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OCTOBER 19TH, 2014 HOLY PROPHET JOEL

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 www.teensoyo.org.

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.

Today

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

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.

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

OCTOBER 12TH, 2014 HOLY FATHERS OF THE 7TH ECUMENICAL COUNCIL

OCTOBER 12TH, 2014

HYMNS AFTER THE LITTLE ENTRANCE

Troparion for the Resurrection, in the First Tone:   While the stone was sealed by the Jews, and the soldiers were guarding Thy most pure Body, thou didst arise on the third day, O savior, granting life to the world; for which cause the heavenly powers cried aloud unto Thee, O Giver of Life; Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ; glory to Thy Kingdom; Glory to Thy Providence, O Thou who alone art the Lover of mankind.

Troparion of the Holy Fathers in Tone 8: Most glorified art thou, O Christ our God, who hast established our holy Fathers as luminous stars upon the earth, and through them didst guide us all to the true Faith.  O Most Merciful One, glory be to thee.

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 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 (Daniel 3:26, 27) Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our Fathers. For you are just in all you have done.

Section from the Epistle of St. Paul to Titus (3:8-15)

                   Titus, my son, the saying is sure. I desire you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to apply themselves to good deeds; these are excellent and profitable to men. But avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels over the law, for they are unprofitable and futile.  As for a man who is factious, after admonishing him once or twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is perverted and sinful; he is self-condemned.

When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there.  Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing. And let our people learn to apply themselves to good deeds, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not to be unfruitful.

All who are with me send greetings to you.  Greet those who love us in the faith.  Grace be with you all.

Alleluia Verses (Psalm 43:1, 7) O God, with our ears have we heard, for our fathers have told us the work which Thou hadst wrought in their days, in the days of old. For Thou hast saved us from them that afflict us, and them that hate us hast Thou put to shame.

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Luke (8:5-¬15)

                   The Lord spoke this parable: “A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the path, and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air devoured it.  And some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew, and yielded a hundredfold.”

And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, he said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but for others they are in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.

Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, that they may not believe and be saved. And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy; but these have no root, they believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature.  And as for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience. As Jesus said this, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

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Holy Oblations are offered today by Esperance Hadshiti for her grandson Antonio Khoury on the occasion of his 6th birthday and for the health of Samer, Heba and Joelle Khoury, and by Eileen & Mark Ellis for their niece Isabelle’s 25th birthday

 

NO Coffee Hour today due to the parish Picnic!!

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Please remember in your prayers: Odette Chade, Maha Kureh, Darlyne Dibs, Eleanor Wackeen, Isa Khamis, 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 www.teensoyo.org.

Teen ushers serving Today: Alex Munayyer, George Bahbah, Marianne Hannouneh, Santorine Alarja, Alex Turk, Grace Bahbah.

Epistle Reader: Paul Rodriguez-Anter

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

Epistle Reader: Sarah Chade

Altar boys serving Today: Sammy Khamis, Andrew Azzam, George Bahbah, Richard Tierney

Altar boys serving Next Week: Noah Fortuna, Daniel Atallah, 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 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

Very few men can accurately recognize all their own faults; indeed, only those can do this whose intellect is never torn away from the remembrance of God.

St. Diadochos of Photiki

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

St. Mark Annual Potluck Picnic after church

Last Sunday, 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: Patrick Wilde, Michael Khoury and Roger Tierney.

 “No Debt Building Campaign”

Our sanctuary remodel and expansion is progressing and we hope to move into the new sanctuary by the mid of December. 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 October 13th, 6:30 p.m. Parish Council Meeting

Wednesday October 15th, 6:30 p.m. Daily Vespers

Thursday October 16th, 6:30 p.m. Ladies Guild Monthly Meeting with potluck and Bunco game. Please Ladies join us!

Saturday October 18th, Breast Cancer Awareness walk. Please see flyer included in this bulletin for more information.

Next week

Sunday October 19th,

  • Ladies Guild Breast Cancer Awareness Pizza and Salad Lunch. Donation: $5.00 Adults & $3 children under 12 years. All profits will benefit Living Beyond Breast Cancer.
  • Men’s Club meeting after church.

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

Upcoming Services & Events

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

 

Upcoming Humanitarian Events ‏

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

Jan 4th Red Cross Blood Drive

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.

The Holy Fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Council

On the Sunday that falls on or immediately after the eleventh of this month, we chant the Service to the 350 holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council, which gathered in Nicaea in 787 under the holy Patriarch Tarasius and during the reign of the Empress Irene and her son, Constantine Porphyrogenitus, to refute the Iconoclast heresy, which had received imperial support beginning with the Edict issued in 726 by Emperor Leo the Isaurian. Many of the holy Fathers who condemned Iconoclasm at this holy Council later died as Confessors and Martyrs for the holy Icons during the second assault of Iconoclasm in the ninth century, especially during the reigns of Leo the Armenian and Theophilus.

October 12, 2014 Sunday of the Fathers of the 7th Cncl

October 5 Bulletin

OCTOBER 5TH, 2014 HOLY MARTYR CHARITINA OF AMISOS

October 5 Bulletin

HYMNS AFTER THE LITTLE ENTRANCE

Troparion for the Resurrection, in the Eighth Tone: From the heights Thou didst descend, O compassionate one, and Thou didst submit to the three-day burial, that Thou might deliver us from passion. Thou art our life and our resurrection.  O Lord, glory to Thee.

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 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 75:11,1) Tone 8: Make your vows to the Lord out God and perform them. God is known in Judah; his name is great in Israel.

The reading from Saint Paul’s Second Letter Corinthians (6:16-7:1)

Brethren, we 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.

Alleluia Verses (Psalm 94:1,2): “O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us shout for joy to God our Savior. Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving.

The Reading from the gospel according to St. 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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Holy Oblations are offered today by Austin & Saeda and the Turk family for their son Anthony Turk on the occasion of his birthday

 

Coffee Hour is given today by the coffee hour committee. 

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

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Teen ushers serving Today: Paul Rodriguez, Leila Sliheet, Simone Sliheet, Alex Munayyer, Chadi Tarazi.

Epistle Reader: Grace Bahbah

Teen ushers serving Next week: , Alex Munayyer, Alex Turk, Grace Bahbah.

Epistle Reader: Paul Rodriquez

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 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

Our salvation, according to St. Peter the Damascene, is located between fear and hope, so that we do not have self-confidence and do not despair, but with blessed hope in the mercy and help of God, we strive to conduct a life in fulfillment of the Divine commandments.

St. Ambrose of Optina 

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

Sunday October 5, 2014 Parish Meeting. At the end of Liturgy, we will hold our Annual Meeting, at which we will receive reports from the Parish Council, parish organization and committees. The Year to Date financial report will be presented as well as a proposed Budget for 2014.Only Orthodox Christians 25 years of age or older, who are Regular Pledged members of St. Mark’s, are in good spiritual standing, and agree to fulfill the duties of a Council Member, may be nominated for Parish Council. Per our Constitution and Election Procedures, the nominations for Parish Council elections closed on September 25. The following parish members have been nominated: Sly Aldada, Ghassan Awayjan, Randy Dabbah, Joe Daruty, Mark Ellis, Kyra Pelachik.

Congratulations to the new Elected Teen officers for 2014-2015: 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 Hanouneh

 

Today is Riverside Greek Fest hosted by St. Andrew Orthodox Church. Please see flyers on the table by the candles for more information.

 

 “No Debt Building Campaign”

Our sanctuary remodel and expansion is progressing and we hope to move into the new sanctuary by the mid of December. 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!

FOCUS

Thanks to the Ladies Guild for their support of the FOCUS Feeding last Sunday.  We served 240 meals to our friends at the Valencia Inn and Maxwell Park in Anaheim.

This Week

Wednesday October 8th, 6:30 p.m. Daily Vespers

Friday October 10th, Ecumenical Service for Suffering Christians 7:00 p.m. Please see flyers included for more information.

Friday October 10-12, Fall Gathering hosted by St. James Orthodox Church, in Modesto, CA.

Next week

Sunday October 12th, St. Mark Annual Potluck Picnic. Please see flyer included for more information.

Monday October 13th, 6:30 p.m. Parish Council Meeting

Wednesday October 15th, 6:30 p.m. Daily Vespers

Thursday October 16th, 6:30:00 p.m. Ladies Guild Meeting potluck and Bunco game

Saturday October 18th, Breast Cancer Awareness walk

Upcoming Services & Events

Sunday October 19th, Ladies Guild Breast Cancer Awareness Pizza Lunch.

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

Upcoming Humanitarian Events ‏

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

Jan 4th Red Cross Blood Drive

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.

Dionysios the Areopagite (October 3)

This Saint was from Athens, a learned man, and a member of the famous judicial court of Mars Hill (in Greek Aeros Pagos, hence the name Areopagite (see Acts 17:19-34). When Saint Paul preached in Athens, he was one of the first there to believe in Christ, and, according to some, became the first bishop of that city. Others say — and this may be more probable–that he was the second Bishop of Athens, after Saint Hierotheus, whom Dionysios calls his friend and teacher “after Paul” (On the Divine Names, 3:2). With Saint Hierotheus he was also present at the Dormition of the most holy Theotokos; the Doxasticon of the Aposticha for the service of the Dormition is partly taken from a passage in Chapter III of On the Divine Names. According to ancient tradition, he received a martyr’s end (according to some, in Athens itself) about the year 96.

October 5, 2014 2nd Sunday of Luke