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Saint John Orthodox Church

The memory of the righteous is celebrated with songs of praise, but the Lord's testimony is sufficient for thee, O Forerunner. Thou wast shown indeed to be the most honorable of the prophets, for in the waters thou didst baptize him who had been proclaimed. After suffering in behalf of the truth, thou didst proclaim even to those in Hades the God who appeared in the flesh, who takes away the sin of the world and grants us the Great Mercy.


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Welcome to the official website of St. John Orthodox Church of Levittown NY. We intend to make it an educational tool to all who seek to use it. This website can be used for information on our church. We are located on a spacious private property with our own parking lot on 80 Water Lane North in Levittown, NY. Our Sunday Divine Liturgy begins at 10:30 AM. All are welcome.

- Pastor

 

The Parish Council


Each parish requires a proper Christian structure and administration in order to provide proper worship, education, pastoral care, spiritual direction, evangelism, and philanthropy.  The head of the parish in its total life is the Pastor who is ordained and assigned to his church.  This does not mean that the Parish Priest functions merely as the Bishop’s “representative” or “delegate.”  It means rather that he is appointed by the Bishop and accepted by the parish as the community’s spiritual and sacramental leader, father, and pastor.  He is the head of the Body who images and presents God and Christ in every aspect of the Lord’s messianic ministry.

The Christian parish headed by its Priest shows that it is truly Christ’s holy Church, and not merely a human association of like-minded people incorporated to satisfy the demands and desires of its members.  When properly functioning and structured, the parish maintains its identity and integrity as Christ’s Body, the Household of God.  The Parish Priest, properly understood in Christian Orthodoxy, is neither a domineering despot nor a servile hireling.  He is neither an authoritarian “stand-in” for an almost always absent Bishop, nor a lackey at the deck and call of a parish board.  He is rather a called, trained, tested, and ordained teacher, pastor, and priest, the guarantee of the presence and action of Christ in the community.

The Parish Council consists of the Pastor and our elected representatives.  The Pastor is the presiding officer and the only permanent member of the church council.  The process of nomination and election/appointment of these members and the details of the council’s duties are explained in the church constitution.  It is important to recognize the nature and purpose of the Parish Council.  It is often thought that the Parish Council is responsible for the “material” operation of the church, leaving the “spiritual” ministry for the priest.  Part of its role is certainly to ensure that physical needs are provided for, by managing funds, facilities, etc.  But this task is not separate from the spiritual ministry in the Church – such labor of love is equally “spiritual,” when it contributes to the good of the community. The Parish Council should not be seen as a governing body or business committee, but as a group of spiritually rooted individuals who assist the Priest in building up the body of Christ.  Parish Council members must therefore be spiritually active, and exemplary in church attendance and stewardship. 


The Officers of the Parish Council of St. John Church for 2014 are:

  • Ramzi Kaywood
  • Imad Farhat
  • Norma Fahel
  • Noelle Zaybak
  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer


Stewardship



 

Ladies Society

The Ladies Society is an organization of St. John Orthodox Church. The First Lay Organization of our Archdiocese in North America was called “Hamilaat Al-Teeb” (Myrrh-Bearers Society), established in St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral in Brooklyn, NY. It is an important organization and arm of our church.

Purposes

The purposes of the Ladies Society are:

    • To develop among the women of the Church a spirit of Christianleadership,awareness and commitment as taught in the Holy Orthodox Church.

    • To foster among women throughout the Church a genuine expression of love and service through works of charity.

    • To instill among women throughout the Church and the community at large a sense of fellowship and a deeper understanding of the heritage and traditions of the Ladies Society and the Orthodox Church.

Participation in the Ladies Society can truly include every woman in the Church in that we are all called to be members by our personal acceptance of the charge “take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it” (Colossians 4:17). The Church of Jesus Christ consists of every person in it, clergy and lay people pulling together and working together. The Community of Christians is described in the Scriptures as “a priesthood of all believers”. We are all ministers of Jesus Christ, whether men or women, ordained or lay, we are called to be ambassadors for Christ. Without exception, each and every one of us is called to serve our Lord and our church in ways that allow God’s love to shine through us, for the benefit of others.

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The Officers of the Ladies Society of St. John Church for 2014 are:

  • Rita Jaffy
  • Abeer Shami
  • Norma Fahel
  • Noelle Zaybak
  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer


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The Choir

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Our Choir leads the faithful in chanting during our Church Services. We are constantly looking for men and women to join the ranks of our liturgical choir. We hold practice sessions, especially during theperiods preceding the Great Feasts of the Church.

We are planning, in addition to our current Adult Choir, to have a Youth Choir. At present, our Youth Choir chants during Friday Evening at Great and Holy Week, and sings Christmas Carols during the Advent Season. In the near future, we hope to have a full-time Youth Choir, complementing and adding to the beauty of our Adult Choir.

Join Us!

For more information, please contact:

  • Najib Talhami
  • Chanter & Adult Choir Director


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Sacred Music




Church School

Christian Education is a very important element of the Church: It begins with Infancy, and keeps progressing, always! It only ceases to take place at the moment of death. In other words, we are always learning about the faith and church. Each Sunday, whenever an Epistle or Gospel Lectionary lessons are read, we learn and encounter something new. Although they may seem similar, yet at each Divine Liturgy, also, we do indeed learn something new as well.

St. John Chrysostom teaches that “the Christian Home is the first Church,” and by extension, Christian Education is primarily a home-based (Christian) school. Our Sunday School Teachers spend genuine time, as little or as much as can be afforded each Sunday, in order to educate our children in the Faith. But it always remains the responsibility of parents to teach their children the basic tenets of the Faith. To that end, our Sunday School Teachers, in addition to teaching our children, with the help of the Priest, they provide parents with the tools needed for a concentrated Christian Education at home.

Due to the size and budget of our parish, as is the case in many Orthodox churches in North America, our Sunday School Classes are combined and merged, depending on the number of children we have each year. It is our earnest prayer that as we grow as a church, we would ultimately have a larger facility which would accommodate a reasonable Christian Education quarter.

Ruba Kaywood is the Church School Director of St. John Orthodox Church for 2014

Christian Education



 

Children's Club

St. John Children's Club was organized to provide our young children, ages 5-12 years, with the opportunity to share in Christian fellowship and fun. This Pre-Teen group participates in the Life of the Church on many levels during the year, in-church and out-of-church as well. Due to the young age of its members, at each gathering the meetings are run by the Officers.

In the Orthodox Church, Children who are Baptized and Chrismated are Full Members of the Church, deserving by virtue of the Sacraments to receive Holy Communion. This is not so in other communions! Thus, due to this aspect of the importance of children in the church, an aspect recognized by the Lord Himself, such as when He called all the Children to come to Him to bless them, we cannot undermine the importance and participation of children in the life of the Church.

To this end, St. John Children's Club serves these needs, by planning parties and functions coterminous with the liturgical calendar of the church, such as Easter Egg Hunts around the time of Pascha, and Christmas Plays around the time of the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord. The Officers of the Children's Club, typically, are parents of past, present, or future members in the Children's Club! Thus, their concern for the safety and well-being of the children go hand in hand with their zeal to educate them, entertain them, and have them participate in the Divine Liturgy. The formative years in cognition and communication are these sensitive young years, and St. John Orthodox Church, through the activities and functions of the Children's Club, incorporates this growth aspect by making it pleasant and fun for these children to accept and grow in the faith.

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The Officers of Children Club of St. John Church for 2014 are:

  • Suhair Quad
  • President








 

Teen SOYO

Teen SOYO (Society of Orthodox Youth Organizations) was founded by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph. For decades Teen SOYO has sought to encourage young people to love Christ, His Church, and to seek His truth. It is a goal of Teen SOYO to inspire teens to live a righteous life, seeking to discover that which God has graven in their hearts and minds. Teens are spurred on to serve those in the Church, as well as their neighbors both near and far that are in need of Christ's love and mercy. For over Four Decades since its establishment, Teen SOYO has evolved to become a formidable Youth Organization of the Archdiocese, participating locally in each church and diocese, as well as on the National Archdiocese level in such contests as the Bible Bowl, Oratorical, and Festivals Creative Arts.

Starting Teen SOYO was one of the first and most important things I did after becoming Metropolitan. The importance of providing programs for our youth and keeping them close to the Church is essential. This is especially true in this modern era. What started as a small movement has grown into an Archdiocese wide force providing humanitarian services to the poor and needy as well as bringing the youth of our parishes together on the local, regional, and archdiocese levels. May God continue to bless our youth and may we always encourage them to do what is good and pleasing to God.”
Metropolitan Joseph (Saliba), Founder of Teen SOYO

Join Us!

The Officers of Teen SOYO of St. John Church for 2014 are:

  • Youhanna Moussa
  • Ryan Kaywood
  • Jessica Masoud
  • Samantha Yacoub
  • Ruba Kaywood
  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • SOYO Adviser


SOYO (Society of Orthodox Youth Organizations)





Fellowship of St. John the Divine

The Fellowship of St. John the Divine (FSJD) is a group of young leaders who, representing different dioceses, come together at one table to develop and administer programs, projects, and activities that are intended to help each local parish find ways to fulfill its true calling in Christ. The Fellowship is therefore a catalyst for action in three areas:

    • Unity
    • Missions, Outreach, and, Evangelism
    Saint John The Divine • Spiritual Renewal.

Some of the activities the Fellowship supports or has itself developed include: mission trips, pan-Orthodox fellowship events at conferences, the production and dissemination of education materials about Church unity, the St. Philip's Prayer Discipline program, young adult retreats, the Food for Hungry People program, the Creative Festivals, and the Oratorical and Bible Bowl Festivals. The Fellowship communicates opportunities for involvement through periodic bulletin inserts.

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The Fellowship of St. John the Divine (FSJD) at St. John Orthodox Church is currently in the establishment-and-development phase. While we do have a sizeable group of young adults, this Church Group under the auspices of FSJD just began meeting and organizing in the Spring of 2011. We do have high hopes for it and as soon as Officers are voted in we will update this page.

Fellowship of St. John the Divine



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