Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

St. Nicholas Bulletin - August 21, 2022

Christ is in our midst! Христос међу нама! Cristo está entre nosotros!

Homily on Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

by Fr Philip LeMasters

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit...

Many biblical characters are memorable because of the honesty with which they are portrayed. They were people who encountered Christ with all the weaknesses and faults that we still possess today and who serve as models for how to open our lives to His healing mercy with integrity. Unlike people in any time or place who want a religion that goes no deeper than appearances in order to help them serve the false gods of this world, figures such as the father of the epileptic boy in today’s gospel reading show us how to relate to Christ with true humility.

The poor man was brokenhearted over the sufferings of his son, whose seizures put his life at risk by causing him to fall into both fire and water. He had asked the disciples to heal him, but they lacked the strength to do so. The Lord spoke truthfully about the spiritual weakness of those closest to Him: “O faithless and perverse generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me.” Then He healed the young man. The disciples, being unaware of why they were unable to be of help in this situation, asked the Lord about it. His response must have been difficult to hear: “Because you have no faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. This kind never comes out except by prayer and fasting.”

Whatever attachment the disciples had to Christ at this point, it did not count as true faith. Since He said that “This kind never comes out except by prayer and fasting,” they must have lacked even the most basic spiritual disciplines. The passage ends with Christ foretelling His Passion: “The Son of man is to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill Him, and He will rise on the third day.” All the gospels indicate that the disciples did not expect the Messiah to die and rise from the grave. They shared the dominant hope for a military champion to defeat the Roman forces of occupation and set up an earthly kingdom, in which they expected to have places of prominence. Remember that the Lord said, “Get behind me, Satan!” to Peter, the head disciple, when he rejected the prediction of His cross and empty tomb. (Mk. 8:33) The hearts of the disciples would have to be broken through their denial and abandonment of the Savior Who went to the Cross, which displayed their lack of faith so clearly, in order for them to become receptive to a Messiah very different from what they had expected.

People think of religion in many different ways today, but usually not in a way that requires our hearts to be broken. We typically want to avoid anything that keeps us from fulfilling our self-centered desires or even suggests that life is about anything greater than defining and serving ourselves however we please. Distortions of the way of Christ that attempt to make Him the servant of our preferences and agendas make people blind to the stark reality that taking up our crosses will inevitably break our hearts as we learn that the healing of our souls does not come through getting what we want or think we deserve.  Those who teach that faithfulness to Christ is a means to wealth, power, glory, personal satisfaction, and the success of whatever partisan factions they happen to like reveal only their lack of faith by doing so. They attempt to use the Lord to serve their distorted desires and earthly agendas every bit as much as the disciples did. Those who do so will become as spiritually weak as the disciples when they were powerless to heal the epileptic boy. Such corruption of the faith is more dangerous than its outright rejection, for it is entirely possible to think that we are serving the Lord when we are actually serving only ourselves.

St. Paul dealt with such distortions of the way of Christ in the church at Corinth where some built themselves up in their own minds in contrast to the humble obedience characteristic of true apostles. In contrast to the pretensions of his opponents, Paul wrote that true apostles are fools for Christ, weak, held in disrepute, hungry, thirsty, homeless, and persecuted. They were obviously not out for praise, glory, or self-satisfaction, but manifested in their sufferings the true way of the Lord as they blessed and forgave their tormentors. That is why Paul could say with integrity, “be imitators of me.” By enduring the pain and struggle of a heart broken for love of God and neighbor, he was healed of his passions and became a living icon of Christ.

The heart of the father in today’s gospel lesson had already been broken by his recognition that he could not heal or protect his son from seizures that could cause his death. Years of caring for the boy had revealed his own weaknesses and limitations. The common hopes of parents to see their family lines flourish in future generations rang hollow for him now. He struggled to think that he could keep his son from dying an untimely death and his hopes were crushed yet again when the disciples could not heal him. In Mark’s account of this encounter, we learn that the “father cried out and said with tears, ‘Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!’ in response to the Savior’s words ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.’ (Mk. 9:23-24) In the midst of this man’s brokenness and pain, he gained the vision to see that his faith was far from perfect. He had acquired the spiritual clarity to see the weakness of his faith, which was possible only because he really did have a measure of faith. His heart would not be healed by mouthing pious platitudes or pretending he was something he was not. He cried honestly to the Lord from the depths of his soul and the Lord heard his plea.

As King David wrote in Psalm 50, “a contrite and humble heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise.” Our hearts will become contrite and humble when we confront how we have marred the beauty of our souls and refused to fulfill our calling to become like God in holiness. St. Mark the Ascetic wrote that “Remembrance of God is pain of the heart endured in the spirit of devotion.” We will experience pain in our hearts when, instead of shutting our eyes to the truth, we honestly and persistently open even our deepest struggles and the darkest crevices of our souls to the healing of Christ. We will then experience in our own hearts the infinite distance between the brilliant holiness to which we are called and the dark corruption we allow to remain in us. Doing so requires embracing the arduous task of daily dying to self and reorienting the desires of our hearts for fulfillment in God. We must pray, fast, serve our neighbors sacrificially, and do all that we have the strength to do in taking up our crosses and following our Lord.

Even the most meticulous performance of spiritual disciplines does not have the power, in and of itself, to bring healing to us, our loved ones, or our world. Remember that even as the Lord chided the disciples for their lack of faith, prayer, and fasting, He foretold His great Self-offering on the Cross and victory over death through His glorious resurrection on the third day. He alone is the Savior, but we open ourselves to receive His healing by calling to Him from the depths of our broken hearts. They will be broken only when we honestly engage the struggle to turn away from addiction to self-centered desire and to find healing from our passions. It is only then that we will gain the spiritual clarity and honesty to say with the brokenhearted father, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” It is only then that we will grow in true faith in Christ. Otherwise, we will remain spiritual weaklings who would rather try to use God to get whatever we want in this life than to actually share in His life. If our hearts are not broken by the weight of our own sins and our love for the suffering neighbors in whom we encounter Christ, it will simply be impossible for us to gain the spiritual integrity of the father in today’s gospel reading. But, thanks be to God, that is possible for us all, if we will only take up our crosses as best we can and follow our Lord. Doing so will break our hearts in many ways, but that is necessary if—like the disciples—we are to gain the strength to enter into the joy of the Savior’s victory over the corrupting powers of sin and death.


~Hymnography of the Day~

Commemorating the Afterfeast of the Transfiguration of our Lord, St Emilian the Confessor Bishop of Cyzikus, St Myron the Wonderworker Bishop of Crete, Martyrs Eleutherius and Leonidas of Constantinople and many infants martyred with them, New Martyr Triandaphyllus of Stara Zagora, Venerable Gregory the Iconographer of the Kiev Near Caves, Translation of the relics of Venerable Zosimas and Sabbatius of Solovki, Venerable Gregory of Sinai, St Euthymius the Elder of St John the Baptist Monastery, Venerable Zosimas of Tuman,

10 Egyptian Ascetics and 2 Martyrs of Tyre



When the stone had been sealed by the Jews, while the soldiers were guarding Your most pure body, You rose on the third day, O Savior, granting life to the world. The powers of heaven therefore cried to You, O Giver of Life: “Glory to Your Resurrection, O Christ! Glory to Your Kingdom! Glory to Your dispensation, O Lover of mankind!”


You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ God, revealing Your glory to Your Disciples as far as they could bear it. Let Your everlasting Light also shine upon us sinners, through the prayers of the Theotokos! O Giver of Light, glory to You!


As God, You rose from the tomb in glory, raising the world with Yourself. Human nature praises You as God, for death has vanished. Adam exults, O Master! Eve rejoices, for she is freed from bondage and cries to You: “You are the Giver of Resurrection to all, O Christ!”


On the mountain You were transfigured, O Christ God, and Your Disciples beheld Your glory as far as they could see it; so that when they would behold You crucified, they would understand that Your suffering was voluntary, and would proclaim to the world that You are truly the Radiance of the Father.


Magnify, O my soul, the Lord who was transfigured on Mount Tabor! Your childbearing was without corruption; God came forth from your body clothed in flesh, and appeared on earth and dwelt among men. Therefore, we all magnify you, O Theotokos!


~Scripture Readings of the Day~


Matins: Milan Radanovic  Epistle: Dasha Gencturk

Vigil Next Week: Choir & Chanters Epistle Next Week: Natalija Gligorevic

EPISTLE: I Corinthians 4: 9-16

DEACON:      Let us pay attention. 

PRIEST:        Peace be unto all!

READER:      And with your spirit!

DEACON:      Wisdom.

READER:      The Prokeimenon in the First Tone: Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us as we have set our hope on You!

CHOIR: Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us as we have set our hope on You!

READER: v: Rejoice in the Lord, O your righteous! Praise befits the just!

CHOIR: Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us as we have set our hope on You!

READER: Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us ...

CHOIR: … as we have set our hope on You!

DEACON: Wisdom!

READER: The Reading is from the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Corinthians.

DEACON: Let us attend!

READER: Brethren, for I think that God has displayed us, the apostles, last, as men condemned to death; for we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men. We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored! To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and we are poorly clothed, and beaten, and homeless. And we labor, working with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure; being defamed, we entreat. We have been made as the filth of the world, the off scouring of all things until now. I do not write these things to shame you, but as my beloved children I warn you. For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Therefore I urge you, imitate me.

PRIEST: Peace be unto you, reader!

READER: And with your spirit! Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

CHOIR: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

READER: God gives vengeance unto me, and subdues people under me.

CHOIR: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

READER: He magnifies the salvation of the King and deals mercifully with David, His

anointed, and his seed forever.

CHOIR: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


АПОСТОЛ:  1 Коринћанима 4: 9-16

Ђакон:          Пазимо

Свештеник: Мир свима!

Читач:           I Духу Твоме!

Ђакон:           Премудрост

Читач : ПРОКИМЕН- глас 1 Нека буде милост Твоја, Господе, на нама, као што се уздасмо у Тебе.

Хор: Нека буде милост Твоја, Господе, на нама, као што се уздасмо у Тебе.

Читач: Веселите се, праведници, пред Господом, праведнима доликује похвала.

Хор: Нека буде милост Твоја, Господе, на нама, као што се уздасмо у Тебе.

Читач: Нека буде милост Твоја, Господе,

Хор: на нама, као што се уздасмо у Тебе.

Ђакон: Премудрост

Читач: Читање је од Прве посланице Светог апостола Павла до Коринћана

Ђакон: Пазимо

Читач: Браћо, мислим да Бог нас апостоле показа посљедње, као на смрт осуђене; јер постасмо призор и анђелима и људима. Ми луди Христа ради, а ви мудри у Христу; ми слаби, а ви јаки; ви славни, а ми презрени. До овога часа подносимо и глад и жеђ и голотињу и ударце, и потуцамо се, И трудимо се радећи својим рукама. Кад нас грде, благосиљамо; кад нас гоне, трпимо; Кад хуле на нас, молимо; постасмо као сметлиште свијета, свима смеће до данас. Не пишем ово да вас посрамим, него вас поучавам као своју милу дјецу. Јер ако имате и хиљаде учитеља у Христу, али немате много отаца. Јер вас у Христу Исусу ја родих јеванђељем. Молим вас, дакле, угледајте се на мене.

Свештеник: Мир свима Читачу!

Читач: I Духом Твоме! Алилуиа, Алилуиа, Алилуиа

Хор: Алилуиа, Алилуиа, Алилуиа

Читач: Бог ми даје освету и покорава људе испод мене.

Хор: Алилуиа, Алилуиа, Алилуиа

Читач: Он увећава спасење Краља и милостиво се односи са Давидом, његовим помазаником и његовим сјеменом заувијек.

Хор: Алилуиа, Алилуиа, Алилуиа


Matthew 17: 14-23

At that time, when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him.” Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.”  And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour.

Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.  However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” Now while they were staying in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him, and the third day He will be raised up.” And they were exceedingly sorrowful.



Матеј 17: 14-23

У вријеме оно, приступи Исусу неки човјек и паде на кољена пред њим говорећи: Господе, помилуј сина мојега, јер је мјесечар и мучи се љуто; јер много пута пада у ватру, и много пута у воду. И доведох га ученицима твојим и не могоше га исцијелити. А Исус одговарајући рече: O роде невјерни и покварени! Докле ћу бити с вама? Докле ћу вас трпљети? Доведите ми га амо. И запријети му Исус; и демон изиђе из њега; и оздрави момче од онога часа. Тада приступише ученици Исусу и насамо му рекоше: Зашто га ми не могосмо изгнати? А Исус им рече: За невјеровање ваше. Јер заиста вам кажем: Ако имате вјере колико зрно горушично, рећи ћете гори овој: пређи одавде тамо, и прећи ће, и ништа вам неће бити немогуће. А овај се род не изгони осим молитвом и постом. А кад су ходили по Галилеји, рече им Исус: Син Човјечији биће предан у руке људске: И убиће га, и трећи дан устаће. И веома се ожалостише.


~ The Week Ahead: Scriptures and Services ~

10th Sunday after Pentecost

August 21, 2022

I Corinthians 4:9-16

Matthew 17:14-23

8am Matins

9am Liturgy


August 22, 2022

II Corinthians 2:4-15

Matthew 23:13-22


August 23, 2022

II Corinthians 2:14-3:3

Matthew 23:23-28


August 24, 2022

II Corinthians 3:4-11

Matthew 23: 29-39


August 25, 2022

II Corinthians 4:1-6

Matthew 24:13-28


August 26, 2022

II Corinthians 4:13-18

Matthew 24:27-33,


6:30 pm Choir Rehearsal


August 27, 2022

I Corinthians 1:3-9

Matthew 19:3-12

5pm Funeral Vigil with Lamentations for the Theotokos

11th Sunday after Pentecost

Dormition of the Mother of God

August 28, 2022

Philippians 2:5-11

Luke 10:38-42,


8am Matins

9am Liturgy

"O Theotokos, Ever-Vigilant in Prayer"

Composer: S. Rachmaninoff


Tenth Resurrection Gospel: John 21: 1-14

At that time, Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and in this way He showed Himself: Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together.  Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We are going with you also.” They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing.  But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.  Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?” They answered Him, “No.” And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish.

Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea.  But the other disciples came in the little boat (for they were not far from land, but about two hundred cubits), dragging the net with fish.  Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread.  Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.” Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not broken.  Jesus said to them, “Come and eat breakfast.” Yet none of the disciples dared ask Him, “Who are You?”—knowing that it was the Lord.  Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish. This is now the third time Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after He was raised from the dead.

~Prayers for the Faithful~

In Our Prayers

Metropolitan Paul, Archbishop Youhanna, Protopresbyter Srboljub and Protinica Ljubica Jockovic, Protopresbyter Rodney Torbic, Popadija Sara Golic, Matushka Barbara Ealy, the child Katie Elizabeth and her parents Mileva and Michael Repasky, the child Metodija and his parents Fr. Dn. Milan and Mira Damljanovic, the child Danijela and her parents Mark and Jennifer Belo, Melissa Thomason and the child newly born of her, Clare Jurkovic and the child newly born of her, Lauren Spangler and the child to be born of her, Mara Bebeau and the child to be born of her, Jazmin Cruz and the child to be born of her, Addy Andy, Louise Bare, Dori Bert, Jonathan Bertsch, Darlene & Larry Black, Carole Blitva, Stephan and Barbara Blitva, Walter “Bud” Brown, Guiliana & Aleksandar Carricato, Leann Cox, Joseph Derk, Art Dils, Draga Donato, Tommy and Kara (Blitva) Dorsey, Anaya Garvin, Christian & Melanie Geib, Michael Geppert III, Dr Andrea Govelovich, Nick & Terry Govelovich, Kata Gruich, Dan Haizlett, Basil Havalchak, Travis Heilman, Adam Herigan, Edith Herigan, Nicole Stefan Imschweiler, Susan Jacobs, Tijana Jaksic, Slobodan Jovicic, Spencer Klinge, Ljuban Kosovac, Dorothy Krnjaich, Henry Laichak, Peter Lalic, Dragan Lalovic, Stella Wren Lappas, Catherine Lewis, Dick Livingston, Maggie Livingston, Stephen Lundingrin, Sandy Marijan, Dianne & Jim Martin, Rowan Martin, Jack McFall, Annabelle McLaughlin, Marija Miljkovic, Daria Milletics, Infant of God Ryan Leigh Moffitt, Peter Mrgich, George Myers, Patty Navarro, Bosiljka Ninkovic, Eva Orr, Lila Packer, Daniel Paddock, Ljubomir Pejanovic, Vid & Marica Pejcic, Hope Pesner, Tracy Petrovich, Logan Roszkowski, Greg Selman, Michael Schaffner, Michael Semic, Steven Semic, Benjamin Shaffer, Tessa Shaffer, Pat Shoemaker, Branko Smitran, Tracey Stanovich, Tim Stefan, Josephine Svitchan, Patricia & Joseph Sypniewski, Leonard Tepsich, Leroy Tepsich Jr, Edie & Michael “Bo” Venesevich, Rita Vorkapich, Kristina Vukalo, Steve Vulich, Paula Werner, Draga Worman, Dewey Yetter, Mileva “Millie” Yezdimir, Demetrios & Eleni Ziogas, Miriam “Mim” Codan Ziolkowski



Those Who Need Special Care 


Those to be Baptized

Sloane Ivey & Berkeley Blythe Semic, Emilia Renee Peterson, Barrett Scott, Divna and Danica Mitrovic, Nora Katherine Van Huysen, Sloane York, Logan Michael Livingston, Misha Aleksander Bowser 

Our College Students

Anastasija Gligorevic, Cayden Healy, Matthew Hoover, Sophia Mummert, Kobe Petrovich, Christina Radanovic, Ioanna Radanovic, Kyranna Radanovic, Maxim Reznitchenko, Madison Vorkapich


Our Dearly Departed Loved Ones

Hieromonk Nektarios, Matushka Anna Hopko, Protinica Miryana Trbuhovich, Protinica Donna Merick, Elizabeth Rupich, Margaret Radanovic, Nenad ‘Nesho’ Pantelich, Mark Gruin, Slobodanka Balaban


~Our Deepest Sympathy~

We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of Mark Gruin, who reposed in the Lord on Saturday, August 13. May his soul dwell with the righteous and be numbered among the just! Vjecnaja Pamjat! Memory Eternal!

We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of Slobodanka Balaban, who reposed in the Lord on Monday, August 15. Funeral services will be here on Monday, August 22 at 11 am. May her soul dwell with the righteous and be numbered among the just! Vjecnaja Pamjat! Memory Eternal!


~Parastos to be Offered~

†MARA SUNAJKO To be offered Saturday, August 27 at 4 pm in loving memory of her repose (1 year—August 23) by her family. 


~Vigils Offered~

SHAYLE YORK Offered in joyful celebration of her birthday (August 22). Happy birthday from Baba & family. God’s Blessings for many more! Mnogaja Ljeta!

SVETLANA Offered by the Reznitchenko family, for our dear Kuma Svetlana. Paying and asking our merciful God for healing and return to good health. Our Love & Prayers are with her.  

DARLENE BLACK Offered with love by the Barber & Geib Families for God’s Blessings during her recovery. We pray that He will bless her with good health. Our Love & Prayers are with her.

MICHAEL GEPPERT Offered prayerfully by Mom & Dad for improvement in health and God’s blessings and loving care during his recovery.

†FREIDA PLISCHKE Offered for the recent passing of †Freida, Oma of Catherine Lewis. May her Memory be Eternal! Vjecnaja Pamjat! Love Nikki & Brian Lewis & family.

†DELORES GRUICH BRESKI Offered in loving memory of her birthday (August 22) by Kat and family. Vjecnaja Pamjat! Memory Eternal!


PEOPLE OF UKRAINE – Offering prayers for mercy, life, peace, health, salvation for all who are suffering, wounded, imprisoned, grieving, hungry or displaced because of the war in Ukraine. Praying for soldiers who courageously protect their land from enemy invasion. Praying for all believers to find comfort, peace, wisdom and strength in Our God Jesus Christ and share their source of strength with others. Praying for all countries, organizations, communities and individuals helping Ukraine in many ways. Praying for all those who have lost their lives, that the Lord our God may look upon them with mercy, and give them rest where there is neither sickness, nor sorrow, but life everlasting.

Please continue to pray for all of those currently being persecuted for Christ's sake in Kosovo, Metohija, Montenegro, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Ethiopia, the Sudan, China, North Korea, for all of our brothers and sisters in Christ suffering throughout the world, especially in Ukraine, that they might be comforted with the Joy of our Lord, and for all of those suffering from the pandemic, for those who minister, and for those who are unjustly persecuted that they may be strengthened by the love of Christ which knows no race.  


Stewardship Offering Information

Date 8/14/2022

Collection: $3,165.00

Date 8/7/2022

Collection: $4,288.00

Date 7/31/2022

Collection: $2,125.00

August Birthdays

Ross Spangler (Aug 1), Tim Hook (Aug 1), Father Ilija Balach (Aug2), Kaitlyn Hook (Aug 2), Jela Nonkovic (Aug 3), Ted Yanich (Aug 4), Mike Healy (Aug 5), Chris Radanovic (Aug 7), Cathy Fagan (Aug 7), Dieter Geib (Aug 7), Igor Pejcic (Aug 7), Heather Heilman (Aug 9), Russ Hewitt (Aug 9), Bo Venesevich (Aug 11), Ioanna Radanovic (Aug 11), Theodore Sukernik (Aug 11), Victoria Fithian (Aug 11), Tracey Stanovich (Aug 15), Eva Sutkliffe (Aug 15), Marina Skinder (Aug 20), Stefan Gligorevic (Aug 21), Chase Hewitt (Aug 23), Chuck Belic (Aug 25), Vaciona Petrovich (Aug 25), Ferris Atty (Aug 27), Maryann Seiders (Aug 28), Chuck Miller (Aug 30), Florence Ivanoff


August Anniversaries

Chris & Beth Ann Radanovic (Aug 1), Duke & Sue Petrovich (Aug 9), Chuck & Jean Miller (Aug 9), Mike & Stephanie York (Aug 20), Dn. Bojan & Sladjana Gligorevic (Aug 31)

~Bulletin Board~


The Feast will begin with the Vigil and Lamentations on Saturday, August 27 at 5 pm and continue with Liturgy on Sunday, August 28 at 9:00 am with the blessing of fragrant flowers and herbs.


We humbly ask that you bring fragrant flowers and herbs for the Eve of the Dormition of the Theotokos to be placed on and around her tomb. This tradition began with her death itself. The Holy Apostle Thomas was late returning to say goodbye to the Theotokos, and when he arrived three days late, he begged the other Apostles to open her tomb so he could venerate her body. When they did, they discovered that the tomb was empty. In place of her body, they found a tomb full of fragrant flowers and herbs. Thus, we bring them to Church to be blessed on this day, in honor of the bodily resurrection of the Theotokos.



Please join the St Nicholas Mothers Club for their 65th (plus 1) Slava on August 28th to celebrate the Holy Dormition of the Mother of God. Everyone is invited to a Slava brunch after church.


Our Annual Serb Fest is quickly approaching. The date is Saturday, September 17th starting at 11am. Plan on a wonderful day of good food, music and fun! A mailer has gone out with more information. Sign up sheets are in the lobby. And fliers are available for distribution to local establishments in the church lobby (help yourself) or see Daria.


Please bring any unwanted books to the Church for a book sale to take place during SerbFest to benefit the Seniors. Boxes will be on the table in the lobby for your books. You may take boxes home to pack up your books to bring to church. Please no romance novels. Children’s books, fiction and nonfiction, cookbooks, cocktail table books, self-improvement, DIY/how to books are welcome! Deadline for dropping off books is Sunday, August 28.


Please look in the Coat Room for any personal items of yours that may have been left. Any items left after August 31 will be donated.


Donations should be here no later than Sunday, August 28 as we will be delivering them that week. Our goal is to fill the suitcases and duffle bags with much needed supplies requested by the Mission. Please help us help local women in need. Thank you to all those who have so generously donated. These are the items most needed:

· Paper products (toilet paper, tissues, paper towels)

· Nylon knee high stockings

· Hygiene products (tampons, pads, toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, bath soap, shampoo, conditioner, combs, brushes)

· Stamps

· Headphones/earbuds

· Phone chargers

· Bus passes

· Gallon size baggies

· Backpacks and Suitcases


Our SOTAYA Group is once again selling frozen packs of cevapi at $15/pack (2 pounds, 32 pieces). To order see Dn. Bojan Gligorevic or call the office at 717-939-3872


The next meeting of the Senior’s will be held in September. Anyone 50+ is invited to join. Monthly luncheon meetings are held. Dues are $5 per year. Please consider joining us… Come and see!


Monday thru Friday from 9 am until noon. Office hours will be adjusted when services are occurring during those hours. You may call the office (717-939-3872) or come by in person.


Please send all bulletin requests to the church office at office@stnicholassteelton.org by Wednesday at 11 am (you may also call 717-939-3872)

August 2022 Calendar

August Charity

Zoe for Life


Many women are fortunate to have the love and support structure to lead them to marriage, children, and a meaningful life. Others, however, are from different circumstances, and may find themselves in crisis because of an unplanned pregnancy. Their situation may have them in turmoil and panic, where healthy decisions are difficult to make. ZOE for Life!® serves as a conduit, guiding women to a wider range of support organizations, providing an attractive set of options and a promising outlook on their situation. There is counseling, housing referral assistance, referral for prenatal care, adoption and other services available for which most women in distress are unaware. It is the goal of ZOE for Life!® to offer more opportunities to women in unplanned pregnancies, and to empower them to make decisions everyone can live with. ZOE for Life!® is a pan-Orthodox outreach of Orthodox Christians. It is funded privately, and has received 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service. All gifts are tax-deductible as specified by law.