News & Upcoming Events

Fellowship Hour

The Fellowship Hour is a favorite tradition of our church and is held each Sunday directly after the Liturgy in the family room.  It's a time of offering hospitality to everyone with beverages, coffee, snacks, breakfast and brunch treats.  Fellowship Hour offers us an opportunity to pause for a while from our busy schedules and catch up with each other, chat and visit with old and new friends while building and strengthening Christian Fellowship.

The church is asking for all of us to participate in this tradition by hosting a Fellowship Hour one Sunday of the year.  It is recommended that you share the responsibilities with other friends and family.  You will find the details on our website by clicking on the "Fellowship Hour" link or you may call the church office at (708) 562-2744.  The Sundays that are available are listed on the "sign up sheet" located on the wall by the kitchen door.

Thank you in advance for your participation!

Sunday School Begins September 13th--Registration

We have some EXCITING changes happening for our students this year in Sunday School.  All 3rd - 8th grade students will have the opportunity to begin each Sunday with FAMILY WORSHIP.  This will allow our students to experience our Orthodox Christian Faith first hand, and to apply what they have learned during Sunday School class to the liturgy.  They will be able to sing the Doxology, see the Great Entrance, hear and sing our beautiful hymns, listen to the Gospel reading and prepare to receive and partake of Holy Communion first.  Then, they will exit the church to attend Sunday School class.  Class will be conducted by our faithful teachers and will conclude at 11:30 a.m.  Please arrange for a meeting place so that you and your child can enjoy Fellowship together in the multi-purpose room.  If there is a schedule change, parents will be notified via e-mail.  Parents can always check the church website to view the 2015-2016 Sunday School schedule. 
Grades Pre-K through 2nd grade will begin Sunday School class PROMPTLY at 9:30 a.m. each class period they meet.  High School will continue to meet on the SECOND and FOURTH Sunday of each month, with the exception of October.  Please check the Sunday School schedule for changes.
You may register on-line on the following site:

Family Synaxis Retreat

Family Synaxis Planning Committee…invites you to join them to the first Labor Day Weekend Retreat at the recently completed and open Saint Iakovos Retreat Center. Because there is limited lodging space available onsite they will be assigning accommodations in the order that registrations are received (i.e., first-come-first-served).  Registrations are time stamped as they come in, so they will have the information they need to do so. You will indicate your lodging preferences on your registration form. You will follow this link to A Friday and Saturday night stay is required to reserve lodging space at the St. Iakovos Retreat Center.

Due to the change in venue, registration costs will be structured differently this year.  For those registering by August 17, 2015, registration costs will be as follows:

Base registration fee: $225 - this fee covers the oldest two members of your family (i.e., the couple, or one adults and oldest child)

Children age 12+: $50 each

Children age 3-11: $25 each

Children under 3: free

*Cost will be capped at $375/family.

When you register, you will let them know who is attending and their ages.  From this information, they will generate an invoice for you, which you'll receive via email within a few days.  You may pay this with any credit card online, or by printing it out and sending a check to St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Des Plaines, IL.

We'd love your ideas! Let's get our parish's Couples and Family Ministry (historically called "Synaxis") back up and running. We've got some great ideas on the table, including volunteer projects, "Parent University" nights, small group meetings in neighborhood homes, and more. What would YOU like this ministry to look like? Join us for a planning meeting right after church in the Philoptochos room at Sunday September 13. Email Fr Nicholas or Toni ( with ideas or questions. Thank you!

Masquerade Ball Mystery Dinner--Saturday, September 12

Join us on Saturday, September 12 for a Murder/Mystery Adult Dinner

LOCATION: Millhurst Charhouse & Banquets (Please enter on the SOUTH SIDE OF BUILDING)

1901 South Meyers Road, Oakbrook Terrace

TIME: 6:30 P.M. Cocktails (Cash Bar)

7:30 P.M. Dinner

PRICE: $60.00 per ticket includes dinner and show

There are limited seats so make your reservations now!!!!!

RSVP: Please contact Eleni Hatzihristodoulou by September 1, 2015 or 630-849-9356

Philoptochos Membership Night--Tuesday, September 22

It's time for Philoptochos!  You are invited to our annual membership night on Tuesday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m.  We will gather at Millhurst Charhouse, 1901 Meyers Road in Oakbrook Terrace.  Appetizers and refreshments will be served.  RSVP by September 18 to Aleka Ernst (630) 561-1660 or

Adventure Theater Pancake Breakfast-Sunday, September 27

An All-You-Can-Eat deluxe Pancake Breakfast, hosted by the Adventure Theater, is taking place on Sunday, September 27, immediately following Divine Liturgy. Besides our delicious pancakes, our menu will include scrambled eggs, sausage, juice, fruit, milk and coffee.
This is our main fundraiser for the year, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Saint Iakovos Retreat Center building fund, where Fanari Summer Camp was held for the first time this year, and where retreats and other activities are likewise being held.
Persons 12 and older $10.00; ages 5 to 11 $5.00, and children 4 and under, free of charge.
Beginning on Sunday, September 13 and again on September 20, reservations will be taken by members of the Adventure Theater in the multipurpose room following Divine Liturgy, or you may contact Mr. D. at his direct number (708) 562-0869, or e-mail him at See you on Sept. 27.

Save the Date--Philoptochos Fashion Show, Oct 17

This year's Luncheon Fashion show "A Southern Soiree" will be held on Saturday, October 17 at The Empress Banquets in Addison.  The proceeds from the event will benefit C.U.R.E.D. (Campaign Urging Research for Eosinophilic Disease) and Paradise 4 Kids which is an Orthodox led mission in Sierra Leone.

Reservations will begin to be accepted in person at Holy Apostles on Saturday, September 12th from 9:00-10:00am and then will continue Sundays, September 13th-October 11th following Divine Liturgy.  For reservation information contact Nia Kouchis after September 13th at 630-910-8224.  Tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for children ages 12 and under.