THE SUNDAY MESSENGER
October 2, 2016
FOURTH SUNDAY OF THE HOLY CROSS
72 Disciples of Christ
Besides the 12 Apostles, Jesus also had 72 disciples, whom he sent to “preach the Good News to all nations”. Unfortunately, those disciples’ names are not mentioned in the Gospels. In the New Testament the word “disciple” is used of the followers of the Jesus Christ. Christ sent out his apostles and disciples “like lambs among wolves” two by two, to go ahead of him to every town and place where he himself was about to go, saying them: “Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me…” (The Gospel according to Luke 10:16). There are hardly any differences between the 12 apostles and the 72 disciples, they have the same power and authority and the same mission (The Gospel according to Luke 10:9; 9:1). However, the names of all 72 disciples, like the names of the 40 innocent children martyred in Bethlehem, are known to God only and are written in the sacred book of the Heavenly Kingdom.
TODAY’S BIBLE READINGS:
- 2Corinthians 13:5-13 (page 170) New Testament
- Mark 11:27-33 (page 44) New Testament – (Please follow the Armenian Reading in your Bible)
“The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (James 5:16b). Please remember in your prayers: the St. Garabed parishioners and all the victims of the flooding in Baton Rouge, healing for Virginia Shakarjian, Janice Boyajian Pinkerton and Anita Mirijanian; law enforcement officers who have been killed or injured in the line of duty; those killed in the many terrorist attacks in gatherings here and abroad and their families who are suffering their loss; comfort for the bereaved among us; for the current unrest in Armenia; all those affected by the ongoing conflict in Artsakh – families whose loved ones were killed and the injured as they try to recover; and all who are persecuted for their faith and forced from their homes during these perilous times.
Today’s Confession/Communion Procedure: We ask our faithful to kneel at their pews during today’s Confession instead of approaching the chancel. Our Church School students will be using a special “Confession for Children” so we will be hearing their voices from the chancel (copies of that confession are available in the slots behind each pew). Parishioners may turn to page 48 in the Pew Book and read the adult confession silently. Immediately following the Absolution, parishioners may come forward to receive Holy Communion.
There will be no Coffee Hour this Sunday; instead, there will be a Breakfast sponsored by the Church school in the Church Hall. All are welcome, the Breakfast proceeds of $7.00, will benefit the Church school. Children eat free.
Sunday of Talents – Is God calling you to serve? Of course, He is! Join us to explore some volunteer opportunities at Holy Trinity which may be the perfect fit for your God-given talents. There are many ways to serve the Church and help it grow and thrive. Come and join us on Sunday, October 9th to find out more.
Fall Bible Study: We invite you to attend our fall adult Bible study. The six-week series will focus on the general or “universal” epistles of the New Testament and be led by Fr. Hakob and others. We will meet on Thursday mornings in October and November; our first session is October 6. Ask any of our Parish Council representatives for details. All our programming is free of charge, and we encourage our faithful to bring along a friend.
GIFT AUCTION: We are in need of donations for the Harvest Bazaar Gift Auction and are asking for your help. Our goal is to obtain new gifts each in value of $100 or more but we are happy to accept gifts of various values. Gifts can be geared toward younger children, teenagers or adults. Gift baskets and gift certificates are most appreciated. Many venues will donate. You can even send items such as wine or liquor that we will package for you. Please call Linda Boornazian at 301-717-2401 or Margo Silk at 856-425-6565 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
October is Breast Cancer Month The health care for women in Armenia is not the same quality as in the United States. A clinic has been established and the Ladies of Holy Trinity will support it with a Pink Campaign during the month of October. A jar is sitting on the table in the narthex. We are asking our parishioners to simply drop in their loose change each Sunday. Our collection will be sent to Yerevan to support women’s health care which lags far behind the care men received. Please support this worthy project. thank you.
MEN’S CLUB RAFFLE – Tickets are now available – and selling fast – for the 200 Club Raffle. A one-time donation of $100 will entitle you to eight months of drawings, with five tickets drawn each month. The first drawing will take place in November and the last in June; the prizes in those two months will be $1000 / $400 / $200 / $200 / $ 200 !! And your chances are better than the lottery! Contact Larry Der Hagopian (215-672-4188) or Mickey Paretchan (215-947-4394) if you haven’t already purchased your ticket! The Men’s Club provides financial support for our church through this endeavor, and has been sponsoring two orphaned children via CASP for many years.
ATTIC TREASURES: If you’re cleaning out your closets, we would greatly appreciate donations of your CLEAN & UNDAMAGED gently used items to be sold at the Attic Treasures table during the Harvest Bazaar. No toys, clothing or books (except cookbooks). Desired items are jewelry, women’s accessories, housewares, small furnishings, and more, more, more. Attic treasures can be left in the 1st room on the right down the Sunday School hall. Call Ayshe Chakmaklian for more info. at 610-828-2411. If you need a New Jersey pick up call Grace Meranshian at 856-217-9333.
THE NICENE CREED/ HAVADAMK – This Sunday, we will be reciting the Creed in English and we invite and encourage our faithful to join with the Choir in proclaiming the Profession of our Faith. it can be found in the Pew Books, beginning on the bottom of p 18 (right-side page) in the back section of the book.
CHURCH CALENDAR (please mark your calendars)
- Sunday October 2nd: Pancake Breakfast sponsored by our Church School
- Thursday October 6th: Bible Study: 10:00 a.m.
- Sunday October 9th: Sunday of Talents
- Thursday October 13th: Bible Study: 10:00 a.m.
- Sunday October 16th: Honoring Dn. Albert and Dn. Garo
- Thursday October 20th: Bible Study:10:00 a.m.
- October 28th, 29th & 30th: Harvest Bazaar
The Bookstore: The Bookstore is open every Sunday after Liturgy. Please stop in and browse.
COUNTRY STORE: The Country Store is open every Sunday after church services in the kitchen. All are welcome.
If you know of anyone who is a shut-in, or ill and would like a visit from Der Hayr, please call the office and give their name to Maggie our church secretary.
CHURCH ETIQUETTE: We wish to remind you, our faithful, to please maintain a quiet and contemplative manner as you approach the chancel for communion. We especially ask that you refrain from conversation while waiting your turn for communion as well as afterwards as you return to your pew. Thank you.
THE KISS OF PEACE: After the gifts of the Eucharist are brought to the Altar Table, the deacon proclaims, “Greet one another with a holy kiss.” The person giving the greetings says, Kristos ee mech mer Haydnetsav – Christ is revealed amongst us. The recipient would respond, Orhnial eh Haydnootiunun Kristosee – Blessed is the revelation of Christ.
Anyone who wishes to request any Requiem Services MUST inform the office by 1:30pm Wednesday the week before. If you also want to sponsor the Fellowship Hour you MUST call Merle Santerian at 215-947-3777.
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WE ASK THAT EVERYONE KINDLY TURN OFF ALL CELL PHONES and all other such electronic devices prior to entering the sanctuary out of respect for the sanctity of our services.