Sunday Services: Orthros 8:30 am; Divine Liturgy 9:30 am.
Weekday Services: See parish website calendar link for updates.
We are all invited to the St. Fanourios Greek Orthodox Church in Elizabeth today (Sat.) for the Great Vespers service at 7 pm. St. Fanourios bread will be blessed.
We thank the Rev. Fr. Nicholas Soteropoulos for serving the Sundays of Aug. 20 and 27 while Fr. Anastasios is on vacation. Fr. Nick will be blessing the fanouropites at the end of Liturgy on Sunday, Aug. 27. Please bring names for Fr. Nick to commemorate for health and welfare.
Our next weekday service is Friday, Sept. 1 - the Indiction (beginning of the Ecclesiastical New Year). Orthros begins at 8:30 AM and is followed by Divine Liturgy.
The Enthronement of His Eminence Metropolitan Apostolos of New Jersey will take place on Saturday, September 16, 2023, at 10:30 a.m., at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint John the Theologian in Tenafly, New Jersey. (All are invited to the Enthronement!) The following day, Sunday, September 17, His Eminence will also celebrate his first Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral as the new Metropolitan of New Jersey. As of now, the Enthronement Luncheon at the Venetian on Sat., Sept. 16 is sold out (waiting list).
DEADLINE APPROACHING: Dinner at Local Greek that will take place on Monday, September 18th, 2023 from 6 to 8 pm at Local Greek Lambertville located at 2 Canal Street in Lambertville, NJ. We hope that you will join us for this fun-filled evening of delicious Greek cuisine and fellowship with both old friends and new ones. Admission to the event will be $50 a person which includes a selection of appetizers, a main course, sides, and dessert. Seating is limited so Please Reserve Early. Please visit www.greekdinners.com to purchase your tickets/ reservation. Reservations are needed by September 10th. Please see event chairs Bill Johnson or Diana Grina with any questions.
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 Vlahakas in nearby Ringoes who has generously offered to host this not-to-be-missed fundraiser.
Stewardship: Please be sure that you have submitted a Stewardship Commitment Card for 2023. Also, those 2022 Stewards that have forgotten to submit a card for this year can expect a gentle reminder via email and mail in the coming weeks. The refinancing of our Mortgage in August is dependent on having a strong stewardship count with all our families participating. The Stewardship Card is critical for this accounting of our "Committed" Stewards. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any Stewardship questions. See the Stewardship update below. Thank you.
Saint Pimen was from Egypt and shone forth in the ascetical life in Scete in the fourth century; he was renowned for his discretion. Many of his sayings and deeds are preserved in the Paradise of the Fathers and the Sayings of the Fathers.
Prokeimenon. 3rd Tone. Psalm 46.6,1.
Sing praises to our God, sing praises.
Verse: Clap your hands, all you nations.
The reading is from St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 15:1-11.
Brethren, I would remind you in what terms I preached to you the gospel, which you received, in which you stand, by which you are saved, if you hold it fast -- unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God which is with me. Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.
12th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 19:16-26
At that time, a young man came up to Jesus, kneeling and saying, "Good Teacher, what good deed must I do, to have eternal life?" And he said to him, "Why do you call me good? One there is who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments." He said to him, "Which?" And Jesus said, "You shall not kill, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother, and You shall love your neighbor as yourself." The young man said to him, "All these I have observed; what do I still lack?" Jesus said to him, "If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions.
And Jesus said to his disciples, "Truly, I say to you, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." When the disciples heard this they were greatly astonished, saying, "Who then can be saved?" But Jesus looked at them and said to them, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."