St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church

Sunday Bulletin

Sunday, October 21, 2018

21st Sunday after Pentecost

Tone 4. Ven. Hilarion the Great (371-372)

Today’s Schedule:

Prosfora: Need volunteer

Altar Servers: D. Abshear, B. Garber

Greeter(s): D. Helferich, D. Short

Epistle: L. Short

Donut Sponsor(s): Smith

Chapel Vacuum: S. Osman

Candle care: R. Helferich

Counters: J. Weise, M. Topalov

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

3pm Corn Maze Event @ Tom’s Corn Maze 

Hymns & Readings:


Tone 4 Troparion (Resurrection)

When the women disciples of the Lord learned from the angel the joyous message of the Resurrection; they cast away the ancestral curse and elatedly told the apostles: Death is overthrown; Christ God is risen, granting the world great mercy!


Hymn of St. Paul

Facing danger at sea and fearful persecution, you became a chosen vessel of the savior, with your sermons you enlightened the nations, and to the Athenians you revealed the unknown God, teacher of the nations St. Paul the apostle, protector of us all. Keep us who honor you safe from every trial and danger!


Tone 4 Kontakion (Resurrection)

My Savior and Redeemer as God rose from the tomb and delivered the earthborn from their chains. He has shattered the gates of hell, and as Master, he has risen on the third day!


Tone 4 Prokeimenon

O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all.


Epistle: Galatians 2:16-20

knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified. But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is Christ therefore a minister of sin? Certainly not! For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.


Gospel: Luke 16:19-31

There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’ Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’”

For Further Reading:

The Church is the Body of Christ

I am I whether or not I am a part of a party, a club or a nation.

But this is not true of members (organs) in a body. Remove heart, lungs or kidneys from the body and they die.

A member of a group has a life outside the group; an organ in a body has no life outside the body. An eye removed from the body and put on a plate no longer lives. It is even no longer an eye. It cannot see outside the body, it loses its identity.

This is how we are related to the Church. The Church is not essentially an organization but an organism. The Church is not Christ’s society but Christ’s Body. 

The Christian has no life or identity apart from Christ (and therefore apart from his Body). If I were to die and discover that there was no Christ, that Christ was dead, that Christ was not God, that I was not alive with his life in his Body, then i would not be I, I would be another person. (Peter Kreeft, Christianity for Modern Pagans, p. 319-320)


Receive the Body of Christ

When Christ comes into us, he does not sanctify our soul alone but our whole being. For by Holy Communion, ‘Body [is mingled] with body, Blood with blood...What great mysteries are these! What a miracle, that the mind of Christ should become one with our mind, that His will should be amalgamated with our will, His Body with our body, His Blood with our blood! What is our mind like when the divine mind prevails over it; what is our will like when the divine will predominates; and what becomes of the dust [our body] once the fire [of the Godhead] overcomes it! The distribution of the pure Mysteries ‘makes those who partake worthily to be similar - by grace and by participation - to Him who is the causal Good.

            ...St. Symeon the New Theologian extols the Lord after Holy Communion:

                        What is this measureless compassion of Yours, O Savior?

                        How have You accounted me worthy to become one of Your members

                        - I who am impure, a prodigal, a harlot?

                        How have You dressed me in a garment most bright,

                        glistering with the radiance of immortality

                        and making all my members into light?

                        For your Body, pure and divine,

                        is wholly radiant, wholly intermixed

                        and commingled ineffably with the fire of Your Divinity…

                        I have been united, I know, also with Your Divinity

                        and have become Your most pure Body,

                        a member shining forth, a member truly holy,

                        a member glittering from afar, and radiant, and shining.

(Hireomonk Gregorious, The Divine Liturgy, p. 297-298)


The Faithfulness of Christ 

The bold proclamation of God’s faithfulness (“righteousness”) in these verses stands over against the dismal portrayal of humanity’s faithlessness in [Romans] 1:18-3:20. Although it appears that Paul is drawing on fragments of early Christian liturgical material (some of which are very difficult to translate), he makes them decisively his own, revealing a distinctively Pauline gospel that is, as 1:17 announced, ‘out of faith into faith.’ If we follow the majority of the most recent interpretations of Paul, which understand God’s righteousness as God’s saving covenant faithfulness, and which render phrases normally translated “faith in Christ” as ‘the faith/faithfulness of Christ’ (3:22, 25), then the faith/faithfulness of God, Christ, and those who respond are all named in this text. This appears most succinctly in 3:22:

  1. What is manifested: God’s righteousness (=saying covenant faithfulness).
  2. Where or how it is manifested: all who respond in faith.

Christ’s death, then, says Paul, is God’s faithful and merciful gift (Rom. 3:24, 25) as well as Christ’s faithful act. This death accomplishes two things: forgiveness for sins and redemption from sin. God “put forward” Christ as “a sacrifice of atonement,” referring to the Jewish system of sacrifices for sins (3:25). But this was also an act of “redemption” (3:24) or liberation - the language of deliverance from bondage to Egypt or any other slave master. In other words, Christ’s death deals both with sins (the deeds) and with sin (the power) - just as Paul’s analysis of the human predicament in 1:18-3:20 requires. (Michael J. Gorman, Apostle of the Crucified Lord, p. 358-360)


Poor Lazarus and the Rich Man

“The rich man,” it says, “also died, and was buried” (Luke 16:22). Perhaps when Lazarus died he did not even have a grave, as there was no one to bury him. No mention at all is made of a grave in his case but the account then goes on to say that the rich man “was buried.”...There was a time when the rich man had seen Lazarus cast down in front of the gate, a victim of hunger, writhing on the ground in the dust unable even to move, and he turned a blind eye. Now that he is lying in the depths being tortured and cannot escape his torments, he looks up and sees Lazarus comfortably settled high above, passing his time in profound ease and dwelling in Abraham’s bosom, and instead of resolving to ignore him, he thinks he has a right not to be overlooked by the man he formerly disregarded. In the place where mercy belonged, he had neither looked for it nor practiced it, but there where justice is merciless, he seeks mercy to no avail.

            ...That rich man, brethren, who had Moses and the prophets, none of whom had risen from the dead, seems to have had some sort of excuse. We, by contrast, hear, along with them, Him who rose from the dead for our sake, saying, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven” (Matt. 6:19, 20), “Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away” (Matt. 5:42), and “Give alms of such things as ye have; and behold, all things are clean unto you” (Luke 11:41). If someone eats and drinks with drunkards but is hard hearted to the poor and gives them nothing, “The Lord”, says the Scripture, “will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers” (Luke 12:46). (St. Gregory Palamas, The Homilies, p. 378, 381)


Recent Posts on Fr Ted’s Blog


Annual Parish Meeting Documents

The annual parish meeting will be right after liturgy on November 11. All documents for review will be available in hard copy (by request) and electronically (look for an email( by Sunday, October 21. Please see Fr. Ted or parish council members with questions. 

Children’s Choir 

Children’s choir continues today. Erin Caldwell & Erin Ferdelman will be leading this informal singing group in an effort to make our kids feel more a part of the liturgy and to familiarize them a little more with some of the hymns of the church. This time, we hope to learn some of the odes of the Akathist of Thanksgiving, hopefully singing what we’ve learned o the Sunday before and Sunday after Thanksgiving (November 18 & 25). Any kids under 18 are welcome to join. We will be meeting in the church at 11:30am just before church school and will dismiss kids to church school at 11:45am.


Annual Corn Maze

TODAY October 21 we will be heading down to Germantown to enjoy some food and fun at Tom's Corn Maze! Meet at 3:00PM (or come even earlier for extra fun!) near the entrance of the farm. There are plenty of activities for all ages including the big corn maze, straw bale maze, pumpkin cannon and train ride. At 5:00 we will head over to one of Tom's campfires for an old fashioned hot dog and marshmallow roast! We have the campfire from 4-7pm so get ready for a great time. Questions? See Alyson Turri. 


Evening Discussion Group: Fr. Schmemann’s FOR THE LIFE OF THE WORLD

We will begin a discussion of Fr. Alexander Schmemann’s For the Life of the World on Tuesday, October 23 at 7pm. We will be meeting for several weeks to discuss the book and the ideas of Fr. Schmemann. Fr. Alexander was instrumental in the creation of the Orthodox Church in America. His ideas inspired countless people to become Orthodox or to go to seminary (including Fr. Ted). His ideas became the basis for much of the mission work of the OCA, and was essential for the missionary growth Orthodoxy experienced in America (including the creation of our St. Paul parish). The book is readily available as an ebook and in used copies.  Please get your copy and start reading to prepare for the discussion. 


Wednesday Adult  Discussion Group

Our Wednesday morning discussion will continue on Wednesday, October 24, when we will continue our discussion of Fr Schememann’s For the Life of the World. The book is readily available in new and used versions as well as an ebook. Please do get a copy of the book and begin reading. You are welcome to attend the discussions even if you don’t have a copy of the book.


Annual Parish Chili Cook-Off & Bonfire

Please join us for our annual chili cook-off & bonfire on November 3 beginning at 5pm with Vespers. Enjoy chili, food, fellowship & an epic battle for the best chili. We will also have a bonfire with s’mores afterwards. Sign up sheets are now available. You may sign up to bring a chili as a competitor or sign up to be a judge (but not both!). We also need volunteers to bring other side dishes. Hope you can join us! See Erin Caldwell with questions.


Parish Directory

I am updating the church directory for this year. Our last update was when we did the photo directory last summer. Please click on the following link to verify that your information is current. If you have updates to your contact information, you can either comment on the document at the link or send me an email. If you are not included in the directory, but would like to be, please send me an email with any or all of the following information:


Child(ren)'s name(s)


Phone number(s)


Please submit any edits by 10/31.


As always, please respect others' privacy and do not use any of this information for solicitation or other public correspondence. Printed directories will hopefully be available by the first week of November. Thanks for your help, - Erin Caldwell


Thank you! 

For all who participated in last week's Fire Drill, THANK YOU very much! It was a tremendous success! We are the first church in the township to conduct a fire drill. The Sugarcreek Fire Dept was also grateful for our hospitality shown towards them. We'll share the Lessons Learned from the drill in the near future.


Church School Shoe Collection

The church school and youth group students will be collecting new or gently used tennis shoes (sizes approximately 11-4) through the end of October. The tennis shoes will be given to students in need at Emerson Elementary School, grades K-4. There is a collection box in the coat room. Thanks in advance for your support of this worthwhile cause.


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. 


October Charity

This month’s charity funds will be given to local food banks. Remember in your prayers and charity the poor and hungry who cannot find or afford their daily bread.


Notes from the 16 October Parish Council Meeting

Present: Fr. Ted, Brian Garber, Kerrie Wiese, Ann McLarnan, Rebecca Barone, Bruce Garber, David Short, David Abshear


YTD Financial Report as of 30 September 2018

Expenses                                $188,103.92

Income                                    $181,705.00

Budget                                     $200,031.92

Assets                                     $226,459.04


A]  Thanks to the generosity of parish members, the parish is in good financial condition.  Contributions are on pace with previous years. B] Council approved the Proposed 2019 Budget of $265,385.00, which is basically the same as the 2018 Budget. This 2019 Proposed Budget will be presented to the parish as the Annual Parish Meeting on November 11. The Budget details will be emailed to members this week for their consideration. C] All reports, the Proposed 2019 Budget, absentee ballots and Pledge Forms will be emailed this week also to members in preparation for the November 11 Annual Parish Meeting. Council is still seeking commitments from at least two more parish members to run for Parish Council. D] Council will remind members at the Annual Meeting that if they have complaints or concerns or suggestions to improve the parish, they should speak with  Fr. Ted or a member of the Parish Council. Council meetings are open to all parish members - members are welcome to bring a concern to  the Council’s attention. Members can get items for discussion on the Council agenda by speaking with the Council President. E] Council discussed concerns of etiquette during the Liturgy - showing reverence to God and respect for fellow parish members. As a growing parish we do have growing pains and realize there is a need to discuss at Parish Council these concerns, complaints and problems. Community means to struggle for the common unity of all members.  F] Council briefly reviewed the recent fire drill and what was learned. The Sugarcreek Fire Department was grateful for our willingness to practice with them. Thanks also to the Risk Committee for their continued diligent work on preparedness issues.



Birthdays: Jason Caldwell, Rick Russ, Samuel Caldwell, Miguel Topalov

This Week’s Schedule:

Monday, October 22

Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Abercius, Bishop and Wonderworker of Hieropolis (ca. 167)

Readings: Colossians 2:13-20, Luke 10:22-24

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours


Tuesday, October 23

Holy Apostle James (Jacob), the Brother of the Lord (ca. 63)

Readings: Colossians 2:20-3:3, Luke 11:1-10

6pm Confession         6:30pm Vespers         7pm Discussion: FOR THE LIFE OF THE WORLD


Wednesday, October 24

 Martyr Arethas and 4299 Martyrs with him (523)

Readings: Colossians 3:17-4:1, Luke 11:9-13

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours       11am Discussion Group

4pm Catechism          6pm Catechism


Thursday, October 25

Martyrs Marcian and Martyrius the Notaries, of Constantinople (ca. 355)

Readings: Colossians 4:2-9, Luke 11:14-23


Friday, October 26

Holy and Glorious Greatmartyr Demetrius the Myrrh-gusher of Thessalonica (ca. 306)

Readings: Colossians 4:10-18, Luke 11:23-26

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours


Saturday, October 27

Martyr Nestor of Thessalonica (ca. 306)

Readings: 2 Corinthians 5:1-10, Luke 8:16-21

4pm  Confession        5pm Vespers


Sunday, October 28

22nd SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 5. Martyr Terence with his wife and children (249)

Readings: Galatians 6:11-18, Luke 8:26-39

Prosfora: Need volunteer

Altar Servers: M. Caldwell, B. Garber

Greeter(s): D. Helferich, D. Short

Epistle: A. McLarnan

Donut Sponsor(s): Smith

Chapel Vacuum: Alex & Bobby Tyson

Candle care: Alex & Bobby Tyson

Counters: J. Wiese, Michaela Topalov

9:00am Hours: A. McLarnan

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 4

11:45am Youth group/Church School


Upcoming Dates to Remember:

November 3 Chili Cook-Off & Bonfire

November 11 Annual Parish Meeting

November 15 Nativity Fast Begins

November 17 Midwest Diocese Virtual Youth Retreat

November 20 Vespers-Liturgy for the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple