Epistle: Hebrews 1:10-14; 2:1-3 (pg. 1359)
Divine Liturgy St. basil the great: 10:00AM
Gospel: Mark 2:1-12 (pg. 1181)
Acolytes: Justin Gikas, Lucas Shoshilos, Nick Seretis, Emmanuel Pittas, Alex Peppes, Paul Dobrow, Alexi Argyros
Narthex: Manny Toskos, Georgette Betts-Tsakalos, John Psomas
Ushers: Michael Kalliotzis, Ted Milyadis,
John Peters, Nick Pirsos
Reader: Jimmy Manoussakis
No Fellowship Hour
Prosforon: The Sclavounos Family
March 12, 2017 Sunday of SAINT GREGORY PALAMAS 2nd Sunday of Great Lent
Memorials: A 40 day memorial for Aristotele (Aris) Sclavounos, beloved husband of Margo Sclavounos, father of Archie and Irene and her husband George Nikolaidis. Beloved grandfather of Aris, Spyros, Nicholas and Jesse. Beloved cousin and uncle to many dear family members.
A 10 year memorial for George Gavalakis, beloved husband of Penelope, father of Peter and his wife Patricia, Gregory and his wife Carla and Michael and his wife Nelly. Beloved grandfather of Kira, Evan, Chloe and Sophia.
May their memory be eternal.
Religious Education: Today, March 12th, begins our Lenten season collection of monetary donations which we donate to the Orthodox Christian Missions Center (OCMC). Our Religious Education program will ‘match’ whatever amount our children bring in and donate for these mission charities. Please be generous during this Lenten period. We appreciate any and all donations! OCMC spreads Orthodoxy’s Gospel message around the globe!
GOYA: Sights and Sounds Showcase: Today, March 12th, Our GOYAns will be performing their dances, singing and playing their instruments, showcasing their talents from the March 4th competition in Westfield, NJ. Our luncheon showcase will take place immediately following worship services. Our Saint Nicholas GOYAns placed in all categories! Come hear and see them, as well as their ‘sight’ pieces which will also be on display for your viewing. Please join us and help support our wonderful and talented GOYAns! BRAVO Saint Nicholas GOYAns!
Tray Collection: TheGreek Orthodox Metropolis of New Jersey Ladies Philoptochos.
Lenten Services: This week the following services will be observed: Monday, March 13th Great Compline 7pm; 3rd Pre-Sanctified Liturgy, Wednesday, March 15th at 5:30pm; 3rd Salutation Service, Friday, March 17th 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 Continuous this Wednesday, March 15th at 7:30p.m.
Topic: “The Purpose Driven Church” by Fr. Basil C Gikas. 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 6:45pm and the presentation (lecture) at 7:30p.m. Contact Fr Bill for more info at email@example.com
Sessions on Scripture: SOS will NOT meet this week. We will resume at a date to be announced.
Parish Council: Will be meeting on Thursday, March 16th at 7:30pm in the conference room.
Lenten Women’s Conference “SHARING OUR FAITH”: On March 18th our Ladies Prayer Group invite ladies of all ages to step aside from your busy schedules for a few hours to join us as we focus solely on a time of sharing our faith and God’s blessings. Several members of our own community will tell their “stories” of God’s miracles in their lives. It will encourage and lift you up and provide a place where women of faith can find comfort, support and acceptance. Come prepared for a life changing event. It is not too late to register! Please see the enclosed flyer and spread the word!!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The Greek Independence Day Parade in NYC will take place on Sunday, March 26th. Transportation will be provided. If you are interested in participating, please contact Tammy Spyropoulos (email@example.com). Due to the generous monetary contribution of AHEPA and the Parish Council, we will be having a float in the parade this year
The Essential Sacrament of 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the sacrament of confession, go to www.goarch.org/confession .
Vacation Church School: Save the Date: July 31- August 4, 2017 9am-12:30pm for children 8-12 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 213 steward households that have pledged a total of $208,710.
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!