St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church

Sunday Bulletin

Sunday, November 5, 2017  Tone 5

Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost 

 Synaxis of the Holy Unmercenaries


Today’s Schedule:

2am  Return to Eastern Standard Time

Prosfora: D. Federinko

Altar Server: D. Abshear

Greeter(s): MK Smith, M. Adrian

Epistle: D. Beleny

Donut Sponsor(s): Need sponsor

Chapel Vacuum: M. Jobst

Candle care: M. Jobst

Counters: B. Lootens, R. Wagner

9:00am Hours: D. Beleny

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:10am  1st Anniversary Memorial for Brad Miter

11:15am Youth group

11:30 Fellowship Hour: Potluck

11:45 Church School

12:15 Church School Teacher Meeting

Noon - 1:30pm  Catechism/Inquirer’s Class

3pm Tom’s Corn Maze

Today’s Hymns & Readings:


Resurrection Troparion: Tone 5

Let us, the faithful, praise and worship the Word, coeternal with the Father and the Spirit, born for our salvation from the Virgin; for He willed to be lifted up on the Cross in the flesh, to endure death, and to raise the dead by His glorious Resurrection!


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!


Resurrection Kontakion: Tone 5

You descended into hell, O my Savior, shattering its gates as Almighty, resurrecting the dead as Creator and destroying the sting of death. You have delivered Adam from the curse, O Lover of Man, and we cry out to you: “O Lord save us!”


Prokeimenon: Tone 5

You, O Lord, will protect us and preserve us from this generation forever.


Epistle: Galatians 6:11-18

See with what large letters I have written to you with my own hand! As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised, only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. For not even those who are circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh. But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God. From now on let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.


Gospel: Luke 8:41-56

And behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue. And he fell down at Jesus’ feet and begged Him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter about twelve years of age, and she was dying. But as He went, the multitudes thronged Him. Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped. And Jesus said, “Who touched Me?” When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, “Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’” But Jesus said, “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.” Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately. And He said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.” While He was still speaking, someone came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, “Your daughter is dead. Do not trouble the Teacher.” But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, “Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.” When He came into the house, He permitted no one to go in except Peter, James, and John, and the father and mother of the girl. Now all wept and mourned for her; but He said, “Do not weep; she is not dead, but sleeping.” And they ridiculed Him, knowing that she was dead. But He put them all outside, took her by the hand and called, saying, “Little girl, arise.” Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately. And He commanded that she be given something to eat. And her parents were astonished, but He charged them to tell no one what had happened.


For Further Reading:

Correcting, Not Judging Sinners

Do not trample, but admonish. Do not revile, but advise. Do not assail with pride, but correct with tenderness. These commandments offer great blessings to the obedient, but great evil for those who ignore them.

            “All right,” you say, “if one commits fornication, may I not say that fornication is a bad thing and correct the person who fornicates?” Yes, correct him - but as a physician providing medicines, not as an adversary exacting a penalty. Be not bitter in pronouncing sentence.

            If you judge your brother, be sure to judge yourself first. Care about the one you judge, and judge him not for things you yourself are guilty of. (St. John Chrysostom, Homily on “Judge not, that you be not judged”, p. 3)


Spiritual Pleasure

We are aware of a difference between the pleasure we experience in our bodies and that we experience in our hearts. Physical pleasures, when we lack them, arouse in us an all consuming desire for them. As soon as we possess and devour them, though, our satisfaction turns into distaste. Pleasures of the spirit, on the other hand, seem distasteful when we do not possess them, but once they begin to be ours, our desire awakens. The more hungrily we seek them when we have begun to enjoy them, the more do we enjoy them even as we hunger for them. With our bodies it is the desire that gives us pleasure, not the gratification of our desires with the spirit, as the desire is nothing, the fulfillment is all the more pleasing. Physical desire leads to satiety, and satiety leads to distaste for what we desired; spiritual desire produces satiety, and satiety leads to new desire.

            The pleasure of the spirit increases our inner longing even while it satisfies us, since the more we savor it the more we perceive that there is something more to long for. (St. Gregory the Great, Be Friends of God, p. 15)


Being a Member of Christ’s Body

But the victory - let us repeat it again and again - has been achieved on the Cross; and His Cross is not only the supreme revelation of the boundless condescending Love of God, but also the center, the backbone and pivot of our own new life. We enter this new life only by participating in the Cross of Christ, crucifying thereon our “old Adam” and partaking in the perfect obedience of Christ. Christianity is therefore much more than a message: it is a new reality, a new life, a painful and courageous transfiguration of the old man into the “new creature,” into a “member of the body of Christ.” “The old things have passed away. Behold! Everything has become new!” It is a promise and a beginning of - let us repeat it - a New Reality, already revealed and given to us in the coming, the death and the resurrection of Christ, which are the “leaven” of the new order of being. This leaven has to permeate the whole lump. (Nicholas Arseniev, Revelation of Life Eternal, p. 87)


Anger is Another Kind of Drunkenness 

Brethren, there is another sort of evil satiety and drunkenness which does not result from indulging in food and drink, but from anger and hatred towards our neighbor, remembrance of wrongs, and the evils that spring from these. On this subject Moses says in his song, "Their wine is the wrath of dragons and the incurable wrath of asps" (Deut. 32:33). So the prophet Isaiah says, "Woe to those who are drunken, but not with wine" (Isa. 29:9)


This is the drunkenness of hatred which more than anything else causes God to turn away, and the devil attempts to bring it about in those who pray and fast. He prompts them to remember wrongs, directs their thoughts towards harboring malice, and sharpens their tongues for slander. He prepares them to be like that man who wishes for evil whom David describes with the words, "He deviseth mischief continually, his tongue is like a sharp razor" (Ps. 51:2 Lxx), and from whom he prays God to deliver him, saying, "Deliver me, O Lord, from the evil man: preserve me from the violent man; they have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders' poison is under their lips" (Ps. 140:1, 3). (St. Gregory Palamas, The Homilies, p. 49 & 50)


Recent Posts on Fr. Ted’s Blog:


Church School Teacher Meeting

There will be a brief teacher meeting this Sunday, November 5 at 12:15pm.


Wednesday Book Study

The group will finish its discussion of Dave Cooper’s book manuscript, The Strong Force, chapters 11-14.

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 November 12th (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.


Annual Parish Meeting - November 12

All parish members are reminded that our Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Sunday, 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.


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

Reminder to all members, old, new and soon to be: we are in the midst of our Pledge Campaign, and ask you to please turn in 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.

New Catechism/Inquirer’s Class

Fr. Ted has been asked to begin a new Catechism/Inquirer’s Class - probably to begin this month. If you or anyone you know is interested in joining the class, please let Fr. Ted know as soon as possible.


Counter Volunteers Needed

The counting team is looking for a new volunteer to help count the offering after Liturgy. The counters have a recurring monthly schedule so they each count once a month. Contact Kerrie or Jeff Wiese for additional information.


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.



Birthdays: Rich Peterson, Jordan Carpenter, Michael Schwaninger

Nameday: Mellie Champ, Les Homan, Clarissa Crooks


God grant you many years!


This Week’s Schedule:

Monday, November 6

St. Paul the Confessor, Archbishop of Constantinople (350)

Readings: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5, Luke 12:13-15, 22-31

8:30am Matins                        9am Office Hours


Tuesday, November 7

Holy 33 Martyrs of Melitene (3rd c.).

Readings: 1 Thessalonians 1:6-10, Luke 12:42-48


Wednesday, November 8 (fast)

SYNAXIS OF THE ARCHANGEL MICHAEL AND THE OTHER BODILESS POWERS: Archangels Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Selaphiel, Jegudiel, and Barachiel. .

Readings: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Luke 12:48-59

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours       11am Discussion Group: The Strong Force, chapters 11-14.

Thursday, November 9

Ven. Matrona, Abbess, of Constantinople (ca. 492). 

Readings: 1 Thessalonians 2:9-14, Luke 13:1-9


Friday, November 10 (fast)

Apostles of the Seventy: Erastus, Olympas, Herodion, Sosipater, Quartus, and Tertius (1st c.)

Readings: 1 Thessalonians 2:14-19, Luke 13:31-35

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours


Saturday, November 11

Martyrs Menas of Egypt (304)

Readings: 2 Corinthians 8:1-5, Luke 9:37-43

2pm Diaconate class              4pm Confession         5pm Vespers


Sunday, November 12

23rd SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 6. St. John the Merciful, Patriarch of Constantinople (612-20)

Ephesians 2:4-10, Luke 10:25-37

Prosfora: D. Federinko

Altar Server: M. Caldwell

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

Epistle: L. Short

Donut Sponsor(s): Muzzy

Chapel Vacuum: Need volunteer

Candle care: Need volunteer

Counters: B. Garber, P. Friesel

9:00am Hours: L. Short

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11am Parish Meeting

11:30 Fellowship Hour: Team 2

Noon - 1:30pm  Catechism/Inquirer’s Class


Upcoming Dates to Remember

November 15  Nativity Fast Begins

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

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

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