Weekly Bulletin: January 27, 2013

34th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST – Tone 1 – Translation of the Relics of St. John Chrysostom


LIFE

SCHEDULE OF DIVINE SERVICES

Saturday, January 26

  • 5:00 P Great Vespers and Confessions

Sunday, January 27

  • 9:45 A Hours – Bud Graham
  • 10:00 A Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

Epistle Reader – Bud Graham

EPISTLE: Colossians 3:4-11 GOSPEL: Matt. 22:35-46


Saturday, February 2 35th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST – Tone 2 – After-feast of the Meeting of our Lord in the Temple, Holy Righteous Simeon the God-receiver and Anna the Prophetess

  • PLEASE NOTE:  THERE WILL BE NO VESPERS  

Sunday, February 3

  • 9:45 A – Hours – Florence Lambo
  • 10:00 A – Typica Service with the Presanctified Gifts

EPISTLE: Colossians 3:12-16 GOSPEL: Matt.25:14-30

SANCTITY of LIFE and RIGHT to LIFE describe the belief that a human being has an essential right to live, particularly that a human being has the right not to be killed by another human being. Today is the Sanctity of Life Sunday with a focus on human life as a sacred gift given to both the unborn and the born and our obligation to protect that life.

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING

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

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 are 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
Di Puccio, Bud Graham, Sandy Graham, Mary Magensky, Ted Theodore.
Thank you for being willing to serve your Parish Family.

The Officers of the Sisterhood of St. Juliana are also installed today:
President-Sandy Graham; Vice President-Kathy Gray; Secretary-Anastasia Bohush;  Treasurer-Mary Magensky

Thank you and 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

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Christ and the Children

 

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

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

REMEMBER OUR SICK AND SHUT-INS

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  • 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
For Your Information!

For Your Information!

Contact information such as addresses or phone numbers of our brothers and sisters listed above will NEVER be published in a digital format.  Please call the church office @ 330.724.7009 should you need any information visiting someone, send a card or making a phone call to one of the faithful who are not feeling well.

 

 

TODAYS’S PROSPHORA OFFERING: Michele Lambo

TODAY’S COFFEE HOUR: Covered Dish

 

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.

THIS WEEK’S FEAST DAYS AND SCRIPTURE READINGWeekly-Scripture-Reading1

Monday, January 28 – Venerable Ephraim the Syrian
Hebrews 8:7-13 Mark 8:11-21
Tuesday, January 29 – Translation of the Relics of Hieromartyr Ignatius the Godbearer, Bishop of Antioch
Hebrews 9:8-10, 15-23 Mark 8:22-26
Wednesday, January 30 – Synaxis of the Ecumenical Teachers and Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom Fast Day
Hebrews 13:7-16 Matthew 5:14-19
Thursday, January 31 – Holy Wonderworkers and Unmercenaries Cyrus and John and with them Martyrs Athanasia and her daughters: Theoctiste, Theodotia and Eudoxia, at Canopus in Egypt
Hebrews 10:35-11:7 Mark 9:10-16
Friday, February 1 – Forefeast of the Meeting of our Lord in the Temple. Martyr Tryphon of Campsada near Apamea in Syria– Fast Day
Hebrews 11:8, 11-16 Mark 9:33-41
Saturday, February 2THE MEETING OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST IN THE TEMPLE
Hebrews 7:7-17 Mark 9:33-41

 

UPPER ROOM WEEKLY REFLECTION:

“We were called to be witnesses, not lawyers or judges.”

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Onward, Christian Soldiers

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 January 27 we read Saint Paul’s words to the Colossians: “Put to death what is earthly in you” (3: 5a). He names the earthly things that must be put to death: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.This verse makes some people uncomfortable because its tone is militant. It urges us to make war on certain parts of ourselves, even actually to kill those parts. How can this talk of “putting to death” relate to Jesus Christ’s gentle message of love and mercy?The 19th-century English hymn “Onward, Christian Soldiers” creates discomfort for some people in much the same way. They read its words, “Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,” as a call to take up arms and go out to kill others on a field of battle.But the important words in that line are “as to war.” The same thought might be expressed by saying “as if to war.” It isn’t an actual battlefield war that the hymn is describing, but the kind of fight against sin and temptation that Saint Paul describes. In the next verses the hymn assures us that we can overcome Satan if we will faithfully worship God: “Hell’s foundations quiver at the shout of praise…Gates of hell can never ‘gainst that Church prevail; we have Christ’s own promise and that can never fail.”The Service of Baptism is replete with images of soldiering and war—the Christian’s war on sin and Satan. As the priest blesses the water for baptism he identifies the crafty enemy: the “evil spirit which instills darkening of intentions and rebelliousness of thought.” He prays that the one to be baptized will be protected from the “demon of darkness” that is able to conceal itself in the water.As he blesses the oil to be used for anointing, he prays that it may be an “armor of righteousness…to the averting of every assault of the devil.” Then, during the rites of ablution and tonsuring, he asks God to “maintain the shield of his/her faith unassailed by the enemy.” He prays that the baptized person will be “ever a warrior invincible in every attack of those who assail him/her and us, and make us all victors, even unto the end, through Thy crown incorruptible.”In the Orthodox Church we honor a saint who knew the war of the battlefield very well. Saint Titus of the Kiev Caves began his adult life as a soldier, and then sustained a severe injury in war. He left the military to spend the rest of his life as a monastic, repenting for his sins. During his long years in the monastery he came to know the other kind of battle, the fight against sin and the work of repentance, equally well.Though he didn’t live in 19th-century England or in the time of the apostle Paul, Saint Titus thoroughly understood the words of the English hymn, and also Saint Paul’s exhortation to “put to death” the evil in us.