THE ORTHODOX WAY
January/February 2020

Dear St. Nicholas Family,

Happy New Year! We're off to a great start with our annual Vasilopita cutting and Stewardship Sunday celebration taking place the beginning of January. We look forward to everyone becoming a little more involved in our ministries. See below for more information...
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Sunday Worship:
Orthros: 8:15am
Divine Liturgy: 9:30am

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Save the date: Parish Oratorical Festival: Mar 15


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Fr. Demetri's Message

Philoptochos

GOYA

Book of the Month
FR. DEMETRI'S MESSAGE

It’s time for new beginnings! It’s time for a fresh start! It’s time to make some resolutions!

These are often statements that are made by most people at the beginning of a new year, and we as Orthodox Christians are not really all that different! Who wants to remain the same as before? I know I don’t, because I want to continue to grow in the Lord, as well as put off some of those things that have held me down for being all He wants me to be.
 
Yet, we all struggle just a bit in our endeavor to move forward as failings and difficulties from the past create a “drag” on the vision for the future! I’m reminded of a wonderful scripture that helps me each time those thoughts come into my mind:
“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 3:12-14
St. Paul’s declaration of forgetting, he said he does one thing, however we see that one thing is actually broken down into three parts:

Forgetting What is Behind
Forgetting what is behind is the first one. It seems that the more difficult a situation is, the harder it is to “forget!” St. Paul wasn’t saying there’s no way we would remember these things, but he was simply saying those things would not be enough to hold us back from forward progress!

Reaching Forward
The next thing he said was he would “reach forward” to what is ahead. Yes, there are times serving God, and even moving forward in life takes some straining, yet, we are reminded that it will truly be worth it all… one day!

Press Toward
Lastly, he said he would “press toward the goal for the prize.” We need to remember also that we will be rewarded one day. We must keep our eyes focused on the prize, and the greatest prize we will know one day is to see our Savior face to face!

Let's make sure that we worship Him throughout the New Year and see what opportunities present themselves through this journey that way, whether good or difficult, we have the previous quote from St. Paul to strengthen and encourage us! Happy New Year!

With love in the Lord,
PHILOPTOCHOS

Our  Annual Christmas Toy Drive  and  Annual Christmas Bake Sale  were successful events. We thank all those who donated toys to the REACH program. You made many children on Christmas morning very happy! To those who donated pastry for the bake sale and gave their time for setup, packaging and “manning the booth”, our sincere gratitude. Ke tou hronou!

As always, St. Irene’s Philoptochos hosted the receptions following St. Nicholas Vespers and Feastday.  Our sincere appreciation to all who contributed the delicious pastry and helped with setup.  

Upcoming Philoptochos meetings:   January 13, February 10, March 16 and May 11 – all at 6:30 p.m.
We look forward to seeing everyone there. Remember new members are always welcome and so please reach out to people.
GOYA

We hope many GOYANS will join us for our upcoming events:
Events:  
Feb 14-17:   MBC Winter Camp
Feb 29:  New England BeeTreat at Annunciation (Cranston, RI) 9:30am - 5:00pm
BOOK of the MONTH:

Book:  Christ is in Our Midst: Letters from a Russian Monk
Jan 8:  Zoom Book Meeting - Beginning to Letter 20 
Jan 15:  Zoom Book Meeting - Letters 21-44
Jan 22:  Zoom Book Meeting - Letters 45-65
Jan 29:  Zoom Book Meeting - Letters 66-81
Feb 5:  Zoom Book Meeting - Letters 82-101
Feb 12:  Zoom Book Meeting - Letters 102-117

Book:   Great Lent  by Fr. Alexander Schmemann 
Feb 27:  Zoom Book Meeting - Forward and Introduction 
Mar 5:  Zoom Book Meeting - Preparation for Lent
Mar 12:  Zoom Book Meeting - The Lenten Worship
Mar 19:  Zoom Book Meeting - The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
Mar 26:  Zoom Book Meeting - The Lenten Journey
Apr 2:  Zoom Book Meeting - Lent in our Life
Apr 9:  Zoom Book Meeting - Holy Things for the Holy
BOOKSTORE

Here is our bookstore schedule for January - April:

Jan 19:  Bookstore Open
Mar 15:  Bookstore Open
Apr 11-18:  Bookstore Open
FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Many thanks to those who, over this past year, have hosted and sponsored Sunday Fellowship Hour.  Our parishioners look forward to this gathering following Divine Liturgy to “meet and greet” their friends and visitors to our community.

There are openings available for anyone who wishes to sponsor a Fellowship Hour. There’s really nothing to it – you supply the pastry, coffee and milk – and the church will supply the rest! Simple! Please consider it. Thank you.
Reminders
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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