St. Michael the Archangel
Orthodox Church of America in Concord, CA
Saturday Vespers at 5 p.m.- confessions following
Sunday Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m.- Confessions 9 – 9:45 a.m.
Sunday Bulletin – December 2, 2018
Welcome to all our parishioners and visitors this Sunday! If you are from visiting, please introduce yourself!
St. Nicholas Feast – Next Sunday morning, December 9, 2018, our parish will celebrate the Feast of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker. Festivities for the children will conclude in the Parish Hall after the Liturgy. If you are bringing food for the feast, please avoid meat as we are still in the Advent fast before Christmas! Bring the children!
Canned Food for Fire Victims – St. Michael Shopping Bags are available at the entrance of the church so you can join our parish brothers and sisters in providing canned goods to the poor victims of the Chico and Paradise fires who are still in shelters. Please returned the filled bags by next week for St. Nicholas Feast and leave them on the designated table in the Parish Hall.
Canned food only (even for dogs and cats, who are most forgotten).
First Sunday Name Day – Every First Sunday of the month is Name Day Sunday. Labels will be available as you enter the church building. This way we can all get to know each other’s names.
Alias names are fine, too! This will begin on January 6, 2019.
Monthly Short Panikhida – A short Panikhida will be served after the Divine Liturgy on the 3rd Sunday of each month for the deceased parishioners who are remembered in that month. This will begin on December 16th. All are welcome to attend. If you desire a full Panikhida they will be served on Saturday mornings only, since panikhidas are not permitted on Sundays according to Orthodox Councils and practice. Sunday is always a day of the Resurrection. Each Sunday, however, the parish deceased are commemorated in the Proskemedia. If you want a full Panikhida served on a Saturday morning, you must attend, and make an offering to the cantor who will chant ($50 suggested for their time and service). There is no required offering to the priest.
Parish Council Meeting – Today in the Hall immediately after Liturgy. It will last one hour only.
Words of Holy Men and Women
Having experienced all the difficulties of earthly life, the Intercessor of the Christian race sees every tear, hears every groan and entreaty directed to Her. Especially near to Her are those who labor in the battle with the passions and are zealous for a God-pleasing life. But even in worldly cares She is an irreplaceable helper. “Joy of all who sorrow, and intercessors for the offended, and feeder of the hungry, consolation of travelers, harbor of the storm-tossed, visitation of the sick, protection and intercessor for the infirm staff of old age, “Thou are the Mother of God on high, O Most Pure One.” “The hope and intercession and refuge of Christians, the Mother of God unceasing in prayers.” “She day and night doth pray for us and the scepters of kingdoms are confirmed by Her prayers.”
-St. John Maximovitch of Shanghai and San Francisco, “Orthodox Veneration of the Theotokos”
Prayer of the Week
Prayer Toward the Unknown
O Lord, You who steadied the hand of Peter as he began to sink on the stormy sea, if you are with me, no one is against me. Grant to me the shield of faith and the mighty armor of the Holy Spirit to protect me and guide me to do Your will. The future I put into Your hands, O Lord, and I follow You to a life in Christ. Amen.
The Reader Schedule
The Reader for today is Sasha Dawson
Next week, December 9 is Gene Perry.
Agape Schedule -(Coffee Hour)
Today is bagel Sunday.
Next week, November 9 is Pot Luck for St. Nicholas Day (no meat).
Housekeeping (cleaning) – Today is Randy Crawford
We are grateful for all who serve in the various ministries of the parish!
Please pray for Justin, our catechumen, who will become our brother in Christ at Pascha!
Fr. Peter Fermeglia – Rector
P.O Box 727, Concord, CA 94522