May 2023 Newsletter

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who helped with the Holy Week services. Just to name a few..

Fr Madai for coming to serve us and working so tirelessly to give us a beautiful and truly memorable Holy Week;

Dan for all the behind-the-scenes work; 

Gordon, Natasha, Rusty, Eisley, Patrick F, Patrick M, Isaac, Kimmy, Scarlett, Dan, Ed, John, and Kam for cleaning the parish;

Dan and Arlo for cleaning and serving in the altar; 

Natasha for making the prosphora; 

Rania, George, and Diana for the flowers and roses; 

Scarlett, Julie, and Natasha for decorating the kouvouklion and icons; 

Tim, Eisley, and Natasha for peeling rose petals; 

Tim for picking up the lamb; 

Dwayne, Scarlett, and Natasha for bringing breakfast foods for the midnight service; 

Scarlett for dyeing eggs; 

Rez, Rex, and Julie for cooking the lamb; 

Faye, Jerry, Julie, and Rex for serving and cleaning up; 

Svetlana for your amazing on-the-spot translating;

All the mothers who brought their children to church, even when the services were long and the evenings were late. 

Thank you to each and every one of you, and to anyone that we may have missed.


Thank you to Rusty Hanson, John Stell,and Patrick Mickey for their chanting this month. Special thanks to Rusty, who worked diligently to prepare for Holy Week. Your commitment is so appreciated.



  • Fr Madai Maamdi came to serve us for Holy Week from the Georgian Orthodox Monastery of Saint Iakovos in Oklahoma. It was a blessing to have him and we had an amazing week!


  • We have 13 newly illumined here at St John’s! Patrick Freeman, Gordon Schaad, the Whitener family, the White family, and baby Kyrian Wallace. Congratulations and MANY YEARS to all of you!


  • Parish Council Meetings are open to everyone. We discuss building maintenance, building improvements, and church growth.  


May Birthdays 

Christelle Hajje - May 8th

Evie Boston -  May 18th

Natasha Hanson - May 24th

Degen Tessema - May 28th


May God grant all of you many years! 


Services for Month of May   


Sunday, April 30th

9am - Reader’s Orthros 

10am - Typika

General Assembly


Saturday, May 6th

6pm - Great Vespers  


Sunday, May 7th

9am - Orthros

10am - Divine Liturgy


Sunday, May 14th

9am - Reader’s Orthros 

10am - Typika & Bible Study


Friday, May 19th

6pm - Great Vespers


Saturday, May 20th

9am - Orthros

10am - Divine Liturgy


Sunday, May 21st

9am - Reader’s Orthros 

10am - Typika & Bible Study

12pm - Parish Council Meeting


Sunday, May 28th

9am - Reader’s Orthros 

10am - Typika & Bible Study


For a complete and updated schedule, please see our church calendar: 

Reader Services

Our Reader services are done when we do not have a priest. It begins with Orthros at 9am, followed by Typika generally around 10am. Afterwards we have Bible Study and discussion in the community hall. This is a great time for any questions that anyone may have. We invite everyone to attend!


Prayer for Catechumens

O Lord our God, who dwells in the heavens, and looks down upon all thy works, look down upon thy servants, the catechumens, who have bowed their necks before thee, and grant them a light yoke. Make them honorable members of thy holy Church and vouchsafe unto them the laver of regeneration, the forgiveness of sins and the robe of incorruption, unto the knowledge of thee, our true God.



Orthodox Prayer for the Priesthood

O Lord Jesus Christ, enkindle the hearts of all Thy priests with the fire of zealous love for Thee, that they may labor unceasingly in Thine earthly vineyard for the salvation of our souls and the glory of Thine All-Honorable and Majestic Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.


How to find us:

Our website –

Facebook – Saint John Greek Orthodox Church Amarillo -

Gab -

Discord - for an invite to our Parish server, please contact Kameron or Rusty.


Our physical address and phone number:

1101 S. Bell Street

Amarillo TX 79106



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