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 7th – (Vespers 5:00 p.m.)
Sunday, February 8th – (Orthros 9:00 a.m.
and Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m.)*

Friday, February 20th - (Vespers for the
Second Saturday of Souls 5:00 p.m.)
Saturday, February 21th – (Orthros 9:00 a.m. followed by Divine Liturgy for the
Second Saturday of Souls 10:00 a.m.)
(Vespers 5:00 p.m.)
Sunday, February 22nd – (Orthros 9:00 a.m.
and Divine Liturgy 10:00 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.



Triodion
begins on Sunday, February 1st. There is also a major feast day, the Presentation of Our Lord to the Temple, on February 2nd. This is the time when St. Simeon says, “Now, Master, lettest thy servant depart in peace, just as you have promised, for my eyes have seen the salvation which you have prepared before the face of all the peoples, A light to enlighten the Gentiles, and the Glory of your people Israel,” –Luke 2:29-32. We say this prayer upon leaving the Church, and during Vespers, Divine Liturgies and other occasions when we near the end of the celebrations we attend. This prayer, called “Simeon’s Song,” or “Nune Dimittis,” was the acknowledgement of Simeon, an attendant in the synagogue, that God has become man so that man may become more like God.

As we enter the Triodion period, we slowly prepare over the next two weeks to finish all flesh-meats prior to the Great Lent. Then, on the third Sunday of the Triodion, we have meat-fare Sunday, where all the meats in the house must be consumed or destroyed. One week later, we celebrate Cheese-fare Sunday, consuming the last of the dairy products until the end of Holy Week. For the great fasting period we do not consume anything that was derived from living beings. Nor do we consume wine or oil, except on Saturday and Sunday each week. This is so that we may partake in the Holy Mysteries, done in remembrance of Christ at the last supper.

As we prepare for the upcoming fast, let us remember that we are purifying our bodies so that we may purify our souls at the Great and Holy Pascha. Let us remember those who cannot be with us for various reasons, and above all else, let us pray for one another.


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.