A Word from Fr. John:
I have long enjoyed and been spiritually fortified by the Book of Psalms. The older I get, and the longer I attempt to grow in Christ, the more important they become in my life. Truly, I cannot live without these deeply spiritual hymn-poems of the Church! Here is Fr. Peter Chamberas, from the Introduction to his translation of the Psalms, The Psalter According to the Seventy:
“It is clear in all the psalms that the psalmists were not merely talented in the poetic use of their language; they were also profoundly imbued with the beautiful world of their religious faith in the one and only true God.
Of all the books of the Old Testament, it is the Book of Psalms that has been the most popular in the Orthodox Church from the very beginning. This is partly owing to the psalms’ very nature as prayers and hymns addressed to God. They include a great variety of themes and teachings that have proved very useful and practical in the personal and private devotional lives of the faithful. The psalms are particularly beautiful and most popular not only when they are properly recited but also when they are chanted in the corporate, public worship of the Church.”
2020 Stewardship Theme: "A Time for Every Purpose under Heaven" (See Ecclesiastes 3)
The Church is the "Body of Christ". Therefore to be a member of the Church is to be a part of the living body of Christ. We are called to apply our abilities and resources to the tasks that God places before us. If we do this humbly and prayerfully, the body of Christ will function to its full potential. Your contributions of time, talent and treasure are a way to thank God for your blessings and to make a difference in the life of this parish.
We are happy to report that Stewardship contributions for 2019 exceeded the pledged amount by $4000! Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church is blessed to have such caring and generous parishioners!
Many thanks to those who have already made a stewardship pledge for this year. Your regular contributions are very important to the financial health of the church. If you have not received a 2020 Stewardship card please contact the church office at email@example.com or 904-829-0504.
Special Prayer Requests:
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:6-7)
We pray for mercy, life, peace, and healing of all parishioners, especially: Fr. John who is suffering shingles and not with us today, His Grace Bishop Dimitrios of Xanthos, Augustina, Margaret, James, Kyriake, Mike and Ingrid (Evangelia) Fotianos, Irene Hastalis, Jim Manos, Chresanthe Lemieux, Jane Anderson, Nicola Lykam’s stepfather Daniel, Zoe, and Rita Latgis and her daughter Sophia and their family. Remember also our missionary families, Michael, Lisa & Liam Colburn; and Fr. Stephanos, Pr. Alexandria, Moses & Athan Ritsi.
- January 26th: 40-day memorial for Nick Latgis
Hostess Schedule: Carman Gaetanos (904) 540-0367 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- January 19th Carman Gaetanos, Erna Boyazis
- January 26th Last Sunday Potluck
Adult Bible Study:
The adult Bible study on the Gospel of John meets every Sunday, unless otherwise announced, in the classroom opposite the men’s room. The class starts 15 minutes after the start of coffee hour, and is led by Michael Colburn. We are using the epic 2003 movie “The Gospel of John” directed by Philip Seville. This movie uses the text of the Gospel of John from the Good News Bible verbatim—no extra words added and none left out. The syllabus and study questions for each week are available at https://thecolburns.us/classes/john. Also check there for any last-minute announcements about the class.
Philoptochos Meeting January 26th after liturgy
Join St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church of Daytona Beach at the Diakonia Retreat, February 14th -17th, 2020. Space is very limited. Registration and monies must be submitted timely. For more information or to secure your spot, please contact Irene Katra at 386-290-3208 or email Santorini257@aol.com. If desiring to carpool, please call the Church Office.
Fashion Show February 22nd:
It’s that time of year again. The Philoptochos will host its 13th Annual Fashion Show on Saturday, February 22, 2020. Tickets are on sale now.
This is our major fundraiser of the year, attended by 130 persons, over half of whom are not church members. Like all events at our church, the Fashion Show is only possible with the help of our entire church family. We would great appreciate any items that can be raffled or used as door prizes. Please bring them to church on Sunday and give to Carmela, Toula, or Susan, or let us know if you would like us to pick up something. If you have a contact at a restaurant that will give gift certificates, please let us know that also.
The Philiptochos thanks you!
2020 Festival - October 9th, 10th, 11th (Save the Dates!):
This is the time of year to take a fresh look at our annual festival while there is still time to consider new ideas and improvements. If you have any leads for sponsors, advertisers or promotions, please send the specifics to Toula at email@example.com. Even if you are unable to attend meetings, we still need people who have sales skills, data skills, creative skills and more. Not sure how you can help? Please speak with Mikae Gaetanos, Nick Lekas or Toula Zotos, or just come to the meeting.
Sacrificial Offerings - Weekly Offering: January 12th - Candles $204; Tray $174; Stewardship $3396
Contributions - Tracking Your Giving:
- Each time you contribute funds to the parish, the notation on the memo line of your check allows us to identify your intentions: Stewardship, Candles, Trays, Memorials, etc.
- If you are setting up contributions through your bank, please be sure that a specific notation (ex: stewardship) is included for each transaction.
- For any cash contributions, please use one of the envelopes in the Narthex so that we can add that amount to your record of donations.
Celebrating the New Year:
We extend gratitude galore for all efforts to kick-off a great start to the New Year last Sunday! The excellent performances of our talented Greek Dancers were a preview of what was to come at the Glendi on Friday night! May God grant that 2020 be filled with opportunities to continue celebrating and growing the Faith, Fellowship & Foundations of Hellenism with κεφι [kefi]--that contagious, moving spirit of joy, passion, and enthusiasm that challenges and encourages humanity forward to go beyond any limits and obstacles.
OFFICE CLOSED JANUARY 20TH - Martin Luther King Day (per the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese)
REMINDER: Deadline for Church bulletin articles is Wednesday. Thank you.