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NOVEMBER 23RD, 2014 AFTER-FEAST OF ENTRANCE OF THE THEOTOKOS INTO THE TEMPLE

November 23, 2014 Front Page

During the Little Entrance

Troparion of the Presentation in the Fourth Tone: Today is the prelude of the good-will of God, of the preaching of the salvation of mankind. The Virgin appears in the temple of God, in anticipation proclaiming Christ to all. Let us rejoice and sing to her: Rejoice, O Fulfillment of the Creator’s dispensation

HYMNS AFTER THE LITTLE ENTRANCE

Troparion for the Resurrection, in the Seventh Tone: Thou didst shatter death by Thy cross. Thou didst open paradise to the thief, Thou didst turn the sadness of the ointment bearing women into joy, and didst bid thine apostles proclaim a warning that Thou hast risen O Christ granting to the world the great mercy.
Troparion of the Presentation in the Fourth Tone (repeat)

Troparion to St. Mark in the Fourth Tone: From thy childhood the light of truth enlightened thee, O Mark, and thou didst love the labor of Christ the Savior. Wherefore thou didst follow Peter with zeal and didst serve Paul as a fellow laborer and didst enlighten the world with thy holy Gospel.

Kontakion of the Presentation of the Theotokos, in the Fourth Tone: The most pure temple of the Savior, the very precious chamber and Virgin, the sacred treasure of the glory of God, is presented today in the house of the Lord. She bringeth with her the grace of the Spirit, which the angels of God do praise. She is the heavenly tabernacle.

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Prokeimenon (Psalm 28.11,1) Tone 7:  The Lord will give strength to his people.  Bring to the Lord, O sons of God, bring to the Lord honor and glory.

The reading from Saint Paul’s Second Letter to the Ephesians (2:14-22) 

Brethren, Christ is our peace, who has made us both one, and has broken down the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law of commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby bringing the hostility to an end.  And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.  So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built into it for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

Alleluia Verses (Psalm 91.1, 2.) Tone 7: It is good to give thanks to the Lord.  To proclaim your mercy in the morning and your truth by night.

The Reading from the Gospel according to Saint Luke (12:16 -21)

The Lord spoke this parable, “The land of a rich man brought forth plentifully; and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’  And he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns, and build larger ones; and there I will store all my grain and my goods.  And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, be merry.’  But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

As he said this, Jesus called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

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Holy Oblations are offered today by Michael, Charlotte, Melody, George, Melissa & Amanda Khoury for Grace on the occasion of her birthday, and by Maurice & Nadia Karkar and family for the soul of Maurice’s sister Stella who passed away in Ramallah last week, Memory Eternal!

 

Today’s Coffee Hour is sponsored by Coffee Hour Committee. Thank you!

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Please remember in your prayers: Odette Chade, Maha Kureh, Darlyne Dibs, Eleanor Wackeen, Sleiman Aldada, Vanda Billeh and the suffering people of West Africa, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq and everywhere afflicted with disease and violence.

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Ushers serving this week: Sami Farraj & Austin Turk

Ushers serving next week: Imad Alchammas & Roger Tierney

Altar boys serving Today: Sammy Khamis, Andrew Azzam, George Bahbah, Nour Youssef.

Altar boys serving Next Week: Noah Fortuna, Daniel Attallah, Connor Wilde, George Aldada.

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 Sunday mornings 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.

Quote from the Saints

“The soul should be provided with the word of God. For the word of God, as Gregory the Theologian says, ‘is the bread of angels, which feeds the soul that is hungry for God. But, above all, one should read the New Testament and the Psalter. From this proceeds illumination of the mind…’” — St. Seraphim of Sarov

Canned Food Drive

The economic recovery since the Great Recession has been sluggish. 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.

Today

We celebrate the first Divine Liturgy in our remodeled and enlarged sanctuary. We will celebrate this with the Lesser Blessing of Waters Service at the end of the Liturgy (after which Church School teachers and students are dismissed).

There is still much to be done in terms of furnishings, icons, etc, but we are in our new worship space. Glory to God! 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 $80,300 Thanks to those who have made these pledges. Please consider your “No Debt” contribution today!

SOYO Fundraiser: Pies will be delivered today!!

Community Christmas Card Organized by our Teen SOYO. Please see Christmas Card form included in the bulletin. Dead line for collecting the forms is December 14th. Donation $15 per Sponsor/family.

Advent (the Christmas Fast) has begun. This fast, which lasts exactly 40 days, prepares us to celebrate the Feast of the Nativity (Birth) of Jesus Christ, commonly known as Christmas.  This Fast is divided into two periods: The first is November 15th through December 19th when the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, dairy, fish, wine, and olive oil) is observed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with katalysis for wine and olive oil (some also permit fish) on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and for fish, wine, and olive oil on Saturdays and Sundays. The second is the period of the Forefeast, December 20th through 24th, when the traditional fasting discipline is observed Monday through Friday, with katalysis for wine and olive oil on Saturday and Sunday. As part of our Advent effort Orthodox Christians should also participate in the Sacrament of Confession. The only way to combat the commercialization and vaguely sentimental observance of the Birth of the Savior is to prepare for a Holy Feast Day by participating in the Fast!

By the grace of the Holy Spirit, the Official West Coast Celebration of the Enthronement of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph will take place on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Los Angeles. All proceeds will benefit Camp St. Nicholas and Youth Education Programs. Do not miss this historic celebration in the life of our Diocese – this is the only celebration taking place on the West Coast. We are praying for enthusiastic participation by all churches in the Diocese to honor our beloved Metropolitan Joseph. The day will start with a youth brunch, followed by a reception for clergy and wives, then vespers, and the Gala Reception and Banquet featuring special musical offerings. A Hierarchal Divine Liturgy will be held the next day at St. Nicholas Cathedral. There will be a very special Commemorative Program Book that will include memorable images from the actual enthronement. For tickets, program book and hotel info, please visit: www.antiochianladiocese.org

This Week

Wednesday November 26th, 7:00 p.m. Thanksgiving Eve Divine Liturgy at St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church, 4949 Alton Pwky, Irvine.

Thursday November 27th, Thanksgiving Day. The Church Office will be closed Thursday and Friday.

Next week

Wednesday December 3rd, 6:30 p.m. Advent Paraklesis

Upcoming Services & Events

Saturday December 13th, 7:00 P.M. St. Mark Men’s Club Annual Christmas Dinner at the home of Jacob and Vera Bahbah. Please check the flyer included for details.

Friday December 19th, 10:00 a.m. Ladies Guild Baking day at the Church kitchen for Spinach pies

Sunday December 21st, St Mark Ladies Guild Annual Christmas Bake Sale after Church

Mark your Calendar for Men’s Club New Years Eve on Wednesday December 31st. please see flyers included in this bulletin for more information.

Mark your Calendar for Valentine party on Saturday February 14th at 7:00 p.m.

Upcoming Humanitarian Events ‏

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

Jan 4th Red Cross Blood Drive

Saint of the Day

Holy Bishop Amphilochius of Iconium (November 23)

Saint Amphilochius, who was born in Cappadocia, shone forth in asceticism and divine knowledge even from his youth. He was consecrated Bishop of Iconium in 341, he struggled courageously against the blasphemies of Eunomius, Macedonius the enemy of the Holy Spirit, and the followers of Arius. He was present at the Second Ecumenical Council of the 150 Fathers, which took place in Constantinople, convoked during the reign of Theodosius the Great in the year 381. In 383 Amphilochius wished to persuade the Emperor Theodosius to forbid the Arians from gathering in Constantinople and to commit the churches to the Orthodox, but the Emperor was reluctant to do such a thing. The next time that Amphilochius entered the palace, he addressed Theodosius with proper honour, but slighted his young son Arcadius in his presence. Theodosius was indignant, and said the dishonour shown to his son was equally an insult to himself. To this Saint Amphilochius answered that as he would not suffer an insult to his son, so he ought to believe that God is wroth with those who blaspheme His Only-begotten. Saint Theodosius understood and admired Amphilochius’ ingenious device, and he issued the desired edict in September of the same year. Saint Amphilochius, having reached deep old age, reposed in peace about the year 395. Saint Basil the Great wrote many letters to Saint Amphilochius, his friend and Fellow champion of the Faith, and at his request wrote his treatise On the Holy Spirit, which besides demonstrating the divinity of the Holy Spirit and His equality with the Father and the Son, defends the Church’s unwritten ancient traditions, such as making the sign of the Cross, turning towards the East in prayer, no kneeling on Sunday, and so forth.

BUY SCRIP

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.

NOVEMBER 16TH, 2014 HOLY APOSTLE & EVANGELIST MATTHEW

NOVEMBER 16, FRONT

HYMNS AFTER THE LITTLE ENTRANCE

Troparion for the Resurrection, in the Sixth Tone: When Mary stood at Thy grave looking for Thy sacred body, angelic powers shone above thy revered tomb, and the soldiers who were to keep guard became as dead men. Thou led hades captive and wast not tempted thereby.  Thou didst meet the virgin and didst give life to the world, O Thou who art risen from the dead, O Lord glory to Thee.

Troparion of Saint Matthew in the Third Tone:  When thou didst hear the divine voice of the Word, thou didst receive the light of faith and didst then abandon the office of publican.  Wherefore, thou didst proclaim the good tidings of Christ God’s ineffable kenosis, O Apostle Matthew.  Intercede now, that they who honor thee may be granted forgiveness of offenses and great mercy.

Troparion to St. Mark in the Fourth Tone: From thy childhood the light of truth enlightened thee, O Mark, and thou didst love the labor of Christ the Savior. Wherefore thou didst follow Peter with zeal and didst serve Paul as a fellow laborer and didst enlighten the world with thy holy Gospel.

Kontakion of the Presentation of the Theotokos, in the Fourth Tone: The most pure temple of the Savior, the very precious chamber and Virgin, the sacred treasure of the glory of God, is presented today in the house of the Lord. She bringeth with her the grace of the Spirit, which the angels of God do praise. She is the heavenly tabernacle.

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Prokeimenon (Psalm 32:22, 1) Let your mercy be upon us. Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous.

Reading from St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians. (Chapter 4:9-16)

Brethren, I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels and to men. We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor, but we in disrepute. To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are ill-clad and buffeted and homeless, and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; when slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become, and are now, as the refuse of the world, the off scouring of all things.

I do not write this to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel. I urge you, then, be imitators of me.

Alleluia Verses (Psalm 17:47, 50) It is God magnifies the salvlation of his king, a deals mercifully with his anointed.

The Reading from the Gospel according to St. Matthew (9:9 -13)

At that time, as Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax office; and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.

And as he sat at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Jesus and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” But when Jesus heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

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Holy Oblations are offered today by Emilie Laffoon and family for the soul of her unlce, Simon (Cy) Simon, departed this life 15 years, by Paul & June Anter for their daughter Paula and son-in-law Tony Rodriquez on the occasion of their 22nd wedding anniversary and for their granddaughter Leila for her 19th birthday, by Tony, Paula and Paul Rodriquez for their daughter and sister Leila on the occasion of her birthday, and by Habib Saad and family for the soul of his son Habib Saad Jr. departed this life 10 years and for the souls of Michael, Evan and Ibrahim Saad. Memory Eternal!!

Today’s Coffee Hour is sponsored by Habib Saad and Family. Thank you!!

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Please remember in your prayers: Odette Chade, Maha Kureh, Darlyne Dibs, Eleanor Wackeen, Sleiman Aldada, Vanda Billeh and the suffering people of West Africa, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq and everywhere afflicted with disease and violence.

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Ushers serving this week: Don Skaff & Melad Hanna

Ushers serving next week: Sami Farraj & Austin Turk

Altar boys serving Today: James Dabbah, Paul Youssef, Nour Youssef, Matthew Dabbah

Altar boys serving Next Week: Sammy Khamis, Andrew Azzam, George Bahbah, Richard Tierney.

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 Sunday mornings 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.

Quote from the Saints

Abide in perpetual repentance then and be prepared for departure at all times and in every place.

St. Tikhon of Zadonsk

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.

Today

This next Sunday (November 23) we will, with God’s help, celebrate the first Divine Liturgy in our remodeled and enlarged sanctuary. Much will remain undone in terms of furnishings, icons, etc, but we will be done worshipping in the Hall. Glory to God!

Advent (the Christmas Fast) began yesterday. This fast, which lasts exactly 40 days, prepares us to celebrate the Feast of the Nativity (Birth) of Jesus Christ, commonly known as Christmas.  This Fast is divided into two periods: The first is November 15th through December 19th when the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, dairy, fish, wine, and olive oil) is observed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with katalysis for wine and olive oil (some also permit fish) on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and for fish, wine, and olive oil on Saturdays and Sundays. The second is the period of the Forefeast, December 20th through 24th, when the traditional fasting discipline is observed Monday through Friday, with katalysis for wine and olive oil on Saturday and Sunday. As part of our Advent effort Orthodox Christians should also participate in the Sacrament of Confession. The only way to combat the commercialization and vaguely sentimental observance of the Birth of the Savior is to prepare for a Holy Feast Day by participating in the Fast!

Ladies Guild Meeting after Church.

Thanks and blessings on all the Ladies of our Church who baked, donated, set up, served and cleaned up for the Luncheon last Sunday, God bless you all!!

 

Congratulations to all the Teen Officers for their installment today with love from their Teen Advisors Auntie Paula Rodriquez and Auntie Dana Chade

President: Grace Bahbah

Vice president: Alex Turk

Secretary: Jay Skaff

Treasurer: George Bahbah

Historians: Paul Rodriguez-Anter and Christiana Tarazi

8th grade representative: Youssef Youssef

7th grade representative: Marianne Hannouneh

 

SOYO Fundraiser: Pies will be delivered by Thanksgiving.   Apple, Pecan and Pumpkin – Yum! Please see form included in this bulletin to order your pies today.

 

SAVE THE DATE! By the grace of the Holy Spirit, we are prayerfully

anticipating the upcoming Enthronement of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph. Since many will not be able to attend the event in New York, we are blessed to announce an official West Coast Diocese event celebrating the Enthronement on Saturday, January 31, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, with the proceeds to benefit Camp St. Nicholas and Youth Education Programs. We are praying for enthusiastic participation by all churches in the Diocese to honor our beloved Metropolitan Joseph. This is the only celebration taking place on the West Coast – do not miss this historic celebration in the life of our Archdiocese. Please note that there will be a Commemorative Program Book that will include memorable images from the actual enthronement. Ticket and program book information will be available shortly. For further information, contact co-chairs: Rose Samore: rosesamore@gmail.com or Jasminka Gabrie: jgabrie@earthlink.net

 

 “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 $80,300 Thanks to those who have made these pledges. Please consider your “No Debt” contribution today!

This Week

Wednesday November 19th, 6:30 p.m. Advent Paraklesis

Thursday November 20th, 6:30 p.m. Evening Liturgy for the Entrance of the Theotokos. Orthros 5:30 p.m.

Next week

Wednesday November 26th, 6:30 p.m. Advent Paraklesis

 

Thursday November 27th, Thanksgiving Day. The Church Office will be closed Thursday and Friday.

 

Upcoming Services & Events

Upcoming Humanitarian Events ‏

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

Jan 4th Red Cross Blood Drive

Mark your Calendar for the Ladies Guild Christmas Bake Sale on Sunday December 21st. Please find the Order Form included in this bulletin to place your order today!

Saint of the Day

Holy Apostle Matthew the Evangelist (November 16)

This Apostle, who was also called Levi, was the son of Alphaeus and had Galilee as his homeland. A publican before being called by Christ, he became one of the Twelve Apostles, and an Evangelist. While still in Palestine, he wrote his Gospel first in Hebrew, being also the first of all to write the Gospel. When he is depicted in icons, there is portrayed next to him the likeness of a man, one of the symbolic living creatures mentioned by Ezekiel (1.10), which, as Saint Irenaeus writes, is a symbol of our Saviour’s Incarnation.

BUY SCRIP

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.

 

NOVEMBER 9TH, 2014 NEKTARIOS OF AEGINA AND PENTOPOLIS, THE WONDER-WORKER

NOVEMBER 9TH, 2014 FRONT

Troparion of Saint Nektarios in the First Tone: O ye faithful, let us honor Nectarios:  child of Selybria and patron of Aegina; true friend of virtue, manifest in the last times a godly servant of Christ: for he poureth forth healing abundantly upon them that cry in reverence:  Glory be to Christ who hath glorified thee; glory be to Him who hath magnified thee; glory be to Him who through thee worketh healing for all.

Troparion to St. Mark in the Fourth Tone: From thy childhood the light of truth enlightened thee, O Mark, and thou didst love the labor of Christ the Savior. Wherefore thou didst follow Peter with zeal and didst serve Paul as a fellow laborer and didst enlighten the world with thy holy Gospel.

Kontakion of the Presentation of the Theotokos, in the Fourth Tone: The most pure temple of the Savior, the very precious chamber and Virgin, the sacred treasure of the glory of God, is presented today in the house of the Lord. She bringeth with her the grace of the Spirit, which the angels of God do praise. She is the heavenly tabernacle.

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Prokeimenon (Psalm 149:5,1) The saints shall rejoice in glory. Sing to the Lord a new song.

Section from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Ephesians (5:8-19)

Brethren, walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is a shame even to speak of the things that they do in secret; but when anything is exposed by the light it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it is said, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.”

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart.

Alleluia verses (Psalm 50: 1,10) Have mercy upon me, O God, according to your great mercy. Turn you face away from my sins.

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (8:41-56)

At that time, there came to Jesus a man named Jairus, who was a ruler of the synagogue; and falling at Jesus’ feet he besought Him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying.  As Jesus went, the people pressed round Him.  And a woman, who had had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had spent all her living upon physicians, and could not be healed by anyone, came up behind Him, and touched the fringe of His garment; and immediately her flow of blood ceased.  And Jesus said, “Who was it that touched Me?”  When all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the multitudes surround Thee and press upon Thee!  And Thou sayest, ‘Who touched Me?’”  But Jesus said, “Someone touched Me; for I perceive that power has gone forth from Me.”  And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before Him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched Him, and how she had been immediately healed.  And Jesus said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”  While Jesus was still speaking, a man from the ruler’s house came and said, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher any more.”  But Jesus on hearing this answered him, “Do not fear; only believe, and she shall be well.”  And when Jesus came to the house, He permitted no one to enter with Him, except Peter and James and John, and the father and mother of the child.  And all were weeping and bewailing her; but Jesus said, “Do not weep; for she is not dead but sleeping.”  And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead.  But taking her by the hand Jesus called, saying, “Child, arise.”  And her spirit returned, and she got up at once; and Jesus directed that something should be given her to eat.  And her parents were amazed; but He charged them to tell no one what had happened.

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Holy Oblations are offered today by Philip, George & Grace Bahbah for Tariez for her birthday, by Joe, Salwa, Nicholas & Nora Bahbah for Nicholas on his birthday, and by Jacob, Vera, Andy Randy Bahbah and Adele Kennan and her family for Jake on his birthday, By Georgette Salameh and family, the Bitar, Zawaideh and Fatalaleh families for one week memorial for the soul of Tony Wade Fattaleh, Georgette Salameh’s cousin who passed away from this life on the 31st of October in Amman Jordan. Brother of Elizabeth, Alex and Edward, and for the souls of Albert, Alice, Michael, Khalil & Randa. May his memory be Eternal Allah Yerhamoh.

In lieu’s of Coffee Hour today, our Ladies Guild is offering their Pre-Thanksgiving luncheon.

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Please remember in your prayers: Odette Chade, Maha Kureh, Darlyne Dibs, Eleanor Wackeen, Sleiman Aldada and the suffering people of West Africa, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq and everywhere afflicted with disease and violence.

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Ushers serving this week: Dimitri Kort & Randy Dabbah.

Ushers serving next week: Don Skaff & Melad Hanna

Altar boys serving Today: James Bahbah, Peter Williams, Nicholas Bahou, Youssef Youssef

Altar boys serving Next Week: James Dabbah, Paul Youssef, Nour Youssef, Matthew Dabbah

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 Sunday mornings 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.

Quote from the Saints

Before the writing of the Holy Scriptures, that is, of the sacred texts of the Gospels, the Acts and the Epistles of the Apostles, and before they were spread to the churches of the world, the Church was based on Sacred Tradition….The holy texts are in relation to Sacred Tradition what the part is to the whole.

St. Nectarios

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.

Today

Ladies Guild is serving the Pre Thanksgiving Luncheon. Donation: $ 8 for Adults, $ 5 for Children 12 and under. Please Stay and enjoy the lunch with us!!

Thanks and blessing on all the Ladies of our Church who baked, donated, set up, served and cleaned up for the Luncheon today, God bless you all!!

Thank you for Anahid Azzouni, June Anter, Sue Dabbah, Elsa Frech for baking and donating for the Building Fund Bake Sale last Sunday and for Don Skaff Sr. for helping.

 

SOYO Fundraiser: Pies will be delivered by Thanksgiving..   Apple, Pecan and Pumpkin – Yum! Please see form included in this bulletin to order your pies today.

 

SAVE THE DATE! By the grace of the Holy Spirit, we are prayerfully

anticipating the upcoming Enthronement of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph. Since many will not be able to attend the event in New York, we are blessed to announce an official West Coast Diocese event celebrating the Enthronement on Saturday, January 31, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, with the proceeds to benefit Camp St. Nicholas and Youth Education Programs. We are praying for enthusiastic participation by all churches in the Diocese to honor our beloved Metropolitan Joseph. This is the only celebration taking place on the West Coast – do not miss this historic celebration in the life of our Archdiocese. Please note that there will be a Commemorative Program Book that will include memorable images from the actual enthronement. Ticket and program book information will be available shortly. For further information, contact co-chairs: Rose Samore: rosesamore@gmail.com or Jasminka Gabrie: jgabrie@earthlink.net

 “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

Monday November 10th, 6:30 p.m. Parish Council Meeting

Wednesday November 12th, 6:30 p.m. Daily Vespers

Friday November 14th, Vespers, Ask Abouna Teen Session, Dinner and Movie
sign up with Jay Skaff for something to bring for dinner

Saturday November 15th, Advent Begins

Next week

Sunday November 16th, Ladies Guild Meeting after Church.

Wednesday November 19th, 6:30 p.m. Advent Paraklesis

Thursday November 20th, 6:30 p.m. Evening Liturgy for the Entrance of the  Theotokos. Orthros 5:30 p.m.

Upcoming Services & Events

Thursday November 27th, Thanksgiving Day and the Church Office will be closed !

Upcoming Humanitarian Events ‏

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

Jan 4th Red Cross Blood Drive

Mark your Calendar for the Ladies Guild Christmas Bake Sale on Sunday December 21st. Please find the Order Form included in this bulletin to place your order today!

Saint of the Day

St. Nectarios of Aegina (November 9)

Anastasios Kephalas, later Nectarios, was born on 1 October 1846 in Selymbria in Thrace to a poor family. His parents, Dimos and Maria Kephalas, were pious Christians but not wealthy.

At the age of 14, he moved to Constantinople (Istanbul) to work and further his education. In 1866, at age 20, he moved to the island of Chios to take a teaching post. On November 7, 1876, he became a monk, at age 30, in the Monastery of Nea Moni, for he had long wished to embrace the ascetic life.

Three years after becoming a monk he was ordained a Deacon, taking the name Nectarios. He graduated from the University of Athens in 1885. During his years as a student of the University of Athens he wrote many books, pamphlets, and Bible commentaries.

Following his graduation he went to Alexandria, Egypt, where he was ordained a priest and served the Church of Saint Nicholas in Cairo. He was consecrated Metropolitan bishop of Pentapolis (an ancient diocese in Cyrenaica, in what is now Libya) by the Greek Orthodox Patriarch Sophronios in 1889.

Although Nectarius’ swift ascent through the degrees of ecclesiastical office did not affect his modesty and childlike innocence, it aroused the envy of lesser men, who convinced the elderly Sophronius that Nectarius had it in his heart to become Patriarch. Since the people loved Nectarius, the Patriarch was troubled by the slanders. On May 3, 1890, Sophronius relieved Metropolitan Nectarius of his duties; in July of the same year, he commanded Nectarius to leave Egypt. Without seeking to avenge or even to defend himself, the innocent Metropolitan left for Athens, where he found that accusations of immorality had arrived before him. He then returned to Greece in 1891, and spent several years as a preacher (1891–1894). He was then director of the Rizarios Ecclesiastical School for the education of priests in Athens for fifteen years. He developed many courses of study, and wrote numerous books, while preaching widely throughout Athens.

In 1904,at the request of several nuns, he established Holy Trinity Monastery for them on the island of Aegina.

In December 1908, at the age of 62, St. Nectarios resigned from his post as school director and withdrew to the Holy Trinity Convent on Aegina, where he lived out the rest of his life as a monk. He wrote, published, preached, and heard confessions. He also tended the gardens, carried stones, and helped with the construction of the monastery buildings that were built with his own funds.

St. Nectarios died on November 8, 1920, at the age of 74, following hospitalization for prostate cancer and two months of treatment. His body was taken to the Holy Trinity Convent, where he was buried by his best friend St Savvas of Kalymnos, who later painted the first icon of St. Nectarios. The funeral of St. Nectarios was attended by multitudes of people from all parts of Greece and Egypt. Thousands of miracles have been attributed to his intercession, particularly cases of cancer or other serious illnesses being cured. He was recognized as a Saint of the Church by the Patriarchate of Constantinople in 1961.

 BUY SCRIP

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

November 9, 2014 St Nektarios, 7th of Luke