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From the Weekly Bulletin (Week of September 14, 2008)

posted Sep 15, 2008, 6:48 AM by Arian Kulp

Special Voters’ Meeting Results

We voted 28 yes to 3 no to continue to pursue the Christian Science Church, and work with our anonymous donor to make that happen.  We voted 25 yes to 6 no to allow the Parish Council to offer earnest money up to $10,000 should that be determined to help our  negotiating.  Please continue praying that God’s will be done with regard to this search for future space to worship in.  From the perspective of your priest, this is a wonderful opportunity, and we should continue to step forward in faith as long as God keeps the door open.  If we receive a positive response back from the Christian Science Church regarding their willingness to negotiate, you will be hearing more very soon about our fundraising drive.

Change of Plans for Bishop Mark’s Visit

Due to a schedule conflict, Bishop Mark will not be able to be with us for our patronal feast on the weekend of October 31-November 2.  When we know the dates for His Grace’s visit, we will announce them.

Saints Alive Book Study

The Saints Alive Book Study continues.  This Thursday, we will be discussing  the book “Saint Nektarios: A Saint for our Century.”  We will finish this series on Thursday September 25, following Vesperal Liturgy with a discussion of “Man of God: Papa Dimitri Gagastathis.”

Choir Practices

This week, there will be choir practice at 7PM on Wednesday.  In the following weeks of September and October, choir practice will be on Sundays each week, following Liturgy. 

OCF Picnic

For our college students, we will begin the semester with our annual Orthodox Christian Fellowship Kick-off Picnic on Sunday September 21 at 1PM at Lower City Park, Shelter #11, next to the horseshoe pits.  Free food and games!  Bring a friend.  RSVP if you plan to come.

Introduction to Orthodoxy Class

Fr. Ignatius will be offering a seven week Introduction to Orthodoxy class beginning on Saturday October 4 at 4PM and meeting for the following six Saturdays after that.  The class should last about 1 1/2 hours.  It is open to anybody: beginners who are interested in exploring the Orthodox faith, or those who are already Orthodox and who would like to learn more about their faith.  A sign-up sheet is posted.  Topics to be covered are Worship, the Sacraments, Tradition, Relations with other Christians, and more.

Language Classes

We have two people from our church community, Elena Bezugla and Rubina Knajian, who would like to teach beginner’s classes in both Russian and Arabic respectively.  These classes are offered for children and adults and assume no prior knowledge of the language.  As of right now, we anticipate that the Russian class will begin in October and the Arabic class will begin in November.  Cost will be a $5 donation to the Church’s Building fund per class session. Sign-up sheets are posted on the bulletin board at church.  Once we have an idea of class size, then we will set a definite schedule

Patriarchal Visit to America

Patriarch Ignatius IV of Antioch will be traveling from Damascus to Boston and the surrounding area, on the weekend of October 31- November 2. He will be presiding over a fundraising banquet and serving Divine Liturgy.  For more information, see Fr. Ignatius.

Do You Have a Prayer Request?

Please give it to Fr. Ignatius and he will distribute it by email to all those on the Prayer Chain.

Holy Bread and Coffee Hour

On Sunday September 21,  the Abuissa family is providing the holy bread.  The food for coffee hour will be brought by the Bayouth family.  Thank you in advance.  Anybody who would like to host the coffee hour or bake the holy bread can sign up at church to do so.

Food for Thought

The Cross is raised on high, and urges all the creation to sing the praises of the undefiled Passion of Him who was lifted high upon it.  For there it was that He killed our slayer, and brought the dead to life again: and in His exceeding goodness and compassion, He made us beautiful and counted us worthy to be citizens of heaven.  Therefore with rejoicing let us exalt His Name and magnify His surpassing condescension.

Stichera of Great Vespers of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross