Fri, 18 Dec 2009

Message from Saint Stefanos Outreach Ministry

Dear friend of Saint Stefanos,

We pray this communication finds you and your family well.

First off, last week's Christmas Pageant was a great success. Don't miss it next year as it was great entertainment and fellowship. Congratulations to Connie Newell and Maria Balasis for the great production, Stavrula Crafa for the great singing, the St. Stefanos Choir for their participation, as well as the Greek School and Maria Gregory delicious lenten food, as well as Mr. Balasis for his help in the kitchen. There are numerous other people that helped make this a great event that will certainly grow year after year. Fantastic job by the kids, of course, as well.

Listen Father John's message attached below, or visit and save as a favorite and visit anytime. The pertaining Gospel is attached below as well. Click here for the sermon.

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


  • Thursday, Christmas Eve - 6:30 PM - Special Divine Liturgy
  • 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.
  • December 26th - 27th - St. Stefanos Feast Day Celebration - Vespers and Divine Liturgy TBD for Saturday night - Feast Day will be celebrated with awesome luncheon following Divine Liturgy! Bring your friends.

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 14:16-24; Matthew 22:14

The Lord said this parable: A man once gave a great banquet, and invited many; and at the time of the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, 'Come; for all is now ready.' But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, 'I have bought a field, and I go out and see it; I pray you, have me excused.' And another said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I must go to examine them; I pray you, have me excused.' And another said, 'I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.' So the servant came and reported this to his master. Then the householder in anger said to his servant, 'Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and maimed and blind and lame.' And the servant said, 'Sir, what you commanded has been done, and there is still room.' And the master said to the servant, 'Go out to the highways and hedges, and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled. For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet. For many are called, but few are chosen.

©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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