SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

News from St. John's.........

Dec 1, 2015
News from St. John's.........

On Saturday, December 19, an Akathist to the Most-Holy Queen of All will be held at St. John’s at 1:00 p.m.  This powerful healing service will be followed by the Sacrament of Confession.  For all of us who need Her prayers and help, this is an excellent opportunity to call out to The Most-Holy Queen of All who hears all those who call on her.

 

“O All-Good Mother of God Queen of All!  I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but, as the Mother of the Merciful God, say a word that my soul would be healed, and my sick body would be strengthened.  O Queen of All, you have an unconquerable might, ask for me, pray for me, that I could glorify your most glorious name always, now and forever.”  Amen

 

Father Igor’s December message contained a quote from Elder Aimilianos of Simonopetra Monastery at Mt. Athos, which follows.  “When it comes to worldly pursuits, our energy knows no bounds, but we grow weary very quickly where God is concerned.  Those who chase after wealth or glory never tire of doing so.  Others pursue sensual pleasures, tirelessly chasing after sin.  But even the thought of running after God leaves us feeling fatigued.  We get tired, and then we forget, and then we are led astray by the world.  But then something happens to make us think of God, and so we make promises and resolutions, but, after a little while, forget all about them, and so it goes round and round.  But think about the material things you’re chasing after and accumulating in great piles; they’re all banal, fleeting, and utterly without meaning.”

 

Father states that, as we prepare to celebrate our Lord’s Nativity this month, let us remember that the Church has invited us to fast during this season, and to prepare that manger in our hearts to receive Christ.  Let us be strengthened in our resolve to keep the world at bay and to allow the Lord Jesus into our heart, no matter how humble a dwelling it might be. 

 

Peter Weiner and Yelena Sidel  were united in Holy Matrimony on November 14.  Congratulations and may God’s blessings be upon them and grant them Many Years!

 

Helen Baron, our Food Pantry coordinator thanks everyone for their generous donations to our Thanksgiving food drive.  However, with Christmas coming soon, the need still exists.  Remember our neighbors who need help, and please add food to your Christmas gift list and bring it to church.  Your donations are truly appreciated.  May God grant all of you Many Years!  

 

Condolences and sincere sympathy to Carol Nebesnak on the recent death of her brother, Glenn John, on October 26, and to the family of Joseph Yuschak departed this life on November 17.  Memory Eternal! 

 

Parish confessions will be held on December 19.  If you are unable to attend at that time, confession can be had before Divine Liturgy, but please let Father know in advance.  Also, confession can be had after any Vesper service. 

 

There will be no Trustees’ Meeting in the month of December.

 

What can I give Him, poor as I am?

If I were a shepherd I would bring a lamb,

If I were a wise man I would do my part;

Yet what I can give Him – Give Him my heart.    

 

Give Him your heart, your thanksgiving, your presence in His house.........He wants you to come......

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