Announcements for April 4, 2021
Today we have a 40-day memorial for Liliia Zharova, mother of Yana Crusberg, and a 7-year memorial for Ana Mihail's brother-in-law, Walter.
Update on our Lenten Almsgiving: Next Sunday, please bring some things to help care for the Naked. Please purchase or find clothing, toiletries, and toothbrushes to give to Rust Street Ministries here in town.
- If you're not familiar with Rust Street Ministries, they have been helping the homeless and needy in San Angelo since 1995. In this way, we can help clothe and care for the Naked.
- Each week during Lent, we are trying to help in the ways Jesus taught us in Matthew 25:31-46. The six categories he gave us are Hungry, Thirsty, Stranger, Naked, Sick, and in Prison.
- So far, we have collected canned food to feed the hungry, and donated money to help the thirsty.
- This week the theme is care of Strangers. Be sure to greet people during coffee hour so you aren't strangers to each other! And – just as important – invite strangers you meet at the grocery store or wherever to become part of our church family. (We are preparing invitation cards that will make that job easier for you. More about that next week.)
One of the chief complaints newcomers to Orthodox churches have is that no one paid any attention to them! We're not that kind of parish, but pay attention to be sure we don't become that kind of parish! To be a community we need to not be strangers to each other, and we need to invite strangers to become part of our church family.
- Next week we are helping to clothe and care for the Naked. So, bring clothing, toiletries, and toothbrushes to donate. For clothing, you can go to Goodwill or search your closets for whatever "everyday" clothes you haven't worn in the last year. For toiletries and toothbrushes, you can bring in hotel samples, dentist samples, or things you have purchased on sale or with coupons. Do what you can to help. Thank you.
Today is Sunday of the Holy Cross, which is always the third Sunday of Lent.
- Thank you to everyone who remembered to wear or bring a cross to church today.
- Also, thank you to everyone who brought bring sprigs of basil and flowers, to help decorate today's processional cross.
It's a busy church week. Don't miss the services!
- If you are Orthodox, Lent means attending as many of the services as you can, and fasting, prayer, and almsgiving.
- So plan now to come at 6:00pm on Wednesday for Presanctified Liturgy, and at 6:00pm on Friday for the third Akathist service (#4 of 5). They both start at 6pm, which is our usual time for evening services.
Reminder: If you plan to receive communion on Pascha, plan now to schedule your confession during the Lenten period. Please contact Fr. Mark to arrange an appointment. If you're uncertain or don't know what Orthodox confession is, talk to Fr. Mark.
- For our Catholic and Protestant friends, their Easter is today. Remember to wish them blessed feast! Easter (aka Pascha) is the biggest and most important holy day of the entire year, surpassing even Christmas. So, wish them a joyous one!
- This Wednesday, Presanctified Liturgy #4 of 6, at 6pm.
- This Friday, Akathist #4 of 5, at 6pm.
- Pascha is Sunday, May 2.
- Plan to attend Liturgy for Lazarus Saturday, April 24, at 9am. Palm Sunday is the following day, April 25, which is also St. Mark's day.
- See the website's "Calendar" page for the complete Holy Week Schedule.
- The complete calendar of our Journey to Pascha, with all the services between now and May 2, is posted on the "Calendar" page on the parish website.
Special Occasions This Week
- Birthdays: Luther Large, Kenneth Kuykendall, Kelly Kukendall
- Anniversaries: none this week
- Namedays: none this week
- Memorials: Liliia Zharova (40 days), Walter Mihail (7 years)
Saints for the Week: We have many saints with interesting write-ups in this week's bulletin. Be sure to check out the rest of this bulletin, online on the church's website, OrthodoxSanAngelo.org.
Parish council will meet next Sunday.
- Thank you to Ana Mihail for today's special Coffee Hour foods and for the koliva. And thank you to everyone who helps each week with Coffee Hour. It's part of making our parish into a church family. Thank you.
There are beautiful Pascha candles decorated by Fr. Mark, for sale in the church hall. All proceeds go to the church. Please purchase them by making a donation to the church bookstore. Supply is limited, and when they are gone, they are gone! Get them while you can!
- We need more chanters and readers. If you are interested in chanting or reading for the Church — or in learning how — please see Fr. Mark.
- Calling all bakers! We need more people to bake prosforo, which is the fresh altar bread. And a big THANK YOU to everyone who helps with this ministry. Taking time to knead and bake it while praying is a special act that we can do for God, a gift we can make for Him. The ingredients are simple and inexpensive. What God does with it is amazing.
- Please contact Fr. Mark if you'd like to get the recipe or learn how to make it.
- Also, if you need a seal, Fr. Mark has one to loan to a prospective baker until they can purchase their own.
- Send your prayer requests to Fr. Mark. Also your requests for visits to the sick and the hospitalized.
- Reminder: Whenever we cannot attend church services, we should still find a way to worship God. You can pray these Morning Prayers during that time. The morning prayers are also good way to start every day. Here are some Evening Prayers for you too. "A day hemmed in prayer rarely comes unravelled."
** As always, see the parish website for any changes and updates. **