Thu, 8 Oct 2009

Message from Saint Stefanos Outreach Ministry

Dear friend of Saint Stefanos,

We pray this communication finds you and your family well.

First off, thank you to all who supported the very important Ministries of St. Stefanos. The Christian fellowship was very sincere and evident on Sunday as parents rallied around our children and had great success raising funds through the HOPE bake sale (see update below). And many of our senior parishioners took charge of their health and completed their flu vaccination on the grounds of our Church with the assistance of Walgreens. Again, blessings and "kefi" were abounding at St. Stefanos this past Sunday. Thanks to everyone for bringing their positive, Christian attitudes to these events.

We are seeing major growth and fellowship through these programs, and others such as Sunday School, Greek School, Wednesday's Bible Study (A.B.C.) and other great events. So let's continue the growth and spirit this our "Taste of Greece" is less than two days away. Now is the time to spread the word to your friends, neighbors and co-workers, and make sure you personally invite them to attend. This is a great Outreach opportunity to share our faith with others. There will be regular Church Tours during the two-day event. Contact Mike Firilis or Billy Pedroff if you would like to volunteer and help serve at the event. Visit

Father John's sermon from this past Sunday is attached. You will find the pertaining Gospel reading below. Feel free to share with others. Click here for the reading.

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.

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
  • Friday and Saturday, October 9th and 10th - The Taste of Greece Food Festival - Visit for Directions
  • 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 to us via email information request.


Sharing is caring and important to spreading the teachings of our faith. Fr. John will answer questions anonymously. He looks forward to receiving your questions and sharing for next week. Email your questions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . This weeks question came out of a "Grapevine Home Bible Study Group." To learn more about this ministry, visit with Fr. John, or Stavroula Crafa for more info.

How come that today there is such a variety of human races (black, white, yellow etc.) if we all have as common ancestors Adam and Eve?

Adam and Eve are our common ancestors. In fact the branching out of the races did not start with Adam's children but with Noah's sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth after the Flood. Genesis 10 is relevant on this issue. The name "Peleg"(which means "divide" in Hebrew) in Gen.10:25; could be an indication of the fact that the earth was divided among the tribes. Later on the tribes became nations and races; once the specific racial characteristics were established in each separate groups and on each continent. The conditions of life on each continent played an important role in defining the racial features besides of the specific genes. In terms of faith we may call that an acceptable "evolution".


"All I can say is WOW!! We made $284 Sunday from our cookie fundraiser, as well as two donations from some HOPE families, one for $25 and one for $100......which totals $409!!! I can't believe it....I'm so glad that all the parishioners really came out to support our little ones. It's awesome.

Nicolle and I plan on doing some great things with the money. First, we will be buying some paint and picture frames for our Godparents craft. We want to give a gift to all the Godparents on Sunday Nov. 8th for Godparents Day at our church. The kids will be painting and decorating their own picture frames to give to their Godparents and we will take pictures of them to put in there. And if their Godparents are out of town, you can always send it to them. We will let everyone know when we plan on doing this craft. I would love for all the kids to participate, so we will try to do it on a Thursday evening or on Saturday again.

Thank you all for baking, buying, bagging and selling all the cookies for our HOPE ministry. We love all of our families; everyone is so helpful and supportive!!!

God bless you and your families,"
Christine Klimis & Nicolle Panuthos

Gospel Reading


The reading is from Luke 6:31-36

The Lord said, "And as you wish that men would do to you, do so to them. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful."

(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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