2017 and 2018 PARISH CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Listed below are the events for December 2017 and January 2018. May you and your loved ones have the holiest and happiest Christmas. Christ is born! Glorify Him!


UPCOMING DECEMBER EVENTS:

Sunday, December 3, 2017 - Great Vespers at St. Barbara, Toms River: Orthros 8:45AM / Divine Liturgy 10AM

Monday, December 4, 2017 - St. Barbara the Great Martyr: Orthros 8:45AM / Divine Liturgy 10AM

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - St. Savas the Sanctified:Great Vespers for St. Nicholas at Atlantic City, 7PM

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - St. Nicholas, Archbishop of Myra: Orthros 8:45AM / Divine Liturgy 10AM

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - Philoptochos Polyanna, 12 Noon at Avalon Golf Club.

Saturday, December 16, 2017 - Hope & Joy at 11AM.

Sunday, December 17, 2017 - Greek and Sunday School Christmas Play and Breakfast with Santa Claus

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - Philoptochos Bake Sale 10AM

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - St. Spyridon the Wonderworker: Orthros 8:45AM / Divine Liturgy 10AM

Friday, December 15, 2017 - St. Eleutherios the Holy Martyr: Orthros 8:45AM / Divine Liturgy 10AM

Friday, December 22, 2017 - St. Anastasia the Great Martyr: Orthros 8:45AM / Divine Liturgy 10AM / The Royal Hours of Christmas Readings begin at 7AM

Sunday, December 24, 2017 - Eugenia the Righteous: Orthros 8:45AM / Divine Liturgy 10AM / Great Vespers Divine Liturgy of St. Basil 9PM

Monday, December 25, 2017 - The Nativity of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ: MERRY CHRISTMAS! KALA XRISTOUYENA! / NO SERVICES TODAY -- ENJOY YOUR FAMILIES!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 - St. Stephen the Archdeacon & First Martyr: Orthos 8:45AM / Divine Liturgy 10AM

Sunday, December 31, 2017 - SUNDAY BEFORE EPIPHANY: NORMAL SUNDAY ORTHROS AND DIVINE LITURGY



THANKS:

We gratefully thank Soterios Mallous for preparing, baking and donating the offering bread used in the weekly celebration of the Divine Liturgy.


ICONS STILL NEEDED FOR THE CHURCH:

The Ascension of Our Lord, The Transfiguration of Our Lord, Christ and the Children, Wedding at Cana, Christ the Teacher
11 x 14 size / $49.95 each / Please see Father Nick


SUPPORT OUR CANISTER PROGRAM:

To all of our business owners, Please remember to return your canisters to the Church office and recieve a new one to be placed by your cash registers. Thank you for everyone's support. It is truly appreciated!


INFORMATION:

If you wish to have anything printed in the Newsletter, please e-mail it to Father Nick at frnickraf@comcast.net OR fax it to the church at 609.522.4596.


UPCOMING JANUARY EVENTS:

Monday, January 1, 2018 - The Circumcision of Our Lord & St. Basil the Great: Orthros 8:45AM / Divine Liturgy 10AM

Friday, January 5, 2018 - Epiphany Services: Great Hours, Great Vespers Orthros at 7AM / Divine Liturgy of St. BAsil the Great with Great Agiasmos at 10AM

Friday, January 5, 2018 - Orthros, Great Hours, Great Vespers at 7AM & Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great with Agiasmos at 10AM

Saturday, January 6, 2018 - Great Agiasmos: Orthros 8:45AM / Divine Liturgy 10AM / Epiphany Day of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Sunday, January 7, 2018 - The Syntax of St. John the Baptist: Orthros 8:45AM / Divine Liturgy 10AM<

Sunday, January 14, 2018 - SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY: CUTTING OF THE VASILOPITA DURING COFFEE HOUR

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - Great Vespers at St. Anthony, Vineland, NJ at 7PM

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - St. Anthony the Great: Orthros 8:45AM / Divine Liturgy 10AM

Thursday, January 18, 2018 - St. Athanasios the Great & Cyril, Patriarchs of Alexandria: Orthros 9AM / Divine Liturgy 10AM

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - St. Gregory the Theologian: Orthros 8:45AM / Divine Liturgy 10AM

Sunday, January 28, 2018 - SUNDAY OF THE PUBLICAN AND THE PHARISEE / TRIODION BEGINS

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - The Three Hierarchs: Orthros 8:45AM / Divine Liturgy 10AM


HOPE & JOY OUTINGS:

December 16th: Advent Project in the Hall. (Projects will be age appropriate).
December 15th & 16th: Singing of the Kalanda.
We will resume on January 13, 2018.


GOYA OUTINGS (AGES 10-18):

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2017. Trip to New York city for Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular & Shopping/Dinner.
GOYA Meeting: Sunday, December 3rd after Liturgy.
Singing the Kalanda: December 15th & 16th in the evenings


PARISH COUNCIL SCHEDULE:

THURSDAY< DECEMBER 7, 2017 at 7PM, CHURCH HALL.
Please make every attempt to attend this very important meeting of our Church! Your thoughts and concerns are very important to us! Please come and participate in YOUR CHURCH.


AXIOS:

To our Son of the Parish Michael Mercado on his Ordination to the Holy Deaconate!!! May our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ continue to bless you throughout your life as you serve His Holy House!


2017 STEWARDSHIP SUMMER DRIVE:

We remind ALL of our business owners/supporters to please forward their Summer Drive DOnation for the year 2017. Your support is truly needed so that we may continue the many ministries of our church: Sunday School, Greek School, GOYA, HOPE and JOY and our Youth Fund. Thank you to all who have given their donations already!


ALL GROUPS:

NO GROUPS WILL MEET FROM CHRISTMAS THROUGH NEW YEAR'S.


ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING & OPEN HOUSE:

His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey cordially invites The Reverend Clergy and their families, Parish Council Members, Members of the Philoptochos Sisterhood, Religious Education and Greek School Teachers and all heads of Parish Organizations, the Orthodox faithful and friends of the Metropolis to the:

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING AND OPEN HOUSE
Sunday, December 10, 2017
5:30 - 9:30PM
at the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Jersey Headquarters
215 East Grove Street, Westfield, NJ


WELCOME TO OUR CHURCH:

Our parish warmly welcomes everyone! We are honored to have you with us during our worship services. Everyone is invited next door to our Coffee Hour for continued love and fellowship.


SPECIAL THANKS:

Special thanks to Spiro Kellis and Kostas Bilios for a beautiful job fixing the wall and preparing it for our new "Giving Tree".


MEMBERSHIP/STEWARDSHIP ENROLLMENT:

We invite all our members to forward their $350 minimum church membership/stewardship for the year 2017. We especially thank all our members who have already forwarded their minimum membership. Please remember that the $350 Stewardship is a MINIMUM! We pray that the minimum does not become the maximum. For those who have been truly blessed by our Lord abundantly, please give from your hearts according to your means, for the Lord "loves the cheerful giver".


CHURCH CHOIR:

We truly thank and cherish our Chanters Andonios Kaskabas, Eleftheria Efthimiou, Cathy Wolfe, Fofo Andy, Bill Walgren and Beverly Bruno for their beautiful voices during our Liturgies!


GOYA (Ages 10-18):

1st & 3rd SUNDAY of every month after the Liturgy. (Please note the change of time and ages).


JOY (Ages 8-10) & HOPE (Ages 3-7):

One Saturday per month. (Please note the age changes).


PARISH COUNCIL:

1st Thursday of each month at 7pm.


PHILOPTOCHOS:

1st Monday of every month at 11am.


MEN'S BASKETBALL:

Every Wednesday night at 7pm.


ADULT RELIGION EDUCATION CLASS:

Every Tuesday night at 7pm.