GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH
OF THE ASSUMPTION

GROWING IN FAITH AND LOVE THROUGH CHRIST

REV. FR. DEAN KOULDUKIS, Protopresbyter

April 14, 2022 - e-Bulletin Issue #359
Parish Office: (206) 323-8557
FRIDAY, April 15th
Presanctified Divine Liturgy: 10:00 am

SATURDAY, April 16th
LAZARUS SATURDAY
Matins: 8:45 am ~ Divine Liturgy: 10:00 am
Make Palm Crosses for Palm Sunday after Liturgy

SUNDAY, April 17th
PALM SUNDAY
Matins: 8:45 am ~ Divine Liturgy: 10:00 am
Palm Sunday Salmon Luncheon (see below flyer)
Nymphios (Bridegroom) Service: 7:00 pm

Face masks are currently no longer required in the Assumption Church and Fellowship Hall. Though the mandates have been lifted, we encourage everyone to choose if they wish to wear a mask or not. We are confident no one will be judged for wearing a mask or deciding not to wear a mask. It is still our desire that everyone stay as safe as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

As always, if you are experiencing COVID-like symptoms, or are ill, please stay home and participate via our online live stream. To stay connected if you are unable to attend a service in person, we are live-streaming all our services. Check our Calendar of Events and then navigate to our Assumption Church website where you can grab a link to any service via our live stream: https://assumptionseattle.org/live_broadcast.html .
We Have Immediate Opportunities to Give of Your
Time and Talents for Holy Week...
 
LAZARUS SATURDAY, APRIL 16th
We would like to thank Stella Athans for again using her time, talents and treasure to manage the purchase and preparation of the palms needed for Palm Sunday. Immediately following the Lazarus Saturday Liturgy, please join us for the tying of palm crosses. No worries if you don’t know how to do this. We will teach you! It’s great fellowship!
 
READERS FOR THE HOLY WEDNESDAY, UNCTION SERVICE
Each year, seven of our young people have an opportunity to serve as an Epistle Reader at the Unction service on Holy Wednesday. The service will begin at 4:00 p.m. Any of our Assumption kids in grades 5-12 are welcome to volunteer. Each will receive a copy of their reading in advance so they can practice. If you would like to donate your time and talents to perform this good turn for our church, please contact Fr. Dean as soon as possible.
 
READERS FOR THE AGAPE VESPERS SERVICE
Gospel Readers are needed for the various languages read in the Agape Vespers Service on Pascha Sunday beginning at 1:00 PM. The Gospel is to be preached in all languages of the world. If you would like to offer to read the Gospel in a language other than English, please contact the parish office. The Languages will be assigned on a first come, first served, basis. We are seeking eight parishioners to read the Gospel in eight different languages.
 
EVERYONE: PLEASE PLAN TO DONATE ONE DOZEN RED DYED EGGS
Please bring, as a family, one dozen red dyed eggs to share with everyone for the Pascha and Agape Vespers services. Please bring your eggs, after dying them on Holy Thursday, to any service on Thursday, Friday or Saturday, and leave them in the walk-in refrigerator located in the kitchen.
 
ASSUMPTION GIRLS...BE A MYRRH BEARER, APRIL 22nd & APRIL 23/24th  
Assumption girls, we need you! Be a Myrrh Bearer. No experience required! On Holy Friday, April 22nd, and the Resurrection Service April 23rd, our Assumption Girls in grades 3 and up get a chance to represent the courageous women who went to the Tomb of Christ to anoint his body, despite the threat of arrest and punishment. Our Myrrh Bearers will be given white robes to wear over their dresses, and a basket of rose petals to carry. If you’ve never helped with this before, please do not worry as someone will direct you on what to do during the services. If you can just come to one service, that’s OK. Please be at church Holy Friday by 5:45 PM and Holy Saturday by 11:45 PM. Sit in the front pew, on the left. Please RSVP to Penny Peppes ASAP (425-503-3421 or email her at ellinas1@msn.com), but no later than Holy Wednesday, April 20th, if you would like to be a Myrrh Bearer.

HELP DECORATE THE KOUVOUKLION AND/OR WRAP RED EGGS IN TULLE, APRIL 22nd
The decoration of the Kouvouklion/Epitaphio (Christ’s Tomb) will occur on Holy Friday morning, April 22nd, beginning at 10:30 AM. Come lend a hand. It’s a beautiful way to prepare for Christ’s funeral on Holy Friday evening (the Lamentations).
Please plan to invest the time to attend both the Resurrection service and the Pascha Liturgy this year. These are special midnight services that occur only once a year on the greatest and holiest of feasts in the Orthodox Church. Following the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, a Paschal dinner will be served. This dinner is being offered at no cost to parishioners thanks to the generosity of our stewards Please plan to join us as we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and to break the fast together as a spiritual family. Hope to see you there! 
Pilgrimage Recap
 The YAL Seattle group had a fantastic pilgrimage last weekend to All-Merciful Saviour Orthodox Christian Monastery on Vashon Island. Thank you to Fr. James for organizing the pilgrimage and to Abbot Tryphon for hosting our young adults! 
If you're a young adult between the ages of 18-35 in the Seattle area, join us for these upcoming events in May! 
"GROWING IN FAITH AND LOVE THROUGH CHRIST"
The Stewardship of Time, Talent and Treasure.

Thank you to all of our parishioners who have completed a 2022 Commitment Form. Stewardship giving is a testimony of dedication to the deepening of one's faith - through the giving of time, talent and treasure. Your commitment enables our Assumption parish to grow her ministries and carry out the mission to Grow in Faith and Love Through Christ!
FROM THE KOULDUKIS FAMILY
 
To our Assumption Family,
 
On behalf of my mom, and our family, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your outpouring and expressions of love on the falling asleep of our mother, Betty. The numerous cards, e-mails, phone calls and texts sustained us, and continue to sustain us, as we continue to walk our journey of mourning. We also want to take this opportunity to thank all our parishioners who helped with my mom’s Mercy Meal; our Parish Council and Philoptochos members who participated with set-up, clean-up, and the baking of paximadia, helping in the kitchen and with the serving of food. And to our Brother in Christ, Laki Kazakos, who cooked a meal in our mom’s honor that parishioners still talk about!! A thank you also goes out to my brother priests who attended the funeral, to the chanters who attended and to all who attended the funeral, both in person and on-line. We thank all our parishioners for their prayers and expression of love. May our mother’s memory be eternal and may our prayers for her, and her prayers for us, sustain all of us until we are reunited in the kingdom of our Lord. Thank you! We love you! May her memory be eternal!
 
+Fr. Dean, Pres. Valerie, Christopher, Constantine & Elissa Kouldukis
and George Kouldukis
 

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