December 9, 2018 Parish Council General Elections 10th Sunday of Luke
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Memorials: A 40 day memorial for Mary Valavanis beloved aunt to Mercene and her husband Tommy, Peter and his wife Susan, Maria and her husband Steven and Sophia and her husband Tony. Beloved great aunt to many dear nieces and nephews.
A 3 year memorial for Frangiskos Protopapas, beloved husband of Marigo, father of George and his wife Sofia and Evelyn and her husband Themis. Grandfather of Giannis, Mariella, Frank, Tiffany and Michael.
Eternal be their memory.
Fellowship hour is sponsored by the Bojekian family.
Parish Council Elections: Elections for members of the Parish Council 2019-2021 will be held today, from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00pm in the Conference room adjacent to the parish office. The candidates are: John Psomas, Evans Agrapidis, Angela Phillips, Georgette Betts-Tsakalos and Dean Mellas. Stewards in good canonical & financial standing with the Church are eligible to vote. The board of election members are Ted Vittas, Alice Eliades and Charlie Charllis.
Metropolis of NJ:Todayis theAnnual Christmas Tree Lighting/Open House at our Greek Orthodox Metropolis of NJ at 5:30PM 215 East Grove Street Westfield, NJ tel: 908 301 0500
Bookstore: Music CD for Christmas: Romeiko Ensemble “Christ Comes from Heaven” Nativity Orthros (Matins) in English Traditional Orthodox Christmas HYMNS ($15).
Are we Fasting Before & For Christmas? Yes...Fasting is an essential part of our spiritual preparation and edification. Yet, there are many different (and sometimes conflicting messages) regarding fasting. Please bear this in mind: From November 15th through December 24th Orthodox Christians observe a 40 day period of abstinence from animal & dairy products and olive oil. The ascetic discipline prepares us for a major feast- the Lord’s birth-Christmas. By controlling ourselves in what we eat, what we say, what we give to others (charity, stewardship, etc.) we prepare ourselves to receive the Lord. Without the discipline of the fast, the joyful experience of the feast is minimized. Fasting is never a punishment. Note that fish is permitted except for Wednesdays and Fridays through December 11th. From December 12th through Christmas Eve the fast is stricter every day- fruits, nuts, vegetables, shell fish allowed but no animal or dairy products of course until Christmas Day. Do the best you can and remember that fasting/abstaining from sin is the greatest fast.
Sessions on Scripture (SOS): SOS willmeet on Wednesday, December 12th in the conference room at 2:00pm and at 7:30pm for a discussion of the First book of Thessalonians chapters 1-4. 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: Galatians 4:22-27 (pg 1332)
Divine Liturgy: 10:00A.M.
Gospel: Luke 13:10-17 (pg. 1220)
Acolytes: Alex Angelis, James Gougousis, Alexandros Christakos, Nick Saros, Connor O’Neill, Michael Maris, Damon Servidio Jr.
Ushers: Steve Limperopulos,
Narthex: Manny Toskos,
Reader: Jim Coromilas
Fellowship Hour: AHEPA
Religious Education: Please join us on December 16th for our Annual Christmas Party immediately following Church Services. A special guest may be making an appearance. Parents don’t forget your cameras! On Sunday, December 23rd we will have our Christmas Pageant in church after worship services and our pageant practice will be today after Divine Liturgy.
Saint Nicholas Ladies Philoptochos: To all the parishioners who participated in our annual Christmas card - thank you so much! Your lovely card will arrive shortly. We wish everyone a joyous Christmas and may your homes and hearts be filled with the spirit of Christ our Lord and may your New Year be blessed with health and love.
Daughters of Penelope: The AGAPE Chapter is holding its annual Vasilopita Sale! Pre-paid orders will be accepted until Thursday, December 20th (look for the flyer/order form set out during Fellowship Hour). The Vasilopites will be distributed on Thursday, December 27th (4:00pm – 7:30pm) in the AHEPA Room.
AHEPA Ramapo Chapter: On December 16th, the Ahepa Ramapo Chapter 453 will present a donation check to Mr. George Karatzia, the National Chairman, Dogs for Warrior Project. This is a joint AHEPA regional commitment to help our veterans who suffer from PTSD.
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.
Feast Day of St. Spyridon: Spyridon, the God-bearing Father of the Church, the great defender of Corfu and the boast of all the Orthodox, had Cyprus as his homeland. He was simple in manner and humble of heart, and was a shepherd of sheep. He was married and had a daughter Irene. After his wife’s death he was appointed Bishop of Trimythus. After his death in 350 his relics were honored by all people of Faith. These relics were safeguarded by various priests throughout the ages and were placed in Corfu in 1460 where they remain to this day. They continue to be a staff for the faithful in Orthodoxy, and a supernatural wonder for those that behold this venerable saint; for even after the passage of 1,500 years, they have remained incorrupt, and even the flexibility of his flesh has been preserved. Truly wondrous is God in His Saints. This Wednesday, December 12th we will celebrate the Feast of Saint Spyridon with Orthros at 9:00am & Divine Liturgy at 10a.m. Chronia Polla (Many Years) to all!