Sunday, 6/24

  • + Δ’ Ματθαίου. Nativity of John the Baptist. Orthros 8:45 am, Divine Liturgy 10 am.
  • Altar Boys: Team John – Anthony Mentas C, Yiani Roll C, Andrew Mentas, Nick Roll, Kosta Georgakopoulos, Stamatis Zoumberakis, Ilias Zoumberakis, Joseph Best, Jacob Best.
  • Bookstore open

Sunday, 7/1

  • + E’ Ματθαίου. 5th Sunday of Matthew. Orthros 8:45 am, Divine Liturgy 10 am.
  • Altar Boys: Team Mark – Aris Roubanis C, Alex Roubanis C, Emilio Platis, Mateo Platis, John Confrey, Dimitri Spiropoulos, Dimitri Stavros, George Stavros.
  • Bookstore open

Saints and Feasts

Nativity of the Forerunner John the Baptist – He that was greater than all who are born of women, the Prophet who received God’s testimony that he surpassed all the Prophets, was born of the aged and barren Elizabeth (Luke 1: 7) and filled all his kinsmen, and those that lived round about, with gladness and wonder. But even more wondrous was that which followed on the eighth day when he was circumcised, that is, the day on which a male child receives his name. Those present called him Zacharias, the name of his father. But the mother said, “Not so, but he shall be called John.” Since the child’s father was unable to speak, he was asked, by means of a sign, to indicate the child’s name. He then asked for a tablet and wrote, “His name is John.” And immediately Zacharias’ mouth was opened, his tongue was loosed from its silence of nine months, and filled with the Holy Spirit, he blessed the God of Israel, Who had fulfilled the promises made to their fathers, and had visited them that were sitting in darkness and the shadow of death, and had sent to them the light of salvation. Zacharias prophesied concerning the child also, saying that he would be a Prophet of the Most High and Forerunner of Jesus Christ. And the child John, who was filled with grace, grew and waxed strong in the Spirit; and he was in the wilderness until the day of his showing to Israel (Luke 1:57-80). His name is a variation of the Hebrew “Johanan,” which means “Yah is gracious.”

Athanasios Parios

Elizabeth, Mother of the Forerunner


Announcements

Memorial Services/Μνημόσυνα – Today we pray for the repose of the soul of the servants of God Ioanna (Jane) Kotsakis; (6 months) & Vasilios Bahos (20 years). May their memory be eternal.

Social Hour – Sponsored by the Helen Kotsakis & Kanella Bahos.

Upcoming Memorial Services – July 1 – George Sehremelis (2 years); July 8 – Gus Stevenson (40 days)

Festival News – Be a Part of our Annual Festival – Labor Day Weekend! This year marks the 69th Annual Long Beach Greek Festival and we look forward to a fantastic year of Eat, Drink and Dance to celebrate our culture and our community! To make this year’s Festival another successful celebration of our culture, we ask you to sign up and contribute to our Festival Necessities Campaign. The Necessity contributions are the foundation of our Festival and we cannot do it without your help. Please look for sign-up forms in the narthex table and make your pledge today to support our 2018 Festival. Thank you!!

Festival Baking – Festival baking is starting – get those aprons on! You are more than welcome to join us any time; even if for a couple of hours! Come join the fun and fellowship lunch will be provided. Check the schedule in the last page. We are looking forward to seeing you and having another successful festival! Any questions, email Kathy Bastas at knbastas@aol.com.

Festival Baking Schedule

  • Wednesday, July 11 Tsourekia
  • Saturday, July 14 Kataifi
  • Thursday, July 19 Tiropita
  • Wednesday, July 25 Prepare for Spanakopita
  • Thursday, July 26 Spanakopita
  • Thursday, August 2 Baklava
  • Thursday, August 9 Galaktoboureko
  • Thursday, August 16 Kourabiedes
  • Sunday, August 19 Pastitsio
  • Tuesday, August 21 Pasta Flora
  • Thursday, August 23 Diples

Note: NO Baking, June 21, 28 & July 5
Start Time: Anytime after 8:00 am and lunch will be provided along with laughter and afternoon Greek coffee! Even if you only have a couple of hours, Please join us! We can’t do it without you!