VIGIL FOR THE NATIVITY OF THE THEOTOKOS
The celebration of the Nativity of our Holy Mother will take place this Friday evening, on the eve of the feast, in Saint Nektarios Chapel from 6pm.
FESTIVAL CLOSURE MAKES IT WHOLE
This year's festival was for us a blessing in many ways. This Sunday is the first opportunity to express gratitude to God by coming together in Christ and celebrating the Eucharist. We prepare, we attend and we give! This is what completes the circle of giving-receiving between us and God, thus making the festival wholly fulfilled and making it the best one ever.
WELCOMING FESTIVAL GUESTS and ORTHODOXY 101
Our Festival again proclaimed loudly to the world COME AND SEE! This Sunday (September 9) we welcome our guests from the festival who expressed interest in coming and seeing, in learning more about our church. This is a crucial step in concluding our festival outreach. We will make an extra effort to offer hospitality and to introduce the Orthodox Faith to them. The Orthodoxy 101 class from 12 noon is for our guest and for ourselves. The class will meet in Saint Nektarios Chapel.
NEW: THE STRUGGLE FOR VIRTUE - BOOK FORUM
We are reading and discussing "The Struggle for Virtue: Asceticism in a Modern Secular Society" book by Archbishop Averky (Taushev). The book is available at our bookstore and from Amazon.com. The text offers wisdom, scriptural support, practical directions and it is very enriching. It's a short book and we will be reading 3 chapters each week.
Our next group will meet on Tuesday, September 11, after the Akathist service (12 noon). Even if you haven't read the chapters, you are welcome to join in the discussion. Bring your own lunch and join us! Prepare Chapters 2-4.
SERVING THESE SUNDAYS
Serving this Sunday in church and at the fellowship hour following Liturgy:
Parish Council: Fotis Papoulias
Welcoming: Hussam Ibrahim
Fellowship: Team Pink – always 2nd Sunday of the month.
Parish Council: Christina Pressas
Welcoming: Alexandra Mouzas
Fellowship: Team Orange – always 3rd Sunday of the month.
Please join us this Sunday as we lift up prayers, and commemorate the 40 day memorial of our dear Alex McCrone. May his sweet memory live eternal.
Fall General Meeting
Enjoy warm fellowship, a wine & cheese reception, and live music
Learn about our dynamic chapter’s accomplishments and that which is yet to come!
Saturday, October 13th 2:00 to 4:00
RSVP to learn the location
Featuring our Guest Speaker Despina Kreatsoulas with her presentation on…
Resistance & Relief: Greece in World War II
We look forward to seeing you!
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 619-518-2755
$15.00 Donation supports Philoptochos ministries
- September 16th Tray Passing for Holy Cross
- September 23rd Board Meeting
- October 13th Fall General Meeting
With great joy we welcome back home the enlarged Wheeler family: Kevin, Julia, Kazuko and Antonio who was born in Singapore on July 29. The children will be baptized on Sunday, September 16 right before the Divine Liturgy. The godparents are Dimitri and Mahi (Kazuko) and Geoge Pepps (Antonio) who will come from Singapore. We rejoice in having them back home and we thank God for the great gift of His Church.
Baby Shower!! Join us to celebrate the arrival of Antonio Wheeler (Julia & Kevin & Koko's new baby) on Saturday, September 15 at 2:00 PM at Mary’s house 26301 Paseo Del Sur, Monterey, CA 93940. Refreshments, fun, games & celebration. Hosted by Corkey Balcom & Mary Kanalakis
Please RSVP to 998-2611 (Corkey) - Ladies Only
LITURGY IN SALINAS
The Liturgy for the Falling Asleep of Saint John the Theologian will take place at our church in Salinas on September 26.
CONFESSIONS AT SAINT JOHN’S
Father Ion is available to hear confessions after services and also by appointment at other times. If you need to do confession, please contact him ahead of time.
The 2019 Church Calendars are going to print in October. Now is the time to advertise your business and/or be a sponsor for the calendar. A full advertisement 10 inches by 3 inches is $600. The deadline for art and payment is September 20. Contact Mary at 831-277-2078.
CLEAN-UP DAYS WITH ALL SAINTS CHURCH
Our brethren from All Saints Church will gather for cleaning once a month as listed below. We were invited to participate and take care of the space that we use and offer support in other areas as needed. Let us join the effort with gratitude and joy on these following Saturdays from 10:30am: September 8 / October 6 / November 10 /December 8.
PROPHET ELIAS' GREEK FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND
Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church in Santa Cruz will be holding their Festival this weekend in Santa Cruz. Take time to visit them and give them support.
From Father Milutin: We are so blessed to have this opportunity to share with people our delicious food and to bring them a spirit of a Greek island. Also, I want to remind us all how blessed we are be able to share something more valuable and important with our neighbors - our beautiful Orthodox Faith and love shown through our hospitality.
We all will be working these three days. We will encounter many people. When we serve them let us not only show all our food but all our joy, spirit of love and hospitality. Our community and hard work comes from our faith and strong beliefs as Orthodox Christians. We can only share as much of our faith as we have in ourselves.
HOLY CROSS FEAST DAY IN BELMONT
Our sister Church of the Holy Cross in Belmont will celebrate her feast day with Orthros and Liturgy on September 14 from 9 am. Please contact Father Ion if interested in carpooling.
CELEBRATE WITH METROPOLITAN NIKITAS
Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, the day after Saint Nikitas: Saint Nikitas Day Luncheon will take palce at St. Nicholas Church in San Jose following the divine liturgy. $55 payable to St. Nicholas Church. Contact Roula Demertzis - email@example.com or (408) 564-2387. Live performance by the Greek Rebetiko Trio.
CONSECRATION OF CHAPEL AT MONASTERY
At the end of this month, we will have the opportunity to join in prayer and fellowship at the Monastery of the Theotokos the Life-Giving Spring for the Consecration of the Chapel of Saint Paraskevi and Saint Nikiforos. The detailed schedule is as follows:
Friday, September 28, 2018
5:00 p.m. – Dinner
6:00 p.m. – Moving of the Holy Relics from the Katholikon to the Chapel
6:30 p.m. to Midnight – Vigil of the Consecration
Saturday, September 29, 2018
8:00 a.m. to Noon – Consecration Service followed by the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. Luncheon to follow.
Limited accommodations are available at Saint Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center (email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Ranch Office at 558-338-2103). This information can also be found on our Metropolis website: http://sanfran.goarch.org/events/consecration-of-the-chapel-of-saint-paraskevi-and-saint-nikiforos/1738.
NON-VIOLENT COMMUNICATION WORKSHOP
We are blessed to be invited to attend this most relevant workshop. All Saints Church will be holding a workshop series to learn the practice of non-violent communication which will be a first step in the “how” to respond rather than to react to the tensions and divisive factions that touch us in every area of our lives – our families, our neighborhoods, our workplaces, our schools, and in our religious institutions.
Training will begin with a one day workshop on Saturday, October 6, followed by three to four additional half-day workshops to hone our new NVC skill. As with any language you lose it if you do not use it. The additional half-day workshops will take place on Saturday morning or Sunday at noon following the 10:30am service. We are still tweaking the dates, but follow-ups will tentatively be: Sunday, Oct. 14; Saturday, Oct. 20; and Saturday, November 3.
The cost will be $60 per person for the whole training which will include lunch for the one full day workshop. The workshop will be facilitated by Timothy Regan, LCSW and a Certified Nonviolent Communication Trainer. Please make your reservation before September 10 by calling ASC at (831) 624-3883.
PAOI NORTHERN CALIFORNIA GALA
Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute formally invites you to I am the Vine Northern California Gala, Saturday, October 13, 2018 , 4 o’clock in the afternoon to 9 o’clock in the evening. Filoli Gardens , 86 Canada Road, Woodside, CA 94062 . Limited Seating
Please join His Eminence Metropolitan Nikitas and the Board of Trustees of the PAOI in the following:
4:00pm-5:00pm- Optional self-guided tour of country estate and
5:15pm-6:15pm- Champagne and appetizer reception in the mansion.
6:30pm-9:00pm- Formal dinner in mansion’s ballroom with Opera Singer Mrs. Edie Delegans.
$250 per person. RSVP email: email@example.com, Phone: (510) 649-3450
GALA TO CELEBRATE METROPOLIS MINISTRIES
The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco will have a Gala to Celebrate Metropolis Ministries on Saturday, October 13 at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa in Huntington Beach, honoring Dr. James and Virginia Kallins. Proceeds will support ongoing development and expansion of Metropolis ministries including Family Wellness, Missions and Evangelism, Clergy continuing Education, Church Music and Youth Ministry. Tickets are $250 each at 415-753-3075. Hotel accommodations are available. More information is at www.sanfran.goarch.org.