Announcements for the week of November 16-22, 2008

Advent is upon us. This is a season of preparation for Feast of the Nativity of Christ. Although it is not a penitential season, we do take on a discipline of fasting and abstinence. This, accompanied by a little extra prayer, almsgiving and church attendance help us sharpen our senses, so to speak, and become more focused on the cosmic significance (and the significance in our own lives) of the Incarnation of the Word of God.

Today: Matins, Liturgy, Classes, Brunch
Tuesday: 6:00 pm Vespers & Quietude
Thursday: 6:00 pm Vesperal Divine Liturgy for the Entrance of the Theotokos; 7:00 pm Choir
Friday: 10:15 Ladies’ Prayer & Study Group; 6:30 pm Friday Fellowship
Saturday: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm Parish-Wide Work Party; 5:00 pm Inquirers’ Class; 6:00 pm Vespers
Sunday: 8:30 am Matins; 9:30 am Liturgy, Classes, Brunch, Parish Council

Looking Ahead:
Wednesday, 11/26 — 7:00 pm Akathist of Thanksgiving
Thursday, 11/27 — 9:30 am Thanksgiving Day Divine Liturgy
Sunday, 11/30 — Blood Pressure Screening following Liturgy
Friday, 12/5 — 6:00 pm St. Nicholas Vespers & Refreshments
Saturday, 12/6 — 9:30 am Hierarchial Divine Liturgy & Banquet
Friday, 2/2 — Pan-Orthodox ethnic food and dancing hosted by our college students and young adults. More information soon. Mark the date.

Please note:
You are encouraged to donate new Coats and HUGS this Advent.  (Coats in honor of St. Martin of Tours’ gift of half his cloak to a beggar.  HUGS stands for Hats, Underwear, Gloves, Socks. St. Martin the Merciful is commemorated November 11.) Last year lots of people gave other clothes as well. The clothing will go to local organizations which assist with poor, needy and homeless. There will be a hamper in the narthex for collections. Thanks.

Reservations for the Salmon Banquet on St. Nicholas Day are being taken now. We need to get an exact count by Sunday, 11/30. Tickets will be $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Reservations are necessary. No walk-ins, please. Please sign up and indicate how many will be in your party. We will have tickets available in coming weeks.