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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 5
Sunday, November 5
Sunday, November 12
Sunday, November 12
Tuesday, November 14
Wednesday, November 15 - Sunday, December 24
Wednesday, November 15
Sunday, November 19
Tuesday, November 21
Thursday, November 23
Sunday, November 26
Wednesday, November 29
Nativity Fast: The Nativity Fast runs from Wednesday, November 15 through Sunday, December 24 as a season of preparation, through extra effort at almsgiving, prayer and fasting, for our celebration of Nativity, the birth of Jesus Christ, on December 25. It is also a good time to take stock of our spiritual health and clear our consciences in the sacrament of confession, available after any worship service or by appointment with our parish presbyter, Father Michael Shuster.
Saint Nicholas Prayer Services: Starting on November 15, we will hold midweek Saint Nicholas Prayer Services leading up to the feast of Saint Nicholas of Myra (December 6), a fourth-century bishop noted for his practice of charity, care for children and defense of the innocent, who has long been considered a popular patron of the people of Carpathian Rus'. Check the calendar (see above) for dates and times. After the service, we'll challenge our brain power with a simple Seven Question Quiz about our faith and spirituality. Come join us!
Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving Day falls on Thursday, November 23 this year. Amid family and feasting, make time to remember and act on its original purpose: to thank God for the many blessings and lessons he sends our way for our own good. "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, and his love lasts forever!" (Psalm 107:1)
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 Rose Minarick (November 1), 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 Shuster, 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 David and Sandy Fidyk by Lydia Pinkowski.
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 Bill Budin by Michael McSain.
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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