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AUGUST 20, 2023 - 11th SUNDAY OF MATTHEW
HEIDI NIKI SITTAS - 40 Days
NICHOLAS KONSTANTINE SITTAS - 2 Years
DESPINA KONSTANTINA DEMERGIS - 31 Years
JOHN (LJ) DIMOS - 40 Days
MARIANNE DIMOS - 3 Years
JAMES (JIMMY) DIMOS - 3 Years
May their memory be eternal!
SERVICES THIS WEEK
Sunday, August 20th – 11th SUNDAY OF MATTHEW, Orthros 8:45 am, Divine Liturgy 10:00 am Saints Constantine and Helen Church, Westland
No additional services this week.
We strongly encourage those who will not be attending church to participate in services through our website at https://www.stcons.org/video-streaming
If you wish to follow along with the text, please use this link: https://dcs.goarch.org/
VIDEO ARCHIVE: Previously recorded Sunday Divine Liturgy services are archived and available on our website! Go to https://www.stcons.org/video-streaming and you can click on the service you would like to view.
LIGHT A CANDLE AND SAY A PRAYER: When you are not able to attend church, you can purchase a candle from our church website (home page or video-streaming page), which be lit before the following service or a service that you specify. Please give specific names, living or deceased, that you would like Father to remember in prayer. Father will light candles one hour before each service. For Sunday services, please place candle orders prior to 8:00 am Sunday morning.
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Nick, Christopher, Sarantos, George, David, Marcos, Evangela, Lela, Doris, Dawn, Panagioti, Nannette, Joanna, Suzanne, Lambrine, Nick, Fotini, Niki, George, Matthew, Tom, Stefanos, Georgia, Leonidas, Gus, Connie, Maria, Brenda, Panagiota, Nicholas, Vicki, Susan, Tom, Thomas, Jim, Panagioti, Gloria, Evans, Phyllis, Marti, Marty, Janet, John, Paul, Zacharias, Vanessa (Vasiliki), Jake, Maegan, Irene, Lisa, Pat, Jonathan, Alexandra, Tracy, Dianna, Betty, Catherine, Susan, Evelyn, Gregg, Peter, Angela, Bill, Carrie, Vito, Pete, Amalia, Stephanie, Lisa, Anastasia, Kylie, Effie, Nicholas, and Maria.
If you would like to add a name to the prayer list, or if there is a name that should be removed from the prayer list, please contact the church office at email@example.com
Prokeimenon. Second Mode. Psalm 117.14,18.
The Lord is my strength and my song.
Verse: The Lord has chastened me sorely.
The reading is from St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 9:2-12.
Brethren, you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord. This is my defense to those who would examine me. Do we not have the right to our food and drink? Do we not have the right to be accompanied by a wife, as the other apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas? Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working for a living? Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard without eating any of its fruit? Who tends a flock without getting some of the milk? Do I say this on human authority? Does not the law say the same? For it is written in the law of Moses, "You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the grain." Is it for oxen that God is concerned? Does he not speak entirely for our sake? It was written for our sake, because the plowman should plow in hope and the thresher thresh in hope of a share in the crop. If we have sown spiritual good among you, is it too much if we reap your material benefits? If others share this rightful claim upon you, do not we still more? Nevertheless, we have not made use of this right, but we endure anything rather than put an obstacle in the way of the gospel of Christ.
Προκείμενον. Second Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 117.14,18.
Ἰσχύς μου καὶ ὕμνησίς μου ὁ Κύριος.
Στίχ. Παιδεύων ἐπαίδευσέ με ὁ Κύριος.
τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Κορινθίους α' 9:2-12.
Ἀδελφοί, ἡ σφραγὶς τῆς ἐμῆς ἀποστολῆς ὑμεῖς ἐστε ἐν κυρίῳ. Ἡ ἐμὴ ἀπολογία τοῖς ἐμὲ ἀνακρίνουσιν αὕτη ἐστίν. Μὴ οὐκ ἔχομεν ἐξουσίαν φαγεῖν καὶ πιεῖν; Μὴ οὐκ ἔχομεν ἐξουσίαν ἀδελφὴν γυναῖκα περιάγειν, ὡς καὶ οἱ λοιποὶ ἀπόστολοι, καὶ οἱ ἀδελφοὶ τοῦ κυρίου, καὶ Κηφᾶς; Ἢ μόνος ἐγὼ καὶ Βαρνάβας οὐκ ἔχομεν ἐξουσίαν τοῦ μὴ ἐργάζεσθαι; Τίς στρατεύεται ἰδίοις ὀψωνίοις ποτέ; Τίς φυτεύει ἀμπελῶνα, καὶ ἐκ τοῦ καρποῦ αὐτοῦ οὐκ ἐσθίει; Ἢ τίς ποιμαίνει ποίμνην, καὶ ἐκ τοῦ γάλακτος τῆς ποίμνης οὐκ ἐσθίει; Μὴ κατὰ ἄνθρωπον ταῦτα λαλῶ; Ἢ οὐχὶ καὶ ὁ νόμος ταῦτα λέγει; Ἐν γὰρ τῷ Μωϋσέως νόμῳ γέγραπται, Οὐ φιμώσεις βοῦν ἀλοῶντα. Μὴ τῶν βοῶν μέλει τῷ θεῷ; Ἢ διʼ ἡμᾶς πάντως λέγει; Διʼ ἡμᾶς γὰρ ἐγράφη, ὅτι ἐπʼ ἐλπίδι ὀφείλει ὁ ἀροτριῶν ἀροτριᾷν, καὶ ὁ ἀλοῶν τῆς ἐλπίδος αὐτοῦ μετέχειν ἐπʼ ἐλπίδι. Εἰ ἡμεῖς ὑμῖν τὰ πνευματικὰ ἐσπείραμεν, μέγα εἰ ἡμεῖς ὑμῶν τὰ σαρκικὰ θερίσομεν; Εἰ ἄλλοι τῆς ἐξουσίας ὑμῶν μετέχουσιν, οὐ μᾶλλον ἡμεῖς; Ἀλλʼ οὐκ ἐχρησάμεθα τῇ ἐξουσίᾳ ταύτῃ, ἀλλὰ πάντα στέγομεν, ἵνα μὴ ἐγκοπήν τινα δῶμεν τῷ εὐαγγελίῳ τοῦ Χριστοῦ.
11th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 18:23-35
The Lord said this parable: "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. When he began the reckoning, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents; and as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, 'Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.' And out of pity for him the lord of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. But that same servant, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat he said, 'Pay what you owe.' So his fellow servant fell down and besought him, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you.' He refused and went and put him in prison till he should pay the debt. When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. Then his lord summoned him and said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you besought me; and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?' And in anger his lord delivered him to the torturers, till he should pay all his debt. So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart."
11th Sunday of Matthew
Κατὰ Ματθαῖον 18:23-35
Εἶπεν ὁ Κύριος τήν παραβολὴν ταύτην· Ὡμοιώθη ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν ἀνθρώπῳ βασιλεῖ, ὃς ἠθέλησε συνᾶραι λόγον μετὰ τῶν δούλων αὐτοῦ. ἀρξαμένου δὲ αὐτοῦ συναίρειν προσηνέχθη αὐτῷ εἷς ὀφειλέτης μυρίων ταλάντων. μὴ ἔχοντος δὲ αὐτοῦ ἀποδοῦναι ἐκέλευσεν αὐτὸν ὁ κύριος αὐτοῦ πραθῆναι καὶ τὴν γυναῖκα αὐτοῦ καὶ τὰ τέκνα καὶ πάντα ὅσα εἶχε, καὶ ἀποδοθῆναι. πεσὼν οὖν ὁ δοῦλος προσεκύνει αὐτῷ λέγων· κύριε, μακροθύμησον ἐπ᾿ ἐμοὶ καὶ πάντα σοι ἀποδώσω. σπλαγχνισθεὶς δὲ ὁ κύριος τοῦ δούλου ἐκείνου ἀπέλυσεν αὐτὸν καὶ τὸ δάνειον ἀφῆκεν αὐτῷ. ἐξελθὼν δὲ ὁ δοῦλος ἐκεῖνος εὗρεν ἕνα τῶν συνδούλων αὐτοῦ, ὃς ὤφειλεν αὐτῷ ἑκατὸν δηνάρια, καὶ κρατήσας αὐτὸν ἔπνιγε λέγων· ἀπόδος μοι εἴ τι ὀφείλεις. πεσὼν οὖν ὁ σύνδουλος αὐτοῦ εἰς τοὺς πόδας αὐτοῦ παρεκάλει αὐτὸν λέγων· μακροθύμησον ἐπ᾿ ἐμοὶ καὶ ἀποδώσω σοι. ὁ δὲ οὐκ ἤθελεν, ἀλλὰ ἀπελθὼν ἔβαλεν αὐτὸν εἰς φυλακὴν ἕως οὗ ἀποδῷ τὸ ὀφειλόμενον. ἰδόντες δὲ οἱ σύνδουλοι αὐτοῦ τὰ γενόμενα ἐλυπήθησαν σφόδρα, καὶ ἐλθόντες διεσάφησαν τῷ κυρίῳ ἑαυτῶν πάντα τὰ γενόμενα. τότε προσκαλεσάμενος αὐτὸν ὁ κύριος αὐτοῦ λέγει αὐτῷ· δοῦλε πονηρέ, πᾶσαν τὴν ὀφειλὴν ἐκείνην ἀφῆκά σοι, ἐπεὶ παρεκάλεσάς με. οὐκ ἔδει καὶ σὲ ἐλεῆσαι τὸν σύνδουλόν σου, ὡς καὶ ἐγώ σε ἠλέησα; καὶ ὀργισθεὶς ὁ κύριος αὐτοῦ παρέδωκεν αὐτὸν τοῖς βασανισταῖς ἕως οὗ ἀποδῷ πᾶν τὸ ὀφειλόμενον αὐτῷ. Οὕτω καὶ ὁ πατήρ μου ὁ ἐπουράνιος ποιήσει ὑμῖν, ἐὰν μὴ ἀφῆτε ἕκαστος τῷ ἀδελφῷ αὐτοῦ ἀπὸ τῶν καρδιῶν ὑμῶν τὰ παραπτώματα αὐτῶν.
EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES:
PHILOPTOCHOS GENERAL MEETING RESCHEDULED: The Philoptochos General Meeting has been rescheduled to this Tuesday, August 22nd at 7:00 pm. Please plan to attend.
REGISTER NOW FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL! Our Sunday School classes will begin on Sunday, September 10th. Please register your children, Pre-K through 12th online at our website, https://www.stcons.org/documents/sunday-school-registration
TLC LUNCH: Our first Tuesday Lunch Club of the new season will be held on Tuesday, August 29th at 12:00 noon in the HCC. Join us as we say goodbye to summer with a tasty lunch and some great company. All ages are welcome! Please RSVP to Caryl Lowes at 734.751.3683 no later than August 25th.
WELCOME BACK LUNCHEON: On Sunday, September 10th, we will have a complimentary “Welcome Back” luncheon in the Hellenic Cultural Center, to celebrate the start of the Ecclesiastical New Year. That day is also the first day of Sunday School, and there will be a few extra surprises in store!
MEN’S CLUB GOLF OUTING: The St Cons Men’s Club is currently seeking Event Sponsors. 11th Annual Charity Golf Outing to raise funds to support our Feed the Needy Program. The outing will be held on Saturday, September 9th at Fellows Creek Golf Club in Canton. Contact Jeff Zeh at 484.868.8736 or the church office for more information.
PHILOPTOCHOS FASHION SHOW: Mark your calendars! Our St. Helen Philoptochos will hold their “Sweater Weather – Fall, Fashion, and Philanthropy” event on Saturday, September 16th. There will be a delicious brunch, fashion show, shopping, and more! Support our Philoptochos charities and enjoy a perfect “girlfriend lunch.”
GREEK FESTIVALS: There’s still plenty of Live Greek music and dance, and delicious Greek food and drink to be enjoyed this summer! Please support our sister churches as they offer their Greek Festivals:
NEWS AND NOTICES:
THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO HELPED! A great big thank you to all who helped to move the church to the Hellenic Cultural Center; and those who helped to move things back to our beloved church! Too many volunteers to list have done extra work over the past several weeks to get our church and facility ready, and we think you’ll agree all the effort was well worth it – the church looks beautiful. We are grateful for your gift of time!
ANOTHER SPECIAL THANK YOU:
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Thank you everyone for all of your prayers and help during this challenging time in Panagiotis' life. You have made a difference in a profound way that we will NEVER forget. We appreciate all of your love and support from the bottom of our hearts. Pano is happy to be home after his extended hospital stay and will be starting 11th grade in fall. Glory to God!
Love, The Christodoulos family- Harrietta, Branden, Elias, Zephaniah, Panagiotis and Zoe
GLITZ AUCTION ITEMS: We are starting to collect both live and silent auction items for our “Putting on the Glitz” Auction and Dinner in November. At this time, we are especially trying to secure large items, such as trips, hotel stays, sports tickets, event tickets, etc. We are also looking for donations of services and silent auction items. Please keep us in mind, and notify Annette at firstname.lastname@example.org about any donation opportunities.
SUMMER SURVIVAL: Even though church attendance, unfortunately, decreases during the summer months, we have had several significant building and property maintenance expenses this year, along with regular utilities and other program expenses. That is why, again this year, we are asking for your help by making an additional donation to our “Summer Survival” campaign. Please sign up on the board in the narthex to help cover a needed expense. You can make a donation online at stcons.org or by cash or check at the church office (or by mail). Your help will make a big difference!
TIME TO REGISTER FOR FALL YOUTH PROGRAMS!
Our parish youth programs are gearing up for fall! Registration forms were sent out to our Sunday School families this week, with registration forms for Sunday School, Dance Group, and Basketball teams. At Saints Constantine and Helen, the goal of our Youth Programs is to make God’s love present to our youth; challenge and inspire them to live their relationship with Christ every day; and to provide opportunities for them to meet and form life-long friendships with other Orthodox Christian children. Listed below are the St Cons youth programs and contact information if you’d like to learn more.
SUNDAY SCHOOL Pre-K to High School, our religious education program teaches our young people about Orthodox Faith. Contact: Frances Marinos email@example.com
H.O.P.E. & J.O.Y. GROUPS Children K – 6th grade and their families meeting after church for faith, friendship, food and fun! Contact: Lisa Madias firstname.lastname@example.org or Zoe Miller email@example.com
G.O.Y.A. Teenagers in 7th-12th grades participate in outreach, service projects, learning about our faith and social events. Contact: Maria Haviland firstname.lastname@example.org , Kosta Theodorou email@example.com , or Elaina Tsikaris firstname.lastname@example.org
DANCE Our program offers instruction in folk dancing from various regions of Greece for children of all abilities and levels. Contact: Joy Kisabeth email@example.com or Christina Vougiouklakis firstname.lastname@example.org
GREEK SCHOOL The Three Hierarchs Greek School program is a joint ministry with Nativity Church, Plymouth. Contact: Anna Liakou-Hentrik at email@example.com
AND COMING SOON – BIDDY BASKETBALL!
Contact: Joy Kisabeth firstname.lastname@example.org
MEMORIAL SERVICES: Please call the church office to schedule all memorials and coffee hour sponsorships at least two weeks in advance. On the day of the service, please bring a list of family names you would like Father to remember in prayer. The requested Coffee Hour sponsorship donation is $150, and the HCC will set up a table with cloth and coffee, etc. for your family. Koliva will be distributed at the coffee hour; if you wish to bring in paximadia, koulourakia, or other dry cookie it may also be distributed.
REMEMBER THE CHURCH IN YOUR WILL:You’ve supported the church your whole life, remembering us in your estate plan will help the church when you’re gone. Consult your estate planner or contact the Church office for information. We are grateful to our parishioners who have left bequests to the church in the last few years. Their loving legacy made a big difference! May their memory be eternal.