Weekly Bulletin: August 26, 2012

weekly bulletin logo for st. elia the prophet orthodox church in akron, ohioSCHEDULE OF DIVINE SERVICES

12th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST – Tone 3 – Martyrs Adrian and Natalia

Saturday, August 25

  • 5 p.m.: Great Vespers and Confessions

Sunday, August 26

  • 9:15 a.m.: Hours, read by Reader Michael Luc
  • 9:30 a.m.: Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
  • Epistle Reader: Reader Michael Luc
  • EPISTLE: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; GOSPEL: Matthew 19:16-26
  • Panakhida for the repose of the soul of +Irene Ickes (1 year) as requested by her family.  May her memory be eternal.

THE BEHEADING OF THE HOLY GLORIOUS PROPHET, FORERUNNER, AND BAPTIST JOHN (August 29; Strict Fast Day)

  • Tuesday, August 28, 6 p.m.: Vesperal Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

13th   SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST – Tone 4 – Martyr Mamas

Saturday, September 1

  • 5 p.m.: Great Vespers and Confessions

Sunday, September 2

  • 9:45 a.m.: Hours, read by Bud Graham
  • 10 a.m.: Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
  • Epistle Reader: Bud Graham
  • EPISTLE: 1 Corinthians 16:13-24; GOSPEL: Matthew 21:33-42

THIS WEEK’S FEAST DAYS AND SCRIPTURE READINGS

Monday, August 27

  • Venerable Poemen the Great
  • 2 Corinthians 8:7-15; Mark 3:6-12

Tuesday, August 28

  • Uncovering the Relics of Venerable Job, Abbot and Wonderworker of Pochaev
  • 2 Corinthians 8:16-9:5; Mark 3:13-19

Wednesday, August 29

  • The Beheading of the Holy Glorious, Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist John
  • Acts 13:25-33; Mark 6:14-30
  • Strict Fast Day

Thursday, August 30

  • Saints Alexander, John and Paul, Patriarchs of Alexandria
  • 2 Corinthians 10:7-18; Mark 3:28-35

Friday, August 31

  • Placing of the Cincture of the Theotokos
  • 2 Corinthians 11:5-21  Mark 4:1-9
  • Fast Day

Saturday, September 1

  • CHURCH NEW YEAR. St. Simeon the Stytlite
  • 1 Timothy 2:1-7; Luke 4:16-22

HOLY DAY: THE BEHEADING OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST

The Vesperal Divine Liturgy will be celebrated on Tuesday evening, August 28, at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 29, is a strict fast day.

Mark 6:14-30: The Account of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist Commemorated by the Church on August 29 as a Strict Fast Day

And king Herod heard of him; (for his name was spread abroad:) and he said, That John the Baptist was risen from the dead, and therefore mighty works do show forth themselves in him. Others said, That it is Elias. And others said, That it is a prophet, or as one of the prophets. But when Herod heard thereof, he said, It is John, whom I beheaded: he is risen from the dead. For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John, and bound him in prison for Herodias’ sake, his brother Philip’s wife: for he had married her. For John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother’s wife. Therefore Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have killed him; but she could not: For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy, and observed him; and when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly. And when a convenient day was come, that Herod on his birthday made a supper to his lords, high captains, and chief estates of Galilee; And when the daughter of the said Herodias came in, and danced, and pleased Herod and them that sat with him, the king said unto the damsel, Ask of me whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give it thee. And he swore unto her, Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it thee, unto the half of my kingdom. And she went forth, and said unto her mother, What shall I ask? And she said, The head of John the Baptist. And she came in straightway with haste unto the king, and asked, saying, I will that thou give me by and by in a charger the head of John the Baptist. And the king was exceeding sorry; yet for his oath’s sake, and for their sakes which sat with him, he would not reject her. And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison, And brought his head in a charger, and gave it to the damsel: and the damsel gave it to her mother. And when his disciples heard of it, they came and took up his corpse, and laid it in a tomb. And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught.

THE WORKERS OF ST. ELIZABETH THE NEW MARTYR

As a Parish outreach project, our Parish Workers of St. Elizabeth will be once again collecting school supplies for children in need. In the Church Hall, there is a list of supplies and quantities needed. Please bring in your donations by next Sunday, September 2, 2012.

Donations will be given to the Pregnancy Care Center in Barberton who will distribute them as needed. If you have any questions, please see Veronica Bilas.

St. Anthony the Great reminds us in his wisdom: “My brother is my salvation.”

CHARITY PANCAKE BREAKFAST

Sponsored by Presentation of Our Lord Orthodox Church and “Ak-ROY,” Akron Romanian Orthodox Youth, a Charity Pancake Breakfast will be held at the Church Hall on Saturday, September 8, from 8 to 11 a.m. COST: Free-Will offering. All donations go directly to charity: Summit County Stand-Down for Homeless Veterans and Copley-Fairlawn “Share a Christmas” Program.

ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN WOMEN 40TH ANNIVERSARY FELLOWSHIP TEA

The 40th Anniversary Tea of the OCW will be held on Sunday, September 9, 2012, at Presentation of Our Lord Orthodox Church, honoring the past presidents. From St. Elia, +Nadesda Vangeloff of blessed repose, and Florence Lambo have served as president.

The Speaker/Author/Lecturer Lea Povozhaev will speak on “Inter-Cultural Marriage.” Lea has recently published her book entitled “When Russia Came to Stay.” It is a story of a family’s journey into Orthodox Christianity from Protestantism. It is an easily accessible narrative of a young family coming together in and by love of Christ. It is a living account of the saving grace that continues to work in the hearts of those open to God. This a free event.

THE CHURCH NEW YEAR – September 1

The First Ecumenical Council, held in Nicea, 325 AD, decreed that the Church’s year should begin on September 1st.

For the Jews, the month of September was the beginning of the civil year (see Exodus 12:2), the month of the gathering of fruits (the harvest), and the bringing to God of sacrifices of thanksgiving.

It was at the time of this feast that the Lord Jesus went into the synagogue in Nazareth, opened the Book of the Prophet Isaiah and read the words: “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good tidings to the afflicted. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God.” (Isaiah 61:1-2; see also Luke 4:16-21)

The month of September is also noted in the history of Christianity because it was during September that Constantine the Great was victorious over Maxentius, the enemy of the Christian Faith. Following this victory, freedom to confess the Christian Faith was granted throughout the whole Roman Empire. For a long time the civil year and the Church new year coincided on September 1st.

REMEMBER THOSE SERVING IN THE ARMED FORCES

  • Anthony Freude, son of Fr. Don and Popadia Donna Freude
  • Egor Cravcenco, son of Serghei and Ludmilla Cravcenco

REMEMBER OUR SICK AND SHUT-INS

  • Mickey Stokich
  • Tom Hagerman
  • Leonora Evancho
  • Pierre Theodore
  • Bessie Alexandrovich
  • Larissa Freude
  • Christina Paluch Collins
  • Anastasia Haymon
  • Joseph Boyle, brother of Kathy Gray

PROSPHORA OFFERING: For today, Michele Lambo

COFFEE HOUR: For today, the Chris family

COFFEE HOUR HOSTING

To have the coffee hour on Sundays following the Divine Liturgy, volunteers are needed to host this event. Please sign up for your turn.

PARISH MEMBERSHIP

A new membership form has been put into place by the Parish Council. Membership numbers established by completed forms shall be used to establish voting eligibility and meeting quorums that are set by the Parish Bylaws, which were accepted at the annual meeting on January 29, 2012. Please fill out the form on both sides and give it to Fr. Don or a member of the Parish Council.

Beginning next Sunday, September 2, 2012, and continuing through Sunday, May 26, 2013, Divine Liturgy will begin at 10 a.m.

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