GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH
18000 Behner Road
New Buffalo, MI 49117
Mailing address: P.O. Box 93, New Buffalo, MI 49117
Rev. Fr. Paul Martin
Hymn of the Saint
Apolytkion. Third Tone
The world has found in you a great champion in time of peril, as you emerged the victor in routing the barbarians. For as you brought to naught the boasts of Lyaios, imparting courage to Nestor in the stadium, in like manner, holy one, great Martyr Demetrios, invoke Christ God for us, that He may grant us His great mercy."
Orthros begins at 10 a.m., Divine Liturgy at 10:30 a.m.
Confessions are heard on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. or by appointment.
We are a diverse community of Orthodox Christians who come together every Sunday to worship the Holy Trinity, offer our hearts to God, and receive the Body and Blood of Christ. While all are invited to pray with us, only Orthodox Christians who have prepared themselves may partake of Holy Communion.
Services in October
Sunday, October 6: 3rd Sunday of Luke
Sunday, October 13: 4th Sunday of Luke
Bible Study to follow services
Sunday, October 20: 6th Sunday of Luke
Parish Council meeting to follow services
Sunday, October 27: 7th Sunday of Luke. OXI Day Celebrated
Bible Study to follow services
A reminder: On the second and last Sundays of each month, we have Bible study for those who wish to deepen spiritually. While our first meeting on August 11 was well-attended, with good participation, very few came to our subsequent sessions.
Remember, this study group is for you. It is an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the Epistle and Gospel readings assigned for us on a daily basis. All of us will profit as we deepen our knowledge of Holy Scripture together.
Many thanks to all who helped at the Fest this year. As our major church fund-raiser, Greek Fest is a matter of survival. We are small in number, and long hours required that all of us work hard and long.
Of course, we also thank all who came to support the parish. We thank in particular the "Gold Donors", those who contributed in excess of $100 in donations.
General Assembly--All Parish Meeting
On Sunday, November 3, following services, there will be an all-parish meeting to discuss Greek Fest and begin planning for next year. All parishioners are invited, and it is hoped that all will attend. Please think of how the Fest may be improved and be ready to present your suggestions at the meeting.
On Wednesday, September 11, Pitza Arvan, Nan Baker, Lillian Casten, Eleni Edison, Donna Polymeris, and Marina Sheerin met to discuss plans for maintaining the church, keeping it tidy and clean, and general care issues. As Eleni puts it, "Whatever is needful" for the church and within the power of our ladies to accomplish is on the agenda. All ladies of the parish are invited to participate in this committee, which will meet at 10:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month.
The next meeting of the Ladies' Committee will be on Wednesday, October 9 at 10:30 a.m.
Mark your calendars! Greek Nite this year will be Saturday, November 16. If you wish to help or volunteer your support, be in touch with Greek Nite Chairman George Scarlatis (phone: 269-231-5410; email: geosca at gmail.com).
Support your parish by attending Greek Nite and selling tickets to your friends and family.
Our Church School is in full force this year, thanks to the dedication of our teacher, Eleni Edison. Eleni is faithful and well-prepared; she has the necessary textbooks and is very enthusiastic. So parents and grandparents, please bring your children and grandchildren to church on Sunday. Attendance thus far has been spotty. Please try to be faithful and consistent in your attendance.
Parents are primarily responsible for teaching their children about the faith. But your church will support you. Take advantage of church school. Attend Divine services regularly, and bring your little ones.
Every home is a "little church," and parents are expected to pray regularly with their children before the icons. Set a good example for your little ones, and they will develop well. Look to the future. Do you want your children to remain in the Church? If so, spend time teaching them now. Lay the foundation now.
Parish Annual Dues
A number of our parishioners are not current in their annual dues. We ask that all parishioners who have not yet paid their membership dues please do so as soon as possible. You will not be singled out or harassed. We only ask that you be responsible stewards.
The parish needs your monetary support to continue. If you are not able to pay, please discuss this with Fr. Paul and you will be excused.
The Meaning of Life is Eucharistic
"The universe is the vineyard given to men by God. 'All things are for our sake, not we for theirs,' says St. John Chrysostom. Everything is God's gift to man, a sign of His love. All things bear witness to the sap of God's love, His good will or grace, and communicate it to us. Consequently everything is a vehicle of His divine gift of love, just as every gift that we make to one another is a sign and vehicle of love for each other. But a gift calls for a responding gift, so that the reciprocity of love may be realized. To God, however, man can give back nothing but what has been given him for his needs; his gift, therefore, is sacrifice and he offers it in thanksgiving to God. Man's gift to God is sacrifice and 'eucharist' in the widest sense.
"Yet in offering the world to God as a gift or sacrifice, we set on it the seal of our own work, of our understanding, of our spirit of sacrifice, of our own movement towards God. The more we grasp the value and complexity of this divine gift and develop its potentialities, and thereby increase the talents that have been given us, the more we praise God and give Him joy, proving that we are active partners in the dialogue of love between Him and us." Fr. Dumitru Staniloae (as appearing in The Orthodox Way, Metropolitan Kallistos Ware, p. 65)
Friends of the Metropolis
All of our faithful are encouraged to support the Friends of the Metropolis by making a donation this year. Please see the enclosed Friends flyer and donation form for further information.