The SIN Challenge In
this installment of Stewardship Calling, Bill
Marianes begins to describe the "SIN Challenge"
facing Christian churches. SIN stands for
Spirituality, Income, and Numbers and Engagement. He
focuses on the first of these, exploring how
Spirituality should inform Stewardship in your
A Blessed Lent to
FOR RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNION
Orthodox Christians: When preparing to receive
Holy Communion, please remain quietly in your pews until
an Usher directs you to approach from the center aisle.
Your prayerful attention helps sustain the solemnity of
the Divine Liturgy for those praying the “Prayers of
Preparation” and following Holy Communion the “Prayers
We welcome to our worship those Christians not fully
united with us (canonically). It is a consequence of the
sad divisions of Christianity that we cannot extend a
general invitation to receive Holy Communion. Orthodox
Christians believe that the Eucharist is an action of
the celebrating community signifying a oneness in faith,
life, and worship. Reception of the Eucharist by
Christians not fully united with us would imply a
oneness which does not yet exist and for which we must
JOHN CHRYSOSTOM ON FASTING
Do you fast?
me proof of it by your works. If you see a poor
man, take pity on him. If you see a friend being
honored, do not envy him. Do not let only your
mouth fast, but also the eye and the ear and the
feet and the hands and all the members of our
bodies. Let the hands fast, by being free of
avarice. Let the feet fast, by ceasing to run
after sin. Let the eyes fast, by disciplining
them not to glare at that which is sinful. Let
the ear fast, by not listening to evil talk and
gossip. Let the mouth fast from foul words and
unjust criticism. For what good is it if we
abstain from birds and fishes,
but bite and devour our brothers? May He who
came to the world
In the first installment of
Metropolitan Kallistos Ware’s 4-part Lenten series, His Excellency talks
about fasting. Questions include: It can sometimes feel like “Lent” and
“fasting” are synonymous. Should fasting be our primary focus during
Lent? What is the connection between fasting and confession? Why is it
so important to feel supported by a community when we fast?
Holy Week and Pascha in Pictures:
Share the Faith! (04/06/2014) For Holy Week
this year we would like you to Share
the Faith! Share through social
media your photos of the Holy Week services
at your parish along with what Christ's
death and resurrection mean to you. You may
also request to have your parish's photos
and Archdiocesan Facebook page.
Nicholas Philptochos Annual
Once again, we will be providing Easter Baskets
to children in need, ages 0-12 years. Please
contribute in any way you can, either cash or
goods, and drop off to the church office by
Friday, April 4. Any questions, please contact
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Metropolis of Detroit Summer Camp
in Rose City has announced
that camper registration has begun. Rev. Father Nick will be
attending 4th week, July 20-26, 2014.
For more information, visit:
Notes Please come and browse our new inventory of books. Some of our new titles include: "Trial of Job", "Creation & Patriarchal History", "Scent of Holiness: Lessons from a Women's Monastery", "At the Corner East and Now" "Pomegranate Seeds: An Anthology of Greek-American Poetry", and "My Detroit: Growing Up Greek and American". There is also a lovely book for children on St Romanos, the Lyricist. We have a large selection of icons, home altar goods and greeting cards for all occasions (both Greek and English). Keep the bookstore in mind for birthday,
name day, wedding and house warming gifts. We try to meet the needs of our community and continually add to
our inventory. Let us know if there is something you need that we do not have, and we will try to obtain it for you.
We look forward to seeing you.
Saint Nicholas Outreach and Evangelism:
Presentations from Great Lent and the latest sessions on Adult Orthodox
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The Saint Nicholas Monthly Compass Newsletter
As a cost saving measure, our parish has
converted from a printed newsletter to an
electronic one. The benefit
of an e-mail
newsletter is that we can save thousands of
dollars on our operating budget a year on
paper, copy machine wear and
tear, postage, maintenance fees and envelopes.
In addition, we will also save
By receiving an electronic newsletter,
you will still have the benefit of full color,
the option to print your own hard
copy as much
as you like, and you
will be able to access both current and archived
additions at any time via
our Saint Nicholas
website at: http://www.stnickaa.org. If you would like to save our parish money and
can read the Compass on-line, please call the church
office to have your name removed from the hard
copy mailing list RIGHT AWAY!
Continual Food Drive
Our Saint Nicholas Parish has begun its Annual Food Drive to help those
who are struggling in these hard economic times. Let us reach out
to those who need our help. Hunger is all around us,
even here in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County. Many times, we are asked to distribute food and toiletries to families who are hungry
and in need.
Please consider bringing non perishable food items and toiletries and leaving them on the shelf in
Thank you and God Bless
I was hungry, and ye gave me food: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink:
I was a stranger, and ye took me in. . .”
St. John Chrysostom also
wrote, "The poor depend on us to give alms
in order to sustain their
We need the poor for our salvation, for God
will judge us
according to how much we've helped those in need."
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