A Word from Fr. John:
About the Fast...
I hesitate to share this here, because it’s really a prayer for the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, served on Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the Fast (Wednesdays only in our case). To fully appreciate it, one needs to hear it in its proper context: at the end of the Presanctified Liturgy, after holy Communion. Still, there are some here who simply cannot make the Wednesday evening service, so I’m offering it for our encouragement and edification.
Priest’s amvon prayer at the end of the Presanctified Liturgy: “O Master Almighty, Who have created all things in wisdom; Who in Your inexpressible providence and great goodness have brought us to these all-revered days, for the cleansing of souls and bodies, for control of passions, and in the hope of the Resurrection; Who during the forty days delivered into the hands of Your servant Moses the tablets in letters divinely inscribed: Grant also unto us, O Good One, to fight the good fight, to complete the course of the fast, to keep the faith undivided, to crush underfoot the heads of invisible serpents, to be shown as victors over sins, and to come without reproach to the worship of Your holy Resurrection. For blessed and glorified is Your most honorable and majestic name, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and forever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.”
Special Prayer Requests: We pray for mercy, life, peace, and healing for all parishioners, especially Mike Chelikas, (Nicola
Lykam’s uncle), Irene Hastalis, Jim Manos, Chresanthe Lemieux, Jane Anderson, Betty & Fred Day, Despina Xynidis, George P. Nichols, and for their families; for continued growth of the parish family and for those the Lord receives, serves, and sends through Her lifesaving ministry. We pray for our two missionary families: Dn. Stephanos, Dka. Alexandria & Moses Ritsi serving Albania; and Michael, Lisa & Liam Colburn serving translators worldwide. We also welcome all visitors, college students, and inquirers, and hope to enjoy today’s Fellowship with you! We especially offer prayers of thanksgiving for Nelda Hann, our Parish Administrator, who had a successful outpatient surgery on Tuesday, March 19th. All to God’s Glory!
In Times of Need: When challenging times come upon us and especially in times of illness, hospitalization, emergency, or loneliness, ask for intercession and visitation. Please be sure to call and notify Father John through the church office, or email prayer requests and updates to firstname.lastname@example.org. The 24-hour emergency phone number is: (602) 617-2467.
Hostess Schedule: Carman Gaetanos (904) 540-0367 or email@example.com
Today, March 24 Pres Renee Ritsi, Evangelia Brati
March 31 Annunciation Luncheon
Parish Council Announcements:
Save the Dates – April 12-13th: His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zelon looks forward to coming to know our community members, hearing Confessions, presiding over the Akathist service, and offering a retreat for the whole parish entitled: The Prodigal Son: A Story of Love, Forgiveness, and Homecoming. (Biography available at:https://atlmetropolis.org/bishop-sevastianosof-zela) Here is the schedule:
Thursday, 11 April 6:30 PM - Meeting with Parish Council & FTP Committee
Friday, 12 April Afternoon & Evening - Confessions at Holy Trinity E-mail His Grace directly to schedule: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, 12 April 5:30 PM Akathist Hymn to The Theotokos
Saturday, April 13th 9:30 AM All the faithful arrive to Greet, Meet & Be Blessed by His Grace
10:00 AM-1:00 PM Parish Retreat – All Are Welcome – Bring your whole family, friends & neighbors!
The Prodigal Son: A Story of Love, Forgiveness, and Homecoming offered by His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zela, followed by a light Lenten Meal
Annunciation & Greek Independence Day Luncheon Sunday, March 31th: Philoptochos honors the Annunciation of the Theotokos and Greek Independence Day with a fish luncheon on Sunday, March 31. Join us for a delicious meal and short program, including our Nisiotes dancers! $10 for adults and takeout, $5 for children under 12.
St. Stephen's Camp - Registration for this year will open March 20. If you have a child interested in attending a one-week session this summer and need some financial assistance for a portion of the cost, a small fund has been set aside by our Philoptochos chapter for that purpose. Please contact either Toula Zotos or Carmela Tardo by March 20 if support is needed. Details for the camp are at https://atlmetropolis.org/st-stephens-summer-camp.
Iconography Committee Update: As announced with great joy, we are ready to go forward with iconography of the Pantocrator and Prophets in the dome of our church. Hopefully it will be completed before Pascha. As a parish family, we are grateful for the generous contributions and prayers that made this possible. The next phase of the Iconography Project will include Evangelists on the pendentives and medallions of the Apostles on the band below the dome; examples are displayed on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall.
Stewardship – A Pattern of Caring: Giving is a habit that begins with a commitment. Becoming an active steward requires a conscious decision to actively support the needs of the church. The commitment card we offer to Holy Trinity each year encourages us to give regularly. There are extra cards in church, or you can call the church office. Wednesday Bulletin Submission: Please submit your articles weekly by or before Wednesday.
Greek Summer Night: SAVE THE DATE. This year's Greek Summer Night event will be Saturday, June 1, 2019. Join us for a night filled with Greek food, music and dance. Come for the fun, fellowship and family. Opa!
Sacrificial Offerings - Weekly Offering:
March 17th - Candles $123; Tray $46; Stewardship $2215
“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7). The Lord's day is to be the time for a weekly offering for the support of His cause. Your offering can be made at the collection basket as you exit the service.
Festival Donation letters are available upon request from office or Treasurer.
Faith, Hope and Love film: A wonderful new movie by Greek filmmaker Robert Krantz that touches on all parts of the title, “Faith, Hope and Love,” will show to the public beginning on March 29th at Regal Avenues Stadium 20 in Jacksonville. Both touching and romantic, it has been very well received by those who have seen it in other parts of the country. Official site: www.FHLMovie.com Review: https://dove.org/review/15081-faith-hope-love/ Please e-mail email@example.com if you prefer to go as a group, and share best day(s)/time range(s).