Community News and Events
|SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK
Sunday, February 22nd:
Sunday School: 10:00 AM
Monday, February 23rd:
Strict Fast Day
Great Lent Begins
Wednesday, February 25th:
Presanctified Liturgy: 10:00 AM
Choir Practice: 4:00 PM
Friday, February 27th:
Salutation Service to the Theotokos: 6:00 PM
Saturday, February 28th:
Divine Liturgy: 10:00 AM (Saturday of Souls) ~ Trisagion Prayers at
Southern Palms Cemetery following Liturgy.
Philoptochos Membership Luncheon: 1:00PM
Greek School: 3:00 PM
Saturday of the Souls (Psychosavato): Traditionally, the Orthodox
remember the dead on a Saturday, the day Christ lay in his tomb.
Four times a year, parishioners assemble to pray for all their
deceased loved ones. These general memorial services, known as
Saturday of Souls, take place the two Saturdays that precede the
beginning of Great Lent (February 14th and 21st), the first Saturday
of Great Lent (February 28th), and the Saturday before the Feast of
Pentecost (May 30th). There is a popular belief that departed souls
come back to earth at Easter and return the day after Pentecost. If
you would like to offer prayers for the deceased, write their first
name(s) clearly on the form in “The Voice”, or located in the
Narthex, and Fr. Angelo will read the list toward the end of the
Service. Submit names only once for the first three consecutive
Saturdays. Please consider bringing kolyva in memory of your loved
ones. Following the Service all the kolyva is combined, symbolizing
the mixing of souls in heaven. Parishioners share the kolyva and
greet each other with “O Theos na tous anapafsi” (“May God give rest
to the souls of the departed.”)
Philoptochos Membership Luncheon ~ February 28th at 1:00 PM: We
welcome all of you to bring a covered Lenten Dish. Also, if you
would please bring the recipe. We are going to put together a small
Lenten Cookbook for our community. If for some reason you cannot
make it that day we would still welcome Lenten Recipes. Please feel
free to bring a friend with you. We look forward to seeing you there
and spending time with you!
Philoptochos/Daughters of Penelope Loukoumades Fundraiser ~ Sunday,
March 1st: Please join us at Coffee Hour after Divine Liturgy for
this joint fundraiser. All proceeds will be donated to St. Nicholas
at Ground Zero.
World Day of Prayer ~ Friday, March 6th: Women, men and children in
more than 170 countries and regions will celebrate this event. This
year, the women of the WDP Committee of The Bahamas call us to
consider Jesus’ words to the disciples after washing their feet: “Do
you understand what I have done for you?” World Day of Prayer is a
worldwide ecumenical movement of Christian women of many traditions
who come together to observe a common day of prayer and song each
year. It was founded on the idea that prayer and action are
inseparable to promote understanding, justice and equality. This
year’s service will be held inside St. John the Baptist Greek
Orthodox Church in sponsorship with Church Women United and the
Ladies Philoptochos Society. Light refreshments will follow in The
Hall. Invite your friends, family and communities of faith to join
the women of The Bahamas in prayer and song. For further
information, call Vickie Tsagatos at 843-449-7886.
Building Fund: The Parish of St. John’s needs your help in the costs
of maintenance and upgrades to both the Hall and the Church. If you
have not filled out a Building Fund Pledge Card you are encouraged
to do so at this time. Please see or call Jimmy Lambrinos (843)
626-1572 or Sam Stathos (843) 238-5618 or any member of the Hall
Committee with any questions.
St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church Stewardship: Our St.
John's Parish Family depends on regular stewardship offerings in
order to continue the work of our Lord through our services and
activities year round. The 2015 Stewardship Pledge forms are
available today at the Pangari or from the Church Office. Please see
or call Stewardship Chairman, Dr. Jimmy Kontos at (843) 213-1627, if
you have any questions about stewardship. Please fulfill your
commitment of your 2015 pledge today. Thank You!
Business Sponsor Ads: Sponsors offset the costs of producing a
bi-monthly newsletter. The cost for a business-card sized ad is only
$150 per year. Ads will appear in “The Voice” and on our parish
website. Contact the Office at (843) 448-3773 for more information.
Thank you to our current sponsors for your continued support.
2014-2015 Greek School Year ~ Fridays ~ 5:30 PM: We have geared up
our Greek School program in the beginning of September. Parents who
wish to have their child enrolled, please fill out a registration
form located at the Pangari. For more information, contact Dena
Platingos (585) 773-0788.
Sunday Greeters: Are you interested in being a Sunday Greeter?
Please contact Loretta Siotka at (843) 399-8955.
Church Email Listserv: Do you currently receive our emails? If not
please contact the Church Office (843) 448-3773 or send an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org and never miss out on weekly bulletins,
announcements and more.
Orthodox Observer: If you are a steward in good standing and are not
receiving the Orthodox Observer from the Archdiocese please contact
the Church Office (843) 448-3773 and your name will be submitted to
the Archdiocese to get on the mailing list.
St. John’s Religious Book Store and Holy Nook Gift Shop: Our parish
bookstore and Holy Nook gift shop has a variety of books, icons,
instructional guides, Orthodox literature, worship items, greeting
cards, bracelets, pure traditional olive oil soaps from Greece (a
variety of scents) "A Voyage in Greek Cooking," St. John's parish
cook-book and much more. The store is located in the former kitchen
in the Narthex. Please stop by following Divine Liturgy, or you may
contact Anna Kouis at (843) 347-2868. If there is a book or item
that we don't carry, let us know and we will try to get it for you.
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