Holy Trinity Church, Pittsburgh, PA PUBLISH DATE: February 3, 2013


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Memorial Today Memorial prayers will be offered at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy today for the repose of the soul of the servant of God, George Mihalopoulos (1 year). The Coffee Hour is being sponsored in his memory. May his memory be eternal!

Project Mexico Informational Meeting Today An informational meeting will be held during Coffee Hour today for this summer's Project Mexico Mission Trip. The trip is being organized by the GOYA to provide an opportunity for our teens to experience the transforming power of mission work to some of the poorest in Mexico as they fulfill the Lord's scriptural command to serve "the least of these our brethren." In addition to teens, the team will also need parents and adults/chaperones who are capable of light construction work. Interested? Please attend the brief meeting today.

Holy Trinity Greek Dancers Meeting Attention all Holy Trinity Greek Dancers, ages Pre-school(3-4 year olds) through GOYA (18): There will be a dancers and parents meeting on Sunday, February 3, following the Divine Liturgy. The dance practice schedule for the year will be discussed. Questions? Contact Yvonne Balouris at ybalouris@zoominternet.net. Opa!

Upcoming HOPE and JOY Events The HOPE and JOY ministries will host the following events over the next month: February 10 - The annual snow-tubing activity; March 1-2: The HOPE and JOY lock-in sleepover at Holy Trinity Church. Watch the email list for information.

Holy Trinity Choir Looking for New Members Attention everyone: the Holy Trinity Choir needs your help recruiting new members. Who are they looking for? 1) People who would like to sing with the choir every Sunday; 2) People who would like to contribute their singing talents during the special services of Lent and Holy Week; 3) People who would like to have the special and historic honor of singing for the June 22 Grand Opening of the new Holy Trinity Church. To prepare properly for all those offerings, rehearsals are a must. They will begin Sunday, February 10 in the choir room as follows: 1) New members should exit with current choir members and go directly to choir room; 2) Rehearsals will be 15 minutes in length; 3) The choir will work on 5-10 pages at a time until they learn the entire Liturgy, then they will also work on special hymns and Lenten music closer to Pascha. And no worries, after the 15 minute rehearsal there will be plenty of time to join the rest of the congregation for coffee hour! Questions? Please see Choir Director Harriet Valliant.

Hellenic College/Holy Cross 75th Anniversary Celebration - March 3 His Eminence Metropolitan Savas invites you to attend and support a special evening in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, to be held Sunday, March 3, 2013, at Holy Cross Church in Mount Lebanon. The guest speaker will be Rev. Fr. James Katinas, Director of Institutional Advancement at HC/HC. The evening begins at 5:00 with hors d`oeuvres, followed by a 6:00 dinner, then a program, silent auction and dancing. RSVP deadline is February 15. Reserved seats are $75 each, and many sponsorship opportunities are also available. For either, please see Joyce or Harry Athanasiou or contact them at 412-322-6002. Thank you for supporting our Archdiocese`s only seminary and institution of higher learning.

FOCUS Bumpersticker Fundraising Program We have received the following news from FOCUS Pittsburgh, one of our Holy Trinity-supported local Orthodox philanthropic ministries: "FOCUS Pittsburgh is getting ready for a big year in 2013! Our latest fundraiser is aimed at raising awareness. We are selling FOCUS Pittsburgh bumper stickers for $100 each. We’re "driving" for visibility throughout the community and we hope our bumper sticker will give you another opportunity to tell others about FOCUS Pittsburgh. To get one, please call our bumper sticker program at 412-447-1332 and leave a voicemail with your name, address and phone number. As always, your support is needed and greatly appreciated!"

Looking Ahead: Lenten Video Series Holy Trinity Church will be presenting a series of Orthodox Christian-themed videos during Great Lent at the church. Selections will include "Ostrov" (The Island), a Russian-made film about a monk carrying the burden of a heavy sin and his yearning for redemption; "The Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer," an inquirer`s look at Orthodox Christian spirituality; and "Mount Athos", the well-done CBS 60 Minutes special on this world center of Orthodox monasticism and spirituality. Our clergy will be there to discuss the relevant themes and light refreshments will be served. All are welcome to attend for these evening of fellowship and spiritual edification. Dates and times are forthcoming.

OPENING OF THE NEW CHURCH: JUNE 22, 2013! It’s only around four months away, so, keep the weekend of June 22-24 clear for the “Thyranoixia” (Official Opening) of the new Holy Trinity Church! His Eminence Metropolitan Savas will preside over a weekend including the Opening of the Doors service and Liturgy on Saturday, Pentecost Liturgy on Sunday and our Feast Day Liturgy on Monday. There will also be a Gala Fund-raising Dinner-Dance on Saturday evening, so keep your calendar clear and make it a Holy Trinity Weekend from start to finish!

Snow Event Cancellation - Where to Check Please keep in mind over the winter months that there are a number of options for the the Holy Trinity "Snow Line" to hear or read about event or service cancellations in the case of snow or inclement weather. By phone, call the church office after hours and listen for an announcement. By computer, there are three options: 1) be sure to be on our parish email list for email annoucements; 2) check the front page of our website, www.HolyTrinityPgh.org; 3) friend us on Facebook at Facebook.com/holytrinitypgh. By radio or televsion, watch the KDKA Storm Center, as Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox church is registered there as well for weather-related changes in schedule.

Keep Up With Construction Progress Online! Want to keep up with the construction progress of the new Holy Trinity Church? Simply visit our website, www.HolyTrinityPgh.org, and click the Gallery link for lots of photos. There are also links to up-close walking tour videos with descriptions about construction progress and features of the new facilities.

Stewardship and Capital Campaign Reminder: We Still Need You! With all the excitement of the new church progress, we are almost there but we still have a way to go. Please remember that without the continued stewardship of our members and on-going meeting of commitments to the Capital Campaign for the new church, none of this would be possible. Please remember to maintain your designated contributions schedule so we can move forward as planned. Thank you, good and faithful stewards!

Welcome, Holy Trinity Guests! We welcome all our guests to Holy Trinity Church today, whether as visitors from out of town, family members joining others here for worship today or even soon-to-be members here for the first time. No matter what the reason the Holy Spirit brought you here today, we welcome you with open arms and hearts filled with the love of Christ. Please help us welcome you by signing in at the hospitality table in the Narthex, where you will be presented with a yellow lapel Cross to help our Holy Trinity family know you're here. Please fill out an information card so we can contact youth with any information you may need concerning life here at Holy Trinity Church. And be sure to stop by Coffee Hour today, where our community members will be looking for you to welcome and introduce you to the people and ministries of our parish. It is good that you are here today. There is a place for everyone at Holy Trinity Church, so we look forward to seeing you again!

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Upcoming Memorials Feb. 10: Maria Leontiadis (2 yrs.); Feb. 24: Bill Andromalos (3 yrs.), Glenn Andromalos (10 yrs.).

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