GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE HOLY RESURRECTION SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2011 – Vol. 36 #17
Rev. Fr. John Vlahos Office: (516) 671-‐‑5200 Fax: (516) 671-‐‑5205 web: www.resurrectiongoc.org
2011 PARISH COUNCIL: James Gabriel, President, Peter J. Pappas, Jr, Vice President, Stella Hetzer, Secretary, Kyriakos Demou, Treasurer, John Panagopoulos, Asst. Secretary, Peter Koumoulis, Asst. Treasurer. Anne Alexandrou, Kathy Costas, Zefy Christopoulos, Nickie Demos, Kostas Fakiris, Soterios Panageas, Paula Savvinidis, Anne Vandoros, Nicholas Tsafos, Gus Vlavianos, Lewis Bazakos, James Xanthos, Constantine Zachariadis. MINISTRIES: Philoptochos: Athina Beaury, Youth Commission: Nickie Demos, Debbie Catacosinos, Sunday School: Tina Mihaltses, Greek School: Elizabeth Horton, Principal, PTA President: Angela Panageas, Parea Club: Frank Albers, Ann Billias, Little Angels: Mimi Grabavenko, HOPE: Millie Gianoukakis, JOY: Kelly Gatanas, Patti Andreolas, GOYA: Anne Alexandrou, Helen Fakatselis, Vivian Paralikas, Scouts: Dean Mihaltses, Anthony Brigis, Choir: Ted Brakatselos, Jr. Choir: Anna Bonet, Seniors Club: Maria Verveniotis, Aleka Bellidoro, Koinonia: Zefy Christopoulos, Festival: Stella and Cliff Hetzer, Food Pantry: Millie Gianoukakis, Effie Marie Smith.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A VERY BLESSED NEW YEAR FROM FR. JOHN, FR. MILTON, AND THE PARISH LEADERSHIP! Epistle: Galatians 4:4-7 pg. 121
Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12 pg. 122
Epistle Reading: BRETHREN, when the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" So you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son then also an heir of God through Christ. Gospel Reading: Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, "Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship him." When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, "In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it is written by the prophet: 'And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will govern my people Israel.'" Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star appeared; and he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, "Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him bring me word, that I too may come and worship him." When they had heard the king they went their way; and lo the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy; and going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.
CHURCH ORDER: Christmas Eve: Kirk Demou, Anne Alexandrou, Costas Zachariadis, Stella Hetzer, Jim Xanthos and Ann Vandoros. Christmas Day: Peter Koumoulis, Nickie Demos and Zefy Christopoulos. ALTAR SERVERS: Socrates Patestas, Nicholas Poll, Stavros Savvinidis, Matthew Chakery, Billy Gatzonis, Tommy Markou, James Pappous, Adelmo Petrakis, Yianni Petrakis, James Bazakos, Pericles Ipiotis, Nicholas Mihaltses, Matthew Rakowski. COFFEE HOUR: No Coffee Hour today. TODAY WE COMMEMORATE: The Nativity of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, The Adoration of the Magi: Melchior, Gaspar, & Balthasar, The Commemoration of the Shepherds in Bethlehem who were watching their flocks and came to see the Lord.
UPCOMING SERVICES AND RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: CHRISTMAS 2011 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23rd Great Hours 9:30 a.m. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24th CHRISTMAS EVE Orthros 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy and Christmas Carols 7:00 p.m.— 9:00 p.m. (Holy Communion will be offered) SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25th Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ Orthros 8:30 a.m.—9:30 a.m., Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m. — 11:00 a.m. NEW YEAR 2012 SUNDAY, JANUARY 1st Circumcision of the Lord & ST. BASIL THE GREAT Orthros 8:30 a.m., Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m. THURSDAY, JANUARY 5th BLESSING OF THE WATERS Great Hours 8:30 a.m., Vesporal Divine Liturgy & Blessing of the Waters 10:00 a.m. FRIDAY, JANUARY 6th EPIPHANY, GREAT BLESSING OF THE WATERS Orthros 8:30 a.m., Divine Liturgy & Great Holy Water Blessing 9:30 a.m. SATURDAY, JANUARY 7th ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST Orthros 8:30 a.m., Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m. *** THERE WILL BE NO BULLETIN NEXT WEEK. HAPPY NEW YEAR! GOYA WILL BE PARTICIPATING IN THE MIDNIGHT RUN and need help with clothing donations. Much needed are warm coats, hooded sweatshirts, sweaters, socks, boots. Bins will be available for drop off at church until mid January.
ST. CATHERINE’S PHILOPTOCHOS NEWS OUR 2012 VASILOPITA LUNCHEON will be held on Sunday, January 8th. Come join us and enjoy a delicious lunch, including deserts. Adults: $10 Children under 12: $5. We love this fundraiser because it benefits the children of St. Basil's Academy in Garrison NY.
COME JOIN US at our next GENERAL MEMBERSHIP meeting on Thursday, January 26th at 7:00 pm. Enjoy fellowship over a cup of coffee as we discuss our book club book, Crazy John by Dionysios Makris. You don't need to read the book to join in the discussion. The book though is available at the church Bookstore. We hope to see you then. SUNDAY SCHOOL BEST ATTENDANCE for the month of December goes to Mrs. Casil's prekindergarten class, second place goes to Mrs. Alexandrou's 3rd grade and third place goes to Ms. Phillipou's 5th grade. CALLING ALL MEN WHO WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE IN RECREATIONAL BASKETBALL on the first and third Friday of each month at the Greenvale School (on 25A). If interested contact: Peter Koumoulis at email@example.com or Nickie Demos at Nickiedee@aol.com. The dates in January are Friday the 6th and Friday the 20th from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. ATTENTION ALL 7 – 12 YEAR OLDS: Mr. Jim Xanthos, assisted by Mr. Evan Gianoukakis will be having basketball practice at the Greenvale School (on 25A) on January 6th and January 20th from 7:30 to 9:15. If you are interested please email Jim Xanthos at James.firstname.lastname@example.org or Nickie Demos at Nickiedee@aol.com. WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO JANUARY FOR THE BEGINNING OF OUR NURSERY SCHOOL AT THE CHURCH. Come meet the director, Mimi Grabovenko, a parishioner of ours and also the advisor to our Little Angels group. Please come and enroll your 2-4 year old in the program. Holy Resurrection members receive free registration. Mimi has been the director of "Mimi's Creative Kids" located in Lynbrook for seventeen years. This partnership with Mrs. Grabovenko will be helping our Church.
PLEASE SUPPORT OUR FOOD PANTRY! THE COLD WEATHER IS HERE AND WE NEED YOUR HELP WITH SUPPLIES AND FOOD! WE ARE ALSO LOOKING FOR DRIVERS TO PICK UP FOOD. Our pantry is 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! FOR COMPLETELY CONFIDENTIAL SUPPORT, IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT THE CHURCH OFFICE AT ANY TIME. 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, the Kouvouklion. HELP WANTED/HELP NEEDED YOUNG ADULT BABYSITTER NEEDED for some weekend and intermittent daytime support of a 4 ½ year old boy. AN ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLES/PAYABLES/OPERATIONAL MANAGER is looking for work. Please contact the church office if you are able to help. NY TLC LICENSED DRIVER AVAILABLE FOR HIRE. Available for airport drop off and pickup and full or part time to help with general driving or errands. Seven years experience.