AMAZON SMILE: Shopping at Amazon can now help out St. Iakovos. Visit smile.amazon.org and choose St. Iakovos as the charity to benefit. You then shop Amazon just like you normally do. There is no cost to you, and after checkout a percentage of the sale will go to St. Iakovos. What better way to shop and help the Church at the same time!
MORNING COFFEE BREAK BIBLE STUDY: We will resume our weekly Bible Study on November 20th at 10:30am.
BLACKHAWKS OUTING: We are planning an outing for January 19th to attend a Blackhawks game. Before the game we will dine in Greek Town. Price is to be determined. If you would like to attend and reserve your tickets please see Fr. Jim or call the Church office. We have to secure our tickets as soon as possible so please let the office or Father know by November 20th with your rsvp.
SPONSORING HOLY UNCTION: During this sacrament we use 7 of the red vigil candles, if you would like to sponsor the service by purchasing the candles for the health and wellbeing of your family and/or loved ones the cost is $70. Our next Holy Unction will be on Wednesday, November 20th, at 6pm. Holy Unction is being sponsored for the health and well being of Mike and Via Hatseras.
COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CARD: Once again our Youth Ministries will be sponsoring the annual Community Christmas Card. GOYA members will be available following Liturgy with forms if you would like to purchase a spot. The cost to have your family’s name included on this card is $15 and $25 for businesses. The cards this year will be mailed out to all of our parishioners. Please fill out the form that is available on the information table. All proceeds benefit our St. Iakovos Youth Ministries. Make checks payable to “St. Iakovos G.O.Y.A.” For more info, call Fr. Jim at the Church Office.
21ST ANNUAL THANKSGIVING EVE DIVINE LITURGY: We will celebrate the evening before Thanksgiving, Wednesday November 27th, with a Divine Liturgy at 5:45p.m. Please join us as we offer up Thanksgiving to God for His abundant blessings. A Pumpkin Pie Fellowship Hour will follow. Bring your favorite dessert to share!!
ANNUAL COOKIE WALK: On Saturday, December 14th we will be holding our annual cookie walk from 9:00am-12:00pm. The cost is $9.00 per pound. Each year everyone has been so generous baking for this event. Please bring at least 6 dozen cookies for us to sell this day. We are asking that you be creative and not make your typical chocolate chip. Why not try something new this year. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE.
2020 STEWARDSHIP: Our 2020 Stewardship packets and cards have been mailed. Please review all the information carefully and pray about it before returning your Stewardship card. Please note that cards have to be filled out every year. Thank you in advance for your continued support of St. Iakovos.
THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS BAKLAVA: Philoptochos is taking preorders for Thanksgiving and Christmas Baklava. If you would like to order please see a Philoptochos member following liturgy.
GUIDELINES FOR THE CHRISTMAS FAST: To receive Holy Communion we need to be properly prepared. This includes following the Fasting guidelines of our Church for the Christmas Lenten Season, which begins November 15th and lasts (excluding Thanksgiving) through Christmas. During the observation of the Christmas Lent, an Orthodox Christian should at least abstain from meat and meat products during this period while increasing their prayer and scriptural reading as well as charitable contributions and work. From December 13 through Christmas, a strict fast from meat, dairy products and olive oil should be observed by ALL ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS (unless under doctor’s care).
To those who fast belongs the celebration of our Lord’s Birth – thus- the Church has set aside the time for Christmas through January 4th (inclusive) as being a time period of no fasting at all. The Eve of Epiphany, January 5th, is however, a day of STRICT FASTING in anticipation of the Feast of Epiphany. Following Epiphany, we return to a regular schedule of fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays until the beginning of the Great and Holy Lent.
NOTICE OF ST. IAKOVOS PARISH GENERAL ASSEMBLY-SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17,
FOLLOWING DIVINE LITURGY
DEAR FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF ST. IAKOVOS, WE WILL HAVE A PARISH GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH FOLLOWING THE DIVINE LITURGY IN ORDER TO
DISCUSS, ALONG WITH NORMAL AGENDA ITEMS, THE REVIEW AND PASSAGE OF 2020 PARISH OPERATING BUDGET. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE SEE FR. JIM, Mr. LAWRENCE ELEFTHERI, OR ANY OF OUR PARISH COUNCIL MEMBERS. AS ARE ALL OF OUR PARISH GENERAL ASSEMBLIES, THIS MEETING IS OPEN TO ALL-- BUT A REMINDER THAT ONLY ST. IAKOVOS PLEDGED STEWARDS IN GOOD STANDING FOR 2019* WILL BE ALLOWED TO VOTE ON THE 2019 BUDGET AND UPON ANY ISSUES OR MOTIONS AS THEY ARISE.
*Please make every effort to be with us for this Parish General Assembly. It is important as we continue in this building process that we all participate in the process fully and within the proper forum. That is by being in attendance at all General Assemblies and voicing our opinions so that we may hear and honor all voices within our Parish. As a reminder, in order to vote at the General Assembly, you must be a current and pledging steward of St. Iakovos for the 2016 year, up-to-date in your pledge fulfillment. If you have any questions about your stewardship status, please contact the Church Office. Again, we remind you that all stewardship information is kept in the strictest confidence. If you have any need to change your stewardship commitment for any reason, please contact Fr. Jim.
Daniel the Stylite of Constantinople; Luke the New Stylite of Chalcedon; Holy Martyrs Ascepsia and Aethal; Holy Martyrs Miracus and Barsabas; Leontios the Righteous of Monemvasia; The Glorious King Nikephoros Phokas