St. George slava May 6-7

The church slava celebration of St. George the Great Martyr will be on Saturday and Sunday, May 6 and 7. On Saturday, May 6, the Feast of St George, the Divine Liturgy will be at 10 a.m., vespers and parastos for all deceased members and clergy of the church will be at 6 p.m. Dinner and entertainment to follow.

The Sunday of the Paralytic is May 7. After Divine Liturgy, the slava rite and the banquet will follow in the hall.

Please mark your calendar now and plan to come and attend the festivities.

This year St George's Day falls on the weekend when we celebrate the church slava. For those whose slava is St. George, please arrange with the priest for the blessing of kolac in advance since he will not be available the entire Saturday afternoon.

SerbFest June 2-3

SerbFest is right around the corner! Please, all bakers, plan to bring ethnic pastries to be sold. They can be kept in the freezer here in the hall as needed.

Also, anyone who would like to donate to purchase items for the silent auction for SerbFest, please see Mira Cubric.

SerbFest, a major fundraiser for our church, will be held on Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3. Please volunteer to help with working and/or donating food items or monetary donations.

Important EOYC dates

Mark these important EOYC dates for 2017:

  • EOYC 5K, Saturday, June 17. Hosted by Holy Trinity Orthodox Church.
  • EOYC 2017: Staff only, Saturday, July 22 after 3 p.m. Campers, Sunday, July 23 through Saturday, July 29. Times to be announced. We will be spending an additional night at Tall Oaks this year. We are very excited about this 6th night for EOYC! More info here.

Prayer books

Every Orthodox Christian should have an Orthodox prayer book and use it daily. Prayer books can be smaller, with less specific prayers and canons, or bigger with all the prayers and akathists. The canons we need most are the ones for before and after holy communion, various needs etc. We have Orthodox prayer books for sale, and if you don't have one please purchase one from our tutori.

Book: Serbian-American saints

The Lives of St. Mardarije of Libertyville and St. Sebastijan of Jackson book is available for purchase at wardens table in narthex of the church. The price is $22. Every Serbian Orthodox house should have this book and know the lives and struggles of these two wonderful Serbian - American saints.

Join us after church for coffee hour

We invite all to join us at our coffee hour after each Sunday's Divine Liturgy. This is an integral part of our fellowship and allows parishioners to meet and get to know each other. Also the many fundraisers such as bakes sales, festal/memorial luncheons, slavas, and so forth give parishioners a chance for fellowship as they work to help the church.

Arriving at church on time

Often the faithful come to the church services late and don't hear the epistle or Gospel lesson of the day, and some are even late for the most sacred part of the Liturgy which is the Canon of the Holy Eucharist. By doing this, they miss a lot and their Sunday worship is not complete. Please try not to make a habit of it, and encourage yourself to get up earlier and give yourself enough time to get ready and come to the house of God on time.

Commemorating names

The lists of Christian names to be commemorated at Proskomidia, the preparation for the Divine Liturgy, are by the candles for your use. Please write the names – full baptism names please, no nick names – of your family members, including your relatives or Orthodox friends living and reposed and give it to the tutor (warden) to bring it to the altar for the commemoration. For your slava, birthdays, anniversaries, or other occasions, remember to use the lists and write the names for the altar commemoration at the Liturgy.