Christos Anesti! Cristos Anesth!
Orthodox Christians greet each other with the joyous greeting of “Christ is Risen” and the response is “Truly (indeed) He has Risen”. During the Paschal period, we do not kneel during our worship, as kneeling is a symbol of penitence, whereas, standing is the sign of Christ’s victory and joy in our midst.
Memorial: A 9 month memorial for George Rousos, beloved son, brother, nephew, council and friend. Eternal be his memory.
Today is The Feast Day of Saints Constantine & Helen: Chronia Polla (Many Years) to all who celebrate!
AHEPA Sunday: In church today after worship, Daughters of Penelope Agape Chapter #336 President, Effie Stratis-Tefarikis and AHEPA Chapter President Jason Fink, V.P. Paul Goulet and Scholarship Chairman, Steve Konstantellis of Ramapo Chapter #453 will present the Daughters of Penelope and AHEPA scholarships. AHEPA- American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association is an international fraternal organization that promotes the Hellenic culture, history and language throughout the world.
Religious Education: Parents please note that Sunday, May 28th, 2017 we will not have Religious Education classes due to the Memorial Day weekend. All families are encouraged to attend the Divine Liturgy together. A reminder, Sunday, June 4th is our last class, and our Religious Education Graduation! Parents, please inform your teachers if your students will be absent on graduation day. Thank you.
Tray Collection: Today we will pass a collection tray for OCPM: Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry
Feast day of the Holy Ascension: ThisThursday, May 25th is Ascension Thursday. Orthros at 9:00a.m.; Divine Liturgy at 10:00a.m. The Ascension Church in Fairview will be celebrating Great Vespers on Wednesday, May 24th, at 7:00pm. His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos will be officiating.
PARISH GENERAL ASSEMBLY: SUNDAY, JUNE 11 after worship services
SAINT NICHOLAS is on Social Media! Like us on Facebook @stnicholasnj and follow us on Instagram @stnicholasgoc. To share your ministry’s events and activities email firstname.lastname@example.org.
AHEPA: The Ramapo Ahepa Chapter invites you to the 14th Annual Cigar Night Extravaganza on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 at Seasons in Washington Township, NJ. We deeply appreciate your previous support of this event. Your continued support is also greatly appreciated. For Reservations contact John Tsadilas at 201-707-2657 or email, email@example.com
Wyckoff Day: We are preparing for the annual Wyckoff Day on June 3rd at the Wyckoff YMCA. Event is 11:00am until 6:00 pm. We are proud to announce that our Saint Nicholas Juniors/GOYA dancers will be performing at 2:30 pm. Please promote our
Faith, promote our Festival, support our youth and our Wyckoff community. Questions? Please contact Claire Melissas 201-742-5521 or Nick Karras 201-848-9361.
Daughters of Penelope: If you go to the Blue Moon Cafe in Wyckoff on Tuesday, May 23rd for lunch or dinner, a percentage of your bill will be donated to our Agape Chapter. (Can't get there that day?) Take-out, gift certificates or E-Gift Cards are an option. As always, your support will assist in funding our charities. Please present the special coupon with each purchase. Coupons will be available during the Sunday Fellowship Hour after the Liturgy or through e-blasts sent through the Saint Nicholas Office.
Camp Good Shepherd (CGS): Registration is Now Open!
JOY Session (ages 8-11) July 9th-15th, 2017
GOYA Session #1 (ages 12-18) July 16th-22nd, 2017: GOYA Session #2 (ages 12-18) July 23rd -29th, 2017
Register: app.campdoc.com/register/gomnj Location: Linwood Macdonald YMCA in Branchville, NJ
For more information: Alexia Lekkas firstname.lastname@example.org , Assistant Camp Director
SAINT NICHOLAS VACATION CHURCH SCHOOL (on our site): July 31- August 4, 9am-12:30pm for children 5-11 years of age. Contact email@example.com for information. VCS planning meeting Friday, May 26 @ 4:30pm
The Orthodox Ladies Prayer Group: All ladies are welcome to join our prayer meetings held on the 2nd and 4th Thursday evening of each month at 7:30pm in our Theotokos chapel. We spend a dedicated time of informal prayer for our nation, church community, families and friends. All prayer requests are kept confidential. Please call the church office or Irene Ayvas 201-803-2307, with any prayer requests you want added to our list or submitted to the “Email Prayer Chain”.
“Email Prayer Chain”: Prayer is a simple, effective way to serve the people of our community. Since the majority of people read emails on a daily basis, we invite members of our congregation to join our “Email Prayer Chain”. You will receive occasional urgent prayer requests for those in immediate crisis, and we ask only that you take a moment and pray. It’s simple and powerful. If you are interested in being a part of this ministry, email Irene Ayvas at firstname.lastname@example.org with your email contact info or call 201-803-2307.
Festival: Please join us in helping Saint Nicholas once again proudly showcase our faith and heritage via our wonderful Festival, in which we were recognized as one of the top three in its category by 201 Magazine in 2016. Please respond by sending your name, e-mail address, and which station you would like to volunteer for in 2017 to email@example.com. OPA!
Please note we are still looking for Chairperson(s) for the following: Inside Food Line, Cleaning Tables, & Busses/Parking. Contact Nick Pirsos for further information at Pirsos@verizon.net
Candle Money:Earn a convenient tax deduction record for your candle donations. Booklets are available for purchase at the Office or Narthex (Sundays). Candle money comes in a $2 booklet of 25 for $50; a $5 booklet of 10 for $50; a $10 booklet of 5 for $50 and a $20 booklet of 5 for $100. Candle money can only be used for candle donations. It is non-refundable, must be used for its full value and cannot be exchanged for cash.
Saint Nicholas Benevolent Fund: In his Epistle, Saint James teaches that “faith without works is dead.” Giving alms (charity) is an act of faith through good works. Anyone can donate anonymously to this Fund benefitting a family or a person in need. Mail your donation check or drop it in the collection plate in our Narthex. “God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7). God bless you always for your open heart! You have made a difference! Contact Fr Bill for info firstname.lastname@example.org
Amazon Smile: Amazon has a unique feature for charitable organizations. For any amount spent on Amazon, the company will donate 0.5% of your entire shopping proceeds to your charity of choice. If you wish to participate in the program, rather than logging in directly to “amazon.com”, please login to “smile.amazon.com” and search for “St. Nicholas Wyckoff”.
Mortgage Burning: Participate in making Saint Nicholas debt free by pledging specific donations to this program. Further information can be found at the Narthex or contacting any Parish Council member.
Other Ways to Give: Please consider St. Nicholas throughout the year in the following ways: Gift in Stock; Gifting from an Estate; Corporate Matching Programs; recurring gift payments via credit card or PayPal. Call the Office for details.
Grandview LLC: If interested in assisting “friends of St. Nicholas” acquire additional property for church benefit; please contact Nick Pirsos at Pirsos@verizon.net for additional details.
Parish Stewardship Status: Stewardship is composed of our personal offering of time, talent and treasure. Stewardship is not dues but is based on Holy Scripture from both the Old and New Testaments. Since time and talent offerings are more difficult to measure, one measurement of our response to God is our average “treasure” pledge per steward household. In 2016, we had 430 steward households that donated a total of $347,301 or 51% of our budgetary needs. To date in 2017, we have 230 steward households that have pledged a total of $220,860.