Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Chicago, IL PUBLISH DATE: September 5, 2010


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Weekday Service Wednesday, September 8, 2010
The Nativity of our most Holy Lady the Theotokos
Orthros: 8:30 a.m.
Divine Liturgy: 9:30 a.m.

Fellowship There will be no coffee Fellowship Hour this morning. Rather, you are invited to attend the Festival on the church grounds, either for coffee and sweets, or lunch.

Sacraments The daughter of George and Jaime Panagakis will be baptized on Saturday, September 11, 2010, at 1:00 p.m. She will be given the name Alexandra by her Godparent Dean Karamaniolas.

The children of Gus and Peggy Zervas will be baptized on Sunday, September 12, 2010, at 3:00 p.m. Their daughter will be given the name of Eugenia by her Godparent Haroula Prokos. And their son will be given the name Panagiotis by his Godparent Sophia Matsikas.

Welcome: We welcome all visitors and friends who are attending Worship Services with us today. We also welcome all who are and will be attending our Assumption Church of Chicago Greek Fest 2010 today and tomorrow. We hope you will enjoy yourselves and partake of our love and hospitality. May the blessing of our Protectress, The Theotokos, be with you and your family always!

Philoptochos News: Please note that there will NOT be a General meeting on Thursday, Sept. 16th as listed on the Calendar of Events flier. You will be notified when the next meeting will be held.

Sunday Church School To Begin on SUNDAY, September 12th : We announce that our Panagia Sunday Church School will begin on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12th. Divine Liturgy will begin promptly at 9:45am, in the newly renovated Saint Catherine Chapel. SCS Classes will take place immediately following the Divine Liturgy in Plato School. If you have not, as yet, registered your child for the 2010-11, school year, please do so by contacting the Church Office, securing a registration form online at our Church’s Website (, or by speaking with our SCS Director, Mrs. Christina Arvanites. A booth will also be available at the Church Festival to get information and register your child as well.

Iconography Lecture Set For TUESAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST: Our Parish of Panagia is pleased and honored to announce that on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST, a lecture will take place in Plato Hall. Mrs. Faye Peponis will present a lecture on “Iconography: The Many Images and Meanings Of The Theotokos”. Mrs. Peponis will give us how the Panagia is portrayed in many ways through Iconography, and will explain our Iconography in our beautiful Church Edifice. We invite you and hope that you will come to hear Mrs. Peponis and her vast knowledge of Byzantine Orthodox Iconography.

Dates to Remember: Sun/Mon, Sept.5th/6th: Annual Assumption Church Greek Festival
Sunday, Sept. 12th: Start of Sunday Church School Classes
Saturday, Sept.18th: Annual Metropolis of Chicago Philoptochos Luncheon
Tuesday,Sept.21st: Iconography Lecture-Mrs. Faye Peponis-Plato Hall
Sunday, Oct.17th: 85th Anniversary Gala Dinner Dance - 5:00 pm “Panagia: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow Honoring our Fr. Timothy’s 30th Anniv. to the Priesthood
Saturday, Nov.6th: Annual Harvest Day Celebration – Plato Hall – 5pm

85TH ANNIVERSARY UPDATE: This past week, invitations were mailed announcing the celebration of our Blessed Panagia Parish’s Eighty-Fifth Anniversary.The Dinner Dance will take place on the evening of October 17, 2010, at the Esplanade Lakes Resort in Downers Grove. Illinois. The Theme for this evening of celebration and joy is “Panagia: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow”. In addition, on this evening, our Panagia Community will be honoring our Proistamenos, Father Timothy Bakakos, in celebration of his thirty years of ordained Ministry to the Church. In addition, during these past few weeks, information was sent regarding Ad Book information. You will also find information, and a form in this bulletin, or you may call the Church Office for further information. Should you know of anyone who might not have received an invitation, please contact the Church Office and let us know.

Renovation of Saint Catherine Chapel Nears Completion: We are fast approaching the completion of the Saint Catherine Chapel Renovation and Beautification Project. With the painting and carpeting finished, we await the arrival of the new fixtures. Additional Iconography in the Altar as well as the Narthex has been commissioned and will hopefully be installed before the end of the year. We are in need of one, two or three donors for a new Altar Table and two new Prothesis Tables that will be placed in the Altar.

We are indeed grateful to the many people who have lovingly contributed, in part, towards this renovation of our beloved Saint Catherine Chapel, and we thank them for their generosity and love as well as all our faithful stewards and friends of our Panagia Parish. As a Parish we are blessed, and we give glory to God! Should you wish to contribute and be a part of this project, we ask that you please review the above, and speak to Father Timothy, or James Lakerdas, Parish Council President.

2010 Stewardship: A reminder to all stewards (members) that your 2010 Stewardship Pledge Commitment Card is due. We kindly ask that you submit your pledge card to the Church Office, or give it to one of the Parish Council members today. Your continued love and support of our blessed Parish of Panagia furthers the Ministry to the glory of Jesus Christ.

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 to the schedule of religious services, events, and news of our Community.

Website News Did you know that 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 Eucahrist, the form and characteristics of Orthodox worship, the Sacrament of Confession, Holy Week Meditation and Study Guide, Fasting, and many others. Just go to our website and click on the heading Faith, read, learn, and enjoy. The latest editions of the Assumption Newsletter and the St. Catherine Newsletter are now available online.

Please Note The Sacraments of the Orthodox Church, including the reception of Holy Communion, are reserved for those of the Orthodox Faith only, and who are also in Good Standing Ecclesiastically with the Church. If you are a visitor from another Denomination/Faith, we welcome you as an observer and guest.

Ushers James Lakerdas, Bill Vranas, Ted Pappas,Dean Sarantos, Eugenia Kribales and Dean Bastounes.

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