From the 09-08-19 bulletin

Post date: Sep 9, 2019 4:46:29 PM

    • Sunday, September 8 – Nativity of the Theotokos
        • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy with fellowship to follow
        • Sunday school teacher meeting
    • Tuesday, September 10
        • 6:30 p.m. Philoptochos meeting
    • Wednesday, September 11
        • 9:30 a.m. Paraklesis
    • Friday, September 13
        • 6:00 p.m. Vespers
    • Saturday, September 14 – Elevation of the Holy Cross
        • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy
        • 5:30 p.m. Vespers
    • Sunday, September 15 – Sunday afer Holy Cross
        • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy with fellowship to follow
        • Sunday school: after Communion for PreK-12
        • Blessing of the Church school, parent meeting to follow Liturgy
        • 12:30 p.m. Music practice in the church
    • The next Philoptochos meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 10, at 6:30pm in the church hall.
    • The first day of Sunday school and Blessing will be on Sunday, September 15. (There will be a short parent meeting after Liturgy.)
    • On September 15 we will begin working on Liturgy music upstairs on Sundays after fellowship. Please make time to come and make our worship as beautiful an offering to God as we are able.
    • Please sign up to sponsor a Sunday fellowship. If you cannot be present or cannot serve, you can fi­nan­cially sponsor the fellowship and someone will pick up the food. As little as $25 can be used for a basic sponsorship of bagels, a topping (peanut butter or cream cheese), and juice. On Sundays that are not sponsored by a parishioner, a basket will be set out for funds to offset the cost of the food. The next week without sponsorship is Sunday, November 17.
    • In the Divine Liturgy, the bread and wine are consecrated on a cloth called the antimension. A brief explanation of the importance of the antimension from states:

The antimension must be consecrated and signed by a bishop. The antimension and the chrism are the means by which a bishop indicates his permission for priests under his omophorion to celebrate the Divine Liturgy and Holy Mysteries in his absence, being in effect the church’s license to conduct divine services. [...] Whenever a bishop visits a church or monastery under his omophorion, he will enter the altar and inspect the antimension to be sure that it has been properly cared for, and that it is in fact the one that he issued.

Metropolitan Nathanael has consecrated antimensia for the churches of the Metropolis of Chicago and they will be issued to the parishes at the Clergy-Laity congress. The cost to the parishes for a new antimension is $200. If you would like to contribute towards covering the cost of this essential item, please let Fr. Peter know.

    • The theme of the upcoming Clergy-Laity conference is Mercy. In preparation, Metr. Nathanael has issued an encyclical on mercy. Several printed copies can be found in the narthex.
    • Prosphora this week were prepared by Mary Moscrip and Regina Christodoulou. We will need prosphora for upcoming Sundays. If you are able to make them, please let Fr. Peter know.
    • If your children attended an Orthodox camp this summer, please submit your receipt to Fr. Peter either in paper or electronically, so that they are able to receive our parish camp scholarship.
    • The church has acquired a copy of 100 Natural Ways to Grow a Church: A Guide to Orthodox Evan­gelism in North America. If you would like to borrow the book, please let Fr. Peter know.
    • Beautiful Orthodox Study Bibles are available for purchase for $40. See Fr. Peter.
    • Incense charcoal ($2/sleeve of 10) is available to buy to help our building project.
    • A limited internet connection is now available in order to follow along with weekly services. The link for the AGES Digital Chant Stand is available on our parish website,, and the network name and password are posted in the narthex. Please keep in mind that this is made available to encourage participation in liturgical services and not for general use.
    • If you or your loved one is in the hospital or homebound, please let Fr. Peter know directly.