SCRIP PROGRAM: Purchase gift cards at full price and the Church gets a % from every card. You can even order cards from your favorite establishments. We can provide cards from grocery stores, department stores, restaurants, gas stations, pharmacies, and discount stores. The cards also make great gifts. If 40 families bought gift cards for all their groceries, gas, entertainment, and misc, St. Iakovos would make $16,000 a year. Just by doing our everyday shopping, we can help the Church make money. The possibilities are endless. If we don't have the cards on hand, they can be ordered. Stop by the table during coffee hour and look at the selection. See Joni Pamphilis for details, or ask any council member. You can also purchase gift cards during Church office hours. Monday-Friday from 9-2.
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!
SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE: Hellenic Link-Midwest is offering a scholarship opportunity for college students who have completed at least one year of school by June of 2017. If you would like more information and an application please see Chrissy Giotte following Liturgy. Deadline for the scholarship is October 15th.
SHISH-KA-BOB FOR SALE: We have pans of marinated shish-ka-bob available for sale. The pans are frozen and are aprox. 15lbs each. These pans are available for purchase for $30. Please see a council member following Liturgy if you would like to purchase a pan.
EPISTLE READING: If you are interested in reading the Epistle on Sunday please see Fr. Jim.
COFFE HOUR HOSTS: We are in need of hosts for coffee hour this year. Please see the signup sheet on the coffee hour table. Thank you to everyone that has hosted this year.
SUNDAY SCHOOL FAMILY RETREATS: Sunday school parents and children please join us on Friday, September 22nd and October 20th for our Family Night Retreats. Both retreats will be from 6-8pm and dinner will be provided both evenings. The events will include combined family activities and separate age appropriate retreat sessions. Included will be a very special educational session for parents led by Father Jim. For more info please see Fr. Jim or call the Church office. Please RSVP for our first family retreat by Thursday, September 21st.
SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS: Our first official Sunday school classes will begin on November 5th which is also our Godparent/Godchild Sunday. Please Mark your calendars for both the start of classes and our Godparent/Godchild Sunday. If you would like to volunteer to help with our Sunday school program please see Mrs. Holly Papachronis for information how you can get involved.
NEW ALTAR CLOTHES DONATED: We would like to thank the Diveris family for donating our new Altar clothes that will be used for the season of Christ’s Nativity and Epiphany. These items where donated in memory of parents Samuel, Michael, Maria, and cousin Victoria.
UPDATES FOR CHURCH DIRECTORY: If you have recently moved, changed your phone number, or email please let the Church office know. You can call M-F from 9-2 with your updated information.
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. If you are interested in sponsoring Holy Unction please see or call Fr. Jim. Holy Unction is this Wednesday, September 20th. Holy Unction is being sponsored anonymously for the Health of the Polakis Family.
A NIGHT OF LAUGH’S COMEDY SHOW FEATURING WGN TV’S MIKE TOOMEY AND PAT TOMASULO: After the success of our comedy show featuring Basile last year we will once again be hosting a comedy benefit for St. Iakovos. Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 4th as we welcome in a return performance for our Parish family locally and nationally known comedian and friend of our Parish Family-Mike Toomey along with funnyman, Pat Tomasulo. Both pat and Mike are part of the WGN-TV Award winning morning news program. We will offer general admission along with a VIP/Dinner package that will include: dinner at Parea, as well as VIP seating for the event. More details on times and ticket prices and when tickets will go on sale through EventBrite.com will be announced soon.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
October 22nd-23rd-Parish Feastday of St. Iakovos-Hierarchical Great Vespers & Divine Liturgy
November 4th-A Night of Laughs Comedy Benefit for St. Iakovos-Featuring W.G.N. T.V.’s Mike Toomey and Pat Tomasulo at Valpo Memorial Opera House
Sunday, November 5th-Godparent/Godchild Sunday