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2021 Stewardship Guide

The
Weekend Update

St. Nicholas, Bethlehem, PA

Two Liturgy Schedule

Divine Liturgies at 8:30am & 10:15am.
Children's Sermon after the Gospel.

Sunday of the Prodigal Son

Gospel: "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you." Read here.
In This Update:
Dear <<First Name (Όνομα)>>, 

Two weeks ago we began serving a second Divine Liturgy, with the aim of spreading out and providing as safe a worship environment  as possible.  Following the lead of our Metropolis' Safety Directives, our parish council is dedicated to creating a safe and welcoming environment for you and your family.  As you feel comfortable, we invite you back to St Nicholas for in-person worship.

We miss being all together!


Your Clergy,
Fr. Nicholas & Fr. Alexey

Preparing for Lent!

Two weeks until fasting begins
Print here

Hot Off the Press

Academy Open House

Sat. March 6, 9-noon

Continuing the safety and success of this past year, we are excited to continue offering full-time, in-person preschool for all of our 2yr old - Kindergarteners! 

Contact stnickacademy@gmail.com or 610.867.1530 to to reservation an open house appointment. Visit the school, meet the teachers, and learn more about our amazing program.

(All Covid-19 health and safety guidelines will be followed.)

Divine Services

  • Sat. Feb. 27
    • 7pm - Vespers
       
  • Sun. Feb. 28
    • 7:15am - Orthros
    • 8:30am - Divine Liturgy 
    • 10am - Church Cleaning
    • 10:15am - Divine Liturgy
       
  • Mon. March 1
    • 7pm - Vespers
       
  • Tues. March 2
    • 8am - Orthros & Liturgy (St Nicholas Planas)
       
  • Wed. March 3
    • 6pm - Paraklesis
       
  • Sat. March 6
    • 8am - Orthros & Liturgy (Sat. of souls)
    • 7pm - Vespers
       
  • Sun. March 7 - MeatFare Sunday
    • 7:15am - Orthros
    • 8:30am - Divine Liturgy 
    • 10am - Church Cleaning
    • 10:15am - Divine Liturgy
       
  • Orthodox Coronavirus Prayer Booklette (Click here)

Safety Reminders
View full Safety Email

Seating will be provided, socially distanced, in the sanctuary. 

Please wear masks properly at all times inside church. 

We understand that it is a struggle to worship with a mask on. However, we are obedient to what Met. Savas requests and abide by all local regulations.   Live-streaming is provided for those who are unable to wear masks. 
With respect,
The Parish Council of St Nicholas

This Week's Media

Learning about Vestments

Each week our Academy students receive a faith lesson with Pres. Stephanie!

For the latest videos from the
Academy of Orthodox Faith & Learning

View on YouTube

For all episodes of
#FeastDayRundown

View on Instagram
View on Facebook

St Nicholas Prayer Chain

St Nicholas Prayer Chain

Many people wish they could help others in their time of need, even if only to pray for them.  Those who join this group will be emailed the prayer requests of those who ask for the parish group to pray for them.   
To submit a prayer request, email it to fralexandros@stnicholas.org.  Make sure to mention it is for the email prayer chain, and only include the details you wish to be shared.  
Join Prayer Chain Here
Note about privacy:  Prayer requests may not always come with an explanation.  A parishioner may prefer privacy.  These emails are sacred, and not meant to spread parish gossip.  Requests will be simplified and may simply read “Please pray for a woman who’s moving into long-term care on Monday.” Or “Add Maria to the prayer list.”  Please do not contact the clergy for additional details about requests.

Outreach Opportunity

Support the Church in Korea


One of its churches (Dormition of the Theotokos in Jeonju, South Korea, built in 1990) was seized by the government via eminent domain for a full redevelopment of the neighborhood (essentially demolishing the whole area to build a "newer, modern city" there), and the amount provided as compensation fell hundreds of thousands of dollars short of the cost of reconstruction.  

An appeal has gone out to supplement the ability of the local community, and in response the National Ladies Philoptochos Society has pledged considerable funds to the efforts, and the Metropolises of the GOA have been encouraged to do likewise. 

Those interested in donating should both:

(a) send chancellor@pittsburgh.goarch.org an email indicating that they will be donating (and how much), and

(b) make the check out to "Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh" with the Memo line reading "Benevolence: Korea" 

Mail the donation to:

Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh
PO Box 645953
Pittsburgh, PA  15264-5257

Youth Groups & Ministries

Catechism Class has begun!
Next class is Thurs. March 4, 8pm.

Sign up here!

Food Donations

All non-perishable food donations brought to St Nicholas will be distributed to local food pantries.

Please help us stock our donation shelves across from the main office. Thank you!

Upcoming Ministries!

Email fralexandros@stnicholas.org to join.

  • HOPE In Person Event at St Nicholas!
     
    • Sat. March 27, 10am-12pm
    • Drop off event
       
  • JOY In Person Event at St Nicholas!
     
    • Sat. March 27, 1pm-3pm
    • Drop off event
       
  • GOYA 
     
    • Oratorical prep - Sun. Feb 28, 7:30pm on Zoom.
       
    • In Person Event at St Nicholas! - Sun. March 7
      • Jr GOYA - 4-6pm
      • Sr GOYA - 5-7pm
         
  • Adult Bible Studies on Zoom (Sign up here)
     
    • Monday, 5pm with Fr. Michael Kon.
       
    • Monday, 6pm with Fr. Nicholas Palis.
       
  • Orthodox Study Talks on Themes of the Triodion
    • Beginning Wednesday March 3rd, 7pm
    • In the Church library with Kosta Zalalas
    • Masks and Social Distancing
       
  • Sunday School on Zoom (Sign up here)
     
    • Weekly on Sundays, 1-12th grades.
    • We will begin rotating in-person Sunday School in the Library and Social Hall.  You will hear from your teacher when it's your class' turn.
       
  • Altar Boys
     
    • We welcome altar boys of all ages back to the altar, six at a time!

Academy Corner

St Nicholas Academy

We're excited to see young families around the country signing up. Share with your preschool friends!

www.OrthodoxFaithandLearning.org

Or watch archived lessons on YouTube!

Greek Romaic School Corner

Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Greek Independence!


Anyone interested in serving on the committee forming plans to celebrate this year's 200th Anniversary of Greek Independence, please contact Mrs. Anna Barbounis or Fr. Alexey

We also have this request!

More info at 
www.stnicholas.org/greekschool

Fall 2020 Byzantine Chant Classes

New: Beginner Byzantine Chant!

 
Those who are interested in learning the history, tradition, theory and practice of Byzantine music are invited to join the classes at Saint Nicholas with Dr. Nicholas Tatalias.

Classes meet on alternating Tuesdays via Zoom from 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM. 

To sign up, join the appropriate Remind class:

Beginner Class: Text "@byzchant1" to 81010.
Advanced Class: Text "@byzchant2" to 81010.

St Constantine School Corner

St Constantine School LV


Mission Statement: 

St. Constantine School of Lehigh Valley unites classical education and Orthodox Christian formation. Students benefit from the reliable disciplines of formal education and the nurturing environment of faith. Young minds are directed toward the Good, the True, and the Beautiful, and young hearts toward the Gospel and Holy Tradition to educate and form our students as complete persons.


Subscribe for updates

www.stconstantinelv.org 
Click here for brochure.

Local & Parishioner

St Nicholas Shrine

Metropolis Newsletter

Zoom Lenten Studies

1. Click here for Zoom Link 
2. Password on Flyer.

Want to share your thanks, good news or need? Email fralexandros@stnicholas.org.  No solicitations please.
 

Orthodox Resources

More support is available at
www.goarch.org/departments/family

Your Stewardship

2021 materials now available!
www.stnicholas.org/stewardship

Take a self-evaluation here!

IS OUR CHURCH IN YOUR WILL?

A beautiful way to honor God is to remember St Nicholas Cathedral in your Will.  It is the ultimate expression of gratitude for all the blessings God and His Church have bestowed on you and your family.

In doing this, you also enable our parish to continue growth and development of programs that teach and inspire our children and future leaders, help those in need, and preserve the Orthodox Christian faith, by carrying on its sacred ministry of love, hope and faith.

If you are so inspired, please contact Fr. Alexandros (fralexandros@stnicholas.org) to discuss including the church in your Estate Planning or leaving a specific legacy gift. 

For what you give in this lifetime is yours for eternity!
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