February 10, 2019 Saint Haralambos the Martyr Sunday of the Canaanite
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Saint Haralambos: Today is the feast day of Saint Haralambos the holy martyr. Haralambos was a priest of the Christians in Magnesia, the foremost city of Thessaly, in the diocese having the same name. He contested during the reign of Alexander Severus (222-235), when Lucian was Proconsul of Magnesia. Haralambos endured unspeakable tortures and would not denounce his faith. At the time of his martyrdom the Saint was 103 years of age. Chronia Polla (many years) to all who celebrate their name day today.
Memorials:A 2 year memorial for Mary Papastrat, beloved wife of the late Harry Papastrat, loving mother of Sophia Chmura and her husband Walter, John Papastrat and his wife Ingela and Deanna Papastrat.Loving yiayia to Michael, Matthew and Ryan.
A 2 year memorial for Jordan Issackedes, beloved husband of Claire, father of Anastasia and her husband John, Helen and Nicholas and his wife Christine. Adored grandfather to Elizabeth, Alexandra, Jordan and Peter. Beloved family member and friend to many.
A 2 year memorial for Kleopatra Karanikolas, beloved wife of the late Vasilios, mother of Panayiota, John and his wife Eileen, Katerina and her husband Vaggelis, and Sousana. Grandmother of Cleopatra, Vasilis, Aggeliki, Stelios and Cleopatra. Beloved sister and aunt to many dear family members.
A 3 year memorial for George Marmarinos and a 2 year memorial for Maria Marmarinos beloved parents of Michael and his wife Ria and Kyriakos. Beloved grandparents of Elena and Jerry.
A 5 year memorial for Arety Halatsis, beloved wife of the late Constantine, loving and devoted mother of Athena (Stathis) Katsaros and George (Michele) Halatsis, adored grand-mother of Constantine, Elizabeth Arety, Marc and Nicholas, cherished great grand-mother of Isabella, Jordan, Alexa, Nico, Efstathia and Georgea. Loving sister of the late Persephoni Nacos and the late Katina Pavlou, dear aunt to her many nieces and nephews, dear and loyal Koumbara and friend of the late Coula, George and Denise Costis.
Eternal be their memory.
40 Day Mother and Infant Blessing: Today we welcome into the church for the traditional motherhood and infant blessing: Cleo Terranova, the daughter of Abby and Dina. Congratulations!
Religious Education: Today we host our annual Godparent Sunday Brunch, immediately following church services. A godparent is a spiritual guardian of someone’s soul. Along with the parents of the baptized person, the godparent raises the godchild in the Orthodox Christian faith by faithful example and good moral conduct.
Philoptochos News: Our meeting will be on Monday, February 11th at 7:00pm in the conference room. All philoptochos members are invited.
Sessions on Scripture (SOS): SOS will meet on Wednesday, February 13th in the conference room at 2:00pm and at 7:30pm for study of Saint Paul’s Letter to Timothy chapter 4 . We use the Orthodox Study Bible (OSB) which is available in our bookstore. For info contact Fr. Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org or Caroline Kalliotzis at email@example.com. SOS is open to all. No prior knowledge of Scripture is required.
Epistle: II Timothy 2:1-10 (pg. 1354)
Divine Liturgy: 10:00A.M.
Gospel: Matthew 15:21-28 (pg. 1163)
Acolytes: Alex Angelis, James Gougousis, Alexandros Christakos, Nick Saros, Connor O’Neill, Michael Maris, Damon Servidio Jr.
Ushers: Michael Kalliotzis, Ted Milyadis, John Peters, Christos Agrapidis
Narthex: Jon Zymaris, Angelo Lefer,
Reader: Mary Tselepis
Fellowship Hour: Godparent Sunday brunch
Adult Greek Language Classes: The AHEPA sponsored Adult Greek Language classes are back again for the Spring Semester. We have 2 classes this semester: Thursdays 6:00 pm to 8:00pm and Fridays 4:30pm to 6:30pm. Classes began on February 7 and will continue for 9 consecutive sessions. Please register now for this informative no pressure and fun classes held right here in our church premises. For more information email: NikoSpiridakis@gmail.com or call 201-481-2882 after 7 PM any day of the week.
Greek School:Saint Nicholas Greek School is hosting a 'Gyro Night Take Out' Fundraiser Place your orders by February 15th to Nick Andreopoulos at firstname.lastname@example.org All gyros come with (of the cone) gyro meat, lettuce, tomatoes and a side of tzatziki sauce.The cost per gyro is $8. Pick up is Friday, February 22nd at 6pm sharp in the Fellowship Hall. Questions to Nick Andreopoulos at email@example.com
AHEPA: Save the Date: Our 16th Annual Cigar Night Extravaganza will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Seasons in Washington Township, NJ. To purchase tickets go to our web site: www.ahepa453.org
Saint Nicholas Charity Golf Classic: Save the date! Our 23rd Charity Golf Classic will take place on Monday, July 1, 2019 at the Edgewood Country Club, River Vale, NJ.
Parish 50th Anniversary Celebration: November 3, 2019: We are planning the 50th Anniversary Celebration of our parish. To help, please join the event committee. See Fr. Bill, Nick Pirsos, or Melissa Gasparis to offer your time, talent and treasure.
Giving Tree/Mortgage Burning Campaign:our church can be mortgage free by 2020- you can make it happen! Various giving levels are available: you can leaf your donation, or show your love - donate a dove… be not forlorn, give an acorn… be the first on your block to donate a rock…be a hunk and give a tree trunk! You can memorialize your loved one by donating to the giving tree and including a scriptural message. We are at about 30% of our goal. Contact Fr. Bill at 201 652 4774 ext. 12
Matching Gift Program: Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions or volunteer hours made by their employees. Corporate matching gifts are a great way for Saint Nicholas stewards to maximize personal contributions to our church and increase the impact of their gift. By taking advantage of a company's matching gift program, you may be able to double or even triple the amount of a contribution. For more information contact Mary Aletras at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check with your employer to see if they will match a donation to our Saint Nicholas.
Stewardship By Numbers:Stewardship is our personal offering of time, talent and treasure. Stewardship is based on Holy Scripture as God has heavenly expectations for His people. Since time and talent offerings are more difficult to measure, one measurement of our response to God is our average “treasure” pledge per steward household. In 2018, we had 378 steward households that donated a total of $333,325. To date for 2019 stewardship, we have 195 households that have pledged $211,260. If you have not done so please pledge for 2019 by completing a 2019 stewardship card. We ask that you offer at least 1% of your income as “treasure.” Holy Scripture instructs us to at least tithe (10%) of our income. For our 400 households to cover our annual budget we need approximately $145 per month per household.