Sunday, July 30, 2023

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Apostles Silas, Silvan, Crescens, Epenetos and Andronikos of the Seventy

Thought for Today“Moments of pain and sacrifice are actually a time of blessings. Behind every cross there follows a resurrection.” – Elder Ephraim of Arizona-

Dormition Fast

Begins Tuesday August 1st


Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 7

Thou didst shatter death by Thy Cross, Thou didst open paradise to the thief; Thou didst turn the sadness of the ointment-bearing women into joy. And didst bid Thine Apostles proclaim a warning, that Thou hast risen O Christ, granting to the world the Great Mercy.

Kontakion of the Transfiguration – Tone 7

Thou wast transfigured on the mount, and Thy Disciples, in so far as they were able, beheld Thy glory, O Christ our God; so that, when they should see Thee crucified, they would remember that all Thy suffering was voluntary, and could declare to all the world that Thou art truly the effulgent Splendor of the Father.

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

Our Beloved Fr. Seraphim with heartfelt appreciation thank you for your service of our parish in Fr. Peter’s absence. May God grant you many year!


The Epistle 

The Lord will give strength to His people.

Ascribe to the Lord, O sons of God, ascribe to the Lord honor and glory.

The Reading from the First Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians. (1:10-17)

Brethren, I appeal to you, by the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree and that there be no dissension among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brethren. What I mean is that each one of you says, “I belong to Paul,” or “I belong to Apollos,” or “I belong to Cephas,” or “I belong to Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you?  Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispos and Gaius; lest anyone should say that you were baptized in my name. (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the Gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

The Gospel 

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (14:14-22)

At that time, when Jesus went ashore he saw a great throng; and he had compassion on them, and healed their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to Him and said, “This is a lonely place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” They said to Him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.” And He said, “Bring them here to Me.” Then He ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass; and taking the five loaves and the two fish He looked up to Heaven, and blessed, and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children. Then Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He dismissed the crowds.

Giving Opportunities:

Mission Donations: We send monthly support to two missionary units in Albania, the Hoppe family and Hannah Valentine. We welcome and encourage you to contribute to their ongoing support. 

Benevolence FundDonations may be made to this fund throughout the year, and are mainly used to support families in need of help with rent and utilities payments

In-House Food Pantry: Non-perishable food items are always welcome! The Food Pantry is available to parish members as well as families and individuals in the greater Bloomington community. Thank you for your continued support. 


Monday, July 31: 3rd Hour Prayers, at 9:00 am.

Tuesday, August 1: Divine Liturgy, at 9:00am, Paraklesis to the Most Holy Theotokos at 6:00 pm. 

Wednesday, August 2: 6th Hour Prayers  at 12:00 noon; Daily Vespers, at 6:00pm; followed by Ask Abouna.

Thursday, August 3: Divine Liturgy, at 9:00 am.

FridayAugust 4: 6th Hour Prayers at 12:00 noon; Paraklesis to the Most Holy Theotokos

at 6:00 pm. 

Saturday, August 5: Bible Study at the Webb’s home, 9:00 am; Churching of Macrina and infant Elizabeth; Great Vespers at 5:00 pm ;

 jr. SOYO at 3:30 pm; SOYO at 6:30pm.

Sunday, August 6Matins at 9:00am including Baptism of Elizabeth Jane; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 am, Holy Transfiguration.


Names Day CelebrationMatthew RobertsonSt. Valentine (30th); Steven Wakefield, St. Stephen the Protomartyr (2nd); Nancy Jones, St. Lydia (3rd).

Anniversary CelebrationJohn and Lisa Alexander (31st); Marvin and Alice Piercefield (5th).

Birthday Celebrations: Aaron Jones (31st); Evelynn Wakefield (2nd); Galina Mullis (4th); Rebecca Latham (5th).

Memory Eternal: Lois, Mary, Emmalyn, Paul; Ernestine; Natalie.

Prayer ListMichael, Olga, Eileen, Soren, Kathy; Toni;Jan; Don and Dee; those suffering the war of Ukraine; Peace talks; our nation and all nations’ leaders; Earthquake victims and relief efforts in Syria and Turkey; schools: school children, youth and personnel across the nation; Mat. Raisa; Mary Ann; Emma (Mary Ann’s granddaughter); Bob & Bonnie Thelen;  Wes (infant with brittle bone disorder); Wes’s grandfather; Megan (lymphoma); Mark (CHF) and (caregiver) Barbara;Josiah; Vicki;Vicki’s granddaughter; Steve Crandall; Fr. Athanasius; jack; Christopher; Fr. Jerome; Mother Nektaria; Catherine; Wadia; Jayci; Patricia; Marvin; Alice; Kitsa; Apthrodite; Kim; Kristy; Dusty; Cari; Betsy; Josh; Allison; Andrew (Texas/military); Isaac (Germany/military); Leanne; Heather; Nancy; Sharon Catherine; Lexi, Ross and Vivian; Theo; Doug; Jeremy; Dn. Lawrence, Marcia; Elias; Waded; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer; Christy; Megan; John; Stanley; Anna and child; Macrina and child Elizabeth born of her; Emilia with child; Amanda with child; Anne; Allen; Linda; Marilyn; Mary Barger; Allison and children; Nino with child.  

Coffee Hour Host: 5th Sunday; all are welcome to bring a dish to share.

Next week Host: Melissa Barbarick with Parishioners A-B.

Donations to the church are being made online at and by U.S mail.  Many thanks to all who continue supporting All Saints