40 Days ~ John Fotias
29 Years ~ Georgia Fotias
Today's Coffee Fellowship is being hosted by the Assumption Stewardship Ministry.
Dates to Remember
Sunday, November 11th
Tuesday, November 13th
Feast of St. John Chrysostom
8:30 am Orthros
9:30 am Divine Liturgy
Thursday, November 15
Christmas Fast Begins
8:30 am Orthros
9:30 am Divine Liturgy
Friday, November 16th
Feast of St. Matthew
8:30 am Orthros
9:30 am Divine Liturgy
We are sincerely grateful for your donations last Sunday as we observed the feast day of Philoptochos Patron Saints Cosmas and Damianos. Your generous gifts benefit the philanthropic programs and charities of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. We thank you and appreciate your loyal support of the Philoptochos Society.
Our Membership Drive continues this Sunday and most Sundays in November and December in Plato Hall during the Coffee Fellowship Hour. We encourage you to stop by our table and learn about our activities and accomplishments. Please consider sharing your special talents with us!
The next General Meeting of the Philoptochos Society is scheduled one week earlier than usual, Thursday, November 15th, at 11:00 a.m. in St. Catherine’s meeting room. The meeting will follow the Divine Liturgy, marking the beginning of the Nativity Fast. Please try to attend both the Divine Liturgy and the meeting. We will discuss the remainder of the Fall events as well as review the 2019 calendar. Refreshments will be served. Please note, this is the last meeting of 2018.
Stewardship Sunday November 11th
The Parish Council has designated Sunday, November 11th as ‘Stewardship Sunday’. This past week, 2019 stewardship packets were mailed to all faithful (stewards) of this Parish. We ask that you please prayerfully consider your pledge commitment for 2019, complete the pledge card and commitment card that are included in the packet, and bring it to church on November 11th. Following the Divine Liturgy on that day, you will have the opportunity to deposit both completed 2019 commitment cards (in the envelope provided) and place them into the tray/basket that one of the Parish Council members will be holding as you exit the Church. We are forever grateful to the many loving stewards, supporters, and friends of this Parish who stand tall in their commitment to our Lord, the Blessed Panagia and this ministry.
Assumption Family Retreat November 17th
The Assumption Family Retreat will be taking place on Saturday, November 17th at the St. Iakovos Retreat Center (920 224th Ave., Kansasville, WI). This all-day retreat will give our families an opportunity to grow closer to God, bond with each other, enjoy fellowship with their fellow Orthodox families, and deepen their faith. The theme of the retreat is: "Why Church? Making the life of the Church relevant for our families". There is no cost to attend the retreat, and all three meals will be provided. If you would like to register, there is an online registration at tinyurl.com/GORetreat. There are also hard copies of the registration packet available at church. Please feel free to contact Fr. Dimitri at email@example.com with any questions or concerns.
IOCC Sunday November 18th
On Sunday, November 18th, our parish will be showcasing International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC). "IOCC, in the spirit of Christ's love, offers emergency relief and development programs to those in need worldwide, without discrimination, and strengthens the capacity of the Orthodox Church to so respond" (IOCC Mission Statement). Our goal is to raise awareness and generate support for this worthy organization and ministry of our Holy Orthodox Church.
Austin Community Thanksgiving Day Luncheon at Assumption
For the second consecutive year, Assumption Church will open our doors on Thanksgiving Day to welcome any and all who have need — for a meal, for warmth, for conversation, and for community. Our Thanksgiving Day meal will be served from 11:30am-2:30pm. Volunteers are needed to setup, prepare food, serve and socialize with our guests. Volunteers can come as early as 8:30 am to help for however long their schedule permits. Food donations are welcomed and we will once again be offering meal deliveries to our shut-ins. For more information or to volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact our church office at 773-626-3114.
Bears Game Day Event
Please join us on Sunday December 9th as we cheer on our Chicago Bears against the Los Angeles Rams starting at noon. Big Screens will be provided. No reservations are necessary, but a quick ‘Yes, I will be there’ to Cece Carlson via text (630) 292-1835 or e-mail email@example.com would be helpful for planning. Free-will donations accepted, as well as pot-luck sides. This is a fasting period, so no meat items. We kindly ask that you stick around after the game to help prepare Plato Hall for the school student's use the following day.
Parish Council Elections Set For Sunday, December 2nd
Please be advised that on Sunday, December 2nd, our Parish will hold Parish Council elections for the 2019-20 term. You are asked to please give serious consideration to offer your time, talent and service to God and His Church. We are in need of new faces, stewards who want to work and offer service to our blessed Parish of Panagia. Below, you will find the guidelines for placing your name for consideration on the Parish Council along with a form to place your name into nomination. Deadline for submission is Wednesday, November 21st. Please return the form to either Fr. Timothy or to the Church Office in a sealed envelope.
APPLICATION FOR NOMINATION FOR THE PARISH COUNCIL
ASSUMPTION GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH
Qualifications to be a Candidate for the Parish Council:
1. Must be spiritually, canonically and financially in good standing:
a. SPIRITUALLY: Attend Divine Services regularly and receive the Holy Sacraments;
uphold the teachings and traditions of the Church.
b. CANONICALLY: If married, married in the Orthodox Church. If divorced, have an
ecclesiastical divorce. Must live his/her life and activities in accordance with the Faith and
Canons of the Holy Orthodox Church.
c. FINANCIALLY: Must be a member of the Parish for at least one year immediately
preceding the date of elections.
2. Must be willing to take the following oath:
“I do solemnly swear that I will uphold the dogma, teachings, traditions, holy canons, worship, and moral principles of the Greek Orthodox Church, as well as the constitutional charter, discipline, and regulations of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, and that I will fulfill faithfully and sincerely the duties and obligations required of a member of the Parish Council. So help me God.”
3. Must attend a mandatory Seminar conducted by the Parish priest in accordance with the
UPR, Article VIII, Section 3:
All candidates shall attend a seminar conducted by the priest prior to the election at which the priest shall discuss the Uniform Parish Regulations and explain them to the candidates, particularly the oath of office. At the conclusion of the seminar all candidates will acknowledge by signing a statement that they understand the Uniform Parish Regulations and, if elected, will abide by them and the oath of office. If a candidate for the Parish Council refuses to attend the seminar and sign the declaration, his or her name shall be deleted from the list of candidates.
1. To participate in the sacramental life of the Church setting an example for the parish. This means frequent AND regular attendance at worship services.
2. to collect the revenue of the Church and to administer the affairs of the parish in such a manner to aid the Priest in the fulfillment of its aims and purposes
3. After appropriate discussion, to support and cooperate “fully” with all majority decisions of the Parish Council.
PARISH COUNCIL APPLICATION
I wish to place my name in nomination for election to the Parish Council of the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church. As required by the Uniform Parish Regulations of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. I hereby declare that I have been a member in good standing for at least one year prior to the date of elections, and I understand the duties and responsibilities which are expected of the members of the Parish Council.
Signature of Applicant_____________________________________
Please return this application to:
THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS Assumption Greek Orthodox Church
601 S. Central Avenue / Chicago, Illinois 60644
APPLICATIONS MUST BE RETURNED BY WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21st
ELECTIONS WILL TAKE PLACE IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE DIVINE LITURGY IN PLATO HALL UNTIL 1:00 PM, ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2ND
Adult Education Program
Fr. Dimitri will be conducting monthly religious education lectures for adults on the following dates after the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy in St. Catherine's Chapel. This year's theme is "Send down your Holy Spirit: The Sacraments of the Orthodox Church". The tentative dates for the lectures are:
November 18th - December 9th - January 27th - February 17th - March 10th - April 7th - May 5th
Young Adult League
The Assumption Church is revitalizing their Young Adult ministries. In order to do so, we are asking young adults (ages 18-27 who are out of high school) and families with young adults to contact the church to provide contact information. All we need is a name, phone number, and email address to create a young adult database for our parish. Please email contact info to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our hope is to periodically organize social events for the young adults and support the Metropolis of Chicago YAL events and programs.
Our Parish will again collect non-perishable food items that will be part of food baskets for those families in need this Christmas Season. Beginning today, and through December 2nd, we ask that you please bring your items and leave them in the Narthex of the main Church or in Saint Catherine's Chapel Narthex. Also, if you prefer to make a monetary donation towards perishable items that will be included in the food baskets, you may do so as well (please make your check payable to Assumption Church, indicating it for the Christmas Food Drive). We ask that you please be part of this effort and contribute what you can. The SCS high school students will help with the packing.
It's that wonderful time of year!! Our neighbor, Loretto Hospital has once again reached out to us for assistance in collecting toys for their Annual Visit with Santa/Toy Drive. Please see attached flyer for more information.
For those that are not familiar with Visit with Santa: For the last 28 years Loretto Hospital has hosted a Visit with Santa at the Columbus Park Refectory for children of the Austin area to visit with Santa and be given a gift that has been graciously donated by local area organizations. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, December 8th. Our parish as well as other local area businesses has stepped forward to assist by collecting gifts that will be given to these children. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
College Students -- Check Out OCF (Orthodox Christian Fellowship)
To our young people who are going away to college for the first time, or to those returning to school to continue their studies, Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) is the organization which keeps you connected to your Church and your Orthodox Faith. OCF has 300 chapters in colleges and universities throughout North America, so be sure to check out their website to locate and find out about your chapter -- WWW.OCF.NET. We also encourage our college young people to share their e-mail addresses with our Church so that we may keep them informed of their “Spiritual Home” while they are away. And always remember, your Assumption Church’s weekly Divine Liturgy Services are just a click away on your computer as we now broadcast live each Sunday. Just access it by going to our website at: www.assumptionchicago.org.
Also, our parish is starting a database of all college students in the community. If you have a college student in your family or if you are a college student, please send your name, school, area of study, address, and email address to Fr. Dimitri at email@example.com.
Coffee Fellowship Hosts Needed
Have you considered selecting a day to host the Weekly Fellowship Hour following Worship Services on a specific Sunday in 2018? You might want to celebrate a family event, a memorial, or just want to share time with the Church family. Please call the Church Office (773.626.3114) to book a date and for more information. Available dates for the 2018 Year:
December 9, 23, 30
January 13, 20, 27
We are in the Loop!
Through a generous donation by Mr. and Mrs. Chris Maniates in memory of Mrs. Helen Maniates, we are delighted to announce that we are now part of a growing number of places with a hearing loop. If you need assistance, please see one of the Parish Council Ushers for assistance.
Assumption Prayer Ministry
The Assumption Adult Bible Study Group has developed an idea that may be of interest to parishioners and friends of our Panagia Parish. They are interested in being able to form a ministry comprised of individuals who would like to pray for the health of those who may be ill or experiencing health issues. Our Orthodox Faith teaches us that the ‘power of prayer’ literally works miracles, and Jesus instructs us in the Bible that we should “always pray for one another in the fellowship of love and through the Holy Spirit”. As a Panagia Parish, we are united as brothers and sisters in Christ, and we are encouraged to pray for one another as any family would do. So, how do we plan to do it? It’s simple, easy, spiritually uplifting and rewarding. Here is what we can all do:
- If you are interested in participating, you need only submit your name and email address to the Church Office or Fr. Timothy.
- When a name is submitted to be prayed for, you will be contacted by email, given the first name of the person to be prayed for, along with the prayer to be read by you, offering the prayer for the intercession of God upon that individual, and asking that the afflicted be healed by God’s abundant blessing.
- Your prayer, together with the many others who are offering a prayer for the person who is ill, will bring comfort beyond comprehension.
Just think about that….collectively praying for a person who needs the loving and tender Hand of God during his/her special time of need. It’s that simple. Just provide us with your email address, and you can join this ministry team who will pray for the person who needs help the most. It costs nothing, takes only a few seconds to do, but will make us all part of a spiritual family that looks and cares for one another.
Prosfora Bakers Needed
One of the blessings of Stewardship that we are given is the ability to serve our Church in a number of ways. Our Church is in need of individuals who can offer the weekly Prosforo (Bread) for the Divine Liturgy. Should you be able to offer your service, please inform the Church office or see either Fr. Timothy or Fr. Dimitrios. With the help of each steward/member, we come together as a Church family to better offer our thanks to our Lord.
Do you need gifts for your family or relatives? Visit the Bookstore in Plato Hall after the Divine Liturgy on Sundays. There you will find unique gifts for everyone, such as books for children and adults, icons of your or your children’s patron saints, crosses, key chains and other beautiful items which will make much appreciated gifts this year. Please stop in and browse! You’ll be glad you did!
Holy Communion Announcement
While we pray and work for the reconciliation and unity of all the world’s Christians, the reality remains that there is still no intercommunion between our Orthodox Churches and the Churches of the West. This means that only baptized, chrismated, and observant Orthodox faithful are allowed to receive Holy Communion in our churches. At the same time, we warmly welcome all non-Orthodox to join us in prayer and celebration, and humbly offer to all present the Antidoro bread of fellowship at the end of the worship service. We offer this important symbol ‘instead of the Gifts’, in the words of the Apostle Paul, ‘Till we all come to the unity of the Faith’ (Eph. 4.13).
In addition our Parish’s website, we encourage you to keep abreast on the latest news and happenings about Orthodoxy from our Metropolis of Chicago and our Holy Archdiocese.
Please use the links below to access any of the three sites:
Assumption Church: www.assumptionchicago.org
Metropolis of Chicago: www.metropolisofchicago.org
Archdiocese of America www.goarch.org
All three websites will provide you with articles and resources for the Orthodox Church. They include the history of Orthodoxy, special services and blessings, spirituality, teachings of the Orthodox Church, how to become a member of the Orthodox Church, the meaning and celebration of the Holy Eucharist, the form and characteristics of Orthodox worship, the Sacrament of Confession, Holy Week Meditation and Study Guide, fasting, the Orthodox calendar, and much more. Specifically, on our Parish’s website, we have uploaded past and current editions of the Assumption Newsletter and the St. Catherine Newsletter, which are available for reading online.
We Need Your E-mail Address
Are you receiving the weekly bulletin online in your e-mail mailbox each week? How about our Assumption Church’s Newsletter and the Saint Catherine’s Newsletter? If not, please give the Church Office your e-mail address so that you can stay informed about the schedule of religious services, events, and news of our Community.
Our Sunday Church Services are broadcast live on the Internet each week
A reminder to all, our parish of Panagia began broadcasting live to the internet each Sunday. This is of particular benefit to our shut-ins, elderly, college students, and vacationers who are away from home, yet need to receive the benefit and blessing of the weekly Divine Liturgy experience. All you need to do is log on to our website, www.assumptionchicago.org, and click the link to begin watching the worship service live. We have also archived our services, allowing anyone to click and watch the service/sermon at their leisure. We encourage you to give it a try.
NOTE: Please note that this morning’s Divine Liturgy, as well as prior Divine Liturgies, are available for rebroadcast. Simply log on to our parish’s website (www.assumptionchicago.org) and click on the “Watch Worship Services Online” link.
Ushers: Andrew Kanel, Evelyn Maggos, Peter Panton, George Sefer, Lynn Voulgarakis, Stavroula Spyropoulos
PROPER CHURCH ETIOUETTE FOR WORSHIP
ENTERING THE CHURCH
When entering an Orthodox Church, reverently make the sign ofthe Cross. First, light your candle. Candles represent the light of Christ and the flame of the Holy Spirit. Candle-stands are in the narthex. You may then venerate the icons before you.
THE IMPORTANCE OF PUNCTUALITY
The Orthodox Divine Liturgy begins when the priest intones, "Blessed is the Kingdom of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit". We need to arrive early enough to receive this blessing. Arriving later causes a distraction for others who are praying. If an occasional problem occurs and you have to come in late, enter the Church reverently and quietly. Try not to interrupt the Liturgy by your entrance. The best way to avoid this situation is to arrive on time.
STANDING IN CHURCH
It is the custom of some Orthodox Christians to stand throughout the Divine Liturgy. If you choose to stand, please do so near the sides so that the view of the Altar is not blocked for those who are seated. If you are accustomed to sitting during the Divine Liturgy, remember to stand at these times:
When the Liturgy begins and the priest gives the blessing
During the Small and Great Entrances
- When the priest turns and faces the congregation, giving his blessing
- When the priest is censing the icons and congregation
- During the Gospel reading
- At the Anaphora
- For Holy Communion
- At the final blessing
RECITATION OF NICENE CREED AND LORD 'S PRA YER
We must remember that when the Orthodox Divine Liturgy is celebrated, it is 'interactive '. That means we are not merely spectators but participants. The Nicene Creed is the foundation and principle tenets of our Orthodox Faith. Therefore, we should recite it together, loudly and with conviction, as it defines us as 'believers' and 'Orthodox Christians'. Likewise, the Lord's Prayer is to be recited loudly and boldly. It is the one prayer that Jesus Christ authored and recited when preaching here on earth.
Orthodox Christians are invited to approach and receive Holy Communion if they are properly prepared and ecclesiastically in order with the Church. The Church school students and their teachers should approach first. Once the children have communed, all others who are prepared to do so may then approach the Holy Chalice. Please come as close to the Chalice as possible to avoid accidents. The red cloth held by the priest and the altar servers is there to prevent any particles ofthe giftsfromfalling onto thefloor.
If a baby or toddler needs a snack, please clear away any leftover pieces. However, the child should not have anything in his/her mouth when he/she comes to Holy Communion. It is not acceptable at any time to chew gum in Church (at any age). Plan to have your children use the restroom and get a drink before Liturgy begins, and don't allow them to come and go continually
Remember that you are in Church to worship God, the Holy Trinity. The priest says, "With the fear of God, faith, and love draw near". Let this be the way you approach your worship:
- Refrain from socializing during the Divine Liturgy: save your greetings and conversations for the fellowship hall. We are in the Liturgy to pray and worship God, not to distract others. This especially applies to the Narthex where parishioners and Parish Council members gather.
- Mobile devices: The use of mobile phones is never proper during the Liturgy. If you have a professional reason to carry one for emergencies, keep it on mute or vibrate, and sit near the exit so that leaving for an emergency will not be a distraction to others. Otherwise, turn off your phone before entering the sanctuary.
- Lipstick: Do not wear lipstick when approaching to take Holy Communion or when kissing the cross, an icon, the priest's or bishop's hand, or any sacred object. It is best not to wear it at all in the Church.
- Leg crossing: One should not be too casual in the Divine Liturgy. In our North American culture, we tend to cross our legs to get comfortable when sitting. Crossing one's legs in Church is not permitted, not because it is "wrong", but rather because it is too casual and relaxed för being in Church. Keeping your feet on the ground also enables you to remain attentive and to stand when necessary.
- Church Dress: Respectful attire is also an important part of attending Orthodox services. You do not need to be dressed "fancy" but respectfully and modestly to present yourself to God. No shorts, short skirts, or revealing clothing please. Men and boys must remove their hats when entering the Church.
HANDLING THE HOLY BREAD (ANTIDORON)
At the end of the Divine Liturgy, it is customary to receive a piece of holy bread or antidoron. While antidoron is not Holy Communion, it is blessed bread and as such should be eaten carefully so that crumbs do not fall. Both adults and children should always remember to eat the antidoron with respect. Leaving Church without receiving antidoron and the final blessing from the priest is foreign to our Orthodox culture. This includes the chanters, choir, parish council members, and ushers as well.
LEAVING BEFORE DISMISSAL
Leaving Church before dismissal deprives us of a blessing. Worship has a beginning ("Blessed is the Kingdom... ") and an end ("Let us depart inpeace... 'Y). To leave immediately after Communion is to freat the Church with disrespect.
NOTE: Worship services are vital instruments and components to our prayer development. In order to do this, we need to be cognizant of our fellow parishioners and all those around us. For those parents with children, we encourage you to expose them to the worship experience. If a child is in need of attention, please feel free to take him/her to the Narthex or Cry Room. You are most welcome to enter and exit the Church proper as many times as necessary. By doing this, all who are in attendance will be afforded the opportunity to worship and pray together. Please keep in mind that we are also privileged to have a complete Sunday School Liturgy celebrated in Saint Catherine's Chapel each week for your use as well. We ask for your cooperation. Ushers will be available to help you, if needed