Sun, 6 Dec 2009

Message from Saint Stefanos Outreach Ministry

Dear friend of Saint Stefanos,

We pray this communication finds you and your family well.

Sorry we missed the last few weeks, but it's time to get back on track. This week's message on hypocracy and Agape is very timely and clarifying. It puts into perspective the often unnecessary pressure we put on ourselves to be people we are not. Please enjoy and spread this message. If you have any questions regarding this sermon from Father John, please do not hesitate to ask.

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


  1. Sunday Services - 8:15AM Orthros, 9:15 Sunday School, 9:30AM Divine Liturgy
  2. 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.
  3. Sunday, December 13th - Children's Christmas Program - 4 PM
  4. December 26th - 27th - St. Stefanos Feast Day Celebration - Vespers and Divine Liturgy TBD

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

Ask Father John:

What led up to the 1st ecumenical council?

The wrong teaching of faith - the heresy - called "Arianism", led up to the First Ecumenical Council at Niceea.

The name "Arianism" comes from a priest named Arius who lived in Alexandria, Egypt and who started this heresy.

He taught that the Jesus Christ as the Son of God was not the same essence as the Father because He was not born of the Father but created by the Father, the most excellent superior creature.

In ancient Greek Language the whole difference is made by a letter: homo_ousios=the same essence and "homy_ousios=of a similar essence.
As a response to this heresy the 318 participants at the First Ecumenical Council in Niceea, year 325 produced the first part of the Symbol of Faith or the Creed that we use every Sunday and on various other occasions in our Church.

For a lot more information and details on this you may check the following link:

Gospel Reading

The reading is from Luke 13:10-17


At that time, Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years; she was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her and said to her, "Woman, you are freed from your infirmity." And he laid his hands upon her, and immediately she was made straight, and she praised God. But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the sabbath, said to the people, "There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be healed, and not on the sabbath day." Then the Lord answered him, "You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to water it? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?" As he said this, all his adversaries were put to shame; and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him.

©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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