THIS WEEK’S ANNOUNCEMENTS
Sunday, February 18th, 2024
Sunday of the Canaanite Woman
Sunday, February 18th
Sunday of the Canaanite Woman
9:30am Divine Liturgy
Wednesday, February 21st
5:30pm-7pm Greek School and
Meeting with Greek School parents
7pm Dance Practice
8pm Greek School
Thursday February 22nd
7pm Bible Class
Friday, February 23rd
11am Bible Class
Saturday, February 24h
6 pm Vespers
40-Day Memorial Service for Anne P. Lias
with altar flowers and coffee hour
on behalf of her daughters, Deb (Bob)Henry) and
Cathy (Steve) Janssen, grandchildren Nick (Abby) Janssen,
and Luke (Abbie) Janssen, family and friends.
May her memory be eternal.
40-Day Memorial Service for Vasiliki Lamnatos
with coffee hour
on behalf of her husband Hristos Lamnatos
May her memory be eternal
40-Day Memorial Service for Irini Kolokithas
with Flowers and Coffee Hour
on behalf of her husband, Pete and Family
May his memory be eternal.
Also, a Trisagion will be offered for Nikoloas Kolokithas, 15 years,
Anastasia Karaisas 7 years, Giannoula Hantzaras years,
Seraphim Kolokithas 2 years and Eleni Kolokithas 1 year
May their memory be eternal.
Since the Stewardship Budget for 2024 Stewardship year is 4.5% more than the 2023 Stewardship year, we are hoping for you to consider those factors and add your generosity in consideration accordingly. In fact, we are looking for the average pledge to be around $1,300 for the year. Also, the Parish Council discussed and decided for the Leader Stewards to have recognized contributions starting from $2,200 and up. To go online for your stewardship please use this link.
Please fill out a stewardship card that is located in the Narthex and bring it to the office if you don’t go online. May the blessings of the Lord always be with all of you and with our families keeping us all safe, healthy, and spiritually strong. Thank you for generously supporting the Cathedral.
Bookstore News: The Bookstore is open on Sundays after Church. There are many inspirational books, holy icons, and other items that you may wish to buy for your home or give as gifts. We have the 10-year Anniversary Memorabilia with the icon of the Holy Trinity sketched on a plexiglass in the Bookstore. NEW ITEMS in the bookstore like “Ascetics in the World” waiting for you to come and see!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Our Church is adorned with these beautiful Holy new icons. It is the House of the Lord with His Saints praying for us! Please see the list of icons that are available in the Narthex.
We have exciting news! After many years of disrepair, we are upgrading our Sunday School and Greek School classrooms to benefit our youth in their growth as Greek Orthodox Christians. Additionally, the classrooms will be able to serve as conference rooms for organizational meetings and for events such as Clergy Laity. Each classroom has been freshly painted with new flooring. Additionally, we will add modern technology and conference/classroom furnishings. We are looking for donors! You may sponsor the project as follows:
Full Classroom Sponsor $6,000 each (4 rooms, three have been sponsored)
Half Classroom Sponsor $3,000 (4 rooms, three have been sponsored)
Full Conference Room Sponsor $7,500 (sponsored)
Please contact Fr. Michael, Basil Papoutsis or George Spanos if you are interested in sponsoring.
Dates to Remember:
Godparent/Godchild Sunday has been planned by the Parish Council to be held next Sunday, February 25th. We will have a luncheon; tickets are on sale on Sundays, and we invite all Godparents to come with their Godchildren. Tickets are $20 for Adults and $10 for children ten and under and are on sale in the hall. Please plan to attend with your Godchild(ren). There will also be a decorated booth to have pictures taken.
FESTIVAL KICK-OFF on Wednesday, Feb. 28th at 7pm after Greek School. We will gather in the Hall to discuss our upcoming Festival and different issues concerning that. Please make a special effort to come and join us that evening for a wonderful social hour.
Philoptochos is collecting their stewardship dues for 2024. Please give at least $30. Remember part goes to the Metropolis and part goes to National. The rest stays here in our Philoptochos account. Please give generously. There will be a table in the Hall to collect your stewardship
Festival Baking beginning on Saturday, March 2nd. We will be making kataifi rolls beginning at 9am. We encourage all family members to please come and help. Let’s repeat the same this year. To see the rest of the Festival baking schedule, please see the February Source on page 25.
RISE AGAINST HUNGER
March 3, 1PM-3PM
Join us for a fun afternoon with fellow parishioners to assemble more than 10,000 meals sent to countries with people in need of basic nutrition. Our goal is to raise $4200 to make the 10,000 meals and 80 volunteers to participate. Our last campaign for Rise Against Hunger was March 2020. Please donate via check to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral with Rise Against Hunger in the memo line, or electronically via PayPal or Venmo (see flyer or weekly announcement attachment for QR codes.) Volunteer names can be submitted to Beth Spanos at 717-576-3018 or by Email email@example.com.
New Group: Holy Trinity Agape Group will be starting on Saturday, March 16th at 10am at the Church for ages 4 years and under. This promises to be a wonderful event for our much younger children. We want them to be able to come to Church, feel comfortable and meet new friends. We thank Elenee Raudenbush for taking the initiative to start this new group. To let us know that you are coming please text Presv. Kyriaka at 717-381-6849 or email at HTAgape@gmail.com.
Greek School will have a March 25th program on Sunday, March 24th after the Divine Liturgy. A luncheon will follow and then afterwards we will have our program. All are invited to stay and join us and see the children say their poems and sing patriotic songs.
Parish Oratorical Festival will be held on April 7th. All the topics are on page 12 of the February Source. The teachers will also be speaking with the students in the Sunday School classrooms. Our Metropolis Oratorical Festival will be held on Saturday, April 20th at the St. John the Forerunner Church in Youngstown, OH.
2024 FESTIVAL SAVE THE DATE - May 17, 18, 19, 2024 - OPA! Our Annual PA Greek Fest will be held the weekend of May 17th in 2024. 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.
Graduation Sunday will be held on Sunday, JUNE 2ND, 2024. All High School Graduates, College Graduates, please take note. Scholarships will also be awarded that day. Look for scholarship information coming in the March Source.
Scholarship Sunday will be held on Sunday, June 9th, 2024. All High School Graduates, College Graduates, please take note. Look for scholarship information in the March Source.
Olympic Flames March 25th Fundraiser
Just in time for March 25th, the Olympic Flames Dancers will be selling hand painted, wooden Amalia and Tsolias peg dolls (see flyer). These are made in Athens by a trained iconographer. They make beautiful gifts and can be displayed in your home or hung on your Christmas tree (they come with tassels and hooks). We are partnering with “So Blue” for this fundraiser. We will receive a portion of the sale price for each doll sold. The flyer below explains how orders will be taken (credit cards, cash, check or Venmo). We will also have a table in the Social Hall starting this Sunday and will take orders.
See: Olympic Flames March 25th Fundraiser Flyer