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SUNDAY JULY 15 - SUNDAY OF THE HOLY FATHERS
8:15 a.m. Orthros
9:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy
Memorials: John Curtis, John Maniatis, Gust Vlangos, Pauline Vlangos
FRIDAY JULY 20 – FEAST DAY OF PROPHET ELIAS
8:00 a.m. Orthros
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy
SATURDAY JULY 21
Baptism: Son of Alexa and Troy Szafalowicz
11:00 a.m. Sponsor: Elizabeth Chibucos
SUNDAY JULY 22
9:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy
Epistle Reading: Titus 3: 8-15 --- Gospel Reading: Mt: 5: 14-19 - Reader: Lou Kafkes
Fellowship Hour is hosted today by the Govostis Family.
Prophet Elijah... or Prophet Elias, was a prophet and a miracle worker who lived in the northern kingdom of Israel during the 9th century BC. His name means “my God is the Lord,” but nothing is known of his family or birth. He is one of the most interesting and colorful people in the Bible, and God used him during an important time in Israel’s history to oppose a wicked king and bring revival to the land.When the king and his wife Jezebel built a temple for the pagan god Baal, Elias warned them that that there will be years of catastrophic drought so severe that not even dew would form, because they had done evil in the sight of the Lord. Warned by God, Elijah hid near the brook of Cherith where he was fed by ravens. As the drought and famine in the land deepened, Elijah met a widow in a neighboring country, and, through her obedience to Elijah’s request, God provided food enough for Elijah, the woman, and her son. Miraculously, the widow’s barrel of flour and jar of oil never run out (1 Kings 17:8–16). The lesson for the believer is that, if we walk in fellowship with the Lord and obey Him, we will be open to His will. And when we are in God’s will, He fulfills all our needs, and His mercy to us never runs short.
In the New Testament we read that some people thought that Jesus was, in some sense, Elijah. Elijah also appears with Moses during the Transfiguration of Jesus.
God performed many miracles through Elijah, including the resurrection of the son of widow Zarephath, bringing fire down from the sky, and lifting Elias up in Heavens on a chariot of fire.
In Greece, chapels and monasteries dedicated to Prophet Elias, “Προφήτης Ηλίας,” are often found on mountaintops and people honor the memory of the Prophet with great joy.
Our church will celebrate the Prophet’s memory on Friday, July 20, with Orthros starting at 8:00 a.m. followed by Divine Liturgy at 9:00 a.m.
Metropolis of Chicago 2018 Listening Tour...His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael will visit regions across the Midwest over the next several months to engage in an open dialogue with the community, and all are welcome to attend these events. His Eminence will meet parishioners, answer questions and outline his vision for the church’s ministry in the Midwest. For more information, please visit https://midwesttour.squarespace.com.
Annual Church Picnic-August 19th... Join us for a family day of food, fellowship and fun on Sunday, August 19, immediately following Divine Liturgy. The multi-purpose room, and outside area will be set up with tables and chairs, a tent to protect us from the sun, and most of all, barbecue burgers, and games for young children. Please bring your own favorite picnic sides and beverages, and a dessert to share with everyone! Reminder: Dress code will be casual but no shorts in the church.
Fellowship Hour...Please consider hosting a Sunday or share one with a few friends. Available Sundays are on: July 22 and 29, August 5 and 12, and October 14, 21, and 28.
FOCUS Back to School Backpack Program... The Holy Apostles Missions Ministry requests your assistance to give needy area students a start the new school year with a well-stocked backpack. Our parish goal is to fill 55 backpacks! For questions and information, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or check our website at holyapostleschurch.com.
Greek School… Our Parish offers a Greek School Program every Tuesday and Thursday, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Its mission is to teach the students the Greek language and promote the Hellenic Heritage. The program includes Preschoolers, Kindergarteners and Grade levels students. Emphasis is placed on developing Reading and Writing skills as well as Conversational skills. The program is enriched with prayers, history, mythology, and geography themes, as well as Greek Dancing. Qualified and caring teachers help the children learn in a warm and friendly family atmosphere. The year is filled with fun programs run by our devoted PTO. For questions and inquiries please call the Church Office or Mrs. Argiro Tobasi at (708) 975- 5251.