Announcements for the week of November 9-15, 2008

This week, please fast and pray like you’ve never fasted and prayed before. Jesus’ raising of Jairus’ daughter and the healing of the woman who had the menstrual flow for 12 years (the Gospel for this Sunday’s Liturgy – Luke 8:41-56) demonstrates that God CAN break through the barriers of death and sickness even though the situation appears to be hopeless. Is the grace of God irresistible? We have to put aside our pride and let God act. And maybe that’s the biggest challenge (and miracle) of all.

Tuesday: 6:00 pm Vespers & Quietude
Thursday: 6:00 pm Vespers; 7:00 pm Choir
Friday: 10:15 am Ladies’ Prayer & Study Group (In the Spirit of Happiness); 6:30 pm Friday Fellowship (Light in the Darkness)
Saturday: 5:00 pm Inquirers’ Class (Church History); 6:00 pm Vespers
Sunday: 8:30 am Matins; 9:30 am Liturgy, Classes, Stewardship Committee, St. Francis Dining Hall

Looking Ahead:
Saturday, 22 November:
Advent Work Party (to prepare for St. Nicholas Day & Nativity) 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

St. Nicholas Feast Day with Bishop Benjamin:
Friday, December 5 @ 6:00 pm Vespers, Litia & Refreshments
Saturday the 6th @ 9:30 am Divine Liturgy & Festal Salmon BBQ Lunch
(We’re asking $10 per adult & $5 per child for this special meal. Tickets will be available soon.)

Friday, January 2: Pan-Orthodox ethnic food and dancing hosted by our college students and young adults. More information soon. Mark the date.

Advent 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.