November 21st, 2021
Stump the Priest: Question: “I have heard some claim that Orthodoxy does not approve of self defense or firearms specifically, specifically attacking the “take your purse and buy” a sword verse from Luke that is often used in support of armed Christian self defense. He even went so far as to say, or at least strongly imply, that Christians shouldn’t kill in combat/war. So, I suppose the question is, what is the Orthodox Church’s teaching regarding a Christian’s right or ability to hurt or kill others in self-defense? As soldiers during war? What about defending one’s family from violence?” 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 (Sunday, November 21st):
Schedule of Service for the Coming Week:
|Wednesday, November 24th||7:00 p.m. Moleben of Thanksgiving|
|Saturday, November 27th||5:00 p.m. Vigil|
|Sunday, November 28th||9:00 a.m. Hours & Liturgy|
We will be taking a special collection to help the ROCOR mission parish in Lubbock, Texas, this Sunday. If you write a check, or send in a payment electronically, please put “Lubbock mission” in the memo line.
If you would like to be part of a Youth Committee, to help plan youth events, please let Fr. John Whiteford know.
We will have our next Bible study on the Book of Acts, in the parish hall on Tuesday, November 30th, at 7:00 p.m. We will have Small Compline at 6:15 p.m., followed by refreshments and then start the Bible Study at 7:00 p.m. However, for those who cannot come in person, they can participate via Google Meets by logging in at 7:00 p.m. at this link: https://meet.google.com/shn-tbnc-eai
Vigil Coffee Roasters. Fresh, batch roasted, single origin coffee subscriptions available from Christopher Morgan. $15/bag for pickup and $18/bag mailed. For those interested, you can order from Christopher by email at email@example.com, or text 314-795-3897.
The next online Catechumen Meeting will be Wednesday, December 8th, at 7:00 p.m. and will be held via Google Meets: https://meet.google.com/pxh-erfk-khr
The next Parish Council Meeting will be on Thursday, December 16th, at 7:00 p.m.
The next Slavonic Liturgy will be Saturday, December 18th, at 9:00 a.m.
You will find texts for reader services that you can do at home through the 25th Sunday after Pentecost (December 12th), here:
Bookstore News: We have many new titles in.
Sisterhood News: The next Sisterhood Council meeting will be held on Friday, December 17th, at 7:00 p.m.
Calendar year to date total (01 January thru 31 October 2021):
Building Fund: $271,198.00
For September 2021:
Building Fund: $910.00
Average Monthly Expenses $13,252.00
Recommended Reading for the week:
You can read “Women in the Church,” by Abbess Christophora (Matychak), here:
Recommended Listening for the week:
You can listen to the sermon “Fear Not, Believe Only,” by Fr. John Whiteford, here:
Trapeza (to pick your weekend, sign up here):
This Sunday:11/21/21 (No Fast): Daniela Mocofan and Iryna Chebotko.
Next Sunday: 11/28/21 (Fast: Fish, wine, and oil permitted): Michael and Brooke McDonald.
Currently: (Ending on): 11/28/21 – Team Dee Dee.
Next (Ending on): 12/12/21 – Team Fernando.
This Saturday: 11/20/21: Rdr. Moses Munster.
Next Saturday: 11/20/21: Rdr. Gabriel Peña.
This Sunday: 11/21/21: Rdr. Moses Munster.
Next Sunday: 11/21/21: Rdr. Gabriel Peña.
Servers (Not including Adult Servers):
This Sunday: 11/21/21: Team A: Jonah Companik, Daniel Companik, Jens Yates, Nikolai Pino, Eric Lickwar, Ivan Kuzmin.
Next Sunday: 11/28/21: Team B: Padraig McIsaac, Ezra Wilkinson, Ezekiel Wilkinson, Alex Kettner and Andrew Kettner.
Commemorations from the past week:
The newly Illumined Alice Cline, and her sponsors Olesya (Ksenia) and Jacob (John) Kettner.
Elizabeth de Carion’s Birthday – Tuesday, November 16th
Rebekah Peña’s Birthday – Friday, November 19th.
Christopher and Michelle Morgan’s Wedding Anniversery; Billy (Gene) Holloway’s Birthday; Michelle Morgan, Michael McDonald, Michel Jabbour, Francesca (Michelle) Jabbour, Michael Wilkinson; Michael Murphy; and Michael Carlisle’s Name day – November 21st.
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For the Servants of God, Archimandrite Benedict (Nelson); Archpriest Andre Papkov; Matushka Margarita Pardo; Thekla Podrasky; Ann (Eleanor) Wandke; Ann (Sonia) Shepherd; Zoe Wren; Denise (Leslie) Barnett; Marina Watson; Demetra Durham; Sophia (Cynthia) Hirsch; Joan Marie Pennings; Katherine Garbett Casanova; Renee (Ann) Nahlous; Merilee (Mary) Eidson; Jerry (John Herman) Spires; Michael Murphy; and John Gentry, 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 Archimandrite Job (Kotenko), Angelina, Marianthe, Anastasia, and the Orthodox who have perished in the pandemic, and those slain in the violence in Syria, Lebanon, Ukraine, and the Holy Land.
Xenia Evind, Lydia Martin, Nina Bernardi.
Jonathan Cantao, Tristan Scott, Jessica Kravtsov, Marcus Ballentine, Piotr Fraczek, Tyler Barrett, Ethan Peterson, Annie Nowak, Danny Gonzalez, Jayden DeRosia, George Hixson, Jennifer Diaz, Michael Mahoney, and the Powell (James, Katie, James, Everett, Charles, Russel, Henry, and Samson) and Walling (Levi, Avie, Mac, Wells, Bayla) families.
For the Servants of God, Aiden, Shawna Hiu; Misty; Harold Wren; Melissa Munster (Moses Munster’s mother); Heather Tolliver (Melissa Holloway’s daughter); Pam Morris (Eleanor’s niece); Zee Eidson, Michael and Brenda Eidson, For the child Mason Eidson, Gene and Beth Beggs, Scott and Carol Phillips, Jerald Spires, Sr., Shane and Tami Peacock, Larry West, who are ill.
For Aki and family; and Johnnie, Damon and Elisabeth Myers, and their child, Dorothy, Scott and Shannon Eidson and their family, James Franklin and his family, Wayne Bo Peacock, Vince Powell, and his child, Rex, Richard, Teresa.
The newly reposed Leeroy Dierking (Andrew de Carion’s grandfather).
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Toddlers (2-3): Mat. Genevieve Companik and Elizabeth DeCarion.
Children, Age 4-6: Taught by Iryna Chebotko and Vera Yates.
Children, Age 7-8: Taught by Mat. Sara Shephard and Jacob Kettner.
Children, Age 9-12: Taught by Matushka Patricia Whiteford.
Teens 13+: Taught by Christopher Cline and Fr. David Shephard (meeting in the Church).
Teens and Adults: Taught by Fr. John Whiteford.
The Schedule for November 2021 through January 2022:
You can also see our online parish calendar of events and services here:
Fasting in the Coming week: On Wednesday, November 24th; Friday, November 26th; and Sunday, December 28th, fish, wine, and oil is permitted. All other days are fast free, but Sunday marks the beginning of the Nativity fast.
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