Sunday, September 27, 2020

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Martyr Kallistratos and the 49 Martyrs with him;Apostles Aristarchos, Zenon and Mark of the Seventy; New-martyr Aquilina of Thessalonica; Venerable Ignatius, Abbot in Asia Minor; Venerable Savvatios of Solovky

Nourishment of the Soul: “Humble yourself more in thought before God and men, and in this way you will see the Kingdom of God within yourself, and at that time your face will radiate with fervent peace and a pleasant smile.” – St. Anthony of Optina

Father Peter continues to post short videos daily at to connect with, inspire and inform us. At the home page, scroll down to find the current postings under “Videos from Father Peter.”  Father Peter is beginning a series on the lives of the twelve Holy Apostles.

Congratulations! Taylor Shahadey has received her white coat in pharmacy. What an accomplishment!

Ongoing Construction: Your patience is greatly appreciated as we continue with the ongoing repair and beautification of the church building. Over the past few months we have replaced nearly all of the flooring in the building and painted the nursery, hallway and fellowship hall. Currently we are in the midst of a total kitchen remodel (the old one was removed due to water leakage and mold) and a major overhaul of the narthex, which was also deeply affected by water damage. You will continue to see updates in the coming weeks as we bring these much-needed repairs to completion (Luke 21:19).  – Fr. Peter Jon

Fall Catechism Classes: Catechism classes (or Orthodoxy 101) are held each Wednesday evening immediately following Vespers. Classes will be held in the church and will be live-streamed for those unable to attend in person. This week Dr. John Craton presents, “Christ in the Old Testament.”

OCMC’s Trek4Missions received from our parish  $1,250!  Thank you,   all who clocked the miles and you who supported them with donations.


Wednesday, September 30: Live- Streamed  Daily Vespers at 6:00 immediately followed by   Orthodoxy 101

Saturday, October 3: Streamed Great Vespers at 5:00: SOYO at 6:00 – 8:00

Sunday, October 4: Streamed  Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00


Youth Month

Clergy, Choir, Chanter Appreciation

Special Olympics Collection


The Reading is from the Second Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians. (6:1-10)

Brethren, working together with Him, then, we entreat you not to accept the grace of God in vain.  For He says, “At the acceptable time I have listened to you, and helped you on the day of salvation.” Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.  We put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watching, hunger; by purity, knowledge, forbearance, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute.  We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (5:1-11)

At that time, Jesus was standing by the lake of Gennesaret.  And He saw two boats by the lake; but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets.  Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, Jesus asked him to put out a little from the land.  And He sat down and taught the people from the boat.  And when Jesus had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”  And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing!  But at Thy word I will let down the nets.”  And when they had done this, they enclosed a great shoal of fish; and as their nets were breaking, they beckoned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them.  And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.  But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”  For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the catch of fish, which they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon.  And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; henceforth you will be catching men.”  And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him.

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.


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.

Welcome back to fellowship at outdoor coffee hour following Sunday Liturgy!  The church is providing chilled juice boxes, water bottles and hot coffee. Food contributions are needed each Sunday. Please, nothing that needs a fork or plate – only items that can be served on a napkin (to feed about 50).  We also need your time and strength… Two tables need to be set up and taken down and all the tables & picnic tables need to be wiped down each Sunday morning.  (Contact Rhonda if you can donate food items or your time on a Sunday!)  For those who don’t know, everything is served with masks, gloves, tongs and safe distancing.  

Happy Birthday: Leanne B (3rd); Sharon Catherine (3rd)

Memory Eternal: EJ (Michael’s cousin); Irene (Emily W’s mother); Barbara

Prayer List: The People of Beirut; Wadia; Jayci;  Dee, Patricia, Marvin A, Benedict, Judith Ann, Cleo, Michael I.; Kitsa Wiersteiner; Steven Sajkich; Aphrodite and son Angelos in Greece; Eileen; Violet; Kim; Dusty; Betsy; Allison; Robin & Janet; Mary Ann; Vicki;  Mat. Raisa; Taylor with child; Isaac in Air Force; Andrew for education decisions;  Fr. Marc; Kh.Vanessa & Anthony Kinder; Fr. George; Fr. Basil & Kh. Cana; George; Catherine (not in this parish); Olga; Leanne; Heather; Nancy; Sharon Catherine; Alice & Marvin; Kh. Kristina; Bonnie; Emma; Patricia; Mary & Robert; Shirley; Rose; Lexi, Ross & Vivian; Theo; Doug Barrett; Jeremy; Charles; Grayson; Marcia & Deacon; Nick; Bruce; Joanna & Demetrios; Ashlee W; Paul; Cathy; Sitto; Elias; Waded; Neva; Bill; Lonnie; Nancy & Shalana; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer & Regina; those suffering in the drug crisis, with fire devastation, flood damage, and earthquake damage; those suffering in the Middle East; our nation and our nation’s leaders at all levels of government; world-wide pandemic; schools across the nation.


The Monroe County Health Department requires masks to be worn by those worshipping outdoors when social distancing (6 feet apart) cannot be observed.  All are still required to wear masks indoors unless a medical condition prevents them from safely doing so, or unless one is a designated chanter/server.

If you wish to attend Sunday Matins & Divine Liturgy, please respond in the positive to the email from Fr. Peter that you will find in your inbox. Ex. Smith -2 (Family name – number)

… …Everyone is welcome to attend all non-Sunday services without signing up. Face masks and safety precautions are in place.

…Teen SOYO will gather outdoors after Great Vespers each Saturday while respecting social distancing practices. 

Donations to the church are being made online at and by U.S. mail.  Thank  you for continuing to support the church.