8:15 a.m. Orthros
9:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy
Sunday worship location: Holy Trinity Church, 985 Providence Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Weekday/Feast Day worship location: St. George Chapel, 8941 Ringeisen Rd., Allison Park, PA
Of these Saints, Olympas and Rodion became disciples of Peter, the chief Apostle, and came to Rome, where they were beheaded by Nero. The others reposed in peace, having become bishops: Sosipater of Iconium, Quartus of Beirut, and Erastus of Paneas, or Paneias (which was also called Caesarea of Philippi); Saint Erastus had been chamberlain of the city of Corinth (Rom.16:23).
St. Arsenios was born in 1840 in Cappadocia, Asia Minor (eastern Turkey). He became a monk and was sent to his native town, Farasa, to serve the people. He pastored his flock amidst extremely difficult conditions. Under the harsh yoke of the Turks, the Greek people of Farasa formed an oasis of Orthodox Christianity. They sought refuge in holy St. Arsenios, who was their teacher, their spiritual father, and the healer of their souls and bodies.
St Arsenios predicted the expulsion of the Greeks from Asia Minor before it happened, and organized his flock for departure. When the expulsion order came in 1924, the aged Saint led his faithful on a 400-mile journey across Turkey on foot. He had foretold that he would only live forty days after reaching Greece, and this came to pass. On November 10, 1924, he died in peace at the age of eighty-three. He was officially declared a Saint by the Patriarchate of Constantinople in 1986.
St. Arsenios was the spiritual father of the late St. Paisios’ family. He baptised St. Paisios as an infant. Throughout his life St. Paisios had great love and reverence for the memory of St. Arsenios, and it was out of this love that he compiled the book “Saint Arsenios the Cappadocian” which provides us with the details of his life. Since 1970, many apparitions and miracles have occurred near his holy relics, which reside in the Monastery of Souroti near Thessalonica. The relic of St. Arsenios has also been known to heal those who have cancer and to grant children to infertile couples.
Saint Orestes was from Tyana of Cappadocia. During the persecution of Diocletian, this Martyr's ankles were pierced with long nails; being bound to a wild horse and violently dragged by it, he gave up his spirit in the year 289.
Prokeimenon. Fourth Tone. Psalm 103.24,1.
O Lord, how manifold are your works. You have made all things in wisdom.
Verse: Bless the Lord, O my soul.
The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians 2:16-20.
Brethren, knowing that a man is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ, and not by works of the law, because by works of the law shall no one be justified. But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we ourselves were found to be sinners, is Christ then an agent of sin? Certainly not! But if I build up again those things which I tore down, then I prove myself a transgressor. For I through the law died to the law, that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
8th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 10:25-37
At that time, a lawyer stood up to put Jesus to the test, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" He said to him, "What is written in the law? How do you read?" And he answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself." And he said to him, "You have answered right; do this, and you will live."
But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was; and when he saw him, he had compassion, and went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, 'Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.' Which of these three, do you think, proved neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?" He said, "The one who showed mercy on him." And Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."
TODAY’S EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Memorial prayers will be offered at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy today for the repose of the souls of the servants of God, Betty Beckas (15 years) and the departed members of our Ladies Philoptochos. May their memory be eternal!
Today, our Holy Trinity Philoptochos will host “Philoptochos Sunday”, a day on which we and parishes around the Archdiocese celebrate many years of Philoptochos service to our church, our community, our friends and our families. In honor of that event, the Philoptochos will host a memorial for departed members, coffee hour, and a special collection for the benefit of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Thank you for supporting them! Also, a special thank you to Kay Balouris for preparing the Artoclasia and Koliva and to all the Philoptochos members who contributed food items for coffee hour!
Stewardship Sunday Today
Today marks the launch of the 2020 Holy Trinity Stewardship drive. At the conclusion of Liturgy, we will collect the 2020 pledge cards that you brought in. Under the banner, “ONE HOLY TRINITY,” the focus once again this year will be for the entire community to support all the needs of the Church as one. It also means that each ONE of us can make a difference for the betterment and future growth of our Church. For those who received the cards late or have not had a chance to complete them, please take the time to carefully review it and consider increasing your prior year commitment, just as we continue to grow as a community. Also, if you haven’t yet participated in the mortgage payoff drive, you still have the opportunity to do so. This is an exciting year, as we’re hoping, with your help, to completely pay off the mortgage debt! We’d appreciate it if you mail your pledge cards as soon as possible, so that we can begin our financial plan for 2020. Thank you to all who are generously giving of their three Ts - We couldn’t do what we do without you and are grateful to God for your continued love and support.
UPCOMING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Services This Week: (“SG” = St. George Chapel)
Wednesday, November 13: 8:30am Orthros/9:30am Liturgy – St. John Chrysostom (SG)
Saturday, November 16: 8:30am Orthros/9:30am Liturgy – St. Matthew the Evangelist (SG)
[Nov 12-13] “Faith and Family WEEKDAYS” This Week
Holy Trinity Church’s “Faith and Family WEEKDAYS” ministry has been updated once again to provide valuable faith growth and learning to the entire Holy Trinity family. Building on the fruits of our five six years, we are now including more days and more opportunities for everyone to participate in and grow from worship, spiritual life and educational ministries beyond Sunday morning and to make the Church the "crossroad of daily life”.
THIS WEEK’S OFFERINGS:
Church School Dismissal Times
A message from our Church School Staff to all parents: Please assist us in offering our children the time to fully participate in their lessons each Sunday by allowing them to remain in class until the end of the session. IMPORTANT: ALL CLASSES CONCLUDE AT 11:30am. Parents of Pre-School and Kindergarten students may pick up their children on the upper level Education Center by using the Education Center stairs in the Gallery near the Bookstore. Parents of all other students are asked to wait for their children downstairs in the Gallery or Grand Room during Coffee Hour. Thank you for your cooperation and support.
[Nov 15] “Drop and Shop” Evening for Parents
Attention ALL Holy Trinity parents: As an offering of “Thanks for all you do for us,” the teens of Holy Trinity GOYA are watching the kids for the night for free! "Drop and Shop" gives parents a free night to get Christmas shopping done while the kids have fun with their Holy Trinity friends. Drop them off at the church this Friday, November 15 at 6:00pm and be back by 9:00pm to pick them up. This opportunity is open to ALL Holy Trinity parents of children from toddler through sixth grade. The is no charge for this event, but advance reservation is required. Visit www.HolyTrinityPgh.org/events or sign up after Liturgy in the Gallery.
[Nov 17] Military Appreciation Day – Next Sunday!
In observance of Veteran’s Day, the Visitation Ministry Team needs your support once again to coordinate a Military Appreciation Day in honor of parishioners, family, and community members who have served and are still serving our country in the military. This tribute will include a memorial service for all veterans and fallen heroes, and special recognition of living veterans and active military service members. Please provide the full name, branch of service, and period of service (if known) for any active-duty, reserve, and military veterans (living or reposed) so that we may offer our prayers and gratitude on this memorable day. It will also be appreciated if you are able to provide a framed photo copy of each honoree (no original photos please) that we will proudly display during Coffee Hour. To submit your service member information and/or to offer your helping hands to the Visitation Ministry Team, please contact Sherry Clayton at 412-216-4793 or email@example.com. Also, our gratitude will be further demonstrated by a Card Signing event by all parishioners during Coffee Hour. The cards will be distributed in care packages to Deployed Troops, Veterans, First Responders, and Wounded Warriors by Operation Gratitude. May God bless all those who have served and/or continue to serve with honor and courage! Finally, Clipping coupons for a cause…Coups for Troops is another way we support overseas military families. Please collect manufacturer’s coupons (internet printed included) in categories of Food, Non-food, Baby, and Pets to be donated by our HT family for overseas distribution. We were blessed and excited with participation in last year’s beautiful celebration, and we hope you will join us again this year on Sunday, November 17th.
[Nov 22] HOPE and JOY Thanksgiving Celebration
Good grief it’s Thanksgiving already! Please plan to join HOPE (grades K-2) and JOY (grades 3-6) on Friday, November 22 at 6:00pm for a pasta dinner and bring a Lenten side or dessert to share. We will eat a meal together and watch “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” on the big screen in the Grand Room (bring a pillow or blanket if you like!). Pasta, popcorn, and some movie snacks provided. Please RSVP to Irini Zeliznik at firstname.lastname@example.org or Nicole Steiner at email@example.com to let us know what you are bringing to share and how many are attending.
[Nov 22-24] Metropolis GOYA Fall Retreat
The 2019 Metropolis GOYA Fall Retreat will be held at Camp Nazareth from Friday, Nov 22 through Sunday Nov 24. GOYAns will receive information on the Holy Trinity reduced fee code through the GOYA email system.
[Nov 24] Sisters of the Nativity of the Theotokos Monastery – Christmas Boutique
The Sisters of the Nativity of the Theotokos Monastery in Saxonburg, PA will be visiting Holy Trinity Church on Sunday, November 24. Please be sure to stop by and visit their Christmas Boutique in the Gallery following Liturgy. You can help to support the Monastery while getting an early start on your Christmas gift shopping this year!
[Nov 24] Ladies Philoptochos Meeting
The Philoptochos will hold a meeting on Sunday, November 24 in the Fireside Room following Divine Liturgy. Please note that this is a rescheduled date. All members and all who would like to become involved in this philanthropic ministry are invited to attend.
[Nov 24] Ladies Philoptochos Bake Sale
The Ladies Philoptochos will be offering frozen 9x13 pans of Spanakopita and Tiropita for $35/pan that are ready to bake for the holidays! We will also have ready to serve pans of Baklava for $40/pan (baklava is not individually cupped). Impress your friends and family this Thanksgiving with homemade baked goods and help the Ladies Philoptochos continue their philanthropic work at the same time! Visit our table in the Gallery after liturgy on Sunday, November 24th to get started on your holiday baking! Don’t forget to pick up an order form for your Christmas baked goods too!
[Dec 1] Church School Reminder: Thanksgiving Outreach - Bring Your Bags of Food for FOCUS
Attention Church School Students: Last week you received brown grocery bags and an instruction sheet for the annual FOCUS Food Drive for the needy. Please remember to collect your items and return them to your classroom next Sunday or by Sunday, December 1, at the latest. Thank you for your generosity!
[Dec 2] Bereavement Support Ministry: Monthly Group Sessions - Come & Join Us
Our Bereavement Support Ministry Team provides spiritual care to our parishioners and their extended family & friends in time of grief and loss. If you have questions about grief, want to learn more, and share conversation, then please attend our next Bereavement Support Group session on Monday, December 2nd in the Fireside Room. Please feel free to bring a photo of your loved one too. Light refreshments and relaxed fellowship begin at 6:30 pm for those who choose. Then 7:00-8:30 pm is group learning and sharing with our Bereavement facilitators. Doesn’t matter if your loss has been recent or many years ago… just come. Feel free to bring a family member and/or friend. Contact Amy Armanious, Visitation Ministry Coordinator with any questions by email at Visitation@holytrinitypgh.org
[Jan 26] Looking for Holy Trinity’s Top Male Chefs – Rescheduled - SAVE THE DATE!
Mark your calendars for a fun evening feasting on edible creations from our top Holy Trinity Male Chefs! “Men Who Cook” will be held on Sunday, January 26, 2020 in the Grand Room. Join us as Holy Trinity’s most notable men compete for the coveted title of HT’s Top Chef! Guests will visit food stations and be served samples of appetizers, entrees, sides and desserts. Vote for all your favorite chefs via tip jars in this friendly fundraising competition! Reservations are $30.00 per person. Proceeds to benefit the HT Capital Campaign, kitchen needs and FOCUS Pittsburgh. If you are interested in competing for the title, please see Kathy Balouris or Karen Georgiadis or email them at social@HolyTrinityPgh.org. More details to follow!
In the Hospital? Home-Bound? Please let the Church Office know!
In today’s age of information privacy, churches are not notified when parishioners are admitted to hospitals, nursing homes or other care facilities. Both those facilities and your church depend on having the church notified by a friend or family member so that pastoral care and outreach can be offered. The same goes for those homebound. If you or any of your loved ones are in any of these situations, please contact the Church Office at 412-366-8700 to request a visit from our priests or our new and wonderful Visitation Ministry. Also, interested in helping reach out to fellow parishioners in those situations? Please contact Amy Armanious at visitation@HolyTrinityPgh.org.
Visitation Ministry Team Volunteers
The Visitation Ministry is always in need of volunteers to share their talent and time. We need volunteers who may enjoy visiting our homebound family members, designing crafts, baking cookies, transporting individuals to doctor appointments, reading the Bible at the bedside of one who is sick or has poor vision, offering grocery shopping or medication pickup at the local pharmacy, praying for those who are in need, providing a listening ear to those grieving loss, mailing cards to those who need encouragement, and so much more. If you are interested and want to learn more about our Visitation Ministry, please contact Amy Armanious at 412-628-0973 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holy Trinity’s Connect Center
The “Connect Center” is a great resource and contact display prominently located in the Gallery every Sunday and it is for YOU! The purpose is to help EVERYONE in our Holy Trinity community become more informed about the many ministries and opportunities offered here and to make it easier to become involved in all areas of life at Holy Trinity Church. Want to CONNECT with a person or ministry? We can help!
Online Giving Reminder
Holy Trinity Church’s online giving program makes it possible to make contributions of various kinds to Holy Trinity Church online. Our secure system allows you to conveniently make donations online. You can choose to make a one-time contribution or establish a recurring weekly or monthly contribution. Best of all, you don’t need to remember to write a check or bring your offering to church - it’s already taken care of! Payments can be made via checking account, savings account, credit card or debit card. Visit www.HolyTrinityPgh.org/give to get started!
Welcome, Holy Trinity Guests!
We welcome all our guests to Holy Trinity Church today, whether as visitors from out of town, family members joining others here for worship today or even soon-to-be members here for the first time. No matter what the reason the Holy Spirit brought you here today, we welcome you with open arms and hearts filled with the love of Christ. Please help us welcome you by signing in at the hospitality table in the Narthex, where you will be presented with a yellow lapel Cross to help our Holy Trinity family know you're here. Please fill out an information card so we can contact you with any information you may need concerning life here at Holy Trinity Church. Following Liturgy, we invite you to stop by our Connect Center located in the Gallery and join us for our Fellowship Coffee hour.
About Receiving Holy Communion in the Orthodox Church
As an extension of our hospitality and outreach ministries, we welcome all who have come to worship with us today. Whether you are an Orthodox Christian, an inquirer to the faith or a first-time guest in an Orthodox Church, we are pleased to have you with us and thankful for the opportunity to share and bear witness to this ancient and timeless Faith. In accordance with the holy canons and traditions of the Church, please note that Holy Communion and the other Holy Mysteries (Sacraments) are received only by those who are baptized and chrismated (confirmed) Orthodox Christians who have properly prepared through prayer, fasting and confession. All others are invited receive the antidoron (blessed bread) and a blessing from the priest at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy. The antidoron is not a sacramental offering but is blessing and a reflection of the agape (love) feast that followed worship in the ancient Christian Church. Please join our parish family for hospitality after the holy services and allow us to meet and welcome you. Interested in joining or learning more about the Orthodox Christian Faith? Please see one of our priests or complete a visitor’s card today!
For those who do receive, please remember the following helpful hints aimed at helping to preserve the solemnity and safety of the Holy Mystery: 1) The Church School Staff only is asked to please proceed first to receive from the left-most chalice so they may depart for their classrooms before their students arrive; 2) All other students, parishioners and Orthodox Christian guests, please remain at your place until you are dismissed by the Parish Council down the center aisle only; 3) We respectfully ask women to remove their lipstick before approaching the Holy Chalice; 4) Please wait in the Holy Communion line reverently, prayerfully and quietly without talking; 5) It is traditional as we approach with awe that we make the sign of the Cross or bow down with a “metanoia” as an act of humility before the Lord; 5) Be sure to offer your baptismal name to priest before receiving; 6) Please take great care to place the red cloth under your chin and to fully open your mouth so that none of the precious Body and Blood of Christ is accidentally spilled, then to dab your lips on the cloth afterwards so none of the Holy Gifts are left on other objects. Thank you for your cooperation, and may God have mercy on us all!
Upcoming Memorials Dec 1: Diana Andromalos-Dale (1 year)