Sunday, November 12, 2017
John the Almsgiver, Patriarch of Alexandria
Neilos the Faster of Sinai; Neilos the Myrrh-streaming of the Great Lavra on Athos; Martin the Wonderworker, Bishop of Tours; New-Martyrs Sabbas and Nicholas of Constantinople
Visitors are honored guests at All Saints. We invite you to stay for the annual meeting today.
Nourishment of the Soul: “We do not need great knowledge to be devout. If we concentrate and meditate on the few things we know, our heart will be spiritually embroidered. One may be profoundly affected by a single hymn, while another may feel nothing–even though he may know all the hymns by heart, as he has not entered into the spiritual reality. Therefore, read the Fathers–even one or two lines a day. They are very strengthening vitamins for the soul.” – St. Paisios the Athonite
Annual Business Meeting is Scheduled for today, November 12th: The business meeting begins at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy. All who attend All Saints are encouraged to attend. Updates on all activities of the parish, including the recent construction, are presented either in booklet form or presentation. Parish Council election also occurs with only those on the membership role, eighteen and older, being eligible to vote. At the printing of the bulletin, the following names are on proposed for the ballot: Valerie Abshire, Cathy Alexander, James Finchum, Daniel Mullis, and Lina Tabbal. A pitch-in meal follows.
Food Pantry: What an offering to the pantry came in last week! But lest we forget, please continue to contribute as you are able so that no one who needs food suffers from hunger.
Thanksgiving Feast: Sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board to help Charles, our coordinator, know who is coming and what is being donated.
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.
As we approach the Nativity Fast with thoughts of sharing with others, we will be adding to our offering something initiated by Alex of eternal memory: warm hats, gloves, mittens and scarves for needy school children. Also we will continue to place gift cards on the Giving Tree as St. Nicholas Night grows near. Let us spread joy to others and therefore increase our joy in giving!
Blessing of the St. Matthew Mosaic is planned for today.
Tuesday, November 14: Bible Study at Kh. Marilyn’s home at 7:00 pm
Wednesday, November 15: Daily Vespers at 6:00 – Nativity Fast begins today.
Thursday, November 16: St. John Fellowship at the Haney’s home at 10:00 am
Thursday, November 16: Bible Study at Becky’s home 3:00 – 5:00
Saturday, November 18: Great Vespers at 5:00; Orthodoxy 101 follows.
Sunday, November 19: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00; Installation of Parish Council members and council meeting.
November 22: Akathist of Thanksgiving at 6:00
November 23: Thanksgiving Feast at All Saints at 2:00
November 24: Akathist to the Protection at 6:00
December 2: All women of the church are invited to the home of Dee Haney in Mitchell, Indiana for the annual get-together. Lunch is served along with gaiety and inspiration.
December 2: St. Nicholas night begins with Great Vespers and is followed by a pitch-in, teaching, and fun for the children and the young at heart.
Name Day Remembrance: Stephanie H (Empress Theodora – 14th); Nolan A (St. Gregory Palamas -14th)
Memory Eternal: Fr. George Rados (15th); Michael Thelen (15th)
Prayer List: Chester; Maria; Vivian; Walter; 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); 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
Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings
Prokeimenon: “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.”
Verse: “What shall I render to the Lord for all that He has given me?” – Psalm 115:6,3
Epistle: The Reading is from St. Paul’s Second Epistle to the Corinthians. (9:6-11)
Brethren, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work. As it is written, “He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your resources and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for great generosity, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.
Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to 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
Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 6
When Mary stood at Thy grave, looking for Thy sacred body, angelic powers shone above Thy revered tomb; and the soldiers who were to keep guard became as dead men. Thou led Hades captive and wast not tempted thereby. Thou didst meet the Virgin and didst give life to the world, O Thou, Who art risen from the dead, O Lord, glory to Thee.
Apolytikion of St. John the almsgiver – Tone 8
In thy patience thou hast won thy reward, O righteous father. Thou didst persevere unceasingly in prayer; thou didst love the poor, and didst provide for them in all things. Wherefore, intercede with Christ our God, O blessed John the Almsgiver, that our souls be saved.
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.