St. John the Theologian Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2018-11-11
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St. John the Theologian Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (281)554-7223
  • Street Address:

  • 202 North Walnut Street

  • Webster, TX 77598

Contact Information

Services Schedule

Saturday Vespers: 6:00pm Sunday: Orthros at 9am with the Divine Liturgy following Weeknight Services (according to calendar): Vespers 5:30pm, Divine Liturgy 6:30pm (Times are approximate)

Past Bulletins


* As this is the second Sunday of the month, a second tray will be passed for donations to the capital development fund. Please support this effort.

* 40 day Memorial today for Angie Fronimos (Connie Hammack’s mother). May her memory be eternal.

 * Please join us after the Liturgy for coffee hour in the Parish Home. This week’s coffee hour is sponsored by team Blue. Thank You!

* As we near the end of the year, please make sure that your 2018 stewardship is complete.


* The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation has released the 2018/19 scholarship application on today October 1st. The Foundation will accept applications from eligible Greek American college students through January 31, 2019, 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. Twenty (20) Awards of $2,500 each based solely on academic achievement
Undergraduate students of Hellenic descent from all fifty states are encouraged to apply. Applications should be submitted electronically as instructed by January 31, 2019. 
For more information, go to


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 In Our Prayers

Eric Richards, Howard Hoover (Lou’s friend), Sheila (Michael Savage’s sister), Robert Finch, Abigail Robertson, Alice Marinos, Colette Quinn, Eugenia (Dimitri’s cousin), Eleni Safos (Maria's cousin), Gherghina, Vish, Mihaela and Dorin, Robert and Keng (friends of Andreea D.), Evangelia Mourtakos, Kathi and Niko Parris (Phyllis’s daughter and grandson), Nuvia Murillo (Irma’s sister/Athena’s Aunt), Juliana and Nicole (Creighton's mother and daughter).

The servants of God Angie Fronimos, Marisa Lewis-Mateo (Creighton’s cousin), and Anna Lewis (Evangelia's sister and Callie Suniga's Aunt). May their memory be eternal.



FALL GENERAL ASSEMBLY - Sunday November 11, 2018 at 12:45 PM

Tentative Agenda:

Determination of Quorum

Election of General Assembly Chair

Review and Approval of:

Fall 2017 General Assembly Minutes

Spring 2018 General Assembly – no quorum

June 28, 2018 Special General Assembly Minutes

State of the Parish (Eric Richards, Parish Council President)

Old Business: (Mike Savage, Parish Council Vice President)

1.   Status of Church properties

2.   Status of Live Oak House & Property

Status of Parish Home garage to kitchen renovation

New Business:

1.  Appointment of 2018 Audit Committee

2.  Presentation of nominees for Parish Council elections on December 9, 12 PM – 3 PM

3.  Appointment of Election Committee (3 members required)

Board of Auditors Report – 2016 & 2017 (Angela Loveless, Sylvia Mourtakos, Christopher Wood)

Treasurer and Stewardship Reports: (Demetrios Mourtakos, Parish Council Treasurer)

1. 2018 YTD Financial status

2. 2018 YTD Stewardship status

3. 2019 Budget review and approval

Committee Reports:

Greek Festival Committee Report (Sylvia Mourtakos)

Sunday School (Mary Maxson)

Greek School (Deena Metaxas)

Mt. Olivet Cemetery Update (Michael Loveless)

Other Items for the Good of the Parish:


Coffee Hour

Please join us after the Liturgy for coffee hour in the Parish Home. This week’s coffee hour is sponsored by team Red. Thank You!

Parishioners, please allow only coffee hour team members to park in the driveway so they can have easier unloading access.

Yellow: Ashley, L. Rigas, A. & K. Tambourides 
Orange: Gazis, Marinos, Sokol, Suniga 
Purple: Agler, Loveless, McFalls, Richards, Savage 
Green: Metaxas, Saphos, Zachariades
White: Lyashman, Partlow, Ely, Mourtakos
Red: Gazaw, Padilla, Hammock, M. Tambourides, Zacharias 
Blue: Patelis, Rapos, Simeon, Yunakov 
Pink: Craioveanu, Quinn, Tsougarakis

Nov 11: Blue
Nov 18: No coffee hour
Nov 25: Pink



Our ladies are taking a stand to make the kitchen in the parish home more functional to allow for more efficient fundraising support for our church (greek festival, bake sale, christmas/easter breads, catering, etc). We have enough funds to complete the conversion, but are running short of equipping the new space with suitable appliances. Please consider making a donation to our Philoptochos so we can have these appliances ready to install in time for our Christmas bake sale. Items needed are:

·     New oven and vent hood: $3,170

·     Air Condition system: $4,00

·     Sink: $438

·     Mop sink: $280

·     Stainless steel tables: $3

·     Kitchen Faucet: $119

Any size donation would be gratefully accepted, and are tax deductible. May God bless all of us and the remodeling effort, so that we can have a kitchen we can work in and put to good use. 

DONATE to Kitchen Remodel Fundraiser


Our annual bake sale is ready to go!


  • Tiropites: Feta cheese and egg filled pastry triangles
  • Spanakopites: Spinach, egg & feta filled pastry triangles
  • Baklava: Nuts, butter and spices in layers of phyllo pastry, baked and topped with honey syrup
  • Finikia: Spice cookies dipped in honey syrup & sprinkled with chopped walnuts and cinnamon
  • Kourambiedes: Roasted almond butter cookies topped with powdered sugar
  • Koulourakia: Traditional twisted shortbread-type cookies
  • Biscotti: Anise or almond-flavored coffee cookies
  • Tsoureki: Sweet braided Christmas bread.
  • Karidopita: Sweet walnut cake
  • Pastitsio: Macaroni with beef filling & Romano cheese topped with béchamel sauce

FOR GUARANTEED DELIVERY BEFORE THANSGIVING Orders must be received by November 13, 2018

FOR GUARANTEED DELIVERY BEFORE CHRISTMAS Orders must be received by December 16, 2018

Please, make checks payable to: St. John’s Philoptochos and mail to 202 N. Walnut street, Webster, TX 77598. 

Orders must be prepaid and can be picked up at the St. John’s Parish house at: 412 Henrietta Street, Webster, TX 77598

Pick up days: November 17-18, 2018 between 11:00 am and 3 pm.  December 20-21, 2018, between 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Order forms are now available in the Narthex and at the link below. Payments may also be made online.

Please help us by distributing the form with friends and family. This is our biggest fundraiser and all proceeds are used to fund our many outreach programs.

Order Form


Introduction to Orthodoxy Class

Our classes have come to completion. Our next class will be in January or February, depending on interest. Many thanks to Father Florin, Angela and Michael Loveless for spearheading this valuable course.

Intro to Orthodoxy


Sunday Church School

Sunday School

Sunday School will be held immediately following communion. We invite all youth from Pre-K to senior high to join us in fellowship and activities as we grow as Orthodox Christians. 


Community Christmas Card

Annually, we ask members and friends of the Parish to participate in the Community Christmas Card.  A “Community Christmas Card” is one where the Faithful make a donation and have their names listed on one beautiful card that is then mailed out to all of the Parishioners and Friends of the Parish.  The funds raised from this card go to the Pastor’s Benevolent Fund.  This fund allows the Priest to provide help anonymously to those in need of immediate assistance.

A minimum donation of $25.00 is required to have your family’s name(s) placed on the card.  Please consider making your tax-exempt donation greater than the minimum donation so there will be enough funds in the Pastor’s Benevolent Fund to last through 2018.

The form below along with a check or cash should be given either to Sylvia Mourtakos or to or mailed to the church (202 N. Walnut, Webster TX 77598).  Check should be made out to St. John the Theologian and For “Christmas Card” should be written on the envelope if mailed to the Church.  All forms and payments must be received by December the 9th.  If you have questions, contact Sylvia at 832-865-1289 or e-mail to You can also email the Church Office at

Order Form


Bookstore/Gift Shop

Featured This Week


Guardian Angel with Boy, small icon. 4-1/2" X 6-1/2" icon on wood. Imported from Serbia

See Colette at the coffee hour!   


Narthex Rotation Schedule

We are looking for volunteers to help with this Ministry. This is first contact with parishioners and/or guests visiting us for the first time.  You do not need to be on Parish Council to volunteer for this ministry. A smile and gentle demeanor goes a long way in welcoming a newcomer to our church. Please contact the office to volunteer.

Nov 11    Demetrios Mourtakos, Eric Richards

Nov 18    Ross Leo, Demetrios Mourtakos

Nov 25    Michael Savage, Ross Leo

Dec 2      Georgios Rigas, Michael Savage

Dec 9      Maria Simeon, Georgios Rigas


Of the many ways of supporting our Church, there are few which stand out as uniquely personal offerings of faith. The offering of Prosforo bread for the Divine Liturgy is one of them. We are thankful to the handful of ladies who have faithfully fulfilled this responsibility over the years and we invite more of our faithful - especially young families with children - to make this a part of their lives as well. Want to be added to our Prosforo list? Please see Maria Simeon.

Please make sure that Prosforo is in church before the start of the Orthros service on Sunday. Please write the date (or put a sticker with the date) on the plastic bags with the Prosforo. That way the oldest will be used first. Thank you for your help.

Nov 11 Maria Saphos

Nov 18 Cleopatra Nelson

Nov 25 Helen Gazaw

Dec 2   Evangelia Gazis

Dec 9   Kika Tampouridou

Dec 16 McFalls Family

Dec 23  Maria Simeon

Dec 30  Zaneta Rapos

Jan 6    Andriana T

Jan 13  Ellie Ashley

Jan 20  Soula Koumbias



Greek School


Our Greek School ROCKS!

Adult Classes meet on Wednesday's in the Parish Home at 6:30pm. Children's classes meet on Saturday's at 10:00am

No Classes Thanksgiving Week.

Information is on our website:

Greek Language classes are open to parishioners and individuals from the surrounding community!


2018 Stewardship

Download our 2018 Stewardship Commitment card  

 As of November 9, 2018 we have 72 Pledging Families

Many Years!

To be a voting member, a stewardship card must be filled out every year. Stewardship helps defray the costs of keeping our doors open, thus spreading the word of Christian Orthodoxy throughout the Bay Area. Please support our parish by filling out a Stewardship card.

For your convenience, stewardship donations may be made securely online. All major credit/debit cards are accepted.


Whatever you do, work at it with All Your Heart as working for the Lord, not for men.  ~Colossians 2:23

2018 Stewardship Thermometer Graph


Church Calendar

  • Church Calendar

    November 11 to November 26, 2018

    Sunday, November 11


    8th Sunday of Luke

    9:00AM Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy

    11:30AM Coffee: Team Blue

    Monday, November 12

    John the Merciful, Patriarch of Alexandria

    Tuesday, November 13

    John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople

    Wednesday, November 14

    Philip the Apostle

    6:30PM Adult Greek Language Class

    Thursday, November 15

    Fast of the Nativity Begins

    Nativity Fast Begins

    7:00PM Parish Council Meeting

    Friday, November 16

    Matthew the Apostle & Evangelist

    Saturday, November 17

    Gregory the Wonderworker & Bishop of Neo-Caesarea

    9:00AM Adopt a Highway Cleanup

    10:00AM Children's Greek School

    6:00PM Vespers-CANCELLED (father on vacation)

    Sunday, November 18

    Church open for Prayers and candle lighting only.

    9th Sunday of Luke

    Monday, November 19

    Obadiah the Prophet

    Tuesday, November 20

    The Forefeast of the Presentation of the Theotokos into the Temple

    Wednesday, November 21

    The Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

    Thursday, November 22

    Thanksgiving Day

    Archippus the Apostle, Philemon the Apostle & his wife, Apphia, Onesimos the Disciple of Paul

    Friday, November 23

    Amphilochius, Bishop of Iconium

    Saturday, November 24

    Our Holy Father Clement, Pope of Rome

    10:00AM No Children's Greek School

    6:00PM Vespers-CANCELLED (Father on vacation)

    Sunday, November 25

    13th Sunday of Luke

    9:00AM Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy

    11:30AM Coffee (fasting): Team Pink

    Monday, November 26

    Alypius the Stylite of Adrianopolis


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Second Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Mark 16:1-8

When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint Jesus. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?" And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back, for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, "Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you." And they went out and fled from the tomb; for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to any one, for they were afraid.

Second Orthros Gospel
Κατὰ Μᾶρκον 16:1-8

Καὶ διαγενομένου τοῦ σαββάτου Μαρία ἡ Μαγδαληνὴ καὶ Μαρία ἡ τοῦ ᾿Ιακώβου καὶ Σαλώμη ἠγόρασαν ἀρώματα ἵνα ἐλθοῦσαι ἀλείψωσιν αὐτόν. καὶ λίαν πρωῒ τῆς μιᾶς σαββάτων ἔρχονται ἐπὶ τὸ μνημεῖον, ἀνατείλαντος τοῦ ἡλίου. καὶ ἔλεγον πρὸς ἑαυτάς· τίς ἀποκυλίσει ἡμῖν τὸν λίθον ἐκ τῆς θύρας τοῦ μνημείου; καὶ ἀναβλέψασαι θεωροῦσιν ὅτι ἀποκεκύλισται ὁ λίθος· ἦν γὰρ μέγας σφόδρα. καὶ εἰσελθοῦσαι εἰς τὸ μνημεῖον εἶδον νεανίσκον καθήμενον ἐν τοῖς δεξιοῖς, περιβεβλημένον στολὴν λευκήν, καὶ ἐξεθαμβήθησαν. ὁ δὲ λέγει αὐταῖς· μὴ ἐκθαμβεῖσθε· ᾿Ιησοῦν ζητεῖτε τὸν Ναζαρηνὸν τὸν ἐσταυρωμένον· ἠγέρθη, οὐκ ἔστιν ὧδε· ἴδε ὁ τόπος ὅπου ἔθηκαν αὐτόν. ἀλλ᾿ ὑπάγετε εἴπατε τοῖς μαθηταῖς αὐτοῦ καὶ τῷ Πέτρῳ ὅτι προάγει ὑμᾶς εἰς τὴν Γαλιλαίαν· ἐκεῖ αὐτὸν ὄψεσθε, καθὼς εἶπεν ὑμῖν. καὶ ἐξελθοῦσαι ἔφυγον ἀπὸ τοῦ μνημείου· εἶχε δὲ αὐτὰς τρόμος καὶ ἔκστασις, καὶ οὐδενὶ οὐδὲν εἶπον· ἐφοβοῦντο γάρ.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. 4th Mode. Psalm 67.35,26.
God is wonderful among his saints.
Verse: Bless God in the congregations.

The reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 4:6-15.

Brethren, it is the God who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For while we live we are always being given up to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you.

Since we have the same spirit of faith as he had who wrote, "I believed, and so I spoke," we too believe, and so we speak, knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

Προκείμενον. 4th Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 67.35,26.
Θαυμαστὸς ὁ Θεὸς ἐν τοῖς Ἁγίοις αὐτοῦ.
Στίχ. Ἐν Ἐκκλησίαις εὐλογεῖτε τὸν Θεὸν.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Κορινθίους β' 4:6-15.

Ἀδελφοί, ὁ θεὸς ὁ εἰπὼν ἐκ σκότους φῶς λάμψαι, ὃς ἔλαμψεν ἐν ταῖς καρδίαις ἡμῶν πρὸς φωτισμὸν τῆς γνώσεως τῆς δόξης τοῦ θεοῦ ἐν προσώπῳ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ. Ἔχομεν δὲ τὸν θησαυρὸν τοῦτον ἐν ὀστρακίνοις σκεύεσιν, ἵνα ἡ ὑπερβολὴ τῆς δυνάμεως ᾖ τοῦ θεοῦ, καὶ μὴ ἐξ ἡμῶν· ἐν παντὶ θλιβόμενοι, ἀλλʼ οὐ στενοχωρούμενοι· ἀπορούμενοι, ἀλλʼ οὐκ ἐξαπορούμενοι· διωκόμενοι, ἀλλʼ οὐκ ἐγκαταλειπόμενοι· καταβαλλόμενοι, ἀλλʼ οὐκ ἀπολλύμενοι· πάντοτε τὴν νέκρωσιν τοῦ κυρίου Ἰησοῦ ἐν τῷ σώματι περιφέροντες, ἵνα καὶ ἡ ζωὴ τοῦ Ἰησοῦ ἐν τῷ σώματι ἡμῶν φανερωθῇ. Ἀεὶ γὰρ ἡμεῖς οἱ ζῶντες εἰς θάνατον παραδιδόμεθα διὰ Ἰησοῦν, ἵνα καὶ ἡ ζωὴ τοῦ Ἰησοῦ φανερωθῇ ἐν τῇ θνητῇ σαρκὶ ἡμῶν. Ὥστε ὁ μὲν θάνατος ἐν ἡμῖν ἐνεργεῖται, ἡ δὲ ζωὴ ἐν ὑμῖν. Ἔχοντες δὲ τὸ αὐτὸ πνεῦμα τῆς πίστεως, κατὰ τὸ γεγραμμένον, Ἐπίστευσα, διὸ ἐλάλησα, καὶ ἡμεῖς πιστεύομεν, διὸ καὶ λαλοῦμεν· εἰδότες ὅτι ὁ ἐγείρας τὸν κύριον Ἰησοῦν καὶ ἡμᾶς διὰ Ἰησοῦ ἐγερεῖ, καὶ παραστήσει σὺν ὑμῖν. Τὰ γὰρ πάντα διʼ ὑμᾶς, ἵνα ἡ χάρις πλεονάσασα διὰ τῶν πλειόνων τὴν εὐχαριστίαν περισσεύσῃ εἰς τὴν δόξαν τοῦ θεοῦ.

Gospel Reading

8th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 10:25-37

At that time, a lawyer stood up to put Jesus to the test, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" He said to him, "What is written in the law? How do you read?" And he answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself." And he said to him, "You have answered right; do this, and you will live."

But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was; and when he saw him, he had compassion, and went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, 'Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.' Which of these three, do you think, proved neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?" He said, "The one who showed mercy on him." And Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."

8th Sunday of Luke
Κατὰ Λουκᾶν 10:25-37

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, νομικός τις ἀνέστη ἐκπειράζων αὐτὸν καὶ λέγων· διδάσκαλε, τί ποιήσας ζωὴν αἰώνιον κληρονομήσω; ὁ δὲ εἶπε πρὸς αὐτόν· ἐν τῷ νόμῳ τί γέγραπται; πῶς ἀναγινώσκεις; ὁ δὲ ἀποκριθεὶς εἶπεν· ἀγαπήσεις Κύριον τὸν Θεόν σου ἐξ ὅλης τῆς καρδίας σου καὶ ἐξ ὅλης τῆς ψυχῆς σου καὶ ἐξ ὅλης τῆς ἰσχύος σου καὶ ἐξ ὅλης τῆς διανοίας σου, καὶ τὸν πλησίον σου ὡς σεαυτόν· εἶπε δὲ αὐτῷ· ὀρθῶς ἀπεκρίθης· τοῦτο ποίει καὶ ζήσῃ. ὁ δὲ θέλων δικαιοῦν ἑαυτὸν εἶπε πρὸς τὸν ᾿Ιησοῦν· καὶ τίς ἐστί μου πλησίον; ὑπολαβὼν δὲ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς εἶπεν· ἄνθρωπός τις κατέβαινεν ἀπὸ ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ εἰς ῾Ιεριχώ, καὶ λῃσταῖς περιέπεσεν· οἳ καὶ ἐκδύσαντες αὐτὸν καὶ πληγὰς ἐπιθέντες ἀπῆλθον ἀφέντες ἡμιθανῆ τυγχάνοντα. κατὰ συγκυρίαν δὲ ἱερεύς τις κατέβαινεν ἐν τῇ ὁδῷ ἐκείνῃ, καὶ ἰδὼν αὐτὸν ἀντιπαρῆλθεν. ὁμοίως δὲ καὶ Λευΐτης γενόμενος κατὰ τὸν τόπον, ἐλθὼν καὶ ἰδὼν ἀντιπαρῆλθε. Σαμαρείτης δέ τις ὁδεύων ἦλθε κατ᾿ αὐτόν, καὶ ἰδὼν αὐτὸν ἐσπλαγχνίσθη, καὶ προσελθὼν κατέδησε τὰ τραύματα αὐτοῦ ἐπιχέων ἔλαιον καὶ οἶνον, ἐπιβιβάσας δὲ αὐτὸν ἐπὶ τὸ ἴδιον κτῆνος ἤγαγεν αὐτὸν εἰς πανδοχεῖον καὶ ἐπεμελήθη αὐτοῦ· καὶ ἐπὶ τὴν αὔριον ἐξελθών, ἐκβαλὼν δύο δηνάρια ἔδωκε τῷ πανδοχεῖ καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· ἐπιμελήθητι αὐτοῦ, καὶ ὅ τι ἂν προσδαπανήσῃς, ἐγὼ ἐν τῷ ἐπανέρχεσθαί με ἀποδώσω σοι. τίς οὖν τούτων τῶν τριῶν πλησίον δοκεῖ σοι γεγονέναι τοῦ ἐμπεσόντος εἰς τοὺς λῃστάς; ὁ δὲ εἶπεν· ὁ ποιήσας τὸ ἔλεος μετ᾿ αὐτοῦ. εἶπεν οὖν αὐτῷ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς· πορεύου καὶ σὺ ποίει ὁμοίως.