This coming Sunday is the Feast of Pentecost, where we celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples, as well as our own union with God as Christians. Yesterday I came across this beautiful quote from an Alexandrian Church father named St. Didymus the Blind (398 AD):
“Finding us in a state of deformity, the Holy Spirit restores our original beauty and fills us with His grace, leaving no room for anything unworthy of our love. The Spirit frees us from sin and death, and changes us from the earthly humans we were, men of dust and ashes, into spiritual humans, sharers in the divine glory, sons and heirs of God the Father who bear a likeness to the Son and are his co-heirs and brothers and sisters, destined to reign with him and to share his glory.”
This past week has been a wonderful week for St. Anianus Church. 1 week ago today St. Anianus Church closed today on the land that you all helped support in the Putting Down Roots Campaign. Then 2 days later, we prayed our very 1st Vespers service at the property. In case you missed the closing, you can check out my blog HERE.
THE LINK: Also, last Sunday we had a great discussion in the Link entitled SPEAKING IN TONGUES: The Orthodox Christian Understanding. If you missed last Sunday’s message, check us out HERE.
This Week’s Schedule:
Friday 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM Connect Youth Group
Saturday 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Vespers
Sunday 8:30 AM – 11:15 AM Liturgy
Sunday 11:15 AM – 11:45 AM Coffee Break
Sunday 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM Kneeling Prayer for Pentecost (No Link or Kids Ministry)
If you have any questions pertaining to upcoming events or other Church news, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As Christ ascended to the heavens, may He grant us each the heavenly life.
Yours because of Christ,
Fr. Michael Sorial
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PUTTING DOWN ROOTS
Praise be to God for the beautiful work He has done in such a short period of time at St. Anianus. I give thanks to Him in all things. Here are a couple of pictures from today’s closing:
For more on the past several months on the road to Last Thursday’s closing, check out the blog HERE.
Last Sunday in the Link, we discussed The Orthodox Understanding of Speaking in Tongues, in preparation for the Feast of Pentecost.
If you missed last Sunday’s message, check us out HERE.
Kid’s Ministry: St. Anianus Kids Ministry is looking for more volunteers interested in serving the kids in the Summer and/or Fall. Training is provided and Fall volunteers are asked for a 10-month commitment. This can include planning trips and activities, community service, or Sunday School. Anyone interested, please speak with Mora Sorial at email@example.com or on Sunday’s.
Hospitality: The St. Anianus Hospitality Ministry is happy to make sure you are welcomed and fed between the Divine Liturgy and the Link & Kids Ministry. The volunteer commitment is based on your availability to help. Please speak with Mary Alfy at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Sunday’s.
June 22, 2017 at 7:00 PM: On Thursday, June 22nd you are invited to join for our monthly meeting, where we a presents a topic about bout Orthodox Christianity, as it engages with modern questions of faith, science, reason, philosophy, theology, doctrine, and apologetics. All are welcome to join as we seek understanding and Truth.
June 25, 2017 at 1:00 PM: Following the Diving Liturgy on Sunday, June 25th, you are invited to join for our monthly Lighthouse service to offer a meal, prayer, and Christian love to our brethren in Trenton, NJ area. More details to follow.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Call to Serve
We believe that every member in the body of Christ should be actively serving in the Church. You are invited to personally get involved and help out by offering your time to serving the many needs of the growing community, as we seek to serve one another, in the model of Jesus Christ. Drop us a line at email@example.com and we can help you figure out some volunteer opportunities.
6/10 Volunteers Meeting
6/18 Father’s Day & Honoring the Graduates
6/22 The Vine
6/25 Lighthouse Ministry to Trenton
8:45AM – 9:30AM Matins & Agpeya
9:30AM – 11:30AM Divine Liturgy
11:30AM – 12:00PM Coffee Break
12:00PM – 1:00PM The Link & Kid’s Ministry
For Directions on where we worship on Sunday Morning’s CLICK HERE
Saturday (Schedule Changed for this week only: please see above)
6:30 PM – 7:00 PM Vespers
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Midnight Praises & Confession
Location: 143 N. Bergen Mills Rd, Monroe Township, NJ 08831
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM Connect Youth Ministry
- Connect Youth Ministry seeks to connect high school and middle school youth group to Christ and His Church through engaging discussions, fun activities, and good food. If you are interested in attending, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details or join us Friday at (143 N. Bergen Mills Rd, Monroe Township, NJ 08831).
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