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


 

         

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 parish.

Kali Sarakosti!  A Blessed Lent to all!

GUIDELINES FOR RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNION

For 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 of Thanksgiving.”

For Non-Orthodox Christians:  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 all pray.

ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM ON FASTING
Do you fast?
Give 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?

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Of Lent


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The April Saint Nicholas Monthly Compass Newsletter is now available-Click Here To View

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 featured on www.lent.goarch.org and Archdiocesan Facebook page. 

Learn more by visiting: http://lent.goarch.org/media/photos/
Download the flyer: 
http://lent.goarch.org/media/photos/download/flyer_hwpp_2014.pdf

Updated Kafenio Baking Schedule  -  Click Here To View

2014 Saint Nicholas G.O.Y.A. Luminary Candle Bag Order Form  -  Click Here To Print

Saint Nicholas Philptochos Annual Easter Baskets
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 Diana Rooks: 
dskaram@umich.edu Click here to view flyer.

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:  www.
gomdsc.org.

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.

Fasting (and Feasting) with Thanks.    Watch Now »
Why do we fast? And what can that teach us about food?
Be the Bee - Called to be Saints.
Elder Porphyrios has been recognized as a saint!  Are the rest of us called to be saints, too?
Check out this week’s Be the Bee, from the Department of Youth & Young Adult Ministries!

Discovering Orthodox Christianity:
Leadership 100 Sponsors Video Series on Orthodox Christianity
Episode 1:  What is Christian Orthodoxy featuring Rev.
Dr. Thomas Fitzgerald and Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis »

Saint Nicholas Outreach and Evangelism:
Presentations from Great Lent and the latest sessions on Adult Orthodox Education:  CLICK HERE TO VIEW

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
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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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