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Join the joint communities of Saint Elias and Saint Nicholas on Thursday at 9:00 AM for a Divine Liturgy in celebration of Thanksgiving, which will be held at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church on Mill Street (205 East Reynolds Street). Subdeacon Albert will be preaching.

Also, you might have seen the nice write-up up in the newspaper about the annual Thanksgiving meal delivery program. If you are interested in helping please come to St. Elias at 10:30 to assist in prep work or by 11:30 to help deliver. Thank you!

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A blessed Veterans Day to everyone in the parish, past or present, who has served in the Armed Forces. There are so many choices a person can make in life. It takes a special kind of courage to serve in the armed forces, to be willing to make the sacrifices required - including the willingness to sacrifice one's own life. The country is in your debt.

To those currently serving or enjoying retirement, may God grant you many healthy years. And we pray for those who have departed this life, either in the theater of battle or after serving - may their memories be eternal.

They are giants on whose shoulders we stand.

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Fun Halloween party at the Langer house!!! Thank you all👻 ...

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From Father
The Good News: “It is the day of Resurrection; let us be like the angels in their splendor for the festival, and let us embrace one another, calling everyone our brothers [and sisters], let us speak also to those who hate us and let us forgive all things. And so, then let us cry: Christ has risen from the dead, trampling down death by death and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!”

Response 1 (the way of hard path, birds and the devil): I don’t know why I bother going to church. I guess if it makes my family happy, I’ll go. It’s just that it is such an old, tired myth. I mean, it just seems so pointless and dated. I could think of five other things I could be doing, but I’ll do this, just to keep my family happy. And as far as the rest goes, all that doing unto others stuff is a nice sentiment, but let’s get real. We need to take care of our own. If we don’t no one else will.

Response 2 (the way of rocks and no water): I love the feeling I get from coming to mass at Christmas and Easter. It is so joyful and colorful and the music is great. I can’t get over that they don’t use instruments! I’m so glad I can make it because it’s nice to touch base and remember the old traditions. Too bad it doesn’t have any relevance in my daily life. How in the world could something that happened nearly 2000 years ago have any impact today, especially when they keep doing the same stuff over and over again? My life and my problems are real and I don’t see how doing some ritual will make it better in any way. I suppose I could make more of an effort to attend and understand, but my kid has games on Sunday and Meet the Press is on, and then the Steeler’s pre-pre-pre-game show is on. I’ll just take what I get from the preachers on TV. They help me cope, sometimes.

Response 3 (the way of thorns and worldly cares): I love church. I attend as often as I can. I know that I am there more than just about anyone. I love to serve the church too. But sometimes there is more fantasy in the church than reality and chaos reigns. You just have to lay down the law to keep things in control. People are selfish, careless and sinful and you must meet strength with strength and unfortunately sometimes you have to do the same thing in the church. It’s just the way it has to be. Otherwise people will just run all over you and the things you worked so hard to build and preserve will be demolished. We must take care of our own as the world teaches us. We have to fight or risk losing everything.

Response 4 (the good soil): It is the day of Resurrection! Every day is. We need to live this out in everything we do, be it in church, in church-related activities, or in our daily lives. We need to love our enemies. We need to be kind to everyone. We should lend expecting nothing in return. We need to follow the Scriptures, so we know the way of Christ is a way of humility, love, self-emptying, kindness and generosity. We strive to bring a little joy to everyone we see – a friend, a church member, a stranger. The Gospel is light and we want to shine that joyful light on everyone we meet. This the Gospel message: Christ has overcome the world; and we need only to partake of that joyful message. May it bear fruit.

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St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Church
915 Lynn Street
New Castle, PA 16101

Office: (724) 658-1712
Hall: (724) 658-5991


This week's eBulletin

Readings, Feasts and Saints
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Bishop THOMAS Visit
Dec 14 – Dec 15 all-day
Dec 14 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Sunday School for Kids and Adults
Dec 15 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Divine Liturgy
Dec 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am
Intercessory Prayers
Dec 16 @ 6:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Adult Religious Study
Dec 16 @ 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm
Parish Council Meeting
Dec 16 @ 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Bread Baking
Dec 17 @ 4:00 am – 4:00 pm
Dec 21 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Sunday School for Kids and Adults
Dec 22 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

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