Community News and Events


Sunday, November 23rd:
•Sunday School: 10:00 AM
•40-Day Memorial Service: Fr. Nicolaos Spirakis ~ May his memory be eternal.
•Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Deadline

Tuesday, November 25th:
•St. Katherine: Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM



Wednesday, November 26th:
•No Religious Discussion w/ Fr. Angelo
•No Choir Practice

Thursday, November 27th:
•Thanksgiving Day (Office Closed)

Friday, November 28th:
•Office Closed



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.

Philoptochos Holiday Fundraiser Booth: The Philoptochos have set up a booth accepting donations towards the Community Christmas Card and the Poinsettias to adorn the Altar. The booth is located in the lobby of the Church Hall Foyer and will be staffed for 30 minutes following Liturgy. Pre-order forms for the Annual Christmas Bake Sale can also be turned in at the table.

GOYA Winter Clothing Drive ~ Begins Sunday, November 30th: The GOYA will be collecting warm winter clothing such as jackets and sweaters to donate to those in need in this upcoming winter season. Please bring all clothing to the Coffee Room.

New Date ~ Philoptochos Christmas Bake Sale Baking ~ Tuesday, December 2nd at 10:00 AM & Thursday, December 4th at 12-Noon: The Philoptochos' Annual Bake Sale is coming up on December 12-13th and the ladies need help baking! Please contact Penny Vlandis (843) 497-5607 or Elaine Willett (843) 272-2672 for more information.

Young at Heart Club Meeting ~ Wednesday, December 3rd at 1:00 PM: A meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 3rd at 1:00 PM in the Conference Room to plan a Holiday Celebration and to talk about our activities for next year. If you are 55 years old or older and would like to socialize, please join us. We have begun a new organization in our community to bring our seniors (singles and married couples) closer together. Anyone interested, see or call Adrianne Finn (843) 855-0304 or Eva Elliot (843) 424-2950.

AHEPA/Daughters of Penelope Christmas Party ~ Thursday, December 4th at 7:00 PM: All current and all who would like to join these organizations are welcome to our annual Christmas Party at Ramando's. All members can bring a guest.

GOYA Movie Night & Christmas Angel Tree Decorating ~ Friday, December 5th ~ 6:00 PM: All youth ages 6th Grade and up are welcome to come join the GOYA for their upcoming movie night and decoration of their Angel Tree. For more information about attending or adopting a family off of the Angel Tree, please contact Effie Lambrinos (843) 626-1572.

Annual Philoptochos Christmas Luncheon ~ Saturday, December 6th at 12-Noon: Philoptochos will be having their annual Christmas Luncheon at Pine Lakes Country Club. Tickets are $20. See Popi Kesoglou (843) 236-0406 for information.

2014 Community Christmas Card: Send your greetings to all the members of our community. Forms are available at the Pangari, in the Hall foyer following Divine Liturgy at the Philoptochos booth, and in this issue of "The Voice." Deadline is December 7th. Make checks payable to "The Ladies Philoptochos Society." For more information contact Vickie Tsagatos (843) 449-7886 or Penny Vlandis (843) 497-5607.

Christmas Poinsettias: Help adorn our altar for Christmas with beautiful poinsettias. Forms available at the Pangari, in the Hall foyer after following Divine Liturgy at the Philoptochos booth, and in this issue of "The Voice." Deadline is December 7th. Make checks payable to "The Ladies Philoptochos Society." For more information contact Angie Spyralatos (843) 249-0176 or Alexandra Grivakis (843) 626-2441.

2014 Red Cross Christmas Gift Bags: See the list in the Coffee Room or Loretta Siotka (843) 399-8955 for more information.

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.

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 or in the August/September issue of "The Voice." For more information, contact Dena Platingos (585) 773-0788.

Younger Children's Greek Dance Practice ~ Fridays at 7:00 PM: If you are interested in your child (ages 8 and younger) learning to Greek Dance, please contact Dena Platingos (585) 773-0788.

2014-2015 Adult Greek School ~ Fridays ~ 7:30 PM: Starting the first week of October, we will begin our Adult Greek Class on Friday evenings at 7:30 PM. The cost is $50 a month and please make all checks out to St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church. For more information please 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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