Holiday Service Projects
Due to Covid, the Norman Center for Children and Families (CCFI) is not offering their usual adopt-a-child program for Christmas. Instead, we will be collecting $25 gift cards for Walmart, Target, or, which CCFI will distribute to needy children in lieu of gifts.

We will also be collecting new or gently used coats, gloves, socks, and hats (of all sizes) through mid-December, which we will donate to the emergency room to be handed out as they deem necessary.

We will have a box in the Narthex where you can place items you wish to donate. Thank you all for helping our community through your generous support!

-The Christian Service Committee 
Order by Friday!
Made from scratch, 9-inch Bourbon Apple Pies or Bourbon Pecan Pies (new addition!) for $40, benefiting Holy Ascension Orthodox Church.

Pre-order by Friday, November 20. Pick up on Wednesday, November 25, at your choice of Holy Ascension Orthodox Church (3350 12th Ave NE, Norman) or St Elijah Orthodox Church (15000 N May Ave, OKC).

Please email with your order (specifying your pick-up location), and pass the word!

(P.S. Fr Jeremy won't be baking at Christmastime this year, but if you want a pie for Christmas, order an extra and freeze it!)
Sympathy is extended to Lukas and Taylor Wilson and family on the repose of his grandfather Wayne Wilson on November 13.

May his memory be eternal!
Fasting Guidelines
The Nativity Fast continues through December 24. During this season of preparation for Christmas, it is traditional to fast as follows:
  • On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, we abstain from meat, dairy, fish, and alcohol.
  • On Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays (until December 20), we only abstain from meat and dairy (fish and moderate alcohol are allowed on those days).

On Thanksgiving Day (November 26), all kinds of food and drink may be consumed with gratitude toward God.
Upcoming Services and Events

TONIGHT, November 18
No Paraklesis

Saturday, November 21
9am • Divine Liturgy (signup required)
5pm • Vespers (open to the public)

Sunday, November 22
8:45am • Orthros (signup required)
10am • Divine Liturgy (signup required)

Wednesday, November 25
No Paraklesis

Visitors and Non-parishioners: If you would like to attend Divine Liturgy (or Orthros), please email Fr Jeremy (reply to this email or click here). Signup is required for those services.

For those who prefer to read services at home, the Sunday Typika Service (in lieu of Liturgy) can be found here:
Stock Up for Christmas at Our Bookstore!
In addition to icons and Orthodox jewelry, we have books for every age and interest.

For Children: board books, picture books, coloring books, "Child's Guides" to Orthodoxy, and chapter books.

For Youth: A special prayer book, and several graphic novels and Young Adult novels.

For Adults: Psalters, devotionals, biography, fiction, guides to prayer and the spiritual life, and practical helps for living a more centered life in Christ.

If you'd like to take a closer look at our stock, talk to Fr Jeremy (or just reply to this email).

And don't forget: we still have Christmas cards and ornaments, an Advent devotional, and Nativity icons, to help you celebrate the season!
Congratulations to our continuing Parish Council members! At our Annual Meeting, Katy Powers was elected to another three-year term and Ashley Charette was appointed to a new three year term. May God grant them many years!
“The Sermon on the Mount”
Read the story in the Children's Bible Reader, pp. 193–97. Scripture reference: Matthew 5:1–12; 7:24-29.

  1. Children should know that the Sermon on the Mount is full of teachings of Jesus.
  2. Children should know that Jesus is the light of the world.
  3. Children should memorize the first Beatitude. (Older students should work towards memorizing all of the Beatitudes). 

Upcoming Birthdays
Nectarios Horiates - 11/18
Rosemary Ford - 11/25
Kate Hamoush - 11/27
Karen Wendt - 11/28