Announcements for July 19-25, 2009

Today: 8:30 am Matins; 9:30 am Liturgy & Coffee Hour; Friday Fellowship Planning Meeting; 2:00 pm IOCC Metropolitan Committee Meeting

Tuesday:  6:00 pm Vespers

Thursday:  6:00 pm Vespers

Saturday:  6:00 pm Vespers

Sunday: 8:30 am Matins; 9:30 am Liturgy & Special Benefit Brunch

Saturday, August 1: Memorial Panikhida @ Riverview Cemetery — Jefferson Point (40° 28’ N, 122° 40’ W) — carpool or caravan from church following Vespers

Wednesday, August 5: 6:00 pm Vespers & Blessing of Fruit

Thursday, August 6: 6:00 am Transfiguration Liturgy

Friday, August 14: 6:00 pm Vespers & Blessing of Herbage & Flowers

Saturday, August 15: 9:30 am Dormition Liturgy

Thank You to those who showed up last evening for the 2nd of our 5-Year Plan Forums.  We anticipate 2-3 more, with a Progress Report at our Semi-Annual Meeting on September 13.

You will find a packet of sticky notes and pencils on the tables in the Hall today.  Please use them to write down items on either or both of the charts on the wall: What we do well at St. Nicholas // What we do not do well at St. Nicholas  (You may jot down as many ideas as you want, but please only one per sticky note.  This information will be incorporated into the discussion at our next 5-Year Plan Forum.)

Please note the new Flower Sigh-up Chart in the narthex (above the Candle Desk). Just sign up for a Saturday or a Feast Day, as indicated.  Thanks.

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Saint Macrina was the sister of Ss. Basil the Great and Gregory of Nyssa, and was born in Cappadocia at the beginning of the fourth century. Besides Macrina, there were nine other children. (There were no less than 7 saints in this extraordinary family: Grandma, Father, Mother and 4 siblings.)

When Macrina grew up, her parents betrothed her to a young man who soon died so she decided to remain single. By the time her father died and the children had grown up and left home, Macrina and her mother founded a women’s monastery across the river from the monastery her brother Basil had established for men. Several of their servants followed their example. They all lived together as one family, prayed together, worked together, possessed everything in common, and nothing distinguished one from another.

After the death of her mother, Macrina guided the sisters of the monastery. She enjoyed the deep respect of all who knew her. She was granted the gift of healing and wonder-working. Macrina died just after sunset on July 19, 380 and was buried in the family cemetery.

This link gives the (rather long) eulogy that St. Gregory gave at his sister’s funeral.  Of special interest is the section that describes her last days in this life.

And this link for a humorous anecdote concerning the relationship between two brothers: Basil and Gregory: