Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 Annual Meeting

Sunday, November 11, 2018
Holy Martyr Menas of Egypt

Martyrs Victor and Stephanie in Damascus; Martyr Vincent of Spain; Venerable Theodore the Studite; Blessed Maximos the fool-for-Christ; Martyr Stephen of Dechani, king of Serbia, Stephen Urosh and Princess Milica;
Martin the merciful, bishop of Tours

Welcome to All Saints. We are thankful you have chosen to worship God with us today.
We invite you to join us for coffee hour following the service, so we can get to know you.

Nourishment of the Soul: “Some are most careful about the food they take in but negligent about the words they give out.” – St. Elijah the Priest

Food Pantry: Thank you for continuing to put items on the shelves. Gift cards to Walmart or Aldi are needed by one family. Leave them with Marcia

A Pilgrimage to Holy Dormition Monastery – Meatfare weekend, March 1-3, 2019.. Sign up deadline is Nov. 15th. Sign up on the Bulletin board or email Rhonda at

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. Approach to the cup starts at the front rows; the choir and preschool go first.

The Annual Business meeting is today following the Divine Liturgy. New parish council members will be elected, annual reports will be distributed, and Father Peter Jon and others will be available to answer questions about parish plans and projects. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend. All who attend All Saints are welcome, but only members, 18 and older, vote for parish council members. A pitch-in meal follows.

Help fill the Gift Bag! Bring children’s hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves to donate to local needy school children in the Bloomington area. Cathy Alexander is carrying on our beloved Alex’s tradition and memory with this effort. Thanks!

Monthly Crafting Workshop began yesterday on Saturday at 3:30. Everyone is welcome to bring their crafty projects and ideas and to fellowship with one another while working on them in the Fellowship Hall. There will be discussions about which crafts could be offered for sale by the Myrrh Bearers at our next Festival on Fairfax. Emily Wood is coordinating these monthly meetings.

The Nativity Fast begins November 15th.

Tuesday, November 13: Bible Study at Kh. Marilyn’s home at 7:00
Wednesday, November 14: Daily Vespers at 6:00
Thursday, November 15: St. John Fellowship at the Haney’s home 10:00 – Noon
Saturday, November 17: Great Vespers at 5:00 with SOYO at 6:00
Sunday, November 18: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – Installation of Parish Council and brief meeting to elect leaders.


…O101 Topics in Coming Weeks: Nov. 17th “How Do I Understand the Bible?” and “When We Say God, Part 1”; December 1st “When We Say God, Part 2 and “God with Us”.
Dec. 8th “Our Ultimate Purpose” and “Salvation as Participation”
…Presentation of the Theotokos Vesperal Liturgy at 6:00 on Tuesday, November 20th
…Akathist of Thanksgiving at 6:00 on November 21st
…Thanksgiving Pitch-in Feast at 2:00 on November 22nd
…Akathist to the Protection of the Theotokos at 6:00 on November 30th

Name Day Remembrances: Theodore C (Theodore the Studite-11th); Stephanie H (Empress Theodora-14th); Nolan A (St. Gregory Palamas-14th);
Memory Eternal: Sister Christina; Veronica Bogan (19th)

Prayer List: Ben Swakopf; Nancy Jones; Bruce; Joanna Zaharako; Impey and Tudorica families; Alice & Marvin; Charles; Vicki; Linda’s sister Dee; Mary Ann; Griggs family; Alexander family; Emilija with child (doing well on bed rest); Kristina (Weber) with child; Sharon Catherine; Lillian Purcell; Eileen; Leanne; Ashlee W; Kh. Kristina; Vivian; Paul; Cathy; Sitto; Elias; Waded; Neva; Bill; Lonnie; Fr. George; Fr. Stephen; Fr. Basil; Iva Lee; Nancy & Shalayna; Ty & Hannah (with child); Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer D; Pastor Pat; those suffering in the drug crisis, with flood damage or hurricane damage in the USA; Those suffering in Syria and the Middle East; safety in public places, in our schools and on our southern border; Metropolitan Paul; Archbishop John; our church and our nation.

Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

Prokeimenon: “The Lord will give strength to His people.”
Verse: “Ascribe to the Lord, O children of God, ascribe to the Lord glory and honor.” Psalm 28:11, 1

Epistle: The Reading is from St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians. (4:6-15)
For St. Menas

Brethren, it is the God Who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” Who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. While we live we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you. Since we have the same spirit of faith as he had who wrote, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we too believe, and so we speak, knowing that He Who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into His presence. For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according St. Luke. (10:25-37)

At that time, a lawyer stood up to put Jesus to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read?” And the lawyer answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” And Jesus said to him, “You have answered right; do this, and you will live.” But the lawyer, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was; and when he saw him, he had compassion, and went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ Which of these three, do you think, proved neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” The lawyer said, “The one who showed mercy on him.” And Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

Divine Liturgy Variables for Choir and Parish

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.

Apolytikion of St. Menas, the Great-Martyr – Tone 5
With great valor of soul, thou didst strive in martyrdom, * and having fought the good fight, O divine Great Martyr Menas, * thou from Heaven hast received the gift of miracles; * for God hath shown thee to the world * as a worker of great signs, and He made thee our protector * and a swift help in afflictions and ever-vigilant defense from harm.

Kontakion of the Entrance of the Theotokos – Tone 4
The sacred treasury of God’s holy glory, * the greatly precious bridal chamber and Virgin, * the Savior’s most pure temple, free of stain and undefiled, * into the House of the Lord * on this day is brought forward * and bringeth with herself the grace * of the Most Divine Spirit; * her do God’s Angels hymn with songs of praise, * for she is truly the heavenly tabernacle.