Sunday Services: Orthros 8:30 am; Divine Liturgy 9:30 am.
Weekday Services: See parish website calendar link for updates.
Memorial Services: 1-year Memorial for Ioannis (John) Hatzikalfas, brother of Anastasia Vlahakes.
Louis and Anastasia Vlahakes will be hosting the fellowship hour in memory of her brother.
Also, today, the 40-day Memorial for Helen Koehler. May their memory be eternal!
SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, Oct. 8, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm. We are happy to announce that our youth in grades K-12 are invited to a team-building Fall Field Day to kick off our youth ministries. This is a FREE event. It will be an afternoon of outdoor field day games and refreshments. Please see Nikol Toulatos or Maria Tattoli during fellowship hour to register your youth and/or to volunteer for the event. Or you may email Nikol Toulatos at firstname.lastname@example.org. RSVP deadline is TODAY. You don’t want to miss out on this fun event! Feel free to invite a friend. (See bulletin insert)
SUNDAY SCHOOL: TODAY IS THE 1ST DAY OF CLASSES. Welcome back to all our students! If you have not registered yet, please email Nikol Toulatos at email@example.com.
GREEK SCHOOL: The first day of our YOUTH Greek School classes was MONDAY, SEPT. 25. We are excited for a productive and fun school year! Please email Maria Sfondouris at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in registering your child.
ADULT GREEK SCHOOL is also back beginning OCT. 9 via Zoom. The classes will run each Monday from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. by our wonderful volunteer teacher, Katerina Toulatos. If you are interested or have any questions, please email Maria Sfondouris at email@example.com.
GOYA: There is a GOYA meeting TODAY at 11:00 a.m. All teens in grades 7-12 are invited and encouraged to attend. Please see Larisa Trumpy to register.
TEEN SAFETY NIGHT: Our parish is hosting this Flemington community event on Friday, Oct. 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. Hunterdon Prevention and One Voice will run this informative and fun evening. Please save the date. More info to follow (Teens are asked to invite friends.)
HOPE & JOY: Please see Kristen Diagelakis during fellowship hour to register our youth in grades K-6.
GREEK DANCE: The first day of Greek dance classes was on MONDAY, SEPT. 25. Please see Larisa Trumpy or Fr. A to join the Dance Troupe. We are hoping to add to our numbers as we continue to grow this ministry. All are welcome!
COLLEGE CARE PACKAGES: If you have a college-aged child living at home or away at school, let us know so we can connect with them this school year with 1-2 care packages. The objective of this ministry is to stay connected with our St. Anna youth and to gently remind them that church is home. Please email Maria Tattoli at firstname.lastname@example.org to include your child. Deadline: Oct. 15.
YOUNG ADULT LEAGUE (YAL): For Orthodox Christians ages 18-35. The Metropolis of Pittsburgh is hosting a YAL conference on Oct. 13-15 at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown. Registration is open. For more details, go to: https://y2am.pittsburgh.goarch.org/ya/2023-yal-conference
Regional YAL: Orthodoxy on Tap, Wed., Oct. 18 at 7 pm. The Tavern on George, 361 George St., New Brunswick, NJ. Guest Speaker: Sam Williams, Pastoral Asst at St. George GOC, Piscataway. Theme: "Orthodoxy in a Roman Catholic and Protestant World."
Orthodoxy on Tap upcoming schedule: Nov. 13 and Dec. 20. More info and locations to come. See Fr. A.
OCTOBER WINE AND DINE: Be sure to mark your calendars for our Wine & Dine fundraiser on Saturday, October 21 at 6 p.m. For many years prior to the pandemic, this was always a highly anticipated annual fundraiser as it combines fellowship, wine education, and wonderful food and wine pairings in a reception-style, intimate in-home setting. Parishioner George Staikos, who is a sommelier and wine educator, will lead this event with his wife Christi along with the executive chef/co-owner of the Sergeantsville Inn, Daniel Brunina, who will prepare the menu for us that evening. This event will be held in the home of parishioner Dan Vlahakis in nearby Ringoes (Copper Hill Country Club) who has generously offered to host this not-to-be-missed fundraiser.
|STEWARDSHIP: Stewardship is the sharing of the talents and treasures that God has provided for us. An Orthodox Christian Steward is an active participant in the life of the Church. The parish encourages all who accept the Orthodox Faith to become practicing Stewards.|
|2023 Stewardship Status: we have 151 Pledges totaling $192,050 and $158,440 received to date. We also have 11 families who have contributed $5,970 to date but have not submitted a stewardship card. It is important that all families complete a stewardship card to be considered a steward. Current Stewardship List and other stewardship information is posted in bulletin board by water cooler.|
|We need everyone’s participation to exceed this year’s stewardship pledge target of $200,000. If the remaining 52, 2022 stewards give at the same level as last year we could exceed our budget and reach a record high number of stewards.|
|If you have not done so already, we ask that you prayerfully consider your stewardship commitment and submit a 2023 pledge card as soon as you can.
…Remember a rich man is not one who has much, but one who gives much…..
Saint Romanos flourished during the reign of Anastasius (491-518). He was from Emesa of Syria, and apparently was born of Jewish parents, for a hymn written in his honour in Greek says he was "of Hebrew stock," and it has furthermore been noted that he uses many Semitic idioms in his writings. He was baptized an Orthodox Christian, and at some time became a deacon in the Church of Beirut. He was the first composer of the kontakia, the foremost of which is that of the feast of Christ's Nativity, On this day the Virgin .... In composing many of his kontakia. Saint Romanos was inspired by the hymns of Saint Ephraim of Syria.
The Feast of the Protection commemorates the appearance of the most holy Theotokos in the Church of Blachernae in Constantinople in the tenth century, as recorded in the life of Saint Andrew the Fool for Christ's sake. While the multitudes of the faithful were gathered in church, Epiphanius, the friend of Saint Andrew, through the Saint's prayers, beheld the Virgin Mary above the faithful and spreading out her veil over them, signifying her unceasing protection of all Christians. Because of this we keep a yearly feast of gratitude, imploring our Lady never to cease sheltering us in her mighty prayers.
The Feast is celebrated on October 1. In the 1950s, the Church of Greece began to observe the Feast on October 28.
The name Thomas means, "twin." He was one of the Twelve, a Galilean by birth. Sophroneus (not the famous Patriarch of Jerusalem [7th Century, celebrated March 11], but a friend of Jerome's), quoted also by Jerome, says that Saint Thomas preached to the Parthians, Pesians, Medes, Hyrcanians, Bactrians, and neighbouring nations. According to Heracleon, the Apostle died a natural death; according to other accounts, he was martyred at Meliapur His tomb was known by Saint John Chrysostom to be at Edessa in Syria, to which city his holy relics may have been translated from India in the fourth century.
Prokeimenon. Plagal 4th Tone. Psalm 75.11,1.
Make your vows to the Lord our God and perform them.
Verse: God is known in Judah; his name is great in Israel.
The reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 6:16-18; 7:1.
Brethren, you are the temple of the living God; as God said, "I will live in them and move among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore come out from them, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch nothing unclean; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."
Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, and make holiness perfect in the fear of God.
2nd Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 6:31-36
The Lord said, "As you wish that men would do to you, do so to them. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful."
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Please join us for this wonderful evening at Dan Vlahakis's residence at Copper Hill Country Club.
Philoptochos event for all! Please join us!