Bulletin for Sunday, May 30, 2021
Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
Memorial Day, initially referred to as Decoration Day, was observed by many communities after the Civil War, when the nation suffered more than 620,000 military deaths, roughly 2 percent of the total population at the time. John A. Logan, the Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of Republic, chose May 30, 1868, as a day to decorate the graves of Union troops across the nation. From this beginning, Memorial Day is now designated as an annual day of remembrance to honor all those who have died in service to the United States during peace and war. Veterans Day, November 11, celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.
The National Archives holds a wealth of material documenting Memorial Day and honoring those who have served in all branches of the United States military. The National Archives Catalog contains records relating to this holiday and to military service as well as photographs of Presidential wreath-laying ceremonies.
On Sunday, May 30th, Memorial Day, there will be a “picnic-cookout” at church for those present, sponsored and hosted by Peter and Annie Nakos. Please join us for an enjoyable “picnic style meal with hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, etc., after the Divine Liturgy.
Apolytikion. Mode pl. 1.
Christ is risen from the dead, by death trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs He has granted life.
Resurrectional Apolytikion. Mode 4.
When the women Disciples of the Lord had learned from the Angel the joyful message of the Resurrection and rejected the ancestral decision, they cried aloud to the Apostles triumphantly: Death has been despoiled, Christ God has risen, granting His great mercy to the world.
Apolytikion of the Feast. Mode pl. 4.
O Lord, midway through the feast, give drink to my thirsty soul from the living waters of right belief. You, O Savior, proclaimed to everyone, "Let whoever is thirsty come to Me and drink." You are the fountain of life, O Christ our God. Glory to You!
Apolytikion for the Church, St. John Chrysostom, Mode pl. 4
The grace that from your mouth shone forth like a torch illumined the universe. It deposited in the world the treasures of the absence of avarice. It showed us the height that is attained by humility. Now you instruct us by your words, Father John Chrysostom. Intercede with Christ God, the Word Himself, entreating Him to save our souls.
Kontakion of Pascha. Mode pl. 4.
Though You went down into the tomb, O Immortal One, yet You brought down the dominion of Hades; and You rose as the victor, O Christ our God; and You called out "Rejoice" to the Myrrh-bearing women, and gave peace to Your Apostles, O Lord who to the fallen grant resurrection.
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Gospel and Epistle Readings
The reading is from the Acts of the Apostles.
In those days, those apostles who were scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to none except Jews. But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who on coming to Antioch spoke to the Greeks also, preaching the Lord Jesus. And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number that believed turned to the Lord. News of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad; and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose; for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a large company was added to the Lord. So Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul; and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church, and taught a large company of people; and in Antioch the disciples were for the first time called Christians. Now in these days prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. And one of them named Agabos stood up and foretold by the Spirit that there would be a great famine over all the world; and this took place in the days of Claudius. And the disciples determined, every one according to his ability, to send relief to the brethren who lived in Judea, and they did so, sending it to the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul.
At that time, Jesus came to a city of Samaria, called Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob's well was there, and so Jesus, wearied as he was with his journey, sat down beside the well. It was about the sixth hour. There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink." For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. The Samaritan woman said to him, "How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?" For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him and he would have given you living water." The woman said to him, "Sir, you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep; where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, and his sons, and his cattle?" Jesus said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw." Jesus said to her, "Go, call your husband, and come here." The woman answered him, "I have no husband." Jesus said to her, "You are right in saying, 'I have no husband'; for you have had five husbands, and he whom you now have is not your husband; this you said truly." The woman said to him, "Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain; and you say that Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship." Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such the Father seeks to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth." The woman said to him, "I know that the Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ); when he comes, he will show us all things." Jesus said to her, "I who speak to you am he." Just then his disciples came. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but none said, "What do you wish?" or, "Why are you talking with her?" So the woman left her water jar, and went away into the city and said to the people, "Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?" They went out of the city and were coming to him. Meanwhile the disciples besought him, saying "Rabbi, eat." But he said to them, "I have food to eat of which you do not know." So the disciples said to one another, "Has anyone brought him food?" Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to accomplish his work. Do you not say, 'There are yet four months, then comes the harvest'? I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see how the fields are already white for harvest. He who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, 'One sows and another reaps.' I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor; others have labored, and you have entered into their labor." Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman's testimony. "He told me all that I ever did." So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days. And many more believed because of his word. They said to the woman, "It is no longer because of your words that we believe, for we have heard ourselves, and we know that this is indeed Christ the Savior of the world."
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This is a list that is “accurate”, to the best of our knowledge,
As of May 15th, 2021.
Some may have filled out a pledge form and listed an amount,
but have not made a payment on the pledge. If you have any questions about that, please contact Father Andrew or Peter Nakos, the Treasurer.
Alexandrou, Anna and Lazarus
Bakas, Perikles and Panagiota
Chachakis, Steve & Helen
Chrissiadis, Dr. Mary & Marc Teplitz
Doukas, John and Mersini
Fitzer, Pamala and Peter
Ioannides, Linda Marie
Ioannides, Nina Marie
Koltis, John & Mary
Kouklamanis, Peter and Anastasia
Laskaris, John and Joanna
Lefco, Michael and Evelyn
Malliaroudakis, George and Doria
Mahalares, Father Andrew
Menexis, Mike and Doris
Monsma, Joel and Connie
Mougdis, Dmitrios & Ileana
Nakos, Peter and Anastasia
Neamonitis, Nicholas and Thomae
Nickas, Aristides and Barbara
Pantazopoulos, Anthony & Katherine
Pappadopoulos, Demetrios and Vie
Pappas, Steve and Rose (Posie)
Parasco, Odessefs and Mary
Shenas, Stephen & Kelly
Siggelakis, Nikitas & Leona
Soupios, Val & Barbara
Tambakis, John and Joann
Tosi, Lawrence (Larry)
Tsaftarides, Christos & Saadia
Tsouchlis, Yanni and Maggie (Smaragtha)
Wilshire, Mary & Alfred
Zafiropoulos, John and Maria
Zaimes, George & Dena
THANK YOU to everyone who has completed a Stewardship Form and returned it to the church office. If you don’t see your name on this list, it means we have not yet received your 2021 Stewardship Pledge form.
There are 48 Stewards on this list.
INCOME FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL 2021 WAS $16,118.
EXPENSES for the month of April 2021 were $ 16,469.
The net for the month was a $-351.
St. JOHN’S PRAYER CIRCLE
Please include the following names of our brothers and sisters in our parish and families, along with others who are in need of our prayers. If you have or know of someone who needs to be included in our regular prayers, please let us know.
Linda, Calliope, Lora and Salena
Services and Meetings during May and June
Sunday, May 30th Samaritan Woman, Orthros and Div. Liturgy, 9-11:15AM
Please submit names of deceased Veterans so Father Andrew may commemorate them during the Divine Liturgy.
There will be a hot dog and hamburger Memorial Day “cook-out” after Divine Liturgy, sponsored by Peter and Annie Nakos. Please plan to stay and join us!
Monday, May 31st MEMORIAL DAY
Sunday, June 6th Of the Blind Man, Orthros and Divine Liturgy, 9-11:15AM
THERE WILL BE A BIRTHDAY LUNCHEON IN MEMORY OF ELENI DESLIS, SPONSORED AND HOSTED BY HER PARENTS, Apostoli and Evangelia Deslis, IN HONOR OF WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN HER 21ST BIRTHDAY ON JUNE 3RD. It will take place at the church following services. May her memory be eternal.
Thursday, June 10th ASCENSION THURSDAY, Orthros and Divine Liturgy 9-11:15AM
PARISH COUNCIL MEETING, 4PM
Sunday, June 13th Fathers of the 1st Ecumenical Council, Orthr.&Liturgy, 9-11:15AM
Saturday, June 19th OF SOULS, Divine Liturgy, 10am
MEMORIAL DAY FROM Wikipedia
Memorial Day (previously, but now seldom, called Decoration Day) is a federal holiday in the United States for honoring and mourning the military personnel who have died in the performance of their military duties while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The holiday is observed on the last Monday of May. The holiday was formerly observed on May 30 from 1868 to 1970.
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day to honor and mourn those who died while serving in the U.S. Military. Many volunteers place an American flag on graves of military personnel in national cemeteries.
Memorial Day is also considered the unofficial start of summer in the United States, while Labor Day, the first Monday of September, marks the unofficial start of autumn.
Two other days celebrate those who have served or are serving in the U.S. military: Armed Forces Day (which is earlier in May), an unofficial U.S. holiday for honoring those currently serving in the armed forces, and Veterans Day (in November 11), which honors those who have served in the United States Armed Forces.