • PO Box 5808

  • Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921

Contact Information

Services Schedule


Weekend services: the weekend schedule is fixed for most of the year. The services take place in Carmel-by-the-Sea, at All Saints Church, lower level, 9th and Lincoln.

Saturdays: 5:00pm Vespers

Sundays:   8:30am Matins

                   9:45am Liturgy

Week-day services: during the week we may celebrate the major feast days of the Church either in Carmel or in Salinas. Please check the calendar! The schedule pattern is:

Wednesdays:  6:00pm Paraklesis

Eve of feasts: 6:00pm Vespers

Feast days:    8:30am Matins

                       9:45am Liturgy

Past Bulletins

Schedule of Services

Note: week-day services are posted on Zoom.   

Saturday, September 25
    11:00am  Stewardship Appreciation Lunch
    5:00pm  Vespers
Sunday, September 26   Falling Asleep of Saint John the Theologian
    8:30am  Matins
    9:45am  Liturgy
    12:00pm  Catechism Class + Church School
Monday, September 27
    9:00am  Matins - Church University
    7:00pm  Journey to Fullness - Introduction to Orthodoxy: Part 13 - Salvation as Participation

Tuesday, September 28
    9:00am  Matins - Church University
Wednesday, September 29   Saint Kyriakos of Palestine
    8:00am  Orthros + Liturgy
    10:00am  Book Forum: Big in Heaven

    6:00pm  Paraklesis
    8:00pm  Council of Ministries

Thursday, September 30
    9:00am  Matins - Church University
Friday, October 1
    9:00am  Matins - Church University
Saturday, October 2
    5:00pm  Vespers
Sunday, October 3
    8:30am   Matins
    9:45am  Liturgy

  See the whole calendar at


Stewardship News


A quick reminder to all current and future Stewards at Saint Johns: 

Annual Stewardship Appreciation Lunch
This Saturday, September 25

A thank you to this year’s Stewards
Launch of our 2021 Stewardship Program

Lunch at Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club
31 Wharf #2, Monterey, CA
11 am to 3 pm

Nautical Theme – Dress is Casual
Hot Dogs and Hamburgers plus, plus, plus
Admission is a completed 2022 Stewardship Card (online or on paper)
2022 Stewardship Cards are available at church and at the door.

RSVP required:

Sign up here or contact Mary Kanalakis
or reply to this bulletin email


A Ministry Led by Mary Kanalakis

We are 3/4 the way through the year. Please take a look at your Stewardship giving. It may need updating or improving as we move back into regular activities. Open your Stewardship account in Breeze here: BREEZE LOGIN

Many thanks to our 2021 Stewards. 70 families or individuals are now stewards. And thank you to the 16 (23%) of these families who have committed to percent giving. It is such a blessing for these families to lead us on the path to becoming a tithing parish.

Our pledged total so far is $134,768, or 83% of our budget goal. We are four fifths of the way there.

If you have not yet completed a 2021 pledge card, please complete the Stewardship Card ONLINE! Just Click: I WANT TO SIGN UP NOW!

Living the Gospel


Greek Festival News


Our appeal to parishioners to make up the difference when our festival was cancelled has been met with a joyful response of generosity. Half of those costs have been contributed, or $15,150. Our parish is so blessed and we thank our parishioners who sacrificially gave to the church:

Michael Bachik - Corkey & Brian Balcom - Mary Bekkos - Father Ion, Presbytera Ana - Temia Demakopoulos - Olga Drumev - Janel Fraij - Michel Georgariou - Michael & Maria Hahn - Chris Hallas - Dimitrios Hoularis - Mike & Mary Kanalakis - Shirley Manis - Nate & Aileen Metcalf - Stephania Muntean - Chris Pullos - Thimi & Charlotte Saites - Aida Tadros - Renate-Karen Wunsch - Jim & Angela Wagoner - Nate & Aileen Metcalf - Jamie Wojtal - Jacob & Carrie Voyce - David & Nadia Zajicek - Rania & Anthony Zavitsanos

We are all so grateful to you for quickly stepping in.

If you haven’t given as yet, won’t you help now? We know a mini-festival will not be able to make up the difference. We count on all parishioners to take part in the Festival. Now we count on all parishioners to help us in the absence of the Festival.


Offer to the No-Festival Fund here:



News & Events


God willing, we will start the Church School program for all the age groups on Sunday September 26. All children ages 3 and up are invited to attend. Here are a few things that affect us all:

  • This Sunday we will have a short prayer and the blessing of the new Church School year at the end of the liturgy. Please be prepared to come to the front - teachers, parents and kids.
  • Priority should be given to the teachers and kids to get lunch ahead of the rest. It should also be noted that the church school teachers will NOT be able to help with clean up on their coffee hour days.

We plan on having three classes: (1) Preschool (Montessori) - Presbytera Ana and Mrs. Carrie Voyce will meet in Classroom A. (2) Primary and secondary grades - Mr. Jacob Voyce and (open position) will meet on Classroom B or on the patio. (3) High-school - Mr. Andrew and Mrs. Paige Benton will meet on the patio or chapel (when available).

God willing, we will have more from the parish participate in teaching and assist the teachers. For more information, please contact Presbytera Ana


A Ministry led by Father Ion

The Catechism Class will take place this Sunday from 12pm in the Chapel. The topic will be The True God (I) – The Trinity. Please pray for our catechumens: Angelina, Mikael, Arthur, and Elizabeth.



A ministry led by Angela Wagoner

JOURNEY TO FULLNESS: An Introduction to the Fullness of the Original Christian Faith -

The Journey to Fullness presentations and small groups discussions will meet again starting September 27 to continue with Part 13 - Salvation as Participation.



A ministry lead by Kathy Shaw

Our book forum is discussing Big in Heaven: A Collection of Stories About Life in an American Orthodox Parish.  There are still a few copies available at the bookstore.

These stories begin to paint a new kind of Icon, that of a truly American Orthodox Christian, of regular people simply trying to be or tragically rejecting being regular human beings, the kind of people perhaps never even imagined by most American readers. . . . The stories break the mold of what a religious or non-religious story ought to be. They are not moralistic, nor are they irreverent in their honest portrayal of the realities of life in the Church. Rather they are just good, honest stories, and in being this they are sacramental, conveying and holding together elements of life that are seemingly disparate. (from the Foreword) Sometimes poignant, sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes convicting, these stories of life in an inner-city immigrant Orthodox parish are guaranteed to shake your assumptions and make you see your life and faith in a new way. They are not for the faint of heart but they are very much for all who want to embrace the truth more fully.

Join the Book Forum on Wednesdays from 11am, right after the daily Matins service.

Our next meeting on Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 29
Meeting time: from 10am, right after Matins/ Church University.
To prepare: Please read the pages 180 - 209.

  Zoom in at the known link.

Adult Education, Community


A ministry led by Paige Benton

The small groups Faith and Fellowship has resumed, but there is plenty of room for more folks to attend. We meet from 7pm, after the Paraklesis, on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month via Zoom and, for those who desire, in person as well.

Characters of the Old Testament

October 13 - Abraham's Great Test - Genesis 22
October 27 - Jacob, "The Deceiver" - Genesis 27
November 10 - Moses Seeks Justice - Exodus 2
November 17 - The Exodus from Egypt - Exodus 12


Adult Education


A ministry led by Father Ion

Every weekday morning, the Church University will offer the daily Zoom webcasting from Saint Nektarios Chapel with the short Matins Services. At the end of the service Father Ion offers a reflection, teaching on the readings and the saints of the day. Connect via Zoom to extend Matins with the study of the Scripture readings, great discussion and fellowship time.

Worship and Education


The Council of Ministries will hold a special meeting this Wednesday, September 29, from 8pm via Zoom. The council is formed by 11 ministry leaders plus the 7 Parish Council members.


A Ministry Lead by Despina Hatton

There is still room to serve if you would like to join the team: Angela, Jim, Thimi, Nadia and her friend, John and Father Ion.

Sign up HERE

Saint John the Baptist Church will participate in the food distribution project at the Food Bank in Seaside. We have committed to providing 8 people to serve once a month on the following Tuesdays, 8:30-10:30am:

October 12, November 9 and December 14.

Location: St Francis Xavier Catholic Church
1475 La Salle Ave, Seaside, CA 93955

Sign up HERE


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A ministry led by Angelina Ruiz

Serving these coming Sundays in church and at the fellowship hour following Liturgy: 

September 26
  Parish Council: Thimi Saites
  Welcoming: Temia Demakopoulos
  Fellowship Gratitude Luncheon: Team 4 (Green) 4th Sunday of the month

October 3
   Parish Council: Thimi Saites
   Welcoming: Mary Kanalakis
   Fellowship Gratitude Luncheon: Team 1 (Gold) 1st Sunday of the month



Most of our services and meetings are available online.
Witness remotely:
  1. Zoom with video here.
  2. By phone dial - add the following string to your address book: +16699006833,,9475885646#,,1#,April2020#
Liturgical texts at Ages Initiatives here. Select the date and the service of interest. Then, choose pdf if you want to print, or DCS for viewing on the screen (which also has a night mode).
• Please note that our Metropolis requests compliance with the CDC regulations. This means parishioners who are not vaccinated wear masks for their own protection. It is also recommended for those who are vaccinated. Please respect the comfort level of those around you by keeping reasonable distance.
• The fellowship hour will continue as usual both inside and outside.
Lighting Candles remotely is possible through our Light a Candle website. Click this link: Light a Candle


The Audio/Video Ministry is led by Hussam Ibrahim

  • Daily services, reflections and homilies video.
  • Sunday homilies audio.
  • Some Sunday homilies video and archives prior to June 1 2020 audio.

Organization and Leadership 


Eight Dates

Register today for Eight Dates, the powerful relationship series presented for the second time by the Metropolis Family Wellness Ministry and the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. Based on the book Eight Dates by Drs. John and Julie Gottman, the series sessions are virtual and include prayer, reflection, videos, interactive questions, break-out groups, and closing remarks on topics including Conflict; Work and Money, Intimacy, Family, Spirituality, and many more. Originally designed for newly married couples, every couple--married or not--who wants to improve their communication and connection can benefit from this lively and informative program. The 2021 program begins on Thursday, October 14. Register today at Eight Dates

ORTHOTALKS IS BACK: Dealing with Difficult People

Join Father Gary Kyriacou along with members of the Metropolis Family Wellness Ministry team for an in-depth Zoom gathering on the Orthodox Christian response to bullying, how to deal with someone that is mean, and understanding brokenness. This series will aid the student’s social development by reinforcing the teachings of our Lord and His Church. If you are a Middle/Junior High School Student, we invite you and your parents to join us! This is a two-part series on Thursday, September 30 and October 7 OR Tuesday, October 19 and 26, both at 6:30 p.m. For more information and to register for this free workshop, visit Dealing with Difficult People



Prayer Requests

Lord, Bless, strengthen, and guard, by Your grace, all those who, with love for humankind and a spirit of sacrifice, care for the sick in their homes or in hospitals.

We pray for the servants of God:

"Lord Jesus Christ Son of God, have mercy on your servant (first name)."

   Thomas Stauffer -  for helth, recovery and endurance

   Olga Drumev - for health, recovery, and endurance.

   Chris (Chrisanthi) Georgalos for health, recovery, and endurance.

   Sheila (Despina) Doyle-Rickenbacher - for health, recovery, and endurance.  

   Sophie Britton - for strength and recovery.

   Eleni Saites - for patience and endurance.

   Maria Kastros - for strength and endurance.

   Kylie and her family - for health, faith and hope.

For those who are in prisons: Constantine and Sergei.

And for our catechumens: Mikael, Angelina, Arthur, Elizabeth.

In case of emergency, Father Ion is available for home visits. Please call him directly at 408.605.0621 if you would like to schedule one.


Saints and Feasts

September 26

The Falling Asleep of St. John the Evangelist and Theologian

This Apostle was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and was the son of Zebedee and Salome, and the brother of James the elder. First a fisherman by trade, he became an Apostle and the beloved Disciple of Christ. Only he of all the Disciples followed Him even to the Cross, and was entrusted with the care of our Saviour's Mother, as it were another son to her, and a brother of Christ the Teacher. After this, he preached throughout Asia Minor, especially in Ephesus. When the second persecution against the Christians began in the year 96 during the reign of Domitian, he was taken in bonds to Rome, and there was cast into a vat filled to the brim with boiling oil. Coming forth therefrom unharmed, he was exiled to the island of Patmos, where he wrote the Book of Revelation. Returning again to Ephesus after the death of the tyrant, he wrote his Gospel (after the other Evangelists had already written theirs) and his three Catholic Epistles. In all, he lived ninety-five years and fell asleep in the Lord during the reign of Trajan in the year 100. He was called Theologian because he loftily expounded in his Gospel the theology of the inexpressible and eternal birth of the Son and Word of God the Father. It is for this cause that an eagle-a symbol of the Holy Spirit, as Saint Irenaeus says-is depicted in his icon, for this was one of the four symbolic living creatures that the Prophet Ezekiel saw (Ezek. 1:10).

September 29

Cyriacus the Hermit of Palestine

This Saint was born in Corinth in 448. He went to Palestine to the Lavra of Euthymius the Great, but because of his youth was sent by Saint Euthymius to Saint Gerasimus; after the death of Saint Gerasimus he returned to the Lavra of Saint Euthymius. Later he took on a more rigorous life of asceticism in the wilderness of Natoufa, where there was nothing to eat except the exceedingly bitter wild herb called squills, which, however, through his prayers, God made sweet for him and his disciple. He lived 107 years and reposed in the year 555.

October 01

Romanos the Melodist

Saint Romanos flourished during the reign of Anastasius (491-518). He was from Emesa of Syria, and apparently was born of Jewish parents, for a hymn written in his honour in Greek says he was "of Hebrew stock," and it has furthermore been noted that he uses many Semitic idioms in his writings. He was baptized an Orthodox Christian, and at some time became a deacon in the Church of Beirut. He was the first composer of the kontakia, the foremost of which is that of the feast of Christ's Nativity, On this day the Virgin .... In composing many of his kontakia. Saint Romanos was inspired by the hymns of Saint Ephraim of Syria.

October 02

The Holy Hieromartyr Cyprian and the Virgin Martyr Justina

Saint Justina who was from Damascus, lived in virginity for the sake of Christ. Saint Cyprian, who was from Antioch, began as an initiate of magic and worshipper of the demons. A certain foolish young man who had been smitten with Justina's beauty hired Cyprian to draw her to love him; when Cyprian had wed every demonic device he knew, and had failed, being repulsed by the power of Christ Whom Justina invoked, he understood the weakness of the demons and came to know the truth. Delivered from demonic delusion, he came to Christ and burned all his books of magic, was baptized, and later ascended the episcopal throne in his country. Later, he and Justina were arrested by the Count of Damascus, and having endured many torments at his hands, they were sent finally to Diocletian in Nicomedia, where they were beheaded about the year 304.


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Third Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Mark 16:9-20

When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast seven demons. She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept. But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.

After this he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them.

Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they sat at table; and he upbraided them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. And he said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover."

So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that attended it. Amen.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal 4th Mode. Psalm 18.4,1.
Their voice has gone out into all the earth.
Verse: The heavens declare the glory of God.

The reading is from St. John's First Universal Letter 4:12-19.

No man has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his own Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So we know and believe the love God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. In this is love perfected with us, that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and he who fears is not perfected in love. We love, because he first loved us.

Gospel Reading

The Falling Asleep of St. John the Evangelist and Theologian
The Reading is from John 19:25-27; 21:24-25

At that time, standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son!" Then he said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother!" And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home. This is the disciple who is bearing witness to these things, and who has written these things; and we know that his testimony is true. But there are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.