1 Sunday Bulletin February 22, 2015 Forgiveness Sunday (Cheesefare) Relics of Martyrs in Eugenios & Thalassius and Baradatus Transfiguration of our Lord Greek Orthodox Church 414 St. Stephen s School Road Austin, Texas (512) website - Sunday Service Schedule Orthros 8:30am; Divine Liturgy 10:00am Reverend Fr. Vasileios Flegas, Proistamenos
2 Hymns for today Resurrection Hymn Τὸ φαιδρὸν τῆς Ἀναστάσεως κήρυγμα, ἐκ τοῦ Ἀγγέλου μαθοῦσαι αἱ τοῦ Κυρίου Μαθήτριαι, καὶ τὴν προγονικὴν ἀπόφασιν ἀπορρίψασαι, τοῖς Ἀποστόλοις καυχώμεναι ἔλεγον Ἐσκύλευται ὁ θάνατος, ἠγέρθη Χριστὸς ὁ Θεός, δωρούμενος τῷ κόσμῳ τὸ μέγα ἔλεος. To fedron tis Anastaseos kirigma, ek tu angelu mathuse e tu Kiriu mathitrie, ke tin progonikin apofasin aporripsase, tis Apostolis kafhomena elegon Eskilefte o thantos, igerthi Christos o Theos, thorumenos to kosmo to mega eleos. When the tidings of the resurrection from the glorious angel was proclaimed unto the women disciples and our ancestral sentence also had been abolished to the Apostles with boasting did they proclaim that death is vanquished ever more and Christ our God has risen from the dead and granted to the world His great mercy. Hymn for the Transfiguration of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Μετεμορθώθης εν τώ όρει Χριστέ ο Θεός, δείξας τοίς Μαθηταίς σου τήν δόξαν σου, καθώς ήδυναντο, Λάμψον καί ημίν τοίς αμαρτωλοίς, τό φώς σου τό αϊδιον, πρεσβείαις τής Θεοτόκου, φωτοδότα δόξα σοι. Metemorfothis en to ori, Christe o Theos, dixas tis mathites Sou tin doxan Sou, kathos i dynando Lampson ke imin tis amartolis to fos Sou to aidion, presvies tis Theotokou Fotodota doxa Si. When O Christ our God Thou wast Transfigured on the mountain Thou didst reveal Thy glory to Thy disciples in proportion as they could bear it. Let Thine everlasting light also enlighten us sinners. Through the intercessions of the Theotokos, O Thou Bestower of light, glory to Thee. Kontakion Τῆς σοφίας ὁδηγέ, φρονήσεως χορηγέ, τῶν ἀφρόνων παιδευτά, καὶ πτωχῶν ὑπερασπιστά, στήριξον, συνέτισον τὴν καρδίαν μου Δέσποτα. Σὺ δίδου μοι λόγον, ὁ τοῦ Πατρός Λόγος, ἰδοὺ γὰρ τὰ χείλη μου, οὐ μὴ κωλύσω ἐν τῷ κράζειν σοι Ἐλεῆμον, ἐλέησόν με τὸν παραπεσόντα. O Thou Guide unto wisdom, Bestower of prudence, Instructor of the foolish, and Defender of the poor: establish and grant understanding unto my heart, O Master. Grant me speech, O Word of the Father; for behold, I shall not keep my lips from crying unto Thee: Have mercy, O Merciful One, on me who have fallen.
3 Epistle - St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 13:11-14; 14:1-4 Brethren, salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed; the night is far gone, the day is at hand. Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us conduct ourselves becomingly as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. As for the man who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not for disputes over opinions. One believes he may eat anything, while the weak man eats only vegetables. Let not him who eats despise him who abstains, and let not him who abstains pass judgment on him who eats; for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for God is able to make him stand. Gospel Matthew 6:14-21 The Lord said, "If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. "And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." Ἀδελφοί, νῦν ἐγγύτερον ἡμῶν ἡ σωτηρία ἢ ὅτε ἐπιστεύσαμεν. Ἡ νὺξ προέκοψεν, ἡ δὲ ἡμέρα ἤγγικεν ἀποθώμεθα οὖν τὰ ἔργα τοῦ σκότους, καί ἐνδυσώμεθα τὰ ὅπλα τοῦ φωτός. Ὡς ἐν ἡμέρᾳ, εὐσχημόνως περιπατήσωμεν, μὴ κώμοις καὶ μέθαις, μὴ κοίταις καὶ ἀσελγείαις, μὴ ἔριδι καὶ ζήλῳ. Ἀλλʼ ἐνδύσασθε τὸν κύριον Ἰησοῦν Χριστόν, καὶ τῆς σαρκὸς πρόνοιαν μὴ ποιεῖσθε, εἰς ἐπιθυμίας. Τὸν δὲ ἀσθενοῦντα τῇ πίστει προσλαμβάνεσθε, μὴ εἰς διακρίσεις διαλογισμῶν. Ὃς μὲν πιστεύει φαγεῖν πάντα, ὁ δὲ ἀσθενῶν λάχανα ἐσθίει. Ὁ ἐσθίων τὸν μὴ ἐσθίοντα μὴ ἐξουθενείτω, καὶ ὁ μὴ ἐσθίων τὸν ἐσθίοντα μὴ κρινέτω ὁ θεὸς γὰρ αὐτὸν προσελάβετο. Σὺ τίς εἶ ὁ κρίνων ἀλλότριον οἰκέτην; Τῷ ἰδίῳ κυρίῳ στήκει ἢ πίπτει. Σταθήσεται δέ δυνατὸς γάρ ἐστιν ὁ θεὸς στῆσαι αὐτόν. Εἶπεν ὁ Κύριος Εὰν γὰρ ἀφῆτε τοῖς ἀνθρώποις τὰ παραπτώματα αὐτῶν, ἀφήσει καὶ ὑμῖν ὁ πατὴρ ὑμῶν ὁ οὐράνιος ἐὰν δὲ μὴ ἀφῆτε τοῖς ἀνθρώποις τὰ παραπτώματα αὐτῶν, οὐδὲ ὁ πατὴρ ὑμῶν ἀφήσει τὰ παραπτώματα ὑμῶν. Οταν δὲ νηστεύητε, μὴ γίνεσθε ὥσπερ οἱ ὑποκριταὶ σκυθρωποί ἀφανίζουσι γὰρ τὰ πρόσωπα αὐτῶν ὅπως φανῶσι τοῖς ἀνθρώποις νηστεύοντες ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι ἀπέχουσι τὸν μισθὸν αὐτῶν.σὺ δὲ νηστεύων ἄλειψαί σου τὴν κεφαλὴν καὶ τὸ πρόσωπόν σου νίψαι,ὅπως μὴ φανῇς τοῖς ἀνθρώποις νηστεύων, ἀλλὰ τῷ πατρί σου τῷ ἐν τῷ κρυπτῷ, καὶ ὁ πατήρ σου ὁ βλέπων ἐν τῷ κρυπτῷ ἀποδώσει σοι ἐν τῷ φανερῷ. Μὴ θησαυρίζετε ὑμῖν θησαυροὺς ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς, ὅπου σὴς καὶ βρῶσις ἀφανίζει, καὶ ὅπου κλέπται διορύσσουσι καὶ κλέπτουσι θησαυρίζετε δὲ ὑμῖν θησαυροὺς ἐν οὐρανῷ, ὅπου οὔτε σὴς οὔτε βρῶσις ἀφανίζει, καὶ ὅπου κλέπται οὐ διορύσσουσιν οὐδὲ κλέπτουσιν ὅπου γάρ ἐστιν ὁ θησαυρὸς ὑμῶν, ἐκεῖ ἔσται καὶ ἡ καρδία ὑμῶν.
4 Welcome Visitors! We welcome all new visitors who worshipped with us this morning. We are pleased to have you with us! Please join us next door after service for coffee and fellowship. There is material in the entrance of the church regarding ministries and events of Transfiguration. We hope that you will return often to worship with us and grow in Christ! The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective (James 5:16) Prayers for Health JoGeo, Konstantinos, Shelly, Ruthie, Barbara, Samantha, Maria, Efstathia, Tony, Rouba, Sarah, Emily, Kynlee, Wesley, Afrodite, Nick, Nicholas Wyatt, Cameren, Helen, Chrissy, Nancy, MaryAnn, Marian, Tina, Salin, George-Panagiotis, Raphael, Marta, Guadalupe, Caroline, John, Lili, Archie, Kelsey, Eva, Virginia, Makena, Dolly, Afrodite, Alexandros, Lou, Thomas, Greg, Bill, Kathryn, John, Kathy, Nakis, Maggie, Rosemary, Mindy, Pat, Louella, Steve, Marie, Clifford, Tina, Cynthia, Chad, Douglas, Mat. Sissy Yerger, Fr. Paul, Kyle, Katerina, Vasili, Harry, Angie, Francis, Petya, Thomas, Romeo, John, John, Brenda, Georgie, Dale, John, Dale, Anna, Brenda, Carol, Jan, Nick, Damon, Afrodite, Nick, Alex,, John Fr. Jason and family, Presv. Tiffany, Maria, David, Boyd, Chris, Jennifer, Jay, Dede, Michael, Jason, Ling, Josh, Chrissy, Bradley, Jim, Patricia, Argyre-Lisa, Rick, Milton, Fred, Gregg, Aphrodite, Fr. Tom Hopko, Carol, Lisa, Johanna, Candace, Kyle, Nicholas, Alex, Boriska, Judith, Dominique, Stephen, Irenaeus, Alexander, Mike he is always wrestling in prayer for you (Colossians 4:12) Prayers for those in our Armed Forces SGT Jennifer D. Atkinson, SSG John Atkinson, COL Dave Romine, CPT James Alfaro, SSG Deane Anderson, CPT William Willett, MAJ Timothy Ullman, MAJ Chris Chase, SPC Mindy Keys, SPC Andrew Bentzel, MAJ Scot Thornhill, CPT Christopher Gilbert, CPT. Alexander Stathos, 1st LT Angela Bahlatzis, MIDN 1/C Joseph Barone, SGT Walter Hurbert ( Nikolaos ) Willoughby IV, LCDR Thomas Uhl, 2nd Lieutenant Lance Shannon Receiving Holy Communion The sacrament of Holy Communion is reserved for only baptized and/or Chrismated Orthodox Christians who have properly prepared by fasting, prayer and confession. The Orthodox Church is not in sacramental communion with any other church outside the Orthodox Christian Faith. If you are not Orthodox, you are invited with everyone to receive the Antidoron (blessed bread) at the end of service. If you would like information about the Orthodox Church, please see Fr. Vasileios after services.
5 Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church 414 St. Stephen s School Road, Austin, Texas General Assembly Meeting February 22, 2015 AGENDA Establishment of Quorum Call to Order Opening Prayer Fr. Vasileios Election of Assembly Chairperson Appointment of Assembly Secretary Assembly Chair Approval of Meeting Agenda Assembly Chair Approval of Minutes from Prior General Assembly Meeting Proistamenos Report President s Report Treasurer s Report Stewardship Report Maintenance Report Future Development Committee Report Assembly Secretary Fr. Vasileios Christa Sewell Chris Falkowski/Stephen Dow Stuart Yoder Michael Glaros New Business Ministry Reports Nomination and Election of Delegates for Metropolis Clergy Laity 2014 Budget Surplus Designation Any Other New Business Old Business Revisions to the Rental Facilities Fee Schedule Sanctuary Sound and Audio Internet Broadcast Dr. Lou Apostolakis Any Other Old Business Adjournment Closing Prayer Assembly Chair Fr. Vasileios
6 WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS: Sunday, February 22, 2015 February 2015 Macdonald Family Missionary Newsletter Dear Friends, We have completed the first semester of the school year at the Resurrection of Christ Orthodox Theological Seminary in Shen Vlash, and we are looking forward to the start of the second semester next week. Jeffrey is teaching classes in Church History and Patristics, the study of the writings of the Church Fathers. Caryn is teaching two classes of English. We have been teaching both third and fourth year classes and have thus had a chance to get work with a new group of students this year as well Archbishop Anastasios visiting the students of the Resurrection of as continuing with the students we had last year. Christ Orthodox Theological Seminary in Shen Vlash, Albania. We are very grateful through your support to be able to work with the students here and to help supply the seminary s need for professors with advanced degrees as it continues its efforts towards accreditation. Summer Visit and 2nd Term Renewal This summer we will be visiting the U.S. to meet with OCMC and raise support in preparation for our second twoyear term of teaching at the seminary in the fall. We are looking for opportunities to speak to parishes and interested groups in order to raise support for our continued work here at the seminary. If you know of parishes or groups that would be interested in having us visit to speak about our work and the Church in Albania, please contact us as soon as possible as we are now trying to arrange our travel schedule for the summer. At present, we are planning to be traveling between New York, Atlanta, Cincinnati, and Texas between late June and early September. To continue our work here we need pledges of monthly support to fund the upcoming two years. Pledges can be designated toward our work through the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) either on the website or by calling OCMC. Please remember us, the Seminary, and the Church here in your prayers. Yours in Christ, Jeffrey and Caryn Macdonald We had the chance to celebrate Christmas together this year with our older children who came from Texas to join us in Albania for the feast.
7 WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS: Sunday, February 22, Southern Region GOYA Great Lent Retreat At Sky Ranch March The 2015 Southern Region GOYA Lenten Retreat will be held March 13-15, 2015, at the Sky Ranch retreat center in Van, Texas. GOYAns, ages 11-18, are invited to retreat away from every day challenges for a weekend of growth and fellowship. The registration fee is $125. Registration closes at midnight in the Mountain Time Zone on March 3, Here is the link for the online registration: events/2015-southern-region-lenten-retreat 2015 Transfiguration Bible Bowl Gospel of Luke It is time for our annual Bible Bowl once again so mark your calendars for March 29 and start brushing on Luke. Register your team today! All teams include 3 players, plus alternates if you like. TEEN Teams: players aged or ADULT Teams: players 20+. Registration forms are available now in Mt. Tabor Hall. Please return the form by March 15. For more information, contact Dr. Jacob Angelo at Holy Ascension Monastery Jerusalem After our visit to this monastery in the Holy Land back in November 2013, and the subsequent visit of its Abbot, Elder Achillios, to our parish in February 2014, we would like to show our continuing support to the monastic community during this increasingly critical time. Abbot Achillios continues to pray for us all at Transfiguration, especially for our spiritual shepherd, Father Vasileios, and has relayed his appreciation for the loving welcome he received from us. If you would like to help with a donation, you may write a check to TGOC, noting in the memo Holy Ascension Monastery Jerusalem. You may drop your check in the basket located in the narthex, in the church tray, or in the church office. If you prefer to make a donation directly to the monastery, the address is: Holy Monastery of the Ascension Father Achillios Gourgouliatos P. O. 876 Jerusalem ISRAEL High School Girl discussions with Mary If you are a young lady in grades 9 through 12, please join us for a special outing on Sunday, March 1 after church. We'll meet in the church hall directly after Sunday School and then go out for coffee, tea, and snacks while parents participate in coffee hour at the church. The purpose will be to enjoy each other's company as we discuss issues of faith and life as a teenager. Parents and teens, feel free to contact Mary Long with questions about this opportunity. Please make the check payable to: Achillios Gourgouliatos. For more information on the monastery and to view pictures, please visit their website
8 WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS Sunday, February 22, 2015 Services for this Week Monday, February 23 - Great Canon I with Great Compline - 5:30pm Tuesday, February 24 - Great Canon II - 5:30pm Wednesday, February 25 - Great Canon III - 4:30pm 9th Hour Prayers - 5:30pm Thursday, February 26 - Great Canon IV - 5:30pm Friday, February 27 - Presanctified - 10am Salutations of the Theotokos - 7pm Saturday, February 28-3rd Saturday of the Souls - Orthros 9am Liturgy 10am Great Vespers - 5pm Presanctified - 6pm BOOK CLUB FOR GREAT LENT The Art of Salvation by Elder Ephraim Monday evenings at 4:30pm right before the Great Compline. Father Vasileios will lead the group study the spiritual words shaped by the personal experiences of Elder Ephraim. Thirty three homilies that are indeed alive, informative, inspiring, and which outline, with profound simplicity, the means that securely lead to salvation. Orthodoxy 102 The Seven Ecumenical Councils: Their Eternal Truth Speaking to Us Today Dn. George and Father Vasileios will hold the Orthodoxy 102 class on Wednesday evenings at 7pm following the Presanctified Liturgy. There will be a Lenten Pot Luck dinner sponsored by the Philoptochos and the lesson will start right after that. This is a great class for everyone including catechumens as it helps us understand the history, decisions and effects of the seven Ecumenical Councils. Our Condolences to: JoAnn and Jo Draina on the loss of her father Sotirios on Friday, February 20. Memory Eternal Memorial Service The memorial service today is for: Anthemios Melakis (1 year) - survived by his wife Maria Melakis, his children Yanna and Emmanuel and his grandchildren Alexandra, Nicholas, Mikela, Michael, Anthemios, and George. Sotirios Koultukis (3 days) - survived by his daughter JoAnn and her husband Jo Draina Thank you to last week s Coffee Hour Sponsors: Benson, Betondo, Bjeletich, Bourgeois, Bryant, Wynn Thank you to this week s Coffee Hour Sponsors Burks, Burns, Christou, Chronis Melakis, Petty Next week s Coffee Hour Sponsors: Bell, Clay, Clay, Cotham, Courtney, Crenshaw Thank you to last week s ushers: (PCM) Dan Appling, Gigi Appling, Nyda Glaros Thank you to today's ushers: Tom Rigney (PCM) Paul Petrogeorge, Allen Wynn, Maria Justice Next week s ushers are: Christa Sewell (PCM) Chrissie Spiropoulos, David Horwedel, Gregory Chronis