THE ORTHODOX WAY
July 2018

Dear St. Nicholas Family,

Happy Summer! Don't forget, our festival is coming up this fall. Please see info below to learn more and get involved.
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Sunday Worship:
Orthros: 8:15am
Divine Liturgy: 9:30am

Archdiocese and Metropolis News

Keeping you informed on what is going on in our broader Greek Orthodox Community.

Metropolis of Boston Summer Camps:

"St Nicholas Week” will be the 1st session: July 9 - 15

2018 TASTE OF GREECE SEPT. 21,22,23!  -- Let us all come together this festival season and support our St. Nicholas community. The festival website is up, please visit it regularly as it will continue to be updated between now and September. On the festival site you can: sign up for workshops , donate towards food and items , sign up to volunteer , and download the flyer . We will need the love and support of all you between now and through our festival weekend in September, so download the flyer and start promoting Taste of Greece 2018 now! Please contact us of you have any questions.
Meli Papayannis and Lou Saledas
Festival Co-Chairs

CLERGY LAITY DELEGATES FROM ST. NICHOLAS  – Our parish family will be represented by four delegates at the National Clergy Laity Congress in Boston, July 1-5. They are: Fr. Demetri (as presiding priest) George Papayannis (representing Parish Council), Maria Decoulos and Melissa Papayannis (both nominated and selected at the Spring GA).  For updates and all information please visit: https://www.clergylaity.org/
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Orthodoxy in the News
Children's Word - Written by Presbytera Alexandra Houck
Ministry News
Ministry News:

Fr. Demetri's Message

PC President's Message

Philoptochos
FR. DEMETRI'S MESSAGE

Isn’t it a beautiful thing to be part of the family of God? What a joy it is to look around our parish family on a Sunday morning and see lives that have been changed by the power of God!

One of the freedoms that our Founding Fathers valued so much was the freedom to come together and worship God. We live in a time that can become so busy that we forget the importance of “keeping the main thing, the main thing.”

While many people may be on the road during the weekends of summer, I still hope that there will be a significant number of folks who will choose to be with us in church. Will you be one of them?

Remember on the 3 rd  Sunday of every month we celebrate the Divine Services in English, and this would also be a wonderful day to invite friends and neighbors, as well as family members to attend church with you…I would encourage you to do so each and every Sunday!

We live in challenging days as you know, and gathering together around our Lord’s Table as a family continues to make us stronger, both individually, and as a parish family!

I hope to see you on Sundays during the Summer Months!!!
 
God bless,
PC PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Summer is upon us. I hope everyone who is traveling has a safe and great trip. For those who are still in the area, I find the summer services to be very fulfilling and enjoyable. I am usually not worried about getting to my son's basketball game, or to Pappou's house on time, or wherever else we need to be. Everyone is a little more relaxed and can focus on the service more easily. Coffee hour can also be more relaxing because there is less rushing.
 
We had a very successful Special General Assembly. The Assembly authorized the Parish Council to spend up to $25,000 for repairs (painting walls, carpets, and plumbing work). Anna Travias is representing us as a realtor and has contractors ready to begin work as soon as the tenants leave. A new tenant is scheduled to move in on July 26th. Anna has done an outstanding job.
 
Keep an eye on the Orthodoxy in Action schedule. The movie and dinner night this spring was a huge success. Everyone that went loved the Canobie Lake trip in June. There are more great events coming this fall. Ghada Massabni and the whole group have done a great job.
 
Have a great summer.
 
Bill Sager
PHILOPTOCHOS

JULY 14: Volunteer with us at Lexington's Interfaith Garden from 8 -10 am.   Together, as an interfaith community, we are growing high quality, healthy food and giving it away to people in need. The Interfaith Garden is located near the Lexington Battle Green and First Parish at 5 Harrington Road.

New Grill for the Philoxenia House!  On June 9th, we hand-delivered the new grill to the Philoxenia House and it was a warming sight to see two of the families sitting outside enjoying the weather. They got to witness the transition of the OLD, bad, rusted grill off the property and seemed very excited about the brand new grill that they will now be able to enjoy. Those running the home thanked St. Irene's Philoptochos profusely and send all of you well wishes.

Group Pic:  Thank you to Stasi Sarantos-Le, her family, and the Girl Scout Troops for their lovely gift of an indoor herb garden for our church hall!! 

Pastry Booth Donations: Keep an eye out for a Pastry letter and signup sheet if you are able to assist with donating pastries for the festival!

Next Meeting: September 10 (6:30-8pm)

God Bless, 

Eleni Saledas    
esaledas@gmail.com / 803.514.8696 
Reminders
Lost & Found
Please check the church coat rack for items forgotten during the winter months; also, any trays, etc. in the kitchen that may belong to you. If not claimed, all items will be donated to Morgan Memorial.  Thank you. 

Sunday Fellowship Hour:
A gentle reminder to all Fellowship hosts: Please keep in mind that families hosting coffee hour (children's table and main table) are responsible for clean up after completion. We appreciate your help with keeping our parish clean and treating it as your own home...because it is! Thank you.

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