Altar Team: Stephen
Parish Council Members on Duty: Helen Bellos, David Changas & Mike Delvizis
2020 Parish Council Members: Jim Gaddis (President), Tim Weeks (Vice President), Helen Bellos (Treasurer), Elena Rollins (Secretary), Gregory Herron (Communications Secretary), David Changas, Mark Davis, Mike Delvizis & John Miller
Today, February 23rd, we will be having a BBQ luncheon after Liturgy to celebrate the paying off of our construction loan! We hope everyone will plan to stay for lunch to celebrate this big accomplishment together as a Church family!
Philoptochos will be having a table in the Hall after Liturgy today to raise awareness for heart health and to support the American Heart Assocation. February is American Heart Health month. Please stop by the table to learn more!
Please mark your calendars as we have an opportunity to provide service to those less fortunate in our community through Loaves and Fishes next Saturday, February 29th. Once again, we will prepare and serve up hot, delicious and nutritious meals for the needy in our midst. Volunteers are most welcome and can come anytime between 9:30 and 11 AM. We will meet in the church hall of Holy Name Church, 508 Main Street, Nashville, 37206. We begin serving meals to our guests at 11:30 AM and are usually finished at around 1:00 PM after cleaning up in the kitchen. If you are interested in being a volunteer for Loaves & Fishes, please call Gregory Herron at (615) 519-0186 or email him at email@example.com.
The Book group will be meeting next Sunday, March 1st, at 7:00 pm at the home of Larry Kamm and Helen Rogers (4045 Vailwood Dr., Nashville, TN, 37215) to discuss “Courage to Pray” by Metropolitan Anthony Bloom. All are welcome to attend!
New Philoptochos Service Project – Pillow Supports for Port Patients! Please join Philoptochos after Liturgy on Saturday, March 7th and help participate in their new service project! They will be making pillow seat-belt supports for cancer patients with ports. This will be a fun, creative event, open to the community, with brunch and door prizes! Please make plans to stay after Liturgy on Saturday and show your support for this worthwhile project. Thank you!
The St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival will once again be held in our Church on March 29th. The competition will take place in Church immediately following the service. All 7th through 12th grade Sunday School students are encouraged to participate. The topics for the 2020 competition can be found on the following link https://www.goarch.org/documents/32058/5077519/sjcof_2020_topics_tips.pdf/5e2218ef-4680-46f0-ab94-8001a65fcfa4. To register for the event, please email the oratorical chairman, Athena Phillips, at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will also need to register online for the event with the following link https://religioused.formstack.com/forms/sjcof_participant. The deadline for registering for the competition is Sunday, March 22nd. Please remember that participating in the oratorical competition is one of the requirements for the Holy Trinity college scholarship program.
Philoptochos is once again collecting gently used purses to gift to mothers at the Nashville Rescue Mission in honor of Mother’s Day. This year the goal is to provide 70 purses to those women in need. The project is open to all members of the Parish. Small gift items will be placed in the purses and they will be wrapped up as gifts with a bow. Purses can be dropped off any time before May 1st in the Hospitality Room. Thank you!
All healthcare and mental healthcare providers are invited to participate in the St. Panteleimon Healthcare Society! With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas, this society for health care and mental health care providers of the Metropolis of Detroit will endeavor to increase medical outreach in our communities. Holy Trinity is one of the charter parishes. The society is web-based, offering live lectures on ethical issues from an Orthodox perspective as well as forums to share ideas with parishioners throughout the Metropolis. For more information, including how to join, please visit www.stpanteleimonsociety.org.
Seeking Volunteer Ushers to help on Sundays. As our community continues to grow, we need 2 volunteers each Sunday who would help maintain the candles in the Narthex, help parishioners find seats, help guide Communion lines, and help monitor the ingress and egress into the Sanctuary. Parish Council members will be available each Sunday to offer guidance and facilitate the process. Please consider volunteering one Sunday a month to help our parish. It is a great way to meet members of our community. For more information, please contact Elena Rollins @ email@example.com or 615-347-1240. Thank you!
We are very grateful to all those who have hosted coffee hour on Sundays after Liturgy and we encourage and invite people to sign up to host so that we can continue to offer hospitality to others. If you are interested in hosting a coffee hour, please contact the Church office at 615-333-1047 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PARISH PRAYER LIST
Anatoliy (Tony); Dimitri; Judson Phillips; Joel Rivera; Malcolm; Evan Parhas; Alyssa; Keith Singley; Evie; Ann; David Ward; Fr. George Vaporis; Eleni Taylor; Isabella Marie Fuller; Bryan; Jeff; Gary; Dorothy Nicklas; Mary Beth; Mick Elias Kuttab; Byron Dwight Wallace; Michael; Nicholas; Patrick; Elli; Eleni; Rhea & Juan Carlos; Lazarus; Subdeacon Victor & Robin Poletajev; Rod Caulkins; Christos Tsiodras; Marie; Christina; George S.; Anastasia; Christoforos; Ekaterina; Emily; Jacob Sotiriadis; Twila; Teresa; George; Basil; Heather Ritscher; Matt, Ali, Lucas & Olivia Ritscher; James & Wesley Austin; Gary Andrew; Andreas; Klitos; Kleo; Erica; Anna; Antonia; Glenda; Maggi; Dorcas; John Timothy; Abigail; Lisa; John; Olivia; Anastasia; Steve Turner; Timothy; Mark Santana; Tyler Dugas; Kalliopi; Angelyn; Tillie; Dale; Amanda; Freeman family; Rose, Scott; Ben, Jessica, Addison & Rogan; Siharya Siloman; Chrysoula; David; Charlie; Balsa; Nicholas; Anastasia; Noah Evans and family; Alexandra; Eleni; Kiki
To add names to the Parish Prayer List, please contact the Church office at 615-333-1047 or email@example.com
CHURCH ETIQUETTE FAQs
Who may receive Holy Communion in the Orthodox Church?
Holy Communion is a Sacrament within the Orthodox Church and therefore is offered to Baptized and/or Chrismated Orthodox Christians who have prepared themselves to receive the Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Everyone is welcome to receive the Blessed Bread (Antidoron) at the end of the Divine Liturgy.
How should I dress in the Orthodox Church?
Wear modest and appropriate attire. Common sense and good judgment should prevail. Avoid wearing lipstick when venerating the icons and receiving Holy Communion. Also, please refrain from chewing gum.
Why do the Ushers/Parish Council ask us to wait before entering at certain times of the service?
There are several parts of the Liturgy where all movement within the Sanctuary should be restricted, including entering the Nave from the Narthex. These parts are:
1) Procession of the Priest and Acolytes with the Gospel
2) The reading of the Epistle and Gospel
3) The priest’s homily (sermon)
4) The Great Procession of the Priest and Altar Boys with the Holy Gifts
5) The recitation of the Nicene Creed
6) The prayers of offering and consecration (From “Thine own of thine own…” until “Especially for our most Holy Lady….”
7) The recitation of the Lord’s Prayer
8) Special services (40-day blessings, memorials, processions…)
My child is being noisy. What should I do?
Children are a great blessing in Church. It is very special to hear our young people begin to participate in the Liturgy, by reciting the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer and singing along with our hymns. It is also important that children are present from a very young age to absorb the holy atmosphere of the Divine Liturgy. But sometimes, children have a hard time being quiet or sitting still. Little noises here and there are not worrisome, but in those times when the situation becomes very boisterous, there is a cry room located in the back of the Sanctuary in addition to a foyer with a monitor to watch the Liturgy while the child calms down.