THIS SATURDAY: OPEN HOUSE ON THE FEAST OF SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST
The Open House event on the Feast of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist counts on your participation. We count on your participation as organizers to worship, welcome guests, serve the delicious food and offer hospitality to all. Have kids? Bring the whole family! Your joyful presence, handshake and words of witness to who we are make all the difference!
Open Door, Open Hearts
St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church welcomes all to our Open House
Yes, we are the church that puts on the Monterey Bay Greek Festival every year!
June 24th from 10:30 am till 2:00 pm
Arrive earlier to participate in church services
Join the free tours and learn lots of thoughtful information
We will be serving My Big Fat Greek Lamb Sandwiches,
home-made, with authentic Greek orzo salad for $15.00
(Preorder for take home: call 831-998-2611)
Greek pastries will also be available for sale
Location: All Saints Church lower level - Carmel by the Sea at Lincoln & 9th
FELLOWSHIP HOUR THIS SUNDAY
Following the service this Sunday we will be meeting for food and fellowship in the Grant Hall, at the top of the campus hill. Please bring the food to share directly up there.
VACATION CHURCH SCHOOL
We are asking for your support through prayer for this year's team who will be working with 14 children next week: Joan, Sky, Vera, Judith, Sarah, Kera, Ryan, Sawsan, Christina, Presbytera Ana, Mimi, Mariam and Father Ion. May God watch over all of them!
Vacation Church School 2017
BEHOLD THE LIGHT
Monday, June 26th – Friday, June 30th
8:30am – 12:30pm Grades K- 8th
NEW: BASICS OF ORTHODOXY
Due to this weekend's space limitations, to the long weekend ahead of us, and to the event on July 9, we will be starting the BASICS OF ORTHODOXY class later than announced. The class is structured as a set of lectures covering 8 topics: Church History, Spirituality, The Liturgy, the Holy Trinity, the Theotokos, the Icons, the Holy Mysteries and the Holy Tradition. We will meet in the church after the coffee hour. Father Ion will be presenting using slides. Great material for catechumens, for those exploring the faith and, especially for all the Orthodox of our church. The first lecture will be on Sunday, July 16.
BE ROMAN FOR 5 WEEKS!
There will be NO dinner and group discussion after this Wednesday service (Vespers for Saints Peter and Paul). This is because of the Vacation Church School happening this coming week.
AKATHIST TO SAINT NEKTARIOS
The service will NOT take place this coming week due to the Vacation Church School.
The mission of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco Philoptochos Kids ‘n’ Cancer/Camp Agape Ministry founded by our own Metropolis is dedicated to providing support for children afflicted with cancer and their families. This beloved ministry offers a compassionate and caring environment, exemplary of Christ’s unconditional love, along with an opportunity to shape meaningful friendships and create precious memories.
The Ladies Philoptochos Society of St. John the Baptist, invites you to support the Kids ‘n Cancer Cook Out on Sunday July 9 after Divine Liturgy in the church patio. The whole family is welcome, enjoy a good old fashioned 4th of July style cook out. There will be door prizes for the kids, chances to win wonderful prizes all in support of the chapter and Kids ‘n Cancer/Camp Agape. Won’t you please give your heart to a child?
Need list: 50 all beef hot dogs with buns, Sodas, cookies, chips, and a crate of corn on the cob.
SERVING THESE SUNDAYS
The teams on duty these coming Sundays are:
Welcoming: Brian and Corkey Balcom
Parish Council Member: Alexandra Mouzas
Fellowship: Team 2 (Green) - always on 4th Sunday of the month.
Welcoming: Simi Georgalos
Parish Council Member: John Ehab
Fellowship: Team 1 (Gold) - always 1st Sunday of the month.
SUNDAY SCHOOL SUMMER BREAK
The Sunday School will enjoy the summer break until September. See you in church!
NEW: PILGRIMAGE TO SAINT JOHN MAXIMOVITCH
We are now set for the pilgrimage to San Francisco to venerate the holy relics of Saint John, to take a guided tour of the cell and churches where he worshiped, prayed and performed miracles. Special prayers will be offered at the holy sites. July 15, from 11am. Departure from Carmel at 8am. We will be carpooling. Contact Father Ion.
THE APOSTLES FAST GOES ON
Of the fasts we observe, the Apostles Fast is unique. Whereas the other fasts are a fixed number of days in length, the Apostles Fast varies in length. In some years it can be as long as five weeks and in other years it may only be one or two days in length, or not occur at all. This is because this fast begins on the Monday after the Sunday of All Saints. The Sunday of All Saints is dependent on Pentecost, which is a movable feast, celebrated on a different Sunday every year. Another characteristic of the Apostles Fast, which distinguishes it from the other three, is that this fast is not as strict. Fish, wine and oil can be consumed throughout the fast, except on Wednesday's and Friday's which are strict fast days.
To understand the purpose of the Apostles Fast we are invited to remember that both Saints Peter and Paul worked diligently to establish our Lord's Church. The focus of the Book of Acts is on the ministry of these two holy men as they preached our Lord crucified and resurrected. Hence, the Orthodox Church has always acknowledged Saints Peter and Paul as pillars of the Church, and especially Saint Paul, as a stellar example of what it means to be a missionary.
The Apostles Fast ends on June 29, the feast of Saints Peter and Paul the Apostles.