A Word from Fr. John:
On the Eucharist…
“After the Chrismation we go to the table [that is, the Eucharist – Holy Communion]. This is the perfection of the life in Christ; for those who attain it there is nothing lacking for the blessedness which they seek. It is no longer death and the tomb and a participation in the better life which we receive, but the Risen One himself. Nor do we receive such gifts of the Spirit as we may, but the very Benefactor himself, the very Temple whereon is founded the whole compass of graces.
Now, indeed, Christ is present in each of the Mysteries [the traditional Orthodox word for the sacraments]…. The mode, however, is not entirely the same…. When He has led the initiate to the table and has given him his Body to eat, He entirely changes him, and transforms him into his own state.
[The Eucharist] is therefore the final Mystery as well, since it is not possible to go beyond it or to add anything to it. The first Mystery, Baptism, clearly needs the middle one, Chrismation, and that in turn stands in need of the final Mystery. After the Eucharist, then, there is nowhere further to go. There we must stand, and try to examine the means by which we may preserve the treasure to the end.”
– St. Nicolas Cabasilas, The Life in Christ, Book IV
Special Prayer Requests: We pray for mercy, life, peace, and healing for Jim Manos (please visit at Moultrie Creek Nursing & Rehab Center), Chresanthe Lemieux, Jane Anderson, Betty & Fred Day, Despina Xynidis, George P. Nichols, our parish, those we serve, and our two missionary families: Dn. Stephanos, Dka. Alexandria & Moses Ritsi serving Albania; and Michael Lisa & Liam Colburn serving translators worldwide.
Veterans’ Day:Today is Veterans’ Day – We remember and thank all who have served honorably in the U.S. Armed Forces.
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- Today, November 11th Angela Lekos, Vassi Laliotis
- November 18th Carman Gaetanos, Penny Angelus
- November 25th MONTHLY POTLUCK (Thanksgiving Leftovers)
Parish Council Announcements:
- Thursday November 15: Beginning of the NATIVITY FAST (which lasts 40 days, until the Nativity on December 25)
- Wednesday November 21: FEAST OF THE ENTRANCE OF THE THEOTOKOS – Liturgy at 9 a.m. (no Orthros)
- FALL GENERAL ASSEMBLY: Sunday, December 2nd after Divine Services
- WEEKLY OFFERING: Offer as generously as you are able in support church ministries. Your gift ensures that our church is open and accessible to all who seek her comfort. These donations are very important to the vitality of our parish. Your weekly offerings can be made at the collection basket as you exit the service.
- November 4th: Candles $159; Tray $88; Stewardship $1762
- Our current Mortgage Balance is UNDER a Million! Specifically it's $988,892.28 This really is a moment to celebrate, cherish, & reflect on in the history of this beautiful Parish. God Bless Our Hands! Nicola Lykam, Parish Treasurer
- EXTENSION GRANTED for Ministry Reports! Due no later than November 12th: All ministry, group, and committee leaders are asked to submit reports and schedules of activities in preparation for the General Assembly. Please submit all items to Nelda in the Church Office via e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org
Outreach Update: Visit us anytime at Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/holytrinityoutreach.
64th Annual St. Augustine Christmas Parade – December 1st: Thanks to faithful families of Holy Trinity, The Nativity float will remain a beautiful witness in the Annual Christmas Parade again this year! The float carries adults and children seated & staged as Joseph, Mary, angels, 3 wise men, shepherds, sheep & animals of all kinds, a star, and carolers of ALL AGES! Banner-bearing, Greek-dancing, culturally costumed, hearkening carolers on foot & float have been refreshingly welcomed throughout the downtown parade route.
All participant families are invited to plan and decorate the float and meet the on the day of the parade by 8:30 AM on San Marco Ave between Ballard & Ocean (near/across from the Ace Hardware), for the 9:00 AM parade start. Costumes for the Nativity are available but we gladly welcome families to create their own. Donations of Christmas decorations and candy canes are requested from the entire parish. Float construction/work days will take be announced to the community via e-mail. Call or e-mail the Church Office to be on this year’s committee!
- "As Orthodox Christians, we see the world as God's gift, as a sacrament of God's presence and a means of communion with Him. Thus we are able to offer the world back to God in thanksgiving, as we say in every Divine Liturgy "Thine own of Thine own we offer to thee. . ."
- Please review your stewardship contributions to date and contact the church office if you need a current statement. If you have not already done so, consider automatic payments to be sent from your bank.
- The 2019 Stewardship drive begins soon, with a theme that reflects our belief that being "a responsible and concerned caretaker of Christ's Church is learning how to enjoy church life and be happy in church work, for in Her dwells the fullness of the Spirit of God."
2019 Stewardship theme: "Stewards of the Faith"
"All things are possible to the one who believes in Christ"
- Help Wanted
- Each year, the stewardship commitment card lists possible areas of interest in which members might engage: youth, building and grounds, liturgical, ministries, fellowship, and more. Each person’s gift is unique and important, and the combination of everyone’s talents helps us reach our full potential.
- As we focus on our future goals, ensuring that communities in our area know about our welcoming parish requires publicity. The first step was creating brochures for festival attendees and parish guests. We are now focusing on both print ads and expanded social media.
- We are currently looking for someone to manually enhance a black and white vector image of our church for publicity use. If you are able to assist, or know someone who can, please contact Toula Zotos at email@example.com.
- We do have a Facebook and Google presence, but no one assigned to enhance its impact and provide data on its effectiveness. If you are talented in the area of social media management or know of someone who is, please contact Toula.
- You will soon be receiving a 2019 Stewardship brochure and a Holy Trinity 2019 commitment card in the mail. If you have moved and not yet notified the church office, please do so as soon as possible (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Holy Trinity Orthodox Church is grateful to all who contribute -- in any way!
Beginning today and until December 9th, the Philoptochos is taking orders for the 2018 parish Christmas card. The cost is still $15. A sample of the card is available at the order table. Please print your name and address on the order form, and make out checks to Holy Trinity (memo Christmas card). You may also pick up an order form and return it by mail, but your order must be received by December 6th.
Philoptochos Christmas Brunch:
Following the Nativity Pageant on December 16th, the Philoptochos will host a special Christmas brunch (Lenten) and present gifts to the children. New this year will be a Christmas cookie table (recipes are promised), and a silent auction of Christmas gift baskets. A donation of $5 is suggested, free for children under 5 years of age. Proceeds will go to Outreach for support of its Christmas ministry.
Sunday School News:
- Miss Lisa Colburn and our new teacher, Miss Evangelia Brati (Hallo), teach our children ages preschool to second grade. The class uses Together With God which introduces the child to the Divine Liturgy and some of the major Church feasts. It includes 4-page lesson folders and fun activities.In class we have studied about prayer and made a child’s first prayer book. This Sunday we start learning about the Divine Liturgy.
- The Sunday School’s Christmas pageant will be Sunday Dec. 16th. We ask that all Sunday School students please plan on attending Sunday School from Nov. 11th until the pageant so we can practice for a few (10 -15 minutes) minutes at the end of our abbreviated lessons. The teachers are graciously giving up a little class time so that the families will have minimal inconvenience. No classes or rehearsal Thanksgiving weekend. This pageant uses narration with the children acting out the parts. We will need some volunteers to read for the various sections of the story (Innkeeper, shepherd, etc.). Teens and adults of any age are welcome to participate.
- Dear Teenagers, Young Adults, Youth Workers and Parents,
Steve Christoforou, Archdiocese Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry and host of Be the Bee, will come to Holy Trinity in Orlando to lead a Bee Treat on Saturday, November 17 beginning at 9:30 AM. The link below is for you to register. There are separate workshops for 6th-12th Grade students, Young Adults, Youth Workers and Parents. DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS OPPORTUNITY! Register today:
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