St. Spyridon Church, Palos Heights, IL PUBLISH DATE: September 13, 2013


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Worship Schedule Sunday, September 15th
Sunday after Exaltation of Cross
Orthros & Divine Liturgy —8:00 a.m.
Memorials: +40 days for Akela Karampelas
+1yr. For Vasili Simantirakis
Monday, September 16th
Great Vespers at St. Sophia Church, Elgin, IL - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 17th
St. Sophia and daughters Irene, Faith, and Love
Christian Philoxenia
Sts. Constantine & Helen, Palos Hills
Orthros & Divine Liturgy—8:30 a.m.
Saturday, September 21st
Great Vespers at St. Charalambos in Niles—6:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 22nd
1st Sunday of Luke
Orthros & Divine Liturgy—8:00 a.m.

COMING EVENTS Monday, September 16th
1st Day of Byzantine Music
Tuesday, September 17th
Christian Philoxenia at Sts. Constantine & Helen
1st Day of Cherubs
1st Meeting of GOYA & Jr. GOYA
Wednesday, September 18th
1st Day Iconography
Saturday, September 21st
1st Day of Hope, Altar Boys & Handmaidens Meeting,
Pee-Wee B-ball
Monday, September 23rd
1st Day of Bible Study in Greek
Tuesday, September 24th
1st Day of Bible Study in English

STEWARDSHIP 2013 We wish to thank the 284 families who have made their 2013 Stewardship Pledge, and we invite all of you to join in this year’s Stewardship theme: “Chosen and Appointed by God to Go and Bear Fruit ” At all times, you are encouraged to offer your prayerful thanks and commit yourself to the fulfillment of your personal assistance by giving back a portion of the fruits of your labor to Christ's Church in thanksgiving for His many blessings to you. Your Stewardship Commitment is a testimony of your dedication to enhancing your personal spiritual life and spreading our beloved Orthodox Faith. Stewardship Commitment Cards for the year 2013 are available in the church narthex . We kindly ask that you continue to show your loving support for our Saint Spyridon family through your stewardship commitment. If you have already pledged your stewardship for this year please give a stewardship card to a friend or family member.

September Sign-Up Registration for our parish youth ministries is taking place during office hours and in the community hall after the Divine Liturgy. Sign up for Altar Boys, Handmaidens, Cherubs, HOPE, Jr. GOYA & GOYA, Greek Dance, Jr. Choir, Athletics, Byzantine Music, & Iconography. Forms are available at the community hall, in the church office and on line at

Byzantine Music The Byzantine Music School of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, provides the basics in the art of Byzantine Music for both children and adults. Children must be at least 12 years old. The branch of the school for the southern suburbs of Chicago is hosted by Saint Spyridon. Classes are offered at the following times. Beginning Students: Mondays at 4:30 p.m. Intermediate Students: Mondays at 5:15 p.m. The first day of class is Monday, September 16th. Classes are offered free or charge to all Orthodox faithful.

Iconography School In its fifth year, our Iconography seminar will once again welcome new and old students to learn how to make icons. Mr. Panagiotis Michalopoulos, a professional iconographer, is donating his time to teach both children and adults the art of iconography. Registration Form is available at the church office and on-line. The Registration Fee for this class is $100 for stewards of Saint Spyridon. Classes are offered on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. The 1st day of class is on Wednesday, September 18th.

Cherubs Under the wing of the Archangels Academy, Cherubs is a toddler-caregiver program that welcomes our young children from 6 months to 4 years old, along with caregivers. The group meets every Tuesday, 10:30—12:00 p.m.. The first meeting is on Tuesday, September 10th. The program is offered free of charge to all area Orthodox families. Registration Forms for this group are available in the church office and on

HOPE HOPE is a weekly youth program for children 3 to 6 years old, where they learn about the lives of the saints and do a small craft. The program runs on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. starting on September 21st.

JUNIOR G.O.Y.A. & G.O.Y.A. Boys and girls in 6th-8th (Jr. GOYA) and in High School (GOYA) are welcome to join. Various athletic, social and religious activities are held as well as other programs. Meetings and activities are held weekly. The first meeting and elections of officers will take place on Tuesday, September 17th at 7:00 p.m.

Junior Choir All Sunday School students ages 7 and older are invited to join the Junior choir. The children sing ecclesiastical hymns during the Divine Liturgy once a month, and with the regular choir throughout the year. Their first participation in the Divine Liturgy will take place on Sunday, September 29th.

College Students We ask all college students (whether living at home or on campus) to please submit their mailing address to the Church office by September 14th, 2013, so that all the names can be placed on the Church mailing list.

Altar Boys Boys in 1st grade through High School are called to serve as Altar Boys. Along with their Altar duties, regular meetings and other programs are held. If you wish for your child to participate please attend the first meeting on Saturday, September 21st, at 10am.

Handmaidens Girls ages 7-17 are called to serve as Handmaidens. Meetings are geared toward service projects that teach young girls to offer their time and talents to the church and to the community at large. The first meeting is Saturday, September 21st, at 10:00 a.m.

Athletics All our youth is invited to participate in the St. Spyridon’s Athletic Program. We are once again combining with St. Nicholas in Oak Lawn.
Pee-Wee Basketball for kids Pre-K– 4th will be on Saturday mornings at 11:00 a.m. 1st day is Sept. 21st
Biddy Basketball, for boys and girls 4th-6th grades, will practice on Fridays, at 6:45 p.m.—7:45pm. First day is Friday, September 20th at St. Spyridon.
Grammar School Basketball for boys and girls 6th-8th is on Fridays, at 6:45 p.m.—8:15 p.m. The first day is Friday, September 20th, at St. Spyridon.
High School Boys Basketball will practice on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. 1st Day is Sept. 25th at St. Nicholas, Oak Lawn.

Greek Dance Again this year, the Greek Dance classes will be taught during Greek School. Every Friday, Greek Dance classes will be directed by Mr. Angelo Angelos during Greek School hours. Greek Dance students from our Greek School and other students who wish to learn Greek Dance, who are not in Greek School, will be divided into eight groups. Instruction will be given to four groups each Friday. A schedule of classes will be made available on the first day of class.
While registration is automatic for Plutarchos students, non-Plutarchos students are welcome to register for the Greek Dance classes at the church office.

Community Service Hours Any high school student who requires community service prior to graduation should contact the Church office at their earliest convenience.

Nanny Services Experienced nanny, stay at home mom looking to watch a child at her home. Please contact Kathy Mastoras at 708-843-1623.

Bible Study Once again our Adult Religious Education groups will gather weekly to discuss a variety of topics pertaining to living our Orthodox faith. The topic for this year will be the book of Genesis. The Greek Bible Study meets on Monday, at 7:00 p.m., following the 6:00 p.m. Paraklesis. The first class will take place on Monday, September 23rd. The English Bible Study will meet on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. starting September 24th. A class schedule will be available on our church website.

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