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The
Christmas City
Weekend Update

St. Nicholas, Bethlehem, PA

Merry Christmas! Καλά Χριστούγεννα!

Week of Dec 22, 2019

Two Liturgies

7:15am - Orthros
8:30am - Divine Liturgy
9:45 - Sunday School
10:15am - Divine Liturgy

 

Christmas is 5 days away!

Here is our Christmas service schedule:

Christmas Eve Morning: Dec 24th
8:00 AM Orthros

9:00 AM Royal Hours
10:00 AM Divine Liturgy

Christmas Eve Vigil: Dec 24th
11:00 PM Orthros

12:00 AM  Divine Liturgy

Christmas Day: Dec 25th

9:00 AM Orthros
10:00 AM Divine Liturgy

Thursday Dec. 26th
8am Orthros & Divine Liturgy (Synaxis of the Theotokos)

Friday, Dec. 27th
8am Orthros & Divine Liturgy  (St. Stephen the Protomartyr)

Sunday Dec. 29
Archbishop Elpidophoros Visits
7:45  AM Archieratical Orthros

9:15 AM Archieratical Divine Liturgy

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Weekly Highlights

New Year's Eve Tickets on sale!

Parish Events in the New Year:

Parents of High Schoolers...
Watch Cross Road's promo video below!

Calendar

CHANT SCHEDULE:  
Dec 22: 2 Liturgies
Chanters/Choir

Dec 29: 1 Liturgy
Chanters & Choir
ALTAR BOY:

Schedule coming soon! Sign up at www.stnicholas.org/ministry if you're not on an altar group.

Weekly Bible Studies

Weekly:
With Fr. Michael Kon

"Acquiring the Holy Spirit"
Mondays at 5pm
(Off Dec 23rd)

With Fr. Palis
"The Book of Isaiah"
Mondays at 6pm

With Costa Zalalas

"The Lord's Prayer"
Wednesdays at 7pm
(Off Dec 25th & Jan 1st)

Media of the Week

The Academy 4s, Pre-K and K Christmas Program.
Watch the Christmas Pageant below!
Bethlehem AHEPA held their Christmas Dinner.
The DADs group met.
The clergy have been out visiting those unable to make it to church.
(Let us know if you want us to add anyone to our list!)

Youth Groups

Next Events:

  • HOPE: Sunday Jan 5th, 5pm at St. Nicholas
     
  • JOY: Sunday Jan 12th, 4:30pm at St. Nicholas
     
  • GOYA:
    • GOYA Confession / Game Night: Dec 20, 6-8pm
    • GOYA Basketball: Dec 20, 8-10pm
    • GOYA Dance: Fri. Jan 3rd, 6:30-10:30pm

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What group is your child in?
TOTS (age 0-3)
HOPE (age 4-2nd Grade)
JOY (3-6 Grade)
GOYA (7-12 Grade)

More at www.stnicholas.org/calendar

Parish Ministries

Hear from our ministries directly! Click below to sign up and get involved.
 
STEWARDSHIP:
  • Have you made your 2019 Stewardship offering?
  • Electronic and Online giving options are easy! Click here for info.

PHILOPTOCHOS:

  • The Philoptochos ladies, as a service to our Community, provide Makarias (Luncheon Meals) for bereaving families in the Church hall.
     
  • Philoptochos also makes the traditional memorial Koliva trays.
     
  • Annual November Food Drive to benefit Area Shelters.

PARISH COUNCIL:

  • The next Parish Council Meeting will be Jan 13.



CHURCH OFFICE:
  • We are always seeking Coffee Hour Hosts for upcoming months! Please contact the church office, 610.867.1327.


SENIOR CITIZENS:
  • Next Luncheon is Monday Jan 13 at noon.

BYZANTINE CHANT CLASS:
  • All with an interest in learning about our faith and participating in the services of our church are encouraged to learn the beautiful and timeless art of Byzantine Chant. Adults or children are always welcome at the Chanter’s Stand during services, as long as they will stand respectfully and plan to participate with reading or chanting according to their skills (at the discretion of the chanters). Byzantine Music Class will be changed to weeknights at 6pm twice per month, and is open to any who are interested to learn and participate, regardless of your training. Classes will feature a mixture of chanting practice, learning the theory and notation of Byzantine Chant, the structure of services and the history and theology of the hymns of our faith. Feel free to contact Dr. Niko Tatalias with any questions or concerns, and we look forward to seeing you there. 


WELCOME COMMITTEE:
  • THE WELCOME COMMITTEE would like to ask all parishioners, when you have guests come with you to church, or if you see there are visitors coming for a certain event, to let us know by inviting them to sign our guestbook. Please introduce them to the greeter or council member, so that we can properly greet them and welcome them. Thank you!  
     
  • Our welcome committee is always looking for new members to greet parishioners on Sunday mornings.  Please contact eugeniavasilia@hotmail.com to get involved!


OUTREACH COMMITTEE!
  • If you are interested in making visitations to local nursing homes, contact Eleni Sitaras at 610-570-9404.  

PICKUP ATHLETICS:
  • Next Men's Basketball is Friday Dec 20, 9-11pm. 
  • If you're interested in being added to either the Pickup Basketball or Cycling email lists, email fralexandros@stnicholas.org
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