Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Chicago, IL PUBLISH DATE: March 17, 2013


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Weekday Service: GREAT LENT BEGINS
Monday, March 18th
5:30 pm – Great Compline Service
7:00 pm – Lenten Dinner

Wednesday, March 20th
6:00 pm – Presanctified Liturgy
7:00 pm – Adult Bible Study will meet in St. Catherine’s Meeting Room

Friday, March 22nd
7:00 pm – 1st Salutations to the Theotokos

Saturday, March 23, 2012
3rd Saturday of the Souls
8:30 am – Orthros
9:30 am – Divine Liturgy

Memorial: 40 Days ~ Catherine Stavropoulos, Right Rows 1 – 3
1 Year ~ Effie (Efthimia) Gekas, Right Rows 4 – 5
6 Years ~ Michael Gekas, Right Rows 4 – 5
1 Year ~ Antonia Choporis, Left 1 – 2
1 Year ~ Christopher Siliras, Left 3 – 4
1 Year ~ Andrew Georgalas, NO PEWS
9 Years ~ Maria Dallas, NO PEWS

Coffee Fellowship: Today’s Coffee Fellowship is hosted by Gekas and Dervis Families in memory of Effie (Efthimia) and Michael Gekas. Please join us in Plato Hall to enjoy fellowship.

Sacrament: The daughter of Roula and Michael Borkowski will be baptized Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 11:30 am and will be given the name of Oliva by her Godparent Terry Raftopoulos.

Stewardship Message: Check Your Check Book
One of the best ways to find out who is your God in life is to look back at your check stubs for the past three years and find out what or whom you spend the most money on.

2013 Stewardship: We thank and are appreciative to all stewards who have pledged to our beloved Parish of Panagia. Through your continued and loving support, the Parish Council has been able to serve as caretakers and deal with the needs and priorities that face our Church. We ask that you complete your 2013 pledge card for the New Year and return it to the church office at your convenience. If you have a balance on your 2012 commitment, you may submit that as well.

Wheelchair Donation Request: Our Church is in need of a wheelchair. If anyone has a recent model wheelchair in good working order to replace the older model that we currently have on hand, and would like to donate it to the Church to assist our parishioners and guests, please contact the Church Office (773.626.3114). Thank you.

Bookstore: Do you need gifts for your family or relatives? Then please visit the Bookstore in Plato Hall after the Divine Liturgy on Sundays. There you will find unique gifts for everyone, such as books for children and adults, icons of your or your children’s patron saints, crosses, key chains and other beautiful items which will make much appreciated gifts this year. Please stop in and browse, you’ll be glad you did.

Assumption Church Dance Troupe Lessons: We remind all parents that Greek Dance Lessons are offered each Sunday following the Coffee Fellowship Hour from 12:30pm to 1:15 pm through June 2nd of 2013 in the Plato School Building. For more information or registering your child, please speak with Mrs. Christina Arvanites.

Assumption Choir: Mrs. Marika Panton, our Choir Director, has again put out the call to any and all interested people who might like to become a part of the Church Choir. They are always looking for energetic voices to compliment the fine voices who already comprise the group. If you are interested, please contact Marika at 708.366.7435.

Elevator Update: We are pleased to report the elevator installation project is proceeding in a smooth manner and the bathroom remodeling is also proceeding in an orderly fashion. We also report that we are still on schedule for the entire project to be completed by our target of mid-March. Thank you all for your support during this major undertaking.

The current moneys we have set aside and budgeted for the project are as follows and are current as of March 10, 2013.

$80,000 Bequests Specifically Targeted For the Elevator
$85,000 General Bequests
$50,000 Donations and 2nd Tray Collection thru March 10, 2013
$215,00 Total Amount Currently Earmarked.

We are grateful to the many donations that were received for the elevator project. The original goal was reached and it was because of the love and support of many. Final adjustments are being made that will eventually bring the total amount of the project to $225,000. The second tray each Sunday will continue to be applied to the balance of the elevator. Should you wish to still contribute to this project, you may do so. Thank you!


Please be advised that, the WOMEN'S and MEN'S BATHROOMS adjacent to St. Catherine’s Chapel will be CLOSED and WILL NOT be available for use for one month, reopening approximately the end of March. This means that both the Men’s and Women’s bathrooms will be closed deeming it necessary for everyone to utilize the bathrooms in “The Tunnel” in back of St. Catherine’s Meeting Room. Again, we wish to thank you for your anticipated patience as we complete this project for the ultimate convenience of us all.

Dates to Remember: Sunday, March 10th Assumption Philoptochos Apokreatiko Glendi at the Diplomat West Banquets, Elmhurst, IL

Thursday, March 14th
7:00 pm – Monthly Book Club Meeting at the Pan Arcadian House

Friday, March 15th
7:00 pm – GOYA Meeting at the Oak Brook Park District

Saturday, March 16th
2nd Saturday of the Souls
8:30 am – Orthros
9:30 am – Divine Liturgy

Monday, March 18th
5:30 pm – Great Compline Service
7:00 pm – Lenten Dinner

Wednesday, March 20th
6:00 pm – Presanctified Liturgy
7:00 pm – Adult Bible Study will meet in St.Catherine’s Meeting Room

Thursday, March 21st
10:30 am – Philoptochos General Meeting in St. Catherine’s Meeting Room

Friday, March 22nd
7:00 pm – 1st Salutations to the Theotokos

Saturday, March 23rd
3rd Saturday of the Souls
8:30 am – Orthros
9:30 am – Divine Liturgy

Sunday, March 24th
6:30 pm – Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers at Annunciation Church, Chicago, IL

Monday, March 25th
Feast of Annunciation
8:30 am – Orthros
9:30 am – Divine Liturgy

Wednesday, March 27th
9:00 am – Presanctified Liturgy

Friday, March 29th
7:00 pm – 2nd Salutations to the Theotokos

Saturday, March 30th
Metropolis of Chicago Philoptochos Lenten Retreat hosted by St. Demetrios of Elmhurst Philoptochos

Saturday, April 13th
9:15 am - Annual Youth Lenten Retreat

Sunday Solemn Vesper Services: Sunday, March 17th (Eve of Great Lent)
Solemn Vespers beginning at 7:00 pm
Chapel of St. Dionysios of the Holy Trinity Church, Chicago, IL
His Eminence, Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago, preacher.

Saturday, March 23rd (Sunday of Orthodoxy)
Pan-Orthodox Vespers Celebration beginning at 6:30 pm
Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral (5701 North Redwood Drive, Chicago, IL 60631, Telephone: 773-693-3366)
Archbishop Nicolae, Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese of America, preacher.

Sunday, March 24th (Great Vesper Service of the Annunciation)
The Great Vespers beginning at 7:00 pm
The Annunciation Cathedral, Chicago, IL

March 31st – April 7th

All Programs will held at Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church of Westchester, Illinois

• Sunday, March 31st (St Gregory of Palamas)
Solemn Vespers beginning at 6:30 pm – Presentation: 8:00 pm
Dr. Christopher Veniamin, Lecturer
“St Gregory Palamas and the Second Sunday of Great Lent

• Tuesday, April 2nd Great Compline beginning at 6:30 pm – Presentation: 8:00 pm
Reverend Deacon John Chryssavgis, Ph.D., Lecturer
“Creation Care and the Spiritual Life: Transforming Perspectives & Practices”

• Thursday, April 4th Great Compline beginning at 6:30 pm – Presentation: 8:00 pm
Reverend Dr. Theodore Stylianopoulos, Lecturer
“The Apocalypse: Message and Medium”

Sunday, April 7th (Veneration of the Holy Cross)
Solemn Vespers beginning at 7:00 pm
St. Demetrios Church, Libertyville, IL
Rev. Fr. Dimitri Tobias, preacher

Sunday, April 14th (St. John of the Ladder)
Solemn Vespers beginning at 7:00 pm
Holy Taxiarchai-St. Haralambos Church, Niles, IL
Rev. Fr. Kosmas Halikakis, preacher

Sunday, April 21st (St. Mary of Egypt)
Solemn Vespers beginning a 7:00 pm
St. Demetrios Church, Hammond, IN
Mr. Christos Kostouros, M. Div., preacher

Orthodox Adult Bible Study the New Testament-Saint Paul’s Epistle to the I Corinthians March 20, 2013: The next gathering of the Adult Bible study will meet on Wednesday evening, March 20, 2013 at 7:00 pm, in Saint Catherine’s Meeting Room. The ninth and tenth chapters of Saint Paul’s Epistle to the I Corinthians will be discussed. This class is open to all, and it is hoped that you will avail yourself to the opportunity to study the Bible in-depth. All you need to bring along with you is your Bible. For further information and/or questions, please see Father Timothy.

Panagia’s Monthly Book Club: Our next meeting of the Monthly Book Club will be Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the Pan Arcadian House, 880 North York Road, Elmhurst, IL. The book we will be discussing this month will center on “Father Arseny, Priest, Prisoner, Spiritual Father”. The Monthly Book Club will meet the 2nd Thursday of each month. If you wish to purchase this book, copies can be found in the bookstore in Plato Hall. Anyone interested in joining the group or would like further information, please contact Father Athanasios.

Thinking of Converting to Orthodoxy? If you, a family member, or friend, who may not be of the Orthodox Faith, and is considering conversion to Orthodoxy, please contact the Church Office (773.626.3114) or speak with Fr. Timothy. A Confirmation Class is being formed to prepare those who have expressed interest to convert, and Classes will begin March 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm. This includes couples who are planning to be married in the Orthodox Church in the near future, and where one of the couple is contemplating converting to the Orthodox Faith.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Lands and Constantinople: It is with great joy and love in our Lord Jesus that Fr. Timothy, along with Fr. John Kalomas from the St. Andrew Church (Chicago) and Fr. Athanasios Pieri from Holy Cross Church (Justice), will again be leading a Twelve Day Pilgrimage from October 14th through 25th of this year 2013. This pilgrimage will include the Holy Lands in Jerusalem and Israel, with an added side trip to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Shrines, and Orthodox historical sites in Constantinople (present day Istanbul). Among the many places/sites to be visited include the great and historic Cathedral St. Sophia, St. Savior in Chore Church, Topkaki Palace, Blue Mosque, Grand Covered Bazaar, Caesarea, Haifa, Mt. Tabor, Nazareth, Cana, boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Tabgha, Mount of Beatitudes, Jordan River, Jericho, Mount of Temptation, Monastery of St. Gerasimos, Monastery of St. George Hotzevitis, Dead Sea, Qumran, Mount of Olives, Church of the Ascension, Garden of Gethsemane, Tomb of Virgin Mary, Via Dolorosa, Pool of Bethesda, St. Ann’s Church, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Golgotha, St. Elias Monastery, Bethlehem, Shepherd’s Field, Room of the Last Supper, Western Wall, Temple Mount, Monastery of the Holy Cross, a visit/audience with the Patriarchate of Jerusalem and much more.

In this Bulletin and on our website (, you will find a Flyer and Fact Sheet detailing the Trip, including dates, places, pricing, and other particulars. Because there is special pricing/discount given for registering early, you are urged to reply as soon as you can if you are interested in participating in this trip. Should you have any questions, I urge that you please call me immediately. Fr. John is advertising this Pilgrimage Trip in his own Parish, and we have decided to limit the size of this group, so space will be limited. Again, if you have any questions, please see/speak to Fr. Timothy as soon as possible.

Annual Lenten Dinner in Plato Hall, Monday, March 18th: On MONDAY, MARCH 18th, our Church begins its journey through this solemn Season of Great Lent. And as is the tradition, Church Services will be held on this first evening of Lent beginning at 5:30pm, with the Great Compline Service. Following the Service, the traditional Lenten Meal will be served in Plato Hall. The proceeds this year will be donated to International Orthodox Christian Charities (I.O.C.C.) and the Austin Community Outreach Ministry Metropolis of Chicago. Donation is $10.00. A Flier can be found in this Weekly Bulletin.

College Students -- Check Out OCF (Orthodox Christian Fellowship): Be sure to check out for information about the nearest Orthodox Christian Fellowship Chapter near your school.

We also encourage our college young people to share their e-mail addresses with our Church so that we may keep them informed of their “Spiritual Home” while they are away. And always remember, your Assumption Church’s weekly Divine Liturgy Services are just a click away on your computer each Sunday as we now broadcast live each Sunday. Just access it by going to our website at:

Coffee Fellowship Hosts Needed: Have you considered selecting a day to host the Weekly Fellowship Hour following Worship Services on a specific Sunday in 2013? You might want to celebrate a family event, a memorial, or just want to share time with the Church family. The following dates for the first part of 2013 are available:

April 7
April 21
April 28
May 26
June 2
June 9
June 16
June 23
June 30
July 7
July 14
July 21
July 28
August 4
August 11
September 8
September 29
October 6
October 13
October 20

Please call the Church Office (773.626.3114) to book a date and for more information.

Prosfora Bakers Needed: One of the blessings of Stewardship that we are given is the ability to serve our Church in a number of ways. Our Church is in need of individuals who can offer the weekly Prosforo (Bread) for the Divine Liturgy. Should you be able to offer your service, please inform the Church office or see either Fr. Timothy or Mrs. Demetra Spyropoulos. With the help of each steward/member, we come together as a Church family to better offer our thanks to our Lord.

Second Tray: Collections from the second tray each Sunday benefit various specific ministries, as determined by the Clergy and Parish Council. The Parish Council has determined that the second tray will be earmarked for the Elevator Fund.

Volunteer Opportunity: Our Parish of Panagia is in need of a person who has software experience to assist us in the Church Office in applying new applications for use by our secretaries and Clergy. If you have computer software skills and can offer a few hours to assist us with this transition/application, please contact the Church Office (773.626.3114), or speak with Fr. Timothy.

Cemetery Graves: Periodically, we place a reminder in our Weekly Bulletin about the availability of cemetery plots (graves) for purchase from our Church in the Panagia sections at Elmwood Cemetery. For further information, please call the Church office and speak with Gail (773.626.3114).

Proper Church Etiquette: Worship Services are vital instruments and components to our prayer development. In order to help us achieve this, we need to be cognizant of our fellow parishioners and all those around us. Therefore, please make sure that cell phones are completely turned off during Services. In addition, while we most welcome children to participate in the liturgical life of the Church, it remains the responsibility of parents to make sure that children do not become a distraction to those around them. Therefore, if a child is crying, or in some way in need of attention, please feel free to take him/her to the Narthex or Cry Room. You are most welcome to enter and exit the Church proper as many times as necessary. By doing this, all who are in attendance will be afforded the opportunity to worship and pray together. (Please keep in mind that we are also privileged to have a complete Sunday School Liturgy celebrated in Saint Catherine’s Chapel each week for your use as well). We ask for your cooperation. Ushers will be available to help you, if needed.

Holy Communion Announcement: While we pray and work for the reconciliation and unity of all the world's Christians, the reality remains that there is still no intercommunion between our Orthodox Churches and the Churches of the West. This means that only baptized, chrismated, and observant Orthodox faithful are allowed to receive Holy Communion in our churches. At the same time, we warmly welcome all non-Orthodox to join us in prayer and celebration, and humbly offer to all present the Antidoro bread of fellowship at the end of the worship service. We offer this important symbol 'instead of the Gifts', in the words of the Apostle Paul, 'Till we all come to the unity of the Faith' (Eph. 4.13).

We Need Your E-mail Address: Are you receiving the weekly bulletin online in your e-mail mailbox each week? How about our Assumption Church’s Newsletter and the Saint Catherine’s Newsletter? If not, please give the Church Office your e-mail address so that you can stay informed about the schedule of religious services, events, and news of our Community.

Website News: We are excited to announce that many additions/changes have been made to our Church’s Website. In addition to upcoming events in our Parish and throughout our Metropolis of Chicago, we are constantly updating information as well regarding our faith. You can find articles and resources for the Orthodox Church on our web site. They include the history of Orthodoxy, special Services and Blessings, Spirituality, Teachings of the Orthodox Church, how to become a member of the Orthodox Church, the meaning and celebration of The Holy Eucharist, the form and characteristics of Orthodox worship, the Sacrament of Confession, Holy Week Meditation and Study Guide, Fasting, and many others. We have up loaded the current editions of the Assumption Newsletter and the St. Catherine Newsletter, and are available for reading online. Through the help of Mr. Chris Panos, we have also uploaded all previous newsletters dating back to 2008. They are now available online. Just log on to our website, and see the many changes we have made. We thank both Chris Panos and Steve Jurasek for their help.

Our Sunday Church Services are broadcast live on the Internet each week: A reminder to all, in April of last year, our Parish of Panagia began broadcasting live to the internet each Sunday. This is of particular benefit to our shut-ins, elderly, college students, and vacationers who are away from home, yet need to receive the benefit and blessing of the weekly Divine Liturgy experience. All you need to do is log on to our website, and click the link to begin watching the Worship Service live. We have also archived our Services allowing anyone to click and watch the Service/sermon at their leisure. We encourage you to give it a try.

Ushers: Dean Bastounes, Nicholas Mansour, George Arvanites, Joann Stavropoulos, Bill J. Vranas

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