September 1, 2019


 

Liturgy on Sept 1 will be at 9:00 AM

 

In Your Prayers
 

In Nursing Homes or Convalescing:
Gladys Anderson (Home)
John Bakuhn (Jameson)
Marian Charles (home)
Betty Farris
Elizabeth Horney
Elias (Paizon) Jacobs (Home)
Joel Scalzo (Home)
Memory Eternal!
Archm. Pitirim Stenach

Parish News:



 

You can now donate to Saint Elias via PayPal!

 

It's easy! Simply click on this link (https://www.st-elias-online.org) which will take you to our website. Find the PayPal "Donate" button and click it and make your contribution.

 




 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Liturgy for Sunday, Sept 1 is at 9:00 AM

 


 

The Middle-Eastern Dinner is coming soon (Sept 1). Please do what you can to help:

 

- Place signs around town

- Sign up for different tasks on the day of the Dinner

- Help with set-up and take-down!

- Come and help to make the food. We need as many people as we can get.

- Talk it up on Social Media

- Pray

 

This Week's Events
Saturday, August31

Events:


5:00 PM - Vespers

 

Sunday, September 1

Events:

 

9:00 AM - Divine Liturgy

 

12:30 PM- 5:00 PM - Middle Eastern Food Festival. Join us!


Monday, September 2

Events:


Tuesday, September 3

Events:

 

Wednesday, September 4

Events:


Thursday, September 5

Events:

 

Friday, September 6

Events:


Saturday, September 7

Events:

 

5:00 PM - Vespers

 

Sunday, September 8

Events:

 

9:00 AM - Matins

10:00 AM - Divine Liturgy

 


Fr. is available for confessions 1 hour before Vespers or upon request


From Father:

Today the first day of the year according to the Orthodox calendar.  And with any New Year it’s always a good point in time to make a resolution.  I have one for you:

 

Take the image of God seriously.

 

First, take it flat-out seriously in the Person of Jesus Christ.  Christ is the true and only image of God.  In Christ we see God in the flesh, so we see God clearly only in the Person of Jesus Christ.  We see that image in icons all around our church.  We venerate that image because through Christ life and light and peace and salvation have some into the world.

 

Second, take it seriously in ourselves.  We are made in the image of God, and we only live a life in Christ when we understand the implications of this.  Let me state a few of these implications: a) we are loved by God so much that we bear His image in us.  We are to cherish that image, through praying and through keeping the various fasts and the like.  We also bear God’s image in the way that we live out our calling as the People of Jesus Christ.  How well do we live that out?  We will know by the fruits we bear.

 

Third, and speaking of fruits, we will see the image of God in other people.  Not just other Christians or other people who think like me or agree with me, but everyone.  Remember the theme of the Last Judgment of Matthew 25: neither the righteous nor the accursed recognized Jesus in the people they served.  A person  has to attune their way of seeing.  One has to see beyond the material and physical aspects of the world and see people – all people – as worthy of God’s love and therefore worthy of
our care and compassion.  Only then will we be saved, because only then will we help without prejudice or with some form of bias or desire for self-preference.

 

The Middle Eastern Festival is today.  What a great way to start working on that resolution.

 

May God bless us, may God bless our guests, and may He always be with us in all of the things we do.  Thank you for your efforts in today’s activities, whatever they may be.  And may we live in that great grace that is God’s to give to those who love Him. 


Sunday's Epistle

THE PROKEIMENON
TONE IV
PSALMS 146:5 & 134:3

Great is our LORD, and great is His strength.

(V) Praise ye the LORD, for the LORD is good!

 

The Reading is from Saint Paul’s First Epistle to Timothy (CHAPTER 2:1-7)

 

MY CHILD TIMOTHY, I exhort, first of all, that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings, be made for all people, for kings and for everyone who holds a high office, that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and solemnity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who would have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For God is One, and the Only mediator between God and men is the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in its own season, for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I speak the truth in Christ, I do not lie), a teacher of the nations in faith and truth.


Sunday's Gospel

(For the Indiction)

 

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (4:16-22) At that time, Jesus came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and He went to the synagogue, as His custom was, on the Sabbath day. And He stood up to read; and there was given to Him the book of the prophet Isaiah. Jesus opened the book and found the place where it was written, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor and to heal the broken hearted. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” And Jesus closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant, and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” And all spoke well of Him, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth.

 

 





The Children's Word


 


 


A Word About Finances

 

 

Stewardship Campaign:


Based on our 2018 expenses and 2.8% increase of cost of living (per Social Security Cost-Of-Living data) here are our 2019 projected expenses:

                $148,500     – per year

                $12,375       – per month

                $3,093         – per week

 

As of July 31, 2019 our actual expenses were $85,600.00 ($1,025 under estimate)

 

Our actual collection:

January – July 2019       - $68,700 – $16,900 under our costs

 

Last week collection (08/25/2019)     - $1,420  

 

 

These expenses include charity, clergy, liturgical, building and office supplies, utilities, building and property maintenance and taxes. Our parish serves 124 families. We are striving for strong participation and are hopeful you will help us reach our goals: to keep our church thriving and ability to serve our community!