Weekly Bulletin: January 13, 2013

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

32nd SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST – Tone 7 –  Sunday After the Theophany. Afterfeast of the Theophany.  Martyrs Hermylus and Stratonicus of Belgrade.

Saturday, Jan. 12

  • 5 p.m.: Great Vespers and Confessions

Sunday, Jan. 13

  • 9:45 a.m.: Hours, read by Aaron Gray
  • 10 a.m.: Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
  • Epistle Reader: Aaron Gray
  • EPISTLE: Ephesians 4:7-13; GOSPEL: Matthew 4:12-17

Thursday, Jan. 17 – Venerable and God-bearing Father Anthony the Great 

33rd  SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST – Tone 8 –Venerable Euthymius the Great

Saturday, Jan. 19

  • 5 p.m.: Great Vespers and Confessions

Sunday, Jan. 20

  • 9:45 a.m.: Hours, read by Reader Michael Luc
  • 10 a.m.: Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
  • Epistle Reader: Reader Michael Luc
  • EPISTLE: Colossians 1:12-18   Hebrews 13:17-21; GOSPEL: Luke 18:35-43, Luke 6:17-23

THIS WEEK’S FEAST DAYS AND SCRIPTURE READINGS

Monday, January 14 – Leavetaking of the Feast of Theophany.  The Holy Fathers Slain at Sinai and Raithu
2 Timothy 2:20-26   Luke 19:37-44

Tuesday, January 15 – Venerable Paul of Thebes
2 Timothy 3:16-4:4 Luke 19:45-48

Wednesday, January 16 – Veneration  of the Precious Chains of the Holy and all-glorious Apostle Peter –  Fast Day
2 Timothy 4:19-22   Luke 20:1-8

Thursday, January 17 – Venerable and Godbearing Father Anthony the Great
Hebrews 13:17-27   Luke 6:17-23

Friday, January 18 – St. Athanasius the Great and Cyril, Archbishops of Alexandria – Fast Day
Titus 1:15-2:10   Mark 20:19-26

Saturday, January 19 – Venerable Macarius the  Great of Egypt
Ephesians 1:16-23    Luke 12:32-40

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING

The Annual Meeting of St. Elia the Prophet Orthodox Church will be held following the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, January 27th, 2013.There will be a covered dish dinner following the Liturgy.

The minutes will be read, the Treasurer’s Report, the Sisterhood Report, Church School Report and the Rector’s Report will be presented. All are encouraged to attend and participate in the important past-year assessment and next year planning session for our parish.

The 2013 Parish Council was elected at the Parish Meeting held on Sunday, November 18, 2012. Having prepared themselves with Holy Confession and Holy Communion, the 2013 Parish Council will be installed as they take their Oath of Office. The Oath of Office at the Installation consists in the promise to promote the peace, unity and tranquility of the Church, abiding by the Parish Bylaws, the Constitution of the Diocese and the Statutes of the Orthodox Church in America.

President-John Bohush IV; Vice President- Deacon Joel Chupp; Secretary-Barbara Alexander; Treasurer-Christopher Kote
Members: Subdeacon Terrence Bilas, Anastasia Bohush, Barbara DiPuccio, Bud Graham, Sandy Graham, Mary Magensky, Ted Theodore.

Thank you for being willing to serve your Parish Family.  Congratulations!

CHURCH OFFERING ENVELOPES

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.

CHURCH SCHOOL 2012-2013

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.

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
  • Joseph Boyle Sr., father of Kathy Gray
  • Nicholas Dimoff
  • Reader William Paluch
  • Veronica Dameff

PROSPHORA OFFERING: For today, Michele Lambo

COFFEE HOUR: Bohush Family

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 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.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING

A Parish Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday evening, January 22, 2013 at 7:00 pm.  This will be a combined meeting of 2012-2013 council members.

ANTHONY the GREAT

Our venerable and God-bearing Father Saint Anthony the Great was born in to a wealthy family in upper Egypt about 254 AD. Also known as Anthony of Egypt, Anthony of the Desert, and Anthony the Anchorite, he was a leader among the Desert Fathers, who were Christian monks in the Egyptian desert in the 3rd and 4th centuries AD. The Orthodox Church celebrates his feast on January 17.

One day after a teaching on Jesus saying to the people, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasures in heaven; and come, follow Me” (Matthew 19:21), St. Anthony sold everything he owned, gave the proceeds to the poor, and left the city behind to live in the desert. Although he held no titles or position, his holiness marked him as one whose wisdom commanded respect. When the Synod of Nicea was convened, he was invited to participate. His eloquent defense of the Orthodox doctrine concerning the person of Jesus Christ was instrumental in weakening the position of Arianism. His witness led to the eventual and complete elimination of Arianism .He instructed his followers to bury his body in an unmarked, secret grave, lest his body become an object of veneration. The monastic rules of Saint Anthony, the “patriarch” of monastic life, have served as the basis for countless monasteries.

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