A Word from Fr. Maximos:
8th Sunday of Matthew ΘείακαιΑνθρώπινηδύναμη
Στην σημερινή εποχή προβάλλεται πολύ το μοντέλο του επιτυχημένου ανθρώπου. Προβάλλεται το μοντέλο του υγιούς, ευπαρουσίαστου, δυνατού και κατά προτίμηση νέου ανθρώπου. Η αγωνιώδης προσπάθεια για την απόκτηση αυτών των χαρακτηριστικών αποπροσανατολίζει τον άνθρωπο και καταστρέφει τη σχέση του με τον Θεό. Ίσως αντανακλά την συνείδηση της χαμένης αθανασίας και ευτυχίας πριν την Πτώση. Συχνά όμως η πραγματικότητα είναι διαφορετική, γκρεμίζει αυτό το ψεύτικο είδωλο και φέρνει τον άνθρωπο προ ενός χάους.
Πολλές φορές πλησιάζουμε τους Αγίους με ένα τέτοιο πνεύμα. Τιμούμε, δοξάζουμε τους Μάρτυρες, τους Ομολογητές και τους Οσίους, και προσκυνούμε τις εικόνες τους. Εντυπωσιαζόμαστε από τα κατορθώματά τους, ίσως τους βλέπουμε ως ήρωες ή και παλαιούς πολεμιστές. Οι Άγιοι δεν ήταν τίποτα από όλα αυτά. Αντίθετα, ήταν άνθρωποι σαν και εμάς, με την ίδια σάρκα και αίμα. Είχαν τον ίδιο πόνο και συναισθήματα στην ψυχή τους. Γνωρίζουμε πόσα ο Παύλος υπέφερε κατά τη διάρκεια του Αποστολικού του έργου. Παρόλα’ αυτά στην προς Φιλιππησίους επιστολή λέει: Πάντα ισχύω εν τω ενδυναμούντι με Χριστώ. Με άλλα λόγια, όλα τα κατορθώνω, σε όλα φαίνομαι δυνατός, με τη δύναμη που μου δίνει ο Χριστός.
Ο άνθρωπος του Θεού γνωρίζει την αδυναμία του γνωρίζει όμως και την δύναμή του. Ο Θεός θέλει να δει αυτή τη συναίσθηση και τότε στέλνει πλούσια την Χάρη Του.
Divine and Human Power
Nowadays, the model of a successful person is very popular. The model of a healthy, good looking, strong and preferably young person is projected. The anxious effort to acquire these characteristics disorients man and destroys his relationship with God. Perhaps it reflects the consciousness of lost immortality and happiness before the Fall. But often the reality is different, it shatters this false image and brings man to chaos.
Many times we approach the Saints with such a spirit. We honor, glorify the Martyrs, the Confessors, and the Saints, and worship their images. We are impressed by their achievements, we may see them as heroes or even old warriors. The Saints were none of these. On the contrary, they were people like us, with the same flesh and blood. They had the same pain and feelings in their soul.
We know how much Paul suffered during his Apostolic work. Nevertheless, in the letter to the Philippians he says: I have all the strength with Christ. In other words, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me..
The man of God knows his weakness but he also knows his strength. God wants to see this consciousness and then sends His abundant Grace.
Special Prayer Requests:
“I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people…. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4)
We pray for mercy, life, peace, and healing of all parishioners -prayers for the family and friends of Mikae Gaetanos. Prayers for Gary Peterson who will have surgery on Aug. 2nd; Michael Colburn; Chris Bersu; Michael and Ingrid Fotianos; Ruza Basimamovic; Chresanthe Lemieux; Zoe Kauttu; Maryann Bolt; James Day; Margaret, James, Kyriake; Joseph, Alex Aclim; Jane Anderson; Gwen H.; and Thanos Nikolopoulos. Remember also our missionary families: Fr. Stephanos, Pr. Alexandria, Moses & Athan Ritsi serving in Albania.
We enter our spiritual home not to be entertained, but to be a part of a community of believers. We receive Jesus Christ in Holy Communion. As we pray, worship and serve together, we become His Body. To be truly a member of the Church as Body of Christ requires our presence and our engagement with one another -- in worship, study and service to others. We grow spiritually as a family. We give sacrificially as we acknowledge that all we have comes from God.
"Our Church, Our Spiritual Home": Summer plans may take us away from our day-to-day activities - especially if we plan to travel. Remember, you don't have to be in church to be "in" church! Holy Trinity offers online services, continues with worship and hospitality, and welcomes summer guests. Please remember how important your financial support is to the care of our parish and make arrangements to continue monthly stewardship donations during the summer months.
Summary of Grand Totals for 2022 Stewardship (Fund 1) for Aug. 1, 2022
Number of Stewards: 87 Amount of Pledges: $102,192.00 Paid to date: $76,533.00
Update St. Francis House:
Toiletry Items, Towels and Rags Needed:
St. Francis residents need the following, toiletry items, towels and rags. You can drop them off at 70 Washington Street, or bring and drop off at the church marked for St. Francis House.
Future Meals: Not able to help right now? Please look to help us another day -- we help deliver dinners the 2nd Monday of every month.
Online: Please visit us online at http://www.facebook.com/holytrinityoutreach Blessings in Christ, Richard
Calling All Men and Boys (6 years and Older): Have you noticed your head chanter, Nick Lekas, hustling between the chanters stand and the altar to help Father Maximos during a service? On occasion, it has been others in the congregation who saw the need and were moved to help. This happens because we lack altar help on a consistent basis.
- Large parishes and cathedrals have paid sextant positions or deacons to manage the help needed for the altar and a larger youth population to draw from, but that is not our situation.
- It is time we fixed this problem with our parish stewardship – that is to apply our individual time and talents to consistently being altar help during services. It is a blessing and an honor to actually be part of the liturgy in an intimate way by helping Father Maximos with the tasks necessary to prepare himself and the gifts for our collective communion – receiving the body and blood of Christ.
- The tasks themselves, cutting the “ANDITHERON” (bread), pouring wine and warm water into the flasks for the altar in preparation, censing, leading processions (one in Orthros and two in the liturgy) carrying the light and/or a censor are simple but vital to supporting our priest.
- I’m calling for volunteers to commit to being at church in time for Orthros on a set schedule. With enough volunteers, we can create a schedule that will not be a burden to anyone and will instead be a blessing to all of us. Once we have a list of volunteers (hopefully 8-10 at least), we will work with Father Maximos to schedule training day(s) as needed for the group, so that we can all learn how to do these tasks comfortably, consistently, and enthusiastically. To put this in perspective, with 10 volunteers, each volunteer will be committed to being trained and then “on-duty” about eight times during a normal year.
Please email me if you or your children would like to help with this need at email@example.com
The annual Holy Trinity Greek Festival is October 7-9, 2022. Our popular festival will begin with "Friday to go" with pre-orders only. Saturday and Sunday will include music, dance and on-site dining. https://www.staugustinegreekfestival.com/
- We will have the Blessing of the Backpacks on August 7th after church. Please have your child bring their backpack to the service and we will have the Blessing of the backpack prayers after liturgy.
- Following that we will have sign-ups for the new Sunday school year. See Stefanie Burke. We look forward to a wonderful school year! Stefanie Burke <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Philoptochos August 14th Dormition Luncheon:
On Sunday, August 14th after liturgy the Philoptochos will have our Dormition luncheon.
This is a fund-raising event so we can continue our mission of local philanthropy. The menu includes crab cakes, rice, broccoli, salad, and dessert. We will celebrate Father Maximos's birthday and name day, and we will honor Mike and Ingrid Fotianos who will be leaving our community. Cost for the luncheon is $15.00 per person and $5.00 for children 12 and under.
All are invited to offer a Phanouropita in honor of St. Phanourios on Sunday, August 28. The holy, glorious and right-victorious Great-martyr Phanourios is commemorated on August 27th. St. Phanourios is known for assisting the faithful in revealing lost objects, directing or revealing actions that should be taken, restoring health and similar situations. He is honored by the faithful through a symbolic cake, called the "Phanouropita," which can be brought to the church, at any time, for a blessing.
Coffee Hour Volunteers Needed!We need volunteers to host coffee hour. You can do it solo or share the responsibility withsomeone else. Please sign up at: www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4CA5AB2AA0FFC34-sunday, email Stefanie Burke at email@example.com; call 904/671-4566; or speak to Stefanie after church and she can sign you up. Thank you in advance for considering offering this hospitality to our parish family and guests.
[Using the SignUpGenius link: click the blue box that says SIGN UP; then the brown box at the bottom of the page that says SUBMIT AND SIGN UP - this will take you to the next screen; and click on SIGN UP NOW]
Holy Services and Events Schedule - Orthros 9.m. & Divine Liturgy 10a.m
1-14 Dormition Fast
6 Transfiguration of Our Lord
7 Blessing of the Backpacks
10 Paraklesis - 6pm
12 Paraklesis - 6pm
14 Philoptochos Dormition Luncheon (after liturgy) Orthros 9.m. & Divine Liturgy 10a.m.
15 Dormition of the Theotokos - Orthros 9.m. & Divine Liturgy 10a.m.
Parish Council - 6:30pm
27 Great-martyr Phanourios commemorated
28 Offer a Phanouropita in honor of St. Phanourios
29 Beheading of St. John the Baptist (strict fast)
29 DEADLNE for Newsletter articles submission is by or before Monday, August 29th to church office Holy3goc@gmail.com
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- Celebrations: Are you celebrating a special day? Birthday, Anniversary, Seasonal House Cleaning? Whatever the event, please consider celebrating it with others and making it a fundraiser for our church. People have raised $6 billion USD on Facebook and Instagram for causes they care about. Create a fundraiser and Facebook will take care of the donation processing with no fees. You can also place the PayPal giving link for the church in your on-line message for donations to be made directly to our account. This can be a fun way to share your happy day with your friends and community and an effective fundraiser for our church. Please reach out to Fr. Maximos or Nick Lekas for details.
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- NOTE: If you would like Faye Peterson or Angela Lekos to prepare the Koliva for a memorial, remember there is a fee, usually $100 for time, supplies, etc. for the preparation.
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- Note: Fr. Maximos will be in Greece August 17 to September 13. Fr. Michael Byars will officiate at holy services on August 21, 28 and September 4. Fr. Martin Ritz will officiate on September 11.
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Πάντα εν σοφία εποίησας. In wisdom you have made them all. Pictures from St. Augustine.