Archangel Michael Food Barrel
Organized by Forerunner Books, this Food Barrel is in the Small Hall – all year around – and is available to fill with non-perishable food that is distributed to the needy from our community.
Sunday School for Kids K-8
Sunday School begins on Sunday, September 9. Our Mission is to impart a sense of belonging to, and being a valued member of, the Saint Anthony Church family. Please pray for this Ministry, that it may serve our future parish leaders! Once we begin, students are dismissed from Divine Liturgy following Holy Communion to attend classes in the small hall. Please note! Children must be potty-trained and five years old by September 1st, since this outreach is not offering a nursery environment. Parents may reconnect with students on their way to coffee hour in the large hall. No snacks are offered during class, so allergies are not anticipated. The time allotted following Communion is precious, we hope to inspire as well as to educate! Please see the Registration Form on page 7.
Bible Study is each Thursday morning at 11am (unless otherwise specified). All are welcome. Please join us as we continue to study the New Testament book of Romans!
We Read Together
On Tuesday evening, Sept. 11 at 6pm, we will be starting a book discussion club. Our first book is titled “The Science of God – The Convergence of Scientific and Biblical Wisdom” by Gerald L. Schroeder. This book demonstrates the surprising parallels between a variety of Biblical teachings and the findings of biochemists, paleontologists, astrophysicists, and quantum physicists. In a brilliant and wide-ranging discussion of key topics that have divided science and religion—free will, the development of the universe, the origin of life, and the origin of man—Schroeder argues that the latest science and a close reading of the Bible are not just compatible but interdependent. Religious skeptics, Biblical literalists, scientists, students, and physicists alike will be riveted by Schroeder’s remarkable contribution to the raging debate between science and religion. Plan to join us! Meetings will be led by Tom Stamos. This book is available now in our parish bookstore. To sign up send an email entitled ‘Book Club’ to firstname.lastname@example.org
Orthodoxy 101 Class
An eight class course on Orthodox Christianity will begin on September 19th. We’ll meet on Wednesdays after Paraklesis (about 7:15) in the Small Hall. This class is for anyone who wishes to learn more about the Orthodox Church. Whether you’re long-time Orthodox, newly Orthodox or not Orthodox at all, parishioner or non-parishioner, you are invited. There will be a minimal fee for materials, otherwise the only requirement is that you have an interest in learning about Orthodox Christianity! To sign up please send an email titled ‘Orthodoxy Class’ to email@example.com
Greek Language Class for Adults
Would you like to brush up on your Greek? Would you like to have a conversation in Greek? Would you like to get together with fellow parishioners and try your Greek? Here is your chance. The Greek class, taught by Nick Tsoulfanidis, firstname.lastname@example.org, will resume on Monday Sept. 10, at 6 pm in the small Hall. Contact Nick if you need additional information.
Upcoming Exciting Opportunities for Music Ministry
Musicians, singers & anyone interested in Church Music please set aside this day: Sat, Sept 22. Enjoy a day of fellowship and music with Church Musicians from throughout your area at this FREE Church Music Institute. The day will begin with a Continental breakfast followed by a lecture from St. Anthony’s pastor, Rev. Fr. Stephen Karcher, on the importance of intoning prayers and the relationship between the priest and the singers. Tikey will then discuss the different ways to sing in groups – chant, unison, harmonizing and congregation! You’ll have the opportunity to sing hymns in unison, parts, Greek and English. There will be a portion on how to read Greek/phonetics. Come learn how we as musicians work together with our priests. Lunch is also included. Please register by Sept. 8! See the Registration Form with more info on page 9.
Our parish has an ongoing fund to help those with immediate needs, and donations for this fund are always accepted in the church office. What a wonderful opportunity to show our love for Christ by helping the needy in our community. Both checks and cash donations accepted.
A parish library is helpful to all of us in many ways. Like the parish kitchen, it becomes a ministry of our parish. It provides resources to each of us that would otherwise be difficult if not impossible to access. It is a growing body of knowledge challenging us to grow in grace and become the Orthodox Christians we are called to be by virtue of our Baptism. The parish library is a pool of wisdom, exhortation, encouragement, consolation, and spiritual strength to meet the challenges of your personal life. What better reason is there to build a library for our parish?
The foundations of our parish library are currently being laid. We are currently cataloging our donated DVDs and have yet to begin the cataloging of our donated books. Any book, CD, scholarly journal, or DVD will be evaluated and if found appropriate will be added to our collection for checkout by our patrons. Library cards will be issued at a later date. Further information will be forthcoming. Eventually, we hope also to archive autobiographical recordings of various members of the parish so our parish history and the personal histories of our parishioners will be available to our Saint Anthony community.
As one would expect, building and maintaining a parish library requires generosity and work, but with many persons contributing just a little bit of time periodically to this ministry, the work will advance, the library will function, and the fruit of our labors will be seen. All this can be accomplished with a little time set aside to help out. If anyone feels moved to contribute time, materials, or money to this cause, please speak with Brett Copeland after the Divine Liturgy.