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The
Christmas City
Weekend Update

St. Nicholas, Bethlehem, PA

Week of Dec 15, 2019

One Liturgy

7:45am - Orthros
9:10am - Divine Liturgy
10:30am - Christmas Pageant

 

Christmas is 12 days away!

This week's fasting tip: 
Make sure you've submitted your Stewardship f0r 2019.
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Weekly Highlights

St. Constantine School Lehigh Valley 
Education Survey:

Please take our 3-Min Education Survey Here!

Thank you to those who did!

Frequently Asked Questions:


1. Who is starting St Constantine School LV?

Although it is the brain child of the Lehigh Valley Clergy Brotherhood, the St Constantine LV Board is comprised of four clergy and at least one lay representative from each of the 9 parishes in the Lehigh Valley.

2. Will this be good for St Nicholas Academy?

Yes! The Academy will benefit from the association of being a feeder school, yet remain independent, as is, and under St. Nicholas Cathedral.

3. Will this new school be at St Nicholas Cathedral?

No. It will be a stand-alone school in the Lehigh Valley, central to the interested student population, for convenience and ability to get free bussing from public school districts.

 

First St Nicholas DADs Night:

Greek School Ourtreach & Events:

Our Greek School has a lot going on this Christmas season, join them!

Parish Events in the New Year:

Calendar

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During the Christmas Fast
Liturgies will be served daily:


 8am Orthros
8:45am Liturgy
CHANT SCHEDULE:  
Dec 15: 1 Liturgy
Youth Choir

Dec 22: 2 Liturgies
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

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

With Costa Zalalas

"The Lord's Prayer"
Wednesdays at 7pm

Media of the Week

The Academy 2s & 3s held their Christmas Program...
the 4s, Pre-K and K is tonight!
Gingerbread House Making!
The Senior Citizen's held their annual Christmas event with the help of Ms. Connie's Broadway Bound Dancers and the Liberty A Capella group!
JOY had their monthly meeting
HOPE had their monthly meeting
We hosted a St. Constantine Board Meeting

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 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

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.
 
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.  Next class is Tuesday Dec 17, 6pm


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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