Community News and Events


Sunday, December 14th:
•Sunday School Pagaent Practice: 10:00 AM (Fellowship Hall)
•Sunday School & Greek School Christmas Pagaent: Following Divine Liturgy (In the Church)
•St. John’s Church Christmas Luncheon/Party: Following the Christmas Pagaent (Fellowship Hall)
•Christmas Card & Poinsettias Extended Deadline – Today Only: (See Penny Vlandis in the Fellowship Foyer)
•Angel Tree Deadline

Tuesday, December 16th:
•Philoptochos Board Meeting: 10:00 AM
•Young at Heart Club Event: 5:30 PM (Church Parking Lot)


Wednesday, December 17th:
•Choir Practice: 4:00 PM

Thursday, December 18th:
•Men’s Breakfast w/ Fr. Christodoulos & Fr. Angelo: 6:30 AM (Harry’s Pancakes ~ All men from our parish are invited to attend)
•Confession w/ Fr. Christodoulos: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (The Sacrament of Confession is open to all parishioners)
•GOYA Gathering w/ Fr. Christodoulos & Fr. Angelo: 6:00 PM (In the Church)

Friday, December 19th:
•Greek School: 5:30 PM
•Traditional Greek Culture Lessons: 7:00 PM

Christmas Lent
Christmas Lent lasts 40 days in the Orthodox Church from November 15th to December 24th.
This is a time for prayer, fasting, confession, anticipation and preparation for the Savior's coming.
The Sacrament of Confession, is available to everyone. "If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness," the Bible teaches.
Call Fr. Angelo (843-448-3773) for an appointment for Confession.

Young at Heart Club Event ~ Tuesday, December 16th at 5:30 PM: The YAH Club will be attending Shadracks Christmas Wonderland Show at the Pelican’s Ball Park on Tuesday, December 16th followed by refreshments at Cracker Barrel. We’ll meet in the church parking lot at 5:30 PM to form car pools to the ball park. Admission to the event is $25.50 per car. All interested, please call Eva Elliott at 843-4424-2950 for more details. To be added to our mailing list, email Adrianne Finn at

2014 Red Cross Christmas Gift Bags: The Ladies of Philoptochos are collecting items to fill brown paper bags for the Red Cross Christmas Dinner. You can find a list of acceptable items in the Coffee Room or in the new issue of “The Voice”. Deadline for all items is Sunday, December 21st. Bring all items to the Coffee Room.

GOYA Warm Winter Clothing Drive: Throughout the month of December the GOYA is collecting jackets, coats, scarves and other warm clothing for those less fortunate in our community. Please drop off all clothing to the Coffee Room.

Associated Charities Linen Drive: Philoptochos will be accepting blankets, pillows, sheets and backpacks for Associated Charities. Let’s all clean out our closets and donate to a great cause that helps the unfortunate in our local community.

2015 GOYA Vasilopita Dinner & Dance ~ Friday, January 2nd at 6:00 PM: Our GOYA will be hosting the second annual GOYA Vasilopita Dinner and Dance coming up in January. The GOYA’ns from the communities of Florence, Columbia, Charleston, Fayetteville, Wilmington and Raleigh will be attending. For more information please see any GOYA’n or Fr. Angelo.

2015 St. John’s Name Day Dinner & Vasilopita Auction ~ Tuesday, January 6th ~ Following Vesper Service: Please come join us for our annual dinner honoring St. John the Baptist and participate in our Vasilopita Auction. If you would like to donate a Vasilopita cake or bread, please contact Angie Spyralatos (843) 249-0176. We hope to see you on this special day of our Church.

2015 St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival Meeting ~ Sunday, January 11th ~ Following Divine Liturgy: It is become that time again for those interested in participating in the annual St. John Chrysostom Festival to contact Mike Merisotis (843) 357-9480. Please note that this festival is for all ages 4th Grade and up and we would love to see your children participate in the poetry, essay or oral parts of the competition. Please see more information regarding this competition in the new issue of “The Voice.”

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.

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 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.

“The Voice” Business Sponsors: Sponsors offset the costs of producing our bi-monthly newsletter. The cost for a business-card sized ad is only $150 per year. Ads will appear in “The Voice” as well as our parish website. To advertise or for more information, contact the Church Office at (843) 448-3773. Thanks to the businesses who are currently advertising with us!

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.

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 2014 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 2014 pledge today. Thank You!


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St John the Baptist Greek Church

2009-2013 St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church

3301 33rd Avenue Ext. North, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Phone - 843-448-3773


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