Festival & 15 October

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS for Friday and Saturday

Friday: Festival indoor and outdoor set-up activities from 9:30-5:00. Donated baked goods are labeled and displayed. (Work all day or come as your schedule permits.)

Saturday: Annual Festival on Fairfax – 11:00 – 5:00

…Listen on Spirit 95 radio as festival goers are interviewed right here on our parking lot from 10 am until noon. Maybe you will get your moment of radio fame as Bloomington hears about fun, food, and faith awaiting them at 6004 South Fairfax Road!
…Great Vespers at 5:00 – Clean up continues until it’s finished!

Sunday, October 15, 2017
Sunday of Holy Fathers of Seventh Ecumenical Council
Hieromartyr Lucian of Antioch; Venerable Euthymios the Younger of Athos;
Savvinos, bishop of Catania

We warmly welcome all who are visiting today. We’re thankful you can be with us.

Nourishment of the Soul: “Just as the poor should give thanks to God and return rich love to those who assist them, so all the more should the wealthy give thanks, for through God’s providence they are able to perform acts of charity, and so are saved both in this age and in the age to come. For without the poor they cannot save their souls or flee the temptations of wealth.” – St. Peter of Damascus

October 16th is World Food Day: Last Sunday 50 pounds of food were donated here. Thank you! Collections of non-perishable/canned food continue in our parish. Please put your donations in Marcia’s office or in the kitchen freezer.

Coffee Hour: Scheduled contributors this Sunday are those whose last names start with G-H; however you may contribute whenever you find it convenient. There may also be festival leftovers to eat or to purchase!

The class Orthodoxy 101 switches this week from Wednesdays to 6:00pm on Saturdays.

During Youth Month, our youth will read the epistle each Sunday and usher.

Wednesday, October 18: Daily Vespers at 6:00
Thursday, October 19: St. John Fellowship in Mitchell at the Haneys 10:00 – Noon
Thursday, October 19 Bible Study at Becky’s home 3:00 – 5:00
Saturday, October 21: Great Vespers at 5:00; Orthodoxy 101 follows.
Sunday, October 22: Matins/Baptism at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00; Parish Council meets.

Receiving the Eucharist: We invite you to receive the Holy Eucharist if you are an Orthodox Christian who has prepared yourself through fasting, prayer, and recent confession. If you are not Orthodox, or are Orthodox but have not prepared, we invite you to receive a piece of the blessed bread in the wooden bowls held by the altar servers at the front of the church.


Anniversary Memories: Micah & Maria V (21st)
Birthday Blessings: Matushka Raisa (97 on October 15th); Linda B (16th); Kaylee F (17th); Aaron H (17th); Joel A (20th)
Name Day Remembrance: Fr. Lucas C (Luke the Evangelist – 18th); Luke B (Luke the Evangelist – 18th); Joel A (The Prophet Joel – 19th)
Memory Eternal: Steven (16th); Bp. ANTOUN (3rd); John (3rd)


October 22: Baptism of Eliot Woodward, infant son of Phil and Lisa
October 27: Akathist to the Protection of the Theotokos
October 28: Memorial for Ioana Frecus of blessed memory 4:50
November 12: Annual Parish Business Meeting

Prayer List: Becky; Greg; Wilber; Emilija; Adrian (Olga’s brother); Bosa; Cathy;”For the suffering Christians of Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Iraq, & all of the Middle East, and for those suffering in Ukraine and victims of recent hurricanes, earthquakes, and attacks; Fr. Steven Rudy (cancer); Finley (infant girl); Fr. Basil; Fr. Philip; Grant (Leukemia); Chris; Doug & Dorothy Barrett; Eileen; Mary Ann & Jen; Dee and Don; Kh. Kristina; Betsy and Hannah; Leslie (paralysis); Jasmine; Deborah & Thomas; James; Becky H; Tom; Annie; Catherine; Janett; Julian; Vicki; Hoppes & Jesse Brandow (Missionaries); Vivian; Natalie; Senior Saints; Patricia; Nicetas; Barb; Shirley; Metropolitan Paul, Archbishop John; Fr. John Koen; Archpriest George; Heather; Susan; Gabriella & Matt; Sara; Shelley; Geni; Emily D; Emma; Nancy; Neal; Bob R; Leanne; Beth; Lillian; Julie; Roger; Virginia; Marilyn; Eric; Cheryl; Lori; Pam; Debbie; Natasha; Michael & Shelley: Gabriel; Mary; Janet; Kelly; Matushka Raisa; Marty; Charles; Mary; Marvin, Alice; Katie; Ruth; Steve; Romaine; Derek, Claire & Micah; Tim; Sharon; Sherri; Dianna; Michael and Diane; Aaron; Brent; Jennifer; Brigid; Ethan; Lena, Dean; Gayle; Thomas; Amy; Heidi; Gene & Connie, Caleb D; Megan & Colin; Bill & Sandy; Sabrina; Christy; Pete; Phil & Barb; Tammy K; Marcia

Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

Prokeimenon: “Blessed are Thou, O Lord, the God of our Fathers.”
Verse: “For Thou art just in all that Thou hast done.” – Psalm 3:26,27

Epistle: The Reading is from St. Paul’s Letter to Titus. (3:8-15) – For the Holy Fathers

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, dissension, 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. Amen.

Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. 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, Jesus 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.”

Divine Liturgy Variables

Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 2
When Thou didst submit Thyself unto death, O Thou deathless and immortal One, then Thou didst destroy hell with Thy Godly power. And when Thou didst raise the dead from beneath the earth, all the powers of Heaven did cry aloud unto Thee; O Christ, Thou giver of life, glory to Thee.

Apolytikion of the Holy Fathers – Tone 8
Thou, O Christ, art our God of exceeding praise Who didst establish our Holy Fathers as luminous stars upon earth, and through them didst guide us unto the true Faith, O most merciful One, glory to Thee.