November 19, 2017
24th Sunday after Pentecost – Tone 7
Nativity Fast Period
Holy Prophet Obadiah (9th cent. B.C.
Martyr Barlaam of Caesarea in Cappadocia (304)
St. Philaret, Metropolitan of Moscow (1867)
Matins Gospel #2: St. Mark 16:1-8
Divine Liturgy: Ephesians 2: 14-22; St. Luke 12: 16-21
- Church School for children right after Liturgy
- Randy Khalaf will speak and show pictures at Coffee Hour about his recent ministry trip to Belarus – see https://www.facebook.com/sharetheblessingsbelarus/
MONDAY – 6 p.m. – Great Vespers – Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple
TUESDAY – 6:30 a.m. – Divine Liturgy – Entry of the Theotokos
WEDNESDAY – 6 p.m. – Thanksgiving Service – No class
SATURDAY, November 18
- Vespers – 5:30 p.m.
- After Vespers, a segment of Fr. Barnabas Powell’s Journey to Fullness teaching on the Orthodox Faith will be shown in the Parish Hall.
VISITORS FROM BELARUS – On Saturday, December 2, after Vespers, we will have a meal and hear Sister Anastasia and Sister Maria of St. Elizabeth’s Convent, Minsk, Belarus, give a presentation on the history and service of their community that helps children without parental support, the patients of the psychiatric hospital, and the sufferers from alcohol and drug dependence. They will have icons and other religious items for sale, just in time for Christmas gifts. We will collect an offering for them. This is a worthy and interesting cause; let us turn out to hear them. See Pictures.
OUR ANNUAL PARISH MEETING for nomination of Parish Council members and approval of a budget will be held Sunday, January 14, after Coffee Hour.
THE NATIVITY FAST in preparation for the celebration of Our Lord’s birth began Wednesday, November 15. If kept strictly, one eats no meat or dairy products any day during this fast. We do eat fish, wine, and olive oil on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and some feasts; see an Orthodox calendar. Foods named on certain days on the calendar mean that we do eat these foods that day although otherwise it is a fast day. Seafood (shrimp, crab, etc.) are eaten every day. These prescriptions should be adjusted in accordance with one’s health, work activity, family situation, and spiritual maturity. Our bookstore has some fasting cookbooks. If you have not tried to keep the fasts before, I recommend you ask me for suggestions to start partially. It is also appropriate for everyone to make a Confession during this fast – please don’t wait ‘till Christmas eve! — Fr. Paul
GREEK GOODIES – Our sister Church of the Holy Trinity and St. John the Theologian again offers Greek Pastries for sale. See Order Form Here. You can say you are getting them for Christmas gifts. Deadline for orders is November 25,
OUR ANNUAL ST. NICHOLAS PARTY will be Sunday, December 10, after Liturgy. Speak to Susan Ainsworth to help with it.
December 2 – Belarus Sisters here
December 10 – St. Nicholas Celebration
December 17 – Kim Hancock will be Chrismated
January 7 – Outdoor Blessing of Water
January 14 – Annual Parish Meeting
February 12-16, 2018 – We host DOS Pastoral Conference
Saturday 5:30 p.m. Vespers
Sunday 8:30 a.m. Matins (Orthros), 9:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy
Wednesday 6:00 p.m. Vespers; feast days see www.holyres.net
Confessions Saturday after Vespers and other times by appointment
Phone 601 924-2441 – email firstname.lastname@example.org – Bookstore open after Liturgy