St. Joseph Announcements

HARVEY RELIEF FUND – EAST TEXAS DEANERY: With the blessing of Metropolitan Joseph, St. Joseph Church has set up a Harvey Relief account to aid and assist recovery needs of the faithful in our area. In addition to St. Joseph, our deanery includes St. George/Houston, St. Anthony/Spring, St. Silouan/College Station, St. Paul/Katy, St. Michael/Beaumont, and Forty Holy Martyrs/Sugar Land. Make checks payable to St. Joseph Church with "Harvey Relief" in the memo line or donate online.

Pledging Households: 34
Amount Needed: $470,000
Amount Pledged: $228,940
Amount Received: $38,821

CAMPAIGN NEWS: We’re almost halfway on pledges with 34 households contributing toward Phase One of our expansion project – join up! We are hoping for 100% participation in our Growing in Faith campaign! Let's build our narthex and expand our parking lot! May God grant you and yours many years!

BASKETBALL PRACTICE: With the start of Church School, upcoming practices will be from 12:30-1:30pm, Sundays.

DISPLACED? FLOOD DAMAGE? If you have been displaced and/or have water damage in your home which could find remedy/relief from a St. Joseph work crew, please let the know.

YAM SOCIAL NIGHT: The Young Adults will be hosting a social (including a Q+A with Fr. Joseph). If you think your favorite snack/drink won't be there, bring it! For parking - carpool is best as there are few visitor spots. Event details below. Hope to see you guys there!

Date: September 23, Saturday
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Makarios’s home (10 min from church)

ANTIOCHIAN WOMEN’S BOOK STUDY: Elder Paisios of the Holy Mountain which can be found in the bookstore. The book review will be Saturday, September 30th at 10:30AM at the home of Georgia Gerkey.

OKC RETREAT & B-BALL TOURNAMENT: Our teens will be traveling to OKC, October 6-8, for the annual DOWAMA SOYO retreat and basketball tournament. A bus has been secured to transport the Houston area teens. The subsidized cost for the bus transportation is $100. SOYO will be covering the cost for your teen’s hotel, retreat registration, and team registration. If your teen is planning to attend this event please fill out the parent authorization and medical consent form; consent forms and transportation monies must be turned in to Fr. Meletios by September 24 for them to attend. Checks can be made out to Teen SOYO with Basketball Transport written in the memo line.

VOLUNTEERS FOR HOLY BREAD NEEDED: We need your help! If you are interested in volunteering to bake Holy Bread, please sign up in the member section of the church website. There, you will find information such as quantity needed, instructions, and the recipe. Please contact Jessica Ruiz, the church secretary, if you need assistance signing up. The bread you bake with your hands becomes the Body of Christ. What a beautiful gift you present to the Lord!

BISHOP BASIL’S VISIT: His Grace, Bishop Basil will be visiting the East Texas Deanery, November 3-12, 2017. He will serve Great Vespers and Hierarchical Liturgy at St. Joseph Saturday-Sunday, November 4-5th. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details!

Life Line Screening will return to St. Joseph on Tuesday, November 14th! Please register online today!

2017 MEMBERSHIP FORMS available in the Hall or online PDF.  A new form must be on file each year for members to be in good standing.  Our General Fund, which pays the operating expenses of the parish, does not receive money from the archdiocese, festivals, dances, or galas. The members of St. Joseph Church are the sole source of parish income. Occasional fundraising events are for non-budgeted items, building projects, or special ministries. The work and ministry of St. Joseph Church is made possible by tithing and pledging members.  May God bless your generosity!

BURIAL: St. Joseph is one of the contributing parishes making possible an Orthodox Cemetery in Houston; we have a section reserved for Orthodox Christians at Forest Park, Westheimer.  Please help sustain this ministry by making your arrangements in advance; see Fr. Joseph for information.   May God rest the souls of our faithful departed – and grant you and yours long life!

KROGER: If you have a rewards card with Kroger, please add St. Joseph's to your rewards program through the online community rewards!  This can only be done at Thank you!

DEADLINES: The deadline for Tuesday’s eBlast is Monday, Noon; the deadline for the Sunday bulletin is Tuesday, Noon.

FEEDING THE HUNGRY: Please continue to bring in your gifts of non-perishable food for the hungry in our community; place your gifts in the cabinet in the Parish Hall.

Please pray for:

With Child: Hope Bartel, Dina Thompson, Hanna Hauser
Homecare/Facility: Jean Kean, Joe & Sophie Krill, Nicolae Maxim
Health & Well Being: Herman Engelhardt; Irene, John & Michael Fedikovich; Michel Nahhal, Henk Smit, Debbie Monk, Robin Rude, Tiffani Clark, Irina Shoshitaishvili, Anthony Impastato, Michael Ghiz, Emily w/child, Rachael w/child, David Driver, George Mims, Melvin Marx, Mac Perkins, Matushka Myra, Katarina, Cassandra, Michael Koutani, Bob & Gayle Born, Jason & Whitney Wandel, Yusra Zanayad, Issa Zanayad, Marilena, Sean Parks, Carolyn Hoggatt, Bob Onufer, Davede Thompson, George Jones, Ella McKiernin, Jack Ghekiere, Jeff Anderson
Comfort: Met Paul, Abp John & those suffering in Syria; Mikal Maxim & family; Mike Perkins & family
Active Military: George Norton, Jeremiah Herron, Joshua Herron
Supported Missions/Ministries: The Saint Constantine School; Floyd & Ancuta Frantz/Romania; Metropolitan Saba & the Archdiocese of Bosra-Hauran/Syria; the MacDonald Family/Albania; Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry; our Church School & College Students
Newly Illumined: Melvin “George” Marx
Traveling (return date): Bill & Barbara Seybert (Russia, 9/23), Mari Herron
Departed: Veronica Koziar (9/9), Mikal Hasan (Mikal’s father, 9/7), Gloria Kevorkian (9/6), Joyce Webb Loukas (Dn Elias Nacol’s mother, 8/28), Kh. Mary Sue Walker (Fr Gordan’s widow, 8/27); Shirley Perkins (Mike’s mother, 8/15)


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Last Updated on 9/16/17