Sunday, June 30, 2024

First Sunday after Pentecost:

Commemoration of All Saints &

Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles

Thought for Today“We ought to have the most lively spiritual union with the heavenly inhabitants, with all the saints, apostles, prophets, martyrs, prelates, venerable and righteous persons, as they are all members of one single body, the Church of Christ, to which we sinners also belong, and the living Head of which is the Lord Jesus Christ. This is why we call upon them in prayer, converse with them, thank and praise them. It is urgently necessary for all Christians to be in union with them, if they desire to make Christian progress; for the saints are our friends, our guides to salvation, who pray and intercede for us.”  -St. John of Kronstadt

Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 8

From the heights Thou didst descend, O compassionate One, and Thou didst submit to the three-day burial, that Thou might deliver us from passion; Thou art our life and our Resurrection, O Lord, glory to Thee.

Apolytikion of All Saints – Tone 4

Thy Church, O Christ God, hath regaled herself in the blood of Thy Martyrs throughout the entire world, as in porphyry and purple. Through them she lifteth her voice crying: Turn with Thy compassion toward Thy people, and grant peace to Thy city, and to our souls the Great Mercy.

Apolytikion for the Synais of the Apostles – Tone 3

O Holy Apostles, intercede with our merciful God, to grant our souls forgiveness of sins.

Kontakion of All Saints – Tone 8

As first-fruits of our nature to the Planter of created things, * the world presenteth the God-bearing martyred Saints in off’ring unto Thee, O Lord. * Through their earnest entreaties, * keep Thy Church in deep peace and divine tranquility, * through the pure Theotokos, O Thou Who art greatly merciful.


The Epistle

God is wonderful among His saints. Bless God in the congregations.

The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews. (11:33-12:2)

Brethren, all the saints through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, received promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and scourging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were killed with the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, ill-treated—of whom the world was not worthy—wandering over deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. And all these, though well attested by their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had foreseen something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect. Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfection of our faith. 

The Gospel 

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (9:36-10:8)

At that time, when Jesus saw the crowds, He had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His Disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” And He called to Him His twelve Disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every infirmity. The names of the twelve Apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Him. These twelve Jesus sent out, charging them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And preach as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying, give without pay.” 

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.


Monday, July 13rd Hour Prayers at 9:00 am.

Tuesday, July 2: Divine Liturgy at 9:00 am;St. John of San Francisco and St. Juvenaly of Alaska (with memorial for Fr. Peter E. Gillquist to follow)

Wednesday, July 3: 6th Hour Prayers at 12:00 noon; Daily Vespers at 6:00 pm, (Orthodoxy 101 to follow).

Thursday, July 4Divine Liturgy at 9:00 am; Great Vespers at 6:00 pm; Annual Independence Day Fireworks/BBQ to follow.

FridayJuly 5Divine Liturgy at 9:00 am. St. Athanasios of Athos.

Saturday, July 6: Bible Study at the Webb’s home, 9:00 am; Great Vespers at 5:00 pm, (ask Abouna to follow).

Sunday, July 7Matins at 9:00 am, Divine Liturgy.

Building Committee Update

The building committee voted unanimously to restore the fourth colonnade of seating to the temple design, which had been removed prior to the rendering in an effort to decrease the cost of the project. We will re-engage Christine Mathieu to change the concept drawings accordingly before presenting them to potential blueprint architects. We will not order a new rendering at this time, as the current one beautifully communicates the overall scope of the project.


All Saint’s Women’s get-together:  All women 18 and older are welcome for a time of fellowship on July 11 at 7pm in the Fellowship Hall! Please bring a dessert to share.  Email Elizabeth Carter with any questions at 


Names Day CelebrationIan Yeager, St. John Maximovitch (2nd); Casey Barbarick, St. Sergius


Birthday Celebration: Glen Carter (30th); Shirley Richardson (1st); April Blair (3rd); Matthew Crandall (4th); Elise Arnold (6th).

Anniversary CelebrationFr. Peter and Kh Kristina (30th); Aaron and Johanna Hsu (6th).

Memory Eternal: Alice Marie, Archpriest James, Archpriest Basil.

Prayer List: Fr. Matthew; Marvin; Nectaria (Released from ICU);Taylor and infant Houston(congenital heart defect);Rebecca with child;Shu-Mei,Charlie;Shirley; Jim;Jan; Don and Dee; those suffering the war in Ukraine, and the Middle East; Peace talks; our nation and all nations’ leaders; schools: children, youth and personnel across the nation; Mary Ann; Emma; Bob & Bonnie Thelen; Megan (lymphoma); Josiah; Fr. Athanasius; Jack; Christopher; Fr. Jerome; Fr. Basil; Catherine; Wadia; Jayci; Patricia; Kitsa; Apthrodite; Kim; Kristy; Vicki;Kenzie; Dusty; Cari; Betsy; Josh; Allison; Andrew; Isaac; Leanne; Heather; Nancy; Sharon Catherine; Michael, Olga, Eileen, Soren, Kathy; Lexi, Ross, Vivian; Theo; Jeremy; Dn. Lawrence, Marcia; Elias; Waded; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer; Christy; Megan; John; Stanley; Macrina; Anne; Allen; Linda; Mary Barger; Allison and children; Kip; Stephanie with child, Mary with child, Meaghan with child, Alexis with child; Ann with child; Anna with child; Amanda with child.

Coffee Hour Host: Myrrh Bearer’s FundraiserLuncheon.

Next Week HostMelissa Barabrick with Parishioner A-B.

Giving Opportunities:

Our In-House Food PantryThank you for the generous support to theFood Pantry. The pantry is available to parish members as well as families and individuals in the greater Bloomington community. Donations of nonperishable items of pasta, marinara sauce, peanut butter, canned chicken and Tuna, canned vegetables, canned fruit and soups are always welcome.

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.

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