St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church

Sunday Bulletin

Sunday, November 12, 2017 Tone 6.

Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost 

 St. John the Merciful, Patriarch of Alexandria

Prosfora: D. Federinko

Altar Server: M. Caldwell

Greeter(s): M. Jobst, M. Brausch

Epistle: L. Short

Donut Sponsor(s): Muzzy

Chapel Vacuum: Sam O.

Candle care: Need volunteer

Counters: B. Garber, P. Friesel

9:00am Hours: L. Short

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11am  Reception of Lonell Childred into Catechumenate

11am Parish Meeting

11:30 Fellowship Hour: Team 2/Parish Council Meeting/Children’s Choir Practice


Today’s Hymns & Readings


Resurrection Troparion: Tone 6

The angelic powers were at Your tomb; the guards became as dead men. Mary stood by Your grave, seeking Your most pure Body. You took captive hell, not being tempted by it. You came to the Virgin, granting life. O Lord who rose from the dead: glory to You!


Hymn of St Paul: Tone 1

O blessed and Holy Paul the Apostle, Enlightener of the Nations; Your preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, has brought salvation to the ends of the earth. Never cease to intercede for us your children, that within us the Love of God may abide, bringing great joy to our neighbors and for us the salvation of our souls!


Resurrection Kontakion: Tone 6

When Christ God, the Giver of Life, raised all of the dead from the valleys of misery with His mighty hand, He bestowed resurrection on the human race. He is the Savior of all, the Resurrection, the Life and the God of all.


Prokeimenon: Tone 6

O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance.


Epistle: Ephesians 2:4-10

Brothers and sisters,

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.


Gospel: Luke 10:25-37

And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?” So he answered and said, “’You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’” And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.” But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”


Lessons in Wisdom

A brother asked Abba Poemen: “A legacy has been left to me; what shall I do with it?” The elder said to him: “Go away and come in three days then I will tell you.” He came as he had directed him and the elder said to him: “What am I to say to you, brother? If I say to you: ‘Give it to a church,’ they will have banquets there; if I say: ‘Give it to your relative,’ there is no reward for you; but if I tell you: ‘Give it to the poor,’ you will have no worries. Do whatever you like; this is not by business.”


Another brother asked him: “what is the meaning of ‘Never repay evil with evil’?” [cf. Rom 12.17]. Abba Poemen said to him: “This passion works in four ways: first, in the heart; second, in the sight; third, in the tongue; fourth, in not doing evil in response to evil. If you can purge your heart, it does not come to the sight. If it comes to the sight, take care not to speak of it. If you do speak of it, quickly prevent yourself from rendering evil for evil.” (Give me a Word, p. 233)


Love of God

Those aspiring to the state of virtue must strive to fulfil the commandments by sustaining this inward struggle, travail and meditation unceasingly night and day, whether praying or serving, eating or drinking, or doing anything else. In this way, if any good comes about it will be to God’s glory and not to their own. The fulfillment of the commandments presents no difficulty or trouble to us when it is facilitated by the love of God and when this love relieves it of all that is burdensome. As has been said, the whole effort of the enemy is directed towards distracting the intellect from remembrance, fear and love of God, and to turning it by means of earthly forms and seductions away from what is truly good towards what appears to be good.

            The patriarch Abraham, when he was receiving Melchisedec, the priest of God, made him an offering from the firstfruits of the earth and so obtained his blessing (cf. Gen. 14:19-20). Through this incident the Spirit indicates that the first and highest elements of our constitution - the intellect, the conscience, the loving power of the soul - must initially be offered to God as a holy sacrifice. The firstfruits and the highest of our true thoughts must be continually devoted to remembrance of him, engrossed in His love and in unutterable and boundless longing for Him. In this way we can grow and move forward day by day, assisted by divine grace. Then the burden of fulfilling the commandments will appear light to us, and we will carry them out faultlessly and irreproachably, helped by the Lord Himself on account of our faith in Him. (St. Makarios of Egypt, The Philokalia, Vol. 3, p. 290)


Who Can Be a Christian?

The “law of Love” is the basis of his spirituality as [Cabasilas] writes in the sixth book of The Life in Christ. “This law demands no arduous nor afflicting work, nor loss of money; it does not involve shame, nor any dishonour, nor anything worse; it puts no obstacle in the pursuit of any art or profession. The general keeps the power to command, the labourer can work the ground, the artisan can carry on with his occupation. There is no reason to retire into solitude, to eat unusual food, to be inadequately clothed, or endanger one’s health, or to resort to any other special endeavour; it suffices to give oneself wholly to meditation and to remain always within oneself without depriving the world of one’s talents. (Boris Bobrinskoy, The Life in Christ, p. 290)


The Repentant Addict

In this sense the Church’s gospel “endorses” sin: it confirms that in the pursuit of true life the tax collectors, the prostitutes, the robbers - not those “who trusted in themselves that they were righteous” (Luke 18:9) - precede us, show us the way. It confirms that our precursors in freedom from nature are those who have really renounced any trust in nature, trust in their capabilities, the successes in exercising self-control, the psychological satisfactions of the ego. They are those who see theirself as so sinful that it does not allow them the slightest margin for placing any trust in it. All that remains for them is to surrender themselves to the relationship to abandon themselves to love. (Christos Yannaras, Against Religion: The Alienation of the Ecclesial Event, p. 47)


Being the Loving Neighbor

What Archbishop Anastasios does, however, is to speak of the koinonia agape in terms of how it relates to those of other religions and of how it should serve as a motivation for inter-religious dialogue. If for no other reason, Christians and those of other religions should engage in dialogue and work together for the common good in a ‘fellowship of love.’ He says, for example, that “A faithful Christian has ‘to become a neighbor’ to each and every man, regardless of race, religion, language, guilt, especially in time of crisis. (Andrew M. Sharp, Orthodox Christians and Islam in the Postmodern Age, p. 72)


Recent Posts on Fr. Ted’s Blog:

Annual Parish Meeting - Today

All parish members are reminded that our Annual Parish Meeting will be held today, November 12 immediately following the Divine Liturgy. There will be NO church school. The Parish Meeting Information Packet was emailed last week. Please review these materials before the meeting. We need all of you to attend to adopt the Proposed 2018 Budget, to elect members to fill parish offices, and to get your Pledge Form in to us in a timely manner.


Parish Members Please Sign In Today

All Parish Members - please sign in on the membership sign up sheet available on the table near the doors in the Entrance Hall. We need your signature to determine if we have a quorum for today’s Annual Parish Meeting. Husbands and wives both need to sign in. If your name is not on the list, but you believe you are a member, please add your name & signature. Forgive us, but sometimes the list may not have been fully updated. You need to have attended the parish for a year in order to be eligible to vote in a parish meeting. Talk to Fr. Ted if you have any questions about your voting membership.


Year-to-Date Financial Report as of September 30

Budget:                                    $175,208.33

Expenses                                $171,936.58

Income                                    $163,618.88


While we continue to operate within our adopted budget, donations are currently falling short of expenses.


2018 Pledge Campaign

As of Sunday, November 5, 2017, we have received 11 pledge forms, representing 18 parishioners, that total $56,344. This amount represents approximately 21% of our proposed 2018 budget. All members, please return your completed Pledge Forms as soon as you can. If you are able, we ask you to consider increasing your pledge this year to help us be able to meet all of our financial needs for the parish. It would help Parish Council if you could give us your completed Pledge Form at the end of today’s Parish meeting.


Children’s Choir

We will be beginning a children’s choir to learn some hymns to be sung during the preparation on various Sundays throughout the year. We want to begin practicing a hymn for The Nativity after the parish meeting on today (there is no Church School on this day). We are going to try to sing the hymn on The Nativity and on a Sunday or two after The Nativity. If you are interested in having your child(ren) join, rehearsals will be in the church at 11:30am. See Erin Caldwell with question.


Wednesday Book Study

The group is taking a Personal Anger Assessment, developed by psychologist Gary Chapman (author of The Five Love Languages). This is a self assessment, so it is not what others think about you, but how you see yourself in dealing with anger. [See in this week’s bulletin the quote of St. Gregory Palamas about anger.] Please join us Wednesday at 11am. St. Paul command us: “Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.”  (Ephesians 4:26) Is it possible to be angry and yet not sin?


Our next discussion will look at Scott Cairns’ THE END OF SUFFERING: FINDING PURPOSE IN PAIN. The book is available as an ebook, and there are plenty of used copies for sale online. We will begin discussing the book on Wednesday, November 22.

New Catechism/Inquirer’s Class

We are going to begin a new Catechism/Inquirer’s Class - on Wednesday evenings. If you or anyone you know is interested in joining the class, please let Fr. Ted know as soon as possible.  We will have our first session this Wednesday, November 15 at 6pm.


IOCC Sunday of Sharing

His Eminence Metropolitan Nicolae of the Romanian Orthodox Metropolia of the Americas & Liason for International Orthodox Christian Charity is inviting all parishes to celebrate IOCC Sunday - A Day of Sharing on November 19. Please support our common mission by praying for IOCC, and visiting to learn how you can share in the ministry of IOCC.

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.

November Charity 

We are giving our charity funds this month to several different families who are in financial need to help them get through difficult times. Please do remember to pray for all families, that God may protect and bless them.


Foodbank: Thank you!

“On behalf of The Foodbank’s network agencies and over 800,000 clients served through our hunger relief programs, thank you for your dedication to solving hunger in the Miami Valley. Your recent donation of $500 is already at work providing food for those who need it most...Last year The Foodbank provided 11-million pounds of food to a network of over 100 food assistance agencies who feed the hungry. We could not do this important work without you. Thank you. Michelle L. Riley, CEO”



Birthdays: Alec Avdakov

Nameday: Chris & Amy Engel


God grant you many years!


This Week’s Schedule

Monday, November 13

St. John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople (407)

Readings: 1 Thessalonians 2:20-3:8, Luke 14:12-15

8:30am Matins                        9am Office Hours


Tuesday, November 14

Holy and All-praised Apostle Philip (1st c.)

Readings: 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 14:25-35


Wednesday, November 15 (Nativity fast begins)

Holy Martyrs and Confessors Gurias, Samonas, and Abibus, of Edessa (299-306).

Readings: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12, Luke 15:1-10

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours       11am Discussion Group: Personal Anger Assessment    6pm Catechism/ Inquirer’s Class


Thursday, November 16 (Nativity fast)

Holy Apostle and Evangelist Matthew (60 A.D.)

Readings: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-8, Luke 16:1-9


Friday, November 17 (Nativity fast)

St. Gregory the Wonderworker of Neo-Cæsarea (ca. 266-270).

Readings: 1 Thessalonians 5:9-13, 24-28, Luke 16:15-18, 17:1-4

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours


Saturday, November 18 (Nativity fast)

Martyr Plato of Ancyra (ca. 306)

Readings: 2 Corinthians 11:1-6, Luke 9:57-62

4pm Confession         5pm Vespers


Sunday, November 19 (Nativity fast)

24th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 7. Prophet Obadiah (Abdia—9th c. B.C.).

Ephesians 2:14-22, Luke 12:16-21

Prosfora: Nikki G.

Altar Server: V. Weis

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

Epistle: M. Pearson

Donut Sponsor(s): Need sponsor

Chapel Vacuum: Need volunteer

Candle care: Need volunteer

Counters: J. Wiese, L. Wagner

9:00am Hours: M. Pearson

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:15am Youth group

11:30 Fellowship Hour: Team 3

11:30 Children's Choir Practice

11:45 Church School

Upcoming Dates to Remember

November 20             Vespers-Liturgy for the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple, 6pm

December 22             1st & 3rd Royal Hours, 9am; Confession, 10am; 6th & 9th Royal Hours, 12pm

December 17             Reception of Catechumens into the Orthodox Faith

December 24             Vespers for Nativity, Lessons & Carols, 5pm

December 25             Divine Liturgy of St. Basil for the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, 9:30am, Festal Potluck following