Welcome GOYA Tournament Teens, Coaches, Chaperons, Advisors and Families!
We welcome all the participants in the Metropolis GOYA Basketball Tournament to the Divine Liturgy today and thank you for allowing us to open the arms of Holy Trinity hospitality to you! We sincerely hope you have been able to experience not just our beautiful church and center, but also the spirit and vision of Holy Trinity Church we are called by God to pursue: “Faith. Family. Community.” We are grateful to His Eminence Metropolitan Savas for the blessing of hosting this event, and we thank the Metropolis Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM) and its Director, Rhea Ballas, and the Metropolis Athletic Committee Chairman, Dr. James Kyros, for all the labors of love they offer in coordinating this ministry throughout the entire Metropolis. We pray you are all blessed with safe travels home, and we look forward to hosting you again when God so blesses us to receive you again.
GOYA Tournament Thank You & Brunch Invitation
Many thanks from the GOYA to all the parishioners, parents, donors, volunteers, Parish Council members, committee members and everyone who contributed to the success of the event in any way. It is your contributions, efforts, love and prayers that our GOYA and entire community are able to welcome all our guests with such warmth and generosity. In thanks for your support, everyone is invited to remain after Liturgy today to enjoy a community brunch. We simply ask the you allow our guests to go through first so they may proceed to their games and their travels first. May our Lord richly bless each of you!
UPCOMING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Services This Week:
- Thursday, February 20, 6:30pm: Paraclesis Service to St. Nektarios (St. George Chapel, 8941 Ringeisen Rd, Allison Park)
- Saturday, February 22, 8:30 am Orthros /9:30 am Divine Liturgy: Saturday of the Souls (St. George Chapel)
[Feb 19-20] “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 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:
- Daily: Prayer Partners. Have you remembered your prayer partner every day? Please keep the promise.
- Wed. Feb 19, 6:30pm Worship/7:00pm Bible Study: “Explore the Word” - Bible Study Ministry - Prayerfully read the Bible! In Deut. 11, it says, “Lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul.” Each Wednesday come and till your heart in worship in the Church at 6:30pm and then meet at 7:00pm in the Conference Room for the study of the Gospel of St. Matthew led by Father Radu Bordeianu. Learn the Scriptures. Depend your faith. “Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3.18).
- Thur. Feb 20: “Prayer and Panera” Men’s Ministry (7:00am Worship/Session): The Saint Nikodemos Men’s Fellowship hosts this morning session of prayers and Christian fellowship (with coffee and bagels, too!). The group meets at church promptly at 7:00am for a 15-20-minute morning prayer and scripture, then moves up the hill to Panera for 30-45 minutes of coffee, breakfast and Christian men’s conversation on living as a Christian man in today’s world. Change up your morning. Give it a try!
- Thur. Feb 20, (6:30pm Worship): Paraclesis Service to St. Nektarios at our St. George Chapel. The Paraclesis, also known as the Service of Supplication, is offered monthly at our St. George Chapel. It contains hymns and prayers asking the Lord for guidance, personal strength and healing.
[Feb 22, 29, Mar 7] Saturdays of Souls
Preceding the start of Lent and during the first week of Lent, the Church offers the “Saturdays of the Souls” to commemorate those who have fallen sleep in the Lord. Services are held at the Saint George Chapel located at Holy Trinity Cemetery. Orthros is at 8:30am followed by Divine Liturgy at 9:30am and the Memorial Service. This year, Saturday of the Souls services will be offered on Saturday February 22nd, 29th and March 7th. Please see the flyer in the February edition of the Herald or download the names form from our website (holytrinitypgh.org/documents/worship) to submit names for commemoration and be sure to attend and commemorate your departed loved ones.
[Today – Mar 8] GOYA Eyeglasses Collection for Needy
As part of the 2020 Holy Trinity Basketball Tournament, Holy Trinity GOYA will be sponsoring an eyeglasses collection to benefit the “Lions Recycle for Sight”program thru March 8. This program helps conserve sight by providing usable eyeglasses to children and adults throughout the world. Please deposit your unneeded glasses, including sunglasses and reading glasses, in the Lions' collection box located outside the church office, or see any GOYAn. Thank you!
[Feb 23] Philoptochos Monthly Meeting and Stewardship Information
The next Philoptochos meeting will be held following Divine Liturgy next Sunday, February 23 in the Fireside Room. This will be a short meeting so that those who plan to help with festival cooking can do so after the meeting. It is time for current Philoptochos members to renew their memberships for 2020. Suggested annual stewardship donation is $30.00. Checks should be made payable to “Holy Trinity Omonia.” Please return your Stewardship form and your Stewardship donation to Pam Bolkovac, Membership chairperson, or mail to Holy Trinity Philoptochos, Attn: Membership, 985 Providence Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Copies of the form can be found in the January edition of the Herald and at the church office window. If you aren’t a member, we would love for you to join us!
[Feb 23, Mar 1] You Are Invited to Participate in Choir “No Robe” Sundays (NEXT TWO SUNDAYS!)
Have you ever been intrigued at the thought of joining the Choir, but are unsure of whether it is for you? Are you typically committed to another ministry, but enjoy singing? Do you simply want to learn any of the hymns better? Join the Holy Trinity Choir on two upcoming Sundays: Feb. 23 and March 1. All ages and skill levels are welcome, and you do not have to be able to read in Greek. No robe required – just join in. Let’s help Holy Trinity to be a parish of dynamic congregational singers! See Choir Director Eleni Valliant with any questions.
[Feb 23-Mar 28] Festival Cooking – IT’S BACK!
Mark your calendars NOW with these important dates! Our goal is to get at least 30 people each day so that we may finish on time! The festival is bigger than ever and can only work if EVERYONE gives at least a few hours of THEIR time for OUR festival! Look over the dates and times below…you’ll see both evening and daytime hours, during the week and on the weekend. Everyone’s help is needed!
- NEXT Sunday, February 23, after Liturgy, 12:00pm-6:00pm - Tiropita
- Monday, February 24, 9:00am-9:00pm - Tiropita
- Thursday, March 12, 5:00pm-10:00pm - Spanakopita
- Friday, March 13, 9:00am-6:00pm - Spanakopita
- Saturday, March 14, 9:00am-6:00pm – Spanakopita
- Thursday, March 26, 5:00pm-10:00pm - Pastitsio
- Friday, March 27, 9:00am-6:00pm - Pastitsio
- Saturday, March 28, 9:00am-6:00pm - Pastitsio
[Feb 25] Women’s Book Club Ministry
Our Women’s Book Club Ministry will NOT be meeting this Tuesday, February 18, but instead will meet the following Tuesday, February 25 at 9:30am. Please join us as we continue our discussion on “The Screwtape Letters” by C. S. Lewis.
[Mar 3] 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 and want to learn and share conversation, then please attend our next Bereavement Support Group session on Tuesday, March 3rd in the Fireside Room. 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. 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
[Mar 8] Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers Service
The Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of Greater Pittsburgh is hosting its annual Sunday of Orthodoxy Service and celebration on Sunday, March 8 beginning at 4:30pm here at Holy Trinity Church. The homilist will be His Grace Bishop John of the Antiochian Orthodox Diocese of Worcester and New England. The service will feature clergy from many Orthodox jurisdictions, the annual Procession of the Holy Icons and a Pan-Orthodox Choir singing the hymns of the service under the direction of Fr. Tom Soroka. Come and celebrate Orthodoxy in Pittsburgh! "This is the Faith of the Apostles. This is the Faith of the Fathers. This is the Faith of the Orthodox. This is the Faith which has established the Universe."
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.
Sunday Bulletin and Holy Trinity Herald Deadlines Reminder
Have an announcement for a Holy Trinity event or ministry for the Sunday Bulletin or the Herald? Please keep these regular deadlines in mind: Sunday Bulletin – each Wednesday; The Herald – the 15th of each month. Thank you!
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!
Holding a Ministry Activity or Committee Meeting at Church? Reservations Required!
Our community and its ministries are growing! If your ministry or committee is planning a meeting or activity and you are planning to hold it at the church, please note that reservations for rooms and event spaces are required. Please call the Church Office at 412-366-8700 and speak to our Office Administrator, Mary Portellos. There have been times when all the spaces have been filled, so your cooperation helps ensure every group that needs a place has one and helps minimize space conflicts. We have a beautiful facility – let’s work together so everyone who needs it can use it. Thank you!
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!
2020 Stewardship Drive Now Under Way
The 2020 stewardship pledge submissions are off to a very good start! If you haven’t yet, please be sure to complete and submit yours as soon as possible. If you have misplaced your pledge card, additional copies can be found in the Narthex of the church. Remember that our own offerings are the primary source of revenue, to fulfill our mission and grow our community ministries. Let us be generous, be charitable and be good Stewards of the Faith. Thank you!
Upcoming Lenten and Paschal Dates
Wondering about Lenten and Paschal dates? Here’s a helpful guide to some of the important events coming up. Mark them on your calendar!
- Meatfare Sunday (Last day of eating meat): Feb 23
- Cheesefare Sunday (Last day of eating dairy): Mar 1
- Pure Monday (Lent begins): Mar 2
- Sunday of Orthodoxy: Mar 8
- Godparent Sunday/Lenten Luncheon: Mar 22
- Saturday of Lazarus/Palm Cross/Candle prep: Apr 11
- Palm Sunday: Apr 12
- Holy Week: Apr 13-18
- Holy Friday (schedule off work & school): Apr 17
- The Great and Holy Pascha: Apr 19
“God’s House – Our Responsibility”
Attention all Holy Trinity parishioners, parents and youth: We all know the Church is “God’s House.” He expects us, however, to take care of it. That means leaving things the way we found them, cleaning up after ourselves and caring for every part of God’s House even better than we treat our own. Holding an event or meeting? Leave the place the way you found it – or better. Coffee Hour? Please place all your trash in the cans after and be sure not to spill or crush things on the floor. And children? Please help them to understand – kindly – their need to also take care of God’s House. We can all do this together! Thank you!
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: Feb 23: Mary Alexiades (3 yrs.), Michael Alexiades (42 yrs.) and Theologia Alexiades (27 yrs.); March 1: Helen Balouris (6 months) and William H. Andromalos (10 yrs.); March 15: Antonia Vlahakis Karras (15 yrs.); March 22: Constantine Backeris (45 yrs.) and Marie Backeris (2 yrs.)