John the ForerummerSaint John's Eastern Orthodox Church

 Bringing Orthodox Christian Faith to Amarillo


Saint John's Eastern Orthodox Church

1101 Bell Street, Amarillo, Texas, 79106                            (806) 355-0683

Message from Father David

 ......the continuing process of our "openness to God'...

 The efforts of the "Writers Group", composed of members of the Parish Council and others, have been and are meeting frequently to craft an appropriate letter of application for the Archdiocese Small Parish Proposal Grant.

 The President of the Parish Council, Faye Palacio, has acted as the one who convenes the group.  Faye has provided an outline of approach to "drafting our expression" of our life as Orthodox Christians in The Body of Christ, His Church in Amarillo, Texas.

 The optimism and hoped for fulfillment of efforts to express who we are is not as simple as it would seem.  Often the struggle for us who are involved means research, fact checking, further effort to craft statements, and sharing our insights. All this makes  this present moment  a strenuous one.

 There have been three meetings so far. . .many more seem likely. . .where the small group of four persons have drafted through Faye's leadership, the basic outline for the Grant.  This has led to many email exchanges as well as personal anguish as we struggle to share our particular "subjective vision" of the needs of the parish and accepting the guidance of our best intuition and experience as Orthodox Christians.

 We do know. . ."Unless the Lord builds the House, the builder builds in vain. . .(Psalm 127:1).  So we ask you the reader for your thoughts and reflections--verbally, emails, and most importantly in written form... of your experience of being born into Orthodoxy or becoming Orthodox through the act of your conversion this needs to be expressed and shared with the Grant Writers Group.

 Who are you as a faithful person?  What precautions have you taken to manifest your Orthodox Personhood?  Your Spirituality?  Your ethical orientation so "right action" rather than "wrong action"; "positive" rather than "negative" thoughts are expressed?  What do you really hope for?  How has God helped you celebrate "Another day in Paradise", as we hear from one of our dear parishioners.  How do you express your Thankfulness in an active way or in a meditative way--or both?

 These questions guide the Writers Group and give orientation and direction in shaping our future mission and our hope for that which is wondrous, beautiful, abundant in peace, a tranquil life with deep satisfaction where we come to know we are forgiven for our errors and forgiving of others who have offended us. . .As we overcome those adversities and "tribulations of wrath, danger, and necessity".

We pray!!

 Your continuing support through your talent, your time, your treasure, your presence, your optimism, your hope for the future, your dignity, that we "small band of brothers and sisters" are like the early

 Church, "...we endure, gain character, become a force of the Voice of God through action and belief of persons just like each one of us.

 Yes! You and me:  We who overcome and are triumphant over dismay, distractions, temptations, bitterness and contempt, and self-destructive attitudes and thoughts gain much that is good. . .that is of God.

 It is this willingness and our love of freedom, our loyalty, our honoring of each other even in disagreement, our sense of duty. . .These attributes remain true and necessary and bind us to Him, Christ Who gives us this new life so His Kingdom as It is in Heaven, so It is to be on earth.

 We are His people.  We are the work of His hands.  We are called to be "perfect"--complete---and to be full of peace, and called by His Name.

 You, Christian, are necessary in this moment of striving to make certain and real our efforts as the fulfilling element of the quest for the true community of faith as Saint John the Prodromos, who said. "I must decrease so that He may increase."

We give of ourselves sacrificialy. 

 It is in our giving of ourselves more completely than ever before in our history that we will fulfill  our quest to express ourselves as a "chosen people, a royal priest hood"  capable of fulfilling God's love for His children and for His full Creation.

 May We be blessed as were the Apostles. . .,who were anointed at Pentacost with "flames of fire"!

 Father David, Protopresbyter , you Priest, who prays for you. . .

Eritrean/Ethiopian Bible Study is held each Saturday afternoon at 4:00 and all are invited to come to this special time of worship.
Also, on the Sundays when Fr. David is not present we have Bible Study at 11:00 am, with the church opening earlier so that we may all enter and prepare ourselves through prayer and meditations.

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If you have not turned in your 2017 stewardship pledge card yet, December is the time to do so.  We cannot determine a budget for the year without a proposed income for the year.  Pledges are the only “hard number” that we have to determine our ability to pay the church’s expenses throughout the year.  It is our generosity in giving that keeps not only St. John’s operating, but our membership in the Archdiocese and the Metropolis.
See Carl or Rex to get your card if you need one.