St. Mary Orthodox Church

Cambridge, MA

Update for the week of November 22 - 30, 2017

Update for the week of November 22 - 30, 2017

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

THIS WEEK AT ST. MARY
SUNDAY 11/26  – Enquirers’ Class 9:00 am, Orthros 8:45, Divine Liturgy 10:00; no Church School
   + Angel Tree gifts must be returned to church this Sunday, November 26. Thank you to all who participated! These gifts will be delivered by the Young Adults (and anyone else who would like to help) on Sunday, December 10, after Liturgy.
   + If you requested one of our group tickets for the Messiah concert and haven’t received or paid for it yet, please see Melissa Nassiff during coffee hour this Sunday. The concert is Sunday, December 3; group tickets are $28 each.

MONDAY, 11/27 - 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 Monday, November 27.

WEDNESDAY 11/29 – The next meeting of Bible Study/Adult Education will be 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 .
   + The next meeting of the Parish Council will be Wednesday, November 29, at 7:30.
 
THIS WEEK ELSEWHERE
SATURDAY 11/25 – The Nicholas G. Beram Veterans Association will be holding its 71stanniversary celebration and 51st Scholastic Achievement Awards Banquet on Saturday, November 25, 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.
 
NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS
MEMORY ETERNAL – We regret to advise you of the falling asleep in the Lord of Danny Chin on November 17.  Danny was the father of Mitrophan Chin and his wife Michelle, and the grandfather of Tobias, Joachim and Mariah Chin.  Funeral services were held at noon today - Wednesday, November. 22 - at Deware Funeral Home in Quincy, followed by interment at Blue Hills Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Danny Chin can be made to groups furthering mental health research and advocacy such as Alzheimer's Foundation of America or National Alliance on Mental Illness.  To read the full obituary go to http://www.dignitymemorial.com/deware-funeral-home/en-us/index.page

ST. NICHOLAS SERMON and CHRISTMAS PAGEANT – Children will remain upstairs after Communion on Sunday, December 3 for a St. Nicholas sermon. Then, the first rehearsal for our annual Christmas Pageant (see Reminders, below) will be held after Church School.

CLOTHING AND ARTICLE DRIVE – The Young Adult Ministry will be collecting new and slightly used clothing, new toiletries, and canned goods during the first three Sundays in December (12/3, 12/10, and 12/17). If you would like to help, contact Jamil (617-501-4427) or Adam (315-719-2101).
 
REMINDERS
NATIVITY FAST - The Nativity Fast, also known as the season of Advent, began last Wednesday, November 15. This is the forty days of fasting and prayer in preparation for the Great Feast of the Nativity of Christ.

CHANT CLASS, VESPERS, and YOUNG ADULTS – Chant Class will meet at 4:00pm (note new time) on Saturday, December 2.
   + Great Vespers will be at 5:00pm Saturday 12/2, followed by Young Adult Fellowship Night: 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, or mail to: St. Mary Church, 8 Inman St., Cambridge, MA  02139-2407, and donate whatever amount you choose.  Deadline: Sunday, December 3.

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.

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 

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, or mail your check to: St. Mary Church, 8 Inman St., Cambridge, MA  02139-2407.  Deadline is Sunday, December 10.

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
O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; and his mercy endures forever!
   - Psalm 107:1