Weekly Bulletin: February 10, 2013

36th  SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST-Tone 3 –Hieromartyr Haralambos, Bishop of Magnesia in Thessaly

SCHEDULE OF DIVINE SERVICES

Icon of the Mother of God “the Searcher of the Lost”

Saturday, February 9

  • NO VESPERS 

Sunday, February 10

  • 9:45 A  Hours by Aaron Gray
  • 10:00 A  Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom 

Epistle Reader – Reader Aaron Gray

EPISTLE:  1 Timothy 1:15-17    GOSPELMatthew 15:21-28

 

 37th  SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST – Tone 4 – SUNDAY OF ZACCHAEUS.  Greatmartyr Theodore the Tyro

Saturday, February 16

  • 5:00 P – Great Vespers and Confessions

 

Sunday, February 17

  • 9:45 A – Hours – Reader Michael Luc
  • 10:00 A – Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom 

Epistle Reader – Reader Michael Luc 

EPISTLE: 1Timothy 4:9-15  GOSPELLuke 19:1-10

 

REMEMBER THOSE SERVING IN THE ARMED FORCESusa_flag

Anthony Freude, son of  Fr. Don and Popadia Donna Freude

Egor  Cravcenco, son of Serghei and Ludmila Cavcenco

 

REMEMBER OUR SICK AND SHUT-INS

  • Mickey Stokichget-well
  • 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
  • Joseph Loya, brother of Popadia Kathleen Biernacki
  • Nicholas Dimoff
  • Veronica Dameff
For Your Information!

For Your Information!

 

 Confidential information such as addresses or phone numbers of our friends and family listed above are NEVER published in a digital format.  Please call the church office @ 330.724.7009  should you need any information or assistance visiting someone, sending a greeting card or making a phone call to one of  the faithful who are not feeling well.

 

 

Thank you to Michele Lambo for today's Prosphora Offering

Thank you to Michele Lambo for today’s Prosphora Offering

 

Thank you!

Thank you!

 

The 2013 Offering Envelopes are available.  If you have not already, please pick up your box of envelopes in  the Church vestibule and use them in making your donations.

PARISH MEMBERSHIP

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.    Please fill out the form on both sides and give it to Father Don or a member of the Parish Council.

CHURCH SCHOOL – 2012 – 2013

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

The theme for this year is Jesus, the Good Shepherd.  A shepherd takes care of  his 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 the time our children have in Church School is very precious.  During the their class time, please do not be in the Church Hall visiting and conversing.  This is distracting for the teachers and children.

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From the Holy Fathers:

St. Anthony said, ‘I saw the snares that the enemy spreads out over the world, and I said groaning, “What can get through from such snares?” Then I heard a voice saying to me, “Humility.”’

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CABARET DINNER-DANCE

Sponsored by

The Christian Orthodox Council of Akron

FOR THE seminarian scholarship fund

 Sunday, February 17th, 2013

St. George Orthodox Church

3205 Ridgewood Road, Akron

Cocktails: 5 pm  Dinner: 6 pm

Dance: 7 pm  – Music by the “Universal Sounds”

Adults: $15.00  Students $10.00

Age 5 and under free

Tickets: see Michele Lambo

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THIS WEEK’S FEAST DAYS AND SCRIPTURE READINGS

Monday, FEB 11 – Hieromartyr Blaise, Bishop of Sebaste James 2:14-26   Mark 10:46-52

Tuesday, FEB 12 – St. Meletius, Archbishop of Antioch James 3:1-10   Mark 11:11-23

Wednesday, FEB 13 – Venerable Martinian of Caesarea in Palestine –  Fast Day, James 3:11-4:6    Mark 11:22-26

Thursday, FEB 14 – Venerable Auxentius of Bithynia.  Repose of St .Cyril, Equal-to-the-Apostles

James 4:7-5:9    Mark 11:27-33

Friday, FEB 15 – Apostle of the Seventy Onesimus– Fast Day, 1 Peter 1:1-2, 10-12,  2:6-10   Mark 12:1-12

Saturday, FEB 16 – Martyrs Pamphilius, – Presbyter, Valens – Deacon; Paul, Seleucus Porphrius, Julian, Theodulus, Elias Jeremiah, Isaiah, Samuel, and  Daniel at Caesarea in Palestine.  St.Nikolai, Equal-to-the-Apostles, Archbishop of Japan (1912) 1 Thessalonians 5:14-23    Luke 17:3-10

 

 

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Saint John Kronstadt

“Live as members of one body, as children of God, in love and harmony, in peace and tranquility, esteeming one another, being indulgent to

one another, as the Lord is indulgent to us.  When you see men fall into various sins against yourself, against the Lord, against their neighbors,  and against themselves, for there is much anger and for  there is much anger and malice in the The  Lord,  against  their  neighbors,  and against themselves, do not world

without  your anger—but pity them from all your soul and excuse them when they offend against you, saying to yourself: “Father!

Forgive them, for sin perplexes them; and they know not what they do!”

~Saint John Kronstadt

         

UPPER ROOM WEEKLY REFLECTION:

“It is not just to wear the cross; but rather, to bear the cross”

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A Man with a Mustard Seed

This weekly bulletin insert complements the curriculum published by the Department of Christian Education of the Orthodox Church in America. This and many other Christian Education resources are available at http://dce.oca.org.
On February 16 we read in the Gospel of Luke that Jesus told His disciples: “If you had faith as a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this sycamore tree, ‘Be rooted up, and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you”(17: 6).Most of us, reading this passage, see it as a striking image. Perhaps when we were church school students we were given mustard seeds as an encouraging reminder that even a little faith can eventually achieve wonderful things.But how many of us really believe that our faith could bring about big changes, especially against great odds? Do we have faith at least as substantial as a mustard seed?On this day we remember a man who did have that faith: Saint Nicholas (or Nicolai) of Japan, who worked to foster Orthodox Christianity in that country. He was born Ivan Kasatkin in 1836 in Smolensk, Russia. A bright student, he won a scholarship to the St. Petersburg Theological Academy and began his studies there in 1856.Four years later, an announcement was posted on the Academy’s notice board: Graduates were invited to apply for the position of chief priest at the Russian Embassy Church in Japan. Ivan Kasatkin, reading the announcement, felt deeply drawn to the idea of going to Japan. He hurried to complete his application, and was soon given the good news that he had won the position. In June of that year, 1860, he was tonsured a monk and given the name Nicholas. He spent the following winter making the long voyage to his new country.

 

Nicholas knew what he would face when he arrived. He was a missionary in a land where Christianity was prohibited. There was widespread persecution of its adherents; Japanese called it a “vicious” religion. The Bible and numerous other needed books had not yet been translated.

He began slowly, spending years talking to people in the streets, in order to absorb Japanese culture and language and show that he respected both. His first convert, a samurai and son of a Shinto priest, helped him bring others to the faith, but he was not looking for large numbers. Having seen the Japanese people’s high regard for the written word, he sought out Christian spiritual works to translate, while continuing to meet and talk with people.

Over time the number of converts to the Orthodox faith in Japan grew and Fr. Nicholas was eventually consecrated Bishop of Tokyo. Parishes and schools were established, and a number of Japanese men were educated and ordained as clergy for the Mission.

The Russo-Japanese War (1904-5) was a time of danger and uncertainty for Nicholas, as the most visible Russian in Japan. But he declined special protection, and quietly went on with his work of translation and visits to his parishes, by then numbering over 200. He would live for another 11 years, carrying on with his work energetically despite illness and the many demands placed on him.

When we wonder how much our faith can really do, Nicholas’ life is a good example. We may never have as much faith as he had, but even a mustard seed grain’s worth can grow into something beautiful to glorify God.

 

 

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