1 Sunday Bulletin August 23, th Sunday of Matthew Apodosis of the Dormition & Ireneaus, Bishop of Lyons Transfiguration of our Lord Greek Orthodox Church 414 St. Stephens School Road Austin, Texas (512) website - Sunday Service Schedule Orthros 8:15am; Divine Liturgy 9:30am Reverend Fr. Vasileios Flegas, Proistamenos
2 Hymns Hymn for the Dormition Ἐν τῇ Γεννήσει τὴν παρθενίαν ἐφύλαξας, ἐν τῇ Κοιμήσει τὸν κόσμον οὐ κατέλιπες Θεοτόκε. Μετέστης πρὸς τὴν ζωήν, μήτηρ ὑπάρχουσα τῆς ζωῆς, καὶ ταῖς πρεσβείαις ταῖς σαῖς λυτρουμένη, ἐκ θανάτου τὰς ψυχὰς ἡμῶν. In giving birth, thou didst preserve thy virginity; in thy dormition, thou didst not forsake the world, O Theotokos. Thou wast translated un - to life, since thou art the Mother of Life; and by thine intercessions dost thou redeem our souls from death. Hymn for the Resurrection Εὐφραινέσθω τὰ οὐράνια, ἀγαλλιάσθω τὰ ἐπίγεια, ὅτι ἐποίησε κράτος, ἐν βραχίονι αὐτοῦ, ὁ Κύριος, ἐπάτησε τῷ θανάτῳ τὸν θάνατον, πρωτότοκος τῶν νεκρῶν ἐγένετο, ἐκ κοιλίας ᾅδου ἐρρύσατο ἡμᾶς, καὶ παρέσχε τῷ κόσμῳ τὸ μέγα ἔλεος. Let all things above in heav n rejoice, and let all things below on earth be glad With all the might and strength of His arm an eternal deed the Lord did perform Beneath His feet He has trampled down death by death, and first born of the dead has He become From the womb of Hades has He delivered us, and to all the world has granted His great redeeming 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 idynando 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. By the intercessions of the Theotokos, O Thou Bestower of light, glory to Thee Kontakion Τὴν ἐν πρεσβείαις ἀκοίμητον Θεοτόκον, καὶ προστασίαις ἀμετάθετον ἐλπίδα, τάφος καὶ νέκρωσις οὐκ ἐκράτησεν ὡς γὰρ ζωῆς Μητέρα, πρὸς τὴν ζωὴν μετέστησεν, ὁ μήτραν οἰκήσας ἀειπάρθενον The grave and death could not hold the Theotokos, who is unsleeping in her intercessions and an unfailing hope in her mediations. For as the Mother of Life she was translated to life by Him Who dwelt in her ever virgin womb. Hymn to the Theotokos Αἱ γενεαὶ πᾶσαι, μακαρίζομέν σε, τὴν μόνην Θεοτόκον. Νενίκηνται τῆς φύσεως οἱ ὅροι, ἐν σοὶ Παρθένε ἄχραντε, παρθενεύει γὰρ τόκος, καὶ ζωὴν προμνηστεύεται θάνατος. Ἡ μετὰ τόκον Παρθένος, καὶ μετὰ θάνατον ζῶσα, σῴζοις ἀεί, Θεοτόκε, τὴν κληρονομίαν σου. Now all generations call you blessed, O only Theotokos. In you the laws of nature are defeated, O undefiled Virgin pure. In virginity childbirth was accomplished, and death introduces life. You, after bearing, are virgin, and after dying are living. Mother of God, ever save your inheritance Communion Hymn Ποτήριον σωτηρίου λήψομαι καὶ τὸ ὄνομα Κυρίου ἐπικαλέσομαι. Ἀλληλούϊα. Potirion sotiriou lipsome kai to onoma Kiriou epikalesome. Allilouia I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord.
3 Epistle - St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 15:1-11 B RETHREN, I would remind you in what terms I preached to you the gospel, which you received, in which you stand, by which you are saved, if you hold it fast - unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God which is with me. Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed. Gospel - Matthew 19:16-26 A t that time, a young man came up to Jesus, kneeling and saying, "Good Teacher, what good deed must I do, to have eternal life?" And he said to him, "Why do you call me good? One there is who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments." He said to him, "Which?" And Jesus said, "You shall not kill, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother, and You shall love your neighbor as yourself." The young man said to him, "All these I have observed; what do I still lack?" Jesus said to him, "If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions. And Jesus said to his disciples, "Truly, I say to you, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." When the disciples heard this they were greatly astonished, saying, "Who then can be saved?" But Jesus looked at them and said to them, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." Ἀ δελφοί, γνωρίζω δὲ ὑμῖν, ἀδελφοί, τὸ εὐαγγέλιον ὃ εὐηγγελισάμην ὑμῖν, ὃ καὶ παρελάβετε, ἐν ᾧ καὶ ἑστήκατε, διʼ οὗ καὶ σῴζεσθε τίνι λόγῳ εὐηγγελισάμην ὑμῖν, εἰ κατέχετε, ἐκτὸς εἰ μὴ εἰκῇ ἐπιστεύσατε. Παρέδωκα γὰρ ὑμῖν ἐν πρώτοις, ὃ καὶ παρέλαβον, ὅτι Χριστὸς ἀπέθανεν ὑπὲρ τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν ἡμῶν κατὰ τὰς γραφάς. καὶ ὅτι ἐτάφη καὶ ὅτι ἐγήγερται τῇ τρίτῃ ἡμέρᾳ κατὰ τὰς γραφάς καὶ ὅτι ὤφθη Κηφᾷ, εἶτα τοῖς δώδεκα ἔπειτα ὤφθη ἐπάνω πεντακοσίοις ἀδελφοῖς ἐφάπαξ, ἐξ ὧν οἱ πλείους μένουσιν ἕως ἄρτι, τινὲς δὲ καὶ ἐκοιμήθησαν ἔπειτα ὤφθη Ἰακώβῳ, εἶτα τοῖς ἀποστόλοις πᾶσιν ἔσχατον δὲ πάντων, ὡσπερεὶ τῷ ἐκτρώματι, ὤφθη κἀμοί. Ἐγὼ γάρ εἰμι ὁ ἐλάχιστος τῶν ἀποστόλων, ὃς οὐκ εἰμὶ ἱκανὸς καλεῖσθαι ἀπόστολος, διότι ἐδίωξα τὴν ἐκκλησίαν τοῦ θεοῦ. Χάριτι δὲ θεοῦ εἰμι ὅ εἰμι, καὶ ἡ χάρις αὐτοῦ ἡ εἰς ἐμὲ οὐ κενὴ ἐγενήθη, ἀλλὰ περισσότερον αὐτῶν πάντων ἐκοπίασα, οὐκ ἐγὼ δέ, ἀλλʼ ἡ χάρις τοῦ θεοῦ ἡ σὺν ἐμοί. Εἴτε οὖν ἐγώ, εἴτε ἐκεῖνοι, οὕτως κηρύσσομεν καὶ οὕτως ἐπιστεύσατε. Τ ῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, νεανίσκος τις προσῆλθε τῷ Ἰησοῦ, γονυπετῶν αὐτόν, καὶ λέγων Διδάσκαλε ἀγαθέ, τί ἀγαθὸν ποιήσω ἵνα ἔχω ζωὴν αἰώνιον; O δὲ εἶπεν αὐτῷ τί με λέγεις ἀγαθόν; οὐδεὶς ἀγαθὸς εἰ μὴ εἷς ὁ Θεός. εἰ δὲ θέλεις εἰσελθεῖν εἰς τὴν ζωήν, τήρησον τὰς ἐντολάς. λέγει αὐτῷ ποίας; ὁ δὲ Ιησοῦς εἶπε τὸ οὐ φονεύσεις, οὐ μοιχεύσεις, οὐ κλέψεις, οὐ ψευδομαρτυρήσεις, τίμα τὸν πατέρα καὶ τὴν μητέρα, καὶ ἀγαπήσεις τὸν πλησίον σου ὡς σεαυτόν. λέγει αὐτῷ ὁ νεανίσκος πάντα ταῦτα ἐφυλαξάμην ἐκ νεότητός μου τί ἔτι ὑστερῶ; ἔφη αὐτῷ ὁ Ιησοῦς εἰ θέλεις τέλειος εἶναι, ὕπαγε πώλησόν σου τὰ ὑπάρχοντα καὶ δὸς πτωχοῖς, καὶ ἕξεις θησαυρὸν ἐν οὐρανῷ, καὶ δεῦρο ἀκολούθει μοι. ἀκούσας δὲ ὁ νεανίσκος τὸν λόγον ἀπῆλθε λυπούμενος ἦν γὰρ ἔχων κτήματα πολλά. Ο δὲ Ιησοῦς εἶπε τοῖς μαθηταῖς αὐτοῦ ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι δυσκόλως πλούσιος εἰσελεύσεται εἰς τὴν βασιλείαν τῶν οὐρανῶν. πάλιν δὲ λέγω ὑμῖν, εὐκοπώτερόν ἐστι κάμηλον διὰ τρυπήματος ῥαφίδος διελθεῖν ἢ πλούσιον εἰς τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ Θεοῦ εἰσελθεῖν. ἀκούσαντες δὲ οἱ μαθηταὶ αὐτοῦ ἐξεπλήσσοντο σφόδρα λέγοντες τίς ἄρα δύναται σωθῆναι; ἐμβλέψας δὲ ὁ Ιησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτοῖς παρὰ ἀνθρώποις τοῦτο ἀδύνατόν ἐστι, παρὰ δὲ Θεῷ πάντα δυνατά ἐστι.
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! 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. 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, Lt. Lance Shannon 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, Katerina, Vasili, Harry, Angie, Francis, Petya, Thomas, Romeo, John, John, Brenda, Georgie, Dale, Dale, Anna, Brenda, Carol, Jan, Nick, Damon, 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, Gregg, Aphrodite, Carol, Lisa, Johanna, Candace, Kyle, Nicholas, Alex, Boriska, Judith, Dominique, Stephen, Irenaeus, Alexander, Mike, Lori, Annie, Anesti, Efstathia, Hannah, Papoulas, Anna, Cecelia, James, Celie, Sheila, Kathi, Paul, Marie, Robert (Raphael), Bill, Zlatko, Jelica, Christians of Quaragosh, Brenda Baker, Fred Cantu, Brandon, Raphael, Fr. George, Judi, Marilyn, Bill, Dwiana, Antonela Jared, Malcolm Anthony Francis Ferrao, Jane Catherine Ferrao, Shawn Anthony Ferrao, Nicole Antonette Ferrao, Lanz Nathaniel Lahom Magno, Elyseo, Elenita, Dennis Luke, Austin, Lynn Marie, Betty, Tasia, Stephen, Shandra
5 Eternal Light Society and Holy Resurrection Burial Society Thinking about death is not easy or comfortable, but it's something, especially as Orthodox Christians, that we must do. Now, having just celebrated the Feast of the Dormition, is an appropriate time for us to embark on a new ministry helping our fellow Orthodox Christians prepare for death their own and that of loved ones. Did you know that the traditional practice of the Church is that we care for our own departed, preparing their bodies for burial ourselves with love and prayer? Did you know that the Church considers cremation to be the deliberate desecration and destruction of what God has made and ordained for us? Did you know that chemical embalming the way we practice it today is a relatively new practice that is only popular in this country? But the more important question is, "What is the most loving, God-honoring way we can care for our departed loved ones?" We are each members of the Body of Christ. When we care for each other, even in death, we care for Christ Himself. How should we do that? The good news is that much information is available online! You can listen to podcasts at Ancient Faith Radio by following this link <http://www.ancientfaith.com/podcasts/christianending>, and you can read about and purchase A Christian Ending by Deacon Mark and Elizabeth Barna book at The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese provides necessary information regarding one s wishes end-of-life plans, including Orthodox Living Will on their website <http://www.goarch.org/archdiocese/departments/stewardship/ planned_giving> Please take some time to listen to or read these valuable resources. There are already several members of our community who are committed to making this happen, learning and planning in order to help fellow parishioners make end-of-life decisions and provide a real option when our loved ones pass from this life. I believe this is an important thing for us to do as a community. If you would like to be involved, please attend our organizational meeting on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 3PM to 5PM in Mount Tabor Hall 40 days blessing for Wolfgang Elias Minor son of Anastasia Dimou and James Minor AND FOR Mihael Enrique Moya son of Iulia and Enrique Moya
6 ST. NICHOLAS VACATION CHURCH CAMP 2015 THANK YOU!!! Thank you for another successful, educational, and fun vacation Church camp Julie wynn and teressa Shannon for organizing it again this year Lainie Horwedel for making learning music so much fun to all our wonderful, patient and most fun teachers: Jackey Randol, Summer Orthomann, Ana Dudley, Christina Randol, Amity Garwood, and Nina Morris To the best Kitchen and snack coordinators: Olga Falkowski and Mary Ann Maziasz To the best games coordinators and organizers: Carol Willmann, Jade Gouris and Aimee Gouris to all the goyans that helped anywhere needed: Ruby wynn, andja bjeletich, vasi bjeletich, Helena bjeletich, John garwood, Sophia Dudley, costaki skevofilax, nini skevofilax, anna Demopoulos, Sophia boyer, tim Shannon, themis petty, George petty, Mary Katherine randol. And thank you to geronda dositheos and all the monks for welcoming us to the monastery
7 Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church Establishment of Quorum Call to Order Opening Prayer Election of Assembly Chairperson Appointment of Assembly Secretary Approval of Meeting Agenda 414 St. Stephen s School Road Austin, Texas General Assembly Meeting August 23, 2015 DRAFT AGENDA Approval of Minutes from Prior General Assembly Meeting(s) Reports Proistamenos Report President s Report Treasurer s Report Stewardship Report Consecration Fundraising Report Future Development Committee Report (Processional and Portables) Maintenance Report Audit Report Other Committee or Ministry Reports New Business Nominations Committee Slate for 2016 Parish Council, Auditors and Elections Any Other New Business Old Business Family Retreat September 18, 19 & 20 Any Other Old Business Adjournment Closing Prayer Fr. Vasileios Assembly Chair Assembly Chair Assembly Secretary Fr. Vasileios Christa Sewell Chris Falkowski/Stephen Dow Michael Glaros Stuart Yoder Audit Committee Ministry Leaders Pat Gatlin Assembly Chair Fr. Vasileios PHILOPTOCHOS The Philoptochos ladies will hold their board meeting on Saturday, September 26, in Mr. Tabor Hall at 11am. After that they will meet at the house of Ellen Apostolakis for their Annual Membership Tea, at 1pm. Starting on Wednesday, September 30 and for every Wednesday till November 4, the Philoptochos ladies will be meeting at Mr. Tabor Hall from 10am to 2pm to bake for the Bazaar.
8 WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS Sunday, August 23, 2015 Services for this Week : Friday, August 28 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist - Orthros 5pm, Divine Liturgy 6pm Saturday, August 29 - Great Vespers - 5pm Luncheon Menu: Hamburgers Hot Dogs/ Sausages Our Condolences to David and Lainie Horwedel on the loss of his beloved grandmother Abel who fell asleep in the Lord on Friday, August 14 Memory Eternal Greek Potatoes Salad Desserts Memorial Service The memorial service today is for: Georgia Georgiades (6 months) -survived by her husband Leontios; daughter Chrissie (Nick) Spiropoulos; and her grandchildren Athanasios and Georgia Spiropoulos. She is also survived by her other 4 children, their spouses & 12 grandchildren Memory Eternal Thank you to last week s Coffee Hour Sponsors Pavlos, Qatato, Randol, Read, Rigney, Roberts Thank you to this weeks Luncheon Sponsors: Anonymous Next week s Coffee Hour Sponsors: Robertson, Ross, Rossnagel, Salmatanis, Sarelas, Sarinaki Thank you to last week s ushers: Stephen Dow (PCM) Chrissie Spiropoulos, David Horwedel Harry Stamatis Thank you to today's ushers: Chris Falkowski (PCM) Kevin Korioth, Tricia Korioth, Stella Rossnagel Next week s ushers are: (PCM) Harry Stamatis, MaryBeth Gradziel, Brian Holland