Thoughts for the Week
Wisdom From the Holy Fathers
†Saint Symeon the New Theologian
†Saint Evagrios the Solitary
Church Cleanup - December 16th - 12/10/17
We will have a general church cleanup in preparation for the Nativity on Saturday morning, December 16th at 9:00 a.m. All help would be appreciated.
Choir Rehearsal - December 16th - 12/10/17
We will have a choir rehearsal on Saturdays December 16th. The rehearsals begin at 3:30 PM. We meet in the choir loft at church. The rehearsals go on until the beginning of Vespers.
Stewardship Calling Presentation - December 16th - 12/10/17
In case you missed part one of the diocesan presentation "Stewardship Calling" last week, we will be offering it once again following Vespers on December 16th. The presentation will speak to our current and future Church needs. We hope it will assist and enhance our parish vision and stewardship by addressing our continued and future parish work and ministries. The presentation can also be viewed online at http://stewardshipcalling.com/effective-church-model/. Please feel free to view it on your own.
Nativity Parish Holy Supper - December 24th - 12/10/17
Holy Supper is a pious tradition from the Christian faithful of various Eastern European regions. The supper is observed on the eves of our Lord’s Nativity in the flesh and His baptism by Saint John in the Jordan River. The meal is a fasting meal with 12 courses representing Christ’s twelve apostles. Our Parish Holy Supper will be Sunday evening December 24th (Eve of the Nativity) at 5:00 p.m. on. All are welcome to join us.
81st Novogodny Ball - 12/10/17
The Novogodny (New Year) Ball will take place on Sunday, January 14th, 2018. The Ball is a benefit for Orthodox Christian and other deserving charities. For information and reservations email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Andre Cox at 1-215-290-4542.
Nativity Fast - November 15th through December 24th - 12/10/17
This is just a reminder that the Nativity Fast began November 15th and continues until the Nativity of our Lord (December 25th). The celebration of the feast of the Nativity of Christ in the Orthodox Church is patterned after the celebration of the feast of the Lord’s Resurrection. A fast of forty days precedes the feast, with special preparatory days announcing the approaching birth of the Savior. Thus, on Saint Andrew’s Day (November 30th) and Saint Nicholas Day (December 6th) songs are sung to announce the coming birthday of the Lord:
Adorn yourself, O Cavern.
Make ready, O Manger.
O Shepherds and wise men, bring your gifts and bear witness.
For the Virgin is coming bearing Christ in her womb
(Vesperal Hymn of Saint Nicholas Day)
Winter Coat Collection - 12/10/17
Please consider offering any new or used coats, gloves, hats, or hand warmers to those in need this winter. Please see Rashid Elia if you would like to donate.
2019 Church Directory - 12/03/17
We are currently updating the church directory in preparation for 2019. We are asking parishioners to review the 2018 directory in the Vestibule and to make any necessary changes. For new members, or members not currently listed and would like to be included, please add your information--name(s), address, telephone number(s), email address and also birth date(s) for the Birthday List.
Coffee Hour Ministry Reminder - 12/03/17
We would like to thank all who continue to offer themselves in the ministry of the coffee hour. We want to remind everyone that the church will purchase all juice, coffee, nonperishable items such as creamers, butter, cream cheese, jelly, nut butter, plates, etc. Also remember that bagels and breads are available from Acme and Panera for a discount or for free.
Please remember the purpose and spirit of coffee hour. It is an exercise in community building and fellowship. Coffee hour is an offering of hospitality and so with these things in mind please only bring what you can. No one is (or should be) judging the offerings at coffee hour.
We also want to remind All that part of the coffee hour responsibility is cleaning. Please be courteous to those cleaning by clearing up your own table before leaving. This will ease the burden of those cleaning up. We also ask that everyone take suitable amounts of food.
We want to avoid food waste and we also, ask parents to please supervise your children in the food line so that they take appropriate amounts. We continue to also have a need for volunteers to set up and cleanup for our monthly pot luck. It is our hope that with a little engagement, awareness, understanding, and effort, the coffee hour should continue to be a strength within our community.
Bookstore Nativity Gifts - 11/26/17
Our Parish Bookstore will be having a sale over the next few weeks. Stop by to purchase gifts for those on your Christmas list.
St. Michael’s and Amazon Smile - 11/12/17
At this time of year, we begin buying gifts for our friends and family. This is just a reminder that if you purchase items from Amazon.com, St. Michael’s could benefit from your purchases. Amazon Smile will give St. Michael’s a small rebate for every purchase you make if you use the address below. This address is specific to St. Michael’s so it is easy to use. So far this year, we have received over $130. Just type the address into your web browser:
News from the Orthodox Church in America
Friday, 15 Dec 2017
Metropolitan Tikhon presides at patronal feast of OCA’s Representation Church...
7 hours ago
Thursday, 14 Dec 2017
Metropolitan Tikhon, OCA delegation return from celebrations commemorating St...
14 Dec 2017 at 5:07am
Wednesday, 13 Dec 2017
Remembering Fr. Alexander Schmemann
13 Dec 2017 at 6:27am
Tuesday, 12 Dec 2017
Registration opens for 2018 CrossRoad program for HS juniors and seniors
12 Dec 2017 at 2:29pm
Sunday, 10 Dec 2017
Nuns return to St. Barbara Monastery as fires spread across LA region
10 Dec 2017 at 7:12am
Saturday, 9 Dec 2017
Metropolitan Tikhon, OCA delegation received by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow
9 Dec 2017 at 7:28am
Thursday, 7 Dec 2017
Update on St. Barbara Monastery, Santa Paula, CA
7 Dec 2017 at 11:47am
Wednesday, 6 Dec 2017
Ads and listings for 19th AAC, FOCA Convention commemorative book now being a...
6 Dec 2017 at 7:18am
Tuesday, 5 Dec 2017
Fire threatens St. Barbara Monastery, Santa Paula, CA; nuns evacuated
5 Dec 2017 at 2:01pm
Monday, 4 Dec 2017
Metropolitan Tikhon addresses Bishops Council of ROC
4 Dec 2017 at 11:35am
Saturday, December 16th at 9:00 a.m.
Saturday, December 16th immediately after Vespers
Sunday, December 24th at 5:00 p.m.
See the Parish News page for details on all current announcements