SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

News from St. John's for January........

Dec 29, 2019
News from St. John's for January........

The Nativity Feast Day was a few days ago and The Feast day of the Circumcision of Christ and the civil New Year’s Day is a few days away. We held our Second Annual Cookie Fest following Divine Liturgy on Sunday, December 29 and the response was rewarding in more ways than one. Many thanks to all our wonderful cookie bakers who made all our delicious treats and to all those who purchased and enjoyed them. A perfect event to enjoy before the close of 2019 and before we all start our diets and weight programs in 2020! Pictures of our delicious treats are in the Photo Gallery.

 

The civil new year, starting on Wednesday, January 1, is our favorite time to start things again with a clean slate, and we would be remiss not to mention that we are always anxious to see old friends come back to church. Jesus was born not to judge us, or condemn us, or chastise us but to save us, forgive us and accept us. All we have to do is “return to the Father,” and join those who pray together thanking Him. Please place “attending church” at the top of your new year’s resolutions and “return to the Father.” We here at St. John’s want to wish all of you a happy healthy new year filled with wonderful memories and a gratifying spiritual life resulting in a lasting rewarding relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

House blessings will start on the Feast of Theophany on January 6. Please sign up at the candle desk or call the rectory for an appointment. Many homes supply a bowl, candles and the family Theophany icon. The family should provide the priest with a list of all living family members so their names can be commemorated during the service. Place the bowl and icon and lit candle on a table. All radios and televisions should be off. It is good for children to carry a candle or bowl with the Holy Water and “lead” the priest throughout the house. An elder member of the house may also do this.

 

Happy Birthday to all those celebrating their birthday in January. Among those are: Stephen Fabian, January 3; Joyce Cifaldi, January 6; Bob Czech, January 8; Helen Rahnefeld, January 11; Joseph Pecoraro, January 13; Eva Stashitsky, January 18; Barbara Kary, January 18; Nicholas Alexander Silvestre, January 22; and Chris Baron, January 23. May God grant them all Many Years!

 

Thank you to all those who participated in our Christmas Gift program for the seminarian family from St. Tikhon’s Seminary. Thank you also to all those who gave to our food pantry for Christmas and to those who continue to remember our less fortunate neighbors throughout the year. Many thanks to Helen Baron whose efforts on both of these projects are deeply appreciated. We are truly blessed here at St. John’s for all those who consistently support our food pantry and other worthy efforts and to Helen for all her work on behalf of these projects.

John Maxon

Jan 31, 2020 - 15:59
Merry Christmas and Happy new year to all. Sorry a little late. John of Demolition Dayton Ohio
 
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