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Come and join in what's happening this month at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Spring Hill, Florida — the little church with a big heart and room for everyone! We're all works in progress in God's eyes, so come grow in Christ with us!
Sunday, November 4
Sunday, November 11
Wednesday, November 14
Thursday, November 15
Sunday, November 18
Tuesday, November 20
Thursday, November 22
Sunday, November 25
Thursday, November 29
Nativity Fast (November 15 through December 24): The Nativity Fast readies us for the celebration of the Nativity (the Birth of Jesus Christ) on December 25 through renewed effort at practicing the spiritual exercise program Jesus gave us: almsgiving, prayer, and fasting (Matthew 6:1-18). These three practices turn our attention and appetites away from ourselves (the ego) and redirect them toward others (God and neighbor), enabling us to grow in the love that Jesus commands in his gospel. It is also a fitting time to take stock of our lives and unburden our consciences in the sacrament of confession, which is available after any worship service or my appointment with our parish presbyter, Father Michael Shuster.
Saint Nicholas Prayer Services: We kick off the Nativity Fast with the first of our Saint Nicholas Prayer Services at 12 noon, followed by a fun "Seven Question Quiz" to reacquaint ourselves with the basics of our faith. The Church honors Saint Nicholas, fourth-century bishop of Myra (now in Turkey), on December 6. Known for protecting the young, providing for the poor, rescuing the innocent, and righting wrongs, he is the beloved patron saint of the people of Carpathian Rus'. Additional Saint Nicholas Prayer Services will take place at 6 p.m. on November 20 and at 12 noon on November 29. Come join us in celebrating this remarkable man of God!
Thanksgiving Day (November 22): Thanksgiving Day bids us to count our blessings and remember their source: God. Make time during this special day to give thanks to God for the bounty of his earth and all the good in our lives. "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His love lasts forever!" (Psalms 118:1).
Put Compassion Into Action: Jesus said how we treat those in need is how we treat him (Matthew 25:31-46). Practice the love of neighbor he commanded in his gospel (Mark 12:31) by bringing your weekly gifts to church on Sunday to help disadvantaged children, women and men locally through the Dawn Center and Westside Elementary School. Items needed: canned and nonperishable food, personal hygiene products, baby care supplies, school supplies, children's arts and crafts supplies, new or gently used and clean clothing. Also needed: greeting card front covers, Campbell Soup labels and Box Tops for Education coupons (found on many nonperishable food packages) for Saint Jude's Ranch for Children, which rescues children of all races and religion from abuse, neglect and abandonment.
Anniversaries: Congratulations to Alex and Riitta Onishenko (November 15) and David and Nina Craighead (November 29).
Birthdays: Best wishes to Nancy Gorechlad (November 4), Kim Tymoczko (November 9), Michael McSain (November 13), Sandra Hreczuck (November 15), and Scott Brumett (November 25).
God grant them many, blessed years in health and salvation!
"Let your light shine..." (Matthew 5:16). This month's vigil candles in front of the icons noted are prayerfully offered for the people and intentions listed by the donors named. Please remember all of them in your prayers.
In front of the icons on the iconostasis (icon screen):
Icon of the Lord Jesus Christ: Offered for the health and salvation of Father Michael and Matushka Nancy Shuster and family.
Icon of the Virgin Mary, Birthgiver of God: Offered in memory of Alvin and Mary Bowe.
Icon of the Holy Trinity: Offered for the health and salvation of Mary Ann Richards.
Icon of Saint Nicholas: Offered for the health and salvation of Scott Brumett by Mary Ann Richards.
Icon of Saint John the Baptist: Offered in memory of Colonel Ted and Helen Gaydos.
Icon of Saint Olga: Offered in memory of Rose Minarick.
Don't forget! Sign-up sheets for prayer and memorial service requests, vigil candle sponsors, bulletin sponsors, website sponsors, coffee hour hosts and help with the church building and grounds are in the loose-leaf binder in the back of the church. Please lend a hand and volunteer some time in keeping this house of the Lord ready to welcome one and all.
Thanks to everyone who gives, works and prays for the upkeep of our church. May the Lord reward you for your care of his holy house in Spring Hill, Florida!
Thanks be to God for everything!
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