Thu, 27 Aug 2009

Message from Saint Stefanos Outreach Ministry

Dear friend of Saint Stefanos,

This is the inaugural email from Saint Stefanos’ Outreach Ministry We hope you find value, faith and love through these communications. Please share with your friends and encourage anyone interested in being added to our email list to send a request to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

On a weekly basis, we will be sending an audio file of Rev. Fr. John Bociu’s Sunday sermon. For those who missed Sunday’s Divine Liturgy, this is an opportunity to hear an important message. And for those in attendance, it gives us a mid-week opportunity to re-focus on Christ during our busy schedules. In the future, we hope to send this email out by Wednesday. Click here for the sermon.

Soon, we hope to post the sermons directly on our website at Please enjoy, and remember – sharing is caring! :-) Sunday’s corresponding Gospel Reading is printed below.

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

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


  • Wednesday, September 2nd – Adult Bible Study resumes
  • Sunday, September 13th – Sunday School/Youth Ministries registration
  • Sunday, September 20th – Sunday School begins
  • Sunday, October 4th – Flu Shots provided by Walgreen’s after Divine Liturgy in Doncedy Hall
  • Saturday, November 7th – St. Stefanos’ Fall Dance/Silent Auction
  • Sunday, November 8th- Godparent's Sunday

For specific information on the above events, contact the Church directly or reply back with your question.

DID YOU KNOW...You can receive the Daily Epistle and Gospel Reading each day via email or even on your Facebook page? Simply visit to learn more.

Gospel Reading from Sunday, August 22nd, 2009


The reading is from Matthew 18:23-35

The Lord said this parable: "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. When hebegan the reckoning, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousandtalents; and as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, withhis wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made.So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, 'Lord, havepatience with me, and I will pay you everything.' And out of pity for himthe lord of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. Butthat same servant, as he went out, came upon one of his fellowservants who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat hesaid, 'Pay what you owe.' So his fellow servant fell down and besoughthim, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you.' He refused and wentand put him in prison till he should pay the debt. When his fellowservants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and theywent and reported to their lord all that had taken place. Then hislord summoned him and said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave youall that debt because you besought me; and should not you have hadmercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?' And in anger hislord delivered him to the jailors, till he should pay all his debt.So also my heavenly Father will do to everyone of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart."

(C) 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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