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 February:

Saturday, February 4th
Vespers 6 p.m.
Sunday, February 5th
Orthos 9 a.m., Divine Liturgy 10 a.m.

Friday, February 17th
Vespers 6 p.m.
Saturday, February 18th (Saturday of Souls)
Orthos 9 a.m., Divine Liturgy 10 a.m.

Sunday, February 19th (Judgment Sunday)
Orthos 9 a.m., Divine Liturgy 10 a.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.

News Letter
January Calendar
February Calendar


  Message from Father David

 

". . .The Church is called at all times and in all places both

to witness to the vision of the human person transfigured by

unspeakable fidelity to the Will of the Father, seen pre-eminently

in Jesus Christ, consequently in the lives of the saints and

finally to defend the freedom of the human person to self-

determination unto life or death in light of this knowledge. . .'

 

Public Orthodoxy, Davor Dzalto, Effie Fokas, Brandon Gallaher,

Aristotle Papanikolaou, and Gary Tucker

 

In the November-December Reflection proposed that each of us, as a Person, could consider his/her baptismal name and live into that name.  This present Reflection goes a bit deeper:  Being a Person in "unshakeable fidelity" to the Father's Will, seen perfectly embodied in Jesus Christ; the life of our particular Saint; and the Church.

 

For the up-coming months of January and February, each of us may analyze our life, our actions, our spiritual growth and understanding.  In these months, we orient ourselves to the Theophany of Christ, the Feast Day of Saint John Prodromos (The Forerunner who brings "mercy to those in Hades"), and the contemplation of our self-determination "unto life or death".  Many opportunities are given to us to be faithful in a more splendid way, through our presence and giving of ourselves in worshipping God through Jesus' revelation of Himself as the "lamb led to the slaughter. . .who opens not His mouth" in protest but is quiet in meekness, obedience and humility.

 

We hear the Baptist say, "I must decrease so that He may increase."  We hear The Father say, "This is my beloved Son, hear you Him."  We remember those who have passed into Eternal Life.  We remember persons no longer with us in this present life, and present their names so their names are voiced in the Memorial Services of the Saturdays of Souls.  We prepare for The Forty Days by remembering The Prodigal Son, The Pharisee and The Publican and The Judgement story.  Living through these Sundays of preparation, we honor ourselves as His Church.  We experience God's Loving Kindness.  By accepting yet again The Forty Days of discipline, of prayer, of fasting and almsgiving, the Church comes alive.

 

When Clean Monday arrives, we lend ourselves even more so to the practice of our Orthodox Way. .  ."lifting up our hearts" with all the those whom we stand in Divine worship.  Our intention is to declare in this time, in this place, this personal moment. . . “Thy Will be done.”

Finally, together as the Body of Christ we say, "He is Risen". . ."Christos Anesti" , "Truly He is Risen". . ."Alethos Anesti!"


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.

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.