Our Humble Community

We are pleased to have visitors worship with us and we pray that you will be blessed through your experience in our services. Our parish is like a large, extended family. We have potlucks, movie nights, birthdays, birthday, wedding, and many other celebrations, but our number one focus is to help our faithful grow, strengthen, maintain, and preserve their spiritual wellbeing of Orthodox Christianity. Learn a bit about our community below. We can’t wait for you to join us in prayer and worship of our Lord, Jesus Christ!

St John’s Auxiliary

In the days of our Lord’s earthly ministry and the early years of his Church there were many who labored in the background to support and care for those who were spreading the Word of God. That need ever exists, and St. John’s Auxiliary has been blessed to help provide that support throughout the history of our parish.

The Auxiliary is authorized by, and reports to the Parish Council. The mission of the Auxiliary is to offer emotional and financial support for our parish family, through fellowship and social activities, and acting as hostess for various events at St. John’s. The Auxiliary on average has 15 to 20 active members but is open to all members of the Parish including men. New members are always desired, and most welcome!

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Diamond Circle

The seniors of the parish often work together with others cooking and baking for parish fund raising. The Diamond Circle brings the seniors together to share fellowship and fun activities. Monthly gatherings can vary from a harbor cruise, participants of taping of the Price is Right program, visiting a local vineyard, or just sharing a pot luck lunch watching a video or playing bunko/bingo at the St. John Fellowship Hall. The Diamond Circle seniors meet the third Tuesday of each month and all parishioners over age 60 are welcome to join in the monthly activities!


Under the direction of Mrs. Carole Shumaik, our choir consists of both adults and children. While there is congregational singing in Orthodox Churches, the choir’s job is to lead it. In addition to the church services, our Choir also sings for special events such as  singing in retirement homes and Christmas caroling.

Youth Group

“Let no one despise your youth, but be and example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” – 1 Timothy 4:12

Our Youth Group is a group of children, teenagers, and young adults ranging from 3-21, who gather each month for various activities events that focus on community and volunteer outreach, fellowship and spiritual development, and most importantly, grow together spiritually. It is a must that our Youth in the Orthodox Faith experience the work of involvement in community.

Church School

One third of our community is under the age of 18. We have regular Sunday School after Liturgy during Coffee Hour for all children 3-17. There is also a large outdoor area for children to play after Sunday School is over (weather permitted) while adults visit during coffee hour.

Adult Education

Throughout the year, we have Adult Education and Discussion classes during which we cover a variety of topics, including; scripture, spiritual life, church history, liturgical hymns, patristics, and much more. Our regular meetings are on Wednesday nights and on Saturday afternoons. We are currently using GoTo Meeting & Zoom for these classes. Newcomers are welcome! See our calendar for details.

Parish Council

The Parish Council is the administrative body chosen by the parish to make necessary decisions for the betterment of the parish. The Council is comprised of our Rector and several elected ex officio members of the parish by the parish at the Annual Assembly.

For more information about any of our groups, please contact Fr. Michael at:powaypadre@stjohnofdamascus.org


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