St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church

Sunday Bulletin

Sunday, August 27

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Tone 3. Ven. Pœmen the Great (ca. 450). 

Today’s Schedule:

Prosfora: Nikki G.

Altar Servers: M. Caldwell

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

Epistle: D. Abshear

Donut Sponsor(s): Smith

Chapel Vacuum: Need volunteers

Candle care: Gabriel G.

Counters: K. Henry & M. Brausch

9:00am Hours Need volunteer

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:30am Parish Picnic


Today’s Hymns & Readings:


Resurrection Troparion: Tone 3

Let the heavens rejoice! Let the earth be glad! For the Lord has shown strength with His arm! He has trampled down death by death! He has become the first born of the dead! He has delivered us from the depths of hell and has granted the world great mercy!


Resurrection Kontakion: Tone 3

On this day You rise from the tomb, O Merciful One, leading us from the gates of death. On this day Adam exults as Eve rejoices. With the prophets and patriarchs they unceasingly praise the divine majesty of Your power.


Prokeimenon: Tone 3

Sing praises to our God, sing praises. Sing praises to our King, sing praises.


Epistle: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you – unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time. For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. Therefore, whether it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.


Gospel: Matthew 19:16-26 (Gospel)

Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?” So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” He said to Him, “Which ones?” Jesus said, “’You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ ’Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ “ The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. And again I’ll say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

For Further Reading:


Welcoming the Day and Its Blessings

This day is blessed by God, it is God’s own and now let us go into it. You walk in this day as God’s own messenger; whoever you meet, you meet in God’s own way. You are there to be the presence of Christ, the presence of the Spirit, the presence of the Gospel - this is your function on this particular day. God has never said that when you walk into a situation in His own Name, He will be crucified and you will be the risen one. You must be prepared to walk into situations, one after the other, in God’s name, to walk as the Son of God has done: in humiliation and humility, in truth and ready to be persecuted and so forth. Usually what we expect when we fulfil God’s commandments is to see a marvelous result at once - we read of that at times in the lives of the saints. When, for instance, someone hits us on one cheek, we turn the other one, although we don’t expect to be hit at all, but we expect to hear the other person say ‘What, such humility’ - you get your reward and he gets the salvation of his soul. It does not work that way. You must pay the cost and very often you get hit hard. What matters is that you are prepared for that. As to the day, if you accept that this day was blessed of God, chosen by God with His own hand, then every person you meet is a gift of God, every circumstance you will meet is a gift of God, whether it is bitter or sweet, whether you like or dislike it. It is God’s own gift to you and if you take it that way, then you can face any situation. But then you must face it with the readiness that anything may happen, whether you enjoy it or not, and if you walk in the name of the Lord through a day which has come fresh and new out of His own Hands and has been blessed for you to live with it, then you can make prayer and life really like the two sides of one coin. You act and pray in one breath, as it were, because all the situations that follow one another require God’s blessing (Anthony Bloom, Beginning to Pray, pp. 46-47).


If You Wish to be Perfect

The commandments were given to all Christians and it is understood that every Christian observes them; this is, as it were, the tribute appointed to be paid to the King. Anyone who says, ‘I will not pay tribute,’ will he escape punishment? There are, however, in the world great and illustrious men who not only pay the appointed tribute, but also offer gifts and they are thought worthy of great honor, great benefits and esteem. So also the Holy Fathers not only kept the commandments but also offered gifts to God. These gifts are virginity and poverty. These are not commanded but freely given. Nowhere is it written, you shall not take a wife or ‘Sell your property!’ He did not choose to do so when the lawyer approached him saying, ‘Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?’ He replied, ‘You know the Commandments. Do not kill, do not steal, do not commit adultery, do not bear false witness against your neighbor, etc. When the answer came, ‘All these things I have kept from my youth,’ he added, ‘If you want to be perfect, sell your property and give the money to the poor,’ etc. See, he did not say ‘sell your property as a commandment, but as a counsel. This is clear from the condition imposed, ‘if you wish to be perfect.’ (Dorotheos of Gaza, Discourses & Sayings, p. 84).


Being Human 

God did not create man in order for him to feel pain, but rather to know pleasure, which is why he placed him in the garden of Delight (Gen. 2.15).


We were not brought into the world to be deprived of God, but rather to become gods ourselves, to share in the perfection of the image of the Trinity. Man was created to become a vessel and temple of the Holy Spirit (2 Cor 4.7; 1 Cor 6.19).


In his sermon on the humility, St. Basil says that “from a state of nothingness, man has expanded into the heavens.” (Archimandrite Aimilianos, The Way of the Spirit: Reflections on Life in God, p. 203, 248, 311).


Keeping the Commandments 

One definite commandment was given to Adam and Eve, in order that by fulfilling this one commandment - which was, moreover, a very easy one - men might acquire the habit of fulfilling the will of God, the fulfillment of which constitutes the whole well-being of creatures, and might be strengthened in the love of God. If we turn our attention to the contrary - to the non-fulfillment of the will of the Creator and the fulfilment of our own will, in opposition to the Creator’s - we observe that little by little a man changes for the worse and perverts his own right nature, created after the image and likeness of God, and becomes God’s enemy. So important is the fulfillment of God’s commandments, and so destructive is their non-fulfillment! By giving to the first men His definite commandment not to eat the fruits of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the Lord God revealed Himself as the Guide of the newly-created reasonable creatures, of His children by adoption. Whose fault was it that this guidance was rejected, and that man preferred to be governed by his own will? Even until now, notwithstanding all the progress in sciences and arts, notwithstanding all the treasures of human wisdom, neither the man of ancient nor of modern times can educate himself, because he rejected even from the beginning the guidance of God; for, say, who but God should be our guide? And both at present and in the past only those men successfully completed their mental and moral education who trusted in God and lived in accordance with His commandments, or who now live in accordance with the Gospel and the teaching of the Church, submitting themselves to her guidance. This is useful for all modern teachers to remember. We have many sciences, but the result obtained is small; our youths have much in their heads, whilst in their hearts they have little - very little and often, alas! Even nothing. Life, then does not correspond with education and science. But “though I understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.” (1 Corinthians XII. 2, 3.). (St. John of Kronstadt, My Life in Christ, pp. 150-151).


Recent Posts on Fr. Ted’s Blog:


Church Picnic & Church School Celebration Today!

Please join us during fellowship hour to celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of church school year. We’ll have summery food partly sponsored by Christopher’s restaurant and fun outdoor games for the kids.


Wednesday Book Study

The group is meeting this week on Wednesday, at 11am to continue their discussion of the book An Introduction to God by Fr. Andrew Damick. Please read chapters 2 & 3. If you would like to discuss how to approach other people to talk about God, this book and discussion is for you.


Lifetouch Photos

If you did NOT order additional photos from Lifetouch, your complimentary 8 X 10 photo has arrived! Erin Caldwell will attempt to pass them out at fellowship hour or they’ll be in the office.


Playground Pledge Collection

Another big "thank you!" to everyone who supported the pledge drive for the new parish playground!  We have placed an order, and now need to start collecting the money pledged. Please include "Playground" on the memo line of your check or envelope with cash and give to Rebecca Barone, Kerrie Wiese, or the collection during Liturgy. Thank you!


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.


Bring Flowers/Icons for the Church

Parishioners are always welcome to bring special flowers/icons to the church for decoration and veneration. If you have a special icon for a feast day or saint day to be put in the icon case or would like to bring flowers at any time (fancy or not!) please let Erin Caldwell or Fr. Ted know so we can coordinate. You can bring flowers for many occasions--name days, birthdays, anniversaries, etc. If you’d like, a dedication can also be put in the bulletin.


See an Error in the Bulletin?

If you see something in the bulletin weekly schedule or announcements that doesn’t seem quite right, please let Fr. Ted or Erin Caldwell know as soon as possible.The sooner an error gets pointed out the sooner we can correct it. We try to keep all the information accurate and up-to-date, but sometimes we don’t catch typos or errors before the bulletin goes to print or before the ebulletin is emailed to you. We appreciate your eyes being on the bulletin, and are not offended if you point out a mistake in the bulletin. Rather, we appreciate getting the correction as soon as possible so that we can get the corrected information to all parish members.


Want to Join An Evening Adult Discussion or Bible Study?

It has been a while since we have done an adult discussion or bible study in the evening.  Is it time to start such a study?  Please let Fr. Ted know if you will attend. The existence of the group depends on you.  Want to discuss an Orthodox understanding of Genesis?  Of what it is to be human?  Want to discuss a book of the bible? Your ideas are welcome. Talk to Fr. Ted or email him at


New Catechism/Inquirer’s Class

Fr. Ted was asked to offer another Catechism/ Inquirer’s class beginning at the end of August. If you would like to join this class, or if you know of someone else who would want to join the class, please let Fr. Ted know as soon as possible. Contact him at

August Charity

In August, the Charity funds will be given to both the Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) and to support the charitable work of St. Vincent de Paul. As our college age Orthodox return to school, we will give support to an organization, the OCF, which ministers to Orthodox students on campuses across the nation. Please remember to pray for all the Orthodox college students as they face the challenges that college life brings to those who desire to live a Christian life.


Notes from the 21 August Parish Council Meeting

Present: Fr. Ted, Brian Garber, Kerrie Wiese, Rebecca Barone, Bruce Garber, Janine Elash, Bill Turri


YTD Financial Report as of 30 June:

Budget                         $131,406.33

Expenses                    $128,321.43

Income                        $115,697.94

Assets                         $244,818.53


While the parish continues to operate within its budget, member’s donations to the parish are lagging behind actual expenses. Giving this year is lagging behind last year’s giving. As we approach our Annual Parish Meeting and the Pledge Campaign and the 2018 Budget, we need everyone to be mindful of our operating expenses and the financial needs of the parish to continue the work we are doing.


1] Council had its first discussion of the Proposed 2018 Budget. The proposed Budget of $265,104 represents about a 1% increase in proposed expenditures for next year. Council will continue discussing the Budget. 2] The Playground equipment will be delivered by the end of August, with installation hopefully before October. About $24,000 was pledged and about $16,000 of the pledges have been received. Council toured the site where the playground will be installed. Work to clear the land will begin soon. 3] Council is reviewing bids to replace one of the heating and air conditioning units which has been malfunctioning. A third bid is being sought on the project. 4] Parish Picnic will be held this Sunday, August 27. 5]  A list of volunteers serving as the chairs of various parish ministries was distributed to Council members.



Birthdays: Mark Stokoe, Adam Federinko

Nameday: Alex Masick

Anniversary: Brian & Wendy Garber


God grant you many years!


This Week’s Schedule:


August 28

Ven. Moses the Ethiopian of Scete (ca. 400)

Readings: 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, Mark 3:6-12

8:30am Matins                        9am Office Hours


Tuesday, August 29

The Beheading of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist John 

Readings: 2 Corinthians 8:16-9:5, Mark 3:13-19


Wednesday, August 30

Sts. Alexander (340), John (595), and Paul the New (784), Patriarchs of Constantinople

Readings: 2 Corinthians 9:12-10:7, Mark 3:20-27

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours

11am  Discussion: An Introduction to God (chapters 2 & 3)


Thursday, August 31

Hieromartyr Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage (258)

Readings: 2 Corinthians 10:7-18, Mark 3:28-35


Friday, September 1

Church New Year (Indiction). St. Simeon the Stylite (the Elder) and his mother, Ven. Martha (ca. 428)

Readings: 2 Corinthians 11:5-21, Mark 4:1-9

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours


Saturday, September 2

Ven. Anthony and Theodosius of the Kiev Caves (10th-11th c.)

Readings: 1 Corinthians 2:6-9, Matthew 22:15-22

5pm Vespers


Sunday, September 3

13th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 4. St. Phœbe, Deaconess at Cenchreæ near Corinth (1st c.)

Prosfora: D. Federinko

Altar Servers: D. Abshear

Greeter(s): MK Smith & M. Adrian

Epistle: M. Pearson

Donut Sponsor(s):Need sponsor

Chapel Vacuum: Need volunteers

Candle care: Need volunteer

Counters: B. Lootens & R. Wagner

9:00am Hours: M. Pearson

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:15am Youth group

11:30 Fellowship Hour: Potluck

11:45 Church School


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