St. John Chrysostom Greek Orthodox Church of Martin County
"Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God." - Romans 15:7
Through this web site, we are pleased to be able to introduce you to that same worship and fellowship as it is expressed in the life of our Parish. If you are a new member of our parish, or are considering membership, these web pages will acquaint you with what our parish offers to those who give it support and sustenance; to those who already belong to the church, we hope they will provide you with the assurance that your sacrificial offerings are received with profound respect, and are utilized to maximum effectiveness. They will, in any case, enable you to make the informed decisions that are necessary for a meaningful relationship with your church!
"The St. John Chrysostom Community Hall and related facilities are owned and operated as an integral part of the ministries of St. John Chrysostom Greek Orthodox Church, and are subject to the traditions, dogmas and Holy Canons of the Greek Orthodox Faith. We reserve the right to reject any request for the use of any such facilities. In addition, any uses that violate any applicable laws, ordinances, regulations or statutes are expressly prohibited."
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MOTHER'S DAY LUNCHEON
We will honor the Mothers in our community on Sunday, May 8 with a Mother's Day Luncheon.
We will be serving lamb Youvetsi along with sides and beverages! Cost is $15/person with children under 12 free.
FORTY DAY CHURCHING OF MOTHER AND CHILD
On the fortieth day a child is brought to the Temple to be churched, that is, to begin attending church.
Our community is blessed to receive the infant Evangelia Mourelatos, who will be presented, as Christ was presented at the Temple, on the fortieth day. She is presented by her parents, Jim and Beth Maurelatos.
Philoptochos - May 21st, 10 am
Our Philoptochos is offering RADA Cutlery and Kitchen products to raise funds for their Outreach & Philanthropy projects! Please see any Philoptochos member to view a catalog of these items.
Rada Cutlery is 100% American Made - raw materials and construction!
ST. STEPHENS CAMP REGISTRATION
2016 Camper registration is OPEN!
Recognized as the highlight of the summer for many of our youth throughout the Metropolis, St Stephen's Summer Camp offers teens entering 6th through 12th grades when school begins in the fall, an opportunity to spend a week at our Diakonia Retreat Center.
Our St Stephen's Summer Camp has a rich tradition, dating back to the 1980's, and is grounded on the principals of living a true Orthodox lifestyle with twice daily liturgical services, opportunities for reflection, community living and meals, athletics, arts & crafts, and nightly social activities.
2016 Fee Schedule: $400.00 / Cost per CamperWeek #1 June 26 - July 2 Week #2 July 03 - July 9
Week #3 July 10 - July 16
Week #4 July 17 - July 23
Week #5 July 24 - July 30
PLENTIFUL HARVEST MINISTRY
Thank you to everyone that contributed to cooking and serving for this worthy effort!
Our next opportunity to serve will be on TBA. Please prayerfully consider helping to cook or to serve, and becoming a part of this life-affirming Ministry!
Also remember that we are still collecting food goods (boxed and canned) in the box in our coffee hour service area!
Fr. Gregory will be visiting parishioners’ homes and business to bless them. To schedule a day and time, please contact either:
Fr. Gregory: Connie Monsma:
(Cell) 772-475-4639 (Cell) 772-263-6764
YOUR PARISH COUNCIL OFFICERS
We are pleased to announce the Officers of our 2016 Parish Council:
President - Mary Parasco
Vice President - Perry Bakas
Treasurer - Kostas Palaskas
Secretary - Currently Vacant
Financial Secretary - Currently Vacant
2016 Festival HUGE SUCESS!
Thanks to all our volunteers and patrons for making our Annual Greek Festival such a wonderful event. This Festival is our most important outreach and fundraising event of the year!
Pictures coming soon.
CATECHETICAL (SUNDAY) SCHOOL UPDATE
This week our Sunday School classes will be taught by:
This week our teachers will be:
Pre-K, K & 1st Grade (Presbytera Tara)
Grades 2-5 (Connie Monsma)
Grades 6-8 (Evi Deslis)
High School (Fr. Gregory)
A sign-up sheet for teachers will be available after Liturgy. Please contact Jodie Reams to volunteer to help out with teaching our youth!
If you have not yet offered your Stewardship this year, we humbly ask that you bring your Stewardship Card with you to church and offer it to God as your commitment 2016.
Please pray and ask God to guide your heart as you make your pledge for the upcoming year. Your offerings make possible the work of the Church and pay for our operational costs and our mortgage. We need everyone's help to support our Church.
STEWARDS FOR 2016
(as of 05/04/2016)
56 Family Committments
We will have a sign up sheet in the Narthex for those in our community who would like to learn to read/intone the Epistle, in either Greek or English. Please contact Fr. Gregory to sign up!
We are in need of prosfora bakers! Please sign up for a Sunday to provide the prosforo for our parish. If you would like to learn to bake prosfora, please contact Fr. Gregory to arrange a lesson.
Greek School has begun!
Please contact Evi Deslis if you have any questions.
Phone: (720) 840-1368
2016 ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM ORATORICAL FESTIVAL
Topics, Tips & Resources are now available!
Introduced in 1983, the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival provides Greek Orthodox teenagers the opportunity to write and talk about their faith. The Oratorical Festival Program begins at the parish level and is divided into three divisions:
Elementary Division (local festival only) for students in grades 4–6
Junior Division for students in grades 7–9
Senior Division for student in grades 10–12
For more information, please see Chairperson Maggy Tsouchlis or Fr. Gregory.
District Retreat – “Training Camp” - was well atteded by our GOYA in 2015 at
St. Andrew, Kendall (S. Miami)
MARK YOUR CALENDARS / SAVE THE DATES
MOTHER'S DAY LUNCHEON - May 8th
Please check with Fr. Gregory for scheduling of Bible Studies.
Enhancing our Liturgical Life:
St. John's offers Saturday Evening Vespers at 5:00 pm. Last Great Vespers for the Summer, Saturday, 5/30
This beautiful worship service marks the beginning of the 'Lord's Day' with the setting of the sun, and sets our hearts on a path of prayer and preparation for the coming of the Divine Liturgy which follows after the 'Son' rises!
We encourage you to attend services with us each Sunday:
Orthros - 9 AM - 10 AM
Divine Liturgy - 10 AM - 11:30 AM
Youth Sunday School dismisses after Holy Communion.
Join us after services for our Agape Hour where we would love to meet you!
With fear of God, faith and love, draw near!
SATURDAY VESPERS have resumed, St. John's Vespers are usually held Saturdays at 5:00 pm
Greek School and Sunday School are seeking Teachers. Please contact Evi Deslis for Greek School at 720-840-1368
Please contact Connie Monsma for Sunday School at 772-263-6764