9-21-16 Weekly Newsletter: St John the Evangelist Orthodox Church

Fr. Andre Paez Newsletter

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Dear Friend,

Leavetaking of the Elevation of the Cross!


Because of the Leavetaking of the Elevation of the Cross, the service to St Quadratus of the Seventy is sung on September 22.

At the end of Liturgy, the priest comes out from the altar with a censer, preceded by a deacon with a candle. Going to the center of the church, he censes three times around the Cross. He takes the tray with the Cross and places it on his head to carry it into the altar. The deacon goes before him, censing the Cross. After placing the Cross on the altar, the priest censes the four sides of the Holy Table.

We had a wonderful town hall meeting this past Sunday! Thank you to everyone who participated. 🙂 Click this link for a Summary of Meeting and the PDF of the PowerPoint Presentation.

As also mentioned at the meeting we updated our Church website giving page.
You can raise money for St. John by clicking our affiliate link for Amazon (4%-25%commissions) and by www.ShopWithScrip.com. As soon as I get all the scrip code details I will email them to you.

In the few days since we made everyone aware of our amazon link we have made over $10!

1. OUR PATRONAL FEAST OF ST JOHN IS HERE!!! 9-24-16 to 9-25-16

This year we will celebrate our Patronal Feast Day of St John the Evangelist Saturday 9-24-16 and Sunday 9-25-16. All the area Orthodox faithful and friends are invited to attend Saturday evening’s service which will be followed by a reception. Please contact Teri Johnson to help with reception after vespers on Saturday.

On Sunday we are doing one of our famous St John Potlucks.
Here is the potluck google doc for you to signup and add your delicious item for the feast.

St Katherines hiis looking for volunteers to help take down their Greek Festival stuff startgin at 7:pm on Oct 2 2016. If you can help t


1. All day Saturday Nativity Retreat 11-19-16 presented by Fr. Josiah Trenham, Pastor of St. Andrew Orthodox Church in Riverside, CA. 
Fr. Josiah will speak on his Series the “Good Husband and the Good Wife: Lectures on the Christian Ideal”. Everyone is welcome and we will be hosting the retreat at our church for all the area faithful. Tentatively,  it will begin at 10am, we will have lunch, then end with Vespers at 5pm. More details to follow. Read more about Fr. Josiah click here.

*Please purchase both series and listen to them prior to his visit. Take notes and write down questions which you can then ask Fr. Josiah when he is here, so that we may go deeper into the subject matter.  Each series is only $10, so a total of $20.
The Good Husband
The Good Wife


Tue 9-20-16 | 7 – 8am St John’s Men’s Group Ncounter Cafe 

Weds 9-21-16 | 6pm Daily  Vespers
6:30-7:30pm 8 – week Catechetical Class Series with Fr. Andre ​

Thurs 9-22-16 |7pm Choir Practice

Sat 9-24-16 |5-5:45pm Great Vespers followed by Festal Reception
4:30-5pm Prosphora Baking with Teri Johnson

Sun 9-25-16 | 9-9:30am Hours, 9:30-11:15am Patronal Feast Day Divine Liturgy Followed by Festal Potluck

Tue 9-27-16 | 7 – 8am St John’s Men’s Group Ncounter Cafe 
6:00 p.m. Handmaidens of the Lord Women’s Night Out at Little Szechuan in Tempe

Weds 9-28-16 | 6pm Daily  Vespers
6:30-7:30pm 8 – week Catechetical Class Series with Fr. Andre

Thurs 9-29-16 |7pm Choir Practice

Sat 10-1-16 |5-5:45pm Great Vespers
4:30-5pm Prosphora Baking with Teri Johnson

Sun 10-2-16 | 9-9:30am Hours, 9:30-11:15am Divine Liturgy Followed by Fellowship Meal

God Bless,

   Fr. Andre Paez, Rector
St. John the Evangelist Orthodox Church
916 S. 52nd St., Tempe, AZ 85281

Cell: 925-367-9648
E-mail: frandre@stjohnaz.org
Website: www.stjohnaz.org

– Confessions: After Saturday Great Vespers and by Appointment.
– Office Closed Mondays.
– Emergencies: I am on call 24/7