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SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY – PAN ORTHODOX VESPERS - Sunday, February 25, 5:00 PM
At Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Hosted by His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco. / Concelebrated by: His Eminence Archbishop Benjamin Orthodox Church in America, Diocese of San Francisco; His Grace Bishop Maxim Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America Diocese of Western America; His Grace Bishop Apostolos of Medeia Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco; His Grace Bishop Daniel Orthodox Church in America Diocese of the West; His Grace Bishop Irinej Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russian Western American Diocese – Bishop of Sacramento. / Guest Homilist: His Grace Bishop Daniel. / Reception to follow
ANNUAL HOLY CROSS CRAB FEED - Saturday, March 3
presented by our Hostess with the Mostest, Mrs. Jenny Hatzopoulos. Hors d’oeuvres will be served starting at 6:00 PM, and the crab will be marched in at 7:30 PM. In the Fellowship Hall. Menu : Greek salad, Greek-style pasta, fresh crab, dessert. Greek music. There will be a no-host Full Bar with drinks and soft drinks. $60 for adults; $30 for kids 4-12 years; children 3 and under, free. To RSVP, email office@goholycross.org with name, #of guests, contact phone number. We are accepting both individual and full table of 10 reservations. Seating will be open with the exception of full tables. Reservations needed by February 25! Tell your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers! Reserve a place today!  Seating is limited!
WOMEN'S HEALTH AND WELLNESS MEMBERSHIP TEA - Saturday, March 10
The Holy Cross Philoptochos Invites You to a Women’s Health and Wellness Membership Tea - The Road to Good Health…without Medicine. Saturday, March 10, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. In The Oaks. The theme this year is “non-medical” strategies for healing, disease prevention, brain stimulation, and general good health.  Some of these paths to good health are on the cutting edge of current, non-medical treatment and some are founded in the very faith we practice every day. Come and hear experts on: Food as Medicine, Music Therapy and the Power of Prayer. Presentations will be brief and interactive with plenty of time for your questions. A light, Lenten luncheon will be served. A suggested donation of $10 will be kindly received at the door. RSVP by March 1 to Mary Peros at mperos911@gmail.com.
PARISH ORATORICAL FESTIVAL - Sunday, March 18
Calling all young people in grades 4-12!  This year's topics for the Saint John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival are available.  Children in grades 4-6 can present a speech on any topic, those in grades 7-12 must select a topic from a set list. Children of all ages benefit by having public speaking experiences.  Encourage your children to participate in this inspiring faith-sharing festival! of See link below for topics and information or contact Allison Virsik at ali_virsik@yahoo.com and  https://www.goarch.org/-/2018-st-john-chrysostom-oratorical-festival-topics




Studies in the Faith
 

"Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee." (Psalms 119:11)

The goal of our classes is to bring us together to study the scriptures and writings of the Fathers so that we may learn to treasure them in our hearts and live out our faith meaningfully and effectively. We hope to integrate ourselves in this way into the life of the Church in order to be transformed into holy people of God and not sin against Him.

Bible Study and Studies in the Faith meet weekly for presentations and discussion on the Scriptures, Orthodox tradition and theological teaching of faith and practice. Under the capable instruction of Konstantine Salmas, MDiv. from Holy Cross Theological School in Brookline, Mass., the teachings of the Church are clarified by reading Scripture and the Church Fathers for daily inspiration, direction, and witness.  Participants include those seeking greater knowledge and understanding of the Eastern Orthodox Church as well as those desiring baptism and or confirmation in Orthodoxy.
The following is from a text we have studied, pulled from a sermon of Saint John Chrysostom on Christ's conversation with Nicodemus regarding rebirth: 

                                    Remove thyself from that which is common and familiar; a different kind of childbirth
                                    bring I into the world; in another manner will I have men to be generated: I have come 
                                    to bring a new manner of Creation.  I formed (man) of earth and water; but that which 
                                    was formed was unprofitable, the vessel was wrenched awry; I will no more form them of 
                                    earth and water, but 'of water' and "of Spirit."


Come and join us for Bible study each Tuesday morning at 10:00 AM or for Studies in the Faith on Wednesday at 7:00 PM.  Studies in the Faith continues to meet during Great Lent. If you would like more information about these classes, please contact Konstantine Salmas (k.konstantine@gmail.com).

We are currently studying the Gospel of Saint John in our Bible Study, with supplementary material by Saint Augustine.

Studies in the Faith is reading material from Saint John Chrysostom, Saint Leo Bishop of Rome, and Saint Augustine focused on the Ecumenical Councils. The following is an excerpt from Saint Augustine: "the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us." The strength of Christ created thee, the weakness of Christ created thee anew. The strength of Christ caused that to be which was not: the weakness of Christ caused that what was should not perish. He fashioned us by His strength, He sought us by His weakness(Nice and Post-Nicene Fathers, Volume 7)."



 
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