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Weekly Sunday Bulletin – Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas

St. Gregory PalamasMarch 16, 2014

The season of the virtues now has come, and the Judge is at the door. Let us not hold back with darkened face, but let us keep the Fast, offering tears, contrition and almsgiving; and let us cry: our sins are more in number than the sand of the sea; but, Deliverer of all, forgive each one of us, that we may receive an incorruptible crown.

Orthros– Second Sunday of Lent

Parish Council on Duty

George Georgakakis, Manny Daskos, James Carras, Eleni Varvoutis, Michael Haralambis, Michael Fossler, Juanita Antley

2013 Christmas Pageant

Come join the community for the Sunday School’s annual Christmas Pageant. Food will be provided by the parish council and desserts will be provided by the parents.

Who:  Hosted by St. Demetrios Sunday School
What:  2013 Christmas Pageant
Where:  St. Demetrios Church
When:  Friday, December 20,  2013 at 6:30pm

 

 2013 Christmas Pageant Script

(Mary, Joseph, any extra shepherds and angels without speaking parts, such as the younger ones walk to the stable during the entrance hymn.)

All sing during entrance: Joy to the World

(Samuel and Hannah are kneeling down next to beds finishing their bedtime prayers.)

Samuel and Hannah: And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power ·and the glory of the Father,and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (They make the sign of the cross) Amen. (Stand up.)

Hannah: Goodnight Samuel.

Samuel: Goodnight Hannah. I can’t believe it’s Christmas Eve.I hope I get lots of presents.

Hannah: Well, I’M the good child. (Pointing to self.) I bet I get more presents than YOU!

Samuel: No way.

Mother (from background): Goodnight children,or there will be NO presents for EITHER of you.

Samuel and Hannah: Goodnight mother.

Father (from background): Did you two say your prayers? Samuel and Hannah: Yes Father. (Children lie down on cots.) (Angels enter, facing audience. Angel 2 is carrying icon.)

Angel 1: I believe these children need to learn the REAL meaning of Christmas.

Angel2: What do you have in mind?

Angel1: I’m thinking,I’m thinking. (Finger on chin.) Angel 2: We could put a bible in their stockings.

Angel 1: We tried- that last year.

St. Nicholas: And keep praying of course.

Samuel: Sure, sure

 

(They start walking around the audience on red path. St. Nicholas picks up items from -under tree and places them around path, then goes to stand by stable.)

Children: Jingle Bells,Jingle Bells,Jingle all the way. ………

(Shepherd 1 enters, blocks path, interrupts singing.)

Shepherd 1: Whoa,where are you two going at this hour?

Samuel: (Sarcastically) We are going to find our REAL Christmas gift.

Shepherd 1: It’s awfully lonely out here. Can I come along too?

Hannah: Sure,why not. Ask him. (Points behind, but St. Nicholas is gone.)  Hey, where did he go?

Samuel: This better not be another joke.

Shepherd

in case.

(They continue walking and around path singing.)

 

Children and Shepherd 1: Jingle bells,jingle bells,jingle all the way. Oh what fun it is to walk in the middle of the night. ·

Shepherd 2: (Enters) Where is everyone going?

Shepherd 1: To find Christmas.

Shepherd 2: I need a little Christmas too. Can I go with you?

Shepherd 1: Just follow the red path.

Shepherd 2: I don’t go anywhere without my cross. (Picks up cross.) I’m ready now. Let’s go.

 

(They continue walking.)

 

Shepherd 1: Does anyone hear voices?

All from stable: Christ is born.Glorify Him. (3 times.) Shepherd 2: (Nervously) I’m turning back.

Shepherd 3: Wait,listen.

Messenger 1: (Front and center) And she brought forth her firstborn Son,and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes,and laid Him in a manger,because there was no room for them in the inn.

Messenger 2: Now there· were in the same country, shepherds living out in the fields,keeping watch over their flock by night.

Messenger 3: And behold,an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them,and they were greatly afraid.· ·

(Baby Jesus is placed into manger while Messengers are speaking.)

Joseph: For unto us a Child is born,unto us a Son is given.

 

All: Sing 0 Come All Ye Faithful.

 

(Samuel, Hannah and shepherds walk towards stable and join in singing.)

Hannah: So,THIS is Christmas. (Loudly, with outstretched arms.) Samuel: What are you talking about?

Hannah: Don’t you see? Christmas is a celebration. We are celebrating the birth of Jesus. HE is our gift!

Samuel: But I wanted a real gift,with wrapping paper and batteries and……

Ange/1: Jesus IS real Samuel. He is the most special gift- of all,because you can keep Him in your heart all year long. He is always .with you.

 

Samuel: {Takes Bible and gives it to mother.) Merry Christmas Morn.

Mother: Oh Samuel, I love it. Thank you.

Samuel: (Takes prayer rope and gives it to father.) Merry Christmas,Dad.

Father: Very nice. Thanks son. Just what I needed.(Pats Samuel’s shoulder.) Samuel: (Holds cross to his heart.) I think I will keep THIS to remember what Christmas is really about.

 

(Angel 1 and 2 enter and stand front and center.)

Angel 1: We did good.

Angel2: REAL good. (Angels shake hands.) (All on stage.)

All: Christ is Born. Glorify Him.

All sing: Nativity Hymn.

(All Bow)

The End

Announcements – Sunday of Orthodoxy

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Family Night – Language and Culture March 25th presentation

Please join us on Friday, March 22nd following the Salutations to the Theotokos. Join us in the community center for a Lenten meal followed by a presentation from the Language and culture classes and a special guest, our “Ierokyrix”, V. Rev. Fr. Christodoulos Papadeas from the Metropolis of Atlanta.

Choir

We are looking for faithful members to give their time, talent and voices to join our choir, under the leadership of Patricia Zeiler, to give praise and honor in song to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. You do not have to have a perfect voice—All you need is a love for Christ and a desire to honor Him with all you heart, mind and voice. Please contact the church office at 954-467-1515.

Save the Date

Nia Vardalos is coming to St. Demetrios for an exclusive book signing. Visit our website for additional information.

Daughters of Penelope Scholarships

Two scholarships are being offered by the Daughters of Penelope from District #2 and the Nationals. Please contact Mary Carratt for more details at 954-491-0821. The deadline for the District is May 1st.

AHEPA National Scholarship Application – MARCH 31 Deadline

Scholarship Application

AHEPA District #2 Scholarship Application

Three Hierarchs Scholarship (THS) Award

Application forms for the THS awards of Drs. Anthony and Joyce Kales are available in the Church office. These scholarships are awarded strictly on the basis of meritorious academic achievement for college bound seniors. The academic guidelines for consideration include:
Placement in the top 10% of one’s class; membership in the National Honor Society; and a combined SAT Verbal and Math score of 1280 or greater (1300 or greater if the high school does not have a ranking system or membership in the National Honors Society).
Deadline for submission of application is June 15.

NEW YORK – Scholarships

Applications and instructions for the three scholarships administered by the Chancellor’s Office of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, are now available for awards to be made for the 2013-2014 academic year. Two of these scholarships are for undergraduate studies: the George & Naouma (Gioule) Gioles Scholarship and the Katina John Malta Scholarship; the third one is the Paleologos Graduate Scholarship, which is awarded for graduate work of a non-theological nature. Each of these scholarships was established through generous gifts from dedicated Greek Orthodox Christians who wanted to provide financial assistance towards the education of young people from our Orthodox community.

The deadline for applying for all three is April 26, 2013. Further details, including complete instructions and applications, are available on-line on the website of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and may also be requested by e-mail at scholarships@goarch.org, or by written request to the Scholarship Committee, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, 8-10 East 79th Street, New York, NY, 10075.

Office of Ionian Village

Two summer camping sessions for Greek Orthodox Youth who have completed grades 8 through 12. are being offered this year
Summer Travel Camp: June 23– July 12, 2013.
Byzantine Venture: July 20—August 8, 2013.

Spiritual Odyssey “ Cypress and Crete: May 30– June 9, 2013 For young adults ages 19 to 28

Please contact the Office of Ionian Village at ionianvillage@goarch.org or call 212-570-3536.

St. Stephen’s Summer Camp 2013 is approaching!

Applications are now being accepted online for our five week summer camp program. Returning and new counselors must complete online application. Registration for campers will be opening March 1st.

Announcements – Forgiveness Sunday (Cheesefare)

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Family Night – Language and Culture March 25th presentation

Please join us on Friday, March 22nd following the Salutations to the Theotokos. Join us in the community center  for a Lenten meal followed by a presentation from the Language and culture classes and a special guest, our “Ierokyrix”, V. Rev. Fr. Christodoulos Papadeas from the Metropolis of Atlanta.

Choir

We are looking for faithful members to give their time, talent and voices to join our choir, under the leadership of Patricia Zeiler, to give praise and honor in song to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. You do not have to have a perfect voice—All you need is a love for Christ and a desire to honor Him with all you heart, mind and voice. Choir rehearsal, Sat. Mar. 23 at 11am. Please contact the church office at 954-467-1515.

Annual Lenten Retreat

Orthodox Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Miami Lakes on Saturday, March 16th and 23rd from 10:30am-3:30pm. The Lenten retreat will be led by two speakers, Klaus Kenneth and his fascinating journey to the Orthodox church and Dr. Christopher Veniamin on the life and teachings of Elder Sophrony. Complimentary lunch will be provided. Please call 305-822-0437 for more info.

Holy Confession

Fr. Chris will be hearing Holy Confession on Clean Monday, March 18 from  12pm-6pm. Please call the church office to schedule an appointment.

Save the Date

Nia Vardalos is coming to  St. Demetrios for an exclusive book signing. For more information visit our website.

Daughters of Penelope Scholarships

Two scholarships are being offered by the Daughters of Penelope from District #2 and the Nationals. Please contact Mary Carratt for more details at 954-491-0821. The deadline for the District is May 1st.

AHEPA National Scholarship Application – MARCH 31 Deadline

Scholarship Application

AHEPA District #2 Scholarship Application