FANARI CAMP REGISTRATION: The time has come to begin preparing our summer activities. What better way to continue enriching your child’s journey in faith the signing them up for Fanari Camp. Registration has begun at www.fanari.org It is for children going into 6th grade through 11th grade. It allows a wonderful opportunity for children to meet other Orthodox youth of our Metropolis and build life long friendships. Again this year Fanari will be held for 4 separate weeks. Only Session 4 which will be July 16th -22nd currently has openings. All other sessions are wait listed now. Fr. Christodoulos will be attending Fanari for a week this year as well.
CHILDREN’S GREEK DANCE CLASSES: It's time to DANCE again! Tracey Fiffles-Nusko has agreed to teach Greek dance again. Classes have begun. We are meeting every Wednesday from 6:30-7:30. The fee for the classes is $50 per child. All children age 6 and over are invited to participate. Registration Forms are available in the Church Office.
“PARADOSIS” ADULT GREEK DANCE TROUPE: Has begun and is meeting every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. & Open to all Adults College Age and Above, who are interested in learning a variety of Greek dances. This year we will be alternating practices between Saint Nicholas & Saint Spyridon. This week we will meet at Saint Nicholas. Please see the enclosed flyer for more details.
FESTIVAL DONATIONS-AN EARLY START: Please watch for Greek Fest 2017 Alerts. We will again begin collecting donations early. You all made it such a great success last year! Every donation in any amount helps the Church. March is Oil & Lemon Month! Please see the enclosed flyer for details.
SACRAMENT OF HOLY CONFESSION: As Great Lent continues, we should all prepare for the Resurrection of Lord by partaking of the Sacrament of Holy Confession. Make an appointment with Fr. Christodoulos.
WE NEED YOUR HELP: St. Nicholas’ parish is blessed with so many creative individuals with so many talents. We are searching for volunteers to bring their creativity to the table. The only way we can make the 90th Anniversary event memorable and successful is with the help of everyone. We are also searching for old photos and memories to share with everyone. If you have any photos could you please email them to George Danos at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or bring them into church and we can scan them. If you would like to contribute your talents to this event we are having a meeting today following Liturgy in the library. Any questions please call Dorothy Mezilson Pavlick @ 708-203-6402. Saint Nicholas parishioners can move mountains when they work together doing work for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
CHOIR BOOK FUNDRAISER: The choir is still collecting used books for their ongoing fundraiser. Please bring your books on Sundays or to the Church Office during the week. Thanks for your donations!
GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING: The Spring General Assembly meeting will be held on Sunday, April 2nd, 2017 immediately following the Divine Liturgy. Many important issues will be discussed and we hope and pray to see you all there.
RECEIVED THROUGH CHRISMATION: One of the seven Holy Sacraments of the Greek Orthodox Church is Holy Chrismation. Usually this Sacrament is administered to an infant immediately following Baptism with the words “The Seal of the Gift of the Holy Spirit.” Chrismation is also administered to those persons who have completed the required instruction for learning the Faith, and have been baptized according to the formula of the Holy Trinity. Today, we joyfully welcome our new friend, Michael Boike, into the Greek Orthodox Church. Michael has been coming for years and was a close friend of our dearly departed brother in Christ Billy Berryman. Our Church of Saint Nicholas welcomes Michael (Vasilios) into the faith, and our prayers are with you.
COMMUNION ANNOUNCEMENT: While we pray and work for the reconciliation and unity of all the world's Christians, the reality remains that there is still no intercommunion between our Orthodox Churches and the Churches of the West. This means that only baptized, chrismated and observant Orthodox faithful receive Communion in our churches. At the same time, we warmly welcome all nonOrthodox to join us in prayer and celebration, and humbly offer to all present the Antidoro bread of fellowship at the end of the service. We offer this important symbol 'instead of the Gifts', in the words of the Apostle Paul, 'Till we all come to the unity of the Faith' (Eph. 4.13).