Epistle: Acts 6:1-7 (pg. 1266)
Divine Liturgy: 10:00AM
Gospel: MARK 15:43-47; 16:1-8 (pg. 1199)
Acolytes: Christopher Gasparis, Chris Angelis, Alex Angelis, James Gougousis, Demetri Kotrokois, Nick Saros, Connor O’Neill, Alexandros Christakos
Narthex: Evans Agrapidis, Claire Melissas, Jim Coromilas
Ushers: Paul Goulet, Shelley Markoulis, Dimitri Markoulis, Arthur Kominos
Reader: George Gasparis
Greeter: Thalia Servidio
Fellowship Hour: Philoptochos
The Eleftheriou Family and The Mellides Family
Artoclasia: The Eleftheriou Family
April 30, 2017 Third Sunday of the Paschal Season: Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearers
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.
Memorials: A 2 year memorial for Aristides Krias, beloved husband of Eva, father of Lisa and her husband Edward, John and his wife Sarah and Vikki and her husband David. Grandfather of Zachary, Edward and Michael. Brother of Frank.
A 3 year memorial for Connie Mellides, beloved wife of 42 years to George; beloved daughter to Frank and Labia Zoulia; beloved mother to Stacey Hawley, Evan Mellides and Lauren Venekas; beloved grandmother of Katelyn, Ashley, Stephen, Maura, Alaina, Zachary, Charlie and Lia; beloved sibling to Marina Mairagas, Steve & John Doumanis; beloved aunt to many nieces and nephews.
A 5 year memorial for Anastasis Eleftheriou, beloved husband of Katerina, father of Ted and his wife Raquel and Penny and her husband Demetri. Beloved grandfather of Anastasi, Maria, Katerina and Demetri.
Eternal be their memory. Fellowship Hour is sponsored by the Mellides family.
40 Day Blessing: Today we welcome into the church for the traditional infant and motherhood blessing, Anna Chrysovalantou Nissirios, daughter of Themistoklis and Maria. Congratulations!
Philoptochos: The Ladies Philoptochos Society will be selling their delicious homemade Koulourakia during Fellowship Hour today.
Please plan on attending the Philoptochos Tricky Tray on May 11th at 6:00pm . It will be a fun filled evening. Tickets are available for $10 from Irene Moreira. All attendees must be 18 years old or over.
Kali Parea:Will be meeting this Tuesday, May 2nd at 12 noon in the Fellowship Hall. Please bring your own lunch. If you have any questions please contact May Grammatikos at 201-236-2817.
GOYA: Mother’s Day marks the beginning of the spring planting season. Let’s celebrate Moms and spring by filling our homes and gardens with flowers and plants! Come see our potted annuals, herbs, hanging baskets, and smiling GOYAns! Support the Youth Ministries of the Saint Nicholas GOYA on Sunday, May 7th at fellowship hour. See insert.
Metropolis of New Jersey 2017 Clergy Laity Assembly: The Annual Metropolis of NJ Clergy Laity Assembly will convene at the Venetian in Garfield, NJ on Monday, May 8th; at the Grand Banquet, on Monday night, beginning at 6:30p.m., His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos will honor several of our stewards/parishioners for their service to our Metropolis and/or our parish. If you wish to attend, contact Fr Bill at email@example.com
Congratulations to the following honorees: Claire Melissas, our Philoptochos honoree; Chris Pappas, our community honoree; Plato Eliades our parish elder honoree; Evans Agrapidis, our parish council honoree; Andrew Bacalakis, our senior choir member honoree; Chris Gasparis, our GOYA honoree and Angela Rokkos Bachardy, our PTO honoree. May the Lord grant each of them many more years to serve His Church.
AHEPA: The Ramapo Ahepa Chapter is proud to announce that the 14th Annual Cigar Night Extravaganza will be held on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 at Seasons in Washington Township, NJ. We deeply appreciate your previous support for this event. Your continued support is greatly appreciated. For Reservations contact John Tsadilas at 201-707-2657 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org
Saint Nicholas Charity Golf Classic: On Monday, June 19th, Saint Nicholas will sponsor its 21st Charity Golf Classic at Haworth Country Club in Haworth, NJ. The proceeds from this event will support the Church sponsored charities, ministries and activities. How can you assist our church’s efforts? In addition to golfer registration, there are a variety of sponsorship opportunities available. Please remember you do not have to be a golfer to show your support. You can help by making a monetary donation or purchasing a sponsorship. As part of our prize selections we will be preparing Gift Baskets. We are in need of donations of wine, dry goods (i.e. crackers, fruits) to include in these baskets. Also restaurant gift certificates, sporting event and concert tickets would be very much appreciated. Drop off donations to the office or our table set up in the Parish Center during Fellowship Hour on Sundays. Your generosity will be appreciated! For additional information contact Claire Melissas at 201-742-5521 email@example.com
Wyckoff Day: Our Saint Nicholas Parish Council is once again 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 1:45 pm. Please come and 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.
“EX-O”- Excursions Orthodoxy: Only 3 seats available! Please join us for our second annual Saint Nicholas 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.
Daughters of Penelope: The Daughters of Penelope are holding their final fund-raiser before the summer. 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.
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”.
“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.
Readers & Greeters: We are always looking for volunteers to greet parishioners on Sunday and to read the Epistle during the Divine Liturgy. If you are interested in this ministry, contact Katherine Corniotes at 201-327-3645.
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! Contact Fr Bill for info email@example.com
Mortgage Burning Campaign: Participate in making Saint Nicholas debt free! Pledge your contribution towards our goal of debt freedom. Contact Nick Pirsos at firstname.lastname@example.org
“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.
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 225 steward households that have pledged a total of $216,960.