Weekly News – December 8, 2019

Weekly News – December 8, 2019

 

 

WEEKLY NEWS
December 8, 2019
Third Sunday of Christmas Advent 

 

 

 

SUNDAY SCHEDULE
Morning Prayer: 8:30AM
Divine Liturgy Family Worship: 9:30AM

 

 

 

Christmas Eve Carol & Prayer Service (in English)  Tuesday, Dec. 24th at 4:00p.m.
We will once again pray and sing with the accompaniment of a Stringed Trio
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Sunday Evening, January 5, 2020
Immediately following Divine Liturgy 

Reading of the Prophecies:                                               3:00PM
Divine Liturgy:                                                                    4:00PM   Dinner:                                                                  Approx. 5:30PM

Adult Portion Beef Tenderloin Dinner                                 $20.00
Children’s Portion Chicken Finger Dinner                            $5.00
Coffee and Dessert
Bring your own Beverage. 

 

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

 

Please RSVP to Mark Kashgegian by January 3rd at: MKashgegian9@gmail.com or call (617) 256-5358

 

 

SCHEDULE OF ARMENIAN CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SERVICES

Armenian Christmas Eve

Sunday, January 5, 2019

Reading of the Prophesies:                       3:00 P.M.

Christmas Eve Divine Liturgy:                   4:00 P.M.

Parish Community Dinner: (Immediately after Badarak)

Armenian Christmas

(Theophany – The Birth & Baptism of our Lord)

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Morning Service:                                      8:30 A.M.

Divine Liturgy:                                           9:30 A.M.

      Blessing of the Water

 

 

 

 

YUGHAKIN OFFERING
Yughakin Offering is a special offering made twice a year at Christmas & Easter to help defray the operational costs of our Parish.  “Yughakin” was the price for the oil used to light the lamps of the Church.  Though we no longer need oil we still have many operational costs and this offering made during these two feasts is another way for us to show our commitment to this most worthy cause. During this Season of giving, let us remember our Church with a special gift.  We need your continued support

 

 

 

2019 ANNUAL PARISH ASSEMBLY
Sunday, January 12, 2020
After Church Services.
Everyone’s participation in our Parish Assembly is Important!
ANNUAL REPORTS
Copies of the 2019 Annual Report will be available for all dues paid members on Sunday, January 5th.  You can pick up your copy at Fellowship after Church.
PARISH ELECTIONS
The Nominating Committee has begun the search for candidates for the following positions: Parish Council (4 positions- 6 candidates required for ballot), Nominating Committee (3 positions – 5 candidates required for ballot), Auditing Committee  (1 position – 2 candidates required for ballot), Secretary of the day (1 position – 2 candidates required for ballot), Chairman of the day (1 position – 2 candidates required). If you would like to run for a position on the ballot, please contact Susan Ciaffi (sciaffi@gmail.com) Sylva Yeghiayan (sylva.yeghiayan@gmail.com) or Sara Palombo (saraann1@comcast.net).

 

 

 

 

 

BIBLE READINGS

Readings for this Sunday’s Badarak:  2Thessalonians 1:1-12 and Luke 14:12-24.
Readings for next Sunday’s Badarak:  Hebrews 1:1-14 and Luke 17:1-10.

 

 

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing,
give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus

Find the Jesus within You!

 

 

 

MEMBERSHIP DUES/STEWARDSHIP

Please remember to renew your 2019 membership.
We ask that you also fulfill your stewardship obligations in a timely manner.
Our goal is to have 100% participation in stewardship this year.

 

 

 

PASTORAL VISITS
Please inform Der Krikor at 774-292-9116 or frkrikor@holytranslators.org 
of those who may be sick at home, hospitalized or may simply want to talk,
so he can arrange a visit.
 

 

 

 

UNITED WAY’S PEARL STREET CUPBOARD

Volunteers are needed to help serve at the United Way’s Pearl Street Cupboard (next door to the Church) on Wednesday, December 18th – 5:00PM-7:30PM  If you have interest in serving, please reach out to Jennifer Cote at the_cotes1@verizon.net

 

 

 

WEEKLY BULLETIN 
CHRISTMAS ADVENT (Hisnag)
Being Part of God’s Plan:  by Jim Liebelt
The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.” “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her. (Luke 1:35-38 )

Mary has an honored place as being the mother of Jesus. In our Christian circles, we celebrate Mary as a virtuous young woman willfully taking on the responsibility of becoming mother of the Son of God. Still, it’s easy to overlook the difficulties Mary faced in accepting this role. She was likely in her mid-teens at the time of the angel’s message. An unmarried teen pregnancy in Jewish culture at the time would have been quite scandalous. She faced the prospect of being an outcast in her hometown. Further, imagine Mary attempting to explain the circumstances of her pregnancy to her parents and to Joseph, her fiancé. Being part of God’s plan was no doubt very difficult for Mary.  One of the characteristics that set Mary apart for her role was her willing     obedience. “May it be to me as you have said,” was Mary’s reply to the angel. This is simply amazing.  We, just like Mary, are part of God’s plan to carry His light and love to a needy world. Each of us have been given different roles in His plan, but none are unimportant. It might be difficult to see ourselves as being active participants in what God is doing in the world. It’s not always easy to say yes to God. Saying yes can mean facing difficulties and persecution. But, God always provides the means of sustaining us when we choose obedience to His desires for our lives.  As we celebrate Christmas this year, remember Mary as an example of the obedience God desires of us.

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Advent Prayer
Lord, as I travel through the days that lead to the celebration of Your birth, help me keep an eye on the real Christmas.  Behind the Christmas family  photos, let me discover Your divine and holy image.  In my Christmas card list, fill my heart with the entire human family so precious to You. Before I Christmas shop, let me give first to the poor and the needy, the lonely and the despairing.  Among the carols, let my heart fill with sincere love and praise for You.  Give me the gift, this year, dear Lord of the real Christmas.

 

 

 

SCRIPTURE READINGS
Sunday, December 8, 2019
  Gospel Reading 
(Luke 14:12-24)
He said also to the one who had invited him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not  invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid.  But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.  And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”  One of the dinner guests, on hearing this, said to him, “Blessed is anyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!”  Then Jesus said to him, “Someone gave a great dinner and invited many.  At the time for the dinner he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come; for everything is ready now.’  But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of land, and I must go out and see it; please accept my regrets.’  Another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out; please accept my regrets.’  Another said, ‘I have just been married, and therefore I cannot come.’  So the slave returned and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and said to his slave, ‘Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’  And the slave said, ‘Sir, what you ordered has been done, and there is still room.’  Then the master said to the slave, ‘Go out into the roads and lanes, and compel people to come in, so that my house may be filled.  For I tell you, none of those who were invited will taste my dinner.’ “
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Epistle Reading
(2Thessalonians 1:1-12)
Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. We must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of everyone of you for one another is increasing.  Therefore we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith during all your persecutions and the afflictions that you are enduring. This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, and is intended to make you worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering.  For it is indeed just of God to repay with affliction those who afflict you,  and to give relief to the afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.  These will suffer the punishment of eternal    destruction, separated from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might,  when he comes to be glorified by his saints and to be marveled at on that day among all who have       believed, because our testimony to you was believed.  To this end we always pray for you, asking that our God will make you worthy of his call and will fulfill by his power every good resolve and work of faith, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Gospel Commentary
The story of God’s compassion toward the poor appears only in Luke.  To share hospitality with the needy is to imitate God’s love which welcomes the lowly into the banquet of His Kingdom. “Blessed is anyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God” is an inspirational , although little-known beatitude.  The purpose of life is to join in the sharing of “bread in the Kingdom of God,” a partaking of the eternal love of God.  The parable of the “great dinner” exemplifies God’s Kingdom, imaged in the ministry of Christ and later in the Church.  The Kingdom is filled with outcasts and Gentiles, while the unresponsive privileged guests shut themselves out with their “excuses.”  “Compel the people” indicates that God’s plan is to fill His messianic banquet, and that even with refusals and excuses, His desire to fill His “House” will not be frustrated.  We will all be called to the “great dinner;” we will all be called to share in the eternal Kingdom of God.  If we are called today, how many of us are ready to participate?  How many of us will “shut ourselves out” because of our many excuses.  “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

 

 

 

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PARISH COUNCIL
2019-2020
Pastor and President:  Rev. Fr. Krikor A. Sabounjian
Chairman:  Robin Palombo
Vice Chairman:  Anthony Mello
Recording Secretary:  Neil Ferraro
Corresponding Secretary:  Lucine Kapreilian
Treasurer:  Laurie Bejoian
Asst. Treasurer:  Jeff Avedisian
Council Members:  Elise Durgarian
Karnig
Durgarian
Charles Yergatian
Diocesan Delegates:  Laurie Bejoian, Karnig Durgarian
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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