Bulletin for Week of April 5, 2020
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Stay at Home and Take Special Care Continues
Everyone keeps telling us to stay home if possible, keep six feet away from other people, wash our hands, and not to touch our faces. And it appears to actually be good advice – ways we can both avoid getting sick and help fight the spread of the world-wide Coronavirus threat.
And as a result, St. Nectarios’ plans for services and activities continue to be suspended. During this time, we will continue to send out a weekly Bulletin to keep you in touch with the local community. If you have items of concern, joy, or prayer that you wish to share with the Parish, please send such items to us (by Wednesday) so they can be included. Information from the Metropolis concerning the current Coronavirus health crisis is being forwarded the St. Nectarios in separate emails/mailings.
If you have the resources, you may wish to watch Sunday Greek Orthodox services live online. Online activities provide a way to stay connected while we are not able to attend church services. A resource guide for online Orthodox services is posted under a tab on the St. Nectarios website. As reported last week, Tammy and Jim have been viewing (and occasionally chanting along with) the live streaming of Sunday’s Divine Liturgy service at St. Demetrios in Seattle. Both Sunday services and special services during the week are being live-streamed. And if you miss a live service, you can also view them later. Guidance is given below for finding and viewing services on the St. Demetrios’ Facebook postings.
Joys, Concerns, and Prayers
Prayers are needed: Prayers are needed for all those who are suffering, or have relatives suffering, as a result of the Coronavirus virus. Prayers are needed for those in the medical and services communities facing such great challenges at great personal risk. And prayers for the special people who are working so hard to just keep our country running.
Help is available in our Parish! If parish members need help with something, they should contact the Church. We will arrange for help. As part of helping, parishioners are encouraged to continue checking up on each other by giving each other a call. In this time of exclusion, it is just very nice to know someone is thinking of you.
Touvannas: You will be glad to hear that the Touvannas family reports that they are all doing well.
Mirna and John: We called them to see how they are doing – and they told us that they have returned home - and are safe and sound. Like most of us, their plan for the immediate future is to just stay home. Mirna expressed thanks to the many people that have called to offer help.
Deacon Perry: Deacon Perry (from St. Demetrios in Seattle) called to see how we are doing – I told him ok. As you likely recall, he usually joins us during Holy Week. He sends his best regards to our Parish and hopes he will be able to visit us later in the year.
Helen: Helen tells us she is staying home and doing ok. She shared her great joy with us – her Granddaughter in Hawaii has given birth to a boy – and that is Helen’s second Great Grandson.
Jim C sends his regards. He is ok, staying and exercising at home. He especially misses church – and looks forward to when we can return to having services. He tells us that his family and neighbors have been helping as needed – but you can tell he is proud that is doing a lot himself.
Father John and Presbytera Anna say they are still doing ok. Father John wrote a message for children this week entitled “Teach us how to pray!” (See below).
Your Experiences during this time: We all miss the Fellowship Times - but you have here an opportunity to share your joys, concerns, and prayers. Please consider calling us or sending information for inclusion in the next weekly bulletin.
Restart Church School?
Father John called with a challenge for us to restart church school for the children. So, we gave the matter some thought and drafted a plan to restart church school classes.
We are thinking of having written “do-at-home” lessons that would likely be distributed by email. There would be a new assignment each week that would due on Sunday Morning. Each week lesson would include creating a topic-related hands-on product that can be shared with other children. The results of the lesson would be reported by email and perhaps on Facebook.
The idea is to have short lessons that are interesting and educational. If you would like to have your children participate in this activity (or have questions) – please send an email message to the St Nectarios email account – Attention: Jim D / Nader S.
Children’s Message from Father John
Teach us how to pray!
Young friends, Jesus’ students asked him one day to teach them how to pray. And Jesus taught them the Lord's prayer. We’ll talk about this prayer another day. Today we will talk about what we say when we start to pray. We start our prayer, in “the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”
You know, everybody and everything has a name. This helps us remember them. God has also a name. He himself revealed it to us. That is how we know his name. God discovered us; we did not find him. His name is Lord, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe in one God. But this one God is father, son and holy spirit. He is father, because he created us. Of course, we have our own father and mother who gave us life and who love us and do so many good things for us. But God, the father, who created us in the beginning, gave them the power to be our father and mother. And we love and respect them as we love and respect our heavenly father.
God the father has also a son, who was born of him before everything existed. We cannot comprehend this with our mind, because we are all created. God the father revealed this to us. We accept it in faith, which is our spiritual, our godly sense. God gave us this sense to understand, To accept spiritual teachings that we do not understand. Whatever God does or reveals to us we accept in faith. So, God, whom we love, is God the father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
From God‘s revelation in the Old Testament we have learned that his Holy Spirit did wonderful things and also inspired God’s messengers, the Prophets.
In the New Testament, the Holy Spirit, whom the Son sent to us from his father, inspired the holy apostles of God to go to the whole world to teach the people God‘s good news for our salvation. The holy spirit helps the clergy in the church to celebrate the holy sacraments, like the holy Baptism and Holy Chrism and holy communion.
As you can see, there is so much when we pray in “ The name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.“ We will learn more about our prayers at another time.
God loves you and I love you.
With love, Grandpa
(The above message was originally posted on Facebook on March 30 by Father John Angelis.)
This Sunday’s Gospel and Epistle Readings
Prokeimenon. First Tone. Psalm 32.22,1.
Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us.
Verse: Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous.
The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 9:11-14.
BRETHREN, when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into the Holy Place, taking not the blood of goats and calves but his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.
Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt
At that time, Jesus took his twelve disciples, and he began to tell them what was to happen to him, saying, "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and deliver him to the Gentiles; and they will mock him, and spit upon him, and scourge him, and kill him; and after three days he will rise." And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him, and said to him, "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you." And he said to them, "What do you want me to do for you?" And they said to him, "Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory." But Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?" And they said to him, "We are able." And Jesus said to them, "The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared." And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant of James and John. And Jesus called them to him and said to them, "You know that those who are supposed to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
Live Streaming and Playing of Recorded Videos: To view the services at Seattle’s St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, you will need to find their home page on Facebook. It is suggested that you do a Google internet search for “Facebook Greek Orthodox Church Seattle” – and you should find the link to their Facebook page. Note it is important to use all these words in the search – there are many different St. Demetrios churches on Facebook. Then when you have gone to their Facebook home page, look for links to videos. Just click on a video link, and the video should play. And it is important to note that you do not need to log into Facebook to see the videos – just ignore the request to login to Facebook.
Livestreaming is offered at many other Metropolis of San Francisco parishes, with additional parishes adding these capabilities each day. The list can be found with other Coronavirus Resources at sanfran.goarch.org. Please check parish online calendars for service times. You may view services at goarch.org/live-broadcasts. An “Eastern Orthodox Livestreaming Services” Facebook Group was created March 20th to collect links to the growing number of services available: facebook.com/groups/1207273929474563/
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