Library News

The library has been reorganized!  Come check out Judy’s hard work and be sure to ask her any questions you may have!

Catechumen & Inquirers Class

A reminder to our parishioners, you do not have to be a catechuman or inquirer to come to class!  Everyone is welcome!  For those who may be missing Wednesday teachings over the summer, this is a good alternative.  Upcoming dates and topics are:

  • June 20 – One Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church
  • June 27 – The Lord’s Prayer
  • July 11 – The Lord’s Prayer continued
  • July 25 – The 10 Commandments

Wednesday Teachings on Hiatus

There will be no Wednesday teachings during the summer months.  We will resume in the fall!

Feast of Pentecost

We will celebrate Pentecost with Kneeling Vespers at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 4, followed by a potluck meal in the parish hall.  Join us!

Renovation Updates

Thank God, we continue to make progress on the building!   It won’t be long before the sheetrock will be put up and the openings made from our existing building into the new!  Please, keep the workers in your prayers!!

Fund raising – Thank you for your help thus far!!  We have not yet started drawing on our loan for the building but we will soon.  If you would like to assist with that monthly commitment, you can speak to Fr. Philip.  Every little bit helps!!

New Women’s Bible Study

The women of St. John are embarking on a study of the book of Job using Patrick Henry Reardon’s Trial of Job.  We had a lovely meeting at Claire van Drimmelen’s home this past Monday where we socialized and discussed the introduction of Reardon’s book.  For those who are interested in joining us, we will be reading the (actual) book of Job along with the corresponding chapters from Reardon’s work.  For our June meeting, we will be discussing chapters 1-3 of both booksCopies of the Reardon chapters are available in the office, or I will email them upon request.

This night is about growing closer as a community of women by reading God’s word, discussing it and sharing our thoughts/struggles/joys. We hope that you can make it for all or part of it. Even if you don’t have time to read ahead of time- join us. Even if you don’t know one other person going- join us. Even if you NEVER cross the Parkways- carpool and join us. If you can’t make it Monday- join us in reading along on your own time. And if none of these apply- please pray for us (which is joining us, too!)

Our next meeting will be Thursday, June 15.  We will again have social time from 6:30 -7:00 p.m. (bring snacks or drinks) and do our best to start discussion at 7:00 p.m.  If you would like to host the July meeting (date to be determined), please let me know.  We are hoping to rotate meeting spots in order to make it easier for everyone who would like to attend do so.

Final day for Church School

Our last day for Church School will be May 21st.

Upcoming Level 1 Atrium (ages 3 ½ through Kindergarten):  We will begin children in Level 1 when they are 3 ½ years old (by Sept. 1).  If your child was 3 years old by March 1, 2017, then they will be joining us in the atrium!  Please contact Claire van Drimmelen with any questions.

Men’s Quarterly Dinner

The Men of St. John will have their quarterly dinner at Central BBQ on Summer Ave. on May 18th at 6:30 p.m.  Join us!

Holy Fire comes to St. John!

Christ is Risen!

This week, we had a very unique opportunity!!

Each year on Holy Saturday in Jerusalem, the Patriarch of Jerusalem enters the Holy Sepulcher, the Tomb of our Lord. By the time he enters, all of the candles of the church have been extinguished and the sepulcher and himself have been thoroughly searched to be sure that there is no way for a fire to be lit by the Patriarch. He enters the tomb and prays before the tomb. While he is praying, a divine fire lights the oil lamp within the tomb. The Patriarch then carries out two large bundles of candles that he lights from the oil lamp and spreads the light to all of the faithful in the church. This miraculous event has been documented to have occurred every year for at least the last 1700 years!!

For many years, that flame has been taken from the Holy Sepulcher to places like Mount Athos and Russia. For the first time, that flame has been brought to the United States. It arrived in New York on Pascha and is being passed around the country at this time. Praise God, the Holy Fire arrived at St. John on Wednesday.

If you would like, you are welcome to bring a candle to transport the holy fire to your own home altar. If you were not able to be with us on Wednesday, don’t worry, we are going to attempt to keep the fire burning.


Liturgy for St. John the Theologian

We will celebrate the feast day for St. John by praying Great Vespers on Sunday evening, 5/7, followed by dinner at Central BBQ for those who would like to join us. We will celebrate Divine Liturgy on Monday, 5/8, at 9:00 a.m.