Epistle: Romans 13:11-14; 14:1-4 (pg. 1304)
Divine Liturgy St. John Chrysostom: 10:00AM
Gospel: Matthew 6:14-21 (pg. 1152)
Acolytes: Justin Gikas, Lucas Shoshilos, Nick Seretis, Emmanuel Pittas, Alex Peppes, Paul Dobrow,
Narthex: Liz Koykas, Melissa Gasparis,
Reader: Fotini Tanzer
Greeter: Tony Gasparis
Fellowship Hour: AHEPA
Ushers: Peggy Goulet, Paul Goulet,
Arthur Kominos, Nick Karras
Prosforon: The Alicakos Family
February 26, 2017 Forgiveness Sunday (Cheesefare Sunday)
Memorials: A 40 day memorial for William Alicakosbeloved husband of Hope, father of Elaine and her husband Robert and father-in-lawof Kathy. Grandfather of Max, Melanie, Michael, Colleen and Kellie.
A 40 day memorial for Haralambos Emporellis beloved husband to Anastasia, father of Androniki and Catherine.
May their memory be eternal.
Religious Education: Today, February 26th we observe Forgiveness Sunday or the final day of Pre-Lent. The beginning of Great Lent or Clean Monday is Monday, February 27th. We are reminded we should begin Lent with good intentions, a desire to clean our spiritual house and it is a day of strict fasting.
Looking ahead: Sunday, March 5th we observe Sunday of Orthodoxy. This is the first Sunday of Great Lent and commemorates the victory of the Orthodox over the iconoclasts, who denounced the use of icons and destroyed them. The students will help celebrate this day with a procession in the church either with their own icons they brought from home, or icons they made themselves. Parents, be ready with your cameras!
Tray Collection: Today we are passing a tray to support our upcoming Lenten Lecture Series.
Philoptochos: Please join us during fellowship hour and enjoy the Cheesefare Sunday luncheon prepared for you by our wonderful Saint Nicholas Ladies Philoptochos. It is a wonderful way for our church family to start the Lenten season. Thank you Ladies!
Our cookbook "To Your Health" - which includes a collection of our Favorite Greek Family Recipes and a wonderful Lenten Section, will be available for purchase.
The Great Lent: Tomorrow on “Clean Monday” we enter into the Great Lent, a time of preparation through intensified self-denial, fasting, prayer and good works. In the early Church, the main purpose of the Great Lent was to prepare the ‘catechumen’, that is to say, the “about to be” Christian or person under instruction, for baptism, which at that time was performed during the Paschal liturgy. But even when the Church no longer baptized adults and the institution of the catechumenate disappeared, the basic meaning of Lent remained the same. For even though we are baptized, what we constantly lose and betray is precisely that which we received at baptism- the Grace of God through water, the Holy Spirit, Holy Chrism and Holy Communion. Therefore, Pascha (Easter) is our return every year to our own baptism (death and rebirth), whereas Lent is our preparation for that return – the slow, steady and sustained effort to attain our own ‘passage’, ‘passover’, or ‘pascha’ into the new life in Christ. Each year the Lenten and Paschal periods are journeys of repentance, return and rediscovery of our relationship with Jesus Christ. We are created in His image & likeness and are to be persons that are Christ like. This process of becoming more Christ like involves growing through spiritual exercise (asceticism). Contact Fr. Bill to learn more at email@example.com. or go to www.goarch.org/multimedia/isos/supplementarymaterial/greatlent.pdf
The Great Compline service will be prayed tomorrow night at 7:00pm.
Lenten Services: This week the following services will be observed: Monday February 27 Great Compline 7pm; 1st Pre-Sanctified Liturgy, Wednesday, March 1st at 5:30pm; 1st Salutation Service, Friday, March 3rd at 7:00pm. Salutation 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 Begins this Wednesday, March 1st at 7:30p.m.
Topic: “Orthodox Christianity & Bioethics: Moral Considerations” by Dr. Chris Durante, Manhattan College. Each Wednesday evening at 7:30pm during Lent a topic on the Faith will be offered in the Fellowship Hall. Please join us early for the Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts at 5:30pm, a light Lenten meal at 6:40pm and the presentation (lecture) at 7:30p.m. Contact Fr Bill for more info at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sessions on Scripture: SOS meets this Wednesday, March 1st at 2:00pm in the conference room. We will study Saint Paul’s letter to the Ephesians chapters 1-5. Contact Caroline Kalliotzis at email@example.com or Fr. Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. The vibrant group has expanded as more of you have responded to the call to read study and learn the living Word. All are welcome!
Saturday of Souls: The last Saturday of Souls (before Pascha) will be observed this Saturday, March 4th. Prayer forms are available at the pangari in the narthex. Submit your list of the Baptismal first names of the departed (do not use nick names) and their souls will be prayed for at the Saturday of Souls memorial service. Orthros will begin at 9:00am and Divine Liturgy at 10:00am.
Kali Parea (Seniors Fellowship): will meet on Tuesday, March 7th at noon. Please bring your own lunch. Our speaker will be Detective Sgt. Joseph Soto who will talk about freud and scams. Coffee and deserts will be served. Membership dues for 2017 of $20 will be collected. Any questions call May Grammatikos at 201-236-2817.
Mortgage Burning Campaign: Participate in making Saint Nicholas debt free! Pledge your contribution towards our goal of debt freedom. See insert.
“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 15 for a cost of $150 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.
Save the Date!! On Sunday, March 12th, immediately following worship services, we will be hosting our annual Sights and Sounds Showcase. The GOYANs will be performing their dances, singing, and playing their instruments, showcasing their teamwork and talents, from the competition they participated in at the Sights and Sounds Event on March 4th, 2017 in Westfield, NJ. Additionally, various art pieces and other ‘sight’ pieces will also be on display, all created by our wonderful GOYANs. We encourage all to attend this showcase, and support our wonderful and talented GOYANs! Don’t forget to bring your cameras!
GOYA Local Oratorical Festival: We will hold our local Oratorical Festival on Wednesday evening March 22nd at 7:30pm (following the Lenten Meal and Pre sanctified Liturgy which begins at 5:30pm) participation in the Oratorical Festival is required of all GOYAns who wish to compete in the Metropolis of NJ Olympics this May. Contact Fr Bill at email@example.com
AHEPA Ramapo Chapter #453: The Ramapo AHEPA Chapter 453 Membership Drive will conclude thisSunday at the Fellowship Hall following the Divine Services. Stop at the AHEPA table to pick up membership forms and other promotional materials on the AHEPA Organization. For more information contact Paul Goulet Vice President of Ramapo Chapter #453 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Saint Nicholas Charity Golf Classic: The 21st Saint Nicholas Charity Golf Classic will be held on Monday, June 19, 2017 at the Haworth Country Club in Haworth, NJ.
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 207 steward households that have pledged a total of $201,810.
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 Sharing and Caring Group: Our Saint Nicholas Sharing and Caring Group will meet this Thursday, March 2nd at 3pm in the conference room. This ministry (service) is for those who have been widowed or divorced, or who have experienced loss in some way. The group is facilitated by Dr. Eva Pappas Krias, a widow herself, who is a practicing and licensed New York State Psychologist (40 years). Thoughts and feelings are shared as to dealing with loss, grief, loneliness, survivors’ guilt, and trauma associated with a declining spouse or a sudden death. Also, strategies for helping young children through death and most especially how life can go on after the loss of a loved one are explored. The group is non-judgmental, discrete, confidential and informal. Our facilitator, Dr. Krias, and the participants, maintain an atmosphere of emotional safety. Everyone’s thoughts and feelings are treated respectfully and without judgment. Come and see! There is no cost or obligation. We are open to all!