METROPOLITAN SAVAS VISITING THIS SUNDAY - We are overjoyed to have again with us His Eminence, Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh presiding over the services this Sunday, accompanied by Archdeacon Ryan. We have the opportunity this week to see and experience a more full hierarchical liturgy with every order of the clergy present - Deacon, Priest, and Bishop. Many years Master! Eis Polla Eti Despota!
FLOWER DONATIONS: We thank the Lindemann Family for sponsoring the icon of the Theotokos for the 4th Salutations service which are still decorated this Sunday. If you are interested in sponsoring other flowers during Lent or Holy Week, please call the church office.
UPCOMING MEMORIALS (Next 2 Weeks):
- April 18th
- 40 days - Franzee Barlamas
- 10yr Emily (Amalia) Bennis
- 10yr Fr. Elias Katras
- Memorials are not permitted from Saturday of Lazarus (April 24) through Thomas Sunday (May 9th).
SUMMER CAMP IS BACK! On-site Camp will be offered for our GOYAns and Online camp will be offered again for our JOY campers. Due to current space limitations, all GOYAns may not have an opportunity to register for camp and older GOYAns will have the first opportunities to register. Keep up to date at https://y2am.pittsburgh.goarch.org/campandcovid Here are some upcoming dates to consider:
- Sunday, April 11th @7pm - TODAY - 12th Grade Seniors Registration Opens @ https://y2am.pittsburgh.goarch.org/summercamp
- Sunday, April 18th @7pm - 11th Grade Juniors Registration Opens
- Palm Sunday, April 25th @7pm - 10th Grade Sophomores Registration Opens
- Bright Monday, May 3rd @7pm - 9th Grade Freshmen Registration Opens
- Bright Friday, May 8th @7pm - 8th Grade Registration Opens
- Tuesday, May 11th @7pm - 7th Grade Registration Opens
- Sunday, May 16th @7pm - JOY Camp Registration Opens
- GOYA Week 1: Sunday, June 20th - Friday, June 25th
- GOYA Week 2: Sunday, June 27th - Friday, July 2nd
- GOYA Week 3: Sunday, July 4th - Friday, July 9th
- JOY Week (Online): Sunday, August 1st - Friday, August 6th
LENTEN FAMILY RETREAT: The Metropolis of Pittsburgh Family Ministry Committee is offering a virtual Lenten Retreat for families entitled, "Jesus~The Resurrection and the Life of the Family." Saturday, April 17th, 10:30 am-12:00 pm on Zoom.
Has this year of social distancing and the dramatic changes in community life brought some issues to light regarding your family dynamics? Are there areas of family life that could really use God's merciful healing, and direction? Jesus Christ can bring hope to situations that seem lost, healing to areas that are not healthy, and set you all on a wholesome and joyful path. He "has come that we might have life, and have it abundantly."
Join Fr. Alex Goussetis and Staff from the GOA Center for Family Care as they lead us in a discussion on how to bring ourselves and our families to Christ for restoration and renewal.
Registration link: tinyurl.com/GOMoP-FamilyRetreat
GOYA ZOOM CALL scheduled for Wednesday at 8:15pm. Let your advisors know if you can attend.
APRIL 18TH ARTOCLASIA provided by the Katras Family
OCMC MISSION COIN BOXES - This annual coin/money collection helps support the Orthodox Christian Mission Center, which supports Orthodox Missions throughout the world! We ask that all Sunday School students pick up a box at church and help fill it during Great Lent! Please turn them in on Palm Sunday.
ANNUAL MOTHER'S DAY CARD - As we approach the end of our 40-day Lenten season and ultimately come to celebrate Pascha - the glorious Resurrection of our Savior, we will find ourselves already into the month of May (2nd). A week later we are honoring our beloved Mothers with their National holiday! Again this year, Philoptochos will be creating a Mother’s Day Card where you may honor any loved ones besides ‘Mom’, like your godmother, grandmother, aunt, or sister (as long as they’re Moms ;~). We will also have the option to honor your deceased loved ones. We offer this card for a nominal amount per name and so that everyone can honor their loved ones throughout our parish community. Forms will be attached to next week's weekly bulletin and will also then be available on the Pangari in the Narthex. A basket will be available for you to leave your completed form with payment attached. DEADLINE IS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28th! Completed forms may also be mailed to church office to Harriet Sickles or Kathy Stern’s attention. Thank you!
Philoptochos Membership Drive - It's time for membership dues to be mailed in to keep us in good standing at the Metropolis and National levels. Please consider joining this worthwhile organization or renewing your membership now!! Elections are coming up in May and we'd love to see some new faces at upcoming renewed meetings. Your membership dues may be given directly to our Treasurer, Harriet Sickles, or mailed to the church in her attention
HOPE & JOY FIDGET BLANKET PROJECT: HOPE & JOY is still taking a collection of excess crafting items that you might have (fabric remnants, unused lace doilies, spools of thread, discarded yarn, bracelets, necklaces, etc) and after the collection, the group will be making sensory and tactile “Fidget Blankets” for the restless hands of someone with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia or mental health struggles. The collection will start next week in a box at church. One person’s trash is the Fidget Project’s treasure. More details to come on the assembly date. Contact the advisors for more info.
NEW EMAIL ADDRESS THROUGH GMAIL: The Archdiocese has also been moving parish emails away from imail and we now have our email at HolyTrinityAmb@gmail.com. We ask that you save this email address in your contacts so that you recognize our parish easily and not be sent into spam folders.
2021 Stewardship Drive: Join us in supporting our Church. Stewardship Cards are available on the back of the two most recent newsletters and on the Pangari at church. Stewardship is our greatest fundraiser and also lets us know that you stand with your church. We thank you for your dedication over the years and especially during 2020 and look forward to many years of serving you and your family through your generous donations.
CHECK-IN VOLUNTEERS: In the current policies of the metropolis we are required to have a check-in person or team for every service. We are looking for additional volunteers who are willing to come a little early to check people in and, if able, to help sanitize after the services. Please contact Fr. Anastasios if you are interested in helping a necessary function during these times.
ONLINE GIVING & STEWARDSHIP: Is OPEN! Online giving can be found by clicking here! Please consider your continued support of our church through becoming one of our online giving families. You can make general contributions and stewardship contributions.
REGULAR GIVING: The church is still accepting donations in normal ways through the mail and drop off. Thank you to all of those who have continued to contribute in these challenging times.
Live-Stream: If you don't have a Facebook account, don't worry! You can still access our services right on our website (HTGOC.ORG) or a larger video directly on Facebook, learn more by watching the following video: