Weekly Bulletin

July 26th -Aug 1st

Aug 1st: Feast of the Procession of the Life-Giving Cross






Saints Commemorated this Sunday

Saint Anna was the daughter of the priest Matthan and his wife Mary. She was of the tribe of Levi and the lineage of Aaron. According to Tradition, she died peacefully in Jerusalem at age 79, before the Annunciation to the Most Holy Theotokos. During the reign of Saint Justinian the Emperor (527-565), a church was built in her honor at Deutera. Emperor Justinian II (685-695; 705-711) restored her church, since Saint Anna had appeared to his pregnant wife. It was at this time that her body and maphorion (veil) were transferred to Constantinople. Portions of Saint Anna’s holy relics may be found on Mount Athos: Stavronikita Monastery (part of her left hand), Saint Anna’s Skete (part of her incorrupt left foot), Koutloumousiou Monastery (part of her incorrupt right foot). Fragments of her relics may also be found in her Monastery at Lygaria, Lamia, and in the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian at Sourota. Part of the saint’s incorrupt flesh is in the collection of Saints’ relics of the International Catholic Crusaders. The church of Saint Paul Outside the Walls in Rome has one of the saint’s wrists. Saint Anna is also commemorated on September 9.


Weekly Services:

Saturday, July 31st @5pm- Great Vespers

Sunday, Aug 1st @10am- Divine Liturgy

Thursday, Aug 6th @6pm- Vesperal Liturgy

Announcements:


Volunteering:


1.) The Food Cupboard: We are collecting personal hygiene items for this organization, to include: toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, mouthwash, shampoo, etc. Please bring any items you can donate to church and place in the bin in the foyer. Our next date to volunteer is Saturday, July 31st! If you haven't volunteered yet, please consider coming out to help!


2.) Open Door Mission: This organization is looking for donations of men's socks. If you are able to donate, there will be a bin in the foyer. We will be having our next PB&J bagged lunch assembly line on Sunday, Aug 1st! Please consider donating items (PB, jelly, brown bags, bread, snacks, bottled water, etc.) or jumping in on the assembly line! Your efforts help to feed over a hundred people!


Sanctuary Improvements:

In the most recent meeting of the parish council, we discussed church beautification. When visitors “come and see” our church, we want them to see the beauty of the Orthodox Church. We discussed updating the church iconography, installing new carpet, and adding a PA system. We will be drafting a list of church improvements so if there is anything you would like to add to this list please let us know!


Guest Speakers:

1.) August 8th: Felicia Heise will be in town and at church for a presentation on her work in Mexico. During coffee hour, we will host a mexican lunch to raise money for this mission. Please check out the 'Missionary Support' tab above to read about Felicia's story. Also, please consider monetary contributions so she can continue God's work in Mexico! Donate HERE


2.) August 16th: We will invite Fr. John Parker, the Dean of St. Tikhon’s to visit us this summer! Fr. John will discuss with us during his visit ideas for evangelization and outreach. His visit will be a wonderful opportunity for us to discuss as a parish community what we might do to spread the Gospel message and bring others to the Orthodox faith.


Save The Date:

Going Away Party for Fr Ken & Mat Natalie- Saturday, Aug 28th

Annual Parish Picnic- Sunday, Sept 12th


Prayer Requests:

Diane D. Charlsie B. Bonita H.

Birthdays:

Albert J. (July 27), David F. (July 29), Faith K. (July 31)

Anniversaries:

None.


Grant O Lord, a prosperous and peaceful life, health, salvation, and furtherance in all good things, unto Thy servants Albert, David, and Faith who are celebrating their birthday's and preserve them for many years!


Epistle Reading: Romans 12:6-14

6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. 9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. 10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, patient[a]in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; 13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given[b] to hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.



Gospel Reading: Matthew 9:1-8

9 So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city. 2 Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.” 3 And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, “This Man blasphemes!” 4 But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? 5 For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’? 6 But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” 7 And he arose and departed to his house. 8 Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled[a] and glorified God, who had given such power to men.