I’m New Here

I’m New Here

Welcome to our St. John The Evangelist Orthodox Church Family!

Father Andre, Matushka Samantha, Rafael, Isabel, Mariel and Gabrielle

It is with great joy in the Lord and thanksgiving to Him that I welcome you to our parish!

I pray God that you will find in our community a prayerful and loving home where you can grow in faith and worship.

St. John’s is a vibrant faith community of people of different ages and cultural backgrounds who are living and growing in their faith together in accordance with the commandments of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the Apostolic Tradition of the Holy Orthodox Christian Church. Although the Church is first and foremost a worshiping community, our parish is more than just a place where people come to worship the living God in liturgical services.

We strive to live in love and harmony, leading one another to salvation and thus fulfill the words of Christ written by our patron saint, St. John the Evangelist & Theologian, “By this shall all [men] know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” (Jhn 13:35 KJV).

Following the commandment of our Lord Jesus Christ to love our neighbor (Mk 12:31), our parish makes a special effort to engage in various ministries and outreach, which provides our members with the opportunity to serve, and those who are served an opportunity to experience the love of Christ.

We are honored by your visit and invite you to come experience the Ancient Orthodox Christian Church and worship with us. Visiting an Orthodox Church, for many people, is a new and exciting experience. For those who are unfamiliar with the Orthodox Christian faith it may sometimes be difficult to understand what is happening, and we are sensitive to that.

Below is a very helpful article entitled “12 Things I Wish I’d Known” written by Frederica Matthews-Green to help you right feel at home.

If you have any questions during your visit, please feel free speak to any one of our friendly St. John members. Be sure to join us in the fellowship hall after the service. On Sundays, we have free fellowship meal, but even on Saturdays and other evenings, people like to stay and socialize for a while. We regularly have visitors, so do not be surprised if people introduce themselves and ask where you are from. We look forward to meeting you at our Church.

On behalf of our Archbishop Benjamin, my family, and all of us here at St. John’s, once again we welcome you to Jesus Christ’s Holy Orthodox Church!

God Bless,

Father Andre Paez