Divine Liturgy and Other Services
Divine Liturgy 10:00am for the foreseeable future, with a Senior Liturgy Once a month (Seniors only, Oct. 26th at 10:00 am)
No Coffee Hour
Feast Days in October: Oct. 26th, St. Demetrios at 9:30 am.
Weekday Liturgies on Wed. at 5:45 except Wed. Oct. 21, be sure and sign up HERE
A Seniors only Liturgy will be held Monday October 26 for the feast of St. Demetrios at 9:30 am.
St. Philothea Re-opened on Pentecost. We will be celebrating the Divine Liturgy every Wednesday and Sunday to give more people an opportunity to attend.
We need 3 volunteers each Liturgy to take temperatures, light candles, usher and help set up and clean up. To attend the liturgy in person please sign up online. New sign-ups will be required each month. The September sign up sheet is available online HERE Also all attendees should familiarize themselves with the special requirements for safe worship in the Church HERE.
You may sit in the chapel or in Marswood Hall. You do not bring your own chairs as previously requested, since the hall is a sanitized environment and anything coming in has to be sanitized. We will use the vinyl chairs and wipe them down afterwards.
Sunday School News
Stewardship— Please continue your Stewardship, as you are able and impacted by the Covid-19 crisis, either on-line or by check. Checks can be mailed directly to Kate McClain 1001 Kings Court, Watkinsville, GA 30677 NOTE: This is the correct address for the McClains. The address in the directory is in error.
“Chew and Chat” is scheduled for:
Tuesday, October 6th and Oct. 20th, Nov. 3rd and Nov. 20th Location TBD
(first and third Tuesdays of every month from 6:30-8:30pm)
OCF DINNERS If you would like to host an OCF dinner this Semester we will be meeting outdoors or in the Social Hall the first and third Tuesday’s of the month. You can either cook and deliver a meal or give $85 for takeout. We have a good group returning this year and adding new faces, and we thank you for your support. Sign-up online HERE.
There will also be a national OCF Hybrid retreat Nov. 6-8 with in person meeting at St. Philothea (bring your own lunch) Nov. 7 from 1-6 pm. Work Daze is canceled in the fall but will hopefully resume in the spring.
We thank all those who have generously contributed to this vital ministry throughout the year and especially Mike and Kate McClain for their untiring service to the students.
Beginning Oct. 8th Fr. Anthony will resume icon painting on Campus Weekly Thurs. at Tate Center Plaza 11-3 p.m.
The Bookstore is Open for Business: We are suggesting the following book for the Fall Fr. Arseny Priest, Prisoner, Spiritual Father, It is a great reads so put in your order with Steve Duke firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct. 7th and we will order it for you. If you have a great read to share, please contact Steve or Fr. Anthony.
Offering books, CD’s, prayer ropes, gift items, Orthodox Study Bibles and more. Stop by and shop every Sunday after church.
The bookstore also features services books and inspirational readings for Lent. Stephen will also be taking orders for “The Holy Week Book” which follows the entire cycle of services from the 1st Bridegroom Service through Agape Vespers on Pascha. This makes a wonderful gift for someone in your family—every family should have a copy. Contact Stephen before April 1st to place your order. There are also available the full Orthodox Study Bible Old and New Testament for $35. Also, the Journey of Marriage guide is also available; useful for married couples as well as those contemplating marriage.
Monday, October 12th
The annual Golf Tournament helps raise funds to support the mission and ministry of St. Philothea and Bread for Life.
The Annual St. Philothea Golf Classic on Oct. 12 will be our only fundraiser this fall so we want to give it our best effort. Raffle tickets for a Calloway Mavrik Driver are $20 each 3 for $50. See Fr. Anthony if you would like to sell some. Also we will need volunteers day of to help with the tournament, registration, hole watchers, etc.
Please spread the word, ask local businesses for donations for door prizes, and get golfers, you can win tickets to the Classic Center Broadway Shows or Hockey Sky box. It is a fun event and a great cause. More information and registration here.
For a sample letter to share with your friends and business associates try this:
It's that time of year again and the St. Philathea Golf Classic is just around the corner. We will tee off on Monday, October 12 and conclude with a door prize drawing. Your generous donation in the past helped to create an exciting experience for our golfers.
Parish Council Meeting: Wednesday, October 21st at 7:00 pm via Zoom. Saint presentation will be made by Kris Knisely
Be a Blessing
Monday, October 26th
Please consider lending a hand, a little or a lot, for providing dinners to the homeless.
Going forward, St Philothea will host on the 4th Monday of every month! We will need to provide a protein, a starch, a vegetable and a dessert. Sign up here. We will need to donate food, prepare it, and drop off the dinner. Please contact Kate and Mike McClain if you would like to join the team. You do not have to commit to every month but together we can do this.
You can sign up here:
All contributions are appreciated!! Please contact Kate and Mike McClain if you can contribute.
Council of Ministries
Council of Ministries: All budgets will be rolled over from last year unless you notify Kate of new budget requirements.
Offering of Time and Talent - check out our Council of Ministries chart see if you would like to get involved in a ministry of St. Philothea Orthodox Church www.stphilothea.org/ministries/council-of-ministries
Archangel Michael Awards
Congratulations to this year’s recipients are Christina White and Kate McClain. We thank them for their dedicated stewardship and wish them God’s blessings. The awards vespers is postponed this year due to COVID. Sta Anotera, to higher things!
See Kate McClain if you would like to get involved. We will be doing a COVID Social distancing event in decorated cars. Should be fun.
INQUIRERS CLASS – We will begin Inquirers Class soon, via Zoom for the time being. We will be using Fr. Anthony Coniaris’ book Introducing the Orthodox Church as our text. Please contact Fr. Anthony if you would like to participate. A Sign up sheet for participation is available HERE, Dates and a syllabus are coming soon.
Sunday, November 1st Via Zoom at 6:30pm following the Divine Liturgy.
The agenda includes the follow:
- Vote on budget
- Update on Marswood Hall
- Nominations for Parish Council
A Zoom invitation will be sent out ahead of the meeting along with the budget.
FACEBOOK MARKETPLACE - online garage sale. Thanks to Kosta and several parishioners we have already made over $600! Clean out your home and help raise funds for the Parish. If you have an item of value (~$50 or greater) that you would like to contribute so that it can be sold to raise funds for the Church please contact Kosta Vavlas (DimitriosVavlas@gmail.com, 727-424-2194) or to arrange for pick up. Clean, saleable items in good condition only, please.
Nurses Clinic Toiletry Collection
The Nurse’s Clinic provides low-cost medical care for under-insured or uninsured patients with chronic illnesses. Philoptochos is collecting items for the Nurse’s Clinic in Athens.
Items can be given to Karen Kimbaris or left in Fr. Anthony’s office. Please contact Karen if you have any questions about this donation at email@example.com.
Shampoo/conditioner Soap or Body Wash
Toothbrush and Tootpaste Chapstick or Vaseline
Deodorant Shaving cream and Razor
Body Lotion Wash cloths
Sunday Diakonia - Volunteer Schedule
Thank you to our Coffee Hour Host and as we are a little short-handed, a friendly reminder to for the hosts to come in a little earlier to help set up and stay a little afterwards to help clean up.
MEALS FOR THOSE IN NEED. Please sign up HERE to assist the parish in serving one another. Once you sign up, your name will be on a list of those available to prepare meals when a parishioner or another has a need due to health concerns, medical recovery or other. You will be called when your help is needed on a rotating basis, so it may only be once or twice a year depending on how many people sign up. We are also collecting names of those who are able to deliver meals.
Kurt needs help picking up bread from Publix and delivering it to the Salvation Army every Sunday.
Please see Kurt if you would like to participate in this important ministry.