Weekly Announcements

 

 
 
THIS WEEK’S ANNOUNCEMENTS
Sunday,  November 20th, 2022
9th Sunday of Luke / Forefeast of the Entrance of the Theotokos
 
Sunday, November 20th
9th Sunday of Luke / Forefeast of the Entrance of the Theotokos
8:15am Orthros     9:30am Divine Liturgy
Parish Council Elections ,     Stewardship Sunday
Deadline for Community Christmas Card
Evrytanian Bake Sale,   Dance Practice
 
Monday, November 21st
Entrance of the Theotokos to the Temple
8:15am Orthros    9am  Divine Liturgy
 
Tuesday, November 22nd
7:45am Orthros     8:30am  Divine Liturgy
5:45pm  Philoptochos Meeting
 
Wednesday, November 23rd
7:45am  Orthros     8:30am  Divine Liturgy
10:30am Paraklesis
 
Thursday, November 24th
Thanksgiving Day
8:15am Orthros   9am Divine Liturgy
 
Friday, November 25th
St. Katherine
8:15am Orthros   9am Divine Liturgy
 
Saturday, November 26th
St. Stylianos
8:15am Orthros   9am Divine Liturgy
6pm  Vespers
 
14-year Trisagion is offered today for Mantha Kotsalos with Coffee Hour
on behalf of her children, Vicki Kotsalos, Evdokia (Jimmy) Mallios, William(Sophia) Kotsalos, George(Maria) Kotsalos and Family.
May her memory be eternal.
 
16-year Trisagion is offered today for father- George Doulgeris,
36-year Trisagion for mother-Antoinette Doulgeris
and 24-year Trisagion for stepmother- Ann Argyros Doulgeris
on behalf of their son, John & Kathy Doulgeris.
May their memory be eternal. 
 
Stewardship Pledge:  We ask that you please fill out your Stewardship Pledge for 2022 with careful and prayerful consideration and please return it to the Church Office. You can find these stewardship cards in the Narthex and in the Church Office.  As of 10/29/22 - 372 families made pledges which is 74% of our families. The actual contributions & pledges are $357,146 at 74%. We thank all the families that have pledged so far for 2022 and may the blessings of the Lord always be with you and all in your families.
 
Church Committees - we are looking for volunteers to serve on the Building & Grounds committee of our Church. Ours is a large facility and we need to do a better job keeping the facility beautiful, clean, secure and functioning effectively - inside & out.  Contact George Spanos: gjsholytrinity@gmail.com.
 
Bookstore news:   The Bookstore is open on Sundays after church. This is a special ministry in our Cathedral. There are many wonderful books, holy icons and other items that you may wish to buy for your home or give as gifts. Please come by and see our bookstore. Two new books are in“Return, Repentance and Confession, Return to God and His Church”.  As announced we have the book on Fr. Ephraim of Arizona and a new book which just arrived on Papa Demetri Gagastathis. He was a married Priest that served with zeal and dedication his parishioners and Christ. Fr. Demetri had a most miraculous and fascinating life. Please come by our Bookstore for other new items, as well.
 
Icons for sponsorship.  If you want to sponsor one of the Holy Icons or you know of someone who would like to sponsor one, please let me know ASAP.  Please call me at 717-818-1160 or email me at frmichael@holytrinityhbg.org,  Our Church is adorned with these beautiful Holy new icons. It looks spectacular!  Please see the list of icons that are ready to be sponsored in the Narthex.

Dates to Remember:
1.   Philoptochos is sponsoring a Clothing Drive for slightly used coats, jackets, mittens, gloves, scarves, hats, blankets for the less fortunate in the Hall. There are boxes along the wall where you can place your donation. Please be generous and also please make sure that they are clean with no holes. The deadline is today to donate -  Sunday, November 20th. This is a community wide donation drive.
 
2.   Elections and Stewardship Sunday will be held Today Sunday, November 20th.  Candidates running for the Parish Council in alphabetical order are: Haralambos Arahovas, Michael Kalathas, Nicholas C. Mallios, John Papoutsis, Konstantinos Pappas and Nicholas Theofanis. Please come and vote.
 
3.   Please sign up for the Christmas Card in the Hall after the Divine Liturgy. It’s a nice and most appropriate way to send our greetings to all in the Community. Today is the last day.
 
4.   Sign-up for a personalized virtual call from Santa for your children, αγες 7 το 10. Don’t miss this opportunity to share the Spirit of Christmas with your Family!  Please see ατταψηεδ flyer for more information.
 
5.   Please see the attached flyer for a donation for Christmas flowers in the Cathedral. Every year we have beautiful flowers that adorn our Church. The names of those donating will be in the next Source.  Thank you for your generosity.
 
6.  Orthodoxy on Tap will be held on Saturday, November 26th at Sts. Constantine & Helen in Reading, PA. They will have Icebreakers at 5pm, Vespers at 5:30pm and Dinner at 6:30pm, Talk at 7pm and Q & A 8:00pm.  The topic will be from “New Age to Orthodoxy”. This involves twin sisters who found their way to the Orthodox Church. They will offer remarks. This group is for Young Adults.
 
7.   Evrytanian Chapter is raising money for “Children with Special Needs” and will be selling Christmas ornaments after Church.  The ornaments will be sold for $15 each. 
 
8.   Evrytanian Bake Sale will be held today Sunday, November 20th after the Services.  Please be generous and buy their delicious goodies. The Evrytanians are very generous in helping others. All monies will go towards “Children with Special Needs”.
 
9.   SENIOR CITIZENS’ CHRISTMAS GATHERING at the Annunciation Church in York, PA on Thursday, December 1st at 11:00am σταρτινγ with Paraklesis.  The luncheon will follow. Please let John Harbilas or Maria Peslis know that you are going. Transportation by carpooling is available. If you need a ride please talk to John Harbilas 717-512-3310. We need to give a head count.  Thank you.
 
10.  AHEPA - Christ Megoulas and David Bobb will be selling beautiful Cross Christmas Ornaments in the Church Hall today after the service and for the next several Sundays. The Ornaments are in limited supply, but Christ and David will also be taking orders. Order forms will also be available at their station. The price for each ornament is $21.00 and proceeds from the Ornaments will benefit the Children's Hospitals of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. 
 
11.  Calling all Holy Trinity Pickleball enthusiasts!  With the winter weather approaching, we wish to offer an opportunity for our parishioners to participate in a weekly Pickleball competition.  Starting Monday November 28, we will have indoor Pickleball in our Social Hall starting at 6:30.  Please email Nick Gekas 692gekas@comcast.net or George Spanos gjsholytrinity@gmail.com. if you wish to participate.
 
12.  NEW METROPOLIS CENTER.  We will have a special speaker, Archon Nicholas Lekas from our Metropolis, on Sunday, December 4th to give us after Liturgy an excellent presentation on the New Metropolis Center. George Spanos is member of the Steering Committee and will be offering remarks on this project. Afterwards, Nick Lekas will answer any questions you may have. That day we hope that our parishioners will be proud of the plans and be aware of the variety of Ministries that this new Center will enable our Metropolis to offer. Please mark your Calendars. Coffee and refreshments will be offered.
 
Donations - we are grateful to all of you for your generosity and consideration of our Cathedral.  We ask that if you wish to donate material items (books, Christmas decorations, piano keyboards, technology equipment, household goods, etc...) that you FIRST coordinate with a member of parish council to determine need.  Over the years, we have accumulated well-intended donations that we have been unable to use.  Thank you!
 
Save the Date!                   Holy Trinity Community Christmas Musical
Our 2022 Christmas Musical "Faith Endures, A Christmas Story of Hope" will be presented on Sunday December 18th at 3pm in the Social Hall. This is an original story about how one child's unwavering faith inspires those around them to find hope in Christ's Nativity even in the face of difficulty and despair. Our story is enhanced with song and dance and will also include instrumental interludes performed by parishioners. The large cast includes both children and adults as well as a special appearance of "little angels". We hope that everyone will attend and support this ministry. No tickets required (free will offering basket will be available). Feel free to contact Ann (717) 379-6350 or Connie (717) 571-9066 with any questions.
 
2023 FESTIVAL SAVE THE DATE  - May 19, 20, 21 2023 - OPA!  Our Annual PA Greek Fest will be held the weekend of May 19th in 2023.  Please save the weekend and keep it free from other activities so you are available to help.  In particular, we need you to take off on Friday, so we have enough help on the first day.  Stay tuned to the Announcements and to the Source for more information about Festival preparations starting in February.
 
Preparing for Christmas The Christmas Fasting Period has started. During this fasting period, as the Church teaches us, if we are healthy, we refrain from all types of meat, poultry, eggs and milk products. From November 21st, the feast day of the Presentation of the Virgin Mary to the Temple till Dec. 12th, the feast day of St. Spyridon, fish is permitted except on Wednesdays and Fridays. Also please note we will be having Divine Liturgies every day. We will have Orthros Service at 7:45am and Divine Liturgy at 8:30am except for the feast days and Sundays that are mentioned in the SOURCE Calendar. This is a special opportunity to give the names of the living and deceased to be remembered for all the 40 days at the Oblation Table. “When the Priest cuts out sections of bread and commemorates the names of the faithful (living and deceased) during the prothesis (preparation of the gifts before Divine Liturgy begins), an angel of the Lord descends and takes this commemoration and places it before the throne of Christ as a prayer for those commemorated”. St. Iakovos Tsalikis of Evia.
 
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