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 August / September:

·       Friday, August 14th:  Vespers – 6:00 PM

·       Saturday, August 15th:  Orthros – 9:00 AM, Divine Liturgy - Dormition of the Theotokos – 10:00 AM, Vespers - 6:00 PM

·       Sunday, August 16: Orthros – 9:00 AM,
Divine Liturgy – 10:00 AM

·       Friday, August 28th:  Vespers – 6:00 PM

·       Saturday, August 29th:  Orthros – 9:00 AM, Divine Liturgy - Beheading of John the Baptist – 10:00 AM, Vespers - 6:00 PM

·       Sunday, August 30th: Orthros – 9:00 AM,
Divine Liturgy – 10:00 AM

·       Saturday, September 12th: Vespers – 6:00 PM

·       Sunday, September 13th: Orthros – 9:00 AM, Divine Liturgy – 10:00 AM, Vespers - 6:00 PM

·       Monday, September 14th: Orthros – 9:00 AM, Divine Liturgy - Elevation of the Cross
– 10:00 AM

·       Saturday, September 26th: Vespers – 6:00 PM

·       Sunday, September 27th: Orthros – 9:00 AM, Divine Liturgy – 10:00 AM

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

Message from Father David

Psalm 20:  “……some trust in chariots, some in horses…But we will triumph in the name of the Lord Our God….”

In this time of the Resurrection, and our joyful expression of that fact…. “He is Risen”….we note our triumph over death itself.  We claim our immortality.

 Our capacity to “die into new life”,  and be transformed from what was our former self, and shaped us somewhat, to that which is new and challenging.  We are renewed, made different than we were.

 Also, we are in a state of anticipation of that which has been promised us, and though unseen and invisible to our earthly eyes, is nevertheless expressed in the “newness of life” around us.

 Beginning as we did with the celebration of Agape Vespers,  where Thomas the “disciple of absence” and “of doubt”, claims Christ as His Lord, so we also, if we will it, claim Him as our Lord.  We give glory to Him in what He has accomplished for us.  He has given us new life.

 Our personal opportunities, (some obvious, some muted, some dramatic, some ordinary, some mundane, others magnificent) are now guaranteed to each of us.  All this in a new, and overwhelming way.  We are renewed, made whole, and Christ assures us of His continued support; His Comforter.  Even as He ascends to sit at the right hand of God the Father, and His Kingdom has no end.

 This startling reality is to be taken in by us and into our lives by our loving Him and those who form His body, the Church.  He finds a place in our heart where He resides and no longer is mysterious.  He is real!  He is risen!  He sends us the flame of anointment as He did to the repentant thief…. “today you are with Me in Paradise….”

 As Christ gives His disciples and followers peace, so also talents and gifts are given to us.  They are given so we may be more vigorous, more rigorous in our being and becoming more Christian.  Thus, in these 50 days of Pentecost, we prepare, we claim life over death, opportunity over static acceptance, new awareness over the old habit of skepticism, our Orthodoxy over the ordinary!!

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.