Sunday School

St. Mark Orthodox Church School Christ and Children “Nothing so furthers teaching as this: loving and being loved.” ~ St. John Chrysostom Teaching Staff  2014-2015 Eileen Waian-Ellis, Director Preschool: Eileen Waian-Ellis Kindergarten: Justine Bahbah 1st & 2nd: Kh. Donna Laffoon & Tammy Qutami 3rd & 4th : Vera Bahbah & Afifa Artoul  5th & 6th: Fatin Fakhouri  & Charlotte Khoury 7th & 8th: Mark Ellis 9th -12th : Jabra Khamis & Edna Deeb.Sunday School, 1st grade St. Mark Church School is making an annual pledge to… SAMP (Support A Mission Priest) This program of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center offers monthly financial assistance to indigenous priests in extremely poor areas around the world.  Through SAMP donations the priest is able to apply himself fully to the needs of the parish and hierarchs are able to ordain more clergy to meet the growing number of parishes in their diocese. This year our priest is Fr. Athanasios Akunda who not only serves two parishes in South Africa but is also Deputy Dean and teacher of the Orthodox Seminary in Kenya. We are asking all the children for a minimum donation of twenty-five cents per week for this worthy cause. This program offers an opportunity for our children to: •    Help spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His Church to people hungry for hope •    Connect with Orthodox brothers and sisters throughout the world. •    Develop a habit of Christian stewardship by their regular giving. “As we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:10 Discuss with your children the necessity and joy of giving their time, talent and resources to the work of the Lord.

St Mark Church School Calendar

2014 – 2015

September 1,
Orthodox Church New Year
September 7,
September 8,
Nativity of the Theotokos
September 14,
Elevation of the Cross
September 21, Church School Registration
September 28, 1st Sunday of Church School
October 5,
Annual Parish Meeting
Church School
October 12, Church School
October 19, Church School
October 26, Church School
November 2, Church School
November 9, Church School
November 15,
Nativity Fast Begins
November 16,
Christmas Program Rehearsal
Church School
November 21,
Entry into the Temple of the Theotokos
November 23,
Christmas Program Rehearsal
Church School
November 27,
Thanksgiving
November 30,
Christmas Program Rehearsal
Church School
December 7,
St. Nicholas Day, Rehearsal, FOCUS
Church School
December 14,
Rehearsal, Caroling at Senior Center
Church School
December 21,
Christmas Program Rehearsal
No Church School
December 25,
The Nativity of Our Lord
December 28,
Church School Christmas Program
January 4, Church School
January 6,
Theophany
January 11, Church School
January 18, Church School
January 25,
God Parent Sunday
Church School
February 1,
Publican & Pharisee Sunday
Church School
February 2,
Presentation of Our Lord
February 8, Church School
February 15,
Meatfare
Church School
February 22,
Cheesefare, SAMP
Church School
February 23,
Great Lent Begins
March 1,
Orthodoxy Sunday, Procession
Church School
March 8, Church School
March 15,
 Sunday of the Cross, Procession
Church School
March 22, Church School
March 25,
The Annunciation of the Theotoko
March 29, Church School
April 5,
Palm Sunday
No Church School
April 12,
Great & Holy Pascha
No Church School
April 19, Church School
April 25,
The Holy Apostle and Evangelist Mark
April 26,
Myrrh-Bearing Women  Sunday
Church School
May 3, Church School
May 10,
Mother’s Day
Church School
May 17, Church School
May 21,
Ascension of Our Lord
May 24, Church School
May 31,
Holy Pentecost
Church School
June 7,
Last Day of Church School
June 14,
Awards & Presentations
June 21,
Father’s Day

HOLY COMMUNION We are encouraging all of the Church School students to receive frequent Communion. Therefore, it will be necessary to prepare the children appropriately. As our children reach an appropriate age (usually 7yrs) parents need to help them begin to abstain from eating or drinking before coming to church. Also, encourage them to follow the rules of fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays. This is the ancient practice of the Orthodox faith. ATTENDANCE Regular Church School attendance is important because of the few opportunities our children have for catechetical instruction. Excessive absences and tardiness are not in the students’ best interest. Parents, please cooperate so that our efforts will not be in vain. Also, parents whose children attend Catholic, Protestant, or non-denominational schools need to be ever-vigilant of the religious curriculum that their children are exposed to. It is important that they receive catechetical instruction in our Church School so that they can learn to discern the theological differences between Orthodoxy and other Christian faiths. DISCIPLINE The primary task of Religious Education is to teach interested students the basic tenets of their Orthodox faith, to instill in them the Christian way of life, and to effectuate spiritual growth in them. Appropriate student attitude and behavior is expected and will be enforced. Disruptive and disrespectful behaviors will not be tolerated because of the negative effect that they have on the educative process. It is imperative that parents, students, and teachers work together to ensure a successful program. DRESS CODE Students are encouraged to make appropriate choices regarding their dress when attending church. Tube tops, spaghetti straps, bare mid-riff, mini skirts and other revealing garments are inappropriate and should be avoided. Pants should be worn at waist level, sagging or over-sized are not appropriate. Undergarments should not be visible. With the emphasis on these fashion trends today, parents need to educate their children on the importance of proper church attire and modesty.