Services and Events this week (12th week after Pentecost)
Thursday, August 17th:
- Paraklesis (Molieban to the Theotokos), at 7PM at our land in McKinney.
- Directions: 75 North to McKinney. Exit on North Highway 5. Turn left on Christian (by the pawn shop). The land is one block later, on the right side.
Saturday, August 18th:
- 1pm – Church Clean-up day — Please attend; we need all the hands we can get!
- 3pm – Church Parish Council Meeting
- 5pm – Vigil for the Transfiguration
- Confessions will be heard from 1pm onward. Father Seraphim has recommended that everybody make an extra effort to confess and receive Holy Communion on Transfiguration (this Sunday).
Sunday, August 19th:
- 10am – Divine Liturgy for the Transfiguration of Our Lord
About the Feast of Transfiguration
One of the great feasts of the church year, the Transfiguration of our Lord is considered important enough to take the place of the ordinary Sunday services in honor of the Resurrection. In this way, it is similar to the feast of our Lord's Nativity. On this day, we remember our Lord's Transfiguration on Mount Tabor, when he revealed his Divine Glory to the apostles Peter, James, and John, so that they would not lose heart when they saw Him crucified and buried. This feast all reminds us of the Divine Light that we can enjoy when we draw nearer to God. You may read more at these web sites:
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Nicholas Park celebrates his name day on the day on Sunday, August 19th.
"I was sick and you visited me." We have petitions for the sick, for travellers, and in general for those in need during the Liturgy; so, if you or someone you know needs prayer or would like a visit, please let Father Seraphim know.
Help with the Services
Helping with the services is an important ministry to God and to other members of the parish. We can always use help singing in the choir, reading the prayers and psalms, or assisting in the Altar during the Divine Liturgy. If you wish to help in the Altar, please speak to Father Seraphim. If you wish to help sing or read, please speak to Nicholas Park.
Our Sunday School
Raissa Dudar, Matushka Marina and Christina Newell are teaching a class for our youngest children during the sermon each Sunday. Nicholas Park is teaching a class for the older children after Trapeza (when we have sufficient attendance), at roughly 12:30. If you would like to help with the program, please speak to Raissa, Nicholas, or Father Seraphim.
Please see and use our bookstore. We are currently having a 60% off sale on all items! We have books, icons, CD's, Pascha and Nativity cards, souveniers and other items. When you buy something, please put the following into the donation box, together with the payment: the item name and the dollar ($) amount of the payment. There are pads for your use for this purpose in the bookstore. If you wish to help maintain the bookstore, please speak to Nicholas Park.
Our Parish Library
Our parish library is an opportunity to pool our resources, given each of us access to spiritually profitable books, CD's and other items that we would not otherwise be able to afford. By borrowing from the library, you can have more resources to help you grow in the love of God, and by donating to the library, you can express your love for others by helping them to do the same. When you borrow from the library, please write the name of the book or CD on the clipboard, and return the items within four weeks. If you have materials to donate to the library, or if you wish to help maintain the collection, please speak to Nicholas Park
St. Juliana Sisterhood
All women are welcome to be members of our Sisterhood. To become one, please contact Raisa Dudar.
Mary needs Martha! ? Cleaning the Church
An excellent opportunity open to both men and women to help maintain the beauty, warmth and hospitable atmosphere of our parish is to help clean the church. In addition to participating in our periodic clean-up days, you may also sign-up to help with one of the tasks that must be done on a weekly basis. The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the kitchen. You may see Matushka Marina for more information.
All Orthodox Christians should make financial contributions to the parish of which they are a part. Doing so enables the parish to be sustained financially, puts one in the position of being a benefactor to the Church, and is an important way to put Christ first in our lives. Our Lord says, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Our parish needs a larger monthly income; currently we are just able to meet our expenses, despite having cut these back to the bare minimum. May the Lord help us as we prayerfully consider our pledge to our church. Tithing (giving 10%) from one's income is a good foundation for personal giving with ample precedent in the life of the Church.
Our Building Fund
Every Orthodox community should build a temple to God’s glory. Given the condition of our current facility, it is important for us to move forward with our building plans. To make a contribution to the Building Fund, you can make out a check to St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, and write in the memo line, "Building Fund."