1 THE SOURCE February 2013 Issue # 2-13 HOLY TRINIT RINITY GREE REEK ORTHODO RTHODOX CATHEDRA THEDRAL CAMP HILL ILL,, PA Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, While I was on a retreat at St. Gregory Palamas Monastery in Northeast Ohio back in December I found a 1980 book on the shelf at the guesthouse by Bishop Gerasimos (of Abydou) of blessed memory, titled Orthodoxy: Faith and Life, Christ in the Gospels. One of my previous articles was based on notes from a conversation I had with him. Perhaps someday this holy bishop and former monk of Mt. Athos will be formally recognized as a saint of the church. Meanwhile, I want to share some of his writing pertaining to Epiphany/Theophany or the Baptism of Christ as well as his remarks on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord at the Temple (Feb. 2) which is the big feast this month. What follows is from Bishop Gerasimos: John assured the people: I am not the Christ I came baptizing with water and Christ, the lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! (Jn ). He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit. (Mk 1.7-8) John was truly the forerunner of the Messiah, and the great spiritual movement which he engendered with his preaching of repentance marked the hour for Christ to appear in Israel and to begin His work of salvation (cf. Mk ) The Baptism Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John to be baptized by him. (Mt. 3.13) Enlightened by the Holy Spirit, John recognized in the person of Jesus the anticipated Messiah and hesitated to baptize Him How can the servant put his hand on the Master? as the Church hymn expresses it. But Jesus insisted that this is proper for those whose mission it is to fulfill all of the commandments of God. And as we have seen, even the baptism by John was the commandment and the will of God. John finally consented and baptized Jesus. Jesus was baptized out of love toward the people, as a representative of all mankind. Together with him all mankind was mystically baptized and saved. However, the perfect act of salvation was to take place on the Cross. The Theophany And when Jesus was baptized, he went up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting on him; and lo, a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased. (Mt ) (continued next page)
2 THE SOURCE FEBRUARY 2013 Page 2 As soon as Jesus came up out of the water, a theophany occurred; the presence of God was manifested in a visible form. Something like an opening occurred in the sky and the Holy Spirit in a visible manner, like a dove, descended and rested on Jesus. At the same time the voice of the Father above was heard witnessing that He who was baptized was the Beloved Son of God. In Christ God was pleased to save the world, to transfigure it and to restore in man the image of God which had been lost since the time of the fall. The revelation of God here became more clear and direct. The Son was baptized below. The Spirit descended from above and the heavenly Father bore witness to the Son. Jesus is the Beloved Son, the anticipated Messiah, and through the Holy Spirit He was dedicated to the work of Salvation. The symbolic opening of the heavens is a sign of the new communion between heaven and earth, between God and man. The appearance of the Holy Spirit as a dove is the symbol of the peace between God and man, which begins with the person and work of Christ. Peace on earth, good will to men. The Circumcision and the Presentation of the Child in the Temple, Luke 2:21-39 Christ was born in a Jewish environment, and Luke with particular attention follows his life according to the spirit of the Mosaic Law. Thus, Christ received circumcision on the eighth day (Gen. 17) and was given the name Jesus as the archangel Gabriel predicted. On the fortieth day, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord. This was the ancient practice of the Jews to dedicate the first-born children to God as an expression of gratitude to him for sparing their children from death in Egypt (Ex ; Lev. 12). Many people were probably in the Temple on that day when Jesus was presented. But the Spirit of God again separated two witnesses of the event---simeon and Anna. Both were righteous an devout, awaiting for the consolation of Israel. They were awaiting the coming of the Messiah---the Savior. The Holy Spirit had revealed to Simeon that he would live to see the Messiah. And when he saw the child Jesus, he recognized him as the expected Messiah. Simeon took Jesus in his arms and glorified God saying: Lord now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word; for mine eyes have seen thy salvation which thou has prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to thy people Israel. (Lk 2:29-32) Simeon, however, predicted that Christ, the light to the Gentiles and the glory of Israel, was destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel. Many were to rise and many were to fall according to the position they would take toward the person of Christ. Even His Mother would experience much pain, which she did especially at the crucifixion of her Son. The Ny Apolyis of Simeon is repeated by our Church at the end of every Vesper Service, and by the priest to himself at the end of every liturgy to reassure us that in going to church and in worship we have seen with the eyes of our soul, the Savior Lord; we have talked with him an now we leave filled with peace and spiritual joy. We can consider our church attendance a failure if we do not experience this emotion. Bishop Gerasimos left us only a few books, but I find them very valuable. I may share more of this one or others as time goes on. Wishing you a blessed new year, Fr. Mark
3 THE SOURCE FEBRUARY 2013 Page 3 (A Parish under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh) The Source is a monthly publication issued 11 times annually (June/July is a combined issue) SUNDAY MORNING LITURGIES ORTHROS 8:45 a.m. DIVINE LITURGY 10:00 a.m. WEEKDAY MORNING SERVICES WHEN SCHEDULED ORTHROS 8:30 a.m. DIVINE LITURGY 9:30 a.m. Church Office Main Office: :30 a.m. 4:30 p.m. Monday Friday Dana Fleisher-Silen, Church Secretary Fax: (717) Priests Fr. Kosta Petrogeorge, Cathedral Dean Cell: Fr. Mark Lichtenstein, Assistant Priest Cell: A priest is generally present at the church for unscheduled appointments Monday-Friday from 9:00am-12:00pm. For scheduled appointments you may contact the priests at the Church office or by calling them directly on their cell phones. The priests offer frequent studies and community-gatherings. This includes a weekly Pan- Orthodox bible study that meets in Harrisburg, each Wednesday morning 12:00 Noon - 1:00 p.m. Current place of meeting is: 33 N 2 nd St, Harrisburg, PA (Harbilas & Association, Accounting Office). Please see monthly Source for additional community opportunities.
4 THE SOURCE FEBRUARY 2013 Page 4 OTHER STAFF Mary Wallenmeyer Financial Assistant to the Treasurer (717) Tom Paparoidamis Protopsalti (Cantor) (717) Tim Leland Maintenance (717) Meade Buff Buffington, Jr. Custodian (717) PARISH MINISTRIES & OTHER ORGANIZATIONS Parish Council John Harbilas, President Home (717) Cell (717) Philoptochos Ricky Zervanos (717) Sunday School Thana Ward (717) Despina Aftosmes (717) Sunday School PTO Michael Ward (717) YAL George Peslis (717) GOYA President Niko Papoutsis (717) Vice President Demetra Mallios JOY Thana Ward (717) Greek School PTO Mantha Hershey (717) Olympic Flame Dancers Anne Parke, Co-Director (717) Olympic Flame Dancers Mantha Demopoulos, Co-Director (717) Greek School Dimitra Curley, Director (717) Choir Director Kathy Doulgeris (717) Choir Assistant Robert Moeller (717) Sts. Joachim & Anna Christ Zervanos (717) Ahepa Al Alex (717) Blood Bank Christ Megoulas (717) Dean Kokos (717) Neohoriton Society William Kotsalos (717) Hellenic Heritage Assoc. Alexander Vgontzas (717) Evrytanian Assoc. Velouchi, Jim Lloyd (717) Chapter 18- Agios Taxiarhis Basketball Director Gus Kokos (717)
5 THE SOURCE FEBRUARY 2013 Page 5 1. Opening Prayer GENERAL PARISH ASSEMBLY AGENDA MARCH 24, Election of Parish Assembly Chairman and appointment of Secretary. 3. Reading and approval of prior Parish General Assembly meeting minutes. 4. Presentation of Parish Council recommendation for major renovation and replacement of Cathedral complex heating and cooling equipment (HVAC), vendor selection, and for General Assembly approval of related project budget. 5. Presentation of Parish Council recommendation for employing an outside accounting firm for the auditing of the Cathedral s accounting and financial practices, and approval of related budget. 6. For the Good of the Order. 7. Adjournment and Closing Prayer. Please make plans on attending this very important Parish Assembly meeting where matters of important monetary value will be decided. The health of our Parish depends on the active involvement and participation from all of you. ΓΕΝΙΚΗ ΣΥΝΕΛΕΥΣΗ ΕΝΟΡΙΑΣ 24 ΜΑΡΤΙΟΥ Εναρκτήριος προσευχή συνεδρίασης. 2. Εκλογή Προέδρου Γενικής Συνέλευσης Ενορίας και διορισμός Γραμματέα. 3. Ανάγνωση κι έγκριση πρακτικών παρελθούσας Γενικής Συνέλευσης Ενορίας. 4. Παρουσίαση πρότασης Διοικητικού Συμβουλίου (ΔΣ) σχετική με τον εκσυγχρονισμό κι αντικατάσταση εξοπλισμού θέρμανσης και ψύξης στο οικοδομικό συγκρότημα του Καθεδρικού μας Ναού, επιλογή σχετικής εταιρείας, και έγκριση σχετικού προϋπολογισμού από την Γενική Συνέλευση. 5. Παρουσίαση πρότασης ΔΣ σχετική με την πρόσληψη εταιρείας ορκωτών λογιστών για τον έλεγχο των λογιστικών και πιστωτικών διαδικασιών του Καθεδρικού μας Ναού, και έγκριση σχετικού προϋπολογισμού. 6. Διάφορα προς συζήτηση ζητήματα. 7. Λήξη της συνεδρίασης Γενικής Συνέλευσης και καταληκτική προσευχή. Παρακαλούµε όπως παρευρεθείτε και ενεργώς συµµετάσχετε στην ανακοινωθείσα Γενική Συνέλευση της Ενορίας όπου θα ληφθούν αποφάσεις για ζητήµατα σχετικά µεγάλης χρηµατικής αξίας. Η συνεχής ευηµερία της Ενορίας µας εξαρτάται από την ενεργό συµµετοχή και προσφορά από όλους και όλες σας.
6 THE SOURCE FEBRUARY 2013 Page 6 Dear Parishioners, PARISH COUNCIL The Parish Council welcomes Konstantinos Giannaris as our new member replacing George Panagos. We thank George for his past services. Our elected officers for your council are John Harbilas, President, William Kotsalos, 1 st Vice President, George Spanos, 2 nd Vice President, Labros Pilalis, Secretary, Robert Moeller, Treasurer, John Doulgeris, Finance Secretary. This year will see significant work being done to our physical plant resulting in improvements that will please our Parish and make our church more inviting. More importantly for this year is our commitment to round up the flock. The national trend of declining church attendance and commitment is our fate as well. Inviting past, lost, discontented and new members to our church is of utmost importance for our parish. This responsibility is that of our Priests, Parish Council and each and every one of our caring members of Holy Trinity cathedral. Quoting one of our long time Parish Council members, Fill up the church every Sunday and problems will take care of themselves. Support your Church. Stewardship is not only about financial commitment but a commitment to our faith. On behalf of the Parish Council, I wish you Health, Happiness, and Heavenly Blessings. Thank you, Nick C. Mallios FEBRUARY COFFEE HOUR To be announced FEBRUARY EARLY USHERS 3 Georgia Lucas & George Keriazes 10 Paul Kokos & Kostas Pappas 17 George Panagos & Nick C. Mallios 24 Bill Kotsalos & Kiki Lloyd FEBRUARY EPISTLE READERS 3 Fifteenth Sunday of Matthew Epistle: St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 4:6-15, p. 88 Reader: Chrisoula Jennings 10 Sixteenth Sunday of Matthew Epistle: St. Paul's Second Letter to Timothy 2:1-10, not in liturgy book, see pew bible p Reader: Dorothy Braun 17 Seventeenth Sunday of Matthew Epistle: St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 6:16-18; 7:1, p. 92 Reader: Lona Mavros 24 Sixteenth Sunday of Luke (Publican and Pharisee) Tridion Begins Epistle: St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 4:6-15, p.88 Reader: James Lloyd MARCH EPISTLE READERS 3 th 17 th Sunday of Luke, Prodigal Son 6 th Eothinon 1Corinthians 6:12-20, p. 130, σελις Reader: Peter A. Aftosmes 10 th Sunday of the Last Judgement 7 th Eothinon
7 THE SOURCE FEBRUARY 2013 Page 7 1 Corinthians 8:8-13; 9:1-2, p. 132, σελις 336 Reader: Ed Ward 17 th 1 Forgiveness Sunday/Cheesefare 8 th Eothinon Romans 13:11-14; 14:1-4, p. 134, σελις 320 Reader: Dean Kokos 24 th Sunday of Orthodoxy 9 th Eothinon Hebrews 11:24-26, 32-40, p. 136, σελις Reader: Ann Ariano 31 st Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas 10 th Eothinon Hebrews 1:10-14; 2:1-3, p. 138, σελις 425 Reader: Robert Moeller MEMORIALS/TRISAGIA ALTAR FLOWERS COFFEE HOUR Sam Touloumes February 10 1-yr Memorial, Altar Flowers, and Coffee Hour Kathryn Touloumes February 10 7-yr Trisagion BAPTIZED INTO THE ORTHODOX FAITH On Saturday, January 26, 2013, the son of Naman and Lisa Hanna was baptized and given the name Jason by his godparent Albert Hanna. All who have been baptized into Christ, have put on Christ Gal. 5:27 WEDDINGS On Sunday, January 13, 2013, the wedding of Athanasios Zarkadas and Rachel Payo took place in our Cathedral. Athanasios Mazias was the Koumbaro. MEMORY ETERNAL We extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Michael Sotak who passed away on January 1, YOUTH MINISTRIES HOPE & JOY This month we are having a Valentine s Party on Friday, February 8, Please contact Thana Ward if you wish to attend. (717) or SUNDAY SCHOOL Heifer Project update: The children voted for an animal on January 27. Results will be posted in an upcoming Sunday Bulletin and upcoming flyer. Be on the lookout! Upcoming Teacher Training Seminar hosted by Holy Trinity Cathedral on Saturday, April 20. More information to come. Please save the date! UPCOMING YOCAMA MISSION TRIPS The dates for the YOCAMA 2013 Missions Trips to the Navajo and Blackfoot Indian Reservations are as follows: New Mexico Friday, July 12 to Saturday, July 20 Montana Friday, July 19 to Saturday, July 27 Registration forms are available please contact Thana Ward, or PARISH MINISTRIES PHILOPTOCHOS Please add these dates and events to your calendar:
8 THE SOURCE FEBRUARY 2013 Page 8 Sunday, February 3 - Godparents- Godchildren Luncheon Saturday, March 9 - Metropolis Daffodil Luncheon please see invitation in this month s Source! Stewardship for the Philoptochos Society is now being collected every Sunday, Membership is open to all Orthodox women eighteen years and older. STS. JOACHIM AND ANNA STS. JOACHIM & ANNA SOCIETY About 35 members of the Saints Joachim and Anna Society attended the annual Eastern Region gathering of senior citizens that took place on Thursday, December 13, at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in York. A Paraklesis Service was held at 11:00 am, followed by a luncheon and the singing of Christmas carols. Other senior citizens groups in attendance were from the Lancaster and Reading parishes. The next regular meeting of the Society will be held on Tuesday, February 5, 2013, in the Philoptochos Room. Membership in the Saints Joachim and Anna Society is open to all parishioners age 55 and over. For more information about membership, contact Mary Touloumes at or Christ Zervanos at ST. ELIZABETH S WOMAN S STUDY GROUP The St. Elizabeth s Woman s Study Group will resume our meetings on January 23 rd. Our book will be The Young Man, The Gurus and Elder Paisios. This powerful memoir tells the story of a Greek youth who, out of a desire to know the truth empirically, began to experiment in yoga, hypnotism, and various occult techniques. Eventually drawn back to the Faith of his forefathers Orthodox Christianity he visited the ancient monastic republic of Mount Athos in his native Greece, where he was brought to a knowledge of the Truth of Jesus Christ by the saintly Elder Paisios ( ). Nevertheless, believing he had only found part of the truth on the Holy Mountain, he chose to give the same opportunity to Hindu yogis that he had given to Elder Paisios and other Orthodox monks. Thus, at the age of twenty-five, he embarked on a trip to India, where he undertook his search in the ashrams of three famous gurus, one of whom was worshipped as a god. His experiences in India, along with his subsequent encounters with Elder Paisios on Mount Athos, are recounted in the present book in vivid detail. This book is available through our Holy Trinity Bookstore or at Our group meets the 2 nd and 4 th Wednesdays of each month in the Church Library from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Light refreshments are served. All ladies of our community are welcome. For more information please contact Ann Ariano at or CHURCH LENDING LIBRARY The church library contains information about Orthodoxy and Greece for you and your children. If you would like to borrow a book, sign the blue notebook, fill in name, date and name of book and when you return it, be sure to list the date you are returning it by your original sign in. Also, some of the books haven't been returned to our library; please check your books and return Holy Trinity's books for the use of your fellow parishioners. Thank you. BOOKSTORE The Bookstore continues to be open Sunday morning after Divine Liturgy as well as shopping links to Orthodox Marketplace and St. Isaac Skete on the Holy Trinity website. Below is a summary of another interesting book available to you. The Rest of the Bible: A Guide to the Old Testament of the Early Church presents a guide to portions of Scripture that, in the words of St. Athanasius, were appointed by the Fathers to be read by those who newly join us, and who wish for instruction in the word of godliness. He called these sections the Readables (Anagignoskomena) but in the West they are known as the Apocrypha or Deuterocanonicals and are either omitted completely or placed in a separate section of their Bibles. These sections are an integral part the Old Testament in the Orthodox Study Bible because this is a translation of the Septuagint, the Greek Old Testament. The Readables are essential to us as
9 THE SOURCE FEBRUARY 2013 Page 9 Christians. The author, Theron Mathis, participated as a translator of the Old Testament for the Orthodox Study Bible. He shows how the lessons and prayers contained in the Readables are referred to, and quoted in, the New Testament (particularly in St. Paul s letters), as well as by Church Fathers from the earliest centuries on. He illustrates how the stories are woven through our hymnography (e.g., the Hymn of the Three Holy Youths sung on Holy Saturday). It is only with the Reformation that these get lost from Western Christian consciousness. This book is excellent to have in hand when reading the Readables as it will certainly enrich and contextualize these portions of God s word.--- Jessica R. Suchy-Pilalis Call Jane Aftosmes for questions or special requests PARISH NEWS WALKWAY OF THE FAITHFUL If you want to include your family and loved ones in our unique WALKWAY of the FAITHFUL, you may purchase a brick in memory or in honor of a loved one. Simply obtain and complete a form in the office. Please contact Dimitri Zozos with any questions. (717) CHRISTMAS ANGELS PROGRAM A heart-felt thanks goes out to all of our Church members who sponsored 100 angels with gifts, gift cards and monetary donations for the 2012 Angel Project. You played a very important role in making this year s Angel project a huge success! The many items you donated were greatly appreciated by the receiving families. It was unbelievable to see that not only the angels received items, but also many of the parents as well. When parents picked up the gifts for their children and saw that there were a few items for them, it left many speechless. Through your generosity over 395 individual children received help. Thank you for making a difference during the Christmas holiday. May God Bless all the family members of our Church and those we helped during the New Year. EVRYTANIAN ASSOCIATION (VELOUCHI) CHAPTER 18 - AGIOS TAXIARHIS The chapter's Holiday Dinner will be held on Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 5:30 PM at Gilligan's on Eisenhour Blvd in Harrisburg. All current and prospective members should attend this event. Additional information will be provided shortly. You can RSVP by calling Jim Lloyd at or Maria Peslis at Also, mark your calendars for the 3rd Annual Valentine's Day Dance scheduled for Sunday, February 10, CATECHISM CLASS Fr. Mark will be offering a catechism or inquirer's class on Thursday nights from 7-8:15 p.m. starting February 7th and running through Thursday, April 25th. This class is intended to be an excellent refresher course on our faith, so experienced/long time Orthodox Christians are certainly welcome, too. KEEP IN TOUCH Our parishioner Taylor Gabby Cornett is now serving in the Army Reserves in Texas. Please feel free to drop her a line. Please note, however, that she cannot receive food or gifts. AB Cornett Taylor R. 321 TRS/FLT 194 (Dorm B10) 1320 Truemper St. Unit Lackland, AFB, TX
10 THE SOURCE FEBRUARY 2013 Page 10 LITURGICAL SERVICES & ADULT REFLECTIONS IN FEBRUARY SUNDAY MORNINGS Orthros 8:45am; Divine Liturgy 10:00am Saturday 2 nd Great Feast of the Presentation of the Lord 8:30am Orthros, 9:30am Divine Liturgy Sunday 3 rd Divine Liturgy (15 th Sunday of Matthew) 8:45am Orthros, 10:00am Divine Liturgy Sunday 10 th Divine Liturgy (16 th Sunday of Matthew) 8:45am Orthros, 10:00am Divine Liturgy Wednesday 13 th Kosta 10:00-11:00 AM Abundant Life Bible Study with Fr. Saturday 16 th Chambersburg Divine Liturgy 9:00am Sunday 17 th Divine Liturgy (Sunday of Canaanite) 8:45am Orthros, 10:00am Divine Liturgy Wednesday 20 th Kosta 10:00-11:00 AM Abundant Life Bible Study with Fr. Sunday 24 th Divine Liturgy (Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee Triodion Begins Today) 8:45am Orthros, 10:00am Divine Liturgy Wednesday 27 th Kosta. 10:00-11:00 AM Abundant Life Bible Study with Fr.
11 THE SOURCE FEBRUARY 2013 Page 11 Holy Trinity Cathedral will be having a photographer come to take pictures for a new church directory AND for the Commemorative Album. Photographer will be available days, evenings, and weekends. More info to follow!
12 THE SOURCE FEBRUARY 2013 Page 12 Date: 2/10/2013 $30.00 per person $15.00 for ages 12 and under Free for ages 3 and under Valentine's Dance The Velouchi are hosting the Annual Valentine's Dance on February 10th with Appetizers starting at 5:30PM, Dinner at 7:00PM and Dancing to follow at 8:00PM at our Church Hall. Proceeds will benefit the Scholarship Fund Contact Info: Jim Lloyd Maria Peslis Tom Paparoidamis Paul Kokos Location: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Camp Hill, PA Check us out on Facebook
13 THE SOURCE FEBRUARY 2013 Page 13 Oratorical Festival News To: All Holy Trinity community members From: Parish Oratorical Festival Committee Rejoice! How would like to support our youth as they learn to inspire, challenge and lead us in an uplifting way? This year, the oratorical committee is asking you to support this worthwhile cause. The purpose of the Festival is to provide teenagers an opportunity to learn, write and speak about their Orthodox Faith, Church, and Heritage. This strengthens their understanding and appreciation of their identity a Greek Orthodox Christians, and cultivates spiritual growth and understanding. You can support this worthwhile cause by: 1. Encouraging a teenager to part of this joyous event. If you know a teenager, (grades 7-9 Junior Division and grades Senior Division) then encourage them to participate. All they need to do is create an inspiring speech for all of us to hear. 2. Volunteering to be an adult mentor to one of the participants. Your job would be to oversee the progress of the participant is making to complete his inspirational speech and to make suggestions for improvement. Ask a participant to look over her/his speech 3. Being a supporter at the oratorical festival on Sunday February 24th. Save the date we are looking for every parish member to be a part of this joyous event. What a great way to show our support for the youth of the church. 4. Bringing a covered dish to the festival luncheon. Bring a covered dish to the festival. Since the festival is after church, the festival will include a luncheon. If you bring a covered dish then the dish can be your donation. Remember the covered dish must not contain meat because it is fasting day. 5. Donating a gift certificate to be rewarded to one of the participants. This gift certificate can be to local restaurant, local video store, or just an i-tunes gift card. Your contribution will be mentioned in the program and it can also be used as a donation to the oratorical festival. Peace, 6. This year our parish will be hosting our district festival. We are in need of donations for the district festival as well. Food and gift cards will be gladly accepted. Please see one of the chairpersons if you can assist. The date is Saturday March 16. Ann Ariano and Peter Pavlis Parish Oratorical Festival chairpersons
14 THE SOURCE FEBRUARY 2013 Page 14 Oratorical Festival News To: Parents of 9-12 year olds From: Parish oratorical chairpersons Rejoice! On February 24th, the oratorical festival committee will sponsor an elementary division. It will give 9-12 year olds an opportunity to express their feelings about their faith and Church, as well as to gain confidence and selfesteem. In addition, it is the committee s hope that this elementary division will provide an incentive to children for later participation in the Junior and Senior Divisions. If you are parent of 9 to 12 year old and would like your child to have this great opportunity, then you let us know by February 10th. Your child will be included in the program and receive a gift for participating in the festival. This division will not be judged. If you want you child to speak, then you and your child can pick a topic to speak on. Such topics might be about prayer, Jesus, Icons, his/her saint and church feast day. You will need to work together with your child to develop their speech. Your child may have the opportunity to practice his/her speech in front of his/her peers on February 24 th.. There might be an opportunity for your child to participate in a class activity to be preformed at the festival. If you have any creative ideas you may wish to share, then please share those ideas with your child s teacher. There are many opportunities like re-enacting a parable or a Bible story. If you wish to have your child participating in this uplifting experience, please fill out the following form and give it to a parish oratorical festival chairperson by February 17 th This deadline ensures that your child will be included in the program and receive a prize. I will would my child,, to participate in the oratorical festival. I understand that it my responsibility to help my child prepare for this event. Signature of the parent
15 THE SOURCE FEBRUARY 2013 Page 15 Oratorical Festival News To: All Holy Trinity Cathedral Youth From: The Oratorical Festival Committee Rejoice! Would you like to participate in the most successful program of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese? Starting in February, our parish will once again be part of the National Oratorical Festival sponsored by the Archdiocese. Being a part of this program will help you to discover the fullness of the Orthodox Faith. This program will strengthen your understanding and appreciation of being a Greek Orthodox Christian. The first step of the festival is our parish festival. This year the parish festival will take place on Sunday February 24, The festival will take place after liturgy in the Philoptochos room. At that time, there will be a free Lenten Luncheon for all the participants and their families. Our parish winners will participate in the district festival on March 16 at our church. This year, the committee will be giving out prizes for all of the participants. Your biggest reward is to have the opportunity to inspire, challenge and lead others in an uplifting way, just like St. John Chrysostom did over 1500 years ago. There are two divisions, Junior (7 th -9 th grade) and the Senior division (10 th -12 th grade). Topics are on the back of this page. All you need to part of this joyous festival is to fill out this permission form and give it to one of the parish festival chairmen by February 10, Peace, Ann Ariano and Peter Pavlis Parish Festival Committee chairmen I am ready to make a commitment to inspire, challenge, and lead others in an uplifting way. Signature of the participant Grade of the participant I am ready to support my son/daughter in this learning opportunity. Signature of a parent
16 THE SOURCE FEBRUARY 2013 Page 16 Oratorical Festival News Topics for the Junior Division (7 th - 9 th grades): 1. Considering the Lord s words to His disciples, If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all (Mark 9:35), discuss the relationship between service and leadership. 2. Discuss the importance of participating in the life of the Church in light of Jesus s teaching in John 15:5: I am the vine, you are the branches. 3. In the Resurrection Service, the priest proclaims, Come receive the light. Discuss the place of light in the Orthodox Tradition. 4. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, fruitfulness, gentleness, selfcontrol (Galatians 5:22-23). Discuss how we can, with help of the Holy Spirit, produce this fruit in our lives. 5. In Psalm 103/104, God s care for the natural world is praised. Select elements from the psalm and discuss how they may help us grow in our Faith. Senior Division (Grades 10 12) 1. The Prophet Micah says, He has shown you, O man, what is good: and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8). Discuss how this passage has inspired many Christians to acts of service. 2. In 313 AD, St. Constantine the Great proclaimed the Edict of Milan, which allowed Christians to practice their faith freely. What did religious freedom mean then, and what does it mean for people of faith today in countries where violent religious persecution occurs? 3. Discuss the Lenten Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian in light of today s culture. The Prayer of St. Ephraim Lord and Master of my life, cast away from me the spirit of laziness, idle curiosity, love of power and vain talk. But grant me, Your servant, the spirit of moderation, humility, patience, and love. Yes. Lord and King, grant me to see my own faults and not judge my brothers and sisters. For you are blessed forever. Amen. 4. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven ( Matthew 5:16) Social websites, apps and so on are constantly present in our lives, making it easy for us to share bits and pieces of our lives with many people. How do you let your light so shine using these widely available social and other media? 5. Your hands have made me and fashioned me; give me understanding, that l may learn Your commandments. (Psalm 118/119, verse 73). Discuss how this passage can guide us in a time when we constantly seek to alter the way we look, act, and live.
17 THE SOURCE FEBRUARY 2013 Page 17 SATURDAY OF SOULS March 9, March 16, and March 23 THE SATURDAY OF SOULS The Orthodox Church has designated certain days of the year for special prayer services for the dead: The Saturday before Meat Fare Week and Cheese Fare Week and the Saturday before the first Sunday in Lent, March 9, 16, and 23. The Saturday prior to Pentecost, June 22, is also a Saturday of Souls. On these days, the Church remembers all the saints and our deceased loved ones. Our Church prays for all the dead to express their faith that all who have fallen asleep in the Lord live in the Lord. Whether on earth or in heaven, the Church is a single family, one body in Christ. Death changes the location, but it cannot sever the bond of love. On Memorial Saturdays, the liturgical hymns pray universally for all of the departed. "With the saints, give rest Oh Lord to the souls of your servants, where there is no pain or suffering, but life everlasting." May their memory be eternal! Prepare a tray of koliva and/or complete and cut out the section below and return it to the church office (List first names only) In Memory of Υπέρ αναπαύσεως των δούλων του Θεού)
18 THE SOURCE FEBRUARY 2013 Page 18 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly, Luke Abundant Life Bible Study Returns in February: Wednesday 13, 10:00 11:00 am Wednesday 20, 10:00 11:00 am Wednesday 27, 10:00 11:00 am With Fr. Kosta Petrogeorge, Dean of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral 1000 Yverdon Drive; Camp Hill, PA With Holy Scripture as our anchor, beginning with St. Paul s Epistle to the Philippians, we will often employ a variety of supplementary resources to discuss serious real-life themes such as anxiety, depression, suffering, death, grief, addictions, guilt, & denial. Thus, this forum is suitable only for adults who understand this. Each Wednesday morning participants can receive a verification regarding the gathering by calling Fr. Kosta s cell anytime after 7:00AM. This will especially be useful during days when weather conditions are questionable.
19 THE SOURCE FEBRUARY 2013 Page 19 Η ΠΗΓΗ ΦΕΒΡΟΥΑΡΙΟΣ η 10η 17η 24η ΕΠΙΤΡΟΠΟΙ ΦΕΒΡΟΥΑΡΙΟΥ Γιωργος Παναγος & Γιωργος Κυριαζης Αποστολος Κοκος & Κωστας Παππας Νταιανα Πεσλη & Γεωργια Λουκα Βασιλειος Κοτσαλος & Κικη Λλοιντ ΠΡΟΓΡΑΜΜΑΤΑ ΝΕΟΛΑΙΑΣ ΧΟΠ & ΤΖΟΙ Την Παρασκευη 8 Φεβρουαριου θα εχουµε το παρτυ του Βαλεντινου. Για περισσοτερες πληροφοριες επικοινωνειστε µε την Θενα Γουορντ ΑΝΑΓΝΩΣΤΕΣ ΕΠΙΣΤΟΛΩΝ ΦΕΒΡΟΥΑΡΙΟΥ 3 η 15 η Κυριακη του Ματθαιου Χρυσουλα Τζενινς 10 η 16 η Κυριακη του Ματθαιου Ντοροθυ Μπραν 17 η 17 η Κυριακη του Ματθαιου Λονα Μαυρου 24 η 16 η Κυριακη του Λουκα Τζειµς Λλοιντ ΑΝΑΓΝΩΣΤΕΣ ΕΠΙΣΤΟΛΩΝ ΜΑΡΤΙΟΥ 3 η Πητερ Α. Αφτοσµης 10 η Εντ Γουορντ 24 η Αννα Αριανο 31 η Ροµπερτ Μολλερ ΛΟΥΛΟΥ ΙΑ ΙΕΡΟΥ/ΚΑΦΕΣ ΜΝΗΜΟΣΥΝΑ/ ΤΡΙΣΑΓΙΑ 10 Φεβρουαριου Μνηµοσυνο ενος ετους, λουλουδια Ιερου και καφε εις µνηµην Χαραλαµπου Τουλουµη. 10 Φεβρουαριου Τριασαγιο 7 ετων εις µνηµην Καθρυνς Τουλουµη. ΒΑΠΤΙΣΗ Το Σαββατο 26 Ιανουαριου βαπτιστηκε ο υιος του Ναµαν και Λισας Χαννα και ονοµαστηκε Τζεησον απο τον νονο του Αλµπερτ Χαννα. ΓΑΜΟΙ Την Κυριακη 11 Νοεµβριου παντρευτηκαν στην εκκλησια µας ο Αθανασιος Ζαρκαδας και η Ρατσελ Παηο. Κουµπαρος ηταν ο Αθανασιος Μαζιας. ΚΑΤΗΧΗΤΙΚΟ ΣΧΟΛΕΙΟ Τα παιδια ψηφισαν στις 27 Ιανουαριου για την επιλογη ζωου για το Χεηφερ προτζεκτ.τα αποτελεσµατα θα ανακοινωνωθουν στο Μπουλλετιν της Κυριακης. Ανερχοµενα γεγονοτα: Το Σεµιναριο για τους δασκαλους εχει προγραµµατιστει για το Σαββατο 20 Απριλιου. ΓΙΟΚΑΜΑ ΙΕΡΑΠΟΣΤΟΛΙΚΟ ΤΑΞΙ Ι Οι ηµεροµηνιες για το ταξιδι ειναι: Νεο Μεξικο Παρασκευη 12 Ιουλιου µεχρι το Σαββατο 20 Ιουλιου. Μοντανα παρασκευη 19 Ιουλιου µεχρι το Σαββατο 27 Ιουλιου. Για περισσοτερες πληροφοριες επικοινωνειστε µε την Θενα Γουορντ ΚΟΙΝΟΤΙΚΗ ΖΩΗ ΦΙΛΟΠΤΩΧΟΣ Κυριακη 3 Φεβρουαριου Γευµα Αναδοχων και Αναδεχτων Σαββατο 9 Μαρτιου Γευµα των Νταφιντιλς της Μητροπολης Ολες οι γυναικες ηλικιας 18 ετων και πανω µπορουν να γινουν µελη. Μπορειτε να πληρωσετε την συνδροµη σας καθε Κυριακη. ΣΥΛΛΟΓΟΣ ΙΩΑΚΕΙΜ ΚΑΙ ΑΝΝΑ Η ετησια συγκεντρωση των ηλικιωµενων εγινε στην εκκλησια του Ευαγγελισµου της Θεοτοκου στο Γιορκ µε Παρακληση στις 11: 00 π.µ. την Πεµπτη 13 εκεµβριου. Ολοι οι ηλικιωµενοι απο τις γειτονικες κοινοτητες Βηθλεεµ, Ρεντιγκ, Λανκαστερ παραβρεθηκαν. Η εποµενη συγκεντρωση θα γινει την Τριτη 5 Φεβρουαριου.
20 THE SOURCE FEBRUARY 2013 Page 20 Ολοι οι ενοριτες ηλικιας 55 ετων και ανω µπορουν να γινουν µελη του συλλογου επικοινωνειστε µε την Μαιρη Τουλουµη η τον Χρηστο Ζερβανο ΣΥΛΛΟΓΟΣ ΝΕΩΝ ΓΥΝΑΙΚΩΝ ΑΓΙΑ ΕΛΙΣΑΒΕΤ Ο συλλογος θα αρχισει τις συναντησεις του την Τεταρτη 23 Ιανουαριου µε την µελετη του βιβλιου Ο Νεαρος Ανδρας,Ο Σεβασµιος Γερο - Παισιος.Το βιογραφικο ενος ελληνα νεου και την επιθυµια του να µαθει την αληθεια αρχιζοντας µε γιογκα, υπνοτισµο και αλλους τροπους. Και ξαναγυρισε στην Ορθοδοξη πιστη και επισκεφτηκε το Αγιον Ορος οπου γνωρισε τον Γεροντα Παισιο και τον εφερε στην αληθεια του Χριστου. Πιστευοντας οτι βρηκε µερος της αληθειας στο Αγιο Ορος διαλεξε να δωσει την ιδια ευκαιρια και στους γιογκις οπως εδωσε στον Γεροντα Παισιο και τους Ορθοδοξους Μοναχους.Σε ηλικια 25 ετων ταξιδεψε στην Ινδια οπου παρακολουθησε τις διδασκαλιες τριων γκουρου και ενας απο αυτους λατρευονταν σαν θεος. Οι εµπειριες του στην Ινδια και η συναντηση στο Αγιο Ορος περιγραφονται στο βιβλιο.μπορειτε να το βρειτε στο βιβλιοπωλειο της εκκλησιας µας. Οι συναντησεις του συλλογου γινονται την 2 η και 4 η Τεταρτη του µηνα απο τις 5:30 µ.µ. 7: 00µ.µ. Για περισσοτερες πληροφοριες επικοινωνειστε µε την Αννα Αριανο εχετε ερωτησεις ΧΡΙΣΤΟΥΓΕΝΝΙΑΤΙΚΟ ΠΡΟΓΡΑΜΜΑ ΑΓΓΕΛΩΝ Ευχαριστουµε ολους που συµµετειχαν στο Προγραµµα των Αγγελων και βοηθησαµε 395 παιδια. Οταν οι γονεις παραλαβαν τα πραγµατα και ειδαν οτι υπηρχαν δωρα και για αυτους εµεινα αφωνοι. Με τη γενναιοδωρια σας ειχαµε µεγαλη επιτυχια και φετος. Σας ευχαριστουµε που µε την προσφορα σας κανατε τα Χριστουγεννα καλυτερα για τις απορες οικογενειες. ΣΥΛΛΟΓΟΣ ΕΥΡΥΤΑΝΩΝ ΒΕΛΟΥΧΙ # 18 ΑΓΙΟΣ ΤΑΞΙΑΡΧΗΣ Ο 3 ος ετησιος χορος του Βαλεντινου εχει προγραµµατιστει για την Κυριακη 10 Φεβρουριου. ΚΑΤΗΧΗΣΗ Η Κατηχηση µε τον Πατερα Μαρκο θα αρχισει την Πεµπτη 7 Φεβρουαριου µεχρι τις 25 Απριλιου απο τις 7:00µ.µ. 8:15 µ.µ. ΒΙΒΒΛΙΟΘΗΚΗ ΤΗΣ ΕΚΚΛΗΣΙΑΣ Η βιβλιοθηκη της εκκλησιας µας περιεχει πολλα βιβλια σχετικα µε την Ορθοδοξια και την Ελλαδα.Εαν θελετε να δανειστειτε βιβλια απο την βιβλιοθηκη µπορειτε να υπογραψετε το ονοµα σας στο µπλε βιβλιο. ΒΙΒΛΙΟΠΩΛΕΙΟ Το βιβλιοπωλειο ειναι ανοιχτο καθε Κυριακη µετα την Θεια Λειτουργια. Για περρισοτερες πληροφοριες επικοινωνειστε µε την Τζεην Αφτοσµη (717) ΚΟΙΝΟΤΙΚΑ ΝΕΑ Ο ΙΑ ΡΟΜΟΣ ΤΩΝ ΠΙΣΤΩΝ Μπορειτε να αγορασετε τουβλα ειτε εις µνηµην η προς τιµην αγαπηµενου σας προσωπου ζητωντας αιτηση απο το γραφειο της εκκλησιας.μπορειτε να απευθυνθειτε στον ηµητρη Ζοζο αν
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22 THE SOURCE FEBRUARY 2013 Page 22 HOLY TRINITY GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH 1000 Yverdon Drive Camp Hill, PA NON PROFIT ORG. U.S. POSTAGE PAID Harrisburg, PA Permit No ADVERTISING IN THE SOURCE In an effort to contain printing costs for monthly newsletters, many churches have turned to paid advertisements in their publications. Parish Council has agreed to adopt this funding source for our monthly publication. Doing this would help lessen and possibly erase the expense of publishing the Source. We now have availability for two pages of paid ads in our monthly Source. The ad price will represent a year of advertising or 11 issues as we combine the June and July Source into one issue. Ads are sold by the block. There will be room for 24 ads or blocks per page. You may purchase more than one block for increased space and presentation. The cost of one ad block is $125 per year, and subsequent blocks would be an additional $100 per block. For example, a business card ad would equal two blocks and would cost $225. Camera ready ads are appreciated but not required. Please help us promote this program. If you own or work for a business that may be interested in advertising in our Source which is sent out to over 600 families, please contact Mary in the church office. If you know of a business that may be a potential advertiser, please pass on a contact and phone number. Examples of businesses that may be interested in advertising could be Greek bands, importers, baptismal supplies/clothing stores, and jewelers specializing in crosses. Other possibilities could be lawyers, accountants, real estate agents, etc. The only ads we cannot accept are ones pertaining to credit cards, travel, or insurance. Please contact the church office as soon as possible if interested in this program.