Fri, 05 Feb 2010

Message from Saint Stefanos Outreach Ministry

Dear friend of Saint Stefanos,

We pray this communication finds you and your family well. It's been too long! But now is the perfect time to get back on track as the Forgiveness Sunday will be upon us next week and we will begin another lenten season.

Tonight the St. Stefanos Super Greek Fest kicked off with a very special guest, Governor Charlie Christ. He made a great speech which we will share on next weeks email and also post at our website, www.ststefanos.org.

So please be sure to get your friends and neighbors together and head on down the Festival on Saturday and Sunday. There was a great Kefi there, and I'm sure it will continue on. And a major contratulations and God's Blessing to Mike Firilis and Bill Pedroff for getting this thing organized and kicked off.

Of course, there are dozens and dozens of other special volunteers St. Stefanos. Please keep them all in your prayers. God Bless.

Below is the very important message from Fr. John regarding the story of the prodigal son. This story really gets us to start to focus on the journey we beginning. Click below to listen to Father John's message. Once again, his powerful message is refreshing and relevant to our daily lives. You can click and save as a favorite the link http://www.ststefanos.org/church-ministries/teams/outreach-a-evangelism.html and listen anytime. The pertaining Gospel is attached below as well. Click here for the reading.

If you have a message pertaining to St. Stefanos and its ministries, and you want to share it with the community, be sure to email your message to us and we will be sure to share via this Outreach.

We hope to see you this coming Sunday,
Saint Stefanos Outreach Ministry

UPCOMING EVENTS AT SAINT STEFANOS:

St. Stefanos Super Greek Fest - This Weekend!!!!

Sunday Services - 8:15AM Orthros, 9:15 Sunday School, 9:30AM Divine Liturgy

Ongoing on Wednesdays – 5:30 PM - Small Paraklesis, 6:30 Bible Study
Can't attend on Wednesdays? Small Neighborhood Bible Study groups are available during the week. Call the church office for days, times, and a location near you.

For specific information on the above events, contact the Church directly or reply back to us via email information request. Please email us with any upcoming dates that need to be added.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of Prodigal Son

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The Reading is from Luke 15:11-32

The Lord said this parable: "There was a man who had two sons; and the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of the property that falls to me.' And he divided his living between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took his journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in loose living. And when he had spent everything, a great famine arose in that country, and he began to be in want. So he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have fed on the pods that the swine ate; and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired servants.' And he arose and came to his father. But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' But the father said to his servants, 'Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet; and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry; for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.' And they began to make merry. Now his elder son was in the field; and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants and asked what this meant. And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has received him safe and sound.' But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, but he answered his father, 'Lo, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command; yet you never gave me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your living with harlots, you killed for him the fatted calf!' And he said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.

©2009 Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Outreach Ministry - Saint Stefanos Greek Orthodox Church
Rev. Fr. John Bociu, Presbyter
3600 76th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33710
Phone: 727-345-8235
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Web: www.ststefanos.org