Weekly Bulletin: December 2, 2012

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

26th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST – Tone 1 –  Prophet Habakuk

Saturday, Dec. 1

  • 5 p.m.: Great Vespers and Confessions

Sunday, Dec. 2

  • 9:45 a.m.: Hours, read by Florence Lambo
  • 10 a.m.: Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
  • Epistle Reader: Rebecca DiPuccio
  • EPISTLE: Ephesians 5:9-19; GOSPEL: Luke 18:18-27
  • Lighting of the 3rd candle on the Advent Wreath

Holy Day: St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra/Lycia

  • 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5: Vesperal Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

27th   SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST – Tone 2 – The Conception by Righteous Anna of the Most Holy Theotokos

Saturday, Dec. 8

  • 5 p.m.: Great Vespers and Confessions

Sunday, Dec. 9

  • 9:45 a.m.: Hours, read by Reader Aaron Gray
  • 10 a.m.: Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
  • Epistle Reader: Reader Aaron Gray
  • EPISTLE: Ephesians 6:10-17; GOSPEL: Luke 17:12-19
  • Lighting of the 4th candle on the Advent Wreath


Monday, Dec. 3

  • Prophet Zephaniah
  • 1 Timothy 5:1-10; Luke 20:27-44
  • Fast Day

Tuesday, Dec. 4

  • Great Barbara and Martyr Juliana. Glorification of Hieromartyr Protopresbyter Alexander Hotovitzky
  • 1 Timothy 5:11-21; Luke 21:12-19
  • Fast Day

Wednesday, Dec. 5

  • Venerable Sabbas the Sanctified
  • Galatians 5:22-6:2; Matthew 11:27-30
  • Fast Day

Thursday, Dec. 6

  • St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia
  • Hebrews 13:17-21; Luke 6:17-23
  • Fast Day

Friday, Dec. 7

  • St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan
  •  2 Timothy 1:1-2,8-18; Luke 21:28-33
  • Fast Day

Saturday, Dec. 8

  • Venerable Patapius of Thebes
  • Galatians: 5:22-6:2; Luke 13:18-29
  • Fast Day


The Feast of St. Nicholas is celebrated on Thursday, December 6. At St. Elia, the Vesperal Divine Liturgy will be served on the Eve, Wednesday evening, December 5, at 6 p.m.  On Sunday, December 9, there will be a special visitor to our Parish. Parents, please bring your children to greet him and enjoy his visit.


The 2013 Offering Envelopes are available. Please pick up your box of envelopes in the Church vestibule and use them in making your donations to St. Elia. If you do not find your box of envelopes, please inform Father Don. Thank you.


Please make your donations for flowers and decorations for the celebration of the  Feast of Christmas.   Flower Offering Envelopes are available at the Candle Desk.

Meditation: Why is seeing and hearing so difficult for us? Advent affords us a wonderful opportunity to practice the art of seeing and listening. Take note on your observations and conversations  and discern the presence or absence of the Lord in them.


Church  School classes are held on Sunday  mornings. Following the Divine Liturgy, the children go to their classes in the Church Hall.

The theme for this year is “Jesus, the Good Shepherd.” A shepherd takes care of is sheep. The sheep knows the Shepherd’s voice, and they follow where he leads them.  “Jesus said, ‘I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd gives his life for his sheep.’”  John 10:11

The adults of our community remain in Church during the Church School time for a special session of Q&A—questions and answers. Please remember that our children’s time in Church School is very precious.  During the children’s class time, please do not be in the Church Hall visiting and conversing. This is distracting for the teachers and children.


On November 15, forty days prior to the celebration of the Feast of our Lord’s Nativity, the Holy Orthodox Church begins the Christmas Fast.  This period of six weeks is often called Advent, which means the Coming, and refers to the Coming of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the Mystery of His Holy Nativity.

To help in our preparation, we have an Advent Wreath in Church. The Wreath made of evergreens will have six candles on it – one for each week in Advent. Each Sunday, along with special prayers, we will light a candle on the wreath – as we prepare ourselves to receive Christ the Light of the world into our hearts.

Today we will light the 3rd candle on the Advent Wreath. Come, Lord Jesus!


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


  • Mickey Stokich
  • Tom Hagerman
  • Leonora Evancho
  • Pierre Theodore
  • Bessie Alexandrovich
  • Larissa Freude
  • Christina Paluch Collins
  • Anastasia Haymon
  • Joseph Boyle, brother of Kathy Gray
  • Joseph Boyle Sr., father of Kathy Gray
  • Nicholas Dimoff
  • Reader William Paluch
  • Veronica Dameff

PROSPHORA OFFERING: For today, Michele Lambo

COFFEE HOUR: For today, Chupp family


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


A new membership form has been put into place by the Parish Council and available for 2013. 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.

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