Tue, 22 Dec 2009

Message from Saint Stefanos Outreach Ministry

Dear friend of Saint Stefanos,

We pray this communication finds you and your family well. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

First off, if you missed His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on 60 Minutes this past Sunday, do not pass go, and go directly to http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/60minutes/main3415.shtml. Share this with as many people as possible.

Also, if you have no plans for New Year’s Eve celebration, be sure to check out St. Stefanos’ annual dance. There’s no better deal in town, and children under 12 are free and cared for. This is our church’s second largest fundraiser, so please give it serious consideration. Contact Litsa Stathacoupoulos at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more details and information. Donations are greatly appreciated.

And be sure not to miss our Patron Saint Stefanos’ celebration this Saturday evening and Sunday during our Divine Liturgy hours. A feast will ensure! Thanks to Steve Schuniak and the usual suspects of great volunteers for the donation of their time and talents in celebrating the life and martyrdom of our beautiful St. Stefanos.

Listen to Father John's message attached below. Once again, his powerful message is refreshing and relevant to our daily lives. You can click and save as a favorite the link http://www.ststefanos.org/church-ministries/teams/outreach-a-evangelism.html and listen anytime. The pertaining Gospel is attached below as well. Click here for the reading.

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

UPCOMING EVENTS AT SAINT STEFANOS:

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 6:30 PM Saturday night - Feast Day will be celebrated with awesome luncheon following Divine Liturgy! Bring your friends.

December 31st – New Year’s Eve – Divine Liturgy followed by St. Stefanos New Year’s Dance. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more info.

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

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The reading is from Matthew 1:1-25

The book of the Genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram, and Ram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David the king.

And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asa, and Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah, and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josiah, and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.

And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel, and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud, and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.

So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.

Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his motherMary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit; and her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit; she will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: "Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel"(which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took his wife, but knew her not until she had borne a son; and he called his name Jesus.

©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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Web: www.ststefanos.org