Epistle: Hebrews 6:13-20 (pg. 1362)
Divine Liturgy St. basil the great: 10:00AM
Gospel: Mark 9:17-31 (pg. 1189)
Acolytes: Demetri Phili, Niko Konstantellis, Aidan Gnospelius, Andrew Skoufis, Paul Nonas, Kirk Simeonidis, Vassili Salvemini, Luke Gnospelius
Narthex: Jim Coromilas, Evans Agrapidis,
Ushers: Ann Barlas, Shelley Markoulis, Dimitri Markoulis, Arthur Kominos
Reader: Evans Agrapidis
Greeter: Nico and Emmanuel Pittas
Fellowship Hour: AHEPA
Prosforon: The Karanikolas Family
March 26, 2017 Sunday of Saint John Climacus 4th Sunday of Great Lent
Memorials: A 40 day memorial for Kleopatra Karanikola, beloved mother of Panayiota, Yiannis and his wife Eileen, Katerina and her husband Vaggelis, and Sousana. Grandfather of Cleopatra, Vasilis, Aggeliki, Stelios, Cleopatra. Beloved brother and uncle to many dear family members and beloved friend to many.
A 13 year memorial for Georgios Ioannou, beloved husband of Aggeliki, father of Anastasios and his wife Coleen and father of Andri and her husband Xenios. Beloved grandfather of George, Michael, Angela, Anna, George, Emily, Lexi and Brother Andreas. Eternal be their memory. Fellowship hour is sponsored by the Karanikolas and the Ioannou families.
Religious Education: There will be Religious Education classes today, Sunday, March 26th, 2017; also students from our classes will be participating in the New York City Greek Independence Day Parade, celebrating the Annunciation (Good News) to the Virgin Mary and the Greek nation’s liberation from Ottoman rule after 400 years of slavery
Reminder: Our Religious Education program is collecting monetary donations for the Orthodox Christian Missions Center (OCMC). We will ‘match’ whatever amount our children bring in and donate for these mission charities. Donations will be accepted during the entire Lenten period. Please be generous. We appreciate any and all donations! OCMC spreads the Gospel to all nations as we are One, Holy, Catholic (Universal) and Apostolic Church.
Tray Collection: for Holy Week and Pascha decorations and flowers.
Lenten Services: This week the following services will be observed: Monday, March 27th Great Compline 7pm; 5th Pre-Sanctified Liturgy, Wednesday, March 29th at 5:30pm; Akathist Hymn, Friday, March 31st at 7:00pm. Salutations to the Theotokos service books are available in the Narthex. They contain the Friday evening Salutation Service (Akathist Hymn) and are $12 per copy.
The Saint Nicholas Lenten Lecture Series Continues this Wednesday, March 29th at 7:30p.m.
Topic: “Why be Orthodox?”by Dr. Aristotle Papanikolaou, Fordham University. Please join us early for the Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts at 5:30pm, a light Lenten meal at 6:45pm and the Lenten Lecture at 7:30p.m. Contact Fr Bill for more info at firstname.lastname@example.org . All millennials are invited!
Boy Scout Presentation: Today, Alexandros Christakos will be awarded the Chi-Rho Orthodox scouting award. Congratulations! All our scouts will be acknowledged.
The Greek Independence Day Parade: Today, members of our Parish Council, Goya,Greek School and AHEPA Family will be marching in the annual parade on 5th Avenue in New York City. Due to the generous monetary contribution of AHEPA and the Parish Council, we will be having a float in the parade this year.
Daughters of Penelope: The AGAPE Chapter is holding our annual Tsoureki Sale! We will also be selling Red ‘Easter Egg’ Dye. Please support this fund-raiser … pre-paid orders will be accepted until Monday, April 3rd (look for the flyer/order form set out during Fellowship Hour). The tsourekia and dye will be distributed during the Fellowship Hour after Divine Liturgy on Palm Sunday, April 9th.
EX-O Ministry- Excursions Orthodoxy: Please join us for our second annual Saint Nicholas Excursion trip on Thursday June 8th to the Culinary Institute of America (three course lunch at The Bocuse French Restaurant) and a tour of The Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, also known as Springwood in Hyde Park, NY. Contact John Peters at 201- 920-3265 for more information.
Vacation Church School: Save the Date: July 31- August 4, 2017 9am-12:30pm for children 5-11 years of age. More information will follow.
Parish Stewardship by the Numbers: Stewardship is composed of our personal offering of time, talent and treasure. Stewardship is not dues. Stewardship is based on Holy Scripture. 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 214 steward households that have pledged a total of $209,310.
Mortgage Burning Campaign: Participate in making Saint Nicholas debt free! Pledge your contribution towards our goal of debt freedom. Contact Nick Pirsos at email@example.com
“Candle Money”! The Parish Council authorized a pilot program that will provide a tax deduction record for your candle donations. Thanks to a parishioner, booklets of different denominations have been printed. These are available for purchase at the office or narthex on Sundays. The candle money comes in a $2 booklet of 25 for a cost of $50; a $5 booklet of 10 for a cost of $50; a $10 booklet of 5 for a cost of $50 and a $20 booklet of 5 for a cost of $100. The candle money can only be used for candle donations. It is non-refundable, must be used for its full value and cannot be used in exchange for cash. We hope this will prove a convenience for all who make use of it.
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. Great Lent is an opportunity when we can assist a family or a person in need. Anyone can donate anonymously to the Saint Nicholas Benevolent Fund. 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!
The Orthodox Ladies Prayer Group: Welcomes anyone interested in attending prayer meetings held on the 2nd and 4th Thursday evening of each month at 7:30pm in the Theotokos chapel. We spend a dedicated time of informal prayer lifting up our nation, church community and our families and friends. All prayer requests are kept confidential. Please feel free to call either the church office or Irene Ayvas 201-803-2307, with any urgent or ongoing prayer requests you would like added to our list or submitted through the “Email Prayer Chain”. Due to services during Holy Week, our first April meeting will be on Thursday, April 6th. .
“Email Prayer Chain” Sign-Ups: This may be one of the easiest things you can do to serve your community. With today’s technology the majority of people read emails on a daily basis. We are simply asking for members of our congregation to sign up for our “Email Prayer Chain”, and they will receive occasional urgent prayer requests when a need arises for someone in immediate crisis. We ask only that you take a moment and pray for that person. It’s that simple, yet so powerful. If you are interested in being a part of this ministry, please email Irene Ayvas at firstname.lastname@example.org with your email contact info or call at 201-803-2307.
The Essential SACRAMENT of Healing & Forgiveness- Holy Confession
Fr. Bill will be hearing PRIVATE confessions during the Lenten period. Please make your appointment by contacting him directly and in strict confidence at 201 652 4774 ext. 12 or email@example.com. To learn more about the sacrament of confession, go to www.goarch.org/confession .
Lenten Kontakion – To You, O Champion - Ti Ipermaho: We singthis beautiful hymn of Great Lent which is dedicated to Mary, the Blessed Mother. Phonetically – Ti ipermaho, stratigo ta nikitiria, os litrothisa ton dinon efharistiria anaghrafo si E polis sou Theotoke, al’ os ehousa to kratos aprosmahiton ek pantion me kindinon eleftheroson ina krazo si, Haire Nimfi animfefte.
To You, O Theotokos, our leader in battle and defender, we your servants, delivered from calamity, offer hymns of victory and thanksgiving. Since you are invincible in power, set us free from every peril that we may cry to you: hail unwedded Bride.