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Coffee Hour Schedule:
November 24th: Q-Z*
December 1st: A-C*
December 8th: D-I*
December 15th: J-P*
* Fasting Season: No Meat or Dairy, please
Today's Recommended Bible Readings
St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 3:1-4
Forefeast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross; The Consecration of the Church of the Holy Resurrection (Holy Sepulchre); Cornelius the Centurion & Martyr; Aristides the Philosopher; Hierotheos the Righteous of Iveron Monastery, Mount Athos
Do you have a Will?
One of our new members attorney Luis Landeros will help you to prepare a will for a donation to the Church. This is a great way to help the parish and prepare a legal will! A simple will can cost anywhere from $150 to $500 to prepare. All too often, people put this off. All adults need a will.
Luis will be the only one looking at the worksheets and drafting the wills so there is no need to worry about a breach in confidentiality. Note: Anyone with substantial assets (over $500,000) or a complex issue should hire an attorney that specializes in wills and estates.
You will need to fill out a Client Information Worksheet to get this started. These are available as a downloadable document by clicking here
Helping our Refugees
Here are a couple of ways that you could help some of the refugees that we have here at St. Elias:
Do you have an extra car sitting in the driveway that you would sell at a reasonable price? We have people who need good cars. Contact Mahari Tesfasion if you know of any available.
Do you know of any available jobs—or do you hire people for work? We have several refugees with various abilities looking for work. Contact Mahari Tesfasion if you know of any jobs available.
Adult Church School Class with Dr. Mark Cherry
Dr. Mark Cherry teaches an adult (college age and just about anyone else) Church School class between the two liturgies
on Sunday mornings (at around 10 AM). This class has very stimulating discussions and is a great opportunity for all our
members to learn more about the Orthodox Church. Dr. Cherry is a Professor of
Philosophy and Ethics at St. Edward’s University.
Would You Host a Bible Study in Your Home?
We are hoping to have some area Bible Studies for our parish in different parts of
the city (probably on Thursday evenings). Would you be willing to open your
home for people in your area of town to come to a monthly or bi-weekly Bible
Study? Let Father David know if you would like to open your home for this
ministry in our parish. Thanks!
Site Selection Committee:
The Site Selection Committee (Chris Attal, Deacon Gregory Farman, David
Jabour, Margaret Jabour, Joe Namee and Fr. David Barr) has been meeting to
look for a site for our second campus for St. Elias. In particular, the search has
been centered in on the Mopac corridor north of US 183, although it has not been
limited to that area. If you have questions about our second campus site
selection, please feel free to talk to one of the committee members.
Change Your Online Check Address!
If you use online banking for your commitment to the Church, please change the address to:
St. Elias Orthodox Church
12731 Research Blvd, Ste A110
Austin, TX 78759
Church School is in session! For more information, please see Ronnie Long or Natalia Smith.If you have any questions regarding Church School, please do not hesitate to contact our Church School Directors, using our
Deacon Gregory Farman is looking for volunteers to help reach out to visitors
and potential new members to St. Elias. He is putting together a program to
work with our parishioners to help greet and welcome visitors to our parish. If
you would be interested in helping, please contact Deacon Gregory. He’ll be
glad to have your help.
2013-14 Catechism Classes
Saturday afternoons before Great Vespers
Each fall and winter, St. Elias holds a series of Inquirer’s Classes twice a month
on Saturday afternoons in the Parish Library. These classes are geared for all
those interested in learning more about the Orthodox Church, for those
interested in becoming Orthodox, and for our own members who may never
have gone through a series of catechism classes. The classes will be held on
Saturday afternoons in the Parish Library, starting on September 7 at 4:00 PM
(before Great Vespers).
Mariology and Hagiology
An Orthodox Approach to the Bible
Sacraments & Worship
Theology in Iconography
Spirituality and Prayer
Preparing to Receive the Mysteries
Confession and Entrance into the Church
*Dates are subject to change. **Topics may be adjusted as needed for the specific class.
This class would also be great for anyone (teens, young adults, adults, etc.) who
would like to learn more about the Orthodox Church and it’s beliefs.
Would you Donate an Icon Stand?
You may have noticed the new chanter’s stand that was built and carved by Evgeny Bogolyubov. Several of our chanters and other members donated towards having this stand made. (By the way, the old chanter’s stand is in storage for future use—it hasn’t gone away!) Our next project will be to replace our icon stands in the Church. We will need 4 stands and the cost of a carved stand will be $600-750 (one stand is already committed!). Would you be interested in sponsoring one for the church? It is a wonderful way to remember a loved one and to add to the beauty of our parish. Let Fr. David know if you are interested in sponsoring one.
What’s New in American Orthodoxy?
Visit the web site of the ASSEMBLY OF CANONICAL ORTHODOX BISHOPS OF NORTH & CENTRAL AMERICA (http://www.assemblyofbishops.org/) and read the latest media releases and listen to the newest interviews in the continuing, and very popular, series "Conversations with our Bishops."
Offering the Holy Gifts - Sign Up for Holy Bread!
Part of the beauty of Orthodox Worship is that we can participate in many ways.
One of the most meaningful ways is offering the bread which becomes the Body
of Christ. We need people to bake the bread used in the Liturgy—and you can
sign up to offer bread by calling the Church Office (512-476-2314). Instructions for
making Holy Bread can be found on our parish web site and also at
www.prosphora.org. Sign up for making the Holy Bread and offer it for the
health and welfare of your family. It is a meaningful way to become even more
involved in the Divine Liturgy.
The St. Elias Ladies Guild is preparing “Diaper Cakes” to give to new babies at
St. Elias and to shelters that help women and children. Here’s how you can help
Donate funds to our “Baby Bottle Bank” in the Parish Hall (checks
preferred). Each “cake” costs about $25 to make and the more funds we
have—the more cakes we can make. Each cake has approximately 50
newborn diapers; 2 baby bottles; assorted “treats” such as pacifiers, tub toys,
Donate newborn or size 1 diapers. Bring to the table in the Parish Hall.
Donate “treats” for the cakes (mix-ins): bring packaged baby bottles of any
size; pacifiers; bibs; onesies; pretty “baby” ribbon; baby socks; small tub toys;
baby lotions and potions…
Help us make the cakes! (Sign up if you want to be called next time we make
Buy a cake! Take a cake to your next baby shower. You can order a
boy/girl/or mystery baby cake. Cost is $30 for a “custom” cake.
Tell us if you know of someone in the parish who is having a baby! We don’t
want to leave anyone out.
Tell us of a favorite shelter or charity that helps moms with babies.