THIS WEEKEND AND NEXT WEEK...
SATURDAY, October 12
- 6 PM Great Vespers
SUNDAY, October 13
- 8:30 AM Matins
- 10:00 AM Divine Liturgy
Readings for Sunday
The Epistle: Titus 3:8-15
The Gosple: Luke 8:5-15
SUNDAY SCHOOL this Sunday
WEDNESDAY, October 16
- 6 PM Paraklesis Service (Prayers to the Theotokos for those in need) This is where we read our Parish Prayer List. (Bring names of the living)
ORTHODOX MEN'S GROUP
Let's get our Orthodox Men's Group going again! Some ideas for meeting venues: a local Brewhouse for Happy Hour, alternatively, breakfast together for Bible study, or any other topics we may want to cover. Together we strengthen our Orthodox faith!
CHURCH ETIQUETTE FAQ'S
Who may receive Holy Communion in the Orthodox Church?
Holy Communion is a Sacrament within the Orthodox Church and therefore is offered to Baptized and/or Chrismated Orthodox Christians who have prepared themselves to receive the Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Everyone is welcome to receive the Blessed Bread (Antidoron) at the end of the Divine Liturgy.
How should I dress in the Orthodox Church?
Wear modest and appropriate attire. Common sense and good judgment should prevail. Please avoid wearing chapstick/lipstick when venerating the icons and receiving Holy Communion.
Why do the Ushers ask us to wait before entering at certain times of the service?
There are several parts of the Liturgy where all movement within the Sanctuary should be restricted, including entering the Nave from the Narthex. These parts are:
1) Procession of the Priest and Acolytes with the Gospel
2) The reading of the Epistle and Gospel
3) The priest’s homily (sermon)
4) The Great Procession of the Priest and Altar Boys with the Holy Gifts
5) The recitation of the Nicene Creed
6) The prayers of offering and consecration (From “Thine own of thine own…” until “Especially for our most Holy Lady….”
7) The recitation of the Lord’s Prayer
8) Special services (40-day blessings, memorials, processions…)
My child is being noisy. What should I do?
Children are a great blessing in Church. It is very special to hear our young people begin to participate in the Liturgy, by reciting the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer and singing along with our hymns. It is also important that children are present from a very young age to absorb the holy atmosphere of the Divine Liturgy. But sometimes, children have a hard time being quiet or sitting still. Little noises here and there are not worrisome, but in those times when the situation becomes very boisterous, there is a cry room located in the back of the Sanctuary and the Narthex to watch the Liturgy while the child calms down.
- Successful Metropolis Clergy-Laity Congress completed in Detroit.
- New guidelines and policies for youth safety from the Archdiocese.
- Pastoral duties; house blessings, pastoral visitations at local coffee shops, etc.
- Continuing to work with neighborhood out reach on an individual basis. Getting to know neighbors, keeping Up relationships in the neighborhood.
- Working with increasing church membership and Catechism.
- Working with the Orthodox Christian Fellowship OCF on the Vanderbilt campus.
- Office duties; organizing church files and purging old files, paying and recording bills.
- Coordinating and meeting various contractors for upcoming church improvements, plumbing, painting, HVAC, and routine maintenance of church property.
- Fr. and Presvytera will be taking a vacation for two weeks over the last two Sundays in October, 20 & 27. Metropolis approval, Permission granted.
- Questions: How can we be transparent and allow interested parish members to join online Parish Council meetings? When, and how?
NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND
Father and Presvytera will be traveling from Saturday, October 19 through Saturday, November 2. Father Bob Sanford will serve Liturgy on Sunday the 20th and Fr. Christopher Stanton on Sunday, the 27th. -Please come and welcome them.
FRIENDS OF THE METROPOLIS
Please. If you have made an online contribution to the Friends Of The Metropolis this year, please send a brief email to Harriet (Metropolis secretary) at: firstname.lastname@example.org