News & Events
Epistle: Galatians 6:11-18 (pg. 1333)
Divine Liturgy: 9:30A.M.
Gospel: John 3:13-17 (pg. 1238)
Acolytes: Niko Konstantellis, Aidan Gnospelius, Andrew Skoufis, Paul Nonas, Kirk Simeoniidis, Vassili Salvemini, Luke Gnospelius
Narthex: Angelo Lefer, George Bayiokos, John Tsadilas
Ushers: Peggy Goulet, Paul Goulet,
Fellowship Hour: The Parish Council
Prosforon: Mrs. Irene Pittas
September 10, 2017 Sunday before the Holy Cross
Memorial: A 40 day memorial for Emmanuel Pittas, beloved husband of Irene, father of Katherine and her husband John and Michael and his wife Demetra. Grandfather of Alexander,Emmanuel and Nicholas. Beloved brother of Paul. May his memory be eternal. Fellowship hour is sponsored by the Pittas and Peppes family.
Commemoration of 9/11: This Tuesday, September 11 is the 16 year anniversary of 9/11. We will pray for the victims and the surviving families of the 9/11 Tragedy.
Special Collection Today: For International Orthodox Christian charities (IOCC) for the victims of Hurricane Harvey and their families.
Feast of the Holy Cross: This Thursday, September 14th we will hold worship services for the Major Holy Day: The Elevation of the Holy Cross with Orthros starting at 9:00am and Divine Liturgy at 10:00a.m.
Annual Holy Cross Celebration (“Toss of the Cross”): Metropolitan Evangelos invites all of us to celebrate Holy Cross Day next Sunday, September 17th in Asbury Park, NJ at the Paramount Theatre. Orthros will start at 8:00am and Divine Liturgy at 9:30am. All are invited to participate in this annual event and bbq picnic. Three of our GOYAns (1 boy and 2 girls) will sprint & swim into the Atlantic Ocean to retrieve the Holy Cross! The Greek Orthodox Churches in New Jersey will not be open for worship on September 17th and Saint Nicholas will be closed. See you at the Jersey Shore!
GOYA-Opening Night:GOYA will be starting the new calendar year with our first gathering this Tuesday, September 12th at 7:30pm. See enclosed insert for more information.
Parish Council: The monthly Parish Council meeting will be held this Thursday, September 14th at 7:30pm
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 .
Regular Schedule: Our fall/winter schedule of worship services begins Sunday, September 24th. Orthros begins at 9:00am and Divine Liturgy begins at 10:00am.
Greek 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. Our Greek Festival is September 22-24.
Religious education: Classes will begin Sunday, October 1st after Holy Communion.
Couples Workshop/Seminar: Saint Nicholas will be hosting a couple’s workshop/seminar for anyone in a long-term relationship, engaged, newlywed or married on Saturday, October 21st from 9:30am-4pm (free of charge). The interactive program will be led by Presvytera Kerry Pappas who is a licensed marriage and family therapist and works for the Archdiocese. For more info contact Mary Tselepis firstname.lastname@example.org or Dean email@example.com
Part-Time Caretaker: Our Saint Nicholas community is looking to hire a part-time caretaker. Duties will include, but are not limited to, maintaining our facilities, setting up and taking down setups for various events and other tasks as needed to support the maintenance needs of events held by our community. The scheduled working days are Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9AM to 2PM and Sunday from 1PM to 5PM. Additional hours may be needed on Friday and Saturday from 11PM to 2AM depending on our banquet hall activity. For further information or if interested please contact George Bayiokos at 201-286-3022 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Garden: We are seeking parishioners (especially emerging young adults) interested in creating a community garden at Saint Nicholas. The garden will be run by and for members of our community. It will nourish us spiritually and physically as we work outside and eat together from the garden, but it will also serve as a reaffirmation that we exist within a larger ecological chain in God’s creation. Anyone interested in further information and in planning the initial stages of the garden, please contact Billy Tsadilas at (551) 427 2805 or email@example.com.
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: Saint James in his epistle teaches that “faith without works is dead.” Giving alms (charity) is an act of faith. 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 information firstname.lastname@example.org
Mortgage Burning: Participate in making Saint Nicholas debt free by pledging and fulfilling 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 Saint 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 Parish Office for details.
Grandview LLC: If interested in assisting “friends of St. Nicholas” acquire additional property for our church's 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 242 steward households that have pledged a total of $234,610.
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