Sunday Services Orthros 9:00 AM Divine Liturgy 10:00 AM Church School Following Holy Communion Week Day Divine Liturgy Orthros 9:00 AM Divine Liturgy 10:00 AM Evening Services Consult Echo Calendar or Weekly Bulletin for times.
Holy Trinity’s Mission Statement: To worship and glorify God, by promoting the teachings, of the Greek Orthodox Faith. To encourage all members' participation through our Greek culture, educational programs, community outreach and fundraising activities while serving God, our community and humanity
PARISH COUNCIL MEMBERS USHERING TODAY:
Andrew Cleaver – Gene Haberman – Dr. Dean Kopan – Debbie Morris
THIS WEEK’S TRISAGION PRAYERS ARE FOR: Maritsa Loizos – 2 years, Peter T. Hountras – 10 years May Their Memory Be Eternal
THIS WEEK’S EPISTLE READERS ARE: In Greek: Tony Harwood In English: Luminitsa Ellis
THIS WEEK’S ALTAR FLOWERS ARE SPONSORED ANONYMOUSLY
THIS WEEK’S COFFEE HOUR IS SPONSORED ANONYMOUSLY. Please come after church today in the Veronie Community Hall for coffee, refreshments, and fellowship.
PROSFORA BY: Georgia Krinas Thank you and God Bless You
CONDOLENCES to the family of Maria Cole whose funeral was yesterday here at Holy Trinity. May Her Memory Be Eternal
Welcome Father Jerry and Presbytera Helene Hall! We would like to welcome Father and Presbytera and thank them for worshiping with us today.
THIS WEEK AT HOLY TRINITY:
Monday, December 4th: St. Barbara Orthros 9 am, Divine Liturgy 10 am, Parish Council 6 pm
Tuesday, December 5th: Bible Study 10 am
Wednesday, December 6thth: St. Nicholas Orthros 9 am Divine Liturgy 10 am, Bible Study 7 pm
Thursday, December 7th: Daughters of Penelope
Saturday, December 9th: Conception of the Theotokos Orthros 9 AM, Divine Liturgy 10 AM
Dear Parish family: The next few weeks before Christmas there are opportunities to worship, to have fun, and do outreach. Please look at the schedule for weekly services. Please note this year Christmas Eve falls on Sunday. We will have our parish Christmas Eve festivities on Sunday instead of Christmas Eve night. After Liturgy we will sing carols and have Christmas cookies in the hall. If you and your family usually come Christmas Eve night, please NOTE there will not be communion so please come Christmas Eve morning or Christmas day to receive communion.
We also have plenty of activities that are fun and ways you can help the less fortunate. On December 9th is our parish Christmas party! Please get your tickets in after Liturgy or click on the flyer below. We are adopting 20 families from River Side Elementary School for Christmas. Please look at the Christmas trees in the Narthex to adopt a child for Christmas. The Philoptochos sponsored Christmas Boutique is December 18th. Please bring gently used cloths to church by December 17th. On December 17th is our Sunday School Christmas Pageant! Please join our kids as the help get ready for the Lord's Nativity. After the pageant there will be community sponsored brunch.
Attention HOPE and JOY Parents! Today after Sunday School our Hope and Joy kids will have their Christmas gathering! They will begin with Lunch in the AHEPA room and end around 2 pm.
Attention: Warm Hands to Warm Hearts Participants...Our December meeting is cancelled. In its place, we will be meeting on Wednesday, December 13th, 2023, at 12:30 PM at the Veronie Community Hall to load our lap blankets to make our second donation of 2023. We will caravan over to Advanced Healthcare Center (955 Garden Lake Parkway, Toledo, OH 43614) to make our delivery at 2 PM. Please join us to distribute lap blankets to help the residents keep warm! You will leave with a warm heart and feel good about helping those in need in our Toledo community. For more information or questions, call Elena Perry at 419-265-6275 or Maria Petros at 419-473-2387.
Community Christmas Card: Our GOYANS will be offering the community Christmas card this year. The kids will be at a table in the Hall. Please see them in order to participate in this year’s Christmas Card!
Holy Trinity Pantry Ministry Update: Government subsidizing of Food Banks and Food assistance has decreased, and the need for assistance and food for those in-need has increased. Please consider donating to our Pantry this month. The items that are most needed are: Jelly, Mac n cheese, tuna or other canned meat, saltine crackers. Thank you for your generous donations!
STEWARDSHIP UPDATE: We are in the 12th month of our 2023 Stewardship Campaign and fast approaching the last quarter. Are you current with your pledge?...If you are…we thank you!..If you aren’t. Please catch up. We need everyone’s support to make this a successful campaign!
Sunday Coffee Hours –There are many Sundays available and it is a great way for your family, or a few families together, to offer fellowship and refreshments to our community. Please let Carole know which Sunday you would like to offer Coffee Hour.
ATTENTION PROSFORA BAKERS: ***PROSFORA NEEDED FOR THE MONTHS OF December and January. Please call Connie Mynihan at 419-250-4899 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
ALTAR FLOWERS ARE NEEDED FOR March 3 & 10 2024 cost is $50 for 2 beautiful vases. It’s a great way to show your support in honor or memory of someone and beautify our altar too! Call the Church office if you’re interested.
Up-Coming Memorials: December 10th: Patricia Bellner – 4 years; (Trisagion) December 24th: William Tzanakis – 1 year; Angeline Tzanakis – 10 years (Trisagion) December 31st: Dora Kokolakis – 1 year
Please see the flyer for more details about this year's community Christmas card. If you are would like to have your name in the card the GOYANS will be help you fill the attached flyer.
Philoptochos is sponsoring a community Christmas party! Please see the flyer for details and get your tickets after Liturgy.
We are going back to Mexico! Please see the flyer for more details about this wonderfully mission.
We are once again adopting Children from local schools in Toledo. Please see the flyer for details.
Philoptchos is sponsoring a Christmas Boutique! Please see the flyer for details.
On December 17th is our Sunday School Christmas Pageant! Please join our kids as they help get ready for the Lord's Nativity. After the pageant there will be community sponsored brunch.
Blessed are You, O Christ our God, who made fisherman all-wise, by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit, and through them, drawing all the world into Your net. O Loving One, glory be to You.
Fourth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Luke 24:1-12
On the first day of the week at early dawn, the women went to the tomb, taking spices, which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel; and as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how He told you, while He was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise." And they remembered His words and returning from the tomb they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told this to the Apostles; but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home wondering at what had happened.
Prokeimenon. First Mode. Psalm 32.22,1.
Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us.
Verse: Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous.
The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians 5:8-19.
Brethren, walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is a shame even to speak of the things that they do in secret; but when anything is exposed by the light it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it is said, "Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light." Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart.
14th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 18:35-43
At that time, as Jesus drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging; and hearing a multitude going by, he inquired what this meant. They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by." And he cried, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" And Jesus stopped, and commanded him to be brought to him; and when he came near, he asked him, "What do you want me to do for you?" He said, "Lord, let me receive my sight." And Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has made you well." And immediately he received his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.
This Prophet, who is ninth in order among the minor Prophets, was the son of Chusi (Cushi), from the tribe of Levi, or according to some, the great-grandson of King Hezekias. He prophesied in the years of Josias, who reigned in the years 641-610 before Christ. His book of prophecy is divided into three chapters. His name means "Yah has concealed."