St. John Chili Cook Off

St. John Chili Cook Off!

Saturday, October 26th

 The fun begins following an early Vespers at 4:30 p.m.! Whether you form a team or compete on your own, bring your best chili recipe & join us.  Sign ups are available online, just check our website for ways in which you can help!  This is an amazing evening of fun and fellowship; please make plans to attend and participate in a little friendly competition!!!

Sign Up Here


The teens will be providing games for the kids!

Have your children dress in their favorite, non-scary costume!

Items needed:

Bags of candy (for prizes)

hot dogs

hot dog buns


shredded cheese




Volunteers needed:

Set Up


Competitor check-in assistant

Assistants to serve judges

Clean Up




Tentative Schedule for Bishop NICHOLAS’ visit

Women of St. John – Friday, October 25 – Desserts at Mindy Williams home, 7:00 p.m.

Men of St. John – Saturday, October 26 – Breakfast with the Bishop, 9:00 a.m.

St. John Chili Cook Off – Saturday, October 26

St. John Teen Group – Tuesday, October 29, 6:15 p.m.

*Bishop NICHOLAS will be visiting St. Paul in Tupelo on Sunday, and St. Nicholas in Jackson on Monday.

Food Pantry

We have moved the donation site for our food pantry items to the bookshelf just inside the Dickinson St. door.  Please leave your contributions here rather than the corner we previously used.

We can always use donations, so here is a brief run-down of what we normally provide those who visit us on Wednesday mornings:

  • smooth peanut butter,
  • Vienna sausages,
  • Chef-Boy-R-Dee canned pasta,
  • granola/cereal bars,
  • tuna,
  • Nabs,
  • vegetables,
  • fruit cups,
  • small Gatorades or bottled water,
  • toilet paper.

Thank you for your continued support of this important ministry.

AWSJ Fall Retreat, October 4-5

Carrying the Life-Giving Cross: Practical Conversation about Caretaking Others and Ourselves”

Elissa Bjeletich, Author & Podcaster

Elissa Bjeletich hosts three popular Ancient Faith Radio podcasts: Raising Saints, Everyday Orthodox, and together with Kristina Wenger, Tending the Garden of Our Hearts. She is the co-author of Tending the Garden of Our Hearts: Daily Lenten Meditations for Families (Ancient Faith Publishing, 2019) and also of Blueprints for the Little Church: Creating an Orthodox Home (Ancient Faith Publishing, 2016). She is the author of Welcoming the Christ Child: Family Readings for the Nativity Lent (Sebastian Press, 2017), and In God’s Hands: A Mother’s Journey through Her Infant’s Critical Illness (Ancient Faith Publishing, 2013).

Elissa has five daughters and a son who reposed in 2005. She is active in youth ministries and at Orthodox summer camps, and directs and teaches Sunday school at Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Austin. She sits on the Advisory Board of Youth Equipped to Serve (YES), a ministry of FOCUS North America.

Registration Forms


I CAN HELP! – Volunteer Opportunities


There are new books available in the bookstore including the red Pocket Prayer Book and Churchianity vs Christianty which Fr. Philip has referenced in his homilies.

Project Mexico

Since 1988, Project Mexico has been building safe, secure and weather-tight homes for some of the most impoverished families in Northern Mexico. Every home is constructed over the course of four days and built entirely with volunteer labor. Once complete, these homes are provided so that these families can build a brighter future for themselves and their children.  (

The Teen Group is raising funds to be able to participate in Project Mexico late in July 2020.  You may make donations to offset their expenses here; additionally, they will be holding several fundraisers in the future.  Be on the lookout and help support them as they look forward to serving others!

AWSJ Kayaking Trip

Christine McGee & Lynda Spinolo are organizing a kayaking trip on the Ghost River section of the Wolf River from LaGrange to Bateman Bridge.  We will enjoy a cookout on Lynda’s property following the morning on the river.  Details:

Date:   Sat., Sept. 21

Time:      8:30 a.m., meet at Bateman Bridge on Bateman Rd., Moscow, TN

Cost:       $40 to cover cost of kayak, cash or check payable to St. John – You may give your payment to Christine McGee or Trish Ratliff

Deadline:           Please let Christine or Lynda know by Thurs., Sept. 12 if you plan on attending

More details will be shared ahead of the trip with those signed up (what to bring, etc).


Building Community

St Paul describes the Church as the Body of Christ.  He uses this analogy in order to point to how the members of the Church should work together as one, help each other when one member is weak and when another member is strong, rejoice together, weep together, grow together, learn together, experience Christ together.  In order for the Church to truly function this way, there needs to be true community.  We commune with each other each time we partake of the Eucharist, but are we also living out that communion through the rest of our lives?  In many cases, absolutely!  We have a truly lovely community!  In others, we need work.
In order to help to build up community, we will be implementing a couple of new things.  One is a new weekly schedule and the other is a “Meet Our Family” initiative.

New Schedule – Beginning in September
Tuesday @ 5:30 pm – Each Tuesday we will have a non-fasting dinner and fellowship together.  Following dinner, at around 6:15 there will be a time for teaching for all ages.  The youngest will be able to go to the atrium and the older ages will have specific lessons for them with an adult teaching as well.  Following the lessons, families are welcome to connect with each other and continue to fellowship at the Church.  On one Tuesday a month, we will not have a lesson but have an evening of simply dinner, games and fellowship.

Wednesday @ 6 pm – Vespers – It is good and important for us to have regular opportunities to pray together during the week.
Lord willing, this new format will allow for added times of communal prayer, fellowship, conversation, and learning together to continue to build up community.

“Meet Our Family”
Many of us love to look at the wall of pictures in the hallway heading to St Raphael Hall.  These pictures help us to learn about the members of our Church.  In order to continue to facilitate getting to know individual members and families, in our weekly email update we will be spotlighting a different family in the Church.  Participation is completely voluntary.  There will be a questionnaire that each family can fill out and submit a picture.  Lord willing, this will continue to help us know a little more about the people we commune with each week!


May God continue to strengthen and grow our Church community!

Family Fun Night

Our final Family Fun Night of the summer will be Tuesday, August 27.  Rather than having an event at the church, we will have a movie night at Malco Ridgeway to see Parallel Love.  Parallel Love is the story of the 1990’s band, Luxury, and their journey which led 3 of its members to become Orthodox priests.  Tickets are available at the door or for advanced purchase at Malco.


Catechumen/Inquirers Class

Tuesday, August 20 at 7:00 p.m.   Catechumen/Inquirers class is open to anyone interested in learning more about our faith.