St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church

Sunday Bulletin

Sunday, September 30, 2018

18th Sunday after Pentecost
Tone 1. Hieromartyr Gregory, Bishop of Greater Armenia (ca. 335)

Today’s Schedule:

Prosfora: S. Pacak

Altar Servers: D. Abshear, D. Beleny

Greeter(s): D. Short

Epistle: A. McLarnan

Donut Sponsor(s): Muzzy

Chapel Vacuum: Alex & Bobby Tyson

Candle care: Alex & Bobby Tyson

Counters: B. Lootens & J. Weise

9:00am Hours: A. McLarnan

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Potluck

11:45am Youth group/Church School


Hymns & Readings:


Tone 1 Troparion (Resurrection)

When the stone had been sealed by the Jews, while the soldiers were guarding Your most pure body, You rose on the third day, O Savior, granting life to the world. The powers of heaven therefore cried to You, O Giver of Life: “Glory to Your Resurrection, O Christ! Glory to Your Kingdom! Glory to Your dispensation, O Lover of mankind!”

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 1 Kontakion (Resurrection)

As God, You rose from the tomb in glory, raising the world with Yourself. Human nature praises You as God, for death has vanished. Adam exults, O Master! Eve rejoices, for she is freed from bondage and cries to You: “You are the Giver of Resurrection to all, O Christ!”


Tone 1 Prokeimenon

Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us as we have set our hope on You.


Epistle: 2 Corinthians 9:6-11

But this I say: “He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. As it is written: “He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.” Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.


Gospel: Luke 6:31-36

And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.

For Further Reading:


Jesus Opens Heaven to Us

The way by which the man Jesus ascended - from earth to heaven, from humanity to Divinity - is opened up to everyone after his resurrection. Deification is perceived dynamically, as an ascent of the human being, together with the whole created world, to divine glory, holiness and light. (Hilarion Alfeyev, The Spiritual World of St. Isaac the Syrian, p. 57)


Loving One’s Enemies

If the Emperor had laid down a law that all those who were enemies should be reconciled to one another, or have their heads cut off, should we not everyone make haste to a reconciliation with his neighbor? Yes! Truly, I think so! What excuse then have we, in not ascribing the same honor to the Lord that we should do to those who are our fellow-servants? For this reason we are commanded to say, “Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors” (Mt. 6:12). What can be more mild, what more merciful, than this precept! He has made you a judge of the pardon of your own offences! If you forgive few things, He forgives you few! If you forgive many things, He forgives you many! If you pardon from the heart, and sincerely, God in like manner also pardons you! (St. John Chrysostom, Preparation for Great Lent, p. 8)


Being a Christian Yet Living in the World

It was said of Abba John the Dwarf, that one day he said to his elder brother, ‘I should like to be free of all care, like the angels, who do not work, but ceaselessly offer worship to God.’ So he took off his cloak and went away into the desert. After a week he came back to his brother. When he knocked on the door, he heard his brother say, before he opened it ‘Who are you?’ He said, ‘I am John, your brother.’ But he replied, ‘John has become an angel, and henceforth he is no longer among men.’ Then the other begged him saying, ‘It is I.’ However, his brother did not let him in, but left him there in distress until morning. Then, opening the door, he said to him, ‘You are a man and you must once again work in order to eat.’ Then John made a prostration before him saying, ‘Forgive me.’ (John the Dwarf, The Sayings of the Desert Fathers, p. 86)


Know God

Authentic asceticism used practices that deepened self-awareness. The desert ascetic understood that growth in self-awareness was a necessary and valued component of the spiritual journey. Self-awareness was pursued through ascetical practices in order to become more deeply united with God and closer to heaven.

            As the ammas taught, inner hesitancy and resistance to meet God in honesty, silence, and solitude are related to our resistance to come to know ourselves in our frailties. An honest encounter with God challenges our capacity for intimacy. We may come to discover that we fear our passion for God. We may want to run from our sense of emptiness. Self-awareness calls us to face our hurt and anger. Above all else, self-awareness reveals our idols - those self-serving, false images of God that deny who God actually is.

            ...Apatheia is purity of heart. The ammas teach us to intentionally let go of all that keeps us from the single-minded pursuit of God: feelings and thoughts that bind us, cravings and additions that diminish our sense of worth, and attachments to self-imposed perfectionism. (Laura Swan, The Forgotten Desert Mothers, p. 24 & 26)


The Theotokos Weaves our Salvation

In a famous fifth-century homily delivered at Constantinople (the centre of fine weaving in the eastern Roman world) St. Proclos called her

            The awe-inspiring loom of the Incarnation on which the weaver, the Holy Spirit, ineffably wove the garment of the hypostatic union. The overshadowing power from on high was the interconnective thread of the weave; the ancient fleece of Adam was the wool; the undefiled flesh from the virgin was the threaded woof; and the shuttle - no less than the immeasurable gracefulness of her who bore him. Over all stood the Logos, that consummate artist. (John Anthony McGuckin, The Orthodox Church: An Introduction to its History Doctrine and Spiritual Culture, p. 222)


Recent Posts on Fr Ted’s Blog


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.


Wednesday Adult  Discussion Group

This week we will begin a preliminary discussion of the ideas of Fr. Alexander Schmemann.  On Wednesday, October 17, we will begin 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.


NO Vespers Saturday, October 6

Fr. Ted will be in Warren Thursday - Saturday visiting his mother who was recently hospitalized.  There will be NO Matins or Office Hours on Friday, October 5 and and NO Vespers on Saturday, October 6.


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 will be a collection box in the coat room. Thanks in advance for your support of this worthwhile cause.


Live Stream with Bishop Paul on Teen Realities: Relationships

The Midwest Diocese Centre for Family Life will be having an interactive online meeting that will give an exciting opportunity for parents, grandparents, godparents, and teachers to pose their questions to Bishop Paul. The topic being discussed is dealing with building relationships with today’s teenagers. The event will be on Sunday, October 7th at 8:00 PM. David and Laura Short are inviting anyone that would be interested in participating in this to their home. They will have beverages and light snacks. If you are interested in participating please let David and Laura know.  If you cannot attend, but would like to participate from your home, there are flyers on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall.


Fire Drill

Parish Council has approved the Risk Committee conducting a Fire Drill after Liturgy on Sunday, October 14 (weather permitting). Sugarcreek Fire Department will also participate. More details will follow.


Saint John’s Camp Programs Emmaus Retreat 2018, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Philip Mamalakis: Saturday, October 20th, 8:30am-5:30pm. 

This is an all-ages, multi-parish family retreat. There will be three, hour-long sessions with Dr. Mamalakis, author of “Parenting Toward the Kingdom”. Lunch will be provided, as well as child care and a young children’s program during the speaking sessions. There will also be afternoon fellowship time, and our day will conclude in Great Vespers. Don’t miss it for the world! The cost is $30 per person (children 2 and under are free). The retreat will be held at Highland Lakes Camp near Monrovia, IN. Please go to for more details and to register, asap! Questions? Please Contact Micah Wilson at


Annual Corn Maze

Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 21 because 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. Sign up sheets will be available on the bulletin board soon. Tom's maze is located 1 mile west of State Route 4, at 4677 Germantown-Liberty Road at the intersection of Germantown-Liberty Rd. and Farmersville-West Carrollton Rd. Questions? See Alyson Turri. 


Parish Directory

Erin Caldwell will be working to update our parish directory this month. If you have corrections to make from our last photo directory, feel free to send those to her any time. More formal instructions will follow.


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.


September: Support Our Seminarians!

While all of God’s People are called to proclaim the Good News, our clergy have  been given the special task of “equipping the saints for ministry” by planting the seeds of faith and nurturing spiritual growth. For three quarters of a century, our seminaries have devoted themselves to imparting information about our faith and to pursuing the formation of those called to the ordained ministry. Our diocesan seminarians have chosen a truly difficult and selfless path, especially in terms of funding their studies and related living expenses. September 2018 has been designated “Support Our Seminarians Month” in the Diocese of the Midwest, culminating in “SOS Sunday” on September 30. Please be generous as we join together to help lighten our

seminarians’ financial burdens. All funds will be given directly to our seminarians! Please send your donations to the Diocese of the Midwest, 927 North LaSalle Blvd., Chicago, IL 60610.


September Charity

Our September charity will be given to the Diocesan Support our Seminarian campaign. The money will be used to help seminarians and their families with expenses for food and housing.  Please remember to pray for our diocesan seminarians and their families - they are devoting their lives to serve us in the Church.


Ohio Voter Registration  

One of the privileges and responsibilities of citizens of the United States is we have opportunity to vote.  There is little doubt that the issues and the candidates can be complex with lots of positives and negatives.  It is easy to be cynical of the whole process and of the candidates.  It is true there is no perfect candidate, there are only human ones, full of frailties, foibles and hubris.  If you think the election process is too complicated and dirty, so you choose not to involve yourself, you might consider the parable Jesus told in Matthew 25:14-30, with the talent being the right to vote. We won’t be commended in the end if we decide not to vote because we fear being held responsible for who wins the election.  Anyway, a reminder:  Election day is Tuesday, November 6. The deadline in Ohio to register (online, by mail, or in person) to vote is Tuesday, October 9. We pray all the time in the Orthodox Church for the government (President, congress, supreme court, all civil authority, the armed forces).  We can also influence that same civil authority by our votes. Remember, you don’t have to listen to all the political advertising nor to the talk show hosts to be an informed voter - and perhaps you will be a better voter if you don’t listen to any of them as they rely a great deal on fear-mongering. Better to simply know the issues important to you and your family and vote accordingly.



Birthdays: Nancy Mangon, Isabelle Weis

Namedays: Erik Young, Rick Russ

Anniversaries: John & Maria Braush, Erik & Mary Young 

This Week’s Schedule:

Monday, October 1

The Protection (Pokrov) of our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary. Apostle of the Seventy Ananias (1st c.). Ven. Romanus the Melodist (“Sweet-singer”—5th c.).

Readings: Philippians 1:1-7, Luke 6:24-30

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours      


Tuesday, October 2

Hieromartyr Cyprian, Virgin Martyr Justina, and Martyr Theoctistus, of Nicomedia (304). 

Readings: Philippians 1:8-14, Luke 6:37-45


Wednesday, October 3

Hieromartyr Dionysius the Areopagite, Bishop of Athens, and with him Martyrs Rusticus the Presbyter and Eleutherius the Deacon (96)

Readings: Philippians 1:12-20, Luke 6:46-7:1

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

6pm Catechism/Inquirer’s Class 5


Thursday, October 4

Hieromartyr Hierotheus, Bishop of Athens (1st c.)

Readings: Philippians 1:20-27, Luke 7:17-30


Friday, October 5

Martyr Charitina of Amisus (304).

Readings: Philippians 1:27-2:4, Luke 7:31-35

NO Matins  or Office Hours   


Saturday, October 6

Holy and Glorious Apostle Thomas (1st c.)

Readings: 1 Corinthians 15:58-16:3, Luke 5:27-32

NO  Vespers


Sunday, October 7

18th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 1. Hieromartyr Gregory, Bishop of Greater Armenia (ca. 335)

Readings: 2 Corinthians 11:31-12:9, Luke 7:11-16

Prosfora: S. Pacak

Altar Servers: M. Caldwell, J. Fencik

Greeter(s): MK Smith, M. Adrian

Epistle: S. Pacak

Donut Sponsor(s): Brian Beckett

Chapel Vacuum: J. Cunningham

Candle care: Garber

Counters: M. Pearson & B. Lootens

9:00am Hours: S. Pacak

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Potluck

11:45am Youth group/Church School


Upcoming Dates to Remember:

October 14 Fire drill during fellowship hour

October 21 Corn Maze Event

November 3 Chili Cook-Off & Bonfire

November 11 Annual Parish Meeting

November 15 Nativity Fast Begins

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