WEEKLY BULLETIN www.holyapostleschurch.com
SUNDAY DECEMBER 10
8:15 a.m. Orthros
9:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy
Memorials: George Aravosis, Bessie Bouloukos, Peter Bouloukos, Eva Georges, Nick Georges, Elaine Kalivas, Bette Kumis, Gus Kumis, Eleni Papadakis, Anastasios Papadakis, Panagiotis Papadakis, Demetrios Verros
11:30 a.m. Philoptochos Christmas Breakfast
3:30 p.m./4:30 p.m. Basketball Games at St. Nectarios, Palatine
MONDAY DECEMBER 11
7:00 p.m. Naperville Home Bible Study
TUESDAY DECEMBER 12 - FEAST DAY OF ST. SPYRIDON
8:00 a.m. Orthros
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy
4:30 p.m. Greek School
7:00 p.m. Philoptochos Christmas Party and General Meeting
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 13
1:00 p.m. Adult Fellowship and Bible Study Christmas Party
7:00 p.m. Choir Rehearsal
THURSDAY DECEMBER 14
Parea Outing to Drury Lane
4:30 p.m. Greek School
SATURDAY DECEMBER 16
5:30 p.m. GOYA Christmas Party
SUNDAY DECEMBER 17
9:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy
Epistle Reading: Eph 6: 10-17 -- Gospel Reading: Lk 13: 10-17– Reader: Tom Gregory
Saint Spyridon the Wonderworker...The island of Cyprus was both the birthplace and the place where this glorious saint served the Church. Spyridon was born of simple parents, farmers, and he remained simple and humble until his death. He married in his youth and had children, but when his wife died he devoted himself completely to the service of God. Because of his exceptional piety, he was chosen as bishop of the city of Tremithus. Yet even as a bishop he did not change his simple way of living, handling his livestock and cultivating his land himself. He used very little of the fruits of his labor for himself; instead, he distributed a greater share to the needy. He manifested great miracles by God's power: he brought down rain in time of drought, stopped the flow of a river, raised people from the dead, healed the sick, saw and heard angels of God, foresaw future events, discerned the secrets of men's hearts, converted many to the true Faith, and did much else. He took part in the First Ecumenical Council in Nicaea in 325 A.D., and he brought many heretics back to Orthodoxy by his simple and clear expositions of the Faith as well as by his mighty miracles. He was so simply dressed that once, when he wanted to enter the imperial court at the invitation of the emperor, a soldier, thinking that he was a beggar, struck him on the face. Meek as he was, Spyridon turned the other cheek to him. He glorified God through many miracles, and was of benefit, not only to many individuals but also to the whole Church of God. He fell asleep in the Lord in the year 348. His miracle-working relics rest on the island of Corfu, and even today they glorify God with many miracles.
Feed the Hungry...Please Help! 100,000 Hungry People Are Counting on Holy Apostles! On January 13, 2018, Holy Apostles will partner with Feed6 to hold our annual pasta meal packing event in the multi-purpose room. The 100,000 meals packed will be donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository to be distributed locally.
Please donate your time. Register Pappou, Yiayia, grandchildren, parents, Godparents, Godchildren, family, friends and neighbors to work side-by-side for two hours.
To date, we have commitments from 93 of the 480 volunteers needed to prepare the meals. Please click on this link to register for your 2-hour shift:
We have raised $3,275 of the $25,000 needed to pay for the food supplies. Donations are gratefully welcomed to underwrite this event. Please make checks payable to "Holy Apostles" and write "Feed 6" in the memo.
GOYA Christmas Party...will be hosted on Saturday, December16 at 5:30 p.m. by Elena Stojka and her family at 207 Saint Michael Court in Oak Brook. We ask that everyone please bring drinks, appetizers, or desserts to share and a $20 white elephant present, gift wrapped for our grab bag game. Please RSVP to Effie Stojka by December 13 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Bowling Night...Family Bowling Night will be on Sunday, January 14th, at Fox Bowl in Wheaton. This event includes 2 hours of bowling, pizza buffet and soft drinks. Cost for adults and teens is $25 and $20 for kids 5-12. Stop by the multipurpose room today to make reservations, or contact Nicole Kubesh at (773) 972-5857.
YAL is Back!... We are excited to announce that we are restarting our young adult ministry (YAL) at Holy Apostles. YAL is a group designed for ages 18-35. For a schedule of all our events, search our Facebook page, Holy Apostles YAL. Our kick-off event will be the Feed 6 service project at Holy Apostles on Saturday, January 13, followed by a lunch outing to Cheesecake Factory. RSVP to holyapostlesYAL@gmail.com by December 19.
Herman the Wonderworker of Alaska & First Saint of America; The Holy Martyrs Eustratius, Auxentius, Eugene, Mardarius, and Orestes of Greater Armenia; Lucia the Virgin-martyr; Gabriel the Hieromartyr, Archbishop of Serbia