8-10-16 Newsletter: St John the Evangelist Orthodox Church
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Feast of Dormition
The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary: After the Ascension of the Lord, the Mother of God remained in the care of the Apostle John the Theologian, and during his journeys She lived at the home of his parents, near the Mount of Olives. She was a source of consolation and edification both for the Apostles and for all the believers. Conversing with them, She told them about miraculous events: the Annunciation, the seedless and undefiled Conception of Christ born of Her, about His early childhood, and about His earthly life. Like the Apostles, She helped plant and strengthen the Christian Church by Her presence, Her discourse and Her prayers.
NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
FEAST OF DORMITION FAST BEGINS 8-1-16 TO 8-15-16
This year we will join our orthodox brothers and sisters at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Scottsdale to celebrate their patronal feast day.
Sunday 8-14-15 Great Vesper at 6pm followed by a reception.
We will celebrate Festal Liturgy at St John's on Monday 8-15-16 (9am Hours 9:30 Liturgy) .
SPECIAL CHOIR PRACTICE 8-27-16 SATURDAY FROM 3-6pm
All choir members please come to this important practice in preparation for his Eminence Archbishop Benjamin's visit 9-24 to 9-25. After the Choir Practice please also stay to sing Great Vigil and share your angelic voices with our community.
6pm-9pm Women's Group at Paez home
Weds 8-10-16 | 6pm Vespers Followed by Class: Q&A with Fr. Andre
Thurs 8-11-16 | 7pm Choir Practice
Sat 8-13-16 |5-5:45pm Great Vespers
4:30-5pm Prosphora Baking with Teri Johnson
Sun 8-14-16 | 9-9:30am Hours, 9:30-11:15am Divine Liturgy
At Assumption Greek Orthodox Church 6pm Festal Great Vespers followed by reception
Mon 8-15-16 | 9am Hours 9:30am Festal Liturgy of Dormition
2. ST JOHN IS LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MEN AND WOMEN
We need people to help in the following areas:
1. Land Acquisition and Building Development
We are now positioned to grow our parish in our new remodeled space! But simultaneously we need help keeping an eye out for land, and potential church property in the surrounding area for us to build our permanent church. Also keep your eyes and ears open for people who may want to donate property and funds to help us achieve our goal.
Further, we just opened a Wells Fargo brokerage account where people can donate their appreciated stock to the Church. It is a WIN-WIN! The donor gets the full value of the transaction as a deduction on his taxes, and does not have to declare the capital gains as income, and the Church gets the funds.
2. "I AM THE VINE, YOU ARE THE BRANCHES" FAMILY TREE IN FELLOWSHIP HALL
We have a spectacularly beautiful mural of Christ as the vine adorning our fellowship hall and we would love to put your picture on the wall. Please email me a digital photo of you/your family that I can print as a 5×7 color photo and I will have it printed and framed.
Fr. Andre Paez, Rector
St. John the Evangelist Orthodox Church
916 S. 52nd St., Tempe, AZ 85281
– Confessions: After Saturday Great Vespers and by Appointment.
– Office Closed Mondays.
– Emergencies: I am on call 24/7