St. Mary Orthodox Church

Cambridge, MA

Update for the week of November 9 - 16, 2017

THIS WEEK AT ST. MARY

FRIDAY 11/10  The Fall Liturgy Retreat for church school students and families at St. Mary’s is this Friday, from 9:30 - 3:00. (This is the observed day for Veteran's Day.)  Come and explore the opportunities that the Church gives us for healing and reconciliation within ourselves and with God and neighbor.

SUNDAY 11/12 – Enquirers’ Class 9:00 am, Orthros 8:45, Divine Liturgy 10:00; Church School lesson 8
   + Thanksgiving Charity Bake Sale, sponsored by the Women’s Club, will be held this Sunday after Liturgy. All proceeds to benefit the Convent of Saidnaya, in Syria. Call our Chairperson Renay DiFiore @ 617-327-6361 or the church office, if you can bake and/or donate.

WEDNESDAY 11/15 - The Women’s Club will meet next Wednesday, November 15, at 7:30.
   + The Nativity Fast, also known as the season of Advent, begins Wednesday, November 15. This is the forty days of fasting and prayer in preparation for the Great Feast of the Nativity of Christ.
 
THIS WEEK ELSEWHERE

SATURDAY 11/11 – The 17th annual Benefit for Theophany School will be held this Saturday at 5:00pm at St. John of Damascus Church, Dedham. To reserve tickets please contact the Director, Marybeth at 781-444-3058 or office@theophanyschool.org 
 
NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS

ROAD RACE – On Sunday, November 19 there will be yet another road race in Cambridge. The Cambridge Half Marathon will begin at 7:30 am, with many roads remaining closed until 11:00 am. For information and a map of the course see https://www.cambridgehalf.com/info  

BIBLE STUDY – The next meeting of Bible Study/Adult Education will be on Wednesday, November 29 at 7:00 pm, and every other Wednesday most months from now on. We study the word of God, pray, and have fellowship together. Everyone is welcome to attend. For questions, study materials, or to be added to the email list, contact Ioana Popa at drioanapopa@gmail.com or Steve Walker at smwalk@gmail.com .

YOUNG ADULTS – The Young Adult Fellowship invites you to join them on Saturday, December 2 for Vespers at 5:00pm followed by a lenten potluck dinner and Christmas carols and fun crafts - gingerbread houses, wreaths and more. To learn more or to get involved contact Jamil (617-501-4427) or Adam (315-719-2101).

HOLIDAY POPS CONCERT – The Metropolitan Wind Symphony will present a Holiday Pops Concert at St. John’s Dedham, on Saturday, December 2. Cocktail hour and Mazza 6:00pm; Concert 7:00pm, Coffee and Pastry 8:00pm. $15 adults; $5 children. To reserve tickets call 781-326-3046, online at www.stjohnd.org/pops .
 
PARISH CHRISTMAS CARD – Let the Women’s Club send a lovely Christmas card on your behalf to our parishioners. Save yourself time, let us do the work, and have all proceeds benefit the Antiochian Women’s Project 2016-2017: Strengthening the Ministries of our Church. You will receive this card with the names of parishioners, like yourself, who are wishing a Blessed Nativity and a Merry Christmas to all. Please use the order form in the Sunday bulletin, and donate whatever amount you choose Deadline: Sunday, December 3.

DONATIONS FOR HOLY NATIVITY
 – If you would like to donate toward the poinsettias and other Nativity decorations please use the form printed in the Sunday bulletin. Deadline is Sunday, December 10.
 
REMINDERS

ENTRANCE OF THE THEOTOKOS LITURGY – Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple will be celebrated on Monday, November 20 at 6:30pm

AWARDS BANQUET – The Nicholas G. Beram Veterans Association will be holding its 71stanniversary celebration and 51st Scholastic Achievement Awards Banquet on Saturday, November 25, 2017 from Noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Dedham.  This year our own Father Antony will be honored and receive the distinguished service award.  Lukas Nahass and Jessica Winstanley will also be receiving scholastic achievement awards.  Tickets for the luncheon are $30.00 and tables of eight may be reserved.  You may also honor Father by placing an ad in the program book.  Luncheon reservation and ad book forms are available in the narthex.

PARISH COUNCIL BALLOTS - The 2018 Parish Council Ballot has been mailed to all pledging members of St. Mary’s.  Please vote for no more than 5 people and return to the church in the self-addressed stamped envelope by November 27, 2017.

PARISH COUNCIL – The next meeting of the Parish Council will be Wednesday, November 29, at 7:30.

SEE THE MESSIAH – Join friends from St. Mary’s for the Handel and Haydn Society’s annual performance of Handel’s Messiah, on Sunday afternoon, December 3, at 3:00 p.m.  Group tickets are just $28. For information or tickets (a few seats are still available) please contact Melissa Nassiff at mnassiff@gmail.com 

CHRISTMAS PAGEANT - If your Child is interested in participating in the Christmas Pageant this year, please see Sarah Byrne-Martelli.  We also need parents to assist at all rehearsals. Rehearsal #1 will be Sunday, December 3 during coffee hour. Rehearsal #2: Sunday, December 10 during coffee hour. The Pageant will be Sunday, December 17, after liturgy.

FOOD FOR HUNGRY PEOPLE – Help support our Canned Food Drive! From October through December 31, bring in canned goods and place them in the plastic bins in the room outside the kitchen. (Canned goods only, please.) They will be distributed to food pantries in our area.

SCHOLARSHIP - Students graduating in 2018 from high school who are children of members of St. Mary’s may apply for the Diocese of Worcester and New England Scholarship.  Deadline is March 31, 2018. Contact Mary Winstanley O’Connor at 617-523-1010 or email at moconnor@koilaw.com for more information, including what it means to be a member.
   + Scholarships ($1,000) are available from the Syrian-Lebanese Women’s club of Greater Boston to young women of Syrian and Lebanese origin, residing in Massachusetts within 50-mile radius of Boston, who plan to pursue a four-year college education.  Scholarships are based on outstanding academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, charitable and civic involvement and good character; and applicants must be in good academic standing in her school and possess those personal attributes, which best serve the community.  Applications are available through the Church Office and must be postmarked by March 31, 2018.  If you have any questions, contact Mary Winstanley O’Connor at 617-523-1010 or email at moconnor@koilaw.com .
 
COFFEE HOUR MADE EASY! - To make sponsoring a Coffee Hour a little bit easier, St. Mary’s offers a delivery service through “Instacart”, for the basic foods necessary to host a Coffee hour.  Simply select a date, mail a check to the office and we will order the food and have it delivered to the church on that Sunday between 9:00 and 10:00 am.  You will need to be at the church to accept the order and you will be required to set up for the coffee hour and clean up both the kitchen and hall at the end of the coffee hour.  Two menus will be offered.  Menu one will include: bagels, mini muffins, fruit, hummus/Syrian bread, juice and coffee for $160.  Menu two will include: bagels, juice and coffee for $70. Prices do not include a 20% tip for delivery and are subject to change based on current market pricing of items.  Cream cheese, peanut butter, jam and coffee creamer are included with each menu.  As usual, St. Mary’s will provide the plates, cups, napkins, utensils, serving platters, and sweetener for coffee.  If you are interested in taking advantage of this service and signing up for a coffee hour please contact the office at 617-547-1234 or e-mail secretary@stmaryorthodoxchurch.org.

REFLECTION

If you do not want to suffer evil, do not inflict it, since the suffering of it inevitably follows its infliction. "For whatever a man sows he will also reap" (Gal. 6:7).
   - St. Mark the Ascetic
 
God is always trying to give good things to us, but our hands are too full to receive them.
   - St. Augustine 
 
Look at all the earth supplies in summer and in autumn! Every Christian … ought to imitate God's bountifulness. Let your table be open to everybody, like the table of the Lord. The avaricious is God's enemy.
   - St. John of Kronstadt