St. Nicholas Parish Newsletter 11-28-2010

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, McKinney, Texas
Electronic Newsletter, November 15/28 2010

    We mustn't despair when we struggle and continuously see nothing but the slightest progress. We all do nearly nothing, some a little more, some a little less. When Christ sees our little effort He gives us an analogous token and so our nearly nothing becomes valuable and we can see a little progress. For this reason we mustn't despair, but hope in God.

                                                                                            – Elder Paisios


We are in the midst of our fall stewardship campaign. Please remember to fill out your pledge form as soon as possible (a copy is included at the end of this newsletter) and return it to Dn. Nicholas or place it in the donation box.

Our treasurer has the task of preparing a preliminary 2011 budget proposal to present at our December 4th church council meeting. More information on our expected income would make this task easier, so please return your form as soon as possible.


Every year on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, we take up a collection for the diocesan fund for the needy. This fund provides Bishop Peter with the money he needs to help those who come to him seeking financial assistance. Please make an effort to contribute to this collection!

Our new facility brings with it many new maintenance and upkeep tasks. Matushka Marina and Reader David Hawthorne need volunteers to help get all the work done.If you can give a few hours of our time to help care for God's house, please contact Matushka Marina, Reader David or Deacon Nicholas and we'll tell you how you can help.

We have a list of things our parish needs. If you or somebody you know wish to supply one of these items, please contact us.

Prayer Requests

For the Health and Salvation.

  • Kateryna (Kayla) Bayda.
  • Alexander (Yuliya Guzman's father)
  • David and Elizabeth Ash.
  • Priests Jean and Grégoire and all the faithful and suffering of Haiti

For the Repose. Please pray for the repose of the recently departed servants of God, who have reposed within the last forty days:

  • Nikolay (Natalia Quillin's Father)
  • Patricia Holland (not Orthodox)

For a more complete listing, please see our parish prayer list.

Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week

Saturday, 11/27

  • Confessions, 4pm.
  • Vigil, 5pm.

Sunday, 11/28

  • Divine Liturgy, 10am.
  • Church School (elementary and high school), 12:45pm

Monday, 11/29

  • Moleben, 7:00pm.

Wednesday, 12/1

  • Vespers, 7:30pm.
  • Class for those interested in learning how to serve weekday Vespers/Liturgy, 8:15pm.
Thursday, 12/2
  • Liturgy, 9:00am (subject to change)

Friday, 12/3

  • Vigil, 7pm

Saturday, 12/4. Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple.

  • Liturgy, 9am
  • Church Council Meeting, 11am
  • Confessions, 4pm.
  • Vigil, 5pm.

Sunday, 12/5

  • Divine Liturgy, 10am.
  • Church School (elementary and adult), 12:45pm
Our ongoing calendar of services is posted here:

Our "Redeeming the Time" blog usually has at least several posts a week –

Fasting in the Coming week

We are now in the Nativity Fast. Fish is allowed on weekends; wine and oil are allowed on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The fast is relaxed in the honor of many saints, including:

  • Fish is allowed on Tuesday, for St. Nikon of Radonezh
  • Fish is allowed on Thursday, for St. Philaret of Moscow

Pledge Form 2011 

Name: ______________________________________________

We would like to pledge the following amount toward St. Nicholas' general operating expenses for 2011:

Amount: _____________         weekly         monthly             (circle one)

                                                            fixed          estimate             (circle one)

(If monthly) We will usually pay our pledge on or about the ____________ Sunday of each month.

Please return this form to the treasurer, Dn. Nicholas, or place in the donation box at church.

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