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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:


  • Imad Farhat
  • Norma Fahel
  • Noelle Zaybak

 


 

 

  • President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

 

Parish Council members:-

Walid Alam, Oni Ha, Rita Deeb-Jaffy, Husam Jaghab, Roy Jaghab, Katy Kaywood, Raed Shami & Janette Shatarah.

 

 

 

 



 


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