1 voice Monthly Newsletter of Saint Anthony Greek Orthodox Church May 2012 MAY EVENTS Acolytes At Aces Ballpark, May 6 Rose Bush Sunday, May 13 AHEPA/DOP Pan- Cultural Dinner, May 19 Spring Parish General Assembly, May 20 Feast Day of the Holy Ascension, May 24 INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Parish Contact Info 2 Calendar 3 Metropolitan s Visit 4 News & Info 7 Selection in Greek 11 The Ascension of Christ & the Ascension of Humanity Christ Ascends Perhaps no doctrine in the Christian Church has been more misunderstood in the modern age than this one. In an age when "up" literally did mean "heaven" the ascension made sense. Today scenes of Jesus jet-packing into the clouds merely evoke giggles. Interestingly, the lack of realism in icons makes this less of a problem. Once you know that the unearthly mandorla represents heaven (here, the concentric blue circles around Christ) the icon can be taken clearly for what it represents... not Jesus "going up" literally but the glorification of Christ in heaven. The ascension happened some time after the resurrection when the appearances of the risen Christ had largely ceased. The apostles gathered with the Virgin Mary and Christ and angels appeared, Christ himself radiantly disappearing from sight. Perhaps even the Scriptures do not imply a literal "cloud," (Acts 1:9). When the Jews talked of the divine glory in the Old Testament they frequently spoke of a radiant cloud (shekinah). So there we have it, Jesus, at the Ascension was glorified and received into heaven. This was the necessary prelude to the gift of the Holy Spirit. With the ascent of One came the descent of Another. But Why us? The title... may be a little puzzling. Why are we invited to focus on something to do with us when the ascension has commonly been thought to apply only to Christ? They key to this may be found in the 17th Chapter of the Gospel of St. John when Our Lord prays the so-called High Priestly prayer with his disciples before he goes to his death. These passages are significant and anticipate the ascension, (which is not otherwise recorded in St. John's gospel). 1 Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, 2 as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. 4 I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. 5 And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. and Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. In St. John's Gospel, the hour of glory Continued on page 8
2 Page 2 Articles and photos for THE VOICE of St Anthony are due on the 19th of the month prior to the month of desired publication. Weekly Schedule of Services Saturday Great Vespers 6pm Sunday Orthros 8:45am Divine Liturgy 10am Wednesday Paraklesis 6pm Bible Study 7pm Thursday Bible Study 11am Parish Directory SAINT ANTHONY GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH 4795 Lakeside Drive, Reno, Nevada Office: Fax: Office Hours: M-F 9am 1pm Rev. Fr. Stephen Karcher, Parish Priest Fr. Stephen is available for Confession on Saturdays after Vespers or by appointment. Pastoral Emergencies In case of an emergency, Fr. Stephen may be reached at home (775) or on his cell phone (775) PARISH COUNCIL Jim Phillips, President George Anastassatos, VP Scott Estes, Treasurer Lena Van Asdale, Secretary Elaine Bontempo Esther Brunswig Althea Cladianos Robert Lindsey Christine Stollings Parish Council Meetings every second Thursday of the month at 6pm. Spring Parish General Assembly is Sunday, May 20, after Liturgy PARISH ORGANIZATIONS & MINISTRY LEADERS Church Choir Director Popi Anastassatos Asst. Choir Director Harriet Ellis Church Organists Katrina Copoulos, Linda Eliopulos & Camille Sakelaris Philoptochos President Esther Brunswig AHEPA President Dr. John Lagios DOP President Nikki Feister Catechesis for Children Celeste Prisock Halie Zimmerman. Dance Coordinators Stacie Eliopulos AnnaMaria Desipris Greek School Nick Tsoulfanidis Aria Bebis Hall Rental Esther Brunswig Greek Festival Chair Lena VanAsdale Stewardship Admin. George Anastassatos Christine Stollings Facilities Maintenance Mike Stollings Office Administrator Maria Borrego thevoice
3 Page 3 May 2012 SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT 1 2 Paraklesis 6pm Bible Study 7pm 3 Bible Study 11am 4 Children s Greek School, 5pm 5 Vespers 6pm 6 Orthros 8:45am Divine Liturgy 10am 13 Orthros 8:45am Divine Liturgy 10am HAPPY MOTHERS DAY! 7 Adult Greek Class, 6pm 14 Adult Greek Class, 6pm MID PENTECOST Paraklesis 6pm Bible Study 7pm Paraklesis 6pm Bible Study 7pm 10 Bible Study 11am Parish Council, 6pm AHEPA Dinner & Movie m 6:30pm 17 Bible Study 11am 11 Children s Greek School, 5pm 18 Children s Greek School, 5pm 12 Vespers 6pm 19 Vespers 6pm AHEPA Pan- Cultural Dinner, 6:30pm 20 Orthros 8:45am Divine Liturgy 10am PARISH SPRING GENERAL ASSEMBLY 27 Orthros 8:45am Divine Liturgy 10am 21 CONSTANTINE & HELEN Adult Greek Class, 6pm 28 HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY! Paraklesis 6pm Bible Study 7pm Paraklesis 6pm Bible Study 7pm 24 ASCENSION Orthros 9am Divine Liturgy 10am Bible Study 11:15am 31 Bible Study 11am 25 Children s Greek School, 5pm 26 Vespers 6pm Shading indicates days on which we Fast. Fr. Stephen is available for Confession on Saturdays after Vespers or by appointment.
4 Page 4 Honoring us with a visit on Holy Monday was His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos, Fr. Apostolos Koufallakis, Chancellor, and Mr. Sotiros Vlavianos, Chanter. His Eminence met with our Parish Council on Holy Monday afternoon, and later that evening at church led us in a beautiful Bridegroom Matins service. The dear ladies of our Philoptochos hosted a very nice reception following the service that allowed us to spend time with our Bishop and enjoy his warm & joyful presence. Thanks to all who made this a memorable experience! Religious Leaders Pray for State at Nevada Prayer Breakfast Published April 24, 2012, UPIU.com By Stephen Child RENO, Nev., April Leaders of various religions and denominations participated and read prayers for the good of the state in Nevada Prayer Breakfast held in Reno today, where the welcome address was read by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval. Speaking on the occasion, Sandoval said that prayer was important and added that they pulled through various tragedies in Nevada with the help of faith. Organized by Nevada Clergy Association with the theme A Future Together, the event also gave Vision Awards to area religious leader and civil rights activist Reverend Onie Cooper posthumously, and retired priest of Saint Anthony Greek Orthodox Church, Father George Bratiotis. Congratulations Fr. George! Landscaping Changes at St. Anthony It's almost summer, and St. Anthony Church is getting a new look! If you haven't been to church lately, you're missing all the excitement. Changes are happening inside the church, and just in time for festival planning, the outside of church is under development as well. Some of the plants are in desperate need of help, and many overgrown plants require removal. If you would like to purchase a rose bush in memory of a friend or family member, please contact the church office. Roses and other plants can be purchased for $50.00 each, which includes fresh dirt/installation. Please mail or drop off your checks earmarked, LANDSCAPE. If you would like to volunteer to plant roses or other plants, please contact Mike Stollings at or May 13th will be Rose Bush Sunday! With just a few hours a week, the outside of the church will be extra beautiful and ready for festival time. However, your help is needed!! Check out our work-party pictures on page 6.
5 Regular Meetings on the Third Thursday of the Month. A DINNER & MOVIE DATE WITH AHEPA On Thursday, May 10 at 6:30pm in the church hall. Come and enjoy a dinner and movie with the Ahepan s: LAMB, SPANAKOPITA, TIROPITA, SALAD AND A DOCUMENTARY MOVIE on the Axis Troops landing in Crete during WWII $10 per person Hope to see you there! THANK YOU VERY-VERY MUCH! To our Chanters who helped us make the services throughout Lent and Holy Week beautiful: Margie Victors, Deborah Marche, Tami Estes, Celeste Prisock, Greg Knapp, Trevor Bullock & Danilo Simich. To the Pallbearers on Holy Friday: Mike Stollings, Dean Settas, Jason Brouzakis, Jimmy Petrovic, Alex Karcher, Trevor Bullock & Zach Jarvie. To our Gospel Readers at the Agape Service: Greek, Strati Tsanas; Arabic, Basil Khoshaba; Hebrew, Imad Abboud; Korean, Sojin Hubbard; Russian, Masha Wilson; French, Maria Hatjopoulos; Spanish, Carmen Simich; Romanian, Monica Grecu; Serbian, Danica Jones; Paiute, Nikola Jones. On behalf of the Daughters of Penelope Literacy Committee, Dorothy Delianides and Stel Woods presented 3 books on Greek Culture to all of the Washoe County Libraries: Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff, The Odyssey Retold from Homer by Tania Zomorsky, and Greek Myths-Retold from the Original by Diane Namm. The Literacy Committee of the DOP has donated books on Greek Culture for over 10 years. Our Daughters of Penelope Team is forming for the May 5 walk at Idlewild Park. You can help support the walk in the fight against this devastating disease by donating online to our team efforts. You may mail a check to the church, made out to National MS Society, or you may give a donation to any of our team members: Stephanie Tsanas Co Captain Olga Makris Co Captain Pam Andrews Willma Bennett Jennifer Cappos Nikki Feister Olga Karcher Gail Kosturas Robert Lindsey Thank you for your support! Daughters of Penelope Team MS
6 Work party on Saturday, April 28. We got a lot done! Thanks to all who came out to help! Page 6
7 . Page 7 Greek Language Classes For Adults Lessons (High School Age and up) Held Monday evenings at 6pm in the Small Hall at St. Anthony. It s never too late to join in! For more information contact Nick Tsoulfanidis at For Children Classes are held off-site at Aria Bebis home each Friday at 5pm. For more information contact the church office: FESTIVAL BAKING May 17, 8 am Thursday Tiropitakia (Cheese filled triangles) We need lots of help to make these. May 22, 8 am Tuesday Moussaka prep. Make béchamel sauce, slice and broil eggplant. Boil potatoes. May 23, 8 am Wednesday Assemble Moussaka Dolmathes does not have a scheduled date as of this writing. Please check festival sign up sheets for a date. ALTHOUGH IT IS ONLY MAY, our Greek Festival will be here before you know it! Planning and work has already begun. In the 2012 operations area, I ve already started reserving the tents, entertainment and everything we need to ensure a successful Festival. AND the kitchen is already busy with yummy food preparation. However, I m writing to ask for your help! I DESPERATELY NEED SOMEONE TO STEP UP AND BE THE SILENT AUCTION CHAIR- MAN. This is a very important part of our Festival. The Silent Auction results in pure profit for our church. Someone will need to step up and volunteer their time and talent for this endeavor... could it be you? Perhaps you are not able to volunteer to be the Chairman? You can still help with the Silent Auction! We can all try to solicit our friends and merchants in the community for donations. Think about this: If everyone in our parish were to get even one item, it would ensure that our Silent Auction is as profitable as it should be. Please consider helping in this way! If you can volunteer in other areas, please let me know. I m currently trying to confirm booth chairmen for all of our areas, but every year, we need people to step up and take leadership roles. Remember, a successful Festival requires everyone to take on a role! We will have a Greek Festival kick-off meeting some time this month. Please look for the date and time in your and in the weekly Bulletin. I am looking forward to working with everyone again this year. TOGETHER LET S MAKE THIS YEARS FESTIVAL THE BEST ONE YET! You can contact me either via at or via cell phone at Your Festival Chairman, VIGIL LIGHTS In Memory Of: 4/1-4/8: Louise, offered by Ron Abdo; 4/1-4/22: Elftheria, Irene, Chris, Dan, Spiros, Maria & George, offered by Maria Aramini; 4/15-4/22: Susanna, offered by Nina Schweiss; 4/29: Ellen & Nicholas Pereos, offered by Irene Pereos. For the Health & Well Being Of: 4/1-4/29: Jim Hubbard, offered by Donna Wheatley; Tatiana, offered by Ron Abdo; 4/1-4/22: Ron Thomas, Galina, Margaret & Helene, offered by Tania Abdo; 4/15: Evan Pritsos, offered by Jean Pritsos. Spiros & Christina, offered by Sofia Diotallevi. If you would like to request a vigil light lasting 7 days to be lit in the Altar, and/or have a prayer offered at Liturgy, please contact the church office, or fill out a Vigil Light Request Form, which are available in the Narthex. PROSPHORO May 6: Voula Gamilis May 13: Astrid Sady May 20: Russ Elsner May 27: Kathy Nicholson Please bring FOUR prosphora on each designated Sunday. ACOLYTES Thank you for helping in the Holy Altar: Dion Copoulos, Alex Mathew, Athanasios Karcher, Gabriel Martin, Ilia Katre, Matthew, John & Daniel Gordon, Diego Anastassatos & Sava Karcher. ESPISTLE READERS May 6: Beryl Love May 13: George Anastassatos May 20: Alexander Karcher May 27: Celeste Prisock CONGRATULATIONS Ed Wilson was received into the Orthodox Church on Palm Sunday, taking the Christian name, Vasili. His sponsor was Dean Settas. Congrats also to Masha! May God grant all of you many blessed years.
8 Into Hell and Out Again In this Byzantine-inflected icon of the Resurrection, the murdered Christ is still in Hell, the chief issue being Page 8 that this Resurrection is of our agéd parents and all their poor relations. We find Him as we might expect, radiant in spotless white, standing straight, but leaning back against the weight of lifting them. Long tradition has Him standing upon two crossed boards--the very gates of Hell--and He, by standing thus, has undone Death by Death, we say, and saying nearly apprehend. fers This to all -- the the Lord's lifting of death the dead, but the death in this gospel it is also of Death, taken His to stretching include here - on between the resurrection two realms -- side - looks the appearances like real work, necessary, of Christ, not pleasant the gift of the Holy Spirit and the Ascension. The events are not but almost separated matter-of-factly out chronologically undertaken. (as in St. We witness here a little sheepishness Luke's which death Gospel) has taught but both rather Mom telescoped and Dad; they reach together in the Paschal period. Christ's proffered hands and everything Now about their glory affect from speaks the centuries Father of drowning belongs to Christ in that... abysmal but crypt. not to Are Christ they quite alone. awake? Listen to St. Odd -- motionless as they must be in our tableau outside of Time, we almost see their hurry. And isn't that their shame which falls away? They have yet to enter bliss, but they rise up, eager and a little shocked to find their bodies capable of this. Scott Cairns Professor of English at University of MIssouri and Co-Director of MU Writing Workshops in Greece Continued from page 1 refers to the Lord's death but in this gospel it is also taken to include - on the resurrection side - the appearances of Christ, the gift of the Holy Spirit and the Ascension. The events are not separated out chronologically (as in St. Luke's Gospel) but rather telescoped together in the Paschal period. Now the glory from the Father belongs to Christ... but not to Christ alone. Listen to St. Paul 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. [2 Corinthians 3:18].. and the definitive text comes from St. Peter who himself had witnessed the Lord glory before... on the Mount of the Transfiguration. 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. [2 Peter 1:4] Here then is the neglected truth, arguably the most important truth about salvation for it speaks of the goal of our Christian lives: our glorification in Christ, i.e., our own ascension. Sometimes this is called "theosis" in the Orthodox Church or deification. St. Athanasius said that "God became Man so that man might become god." In this we do not become God by a change in our being but rather we partake of his energies by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Virgin Mary was the first to ascend, the first to be glorified at her Dormition. We are called to follow her in our own ascension. We may only do so by the measure of how we repent in this life for it is repentance only that makes us "light enough" to ascend. source: Can you help fill a need? We are looking for people to help host coffee hour on Sundays! If you would like to express warm hospitality to our visitors, guests and parish family, please sign-up to host a Sunday on the schedule in the small hall, or call Maria at
9 Page 9 "Remember that the Lord is in every Christian. When your neighbor comes to you, always have great respect for him, because the Lord is in him, and often expresses His will through him. ' It is God which works in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure' (Phil. 2:13). Therefore, do not grudge anything to your brother, but do unto him as unto the Lord; especially as you do not know in whom the Lord will come and visit you; be impartial to all, be kind to all, sincere and hospitable. Remember that sometimes God speaks even through unbelievers, or disposes their hearts towards us, as it happened in Egypt when the Lord gave Joseph favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. (Gen. 39:21)." THANK YOU to all that worked on the Holy Week and Pascha flowers. Your generous help made our church look beautiful! Special thank you to Esther Brunswig, Marlys Mandelos, Jennifer Cappos, Gail Kosturas and Strati & Stephanie Tsanas. St. John of Kronstadt Philoptochos ~~~~~ Save the Date! June 10 after Liturgy. Join us to raise funds for Kids n Cancer.
10 Saint Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center P.O. Box 400 Dunlap, CA Phone: (559) Fax: (559) Saint Nicholas Ranch is a Ministry of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco. We at St. Nicholas Ranch believe that our Orthodox Christian Faith is "caught, not taught". In other words, Christian friendship teaches kids more about their faith than any book or class. This Christian friendship is an increasingly rare thing in the world and becoming harder to find, but easy to find at camp... Campers will get to do in six camp days what they may not get to do all year: pray with their friends, discuss their faith, create life-long friendships, enjoy God's natural beauty, experience what it is like to be away from home: all this in a spiritually safe and familiar environment... It is a place to experience Christian joy that will be remembered for a lifetime. Session 1: July 8-14 (Kids all ages) Session 2: July (Kids all ages) Session 3: July (Kids all ages) Session 4: July 29-August 4 (High School Only) September 2012 Senior Camp: September December 2012 OCF College Conference: December Street Address 220 Mason Manatee Way St. Augustine, FL United States Visit our website: Mailing Address 220 Mason Manatee Way St. Augustine, FL United States Phone:(904) Toll Free: Fax:(904)
11 Selection in Greek: Ο πατήρ Γεώργιος Αναγνωστόπουλος μας μιλάει για την παράλληλη διακονία της επιστήμης και της Εκκλησίας. Πάτερ, είστε από τους λίγους ανθρώπους που διαγράφουν μια παράλληλη διαδρομή στην επιστήμη και στην Εκκλησία. Αυτή η «διπλή» πορεία αποτελεί για εσάς μια φυσική εξέλιξη; «Ανατράφηκα ως παιδί στην Αθήνα του 60 σε ένα γνήσιο πολυπολιτισμικό περιβάλλον! Η μητέρα μου ήταν πιστή χριστιανή. Ο πατέρας μου πιστός τότε υλιστικής ιδεολογίας. Η συνύπαρξή τους ως τον θάνατό τους νομίζω ότι μου καλλιέργησε με φυσιολογικό τρόπο τόσο την έφεση προς την αναζήτηση της αλήθειας όσο και την αναζήτηση της σύνθεσης και της ολότητας. Ετσι και η ταυτόχρονη πορεία στην επιστημονική έρευνα (στη Φυσική του Διαστήματος και τελευταία στην έρευνα δορυφορικών προσεισμικών σημάτων) και στην αναζήτηση της γνώσης του Θεού, όπως και το ενδιαφέρον μου και για άλλες επιστήμες και την πολιτική, πηγάζουν με φυσικό και ενιαίο τρόπο στην ψυχή μου». Εχει διατυπωθεί η άποψη ότι η επιστήμη έχει το σπέρμα της αισιοδοξίας αφού στοχεύει προς την πρόοδο, ενώ η θρησκεία ενέχει το στοιχείο της απαισιοδοξίας δίνοντας έμφαση στη σκοτεινή πλευρά της ανθρώπινης φύσης την οποία πρέπει να υπερνικήσουμε αλλά δύσκολα μπορούμε Pledging Stewards of Saint Anthony WE LIST THOSE STEWARDS who have submitted their Stewardship Commitment Card for 2012, and THANK YOU for responding to the needs of the Church. When you give to our Parish, you share and support in making the Orthodox Christian Faith accessible to all who enter our Church s doors. Thank you for joining our Parish ministry! Ron & Tania Abdo George & Jacqueline Anastassatos Popi Anastassatos Catherine Andrews Chris & Pam Andrews Maria & Virgil Aramini Chris Argeres Wilma Bennett Ricky Bilyeu Elaine Bontempo John & Maria Borrego Christina Bortolin Alexia Bratiotis Fr. George & Presb. Gloria Bratiotis Esther Brunswig Trevor Bullock Richard & Lyubov Burleson Renie Carr Stacey Cherup-Leslie Pete & Althea Cladianos Mary Clifford Radu & Victoria Conelea Διπλός δρόμός πρός την αληθεια. Gus & Barbara Contos Susan Copeland John Copoulos Richard & Patricia DeLeon Dorothy Delianides Alexander Demetras Sofia Ahtipis Diotallevi Charles & Elaine Drakos Joanna & Peter Drakos Chris Eliopulos George & Linda Eliopulos Harriet Ellis Scott & Tami Estes Mike Evasovic Nikki & Frank Feister Bernice Kosturos Ferrall Gus Flangas Mike & Irene Frow Antonios & Voula Gamilis Scott & Patricia Gordon Irene & Jerry Graham Monica Grecu Despina Hatjopoulos Maria Hatjopoulos Jim & Sojin Hubbard Zachary Jarvie Danica & Cliff Jones Elaine Kanellos Chrisoula Karapondo Fr. Stephen & Presv. Olga Karcher Nadia & Basil Khoshaba Gregory Knapp John & Joan Lagios Lynn LeGoy Nickolas & Beth Linardos Robert & Georgene Lindsey Denise LoGiurato Πόσο πιστεύετε ότι αυτό ανταποκρίνεται στην πραγματικότητα; Beryl & Wendy Love Dimitrios & Olga Makris Marlys Mandelos Agnes & Tom Mannos Deborah & George Marche Shaji & Vijna Mathew James & Kathy Nicholson Eleni Oikonomidoy Constance Pacini Nick & Christine Pappas Arene & Christine Pavlakis Jim & Eileen Phillips Andreia & Ciprian Pop Christine Poulakidas Jean Pritsos Iulia & Raul Ramirez Ann Risovich Sam & Elizabeth Risovich Michael & Olga Roche Christopher & Rene Rores Stephanie Rossi Angelo & Camille Sakelaris Michael & Astrid Sady Dean & Linda Settas Danilo & Carmen Simich Renee Soumbeniotis Mike & Christine Stollings Kosta & Niki Strataras Vassilios & Patricia Titus Stratos & Stephanie Tsanas Tom & Chris Vallas Lena & Shawn Van Asdale Al & Margie Victors Amelia Wassner Masha & Ed Wilson Stel & Robert Woods Tom Young Page 11 «Η επιστήμη έχει προσφέρει και μπορεί να προσφέρει εξαιρετικά ευεργετήματα στην ανθρωπότητα. Γι αυτό νομίζω δεν χρειάζεται επιχειρηματολογία. Ταυτόχρονα όμως σε έναν πολύ μεγάλο βαθμό η επιστήμη χρησιμοποιείται για την εφεύρεση νέων καταστροφικών όπλων και ποικίλων μέσων χειραγώγησης και έχει οδηγήσει στην οικολογική καταστροφή. Νομίζω ότι έχουμε προ πολλού περάσει την αισιόδοξη ιδεολογία της αυτόματης προόδου μέσω της επιστήμης. Μάλιστα η έννοια της ιστορικής προόδου έχει την καταγωγή της στην ιουδαιοχριστιανική παράδοση, εκπεφρασμένη σε εκκοσμικευμένη μορφή. Αυτά είναι γνωστά. Θα μιλήσω και για τη δική μας εμπειρία στην Ορθόδοξη Εκκλησία. Η έμφαση είναι απολύτως στην άπειρες πνευματικές δυνατότητες που δίνει ο Θεός στον άνθρωπο. Δεν είναι η Ανάσταση του Χριστού η κατάλυση του θανάτου και η θέωση η μετοχή του ανθρώπου στο θείο το κέντρο της πίστεως; Αλλά στις υπέροχες αυτές πραγματικότητες δεν φθάνει κανείς χωρίς την αυτογνωσία του σκότους που κρύβει μέσα του. Αρα η συνειδητοποίηση του σκότους δεν είναι καθόλου απαισιόδοξο γεγονός, είναι προϋπόθεση ρεαλιστικής προόδου».
12 The Voice SAINT ANTHONY GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH 4795 Lakeside Dr. Reno, NV Phone: Fax: May 2012 Weekly Schedule of Services Wednesday: Paraklesis 6pm Saturday: Great Vespers 6pm Sunday: Orthros 8:45am/Divine Liturgy, 10am Church Office Hours Mon Fri: 9am- 2:30pm For setting dates and sacraments, memorial services, and for personal counseling, confessions, sick calls and personal visitations please call the church office and speak with Father Stephen or him at: You may also contact Maria Borrego at the church office or Χριστός Ανέστη! SAVE THE DATE! IMPORTANT PARISH DATES Saturday, May 5th Walk MS: Reno/Sparks Saturday, May 19th AHEPA/DOP Pan Cultural Dinner Sunday, May 20th Spring Parish General Assembly Sunday, June 10th Loukamades Sunday Philoptochos Kids N Cancer Fundraiser Bible Study The Six Psalms Wednesday Evenings at 7pm and Thursday Mornings at 11am Bible Study May 2 & 3: Psalm 3 May 9 & 10: Psalm 37 May 16 & 17: Psalm 62 May 23 & 24: Psalm 102 May 30 & 31: Psalm 142 For more information, contact Fr. Stephen Catechesis for Children Children & Youth 3-17 Meeting Every Sunday immediately after Holy Communion, for children & youth ages All those attending, along with teachers, will receive Holy Communion first, and then proceed to the Atrium in the big hall. Please feel free to contact Celeste Prisock ( ) or Halie Zimmerman ( ) coordinators
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St. Agnes Children s Faith Formation Program Family Handbook St Agnes Catholic Community 1025 Masonic Ave. San Francisco, CA 94117 www.saintagnessf.com (415)487-8560, Fax (415)487-8575 TABLE OF CONTENTS
NEW BELIEVERS STUDY TABLE OF CONTENTS BIBLE STUDY 1: SALVATION 1 BIBLE STUDY 2: FAITH AND ASSURANCE 4 BIBLE STUDY 3: POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT 7 BIBLE STUDY 4: TRIALS 10 BIBLE STUDY 1: SALVATION SCRIPTURE
TRAINING WORSHIP LEADERS SESSION ONE LIVING FOR GOD S GLORY Junko is a gifted singer. She also loves to sing praise songs. So her small group leader asked Junko to use her talents and gifts by becoming
2 ThaT you are going to be with God in Heaven?? If God were to ask you, Why should I let you into My Heaven? what would you say? Not sure? Then this booklet has... 3 The best news 4 You Could ever hear!
Prayers for a Virtual Pilgrimage with Pope Francis Tuesday, September 22 Washington, DC As our shepherd Pope Francis begins his pilgrimage to the United States, please pray for the Church in our country.
Introduction to Orthodox Christianity A Three Session Class for Inquirers Class Purpose Provide a basic introduction to Orthodox Christianity Diocese of the Midwest - Orthodox Church in America 2 Questions
Basic Christianity 1 "16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete,
Living the Truth in Love At the Threshold of the Apostles At regular intervals, every bishop is required to make an ad limina visit to meet with the Pope and to give him an account of the bishop's particular
Devotion NT267 CHILDREN S DEVOTIONS FOR THE WEEK OF: LESSON TITLE: The Second Coming THEME: Jesus is coming again. SCRIPTURE: Matthew 24:27-31 Dear Parents Welcome to Bible Time for Kids. Bible Time for
Devotion NT206 CHILDREN S DEVOTIONS FOR THE WEEK OF: LESSON TITLE: The Birth of John the Baptist THEME: God is worthy of our praise. SCRIPTURE: Luke 1:39-80 Dear Parents Welcome to Bible Time for Kids!
Sharing the Plan of Salvation with Children By Cheryl Markland Font: Whiz Bang For more information contact: Childhood Ministry Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (800) 395-5102 ext. 5646 Sharing
Leadership Application Packet Godʼs word tells us that it is more blessed to give than to receive. We are excited and grateful that you are making the decision to get involved and use the talents God has
Lesson 2: Principles of Evangelism Introduction In our last lesson, we discovered that our identity determines, more than anything else, the success of our mission work. Who we are is so much more important
When does worship begin for Sunday service? CHURCH ETIQUETTE During the early part of the service the church you may see people walking up to the front of the church, praying in front of the iconostasis
St. Anthony s Catholic Church Confirmation Preparation 2013-2014 Dear Confirmation Candidate, Parents, and Sponsors, We welcome you as you journey toward the Sacrament of Confirmation. This Sacrament completes
4 Easy Reading Edition OCTOBER 15-21 Praise and Prayer SABBATH OCTOBER 15 READ FOR THIS WEEK S STUDY: Luke 1:37; Colossians 4:5; Ephesians 1:15-23; James 2:20, 26; James 3:13, 17. MEMORY VERSE: God placed
HOW TO BE FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT The Main Thing: God gives us the Holy Spirit so we can successfully live the Christian life. Be filled with the Holy Spirit by faith, understanding who the Holy Spirit
Devotion NT319 CHILDREN S DEVOTIONS FOR THE WEEK OF: LESSON TITLE: Spiritual Gifts THEME: God gives us all different gifts to serve Him and to serve others! SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 12:1-31; 14:1-40 Dear
The Invitation (Evangelism Brushup) ' = next PowerPoint slide ' Intro: - Matt. 28:18-20 Great Commission, passed from generation to generation (2 Tim. 2:2) - from the time Jesus commissioned the apostles,
Devotion NT273 CHILDREN S DEVOTIONS FOR THE WEEK OF: LESSON TITLE: The Garden of Gethsemane THEME: We always need to pray! SCRIPTURE: Luke 22:39-53 Dear Parents Welcome to Bible Time for Kids. Bible Time
Bridges Leadership Manual C O N T E N T S Focus Tips for Leaders Introduction: BRIDGES Focus Tips........................2 Session One: God s Invitation to The Journey Where Am I On my Spiritual Journey?........................4
Introducing King s Online Bible School Our Goals for our Students We desire and pray that you will: abide in Christ abide in His Word abide in His church abide in His love For all things belong to you,
Devotion NT249 CHILDREN S DEVOTIONS FOR THE WEEK OF: LESSON TITLE: Jesus Visits Mary and Martha THEME: Jesus wants us to spend time with \ Him. SCRIPTURE: Luke 10:38-42 Dear Parents Welcome to Bible Time
Dr. Sylvester Washington Senior Pastor /Teacher Pleasant Hill Baptist Church 2009 West Martin L. King Jr. Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90062 Office: (323) 293-6448 Fax: (323) 293-6605 Teach me your way O Lord,
Living Faith: Chapter 7 - "God's Church" Page 1 of 6 Living Faith - Chapter 7 - God's Church 7.1 The Church 7.1.1 The church is Christ together with his people called both to worship and to serve him in
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CHAPTER 4 Jesus Teaches About Prayer Jesus prayed. He prayed for Himself, His disciples, and for future believers. He also taught about prayer. Prayer is our way of communicating with God whenever we want
This booklet contains a message of love and hope. An exciting adventure awaits all who discover these life-changing truths. The following four principles will help you discover how to know God personally
Scripture Memory Program Psa. 119:11 Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You. Nothing enriches the spiritual life of the believer more than the discipline of Bible memory.
Liturgy for Valentine s Day ST VALENTINE S DAY The Church s commemoration of Valentine has nothing to do with lovers! It originated with two separate people, both called Valentine. Valentine of Terni was
SURE FOUNDATION BIBLE STUDY LESSON 3 INTRODUCTION TO THE BIBLE The word Bible comes from the Greek word biblos, which means book. The Bible that we have today is really a collection of books combined into
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BIBLICAL EVANGELISM I. Inadequate Views of Evangelism A. The proclamation of a redemption they have already been given - Denies need for personal conversion B. Presence with hurting needy people C. Meeting
BIBLE CHARACTER STUDIES SESSION ONE DEVELOPING CHRISTIAN CHARACTER THROUGH STUDYING GOD S WORD God gave you His Word, the Bible, so that He can have a personal relationship with you. As you get to know
Religion Policy Committee Name: Curriculum Date of Approval: Validity Date: 2012-2015 Person responsible: RE Leader / Worship Leader Purpose Our primary focus... should be revelation. God is always the
70 Bible Ethics LESSON 5 God Gives You Standards for Living Imagine that you are considering buying a bicycle. In the shop you see a beautiful bicycle, just the kind you have always wanted. Of course you
God Is Our Father 1 2 Jesus Lives in His Church understand that God loves, cares for, and forgives us like a good father. In giving us human life, God has given us something of himself, for each person
The Book of Common Prayer, Formatted as the original This document was created from a text file through a number of interations into InDesign and then to Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. This document is intended
BLESSING OF A HEADSTONE ORDER OF BLESSING The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, giver of life and conqueror of death, be with you all. And with your spirit. Prayer Let us pray. Lord, You have made Your people
Prayer Service to Celebrate the Ministry of Teachers During Catholic Schools Week 2015 You Will Need A large candle with the words Love, Kindness, Joy, Truth and Justice (the final page of this document
Church Holy Books How many books does the Church use? What are they for and when are they used? 1. Holy Bible: Old Testament 39 Books: Books of the LAW (5): Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers Deuteronomy
Premarital Sex By Evan Lenow Pre-Session Assignments One week before the session, students will take the following assignments. Assignment One Read the comments related to Hebrews 13:4 in the section It
Have you ever wondered why the Bible was written and given to man? Was it simply to give us a sketch of history? Why then all the history about one nation--the nation of Israel? Why all the chronologies
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Suggested Prayer Service for Teachers to be modified for use by churches or in other settings Call to Worship: (From Psalm 8:1 and 9:1) Leader: O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
Intro. Chapter pg 1a Seasonal Getting to know you Call To Faith 6th Grade Activities will be in your boxes with supply needed to develop the activities. Title Overview Scripture Chapter Words Activities
Closing Prayer During the meal Jesus took some bread in his hands. He blessed the bread and broke it. Then he gave it to his disciples and said, Take this and eat it. This is my body. Pass around the bread.
St. Andrew s Episcopal Church September 2015 Parish Information Mission Statement In the name of Christ, we the people of Saint Andrew s Episcopal Church, in response to God s call, proclaim our belief
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THE CHURCH What is the Church? 1 What is the Church? Matthew 16:18 INTRODUCTION: A. Matthew 16:18... And on this rock I will build My church. What is the church? 1. The prophets of old prophesied about
Beverly Catholic Collaborative The Roman Catholic Parishes of St. Mary Star of the Sea St. John the Evangelist St. Margaret Beverly, Massachusetts PASTORAL PLAN 2015-2018 A Message from Our Pastor: Dear
Life Group Leader Training Lesson One: Intro to Cell Ministry We are excited about what God is doing in and through your life for His Kingdom! This Life Group Leadership Toolkit is designed to equip you
PRAYING FOR OTHER PEOPLE SESSION ONE HOW TO PRAY FOR OTHER PEOPLE When friends get together, they talk about their problems. Sometimes your friends will share with you about their own personal difficulties
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CONGRATS! CONGRATULATIONS! Taking the step of faith to follow Jesus Christ is the greatest step you will ever take. It s the one action that will allow you to experience new opportunities and gain a new