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The Weekend Update
St. Nicholas, Bethlehem, PA

Week of Oct 13, 2019

Two Liturgies

7:15am - Orthros
8:30am - 1st Divine Liturgy
9:45am - Sunday School
10:15am - 2nd Divine Liturgy

- No TOTS Group This Sunday - 

All are welcome to join the Choir or Chanters!
Click link below to jump to your group!

Weekly Highlights

Join Philoptochos and Support Life

Greek Dance Troop Fundraiser

Mission's Cookie Walk 

Please see Dina Evangelou to sign up!

Holy Cross Stroudsburg's Festival!


October 13: 2 Liturgies

October 20: 2 Liturgies

Schedule coming soon! Sign up at if you're not on an altar group.

Weekly Bible Studies

With Fr. Michael Kon

"Acquiring the Holy Spirit"
Mondays at 5pm
(Off for Columbus Day)

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

With Costa Zalalas

"The Lord's Prayer"
Wednesdays at 7pm

Media of the Week

Last Sunday was College Student and Church Music Sunday.
Thank you to those who support our worship with their voices!
October's HOPE Event was about the Holy Cross.

Youth Groups

Next Events:

  • TOTS: (Off this week) Next Sunday during Sunday School!
  • HOPE: Sunday Nov 3rd, 5:00pm at St. Nicholas
  • JOY: Sunday Oct 13th, 5:30pm at St. Nicholas
  • GOYA:
    • GOYA Basketball: Friday Oct 18th, 8-9pm.
    • GOYA Meeting: Sunday Nov 3rd after Sunday School
    • GOYA GAME NIGHT & DINNER DANCE @ Annunciation York
      NOVEMBER 16, 2019, 5-10 P.M.
      $10 PER PERSON
      R.S.V.P. TO OR (717) 968-5618 BY 11/10/19
    • GOYA Fall Retreat: Fri-Sun Nov 22-24
  • MOMS: Nov 2nd, 8pm at Aggeliki Gentis' home.

GREEK DANCE Fundraiser:

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

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Starting this year...
1. Extra Camp Scholarship money will be awarded to top 3 finishers in each category!

2. In order to receive the $100 summer camp scholarship offered by St. Nicholas Cathedral, 4-12th Graders must participate in the Oratorical Festival.

Introduced in 1983, the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival provides Greek Orthodox teenagers the opportunity to write and talk about their faith. The Oratorical Festival Program begins at the parish level and is divided into three divisions

Elementary Division (local festival only) for students in grades 4–6
Junior Division for students in grades 7–9
Senior Division for student in grades 10–12

The top speakers in the Junior and Senior Divisions advance to the district level. Two finalists in each district division represent the district at the Metropolis Oratorical Festival. The top speaker in each metropolis division is then selected to participate in the Archdiocese Finals, which is hosted by a different metropolis each year

All eighteen finalists at the Archdiocese Finals participate in a weekend of activities, the highlight of which is the delivery of their speeches on Saturday morning. The Oratorical Festival Scholarship Fund provides college scholarships to the top speakers. Currently, the top three speakers of each division receive college scholarships of $2,000, $1,500 and $1,000. This year, each Honorable Mention speaker was awarded $500

Junior Division (Grades 7–9)

  1. The Orthodox Church honors the Virgin Mary as the Theotokos. Discuss the role she plays in the Church and as a role model for all Christians.
  2. Christ and many Church Fathers often criticized the wealthy. Do Christians need to live a life of poverty? Is it a sin to live a comfortable life?
  3. “Lord have mercy” is the most repeated phrase in the Divine Liturgy. What does it mean to truly have mercy?
  4. “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4; Deuteronomy 8:3). Discuss the importance of reading Scripture in your life.
  5. The theme of the upcoming 2020 Clergy–Laity Congress is “the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13). Discuss the way St. Paul defines love in this important chapter of the Bible.


Senior Division (Grades 10–12)

  1. Discuss how the separation of church and state benefits us as Orthodox Christians in the United States.
  2. In his enthronement address, Archbishop Elpidophoros said, “We are all deacons.” Discuss the importance of being a deacon – a servant – in the Church.
  3. Discuss the significance of Constantinople in Church history and the struggles Orthodox Christians in Constantinople face today.
  4. How have modern-day saints from the past 100 years, from St. Nektarios to St. Paisios and others, helped Orthodox Christians live their lives today? 
  5. “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares” (Hebrews 13:2). How might Orthodox Christians put this command into practice?

Parish Ministries

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


  • 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.
  • "Ladies Night" on Wed., Nov 13th at Lehigh Country Club from 6 to 8 PM
    supporting Cay Galgon House!

  • Bottle Campaign to benefit Cay Galgon House (formerly Mary's
    Shelter) during the month of October.

  • Monthly Social Event - Saturday, October 26th, 3pm, church hall.
  • National Philoptochos Sunday, November 10th - memorial koliva and
    BOTH coffee hours.

  • Monthly Social Event - Saturday, November 23rd, 3pm, church hall.
  • Annual November Food Drive to benefit Area Shelters.


  • The next Parish Council Meeting will be Tuesday Oct , 7pm.

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

  • Senior Citizens are on break. Next Luncheon is Monday Oct 14 at noon.

  • 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 to get involved!

  • Our annual COOKIE WALK is November 16.  Please help us raise money for our missions ministry and bake your choice of cookies for it.  Please see Dina Evangelou to sign up. (610) 972-9385 or

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

  • First Men's Basketball is Friday Oct 18, 9-11pm. 
  • If you're interested in being added to either the Pickup Basketball or Cycling email lists, email

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