St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church

Sunday Bulletin

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost,  Tone 7

. Holy New Martyrs of Alaska, Hieromonk Juvenaly (ca. 1796) and Peter the Aleut (1815)

Today’s Schedule:

Prosfora: D. Federinko

Altar Server: D. Abshear

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

Epistle: R. Barone

Donut Sponsor(s): Turri Family

Chapel Vacuum: Need volunteer

Candle care: Need volunteer

Counters: K. Henry, M. Brausch

9:00am Hours: B. Garber

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:15am Youth group

11:30 Fellowship Hour: Team 4

11:45 Church School


Today’s Hymns & Readings:


Resurrection Troparion: Tone 7

By Your Cross, You destroyed death! To the thief, You opened Paradise! For the myrrhbearers, You changed weeping into joy! And You commanded Your disciples, O Christ God, to proclaim that You are risen, granting the world great mercy!


St. 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 7

The dominion of death can no longer hold men captive, for Christ descended, shattering and destroying its powers! Hell is bound, while the prophets rejoice and cry: The Savior has come to those in faith! Enter, you faithful, into the Resurrection!


Prokeimenon: Tone 7

The Lord will give strength to his people. The Lord will bless his people with peace.


Epistle: 2 Corinthians 6:1-10

We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard You, and in the day of salvation I have helped You.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed. But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fastings; by purity, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love, by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as chastened, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.


Gospel: Luke 5:1-11

So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.


For Further Reading:

Fishers of Men

You have heard, my friends, that at a single word Peter and Andrew left their nets and followed Jesus. They had not seen him perform any miracles yet, and they had not heard him saying anything about eternal recompense, but at a single command from the Lord they forgot all their possessions.

            You may be thinking that these two fishermen possessed almost nothing, and so you ask how much did they have to give up? In this case, my friends, it’s the natural feelings and not the amount that we have to weigh. Those who have kept back nothing for themselves have left a great deal; those who have abandoned everything, no matter how little it may be, have left a great deal. We are attached to what we have and hold on to it; we long for what we do not yet have and try to get it. When Peter and Andrew renounced their desire to possess, they gave up a great deal; along with their possessions they renounced even their craving to possess. Those who imitate them give up as much, then, as those who do not imitate them crave to possess.

            Don’t ever say to yourselves, when you think of people who have given up a great deal, “I want to imitate them, but I have nothing to give up.” If you renounce your desires, you are giving up a great deal. No matter how little they may be, our external possessions are enough for God. He weighs the heart and not the substance, and measures the effort it costs us and not the amount we sacrifice to him. If we consider only the external substance, we see that these astute businessmen, Peter and Andrew, traded their nets and their boat for the fullness of life! (St. Gregory the Great, Be Friends of God, pp. 26-27).



The Orthodox Church is not primarily an institution. Orthodox Christianity is not a series of rules to live by, nor is it a particular structure of church government. Orthodoxy is not a theological system, nor is its fullest expression limited to any particular period of history or cultural environment.

Orthodoxy is nothing less than a relationship with God.

Orthodoxy is the expression of the way God interacts with His people. In other words, Orthodoxy is the way God relates to the Church as the Body of Christ, the way He relates to each individual within it, and conversely, a way by which people may interact and interrelate with God.

            Orthodoxy begins at or before birth, and it does so as an impersonal relationship between a Creator and His creature. However, when the person participates in the Mystery of Holy Baptism, that relationship enters a new dimension: it becomes personal. In a personal relationship, each person has a name and is recognized when called by that name. Jesus talks about this when He says that He, the shepherd, calls His sheep by name, and they recognize His voice. In the Mystery of Baptism, just as the person dies and rises again in the water, God’s name is revealed, but so too is the name of the person being baptized. God now has a way of getting our attention: He can call us by name (Archimandrite Meletios Webber, Bread, Wine & Oil, pp. 29-31).


Wisdom from the Desert

Now is the Time of Salvation

Where did true death - the death that produces and induces in soul and body both temporal and eternal death - have its origin? Was it not in the realm of life? Thus was man, alas, at once banished from God’s paradise, for he had imbued his life with death and made it unfit for paradise. Consequently true life - the life that confers immortality and true life on both soul and body - will have its origin here, in this place of death. If you do not strive here to gain this life in your soul, do not deceive yourself with vain hopes about receiving it hereafter, or about God then being compassionate towards you. For then is the time of requital and retribution, not of sympathy and compassion: the time for the revealing of God’s wrath and anger and just judgement, for the manifestation of the mighty and sublime power that brings chastisement upon unbelievers. Woe to him who falls into the hands of the living God (cf. Heb. 10:31)! Woe to him who hereafter experiences the Lord’s wrath, who has not acquired in this life the fear of God and so come to know the might of His anger, who has not through his actions gained a foretaste of God’s compassion! For the time to do all this is the present life. That is the reason why God has accorded us this present life, giving us a place for repentance. Were this not the case a person who sinned would at once be deprived of this life. For otherwise of what use would it be to him? (St. Gregory Palamas, “To the Most Reverend Nun Xenia”, The Philokalia, pp.298-299).


Recent Posts on Fr. Ted’s Blog:


Notes from the 18 September Parish Council Meeting

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


YTD Financial Report as of 31 July 2017

Expenses                         $152,321.47

Income                             $141,327.83

Budget                              $153,307.33

Assets                              $248,436.43


The parish continues to operate within its adopted budget, but giving to date is $9,688 lower this year than last year at the same time. Our budget is set up to reflect the true cost of operating the parish, including capital expenditures to repair/update the building and grounds. We rely on our members to provide 100% of our income, and so ask all members to consider their current levels of giving and whether you are able to increase your giving to the parish. The Pledge Campaign for 2018 begins in one month. Please do prayerfully consider the parish needs when as you plan your giving.  


Being mindful of current parish finances, Council adopted the Proposed 2018 Budget of $265,488 which represents a 1% increase over the 2017 Budget. The Proposed 2018 Budget will be presented to the parish at the Annual Meeting on November 12.  


1]  Council did adopt changes to the property use policy which will be published on the parish webpage.  Parishioners can use the grounds for family events if the event is approved by Parish Council. 2] The playground may be installed the week of September 24. We have received about $20,000 of the $24,000 pledged by members for this project. 3] A new furnace and AC units were installed (there are 6 separate units which heat and cool the building). We signed a contract with Butler HAC to service our units.  Further service and repair will be done to the other units to keep them running.  We will consider a bid to replace one other unit. 4] Support for collecting supplies for the hurricane victims has received strong support from parish members. All supplies will be sent to the IOCC. 5] Donut sponsors are needed for upcoming Sundays. We do not have enough people volunteering to pay for the donuts each Sunday. 6] Council did approve the use of the building by the Caldwell family for October 22. 7] Four current Council members have terms expiring this year -  Brian Garber, Bill Turri, Ann McLarnan and Kerrie Wiese. All are eligible to be re-elected and will announce their intentions this week. We have received from two other parish members notice that they would be willing to serve on Council. Elections are held at the November 12 Parish Council meeting. 8] Council discussed comments and concerns about excessive alcohol use at our Paschal celebration. Several ideas were discussed as to how to keep the celebration in a Christian spirit. Guidelines will be adopted by Council and communicated to all parish members.


Wednesday Book Study

The group is meeting this week on Wednesday, at 11am to begin watching the movie, Road to Perdition.  We will be discussing the theme of redemption, using the movie as a basis for discussion.  Please join us this week and next for this discussion.


Upcoming Baptism: Vivian Opperman

Vivian’s baptism will be September 30 at 10am followed by a reception. Everyone is welcome to attend but if you desire to stay for reception after please RSVP via text to Jules.


Serving at St. Vincent de Paul

"Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me." Matthew 25:40


The 30th of September is the fifth Saturday and our turn to serve lunch to the guests at St. Vincent de Paul. If you are interested in helping please email or call Matthew Jobst,  so he knows how many will be helping. Helping would comprise of being at the Apple street location (120 W Apple St. Dayton, OH 45402) from 9:15am to 1pm (if you only came come by having to come later or leave early that is ok). We will be preparing our normal sub sandwiches which are so well received. Look forward to seeing you there.


Catechism/ Inquirer’s Class

Our Catechism/ Inquirer’s Class is not meeting today but will resume next Sunday, October 1, following the Divine Liturgy. Class will begin about 12:30, depending on how soon Fr. Ted is available to begin the class. Any parish member wishing to review the basics of Orthodoxy is welcome to attend as well.


Youth Retreat with Bp. Paul

Join Bishop Paul and other teens from across the Midwest for a virtual youth discussion and overnight retreat to strengthen your Life in Christ. The retreat is October 27-28 at various locations in the Midwest. David Short and Tammy Abshear are putting together an event for our parish’s teens--details will be announced. See them with questions.


Relief Buckets for IOCC & Hurricane Relief

Our parish will be supporting the hurricane relief efforts of IOCC by providing them with clean-up buckets.  These buckets will be filled with supplies needed by the  volunteers  who go into damaged homes to begin the clean-up process.  We are planning to fill and ship 54 buckets. You can contribute financially to by sending money to St. Paul with the funds noted for "IOCC Buckets".  You can fill your own bucket if you like.  We will also need many hands when it comes time to fill the supplies into the buckets. For more details about the bucket, you can go to the IOCC website, Or you can contact Maria Brausch  if you have any questions.


Artwork for Sale

There are several pieces of artwork for sale in the fellowship hall by one of the inmates that Fr. Ted visits. There are suggested donation amounts on the back of the pieces. All funds will go back to the artist.


Fellowship Hour Team Members Needed

We are looking for more fellowship team members. If you like eating after liturgy (and helping to clean up a bit), this group is for you! Even if you can only commit to bringing something as simple as peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, please consider helping. Please let Dave Fenner know if you're willing.


Donut Sponsors Needed

The parish policy has been that the parish will continue to purchase donuts each Sunday for the Fellowship Hour if donors provide the money each week to pay for the donuts. There have been fewer people signing up/contributing to this. Those who want donuts need to come up with some more dough.


Librarian Needed

Our library is desperately in need of a librarian! This job requires weekly straightening, re-shelving, and harassing of people who have not returned books. The library could also use a purging of old materials. If you are interested in helping out with this ministry, please see Fr. Ted or Erin Caldwell.


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.


Thank you from St. Vincent de Paul

“We are very grateful for the gift of $400 and your support of the ministries of St. Vincent de Paul. Your gift empowers us to help nearly 900 persons every day: in our shelters, in our other housing ministries, in our nine food pantries, in our Furniture Bank, and in the 34 Conferences of St. Vincent de Paul that help your neighbors stay in their homes and avoid homelessness.” -David Bohardt, Executive Director


September Charity

In September, we are asked to remember in prayer the men and women of our Diocese who feel called to attend seminary to prepare themselves for ministry in the Church.  Bishop Paul and our Diocese has issued an SOS - Support Our Seminarians - appeal to every parish and member of the Diocese. Our charity funds this month are being sent to the Diocese to support the seminarians and their families who make great sacrifices to attend seminary - they leave jobs behind and uproot families to serve the Lord. Our diocese is supporting eight candidates this year and all funds are given directly to the seminarians. Please remember them and the faculties and staffs of our seminaries in your prayers.



Birthdays: Hank Engel, Irene Snodgrass, John Raptosh, Guinevere Allen,   

Greg Friesel


God grant you many years!


This Week’s Schedule:

Monday, September 25

Ven. Euphrosyne of Alexandria (5th c.)

Readings: Ephesians 1:22-2:3, Luke 4:37-44

8:30am Matins                        9am Office Hours


Tuesday, September 26

Repose of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian (2nd c.)

Readings:Ephesians 2:19-3:7, Luke 5:12-16


Wednesday, September 27 (fast)

Martyrs Callistratus and his company (49 Martyrs—ca. 304)

Readings:Ephesians 3:8-21, Luke 5:33-39

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours

11am  Discussion Group


Thursday, September 28

Ven. Chariton the Confessor, Abbot of Palestine (ca. 350)

Readings:Ephesians 4:14-19, Luke 6:12-19


Friday, September 29 (fast)

Ven. Cyriacus the Hermit, of Palestine (556)

Readings: Ephesians 4:17-25, Luke 6:17-23

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours


Saturday, September 30

Hieromartyr Gregory, Bishop of Greater Armenia (ca. 335)

Readings: 1 Corinthians 14:20-25, Luke 5:17-26

9:15 am Serving at St. Vincent de Paul

10am Baptism of Vivian Opperman

4pm Confession         5pm Vespers


Sunday, October 1

17th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 8. The Protection (Pokrov) of our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary . Ven. Romanus the Melodist (“Sweet-singer”—5th c.)    

Readings: 2 Corinthians 6:16-7:1, Luke 6:31-36

Prosfora: Need volunteer     

Altar Server: M. Caldwell

Greeter(s): MK Smith, M. Adrian

Epistle: B. Garber

Donut Sponsor(s): Garber

Chapel Vacuum: Need volunteers

Candle care: Need volunteers

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

1 - 2:30pm  Catechism/Inquirer’s Class


Upcoming Dates to Remember


October 21                 Diaconate Theology Class

October 28                 Baptism of Grant Ashworth

November 4               Chili Cook-Off