St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church

Sunday Bulletin

Sunday, January 21, 2018  Tone 8.

33nd Sunday after Pentecost 

Sunday of Zacchaeus. St. Maximus the Confessor.

Today’s Schedule:

Altar Server: D. Abshear

Greeter(s): D. Helferich, G. Friesel

Epistle: L. Short

Donut Sponsor(s): Smith

Chapel Vacuum: Need volunteer

Candle care: Need volunteer

Counters: J. Wiese, L. Wagner

9:00am Hours: L. Short

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 3

11:45am Youth Group/Church School

 Hymns & Readings:


Resurrectional Troparion, Tone 8:

You descended from on high, O Merciful One! You accepted the three-day burial to free us from our sufferings!  O Lord, our Life and Resurrection: glory to You!


Hymn of Sts. Peter & Paul, Tone 4:

O First-Enthroned of the Apostles! Teachers of the Universe! Entreat the Master of all, to grant peace to the world and great mercy to our souls!


Troparion of Zacchaeus, Tone 4:

The fallen man ascends the tree of life, prefiguring the passion on Golgotha’s tree. There he heard the Word of Life and he joyfully received the Lover of  Humanity.  Let us embrace Him whose hands were nailed upon the wood, for He has come to seek the lost.


Resurrectional Troparion, Tone 8:

By rising from the tomb, You raised the dead and resurrected Adam.  Eve exults in Your Resurrection, and the world celebrates Your Rising from the dead, O greatly Merciful One!


Prokeimenon, Tone 8:

Pray and make your vows before the Lord our God.


Epistle: 1 Timothy 4:9-15

This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance. For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. These things command and teach. Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.


Gospel: Luke 19:1-10

Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully. But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, “He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.” Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

For Further Reading:

Be an Example

Abba Isaac said: “As a young man I was staying with Abba Cronios and he never told me to do a task even though he was aged and tremulous. Of his own accord he would get up and offer the water bottle to me and likewise to all. After that I stayed with Abba Theodore of Pherme and neither did he ever tell me to do anything. He would lay the table himself and then say: ‘Brother, come and eat if you like.’ I would say to him: ‘Abba, I came to you to reap some benefit; why do you never tell me to do anything?’ The elder said to them: ‘Am I the superior of a coenobium to order him around?’ For the time being I didn’t tell him [to do] anything. He will do what he sees me doing if he wants to.’ So from then on I began anticipating, doing whatever the elder was about to do. For his part, if he was doing anything, he used to do it in silence This taught me to act in silence.” (Give Me a Word: The Alphabetical Sayings of the Desert Fathers, p. 147)


Zacchaeus, Come Down from Your Tree

“But I am in the midst of you, as He that serveth.” I shall not attain Jesus, if I seek him reigning in the place of honor. I have to look for Him and find Him in that place where He is hiding, in the last place, in His suffering and humiliated members. It is because they are not looking for Him there that so many men cannot believe in Him or have only a nominal faith Him. Zacchaeus had to come down from his sycamore in order to join Jesus in the crowd. (A Monk of the Eastern Church, Jesus, a Dialogue with the Savior, p. 64)


A Kingdom Not of This World

It’s just what Christ was trying to say. If his aim had been to rule the world here, to rule this dust which he created, he would have fought. He would have brought armies to fight against those who crucified him. And as he apparently didn’t fight and as he apparently was defeated, he was actually fighting back and winning the battle, but not here, not over this dust, but over the kingdom, the eternal kingdom of peace.

...We might die and our families might die and our culture and civilization might die, but if we die in the name of Christ, we have won. Whereas, if we win, abandoning Christ and his commandments, if we win and rule this dust at that expense, we have, in fact, lost.

...The world does not need more soldiers; the world needs more saints. There is no question whether you or I should fight, because we are fighting, even against our will. We are all involved in this battle. We are all soldiers, but we can be the type of soldier that fights for a kingdom over dust and become a warrior, a terrorist, who [is] any kind of person who kills another person; or we can become the kind of warrior that fights for the kingdom to come, that fights for the kingdom of love, that fights for the kingdom of peace, which Christ promised to all those who make peace. Let’s pray for peace, for all of us, everywhere. Amen. (Fr. Seraphim Aldea, In Communion Journal of the Orthodox Peace Fellowship of the Protection of the Mother of God, Summer 2017, p. 8-9)



No man of himself can know what God’s love is unless he be taught of the Holy Spirit; but God’s love is known in our Church through the Holy Spirit, and so we speak of this love.

            The sinful soul which does not know the Lord fears death, thinking that the Lord will not forgive her sins. But this is because the soul does not know the Lord and how greatly He loves us. But if people knew this, then no man would despair, for the Lord not only forgives but rejoices exceedingly at the return of a sinner. Though you be at death’s door, believe firmly that the moment  you ask, you will receive forgiveness.

            The Lord is not like us. He is passing meek, and merciful, and good; and when the soul knows Him she marvels greatly, and exclaims: ‘O what a Lord is ours!’

            The Holy Spirit gave our Church to know how great is God’s mercy. (St. Silouan the Athonite, p. 363)


Recent Posts on Fr. Ted’s Blog:


Children’s Choir

Children's choir will resume TODAY at 11:30am in the church. We will be learning a new hymn to sing on a couple Sundays in March—dates TBD.


Wednesday Book Study

The class will resumes on January 24 at 11am when we will conclude our discussion of the prayers of the Great Blessing of Water. On January 31 we will  begin a discussion of the Gospel and Epistle lessons for the Saturdays and Sundays of Great Lent.  We will continue this discussion throughout the Lenten season. Please join us to consider these essential Scripture lessons and to share what value these readings have had in your spiritual life.


IOCC Souperbowl Of Caring

On Sunday, February 4th the Youth Group will be participating in the 20th International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) Souper Bowl of Caring. Please considering bringing your favorite soup to share during fellowship hour. As in the past, we will be having a fundraiser by letting you vote for the team that you want to see win. All proceeds will be given to the IOCC. We will also be doing a food drive starting next week through the end of the month of February. Any food items brought in will be donated to a local food bank. There will be a box in the coat closet to put the food items into.


Calling all Doctors, Nurses, and other Health Professionals

If anyone who is a Doctor, Nurse, or certified CPR/first aid/AED, and would like to be on our go to list in time of health needs at the church. Please see Tammy Abshear after church or call her @ 937-279-4368. We would like to up date our list for the Risk Mgt. committee.


2018 Pledge Campaign Update

Thank you to all who have turned in pledge forms. As of Sunday, December 14, 2018, we have received 70 pledge forms, representing 103 parishioners, that total $195,070. This amount represents approximately 73.1% of our 2018 budget.  Pledge forms are now past due.  Please turn in to Brian Garber or Kerrie Wiese if you have not already done so and wish to be counted as a member for 2018.


Catechism/ Inquirer’s Class

The class continues with session 2 on Thursday evening at 6:30pm. Please let Fr. Ted know ASAP if you or someone you know is interested in attending the class by emailing him at


St. Paul Prayer Team

If you would like to submit prayer requests for the prayer team, forms can be found on the greeter’s table. Please place requests in the box on the greeter table or by email to If you would like to be a part of praying with the team - and pray daily for others in the parish, or if you have further questions please contact Mark Pearson at


January Charity

We are giving our January charity to two organizations involved in helping young moms who decided to keep their babies rather than having an abortion. Zoe For Life and Elizabeth’s New Life Center are pro-life organizations which give support to moms who choose life. Please pray for all those parents who are tempted by abortion as a solution to their problems that they might choose life. Give your support to those organizations which work with these moms who often need after choosing life.



Birthdays: Dave Avdakov, Jacob Brausch, Nina Young, Elizabeth Wiese

Namedays: Dot Federinko, Lin Paslosky, Tim McLarnan


God grant you many years! 

This Week’s Schedule:

Monday, January 22

Apostle Timothy of the Seventy (96)

Readings: 1 Peter 2:21-3:9, Mark 12:13-17

8:30am Matins            9:30am Office Hours


Tuesday, January 23

Hieromartyr Clement, Bishop of Ancyra, and Martyr Agathangelus (312)

Readings: 1 Peter 3:10-22, Mark 12:18-27


Wednesday, January 24

Ven. Xenia of Rome and her two female servants (5th c.)

Readings: 1 Peter 4:1-11, Mark 12:28-37

8:30am Matins            9:30am Office Hours


Thursday, January 25

St. Gregory the Theologian, Archbishop of Constantinople (389)

Readings: 1 Peter 4:12-5:5, Mark 12:38-44

6:30pm  Catechism/Inquirer's Class: Session 2


Friday, January 26

Ven. Xenophon, his wife, Mary, and their two sons, Arcadius and John, of Constantinople (5th-6th c.)

Readings: 2 Peter 1:1-10, Mark 13:1-8

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours


Saturday, January 27

Translation of the Relics of St. John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople (438)

Readings: 2 Timothy 2:11-19, Luke 18:2-8

4pm Confession         5pm Vespers


Sunday, January 28

SUNDAY OF THE PUBLICAN AND THE PHARISEE — Tone 1. Beginning of the Lenten Triodion. New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia.

Readings: 2 Timothy 3:10-15, Luke 18:10-14

Prosfora: S. Pacak

Altar Server: V. Weis

Greeter(s): D. Federinko, B. Edwards

Epistle: S. Pacak

Donut Sponsor(s): Edwards

Chapel Vacuum: Need volunteer

Candle care: Need volunteer

Counters: K. Henry, M. Brausch

9:00am Hours: S. Pacak

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 4/Children’s Choir

11:45am Youth Group/Church School


Upcoming Dates to Remember

February 1     Presentation of Christ in the Temple Vespers-Liturgy, 6pm

February 2     Festal Matins, 8:30am

February 19   Lent Begins

February 23   Presanctified Liturgy

February 28   Presanctified Liturgy