THE ORTHODOX WAY
November 2017

Dear St. Nicholas Family,
 
On Sunday, November 19, we will be having the fall General Assembly. This is your parish! Please join us to decide on the best direction to take for our future together.
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Orthros: 8:15am
Divine Liturgy: 9:30am


FALL GENERAL ASSEMBLY – SUNDAY NOV. 19
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3rd Annual New Year's Eve Party

December 31, 2017
St. Methodios Faith & Heritage Center, Contoocook, NH

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A Message from Father Demetri

Happy Thanksgiving!

We hear in 1 Thessalonians 5:18  “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

For the most part, that verse speaks clearly that we are to be giving thanks to God, and in doing so, we even see that it’s the will of God to do so!

I want to do His will more than anything I can imagine. Yet, there words that some of us may have or still struggle with and it’s the word “everything”.

Can we honestly say that everything that comes into our lives we find a way to thank God for it and appreciate His wisdom for allowing it to be there?

In the Book of Isaiah 55:8-9  “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”

Another scripture drives the point home again…

Romans 11:33-34  “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has become His counselor?”

There are some things we obviously are not thankful for, such as the loss of a loved one, however, as we walk through that storm we can still find blessings to be thankful for, including the presence of God as He comforts us in the midst of tears and pain!

Instead of our focus being on the “why” it happened, we can, through the grace of God, begin to focus on the “what” should we do now, or “how” can we trust God more than we ever have before?

Perhaps this Thanksgiving is a challenge for you or someone you know. Yet, I would encourage you to find something to thank God for and begin to focus on the good things He’s blessed you with!

I trust your Thanksgiving is one of tremendous appreciation to God for His bountiful blessings in your life.

With love in the Lord,
Philoptochos

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped set up and breakdown for the Rummage Sale! Also, thank you to everyone who was able to join us for our first Sip & Paint Party Fundraiser!! 
 
It was wonderful to look around the room and see a mix of all generations represented - even our smallest and cutest philoptochos member, baby Evanthia! ;) 
 
Thank you again for your support. What a fun way to help raise money for those in need. For LOTS more pictures and really nice candids, please visit and 'Like' our Facebook Page: @st.irenephiloptochos

Reminder for upcoming events: 
·    Next Meeting: Monday, Nov 13th at 6:30pm
·    St. Nicholas Vespers and Feast Day: Dec 5th & 6th. Need volunteers to sign up for baked items please
·    Christmas Dinner: Dec 12th (more info to come)
·    St Irene’s Philoptochos Bake Sale: Planned for Dec 17th. Need volunteers to sign up for baked items

Last month and this month summary of commitments:  

Oct: National Philoptochos Emergency Fund- Pledged to Donate $300
• Enables Philoptochos to respond immediately to national or international disasters
Nov: Ecumenical Patriarchate- Feast Day of St. Cosmas & Damianos- A collection tray will be passed
• Benefits the philanthropic programs and charities of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
Nov: National Sisterhood of Presvyteres APC-NSP Benevolent Fund- Pledged to Donate $100
• Provides short-term support for clergy and their families in a time of crisis
Nov: St. Methodios Faith and Heritage center (Metropolis commitment)- Pledged to Donate $100

God Bless, 

Eleni Saledas    
esaledas@gmail.com / 803.514.8696 
Stewardship

Dear St. Nicholas Parish Family, 

Thanksgiving is almost upon us! While summer and warm weather is my absolutely favorite time of the year, I do enjoy this time of the year as it means many of us will be spending time together as families to enjoy each other’s company and to give thanks.

As we prepare for this time, please reflect on Father Alexander Leondis’ words that this Thanksgiving, we should “…express our thanksgiving and gratitude to God, like Joachim and Anna and the Pilgrim Fathers. "God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." God gave, by setting the ultimate example, and encourages us to experience the joy of giving. He asks us to give in order to continue his work on earth by supporting his Church.”

He goes on to say that, “our goal as a parish should be to support the entire Ministries and Operating Budget through the Christian Stewardship Program. We should be responsible to support fully the work of Christ at our Church… help us reach 100% of our goal by increasing your giving "not until it hurts," but "until it feels good." If we increase our giving each year, as the Lord has blessed us, then we will keep pace with inflation and support and grow all our programs through Stewardship…We, as Orthodox Christians, have much to be thankful for. Yet, how well have we prepared? God's love is abundantly evident as we look around us.” (emphasis added.)

Finally, he notes that “stewardship is the privilege of responding to God's love with thanksgiving and gratitude. Today, we have the great privilege of assisting (in our) Christian Stewardship Commitment. We have the privilege of participating in spreading the good news of his love now and in future generations. Look at the young people in our Church feed the little and big sheep of his flock. At the Liturgy the Priests offers the gifts of bread and wine saying: "Your own gifts, from your own, we offer to you." A ll we are and have are a gift from God. All is His. We are merely the stewards, the managers of the time, talent and treasures He has given to us. (again, emphasis added.)

I ask that you prayerfully decide the portion of God's gifts to you that you will offer to His Church through the Christian Stewardship Program of our Parish.”

From “ Thanksgiving and Stewardship” by Father Alexander G. Leonidis

A summary of treasure through 10/24/17:  
2017 Stewardship goal: $177,625 
Total pledged amount: $166,790
Number of families pledging: 168

With love in Christ, 
Greek School

Hope you have been enjoying the beautiful fall weather before the cold sets in. The leaves are changing color and are blowing in the wind. The students have been working hard in their books and also on their conversation skills. Worksheets with everyday phrases are given to them to practice with their parents during the week.

As Halloween passes, Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Every year the Greek School has a Thanksgiving fundraiser. On Sunday, November 19 we will select two tickets and each one will get a $50 gift certificate to Wilson’s Farm. As always we appreciate your donation. Classes will not be held on November 25 for Thanksgiving break.

 We wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving.
GOYA

LexRAP Coat Drive  ( Flyer Attached ):  Oct 15- Nov 9th After the drive is over, GOYA will be helping sort and bag the items we collect. Stay tuned for more details on this. 

IOCC Emergency Hygiene Kits : We have received a wonderful donation commitment from one parish family member who will be donating  600 combs and 600 ziplock gallon bags ! What an amazing start!! Below are the remaining items needed to complete this project. We will be putting together a signup sheet that shows how much $ each item would cost if we bought in bulk. It would be the most cost-effective to have monetary commitments so we can purchase these items at wholesale price. GOYA is spearheading this project but we will be asking for the entire parish to participate! Our target goal date to assemble all of these hygiene kits is  January 20th
  • 600 hand towels
  • 600 washcloths
  • 600 nail clippers
  • 600 bar of soap (bath size)
  • 600 toothbrushes
  • 3,600 Band-Aids
  • 5-8 Large boxes for shipping

Decorate St. Irene's Hall:  Please stay after church  Nov 26th  to help with this GOYA tradition. (We will be putting up another real Christmas tree this year!) Does anyone have extra Christmas decor they'd like to donate to GOYA to help beautify our church hall? (Examples: Nativity Scene,  Green Garland, Large Red Bows, Tree skirt, etc.)

GOYA CHRISTMAS PARTY & Wish Upon A Star Program!!  We are thrilled that Sonya Alam's family will be hosting our GOYA Christmas Potluck Party at their home on  Saturday, December 9th at 6pm!  This year we will be doing something a little different- instead of a Yankee Swap or having the Goyans buy gifts for each other, we would like GOYA to sponsor a few kids from the  Salvation Army's Wish Upon a Star Program ! I spoke to those running the program and they are currently accepting applications from families in the area who are in need and putting together a list of the children and their ages. 

The idea is that each GOYA family (whoever wishes to participate) can sponsor one child ('Star') this Christmas. The deadline is December 15th so we were hoping that everyone could drop off their gifts at the party (Dec 9th) and afterward we will take them to the Salvation Army in Waltham.  Please let me know soon if your family would like to sponsor a child so I can submit how many 'Stars' we will be supporting as a whole and their info can be sent to us! I'll send a separate invite for our Christmas party with all the details and signup sheet for what potluck foods anyone can sign up for.

Meli & Eleni
AGAPE Group

New Lecture Series:

The Agape group will be presenting a new lecture series on DVD “Changing Body Composition through Diet and Exercise” by professor Michael Ormsbee of Florida State University. There will be twelve lectures of one hour each, shown every Thursday at 11am, beginning on November 2nd. All are invited.
Reminders
Preparing for Christmas? G ifts and rushing around and as the carol,  Joy to the world  says-- "let every heart prepare Him room." We do that in part by our thoughtful discipline around food, Lent begins November 15. To help with quick family tested meals, be sure your copy of  Embracing Lent Through Prayer, Worship and Recipes (2.0)  is at hand. There are copies in our St Nicholas bookstore. Alexa Vafiades can help you to your very own copy.

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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