Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

 Our Parish Priest, Reverend Father Nicolaos H. Kotsis, Under the spiritual and ecclesiastical shepherding of His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas of the
 Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Detroit of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople


 3109 Scio Church Road,
Ann Arbor, Michigan  48103   |   Telephone:  734 / 332 - 8200   |   Fax:  734 / 332 - 8201   |   Web:  http//:www.stnickaa.org
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 SUNDAY SERVICES:   Orthros  —  9:00 am    |    Divine Liturgy  —  10:00 am    |    Church School  —  Following Communion


 

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SERVICES AND EVENTS THIS WEEK:

Press release: ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN FAMILY THE FOCUS OF 2014 NATIONAL PHILOPTOCHOS BIENNIAL CONVENTION

The New Face of Greece: Modern, Innovative and Inviting
Huffington Post (op-ed by Amb. Panagopoulos)

June, July and August are the designated months for support of IOCC by our St. Nicholas Philoptochos. We ask for your help in bringing hope to those in need around the world. YOU COULD NOT MAKE A BETTER INVESTMENT.  FOR EVERY $1.00 YOU DONATE, $7.00 WILL BE GIVEN FOR ASSISTANCE.  YOUR DONATION OF ANY AMOUNT WILL GO A LONG WAY. Please make checks payable to PHILOPTOCHOS and indicate the memo to IOCC.Also, join us for our annual INTERNATIONAL COFFEE FELLOWSHIP on Sunday, July 20.  THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR GENEROSITY. Natalie Challis and Perry Katsikas, Co-chairs

 
IV LogoIonian Village is in full swing for another summer of Faith, Fun and Friendship. Follow the adventures at the IV Summer Camp Central! »
As excitement builds for the 2014 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention, now just weeks away, we would like to recognize a philanthropic organization in Philadelphia, our host city.  Philabundance, the largest hunger relief organization in the Greater Philadelphia area, provides food to approximately 75,000 people each week.  We have the opportunity to participate in their good works and reduce hunger in the area.
 
Also, at the Convention, Philoptochos will collect gently used cell phones and chargers for the nonprofit, Cell Phones for Soldiers.

Please read the attached material to learn how to participate in these valuable projects.

 

 



Overcoming Laziness: We're answering one of your questions, about how we can overcome laziness. How can changing our perspective help? The Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries’ (Y2AM) popular weekly YouTube series, “Be the Bee,” will now be available on Ancient Faith Radio as part of AFR’s new offering of video podcasts.

NATIONAL PHILOPTOCHOS HONORS THE MILITARY AND VETERANS

For immediate release: July 24, 2014

The 2014 National Philoptochos Convention in Philadelphia, PA culminated with a program to honor The Brave Ones.  His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver, Military Ordinary who oversees Greek Orthodox Chaplains, opened The Brave Ones program thanking Philoptochos while reminding the delegates of the importance to honor those in our parishes who so bravely serve their country.  The delegates viewed the emotional and moving video ‘The Brave Ones’ that highlights close to 1000 photos of Orthodox service men and women with a background of patriotic music that was produced by Dr. George and Martha Stefanidakis.

National Philoptochos President Aphrodite Skeadas then presented sixty-five Homeward Bound Baskets donated by Philoptochos stewards and Chapters to Mr.Tim Meserve, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Veteran’s Multi Service Center to support sixty-five homeless veterans and their families as they transition to permanent housing. Testimony followed by Mike Emanuel, FOX News Chief Congressional Correspondent describing his missions with his crew traveling in the dangerous war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan and how he made the conscious decision to take his faith with him.  Lt. Colonel Elizabeth Konon Sweet detailed her military career as an Orthodox woman and her peacekeeping and combat support missions around the world.

The program concluded with the narration of The Brave Ones Past and Present Tribute and His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah leading the delegates in the singing of “God Bless America”. 

View ‘The Brave Ones Video’ on YouTube - http://youtu.be/upF__WkyLxY

View The Braves Ones Past and Present Tribute - http://bit.ly/1x25SXg

The above Statement, Video, and Tribute can also be found on the Homepage of Philoptochos.org.

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 printing, ink, paper, copy machine wear and tear, postage, maintenance fees and envelopes.  In addition, we will also save on volunteer time.  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!

Saint Nicholas Parish Bookstore 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.

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 the exo-narthex.
Thank you and God Bless You.
  “For 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. . .”  Matthew 25:35

St. John Chrysostom also wrote, "The poor depend on us to give alms in order to sustain their lives.  We need the poor for our salvation, for God will judge us according to how much we've helped those in need."  Matthew 25:31-46

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