TODAY: Parish Council Elections – don’t forget to vote during Fellowship Hour!
40 Days of Liturgy: through Tuesday, December 23, 10 am daily
Wednesday, December 4: St. Barbara - Orthros / Liturgy, 9 am
Thursday, December 5: St. Savvas - Orthros / Liturgy, 9 am
Friday, December 6: St. Nicholas - Orthros / Liturgy, 9 am
Sunday, December 8: Great Vespers of St. Anna – 7 pm
Monday, December 9: St. Anna - Orthros / Liturgy, 9 am
Thursday, December 12: St. Spyridon - Orthros / Liturgy, 9 am
Tuesday, December 24: Christmas Eve Liturgy – St. Basil, 9 am
Tuesday, December 24: Christmas Day Liturgy – 10:30 pm
Christmas 'Concert Choir' for Adults and Youth: The choir is planning for a short program of some beautiful Christmas carols on Sunday Dec 22 during our Christmas program. As in last year, the youth performed Pachelbel's Christmas Canon and also joined with the adults in Ode to Joy. We will do this or something similar, depending on participation. This is a good opportunity for those who like to sing but cannot commit to regular choir participation. If you are interested in singing, please contact Choir director Diana @ email@example.com 908-392-7449. There will be a few rehearsals coordinating with people's schedules.
GOYA: Our GOYA is excited to host this year's Christmas Dance on December 27. This dance is open to GOYAns and advisors from all the churches of north New Jersey. The theme is "Let It Snow" and our decorating committee has great ideas to transform our gym into a winter wonderland. This dance is very popular and we're expecting lots of GOYAns and accompanying advisors. Your GOYA advisors have been working with the Parish Council to prepare for this event. To be successful, we will need your help to setup and assist during the dance. A Sign-up Genius will be emailed shortly. Please respond if you're able to help, especially the night of the dance. Thank you!
BeeTreat: St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church of Union will host a Pan-Orthodox Retreat, on December 14. Parishes from all canonical Orthodox jurisdictions in the area are invited to this special retreat for youth, young adults, adults and families- based on Y2AM’s “Be the Bee” video series.
The BeeTreat will be led by Stephen Christoforou, the director of the Youth and Young Adult Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, and host of the popular YouTube series “Be the Bee”. Steve and his BeeTreat team will lead the workshops for youth in Grades 6-12, Youth Workers, Sunday School teachers, adults and parents. For children in preschool through fifth grade, there will be a “mini BeeTreat”. Young adults ages 18 and up will have their own Orthodox social at a local restaurant in the evening.
The BeeTreat is a special day of worship, fellowship, and spiritual growth for everyone. It is a FREE event, with the exception of the evening social at the restaurant. As the host Parish, St. Demetrios will provide breakfast and lunch for everyone, in accordance with the fasting guidelines of the Nativity season. Parking is free and available both in their own and neighboring lots. Free will donations are welcome. We must let St Demetrios know of the number and age of our attendees before Friday, December 6.
Philoptochos News: TODAY is the final day to have your family included in the 2019 St. Anna Christmas card. Please let Margaret Panageas or any Philoptochos member know during Fellowship Hour today.
Seminars: The next St. Anna seminars will be Sunday December 15 after coffee hour from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. These seminars are open to all of those who use the internet and those who use the 401k, IRA and others to make donations to the church.
1. Internet Security - How to protect yourself from Scams by Peter Grina
2. Donating to Church - Options available and tax benefits by Chris Kamnitsis