GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH
OF THE ASSUMPTION
April 28, 2021 - e-Bulletin Issue #343 - assumptionseattle.org
HOLY THURSDAY, April 29th
Vesperal Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great: 10:00 am
The Service of the Nipter (Washing of the Feet): 11:30 am
Holy Passion of our Lord & Twelve Gospel Readings: 6:00 pm

HOLY FRIDAY, April 30th
The Royal Hours are Read: 10:00 am
Service of the Apokathelosis (Taking Down of Christ from the Cross): 3:00 pm
Burial of Christ. The Lamentations, or Engomia (Praises): 6:00 pm

HOLY SATURDAY, May 1st
Vesperal Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great: 10:00 am
Matins of Pascha: 11:00 pm

GREAT AND HOLY PASCHA, May 2nd
Resurrection Service: 12:00 am
Matins & Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom: 12:30 am
Agape Vespers: 1:00 pm

RENEWAL MONDAY, May 3rd
PARISH OFFICE CLOSED

RENEWAL THURSDAY, May 6th
Studies in the Faith (Adult Catechism): 7:00 pm
To join the Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 872 5742 3968
Passcode: 793620

RENEWAL FRIDAY, May 7th
THEOTOKOS OF THE LIFE-GIVING SPRING
Matins: 8:45 am
Divine Liturgy: 10:00 am

SATURDAY, May 8th
ST. JOHN THE THEOLOGIAN
Matins: 8:45 am
Divine Liturgy: 10:00 am

PLEASE NOTE:
All our church services are restricted. We will not have outdoor processions on Holy Friday or Pascha in order to minimize movement within the church and maintain proper order and distance required due to the pandemic. Our goal is to have everyone enter and exit only once per service. Using the Fellowship Hall and the Atrium, we were able to add additional seats to the following Holy Week services:

  • The 3:00 pm Apokathelosis Service on Holy Friday afternoon
  • The 6:00 pm Lamentations Service on Holy Friday evening
  • The 10:00 am Liturgy on Holy Saturday morning
  • The midnight Resurrection Service and Divine Liturgy on Pascha Sunday

You may reserve a seat for any of the above four services in the Atrium or Fellowship Hall using the below link. 

Due to COVID restrictions please keep in mind the following:
We are asking those attending Services in the Church Nave to use the lower level (downstairs) bathrooms. Those parishioners attending services in the Fellowship Hall or Atrium will use the restrooms on the main floor in the Fellowship Hall. Parishioners who will be seated in the Church Nave will use the Church front doors to enter and exit the Church. Parishioners who are to be seated in the Atrium or Fellowship Hall will use the Fellowship Hall doors to enter and exit. There will be an extra candle stand set up in the Fellowship Hall so those sitting in the Atrium or Fellowship Hall will have no need to enter the Church for candles. Ushers with seating charts will help you find your seat when you arrive.

Due to the increased space for seating, we will need about 200 Red Eggs to be passed out to those who will be attending the Resurrection and Agape Vespers services. There is currently a basket in the Church Narthex. Are there some of you who can assist us with donationg a dozen red eggs? If you are able to help with this, please bring your colored eggs to the church tomorrow (Holy Thursday) and leave them in the basket provided. Any help is appreciated!

We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for working with our leadership team regarding the COVID restrictions that are currently in place. We have been navigating these restrictions for almost a year, and throughout this year, we have not had a COVID outbreak in our parish. Glory be to God!! This is in large part thanks to you! Thank you for your support and diligence in following the COVID guidelines. 

Wishing you and your family a continued joyous and blessed Holy Week and all our Lord’s blessings for a most joyful Resurrection and Pascha feast.
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Soon we will be embarking on a Strategic Plan for our parish. I think it is fitting that we introduce this concept during the Great and Holy Lenten season. Certainly, Great Lent is about change, specifically change in the context of spiritual growth.  Similarly, the development of a Strategic Plan for our parish has the same goal in mind, the spiritual growth of all of us unto the Glory of God. 
 
The Strategic Plan will help us identify those areas of ministry which need strengthening, or perhaps establish new ministries which may be lacking. As I have said before, and I will say it again, my hope, my dream is for all of us to be together in the Kingdom of Heaven. Hence, our parish leadership wants to offer you all the opportunities possible, the spiritual milk necessary, to grow in your faith.
 
Kristina Mehas, who is a member of our Parish Council, and on our Strategic Planning Team, offers the above video presentation to the parish introducing the Strategic Plan. This same presentation was given at our last Parish Assembly. Please take the time to watch this presentation as all our parishioners will be asked to participate in this upcoming journey. 
 
I want to take this opportunity to thank the Strategic Planning team and those parishioners who have stepped forward to help lead us through this process. We ask that you join me and the Strategic Planning team in prayer that we may, through this process continue in our spiritual growth, unto the glorify of God.  

+Fr. Dean Kouldukis
Thanks to everyone that submitted a 2021 Stewardship Pledge card. As of April 8th, 180 pledges have been submitted, totaling $344,628, which is great progress towards our goal of $390,000. The median annual pledge is $820, an increase from last year's $500! The attached bar chart shows how the180 pledges are distributed by value. 

If your name is not listed as a Steward in our May monthly bulletin, please click the link below to download a Commitment form, or contact the parish office or your Stewardship Ambassador to become a Steward so your name will appear in the monthly bulletin. Being a Steward and having a Stewardship pledge form on file is very important because: 

  1. It establishes your voting privileges at General Assemblies for participation in the church's business/administration,
  2. It allows the ability to hold baptisms/wedding/etc. and to participate as godparents/sponsors for sacraments, and
  3. Most important, establishes the church's operational budget for the year. 

If you have any questions regarding our parish’s journey to becoming a tithing community and how you can adjust your pledge to reflect proportional giving, please reach out to any of our Stewardship Ambassadors: Ron Delarose, Thom Dimitriou, Justin Franklin, Dimos Katsis, Nick Kokkonis, Fr. Dean Kouldukis, Gus Mehas, Kristina Mehas, Chris Pamboukas, Niko Pamboukas, Penny Peppes, Athena Sarantinos, or Christina Siaterlis. They will be able to answer the questions you may have.