GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE HOLY RESURRECTION SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2011 – Vol. 35 #22 Rev. Fr. John Vlahos Office: (516) 671-‐‑5200 Fax: (516) 671-‐‑5205 Email: email@example.com web: www.resurrectiongoc.org ***
Epistle: I Corinthians 6:12-20 p 130 Gospel: Luke 15:11-32 p 130 We welcome Fr. Kehagias who will celebrate Divine Liturgy with us until Fr. Milton returns! CHURCH ORDER: Anne Vandoros, Kyriakos Demou, John Panagopoulos, Kathy Costas, Costas Fakiris, Sam Panageas. ALTAR SERVERS: James Bazakos, Peri Ipiotis, Nicholas Mihaltses, Thomas Nastasi, John Nickas, Matthew Rakowski, Christos Aniftos, Stavros Asprou, Constantine Hartofilis, Jonathan Nikolaidis, Christopher Papantoniou, Louis Tiglias, Alexios Georgiades, Socrates Patestas, Stavros Savvinidis. COFFEE HOUR: Christine Zembis, Stephanie Clark, Georgia Giaccone, Stamatia Bubulinis, Electra Gaglia. TODAY WE COMMEMORATE St. Leo, Bishop of Catania; St. Agathus, Pope of Rome; St. Bessarion the Great. UPCOMING SERVICES AND RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: Wednesday, February 23rd Paraklesis to the Virgin Mary 7:00 pm Adult Religious Education 8:00 pm Saturday, February 26th First Psychosavvato Divine Liturgy 10:00 am
STATE OF THE PARISH - SAVE THE DATE When: Wednesday March 2, 2011 – 7:30 PM Where: Church Hall Description: Come and meet the 2011 Executive Board, Parish Council, and Committee Chairs. Father John and the Executive Board will outline the Parish's 2011 Goals and Objectives. Objectives include: Outreach, Transparency and Governance/Controls. Wine and Cheese Social to follow. All those directly involved with parish ministries and committees are strongly encouraged to join us.
SAVE THE DATE: The Glendi will be March 5, 2011 from 5-9 pm. We will be selling tickets beginning February. We will be mailing home a flyer and a form for you to fill out and send back. Thank you in advance for helping us with a raffle prize, raffle basket, food or monetary contribution.
MEMORIAL SATURDAYS – FEBRUARY 26th, MARCH 6th, AND MARCH 13th (Saturdays of the Souls, Psychosavvata) Divine Liturgy followed by Memorial services on each Saturday FOR CHRISTIANS, THE ACT OF GATHERING TO PRAY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DIED goes back to the earliest days of the Church. In particular, martyrs were honored (for example, placing the Altar Table of a church upon the site where the relics of a martyr were buried); however, gathering at the burial place of a friend or family member was also a common practice among Christians. When we gather today in the Church for a memorial, we are continuing a centuries-old practice. So, why do we use ‘kolyva’? In John 12:24, Jesus says: “Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” The boiled wheat is used in the Orthodox Church as a symbol of our hope in the Resurrection. From the grain that died comes the fruit of eternal life. Why, then, do we call the wheat ‘kolyva’? This name comes from a term commonly used during the fourth century, particularly where the following miracle occurred. The Emperor Julian the Apostate tried to have the fruits and vegetables, for use by Christians who were fasting during Great Lent, contaminated! In a dream, Saint Theodore the Tyron appeared to Patriarch Evdoxios and told him to instruct the faithful to consume only boiled wheat (‘kolyva’). The faithful responded accordingly and were able to continue the fast! This miracle is commemorated annually on the third Saturday of Souls. YAL VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT, Saturday, February 19th from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. At the Cathedral of St. Paul, Hempstead. All young adults welcome. Criteria: Ages 18-35 (out of high school), 9 players per team max (6 min), 2 girls must be on each court at all times. Everyone gets to make their own teams with anyone from any church. $75 per team -or- $10 per person with no team (we will add you to a team). Deadline: February 10th, cash or check accepted (payable to The Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. Paul). Proceeds to benefit the Long Island YAL. Lunch included, Beer (21 & over). For info: Fr. Luke, firstname.lastname@example.org, 483-5700. Look for this event on Facebook.
ST. CATHERINE’S PHILOPTOCHOS NEWS HOMELESS SHELTER---We will be providing dinner for the North Shore Homeless Shelter on the following dates: 3/25, 4/1. If you would like to volunteer to help, please contact Irene at email@example.com. Sign-up also available during Coffee Hour. IT'S MEMBERSHIP DRIVE TIME. You should have received your membership letter in the mail by now. Please consider joining St. Catherine's Philoptochos and helping support this very important ministry. For more info, call Maria at 917-541-4444. WE HAVE CHOSEN OUR NEXT BOOK for our Orthodox book club. It is titled Dear and Glorious Physician, A novel about St. Luke, by Taylor Caldwell. Books may be ordered through the Church Book Store during coffee hour. SAVE THE DATE---March 9th Lenten Lecture with Bishop Savas. Look for a Flyer this week. WE ARE HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE that Jim Xanthos and Frank Albers would like to offer all 7-‐‑12 year olds the opportunity to play basketball. They will hold intramurals at the church beginning in April. If your son/daughter is interested please get in touch with Jim Xanthos or Nickie Demos. HELP WANTED/HELP NEEDED FULL TIME HOME CARE needed. Live in. Ability to drive is appreciated. FULL TIME HOUSEKEEPING needed. Ability to drive is appreciated. NY TLC LICENSED DRIVER AVAILABLE FOR HIRE. Available full or part time to help with general driving or errands. 7 years experience. BABYSITTER/HOME CARE NEEDED: Flexible schedule, one child during the day, older child in the afternoons. Light home care, ironing, etc.. Ability to drive is appreciated. PARISH WISH LIST: Please consider making a donation towards all or part of an item listed below for the health and wellbeing or in memory of a family member. Your gift will continually provide our Parish the opportunity to serve in our Lord’s ministry. A Chalice, Altar Cloths, a Censer.
OUR FOOD PANTRY IS NOW OPEN AND HELPING OUR COMMUNITY! THANKS TO YOU AND TO THE SUPPORT OF LONG ISLAND HARVEST, WE ARE ABLE TO OFFER SUPPORT TO ALL IN NEED! We are open each first Monday of the month, beginning at 10:00 am, and also on an as needed basis throughout the week. FOR COMPLETELY CONFIDENTIAL SUPPORT, IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT THE CHURCH OFFICE.