Assumption Church
Publish Date: 2020-10-11
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Assumption Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (203) 748-2992
  • Fax:
  • (203) 748-7747
  • Street Address:

  • 30 Clapboard Ridge Road

  • Danbury, CT 06811

Contact Information

Services Schedule

Orthros at 8:45 am - Sundays
Divine Liturgy at 10am - Sundays
Weekday Divine Liturgies without Orthros begin with the Doxology at 9:50 am
Summer Services Schedule (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend):
Orthros at 8:15 am - Sundays
Divine Liturgy at 9:30 am - Sundays
Summer weekday Divine Liturgies without Orthros begin with the Doxology at 9:20 am

Past Bulletins

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Fourth Mode. Daniel 3.26,27.
Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers.
Verse: For you are just in all you have done.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to Titus 3:8-15.

Titus, my son, the saying is sure. I desire you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to apply themselves to good deeds; these are excellent and profitable to men. But avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels over the law, for they are unprofitable and futile. As for a man who is factious, after admonishing him once or twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is perverted and sinful; he is self-condemned.

When I send Artemas or Tychicos to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing. And let our people learn to apply themselves to good deeds, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not to be unfruitful.

All who are with me send greeting to you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the 7th Ecumenical Council
The Reading is from Luke 8:5-15

The Lord said this parable: "A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the path, and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew, and yielded a hundredfold." And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, he said, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but for others they are in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, that they may not believe and be saved. And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy; but these have no root, they believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. And as for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience." As he said these things, he cried out "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."


Saints and Feasts

October 11

Sunday of the 7th Ecumenical Council

On the Sunday that falls on or immediately after the eleventh of this month, we chant the Service to the 350 holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council, which gathered in Nicaea in 787 under the holy Patriarch Tarasius and during the reign of the Empress Irene and her son, Constantine Porphyrogenitus, to refute the Iconoclast heresy, which had received imperial support beginning with the Edict issued in 726 by Emperor Leo the Isaurian. Many of the holy Fathers who condemned Iconoclasm at this holy Council later died as Confessors and Martyrs for the holy Icons during the second assult of Iconoclasm in the ninth century, especially during the reigns of Leo the Armenian and Theophilus.



Today's Memorial Service is prayed in loving memory of Iordana Tchobanova (3 years) Hristo Tchobanov (15 years), Genoveva Rangelova (14 years), and Rangel Rangelov (2 years).  May their memory be eternal!

Offered by Hrisstiana Tchobanova

Parish News

Special October dates:

October 14, 6pm  - Paraklisis - Please email Fr. Peter names for prayers for health at

October 25 - General Assembly following Divine Liturgy. This is our Annual Fall Meeting to discuss the progress of our Parish.  All members of our Assumption Church Family are encouraged to attend.  Reports will be given concerning the 2019 fiscal year, the current 2020 fiscal year and the 2021 fiscal year budget. Also, reports will be offered by our Investment committee, Ladies Philoptochos and the Ministries of our Church. We need your support, ideas, suggestions and comments.  Please do your best to support our Assumption Church Family. 

For additional services, please see month-at-a-glance calendar below or complete parish calendar at



October 5 - Panagiota Kakavas birthday
October 7 - Ourania Koutoumba birthday 
October 19 - Fr. Peter Karloutsos Ordination to the Holy Priesthood - 45 years
Your Assumption Church Community wants to celebrate with you! Please let us know of any upcoming events in your life, birthdays, name days, anniversaries so we can (virtually) share the joy! Your submissions will be announced in future weekly bulletins. Email details to:

Links for Livestreaming Services & Calendar

Links for Livestreaming Services

Pray with us by subscribing to the Assumption YouTube channel at

Or by visiting our Assumption page on Facebook at

Live events will be streamed on both these services on programmed service hours.

Sights & Sounds Ministry

If these services have been a blessing to you, we’d love to hear from you!  We have invested approximately $10,000 in upgrades to our Live-streaming infrastructure in order to enhance the quality and reliability of our audio-visual (A/V) ministry that will last well beyond the Coronavirus pandemic.  This has and will continue to be an essential ministry to enable our seniors and homebound parishioners, those journeying toward or new to Orthodoxy and anyone to pray with us from anywhere in the world!

We are grateful to our supporters who have contributed more than $2,000 toward our $10,000 goal

Might you consider joining our supporters with a monetary gift (small or large) toward the AGOC Sights & Sounds Ministry?  Please contact a member of the Parish Council to join in this effort. With your prayers and support, we can improve the quality and bring the beauty of our Orthodox Liturgical Life and the Good News of Christ Risen into the homes of so many others!


Stewardship Ministry

In this time of social distancing we'd like to remind our parishioners of the Church's new ability to accept online donations by CLICKING HERE  You will be taken to Assumption Church's secure payment portal through Vanco, a reputable and leading provider of electronic payment and donation processing solutions (  More than 40,000 churches, faith-based groups, nonprofits, schools and educational organizations trust Vanco to simplify administrative processes, organize events and securely complete transactions every day.


Ladies Philoptochos Society

FESTIVAL of TABLES 2020 - On what would be our 20th year of holding our annual Festival of Tables, which is our Philoptochos' largest fundraiser each year; we regretfully announce that we are cancelling the physical event for this year.  We are working on ways to fundraise in the spirit of the Festival of Tables, so we may continue to donate to our charities of interest and choice.  Stay tuned to more information regarding this.  SAVE THE DATE for Festival of Tables 2021 on November 6, 2021 where we will celebrate our 20th year.   

Our next meeting will be tomorrow Monday, October 12th at 7:00pm (not 6:30pm). It will be a virtual meeting. A zoom meeting link will be emailed shortly. 

As we think about the cancellation of our beloved Festival of Tables and our ways to continue our outreach - please be reminded of the importance of helping now!  Our Ladies Philoptochos continues to provide resources, support and agape (love) to all facing challenges during this unprecedented time. Your contributions of any amount will allow us to continue our outreach to help more and more people in many ways. We remain focused on our philanthropic mission.  We won't stop caring!  To help us continue to offer this support as well as meet our monthly National obligations, we welcome any donations in place of our monthly trays and fundraisers. Our National Obligation for October is: 1.) the National Philoptochos Emergency Fund which enables Philoptochos to respond immediately to national or international disasters. Donations may be made directly to our Philoptochos on the church website or mailed to church (see details below). Information regarding all of our National obligations can be found at:

Through the "Mask On" campaign we have homemade face masks available for families in the parish. If you are in need of masks, they are on the candle stands in the narthex or email Eleni Manolakes at  Small donations are welcomed for masks. May God bless us all and keep us safe.

Philoptochos Stewardship/Donations:

We are 119 stewards strong. Thank you all.  It is not too late to become a steward - we are accepting stewardship for the year though November.  You may email us (see below) if you are not sure if you completed a stewardship form for 2020. We invite all ladies 18 years and older to join. We accept online stewardship and donations, as we are included with the Church's secure payment portal, by CLICKING HERE.  BE SURE TO CHECK OFF LADIES PHILOPTOCHOS. You may also visit our website – just click the "WE NOW ACCEPT ONLINE DONATIONS" or the “DONATE ONLINE” buttons on our home page.  Of course we still accept checks and cash.  Please mail to The Ladies Philoptochos, Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 30 Clapboard Ridge Road, Danbury, CT 06811.  Please be sure to include a Stewardship Form, which is available on the church site: . We pick up mail regularly.  

Philoptochos provides the opportunity for our ladies to offer time, talent and treasure through Christian fellowship.  NOTE: If you donate online, we may be in contact with you to confirm your personal information or confirm the intent of your donation (stewardship, general donation, etc.) or you may email us at with the same information. A huge thank you for your support - we have been blessed with many thinking about stewardship and donations. You are helping us make a difference.

Link to National Ladies Philoptochos Society October Newsletter: 

Philanthropy Witness- October 2020

Link to Philoptochos promo video:

Come Join Us!


Youth/Family Ministry

Be the Bee #53 - Venerating Icons and the Iconoclasm

What are icons, and why are they important?


Parish Council

Next Parish Council Meeting - October 15, 7:30-9pm

As has always been the case, any member of the Assumption Church in good standing is welcome to attend our monthly parish council meetings as non-voting observers.  The date and time of our monthly meetings is published on our Parish Google Calendar and in our Weekly Bulletin.  Since March, we have been conducting our meetings via Zoom and so with this in mind, we would ask that if you are interested in attending a parish council meeting as an observer, please contact Fr. Peter, Zoy Beretis (PC President) and/or Gregg Verses (Vice President) so that you can be provided with the meeting login information.


Creation Care Ministry

"Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God."

- George Washington Carver, Scientist 1865-1943


Greek Orthodox Archdiocese News

The Mother Church Offers a New Vision to the Archdiocese of America


The Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, wanting to strengthen the role of the largest Eparchy of the Mother Church with a new vision and a new Charter suitable for the evolving and changing modern pastoral needs of American society, decided to place the current Charter (2003) of the Holy Archdiocese of America into abeyance.

Racial Reconciliation: New Interviews & Resources


The Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has produced three new episodes of its miniseries “A Conversation on Racial Reconciliation,” with Archdeacon John Chryssavgis. The new interviews aim to contribute to the ongoing conversation, in the Church and across the nation, on racism and offer a resource center.




  • Month at a Glance

    October 11 to November 9, 2020

    Sunday, October 11

    Sunday of the 7th Ecumenical Council

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Wednesday, October 14

    6:00PM Paraklisis - Prayers to the Theotokos for Health

    Sunday, October 18

    Luke the Evangelist

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Sunday, October 25

    6th Sunday of Luke

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    12:00PM General Assembly

    Monday, October 26

    The Holy Great Martyr Demetrius the Myrrh-streamer

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Sunday, November 1

    5th Sunday of Luke

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Sunday, November 8

    7th Sunday of Luke

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Monday, November 9

    Saint Nektarios the Wonderworker