Sunday, December 8, 2019
Thursday, December 12th:
Orthros: 9:00am / Divine Liturgy: 10:00am - Chapel
Sunday, December 15th:
Orthros: 8:30am / Divine Liturgy: 10:00am - Church
Sunday, December 22nd:
Orthros: 8:30am / Divine Liturgy: 10:00am - Church
7:00pm - Church
Orthros: 9:00am / Divine Liturgy: 10:00am - Church
PLEASE NOTE: On Monday, December 16th and Tuesday, December 17th, Father George will be visiting the Shut-Ins. If you know of
anyone who would like to have Father George visit them and receive Holy Communion please contact the Church Office
at (973) 251-2920 or e-mail Father George directly at: email@example.com. Thank you!
Weekday Services are celebrated in the Chapel - Orthros at 9:00am / Divine Liturgy: 10:00am
Unless otherwise announced by Father George.
To proclaim the Gospel of Christ in the Orthodox Christian Tradition while
creating a vibrant, loving compassionate and welcoming commUNITY.
With the grace of God to provide a loving community where all are
one with Christ through worship, learning, outreach and fellowship.
PARISH COUNCIL ELECTIONS:
Today, the 2019 Parish Council Elections will take place after Divine Liturgy.
Today is Stewardship Sunday. We invite everyone for a Pancake Breakfast to Kick-Off Stewardship 2020.
Today, a 40-day Memorial Service for Edouard Chalet and a 1-year Memorial Service for Adam Mandarakas.
40-DAY BABY BLESSING:
Today we will be having a 40-day Baby blessing for Alexander, son of Pantelis and Alla Chritis. We pray that the Lord will shine upon the path of his life and richly bless him.
Today, Coffee Hour is sponsored by the Mandarakas Family. Thank you!
UPCOMING MEMORIAL SERVICES:
On December 22nd, a 40-day Memorial Service for Leon Zois.
If you would like to have your name(s) included in the Community Christmas Card, please stop by the Christmas Card Table in the Sumas Hall during Coffee Hour.
SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS:
H.O.P.E. / J.O.Y.
Today, the HOPE / JOY Annual Christmas Cookie Decorating will take place during Coffee Hour. We hope that all Ss Nicholas, Constantine & Helen's Parishioners, young and old, will join in the fun!
GREEK SCHOOL NEWS:
SAVE THE DATE! Friday, January 10, 2020: Movie Night showing an Original Greek-American Movie "Epiphany". CLICK HERE for the Movie Night Flyer!
All youth grades 7 - 12 are welcome to join the Roseland GOYA. E-mail Roselandgoya@gmail.com to be added to our mailing list. Hope to see you at upcoming activities!
Today, Sunday, December 8th we will have a Raffle Basket to benefit KOSTA Fund.
Our Annual Bake Sale Fundraiser will take place on Saturday, December 14th from 11:30am - 1:30pm and on Sunday, December 15th following the Divine Liturgy. We will be packaging baked goods on Monday, December 9th at 5:00pm.
Volunteers are needed to set up, serve and clean on Wednesday after Vespers and for the Feast Day luncheon of St. Nicholas. Refreshment donations will also be needed. Please see Helen Kontos. Items must be in before Thursday night.
Bible Study with Father George will take place on Wednesday, December 11th.
KNIT & STITCH NEWS:
The Knit & Stitch Group will meet every Friday at 10:30am in the Library.
Starting Sunday, November 17th and every Sunday until Christmas, Knit & Stitch will hold a Christmas Shopping Event for our Parishioners. Our boutique will be set up in the Sumas Community Center from 12noon to 2:00pm. You will find many items to choose from for your Christmas gifts. All proceeds from Knit & Stitch sales fo toward our Saint Demetrios Chapel's religious needs.
We have names of 100 foster children in Essex County that could use some Christmas Cheer. Please stop by the table during Coffee Hour to select a child. All gifts should be wrapped and placed in the Rotunda for collection by Sunday, December 15th. Please contact Katherine Foley at
(973) 906-6284 with any questions.
GREEK DANCE FOR CHILDREN AGES 4 to 11:
Starting January 5. 2020, there will be a 6-month Greek Dance Program on Sundays after Divine Liturgy. If you are interested, please contact the Church Office at (973) 251-2920 or Father George at his e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost for this program is $150 per child for 6 months.
Please join us on Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 9:30am to 3:00pm in the Sumas Community Center. Speaker: Father Alexander Goussetis will have an important discussion and fellowship on how to grow the Orthodox Faith for generations to come. Continental Breakfast and Lunch will be served. Free Admission. Please RSVP by Wednesday, January 8, 2020 to Pamela Wood at email@example.com or call the Church Office at (973) 251-2920. CLICK HERE for the flyer!
The Senior's Group will meet every Tuesday at 10:30am is the Small Hall.
Rehearsals will take place on Sundays at 12:00 noon - 1:30pm following coffee hour. We welcome all Choir Members - Old and New!
VISITATIONS TO SHUT-INS:
If you know of anyone who wishes to have Father George visit them, please call Father George directly at: (973) 998-1428. Thank you!
If you wish to have your home or your business blessed, please contact father George directly at his e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or his cell: (973) 998-1428. Thank you!
The 2nd tray is to help eliminate the mortgage. Thank you!
FRIENDS AND GUESTS:
If you are a Newcomer, WELCOME, and please tell us who you are. If you would like to be contacted by Father George, or a Parish Council Member please tell us.
CHRIST IS OUR ANSWER
There was a popular commercial for an antacid that asked the question: “How do you spell relief?” To ask it from a Christian believer’s standpoint, there is only one answer. The relief from worry and anxiety…relief from the problems and difficulties of daily life…relief from temptations and sin…It can only be spelled C-H-R-I-S-T.
Some icons of our Lord depict Him holding an open book, highlighting this famous quotation: “COME TO ME, ALL YOU WHO ARE WEARY AND BURDENED, AND I WILL GIVE YOU REST.” (Matthew 11:28) Life is often a tremendous struggle. Trials and tribulations must be dealt with constantly. Even the strongest of individuals deeds assistance in dealing with the pressures of living in what is often a cold, cruel world.
How comforting it is to know that Christ is ALWAYS there for us! He will never abandon those who faithfully follow Him. As the Psalmist tells us: “THE LORD IS OUR STRENGTH AND OUR SONG AND HAS BECOME OUR SALVATION.” We can ALWAYS rely on His grace and His love, which will see us through the darkest of times.
“COME TO ME!” Christ never forces Himself upon us, but He does invite all of us to take up His offer. Relief will truly be ours if we accept this blessed invitation!
The Orthodox Weekly Bulletin - Cliffwood, NJ