January 17th, 2021
Stump the Priest: Question: “How does doctrinal authority work in Orthodoxy? In a simplified form, how do I know what Orthodox believe? Less simply, what are the common sources for Orthodox when seeking to believe what the Church teaches? And how is it possible to know that certain teachings are definitely the Orthodox position, not only a possible opinion?” Click here for the Answer.
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Saints of the Day for Sunday and the coming week, and other edifying reading:
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Propers for the Sunday Liturgy:
Propers for the Feast of Theophany (Tuesday, January 19th):
Schedule of Service for the Coming Week:
|Monday, January 18th||9:00 a.m. Liturgy of Theophany Eve
5:00 p.m. Vigil (Great Compline and Matins) of the Theophany of the Lord
|Tuesday, January 19th||9:00 a.m. Hours & Liturgy of the Theophany of the Lord, with the Great Blessing of the Waters.|
|Saturday, January 16th||4:00 p.m. Panikhida
5:00 p.m. Vigil
|Sunday, January 17th||9:00 a.m. Hours and Liturgy|
The tentative House Blessing Schedule is posted here: https://www.saintjonah.org/bltn/houseblessings2021.htm Please review it, and let Fr. John Whiteford know if the day you are listed on will work. If you are not listed, but want to be, let him know that too.
If you are interested in participating in a week night Bible Study, which would be held at the Church (though we will probably stream it for those who cannot come), let Fr. John Whiteford know. We will thinking of trying to do it on Tuesday evenings.
Our next Parish Council meeting will be held on Thursday, January 21st, at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are currently being held via the internet.
Our Annual Parish Meeting will be held after the Liturgy, on Sunday, February 28th, 2021. If you are interested in serving on the parish council, please speak to Fr. John Whiteford or Fernando Maldonado.
We will be visited by a sister from the St. Elizabeth Convent in Belarus on the weekend of January 24th. She will make a presentation, and will be selling items she will bring to support the good work that the Convent does.
Youth Choir: You can watch videos of the Youth Choir performing at the Christmas Yolka here: First Video, Second Video, Third Video.
You will find texts for reader services that you can do at home through the 35th Sunday after Pentecost, here:
Sisterhood News: The Sisterhood Council will meet on Tuesday, January 26th, at 7:00 p.m. via the Internet.
Bookstore News: We have new Crosses and Icons of St. Paisios the Athonite that are now in stock.
Calendar year to date total (01 January thru 30th November 2020):
Building Fund: $36,649.00
For November 2020:
Building Fund: $6,275.00
Average Monthly Expenses $11,196.00
Recommended Reading for the week:
You can read “Metropolitan Onuphry: We Must Always be with Christ, Even in Days of Tribulation and Persecution,” here:
Recommended Listening for the week:
You can also listen to the sermon “St. Juliana of Lazarevo,” by Fr. John Whiteford, here:
This Sunday: 1/17/21 (No Fast): The Sisterhood will provide the meal, in honor of St. Juliana’s Feast Day.
Next Sunday: 1/24/21 (No Fast): Sponsors Needed.
Currently: (Ending on): 1/24/21 – Team Rosa.
Next (Ending on): 2/7/21 – Team Kara.
This Saturday: 1/16/21: Shane Martin.
Next Saturday: 1/23/21: Rdr. James Hall.
This Sunday: 1/17/20: Rdr. Demitri Likomitros.
Next Sunday: 1/24/20: Rdr. Joshua Gonzales.
Commemorations from the past week:
Anniversary of Fr. John Whiteford’s ordination / Ilaria Pino’s Birthday / Vassili Ivanov, Emma Marsh & Vassily Rodionov’s Name day – Thursday, January 14th.
Seraphim Lewis; Sisterhood Patronal Feast / Nicco (Juliana) Wilkinson & Julie (Julianne) Maldonado’s Name day – Friday, January 15th.
Aksania (Anna) Marie Bruner’s Birthday / Matushka Genevieve Companik’s Name day – Saturday, January 16th.
Artem Chebotko’s Name Day & Sarah Solis’s Birthday – Sunday, January 17th.
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For the Servants of God, Metropolitan Mark; Archimandrite Ioann (Magram), Archpriest Andre Papkov, Archpriest Geoffrey Korz, Archpriest Emil Hutnyan, Archpriest Anthony Nelson, Archpriest George Brooks, Archpriest Antonio Perdomo, Archpriest John Maxwell, Matushka Debra Maxwell, Priest Benigno Pardo, Matushka Tatiana Trussin, Matushka Parasceva Brooks, Matushka Olympia Sibley, Matushka Margarita Pardo, Matushka Patricia Whiteford, Thekla Podrasky, Ann (Eleanor) Wandke, Ann (Sonia) Shepherd, Elizabeth (Lori) Hritz, Zoe Wren, Denise (Leslie) Barnett, Marina Watson, Billy (Jean) Holloway, Demetra Durham, Sarah (Anna) Herzog, Cassie Hunt, Mike (Apollos) McBride, Yelena Yegorova, Galina Lay, James and Sophia (Cynthia) Hirsch, Demetra; Panagyiota; Georgia; Nathaniel Barrett Mahand; Elizabeth Kowasic; Joan Marie Pennings; Robert Carlisle; James Marsh; Katherine Garbett Casanova; Ivan Tschebotarjew; Renee (Ann) Nahlous; John Nicholas Ostis; Garrett (Maximus) and Merilee (Mary) Eidson; Georgy; Valentina Kramareva; Anna (Oksana Mahecha’s sister); Evgeny (Fr. Sergei Baranov’s father-in-law); Viacheslav Chebotko; Natalia Petrova; Ioann Galitzine, and the Child Irene Harrington, who are ill.
For Nikolai, who is struggling.
For the safety and salvation of those in Kiev: Vladimir, Yelena, Tatiana, Alexei, Maria, Ivan, and Artem.
For the newly reposed Metropolitan Philaret of Minsk, Irina, and the Orthodox who have perished in the pandemic, and those slain in the violence in Syria, Lebanon, Ukraine, and the Holy Land.
Elizabeth de Carion
For the Servants of God, Aiden, Ann Kellis; Shawna Hiu; Misty; Harold Wren; Bethany; Shiela; Cecilia Beck; Rohayu; Infant Jared; Laura Odom, Leslie Swain (Ben Bryant’s mother); Melissa Munster (Moses Munster’s mother); Heather Tolliver (Melissa Holloway’s daughter); Pam Morris (Eleanor’s niece); Keaton Munster, Jeff Perkins, John Williams, William Allen (Eleanor’s adopted brother), John Ward (Rdr Demitri Likomitros’ Uncle), King Kotchavar, Debbie, Carol Schwendeman, Sergei Savitski, the Vanderhider family, Donna Beauchamp, Nicoline and Kent, John Lay, Melissa Hall, Margaret, Angelica, Luna, Chad Holloway, Bridgette Dunlap (Matrona Marsh’s cousin), Maria-Anna Galitzine, and William who are ill.
For Aki and family; and Johnnie.
The Captive Gregorios.
For the safety and salvation of those in Kiev: Lubov.
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Toddlers (2-3): Taught by Mat. Genevieve Companik and Rosa Mahand (meeting in the Narthex).
Children, Age 4-7: Taught by Iryna Chebotko and Vera Yates (meeting in the Nursery).
Children, Age 8-12: Taught by Mat. Patricia Whiteford and Laura Sanchez.
Teens 13+: Taught by Christopher Cline and Cody Bornejko (meeting in the Church).
Teens and Adults: Taught by Fr. John Whiteford.
The Schedule for November 2020 through January 2021:
The Schedule for February 2021 and Great Lent:
You can also see our online parish calendar of events and services here:
Fasting in the Coming week: On Monday, January 18th; and Friday, January 22nd, wine and oil are permitted. On Wednesday, January 20th, fish, wine, and oil are permitted. All other days are fast free.
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2910 Spring Cypress Rd, Spring, TX 77388