Message of the week from St. John Chrysostom
When the sun rises it spreads its bright rays everywhere and encourages everyone to work. The farmer then grasps his mattock and goes out, the smith takes up his hammer, every worker picks up his own tools. And the sluggard, what does the sluggard do? He is no sooner up than he rushes to fill his belly, like a pig. Only animals for the slaughter house, those that are only useful as food, behave like him. Other animals carry weights and give people their help. No sooner is the night over than they too go to work. The sluggard, by contrast, rises when the sun is already at full strength and we are by now worn out with fatigue. He gets up like a fattened pig. I speak like this to teach you to shun a lazy and useless life. What is sadder than someone who does nothing? What is more depressing and more contemptible? The soul is active by nature and does not take kindly to inactivity.
Monday, October 18: Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke
Friday, October 22: The Holy Seven Youths (Seven Sleepers) of Ephesus | The Kazan Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos
Saturday, October 23: Memorial Saturday - Demetrius Saturday | Holy Apostle James, the Brother of the Lord
Sunday, October 24: Martyr Arethas and his Companions | Blessed Elesbaan, King of Ethiopia | Icon "The Joy of All Who Sorrow" | Fr. Kevin, Celebrant | Church School
For today's scripture readings, please click on the following link: https://www.oca.org/readings
Please remember in your prayers: ill & shut-in, Priest Narcis Stoica (critically ill in Romania with Covid), Paul, Simon, Alban Frank, Robert, Matushka Eleanor, Priest Antony, Reader George, Alexandra, Conor, Peter; the kidnapped Hierarchs Metropolitan Paul (Boulos Yazigi) & Archpriest John (Yohanna Ibrahim); the suffering Christians of Egypt/Syria; deployed Archpriest James and Travis; New England Diocesan Assembly, 10/29-30, Southbury, CT.
Great Vespers with Confession: TBA - Note: dates may change, so please check our website frequently.
Pledge Envelopes: This coming January of 2022 we will be using the pledge system. Pledge envelopes will be arriving sometime around November 1, 2021. These envelopes may be picked up in the bookstore. However, if you need your box to be delivered to you, please contact the church warden.
St. Mark Annual Harvest Fair will take place during coffee hour on Sunday, October 31. There will be candy bags, ice cream and apple cider for the kids. Family members and friends are welcome, too! We hope all of you will come and join us for the festivities.
Annual Meeting: The St. Mark Annual Meeting will be on Sunday, January 16, 2022 inside the church during coffee hour. On this day, we will also be celebrating the Feast Day of Saint Mark, Archbishop of Ephesus.
The Saint Mark Bookstore is open. Come and browse the bookstore any time after services. We have books, icons and much more. If you would like to purchase something at the bookstore, please speak with Catherine or Nicholas.
New Service Books for the Faithful: Our service books will arrive after October 15th from St. Tikhon's Monastery. The books are $5.00 per book (because of a special donation). Many parishioners are already on the list to receive their reserved copy; if you would like to be added to the list, please email the church warden.
We are collecting items for distribution to those in need via a local food pantry. Please leave the items you wish to donate in the large blue bin located in the nave of the church. It is important that we continue to care for those in need during these difficult times.
We need volunteers to help with coffee hour and church cleaning. If you would like to help, please speak with the church warden.
The Parish Council will meet on Thursday, October 7 at 6:00 PM via Zoom.
St. Nicholas Church School Celebration - Sunday, December 5
Women's Group Ornament Swap - Sunday, December 12 (hosted by C. Condrick - details will be forthcoming as the season approaches)
Annual Christmas giving in support of the Plymouth Area Coalition - Christmas Stockings will be hung in the Bookstore - thank you to everyone who has participated in this very special giving througout the years.