The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Galatians. (4:22-27)
Brethren, Abraham had two sons, one by a slave and one by a free woman. But the son of the slave was born according to the flesh, the son of the free woman through promise. Now this is an allegory: these women are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery; she is Hagar. Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia; she corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother. For it is written, “Rejoice, O barren one who does not bear; break forth and shout, you who are not in travail; for the children of the desolate one are many more than the children of her that is married.”
The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (5:1-11)
At that time, Jesus was standing by the lake of Gennesaret. And He saw two boats by the lake; but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, Jesus asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the people from the boat. And when Jesus had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at Thy word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a great shoal of fish; and as their nets were breaking, they beckoned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the catch of fish, which they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; henceforth you will be catching men.” And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him.
Results of Special Meeting
There were 71 voting members in attendance at the Special Meeting of the Parish held June 24, 2018. The results were 68 votes for and 3 votes against, and the motion passed to apply for a mortgage to purchase 3220 Washington Pike.
There are continued opportunities we all have to be involved in the life of the parish, both through financial and volunteer support—Food Festival, Golf Outing and Black & Gold Raffle which are important in our ability to cover the costs of the mortgage for both the new Church building and the property on Washington Pike. A Volunteer Opportunities Form is outside the parish office and was emailed.
Food Festival 2018 Cooking Dates
Here are the cooking dates. We need all hands on deck as we prepare the same or more quantities of food as last year
Thank you to those who helped prepare food thus far for the Food Festival!
October 19-21 - FOOD FESTIVAL WEEKEND!!
Church School Announcements
Church school meets at 9:30am on Sundays. The last Church School day will be May 20, 2018.
SOYO meets the second Sunday each month at 9:30am.
Reassignment of Father Damaskinos
Fr. Damaskinos’ contact information is:
Fr. Damaskinos Issa, Pastor
St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, Hunt Valley, MD
Church Office: 410-785-0909
Church Website: www.nativityofthetheotokos.org
May God grant them many blessed years as Servants of God of the parish of St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church in Hunt Valley, MD.
- Fr. Jason's Lebanon Trip - Attached is an article written by our own Father Jason DelVitto regarding his trip with Bishop THOMAS to Lebanon last year. Congratulations to Father Jason! http://www.antiochian.org//middle-east
- Home Blessings If you would like to have your home blessed please call the church and leave a message and Father will get back to you to schedule it.
- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!
- Building Fund Luncheon Hosts – St George would like to have a Building Fund Luncheon one Sunday each month this year. Are you interested in hosting one of these important fellowship fundraisers for our new Building? Families are welcome to work together to host these events. Months of August through Dec are still open for hosting. Contact Father Jason or sign up on the coffee hour sheet in the church hall
- Coffee hour hosts - Nothing fancy needed, just 2 dozen donuts. See the sign up sheet in the hall.
- "We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If it is serving, then serve. If it is teaching, then teach. If it is to encourage, then give encouragement. If it is contributing to the needs of others, then give generously." Romans 12:6-8
Ukrainian Food Festival—September 7 & 8 from 11am –7pm at SS Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Carnegie
Autumn Food Fair & Yiayia Joan’s Attic—October 3, 4, & 5 from 11:30am—8pm at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Mt. Lebanon
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