Saint John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2018-11-18
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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

  • 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

                   9:30am 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

                       9:30am Liturgy

Past Bulletins

Schedule of Services

Saturday, November 17
    5:00pm  Vespers
Sunday, November 18  Parish Assembly /  PC Elections
    8:30am  Orthros (Matins)
    9:30am  Liturgy
Tuesday, November 20
    11:30am  Congregational Chanting
    12:00pm  The 6th Hour Service
    12:30pm  Book Forum: "Pascha Transforms Tom Wolfman"
      6:00pm  Vespers
Wednesday, November 21   Entrance of the Theotokos
    8:30am  Orthros + Liturgy in SALINAS
    6:00pm  Vespers
Thursday, November 22   Elder Iakovos Tsalikis of Evia (since 2017) and Thanskgiving Day
    8:30am  Orthros + Liturgy
Saturday, November 24
    5:00pm  Vespers
Sunday, November 25    Saint Katherine
    8:30am  Orthros (Matins)
    9:30am  Liturgy
    12:00pm  Sunday School and  Orthodoxy 301: ORTHODOX SPIRITUALITY
Tuesday, November 27
    11:30am  Congregational Chanting
    12:00pm  The 6th Hour Service
Wednesday, November 28
    6:00pm  Paraklesis
    7:00pm  Dinner, Lecture and Discussion Time
Thursday, November 29
    6:00pm  Vespers + Orthros + Liturgy
Friday, November 30   Saint Andrew the First Called Apostle
Saturday, December 1
    5:00pm  Vespers
Sunday, December 2   Saint Porphyrios (since 2013)
    8:30am  Orthros (Matins)
    9:30am  Liturgy
    12:00pm Sunday School and Orthodoxy 301: ORTHODOX SPIRITUALITY


Community Calendar

November 16, 17 - Philoptochos Bake Sale at Star Market
November 17 - ASC Arts and Crafts Fair
November 18 - Philoptochos Bake Sale at Saint John's
November 18 - Parish Assembly and Parish Council Elections
December 2 - Philoptochos Advent Luncheon
December 9 - Angel Tree Decorating Family Night
December 15, 16 - Philoptochos Bake Sale
December 24 - Carols and Christmas Festal Dinner (potluck to break the fast after late liturgy)
December 30 - Lunch with ASC

Prayer Requests

Please remember in your prayers the following who are in need.

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

Martha Dakis, Sophie Britton, Sheila Doyle-Rickenbacker, Christina and newborn baby Eleanor, Maria Kastros-Taubman, Tiffany Yant, Helen Saites, Sophie Britton, Jeanny Elliott, Nina and George Kadiev and their daughter Annie, Christina Pressas, Gus Moutos, Jonah and his parents Nick, Sarah and Jonah Ledo and Father Mark Vinas. Also Dimitri and Presbytera Anastasia (at Prophet Elias).

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


News & Events


Let us observe a fast acceptable and pleasing to the Lord.
True fasting is to put away all evil,
To control the tongue, to forbear from anger,
To abstain from lust, slander, falsehood and perjury.
If we renounce these things, then is our fasting true and acceptable to God.
Let us keep the Fast not only by refraining from food,
But by becoming strangers to all the bodily passions.

(From a Lenten Vespers Service)


All Saints Craft Faire is Saturday, November 17 Seccombe Hall  9:00-4:00pm. This is a very well attended event. Once again we will have a “booth" at the faire to direct visitors to Saint John's Open House that will take place in Saint Nektarios Chapel. Won't you support the Saint John's booth, the Open House and visit all the other craft booths offered by All Saints?


Our Fall Parish Assembly Meeting scheduled for Sunday, November 18, following Divine Liturgy.  We encourage you to attend this important meeting of all parishioners to learn all the news. You won't want to miss it! Elections for Parish Council members will be held at this time as well. 


Our thanks to the Parish Council that served this year. They have done a wonderful job and kept us growing in greater love for Christ. As you know, Parish Council members serve for 2-year terms. For continuity, each year we have an election for half the council.

Those council members elected for 2018-2019 are:

- Corrine Balcom
- Brian Balcom
- Euthimios Saites
- Jacob Voyce

Terms will be expiring at end of 2018 for the following council members:
- John Ehab
- Christina Pressas
- Fotis Papoulias

- Larry Brown (relocated in June)

This Sunday, we will conduct an election for the vacant positions. Running for election to 2019-2020 are:
- Christina Pressas

Elections are open for all church members in good standing. We invite you to attend liturgy, vote, and be present for the Parish Assembly also held this Sunday.


The Ladies of Philoptochos are baking delicious cookies and pastries! Perfect for your Holiday tables and gift giving. Be sure to visit us at Star Market in Salinas Friday November 16th and Saturday November 17th 10 AM until 4PM. Sunday November 18th parishioners are invited to pick up their orders after Divine Liturgy. Accepting pre orders now. Please contact Sandy Sanders 831-229-1937 or Alexandra Mouzas 619-518-2755


"Praise the LORD! How good it is to sing praises to our God; for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting." (Psa 147:1 NRS) We encourage congregational chanting at our services. In an effort to make it more accessible, we are beginning to introduce new music to our services following the new Divine Liturgy Hymnal book. This will be a gradual transition for which we will prepare with practice sessions on Tuesdays (11:30am, before noon prayer and Book Forum) and on Saturdays (5:45pm, AFTER Vespers) starting October 27. Always check the schedule online. Music and audio recordings for private practicing can be found at our web site Join the choir and sing praises to our God!


This Sunday we continue our series of five-minute presentations to take place right after the Liturgy: Give Him Five! brought to us by the Stewardship Ministry, they are part of the FILL the GAP! campaign, pointing to the foundation of our life as stewards of God's creation and Church. The topics are as follows:

1. Prayers 

2. Alms giving- 11/11

3. Fasting - 11/18, this Sunday

4. Church attendance - 11/25

5. Mysteries - 12/2

So, give to the Lord through these five ways and receive from Him in many more and much more!


Because of the Parish Assembly this Sunday, only the Preschool will be in session following lunch.


Orthodoxy 301 is a new class to complement our regular catechism training. It is structured as a short lecture given by various people from our community followed by discussion. The topic of Orthodox Spirituality has become more relevant in a world where many consider themselves "spiritual but not religious", finding refuge away from the Church. Open to all. We'll use material from "Orthodox Spirituality - a Brief Introduction" by Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos. The book is available at our bookstore. The class will meet at noon every Sunday in Saint Nektarios Chapel.

Remaining Lectures on Orthodox Spirituality

6. Sacraments and Asceticism (11/25 by Kevin Wheeler)
7. Neptic and Social Theology (12/2)
8. Monasticism and Married Life (12/9)


On Tuesday, November 20, we will begin and end a short book: Pascha Transforms Wolfman Tom - The True Story of a Repentant Murderer. Check the bookstore or see Athanasios for your own copy. The book is NOT available on Chanting class from 11:30am, 6th Hour Service from 12 noon, Book Forum from 12:30pm. Bring your own lunch.


Join us for the Book Forum in December to read and discuss a most beneficial book by Saint Nikodemos of Mount Athos about Holy Communion. It is in line with our previous readings - based on a scriptural and patristic foundation - and it is meant to be part of our fasting/ ascetic labor of preparation for the Nativity of our Lord. The reading will change/ improve our understanding of participating in the Holy Eucharist and even of... the Lord's Prayer as part of the same mystery.

The book has three parts plus a nice Preface, a Prologue and two Appendices that are optional. The schedule is as follows:

December 4 - Part One: Explanation of the Lord's Prayer
December 11 - Part Two: Concerning Frequent Communion
December 18 - Part 3: Objections and Clarifications

Please note that the book can be found in both printed and electronic format. Please let Athanasios know your preference so he can order the books ASAP. The printed version is more suitable for prayerful reading and study.


The Orthros and Liturgy for the Entrance of the Theotokos will take place in Salinas on November 21.


Give thanks to God on Thanksgiving day! For the Orthodox Christians the supreme thanksgiving act is the Holy Eucharist. Thanksgiving Thursday: Orthros from 8:30am followed by Divine Liturgy.


Our high school and college students and their friends are invited to join the Young Adult Group for Monday evening activities from 6:30pm. The theme for this coming school year is A Life of Offering. The month of November will orient us towards Offering Our Conflicts to God. Please contact Father Ion for details.


Serving this Sunday in church and at the fellowship hour following Liturgy:

November 18
   Parish Council: Brian Balcom
   Fellowship: Team Orange – always 3rd Sunday of the month.

November 25
   Parish Council: Corkey Balcom
   Welcoming: Mary Kanalakis
   Fellowship: Team Green – always 4th Sunday of the month.


Father Ion is available to hear confessions after services and also by appointment at other times. If you need to do confession, please contact Father Ion ahead of time.


Many of you may already have learned about a tragic accident which has put the life of this young boy in great danger. Demitris suffered severe injuries and burns after being electrocuted and is in the ICU. Dimitris has already undergone two surgeries, one a skin graft, and the other on his skull to remove infected bone tissue. Please keep Dimitris and his whole family in your prayers for a speedy and full recovery. In the meantime, Philoptochos is reaching out to the family during their time of need.  We are collecting gas or grocery cards, or cash to purchase these gift cards. If you would like to help with this effort please contact Alexandra at 619-518-2755,

Upcoming Philoptochos Events:

  • Philoptochos Bake Sale Friday, November 16th & Saturday, November 17th at Star Market,
  • Community Bake Sale Sunday, November 18th
  • Saturday, December 1st Light the Path in Belmont
  • Sunday, December 2nd Philoptochos Christmas Luncheon at Epsilon
  • Sunday, December 9th Community Christmas gathering for Salvation Army Angel Tree


Our brethren from All Saints Church will gather for cleaning once a month as listed below. We were invited to participate and take care of the space that we use and offer support in other areas as needed. Let us join the effort with gratitude and joy on these following the final Saturday from 10:30am: December 8.


His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos and the Metropolis of San Francisco Philoptochos joyfully invite you to attend Light the Path, a Christmas Luncheon in support of the BISHOP ANTHONY PHILOPTOCHOS STUDENT AID ENDOWMENT FUND.

Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 11am
Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Cross
900 Alameda De Las Pulgas
Belmont, California
$75 per person

For reservations contact Alexandra:

“The Bishop Anthony Philoptochos Student Aid Endowment Fund started as a small seed, but with faith, nurturing and perseverance, we have been able to secure the future of our faith and culture in this Metropolis. Hundreds of students have received considerable support and are now serving the Greek Orthodox Church as priests, educators, pastoral assistants and youth directors. Since its inception, the Metropolis Philoptochos has been the guardian angel of this important effort. Your support of this event will help them to further expand their efforts and will create a lasting legacy for our future.” His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos


SAVE THE DATE for the 14th Annual Metropolis Young Adult Winter Retreat in Lake Tahoe, January 18-21, 2019!    Join us for this beautiful retreat, located on a private beach on the shore of Lake Tahoe with spectacular views, incredible food, and awesome accommodations! Not to mention, we have a weekend packed full of fun, faith, and fellowship with Orthodox young adults from all over the West Coast! This retreat will sell out with a max capacity of 60, so make sure to register beginning November 1, 2018!

DATE: January 18-21, 2019
LOCATION: Galilee Episcopal Camp & Retreat Center, South Lake Tahoe
ARRIVAL TIME: Friday beginning at 5:30pm
DEPARTURE TIME: Monday 9:30am
SPEAKER/THEME: Coming soon!
AGES: 18-30's
ONLINE REGISTRATION Opens: November 1, 2018 at
RETREAT VIDEO from 2016:

COST: $260 includes 3 nights lodging (Fri, Sat, and Sun) and all meals except lunch Saturday & Sunday since we will be out exploring Lake Tahoe both afternoons. Price does not include lift ticket.


A Pilgrimage to St. Anthony’s Monastery in Florence, AZ is scheduled for the weekend of December 8 – 10.  Visit the grounds, see the churches and chapels or you could have confession with Elder Paisios or one of the other priestmonks, upon request. If you are interested, please call Despina Anagnosotu at 520-457-0000, who will be making accommodations to/from the airport/monastery along with reserving rooms at the monastery for all the pilgrims.  Flights are reserved by each individual but you may contact Despina to obtain the specific flights.


Join the 73rd Anniversary of Saint Nicholas Church in San Jose! Save the date:

Sunday, December  9, 2018, Marriott Hotel, 301 South Market, San Jose

No Host Cocktails – 5:30 pm, Dinner - 6:30 pm

To reserve your seats call the church office at 408.246.2770. Tickets for adults are $100, young adults $50, and children $35.




Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal 4th Mode

You descended from on high, O compassionate One, and condescended to be buried for three days, so that from the passions You might set us free. Our life and resurrection, O Lord, glory be to You.

Apolytikion for Great Martyr Plato in the 4th Mode

Your Martyr, O Lord, was worthily awarded by You * the crown of incorruption, in that he contested for You our immortal God. * Since he possessed Your power, he defeated the tyrants, * dashing the demons' powerless displays of defiance. * O Christ God, at his fervent entreaties, save our souls.

Apolytikion of Saint John the Baptist in the 1st Mode

The memory of the just is celebrated with hymns of praise, but the Lord's testimony is sufficient for you, O Forerunner; for you have proved to be truly even more venerable than the Prophets, since you were granted to baptize in the running waters Him Whom they proclaimed. Wherefore, having contested for the truth, you did rejoice to announce the good tidings even to those in Hades: that God has appeared in the flesh, taking away the sin of the world and granting us great mercy.

Seasonal Kontakion in the 4th Mode

The Savior's most pure and immaculate temple, the very precious bridal chamber and Virgin, who is the sacred treasure of the glory of God, on this day is introduced into the House of the Lord, and with herself she brings the grace in the divine Spirit. She is extolled by the Angels of God. A heavenly tabernacle is she.

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 75.11,1.
Make your vows to the Lord our God and perform them.
Verse: God is known in Judah; his name is great in Israel.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians 4:1-7.

Brethren, I, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ's gift.

Gospel Reading

9th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 12:16-21

The Lord said this parable: "The land of a rich man brought forth plentifully; and he thought to himself, 'What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?' And he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns, and build larger ones; and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, 'Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, be merry.' But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?' So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God." As he said these things, he cried out: "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."


Wisdom of the Fathers

I cannot be silent about the story of Hesychius the Horebite. He passed his life in complete negligence, without paying the least attention to his soul. Then he became extremely ill, and for an hour he left his body.
Saint John Climacus
Ladder of Divine Ascent. Step 6: On Remembrance of Death, 6th Century

And when he came to himself, he begged us all to leave him immediately. And he built up the door of his cell, and he stayed in it for twelve years without ever uttering a word to anyone, and without eating anything but bread and water.
Saint John Climacus
Ladder of Divine Ascent. Step 6: On Remembrance of Death, 6th Century

It is only when in the darkness of this world we discern that Christ has already "filled all things with Himself" that these things, whatever they may be, are revealed and given to us full of meaning and beauty. A Christian is one who, wherever he looks, finds Christ and rejoices in Him.
Father Alexander Schmemann
For the Life of the World, p. 113, 20th century


Saints and Feasts

November 18

9th Sunday of Luke

November 18

Saint Plato the Great Martyr of Ancyra

Saint Plato contested in martyrdom in 266, when Agrippinus was proconsul. He was from the city of Ancyra in the province of Galatia.

November 21

The Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

According to the tradition of the Church, the Theotokos was brought to the Temple at three years of age, where she was consecrated to God and spent her days until she was fourteen or fifteen years old; and then, as a mature maiden, by the common counsel of the priests (since her parents had reposed some three years before), she was betrothed to Joseph.


Kontakion for the Fallen Asleep

Remember, O Lord, as good, your servants, and forgive whatever sins in life they committed, for no one is without sin, except you the Mighty One; and grant rest to them who have been removed from among us.