John the ForerummerSaint John's Eastern Orthodox Church

 Bringing Orthodox Christian Faith to Amarillo


Saint John's Eastern Orthodox Church

1101 Bell Street, Amarillo, Texas, 79106                            (806) 355-0683

Message from Father David

“Our Continuing Challenge”

December is a bit tricky for us because the Nativity and all of the feasts related to it.  We, as far as I can remember, have remained non-celebrating as a community.  Thus the Synaxis of our patron St. John has been overlooked, St. Stephen the martyr that follows is also not celebrated.  Again this year, they are all together.  Since our community celebration focuses upon our “work-week”, these subsequent feasts WILL NOT BE CELEBRATED.

  An attempt at an explanation……

Part of the explanation of this seems to be that with Theophany of Christ and the celebration of that feast, with its demands on our time, we in Amarillo indeed need to meet the “necessities” of our “living each day as potential”, as opposed to satisfying our “needs”.  I believe this is in play (a challenge to meet).  That interplay between potential and need is extreme in its temptation, and we then succumb to that very temptation as an alibi for our failing to stretch forward in our Spirit to gain the prize of Celebration and that Spiritual uplift!!

“Anthropos Ena”….”We are Human”

May we ask the excellent Intercessor “who is more honored than the Cherubim and more Glorious than the Seraphim” to intercede for us with Christ so we may truly accept the grace contained so complete in our Orthodox worship as “an offering of Peace….a sacrifice of Praise”.

May we truly approach diligence in this Nativity Fast.

Let us pray for one another and those “who are absent with our very human just cause”

FR. David, who prays for you

Eritrean/Ethiopian Bible Study is held each Saturday afternoon at 4:00 and all are invited to come to this special time of worship.
Also, on the Sundays when Fr. David is not present we have Bible Study at 11:00 am, with the church opening earlier so that we may all enter and prepare ourselves through prayer and meditations.

News Letter
November Calendar
December Calendar

If you have not turned in your 2017 stewardship pledge card yet, December is the time to do so.  We cannot determine a budget for the year without a proposed income for the year.  Pledges are the only “hard number” that we have to determine our ability to pay the church’s expenses throughout the year.  It is our generosity in giving that keeps not only St. John’s operating, but our membership in the Archdiocese and the Metropolis.
See Carl or Rex to get your card if you need one.