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Weekly Newsletter: July 9-15


Blessed Feast of St. Peter & Paul 

We hear in Acts, “The brethren received us [Paul and his travel companions] gladly.” Perhaps some of you will say, “Yes, if I were given the chance to entertain Paul as a guest, I readily and with much eagerness would do this.” Lo! It is in your power to entertain not only Paul but Paul’s Master for your guest! But you will not. For “He who receives one of these least,” Christ says, “receives Me.” The more lowly and despised a brother is, the more so does Christ come to you through him [or her]. For the person who receives the great often does it from vainglory. But the person who receives the small and neglected does it purely for Christ’s sake. It is in your power to entertain even the Father of Christ as your guest, but you will not. “For, I was a stranger,” He says, “and you took Me in;” and again, “Whatever you do to one of the least of these My brethren who believe in Me, you have done it to Me…” He will say to you: You received Me into your lodging, I will receive you into the Kingdom of My Father; you took away My hunger, I take away your sins; you saw Me bound, I see you loosed; you saw Me a stranger, I make you a citizen of heaven; you gave Me bread, I give you an entire Kingdom, that you may inherit and possess it. He did not say, “Receive,” but “Inherit,” the word which is spoken of those who have possession by right of ownership, as when we say, “This have I inherited.” You did it to Me in secret, I will proclaim it openly; and while your acts of kindness were of your own free will, but Mine are of debt to you… The Patriarch Abraham did not know he was entertaining Angels, and yet he did entertain them. Abraham was a stranger, and the stranger entertained strangers, for Abraham was a citizen of heaven. Therefore, even though he was on earth, Abraham was not a stranger to Him. – St. John Chrysostom


Church Announcements:

  • We are fundraising for the purchase of the neighboring church. To donate, click here.
  • Feast of St. Peter and Paul
    • See the schedule below for the timing of Vespers and the Liturgy
  • Changes to Mid-Week Schedule:
    • See the schedule below for this week’s schedule
  • Men’s Meeting:
    • The Men’s Meeting will be this Thursday, July 14 at 7:30pm

This Week’s Schedule:

  • Monday:
    • Midnight Praises: 8:00-9:30pm
  • Tuesday:
    • Vespers: 7:00-7:30pm
    • Bible Pleasure: 7:30-8:30 (In-Person and on Facebook) 
  • Wednesday:
    • Liturgy: 7:30-10:30am
  • Thursday:
    • Summer Nights: 7:00-10:00pm 
  • Friday:
    • Youth Meeting: 8:00-9:30pm
  • Saturday:
    • Hymns: 5:00-6:00pm
    • Sunday School: 6:00-7:00pm 
    • Vespers: 7:00-7:30pm
    • Midnight Prayers: 7:30-9:30pm
  • Sunday:
    • Liturgy: 8:00-11:30am

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