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HOLY HOUSE – Wednesday, October 25

It’s that time of year again! Holy House is coming! Every year, our teens put together skits to teach stories from the Bible, and the parish — old and young — comes together for some fun! It’s a night of costumes, candy, and good clean fun. Join us!

If you have teens who would like to be involved, email Amity Garwood at amity_garwood at hotmail.com  No acting experience is required!  We have the costumes — they’ll just show up and join their friends as they re-enact tales from the Gospel.

If you have younger children, dress them in their costumes (nothing too terrifying or creepy, please) and get ready!

We’ll begin with a short prayer service in the church, followed by a potluck dinner (bring a lenten dish!) and then we’ll enjoy the skits and the running around!  There will be CANDY.

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Bringing Your Brokenness

Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church is offering a new restoration and recovery ministry for those who have, or consider themselves to have, a life-debilitating issue. These issues may be interfering with your life and may result in, or be the result of, a habitual sin which needs healing in order for you to live your life in Christ. They can range from anxiety or panic disorders, eating disorders, checking internet or social media to the point of shutting out your family, or to drug or alcohol addiction.

Open to individuals and couples, the first meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 26, at 6:30pm. Our goal is to provide a loving Orthodox Christian atmosphere for support, accountability, study, and discussion, with the ultimate goal of restoring our souls and bodies to the image and likeness of God.

 

 

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Thank you to everyone who contributed!

Thank you for your tremendous outpouring of prayers, and support for those affected by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. IOCC’s Frontliner team have visited Orthodox parishes for Sunday Divine Liturgies and other services, offering emotional and spiritual support to local clergy and affected parishioners. Orthodox clergy represented the Orthodox community and IOCC at the interfaith service held at the Convention Center on Sunday 9/3.

IOCC’s first muck out took place on Saturday 9/4 with 13 volunteers and continued on 9/5 with an additional 15 volunteers. Rotating teams have completed 15 assessments and nine muck outs to date. More houses are slated for assessments in the coming weeks.

IOCC arranged, through partners Church World Service (CWS) and Good360, for two truckloads of hygiene kits, clean-up buckets, food, and baby products to the Houston area. The CWS truck arrived on 9/4 at St. Basil the Great Greek Orthodox Church containing 200 clean-up buckets and 6,000 hygiene kits. Distribution began immediately, and all the clean-up buckets were distributed within 24 hours, highlighting the great demand for these supplies.

IOCC staff is checking in with every Orthodox parish in the region to assess clean-up and other needs. Parishioners who have specific clean-up needs are asked to speak to their parish priest, who will coordinate with IOCC.

iocc.org/Harvey ** iocc.org/kits ** 877.803.4622

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TRANSFIGURATION PARISH-WIDE CURRICULUM: CREATION

 

On September 10 we embarked on our parish-wide curriculum project! Our entire parish, from the preschoolers through the yiayias and papous are learning together every Sunday. We are going to work our way through the Bible, from Genesis to Revelations. We’re handing out bookmarks with the schedule of readings so that you can read together with your family and friends, and show up to church prepared for the week’s lesson.
After liturgy, Fr. Vasileios will give a short talk on the reading, so that everyone in the parish can study the Scriptures together. Meanwhile, in the Sunday School classes, the teachers will be covering the same Bible reading and lesson, adjusted to fit the developmental level of the particular class. We hope that at coffee hour, in the car ride home, and at the dinner table all week, you and your families will be talking about the lesson you’ve learned and how you can see it at work in your daily life.
Get ready. We’re asking  you to read the week’s lesson every week, along with your family and friends, and to think about it before you come to church. We’ll send you home with a written discussion of the week’s lesson, and the reading assignment for next week. By the end of the school year, we’ll be halfway through our Old Testament unit; after four years together, we’ll have covered the most important readings throughout the whole Bible. We look forward to learning and growing with you!

We have Orthodox Study Bibles in the bookstore for you to purchase. You can also download the app onto your phone or computer.

SUNDAY SCHOOL HAS STARTED, SO IF YOU HAVE NOT REGISTERED YOUR CHILDREN YET, PLEASE REGISTER THEM HERE.

READINGS:

OCTOBER 22:  Tower of Babel

OCTOBER 15: Covenant with Noah

OCTOBER 8:  The Flood

OCTOBER 1:  The Fall

SEPTEMBER 24: Creation

SEPTEMBER 10: The Bible

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Early Bird Registration Open for Family Ministry Conference in PA

The Center for Family Care is hosting a conference titled “The Orthodox Family in a Changing World” in an effort to explore critical issues in the family life-cycle and practical methods to address them in the parish and the home. The conference will be held September 20-23, 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA.

The conference welcomes clergy, pastoral-care workers, ministry leaders, and laypersons interested in the development of family ministry in their parishes. A generous grant from Leadership 100 will aid in funding the event.

A reduced ‘early bird’ registration rate is offered through July 30th.

To register visit: www.regonline.com/fm-conference-2017

Keynote Speakers

  • His Eminence Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh
  • Elissa Bjeletich, Orthodox blogger and author
  • Steven Christoforou, GOA Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry

Intensive and Workshop Topics

  • Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Supporting Families with Children who have special needs
  • Pornography
  • Homosexuality in the Family
  • The Internet of Humanity: Navigating the Hyper-connected World to be in Authentic Relationship
  • Holding Space for Families in Crisis
  • Poverty in the Family

https://www.goarch.org/family-ministry-conference