St. John Chrysostom Greek Orthodox Church of Martin County
"Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God." - Romans 15:7
Through this web site, we are pleased to be able to introduce you to that same worship and fellowship as it is expressed in the life of our Parish. If you are a new member of our parish, or are considering membership, these web pages will acquaint you with what our parish offers to those who give it support and sustenance; to those who already belong to the church, we hope they will provide you with the assurance that your sacrificial offerings are received with profound respect, and are utilized to maximum effectiveness. They will, in any case, enable you to make the informed decisions that are necessary for a meaningful relationship with your church!
"The St. John Chrysostom Community Hall and related facilities are owned and operated as an integral part of the ministries of St. John Chrysostom Greek Orthodox Church, and are subject to the traditions, dogmas and Holy Canons of the Greek Orthodox Faith. We reserve the right to reject any request for the use of any such facilities. In addition, any uses that violate any applicable laws, ordinances, regulations or statutes are expressly prohibited."
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ST. JOHN'S NEWS&ANNOUNCEMENTS
WELCOMING FR. CONSTATINE XANTHAKIS
Please attend Services this Sunday to welcome Fr. Constatine to St. John's.
He will also perform a lecture/lesson this Sunday and every Sunday for the children before Communion.
HOBE SOUND CHRISTMAS PARADE
Please meet at St. John's parking lot this Saturday (Dec. 3rd) at 8 am.
We will proceed to the parade location and set up a booth to sell pastries as a fundraiser for St. John's.
Parade begins at 1 pm.
There will be a Philoptochos meeting Saturday, Dec. 3rd followed by a farewell brunch for Faye Nestor who is leaving for California.
Stewardship statements current through the end of September will be available to pick-up after services this Sunday!
Please verify for accuracy!
Please keep in mind that these are 'Stewardship' statements and include only your stated stewardship offerings. You will receive a detailed statement of all donations at year-end.
Note that we are now more that 75% of the way through our fiscal year... therefore, to be in 'Good Financial Standing,' you must have completed at least 75% of your 2016 committment.
We also have a number of families that still not made a commitment for 2016. We humbly ask, please offer your committment for the financial health of our church family.
Any statements not picked up this week will be mailed out.
- The Stewardship Committee
PARISH COUNCIL SEMINAR
There will be a mandatory meeting of all Parish Council Members, and all those planning to run in this year's Parish Council Elections at St. Demetrios in Ft. Lauderdale on Dec. 1 at 7:00.
Please mark your calendars!
Thanks to all who attended our Fall Parish Assembly.
Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, we will not have Evening Catechism for:
High School Students on Thursday, Nov. 24
Adults Class on Tuesday, Nov 22 or Nov. 29
Sunday School for Pre-K through 2nd Grade has begun. Students are asked to sit in the front row and class will begin after receiving Holy Communion.
Catechism and Bible Study for our older children (Grades 6 -12) takes place on Thursday evenings from 6:00 – 7:00 pm.
Catechism and Bible Study for Adults takes place on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 - 7:00 pm.
Our Philoptochos is participating in the ‘Blessings & Backpacks’ ministry. Every Friday, volenteers from St. John’s will meet to pack food for the weekend into backpacks for 35 students at Hobe Sound Elementary School every weekend. Please see Connie Monsma or Diana Palaskas to offer your time to this worthwhile ministry.
Plentiful Harvest Ministry
Thank you to everyone that cooks, transports and serves our less fortunate neighbors at LAHIA this past Tuesday evening. May God bless you all for the service you offer!
2017 GREEK FESTIVAL
St. John’s 2017 Greek Festival will be held January 19-22, 2017!
Chairperson: Steve Pappas.
A 2017 Festival Guide is being produced for our visitors and we are currently taking applications for Advertisers and Sponsors!
So far, the inside cover is sold and the back cover is sold! We have also have a committment from a Sponsor!
Please download a copy of our Advertising/Sponsorship application to take to the stores you frequent, your healthcare providers and anyone else that may be a potential advertiser.
Also, remember that every family can support the festival by placing and ad or listing themselves as a Patron of the festival!
The 2017 Festival Donation Board is in the Church Hall. Please consider what items you and your family can donate and assist in this beautiful event!
Our Philoptochos is offering RADA Cutlery and Kitchen products to raise funds for their Outreach & Philanthropy projects! Please see any Philoptochos member to view a catalog of these items.
Rada Cutlery is 100% American Made - raw materials and construction!
YOUR PARISH COUNCIL OFFICERS
We are pleased to announce the Officers of our 2016 Parish Council:
President - Mary Parasco
Vice President - Perry Bakas
Treasurer - Kostas Palaskas
Secretary - Currently Vacant
Financial Secretary - Currently Vacant
CATECHETICAL (SUNDAY) SCHOOL UPDATE
Our Sunday School classes will be taught by:
Pre-K, K & 1st Grade
Grades 2-5 (Connie Monsma)
Grades 6-8 (Evi Deslis)
A sign-up sheet for teachers will be available after Liturgy. Please contact Jodie Reams to volunteer to help out with teaching our youth!
If you have not yet offered your Stewardship this year, we humbly ask that you bring your Stewardship Card with you to church and offer it to God as your commitment 2016.
Please pray and ask God to guide your heart as you make your pledge for the upcoming year. Your offerings make possible the work of the Church and pay for our operational costs and our mortgage. We need everyone's help to support our Church.
STEWARDS FOR 2016
(as of 09/29/2016)
64 Family Committments
We will have a sign up sheet in the Narthex for those in our community who would like to learn to read/intone the Epistle, in either Greek or English. Please contact Church office to sign up!
We are in need of prosfora bakers! Please sign up for a Sunday to provide the prosforo for our parish. If you would like to learn to bake prosfora, please contact Church office to arrange a lesson.
Please contact Evi Deslis if you have any questions.
Phone: (720) 840-1368
2016 ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM ORATORICAL FESTIVAL
Topics, Tips & Resources are now available!
Introduced in 1983, the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival provides Greek Orthodox teenagers the opportunity to write and talk about their faith. The Oratorical Festival Program begins at the parish level and is divided into three divisions:
Elementary Division (local festival only) for students in grades 4–6
Junior Division for students in grades 7–9
Senior Division for student in grades 10–12
For more information, please see Chairperson Maggy Tsouchlis or Church office.
District Retreat – “Training Camp” - was well atteded by our GOYA in 2015 at
St. Andrew, Kendall (S. Miami)
Please check with Church office for scheduling of Bible Studies.
Enhancing our Liturgical Life:
St. John's offers Saturday Evening Vespers at 5:00 pm. Great Vespers are not performed during the Summer. TBA.
This beautiful worship service marks the beginning of the 'Lord's Day' with the setting of the sun, and sets our hearts on a path of prayer and preparation for the coming of the Divine Liturgy which follows after the 'Son' rises!
We encourage you to attend services with us each Sunday:
Orthros - 9 AM - 10 AM
Divine Liturgy - 10 AM - 11:30 AM
Youth Sunday School dismisses after Holy Communion.
Join us after services for our Agape Hour where we would love to meet you!
With fear of God, faith and love, draw near!
SATURDAY VESPERS have resumed, St. John's Vespers are usually held Saturdays at 5:00 pm
Greek School and Sunday School are seeking Teachers. Please contact Evi Deslis for Greek School at 720-840-1368
Please contact Connie Monsma for Sunday School at 772-263-6764