Wed, 23 Sep 2009

Message from Saint Stefanos Outreach Ministry

Dear friend of Saint Stefanos,

We pray this communication finds you and your family well.

We would like to welcome the many newcomers whom we've added to our distribution list. Thanks to those who have shared this communication with others. Also, thanks to Father John and Demi Meader for digging through St. Stefanos records and recovering many email addresses of parishioners. Please enjoy and feel free to share this message. Anyone interested in being added to our email list, or having loved ones included, please send a request to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

This week's sermon from Father John was prepared for our youth, but certainly has much wisdom for adults as well. Please share with your children, grandchildren, neices and nephews, and Godchildren both near and far.

You will find the pertaining Gospel reading below. 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, 9:30AM Divine Liturgy
  • Ongoing on Wednesdays – 5:30 PM - Small Paraklesis, 6:30 Bible Study
  • Sunday, October 4th – Flu Shots provided by Walgreen’s after Divine Liturgy in Doncedy Hall
  • Friday and Saturday, October 9th and 10th - The Taste of Greece Food Festival
  • 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.

ASK FATHER JOHN - 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 week's question comes from "The Orthodox Church: 455 Questions and Answers" by Fr. Stanley S. Harakas

"Is it true that a non-practicing member of the Greek Orthodox faith cannot receive Holy Communion?

Your question is very interesting, for it could be changed slightly to make a very important point about the Orthodox Christian life: A non-practicing member of the Greek Orthodox faith means that he or she doesn't receive Holy Communion. If you don't receive Holy Communion you are not practicing your faith. Frequent participation in the sacrament is an essential aspect of being an Orthodox Christian. But, I'm sure that isn't what you meant by your question. If by "non-practicing" you mean a person who has been baptized but has denied the faith, you are right."

MINISTRY SPOTLIGHT: A.B.C. - Adult Bible Study and Catechism

Would you like to come to Bible study but can't make it to the church on Wednesday nights? How about attending a small group Bible study in your neighborhood. We have 7 parishioners that have volunteered to host a small group Bible study in their homes. The session will only last for one hour and is a condensed version of what we do on Wednesday nights. The small groups will be facilitated by parishioners that regularly attend Bible study on Wednesdays and they will be using material prepared by Fr. John. We currently have groups forming in the following areas: North East St. Petersburg, 4 separate groups in the 33710 zip code, including a group for young single people, and 2 homes in the Seminole/South Largo area. If you would like to participate in this wonderful new program, please call the church office for specific locations, days and times.

Regular Adult Bible Study is held on Wednesday nights at 6:30, following Paraklesis Service at 5:30. Everyone is welcome.
Child care is available for a nominal fee.

Stavrula Crafa, Adult Bible Study Ministry Leader

Gospel Reading from Sunday, September 13, 2009


The reading is from Mark 8:34-38; 9:1

The Lord said: "If anyone wishes to come after me, let him denyhimself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save hislife will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and thegospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the wholeworld and forfeit his life? For what can a man give in return for hislife? For whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous andsinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when hecomes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels." And he said tothem, "Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will nottaste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power."

(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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