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St. Mark Building Project

St. Mark Remodel and Sanctuary Expansion started on Feb 18 , 2014

Project Completion estimated for

December 2014

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October 19, 2014 Joel


Kontakion of the Theotokos in the Second Tone: O protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the Creator most constant, O despise not the suppliant voices of those who have sinned; but be thou quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee: Hasten to intercession, and speed thou to make supplication, thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.

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Prokeimenon (Psalm 117:14,18) The Lord is my strength and my song. The Lord has chastened me sorely.

The reading is from Saint Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians (11:31 – 12:9)

Brethren, the God and Father of the Lord Jesus, he who is blessed for ever, knows that I do not lie. At Damascus, the governor under King Aretas guarded the city of Damascus in order to seize me, but I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall, and escaped his hands.

I must boast; there is nothing to be gained by it, but I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven — whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows.  And I know that this man was caught up into Paradise — whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows– and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter.  On behalf of this man I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses.  Though if I wish to boast, I shall not be a fool, for I shall be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me.  And to keep me from being too elated by the abundance of revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to harass me, to keep me from being too elated.  Three times I besought the Lord about this, that it should leave me; but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Alleluia Verses (Psalm 19:1, 9) May the Lord hear thee in the day of trouble.  O Lord, save the king, and hear us when we call upon Thee.

Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Luke (7:11-16)

At that time, Jesus went to a city called Nain, and many of his disciples and a great crowd went with him.  As he drew near to the gate of the city, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow and a large crowd from the city was with her.  And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.”  And he came and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still, and Jesus said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.”  And the dead man sat up, and began to speak.  And Jesus gave him to his mother.  Fear seized them all; and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!”  God has visited his people!”

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Holy Oblations are offered today by The Turk family for Reham and Anthony Turk for their birthdays; by Eileen & Mark Ellis for their niece Isabelle’s 25th birthday, by June Anter, Tony, Paula, Leilah and Pauly Rodriguez for Paul Anter on the occasion of his 85th birthday, and by Jacob & Vera Bahbah for the soul of Vera’s uncle Fouad AbuLetham departed this life in Chicago last week and for the health and salvation of their children.

No Coffee Hour today due to the Ladies Guild Pizza & salad luncheon.

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Please remember in your prayers: Odette Chade, Maha Kureh, Darlyne Dibs, Eleanor Wackeen, Suleiman Aldada and the suffering people of Palestine, Syria, Egypt, Iraq and all the Middle East.

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October is Youth Month!

October each year in the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America is celebrated as Youth Month.  During this month teens help in the Church by singing in the choir, chanting, reading the epistles, taking the collections, hosting the coffee hours, etc.

To learn more about Antiochian Teen SOYO please visit

Teen ushers serving Today: Grace Bahbah, George Bahbah, Alex Munayyer, Paul Rodriguez-Anter, Nicole Fakhouri

Epistle Reader: Sarah Chade

Teen ushers serving Next week: Alex Munayyer, Matthew Dabbah, Alex Turk and Diana Aldada.

Epistle Reader: Peter William

Altar boys serving Today: Noah Fortuna, Daniel Atallah, Connor Wilde, George Aldada.

Altar boys serving Next Week: Samir Khamis, Joseph Attalla, Andrew Bahbah

Church Etiquette

  • Please be on time for services; those arriving late should not approach the Chalice for Communion.
  • To receive Communion, one must be a baptized/chrismated Orthodox Christian who has prepared by prayer, fasting, alms giving, and regular confession.
  • Confessions are heard on Saturday evenings after Great Vespers and during the week by appointment.
  • Men, women, and children: please dress modestly for services.
  • Please remove lip balm or lipstick before receiving Communion or kissing the holy icons, Chalice, or Gospel.
  • If you wish to stand for the entire service, please do so in the back or the aisle so as not to block the view of others who may need to sit. When seated, we should refrain from a posture of relaxation (e.g., crossing legs or arms).
  • Pledges, Tithes, Donations: Giving 10% of one’s income is God-pleasing, as are all gifts offered by a pious and cheerful giver with a humble heart.  Membership forms, renewed annually, are located in the Hall.

Children are welcome!  Yet, if they interfere with the prayers of the faithful, we all may need a break.  Food and drink (and toys) are not allowed in the Temple.

Quote from the Saints

…do not grow cold through the example and the lukewarmness of the multitude, but live as do the few, so that with the few you may deserve to be found in the kingdom. ‘For many are called, but few are chosen’.

St. John Cassian

Canned Food Drive

As we all know, unemployment is still high. All relief agencies are seeing more needs and at the same time donations are down. In light of this, the ongoing canned food collection of our parish is a small but important way to help. Please try to bring something to go in the collection barrel every week.

Good Samaritan Fund

Several years ago, St. Mark Church established a fund for assisting those in need, both within our parish and in the general community. From time to time we ask for contributions to the Good Samaritan Fund, and this is one of those times. If you are in need of assistance or you are aware of someone in our parish that needs financial assistance, please speak with Fr. Michael.


Teen officers meeting after Church

Men’s Club meeting and Officer’s election after church.

Ladies Guild Breast Cancer Awareness Pizza and Salad Luncheon, to Support the women fighting this disease. We admire the survivors and honor those taken. The Ladies are serving Pizza and Salad Lunch. Donation; $5.00 Adults and $3.00 children under 12 years. All profits will benefit Living Beyond Breast Cancer

Last Sunday we had our annual picnic and volunteer’s appreciation Day at William Mason Park in Irvine. Father Michael presented small gifts as of token of appreciation to the following people: Roger Tierney and family for Humanitarian work;  Austin Turk, Gisele Awayjan and Hanna Zabaneh for hosting the Annual Wine Tasting dinner; Maurice Karkar, Elias Nasrawi and Samir Billeh for Men’s club. Thanks to all who helped in setting up and cleaning at the park.

Two Sundays ago, we held our 2014 Annual Meeting. We passed a budget for 2015 and elected three new Parish Council Members: Ghassan Awayjan, Randy Dabbah, and Joe Daruty. Mark Ellis was appointed for a one year term. Thanks and blessings to the outgoing Council members: Kyra Pelachik, Patrick Wilde, Michael Khoury and Roger Tierney.

Parish Council had their monthly meeting on Monday 10/13/14. They elected new officers and they are: Nelson Mamey Chairman; Randy Dabbah Vice President; Fouad Tarazi. Treasurer and Richard Jirjis Assistant Treasurer; Mark Ellis Secretary. They will be installed today along with the other Council Members: Afifa Artoul, Ghassan Awayjan, Issa Bahbah, Joe Daurty and Penny Skaff. Congratulations to our new Parish Council and God bless.

“No Debt Building Campaign”

Our sanctuary remodel and expansion is progressing and we hope to move into the new sanctuary by the end of November. In order to complete this work with little or no debt, we have embarked on a “No Debt” Campaign. So far we have pledges and donations totaling $75,880 Thanks to those who have made these pledges. Please consider your “No Debt” contribution today!

This Week

Wednesday October 22nd, 6:30 p.m. Daily Vespers

Next week

Wednesday October 29th, 6:30 p.m. Daily Vespers

Saturday November 1st, St. Mark Annual Dinner & Wine Tasting. Presented by Fr. John Finley, please see flyer included in this bulletin for reservation.

Upcoming Services & Events

Sunday November 9th, Ladies Guild Pre Thanksgiving Luncheon. More information coming soon.

Upcoming Humanitarian Events ‏

Dec 7th FOCUS OC Valencia Inn St. Nicholas Day, hosted by Sunday School

Jan 4th Red Cross Blood Drive


Our Ladies Guild buys scrip from many and various stores and Restaurants (see list included in this Bulletin) at a 3 to 10% discount. When you buy the scrip, which is accepted just like cash at the issuing store, the Parish benefits. You pay no more for these goods and services and are making a donation to our parish.  You can purchase this scrip from Saeda Turk at the coffee hour.

The Holy Prophet Joel (October 19)

The Prophet Joel, whose name means “Yah is God,” was of the tribe of Reuben, the son of Bathuel, and lived from 810 to 750 B.C. (but some say in the 7th century B.C.). His book is divided into three chapters, and is the second in order of the minor Prophets. He foretold the coming of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost (Joel 2:28, and quoted by the Apostle Peter in Acts 2:17), and the saving power of the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ (Joel 2:32).

October 19, 2014 3rd of Luke 19th Sun AP

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