Fri, 13 Nov 2009

Message from Saint Stefanos Outreach Ministry

Dear friend of Saint Stefanos,

We pray this communication finds you and your family well. We apologize for the delay in this week's message, but better late than never!

What a great week we had! An awesome level of attendance between Godparent's Sunday and the tribute to our Veterans, last Sunday was special. As was Saturday night's Fall Dance. It was a tremendous weekend and a great testament to the growing love and fellowship at St. Stefanos. Keep on coming, sharing the message of our Lord and Savior, and spreading good will. And please feel free to spread the work of the Outreach Ministry by forwarding this message to a friend, and encourage them so send us their email address so we can keep them in the loop.

This Sunday we will hold our General Assembly following the Divine Liturgy. Be sure to show up and learn more about the state of affairs at St. Stefanos. Also, GOYA will be holding a fundraiser, serving a boxed lunch so you can relax, and calmly, rationally participate in our Church's growth!

Please enjoy the attached sermon. You will find the pertaining Gospel reading below. Again, feel free to share with others. Click here for the sermon.

Lastly, if you have any news you would like to share with the St. Stefanos community, or ideas and opportunities for the Outreach Ministry to improve, we welcome your suggestions. Thanks and have a wonderful week.

Thank you to the A.B.C. small bible study group for sharing questions for Fr. John to answer. Stay tuned to next week's edition for answers to great questions regarding our faith. More inquiries are welcome.

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


  • 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.
  • Sunday, November 15th - General Assembly following Divine Liturgy
  • Wednesday, November 25th - Special Thanksgiving Divine Liturgy

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


The reading is from Luke 8:41-56

At that time, there came to Jesus a man named Jairus, who was a ruler of the synagogue; and falling at Jesus' feet he besought him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying. As he went, the people pressed round him. And a woman who had had a flow of blood for twelve years and had spent all her living upon physicians and could not be healed by anyone, came up behind him, and touched the fringe of his garment; and immediately her flow of blood ceased. And Jesus said, "Who was it that touched me?" When all denied it, Peter said, "Master, the multitudes surround you and press upon you!" But Jesus said, "Some one touched me; for I perceive that power has gone forth from me." And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. And he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace." While he was still speaking, a man from the ruler's house came and said, "Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher any more." But Jesus on hearing this answered him, "Do not fear; only believe, and she shall be well." And when he came to the house, he permitted no one to enter with him, except Peter and John and James, and the father and mother of the child. And all were weeping and bewailing her; but he said, "Do not weep; for she is not dead but sleeping." And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But taking her by the hand he called, saying, "Child, arise." And her spirit returned, and she got up at once; and he directed that something should be given her to eat. And her parents were amazed; but he charged them to tell no one what had happened.

© 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
Fax: 727-345-8286
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