St. Joseph Announcements

2017 GROWING IN FAITH FUND APPEAL
Amount Needed: $470,000
Amount Pledged: $228,940
Amount Received: $54,602

CAMPAIGN NEWS: We’re almost halfway on pledges 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!

CHURCH SCHOOL will not meet on 11/26, 12/3, or 12/10; only those signed up for parts in the play will be dismissed (see below).

CHRISTMAS PAGEANT: Sign up to participate in this year's Christmas Pageant. See Christi Ghiz during coffee hour! There is a place for every child, including the Pre K and teens (though these age groups will not need to attend rehearsals). “The Year Without a Christmas Pageant” will be presented Sunday, December 10. Mandatory rehearsals for children grades K - Junior High on Sundays, November 26 & December 3 during church school until 12:30. (There will be class as usual for Pre K and High School on those days, in lieu of pageant practice.)

HURRICANE HARVEY RECOVERY GROUP – meets at Annunciation after Liturgy (approximately 11:15AM). The next session is November 26th. For more information, contact Hilary Chala.

'TIS THE SEASON for the St. Joseph Christmas Card and your support is needed! The funds raised in this annual project go to Bishop Basil’s Mission Fund, and your family will be included in this special card mailed to our parish and Bishop Basil with your $35 donation. Kerryn Booth is accepting names and donations of cash, check, and credit card. For your convenience, donations may be made online -- please add a $2 processing fee to your donation, and add a note that this is for the Christmas Card.

THE NATIVITY FAST continues through Sunday, December 24th. November 15th through December 19th - no meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, fish, wine/olive oil is observed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with katalysis for wine and olive oil (some also permit fish) on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and for fish, wine, and olive oil on Saturdays and Sundays. From the Forefeast, December 20th through 24th, the traditional fasting discipline is observed Monday through Friday, with katalysis for wine and olive oil on Saturday and Sunday.

THANKSGIVING: In the Antiochian Orthodox Church in America there is a dispensation from fasting for Thanksgiving Day. Whether you keep the Nativity Fast to the letter, or join with family and friends for a feast (in moderation), remember the spirit of this time of preparation for the coming in the Flesh of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ. Give thanks to the Good God Who, in His eternal mercy (and through no feat of our own), saves us!

ICONOGRAPHY: Dmitry and Aleko return to St. Joseph December 7-19. Thanks to generous benefactors, they will install the principal icons on the west wall (Nativity, Dormition, and Entry of the Theotokos), and 14 saints beneath those scenes. If you have yet to turn in your donation for your saint icon, please do so asap. Thank you!

CHRISTMAS SERVICES: Sunday evening, December 24th - Festal Orthros, 8:30PM; Divine Liturgy (w/ children's sermon), approx.​ ​10PM; food feast to follow!

HOMESCHOOL CONFERENCE & PARENTING RETREAT: Registration for the SOUTH St. Emmelia Homeschool Conference & Parenting Retreat is open! Registration is limited to 125 adults, with the wonderful speakers invited, we expect to sell out. (January 2018) Register TODAY.

VOLUNTEERS FOR HOLY BREAD NEEDED: 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!

2018 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 www.krogercommunityrewards.com. 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, Emily w/child, Rachael w/child, Jessica w/child, Kh Photini Birthisel w/ child, David Driver, George Mims, Mac Perkins, Matushka Myra, Katarina, Cassandra, Jason & Whitney Wandel, Yusra Zanayad, Marilena, Carolyn Hoggatt, George Jones, Ella McKiernin, Jack Ghekiere, Jeff Anderson, Georgia Gerkey, Dana Palladino, Irene Ghiz, Leslie & Mihaela, Bob Riddle, Petros & Allie, Kimberly, Jake, Theodore Stieglitz, Kathy Burns
Comfort: Met Paul, Abp John & those suffering in Syria; Denise Anawaty & family; Fr. Meletios & family
Active Military: George Norton, Jeremiah 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
Traveling (return): Martha Kinn (11/30); Nick, Patty, Irene, Philothei, Mike, Zoe, Max, Lily (11/20)
Inquirers: Ezekiel Canell, Ashlyn Loftus, Candice Vaughn, India Anderson
Departed: Mike Kaleel (Denise Anawaty’s father, 10/26); Archpriest George Rados (10/15); Melvin "George" Marx (Fr. Meletios's father, 10/14)

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Last Updated on 11/19/17