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

Schedule for December:

Saturday, December 13th – (Vespers 5:00 p.m.)
Sunday, December 14th – (Orthros 9:00 a.m.
and Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m.)*

Saturday, December 23rd – (Vespers 5:00 p.m.)
Sunday, December 24th – (PLEASE NOTE THE TIMES)
Orthros 7:00 a.m.
Royal hours (3rd, 6th, & 9th) 8:00 a.m.
Vespiral Liturgy of St Basil 9:00 a.m.
Orthros and Divine Liturgy 11:00 p.m.

On the weekends when Fr. David is not here,
Bible Study is held on Sunday mornings at 11:00 am. Eritrean/Ethiopian Bible Study is at 4:00 pm every Saturday.

* The Parish Council will meet after hospitality.

 “And an Angel of the Lord appeared before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear.  And the angel said to them, “Be thou not afraid; for behold I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be a sign for you:  you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth, peace among men with whom he is pleased!” ~Luke 2:9-14  

As we enter into the season of the Nativity of Our Dear Lord Jesus Christ we enjoy many things, and endure even more.  We are given the obedience of fasting, prayer and almsgiving throughout the year, but during the 40 days preceding December 25th we are given a major fasting period with both strict and light fasting requirements.  It is this discipline that we follow to purify ourselves to prepare for the feast of the birth of a child that comes to save the world from the evil one.  This season is a time of family, friends, happiness and joy.  It is also a time to reflect on how we can become better stewards in not only the church, but in our own lives, as well.   While we are baking the cookies and cakes, while we are preparing our gifts to one another, and while we are singing the many carols to one another, let us remember those who cannot be with their loved ones for any number of reasons.  The Christian Church is the Bride of Christ.  We, as Christians, are the Body of Christ.  We are a family by baptism and chrismation, and as such, are responsible for one another.  Let us pray for each other, care for others who are unable to care for themselves, and also visit with those we have not seen in some time for whatever reason they, or we, for that matter, have been away from fellowship.  Let us also remember that we should be good hosts and offer hospitality to outsiders, since we do not know which ones are actually Angels in disguise trying to determine who is following Christ’s instructions.   Let us also remember that we celebrate God becoming Man so that Man may become more like God.   And when you see “X-Mas” on a sign, look at is as the same as “IC XC” in our icons in the Church.  This abbreviation is a wonderful way to share Orthodoxy and the joys of Christianity to those who do not have all the tools we have in the Orthodox Church to celebrate along with the Angels and the Saints, praying, singing and shouting out the victory hymn, saying, “Holy, Holy, Holy!”
If you have not turned in your 2015 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.  Also, if you haven’t completed your 2014 pledge, this is the perfect opportunity to catch up on your annual gifts.

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.