SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

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

Oct 4, 2017
News from St. John's.......

The following is an excerpt from Father’s message in the October Enlightener. Please read a copy of the Enlightener for the full article. “The other day, I saw this bumper sticker, “The one who dies with the most toys wins.” It was on the back of a really inexpensive car. I smiled because that was not my idea of a car to die for. But it made me reflect on what we Christians think of as victory in this life. In today’s consumer-driven society, we are all taught that success is not only measured in how much we accumulate for ourselves, but that truly successful people are self-made.

 

Education, hard work, willingness to put aside personal life to succeed, and any other “virtue” of success all are seen as things we accomplish by individual effort. There is no sense of our dependence upon God for all we have in life, including talents, determination, and even the blessing of being “in the right place at the right time.” The world does not teach that God is the Source and Owner of our life, and certainly does not teach that true success demands that we let go of ownership. Part of our reluctance to let go of ownership in this world stems from a lack of trust in the Lord. Ultimately, to live as an Orthodox Christian means to love God and to trust Him.

 

Our offerings to the Lord through the Church are tangible gifts from the tangible blessings that exist in our lives. If we love the Lord Jesus Christ, we show it by striving to live a Christian life, which includes prayer, fasting, almsgiving, repentance, participation in the sacraments, and regular proportional giving to provide the Church (the Body of Christ) with the means to perform His mission in this world. Then I say to all of us, winning is not how much we have accumulated in the end, but rather how much we have given back to God for all the blessings that He has graciously bestowed upon us.

 

So let us continue to be thankful stewards of our Church! Yours in Christ, Fr. Igor

 

Recently a long-time parishioner of our church, Edward Junda, fell asleep in the Lord. We gathered together Sunday night to pray for his blessed repose at a Panikhida and Monday morning, we were together again to pray at his funeral for his memory to be eternal. Ed, and his family, were very active at St. John’s. He was a member of the board of trustees and served as controller and treasurer for many years. He and his wife, Rose, who predeceased him in 2007, were the anchors of our chapter of the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America and their sons, John and Joseph, were altar servers and active participants of the FOCA as well. It is easy to understand the tributes and fond memories due this family. Their love of St. John’s was evident in their participation. An obituary for Ed is in another article that can be found on this website. May God grant Edward, Rose and John Memory Eternal!

 

Sunday, October 1, was the Feast of the Protection of the Virgin Mary. It was also Choir Appreciation Sunday and a special cake in honor of our choir members was available for coffee hour. Prayers and appreciation was extended to Maryann Stagen, our esteemed choir director, Matushka Anna, whose help and remarkable voice are a blessing to our church, and all the wonderful members of the choir. A luncheon in their honor will be held soon.

 

A meeting of the Passaic "O" Club, Chapter #66 of the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America, was held Sunday following coffee hour. The plans that were made included a pot luck luncheon to be held following Divine Liturgy on Sunday October 29. Our last pot luck was a collection of delicious foods prepared by our wonderful cooks, and we are all looking forward to the next menu that we expect will be equally delightful. Also discussed was the up-coming district convention to be held in South River on Saturday, October 28. Plans are for a one-day event and an Octoberfest dinner in the evening.

 

Our Food Pantry coordinator, Helen Baron, has made the following appeal: “The following list of items are needed to prepare our Thanksgiving Baskets this year: turkeys, cans of soup, gravy, stuffing, cans of vegetables, fruits, and cranberry sauce. If you would prefer to send a donation and have us shop for you, that would be grateful also. We would appreciate your donations by Sunday, November 5 to give us time to assemble the baskets and prepare them for distribution to our neighbors in need. We are even fewer in number than we were last year, so it is most important that we all be a part of this ministry, and show that we are true followers of Jesus Christ and follow His teaching: “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” May God bless you all! Helen Baron

 

Saint George Orthodox Church located in Buffalo NY has been blessed with the icon of the Annunciation of Most-Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary streaming fragrant oil. “It is a great and humble miracle, and blessing, for our parish and for those who come and pray here,” said Father Jason Vansuch (parish rector). His daughters, Alexandra and Anna, witnessed the streaming Holy Oil following Great Vespers on the Eve of Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross of Our Lord (September 13). The Holy Oil began streaming from the Cross on top of the Veil of the Theotokos and then also began streaming from the back of Her Veil; it has continued to stream down her face. Details and visitation schedule are in the Diocese website. http://www.nynjoca.org/

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Demetrius Memorial Saturday - Divine Liturgy and General Panikhida -  "The saying is sure: If we have died with Him, we shall also live with Him; if we endure, we shall also reign with Him;"   (2 Tim 2:11-12)