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 January:

Saturday, January 3rd – (Vespers 5:00 p.m.)
Sunday, January 4th – (Orthros 9:00 a.m.
and Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m.)*

Monday January 5th:
The Forefeast of the Theophany and the Lesser Blessing of the Waters, Orthros at 9 am, Royal Hours at 10 am and the Vespiral Liturgy of St. Basil immediately following the Royal Hours

Tuesday January 6th:
Holy Theophany of Christ, Orthros at 9 am, Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom and the Greater Blessing of the Water at 10 am

Saturday, January 24th – (Vespers 5:00 p.m.)
Sunday, January 25th – (Orthros 9:00 a.m.
and Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m.)

We will offer the Vasilopeta Bread following Liturgy on Sunday January 4th., in memory of St. Basil who established the charitable institutions, orphanages & hospitals in the 4th century. Donations are given for a piece of the bread. Anyone finding the hidden coin in their piece of bread is given luck in the New Year. All donations will be forwarded to an Orthodox orphanage... St. Basil's Academy ( Garrison, N.Y.)

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.


A Note From Father David:

Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ

The feast of Theophany is the time when the Grace of God the Father manifests itself in the baptism of his only begotten Son. The presence of Christ in the world completes the prophecy of efforts "to save the world".

God's love manifests itself in our homes through the holy water given to each person on January 5th.

   The blessing of homes on January 6th takes the blessing into our world and our family. So we then are consecrating ourselves and our efforts in the coming months to the Glory of God.

    In recent years, these days of blessing reached few of us and so the hope of Metropolitan Isaiah is that we rededicate ourselves to the Faith and our rich Tradition. The weekend January 3 through 6 offers us great opportunities for communal prayer, receiving the Body and Blood of Christ, and blessing of the Consecrated water of the feast.

     As your priest, I am very aware of the challenges that such a schedule can seem to be. Yet, I am also confident that as we celebrate the beginning of 2015 as the "Year of the Family", our willingness to choose further opportunities for worship, praying for peace and God's revelation in this troubled world can open our hearts and our minds to the wonders of His majesty.

  For on these days the..."Trinity is made manifest through the descent of a Dove, and the voice of the Father saying...this is My Beloved Son in whom I am well-pleased  ....Hear you Him !!...

May we, each one of us, through Grace ,hear His voice and His intention for us and realize His love for us.

+Fr David


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.