Congratulations and Many Years!
We offer prayers and congratulations to Justin Irving and Graham Robertson, received into the Church through both Baptism and Chrismation, on Saturday, June 3, the Eve of Pentecost. May our Lord grant them, their sponsors and families many blessed years!
Prayers for our Graduates
We congratulate Mr. Jeremiah Hutchins, new High School graduate. May our Lord grant him many blessed years serving Christ’s Vineyard. May He also guide and inspire Jeremiah in the years ahead as he enters a new stage in his young life. If we have inadvertently neglected to mention any 2017 graduates please let us know so that we may add them to July’s Bulletin.
Many Years Brian and Annie!
We are sad to officially announce that this summer Brian and Annie will be moving to Indiana with Brian starting a new position. As a result, June 11 will be the couple’s last Sunday with us. Brian, however, will stay in Ft. Worth until the start of July. We wish the couple well as they begin a new chapter in their life together. May our Lord grant them all many blessed years!
Monthly Youth Gatherings
Dr. (Rdr) Mark and Sophia Tarpley extend an invitation to the youth of our parish, 7th – 12th grade students, to get together at the Tarpley home once a month (on Saturday) for a potluck and activities, prior to heading to Church for Vespers at 6:30 pm. The first such gathering will be Saturday, June 17, from 3:30 to 6:00 pm. For more information please contact Mark or Sophia, and we thank them in advance for their hospitality.
Understanding and Communicating our Faith
Very often we have questions regarding the Orthodox Christian Faith. Not the least of these is, “How may I effectively communicate my Faith to others?” Our Adult/Teen Book Study each Saturday (except for June 10), led by Zach Lueth attempts to address many basic questions related to Orthodoxy. Discussions within the study refer often to Scripture and the Church Fathers. They also bring forth Faith comparisons, all of which helps to facilitate our personal communication of the Faith to friends and family. We invite you to join us each Saturday afternoon at 4:30 pm for an overview of, “The Truth of our Faith” by the Venerable Elder and Staretz Cleopa of Romania. Zach is engaging in his presentation of the Elder’s work, which is written in an easy to read question and answer format (The June 10 class is being moved to Sunday, June 11 during the Coffee Hour). We also invite you to join us on Wednesday nights after Vespers for our continuing study of Fr. Thomas Hopko’s 4 Volume Series on the Orthodox Christian Faith. Please contact Zach or Fr. Basil with any questions.
Special Sundays and Commemorations in June
On Pentecost (June 4) the Church celebrates the final act of God’s self-revelation and self-donation to the world. God’s plan of salvation – starting with and including the formation of His chosen people, Israel; the sending of the prophets; the birth of Christ; His teachings, miracles, sufferings, death, burial and resurrection – all of this culminates with the giving of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost and the birth of the New Israel, the Church of God, the life of which is the continued presence of the Spirit in our midst.
The Sunday after Pentecost, that of All Saints (June 11), reveals the power of the Holy Spirit in this world, the reason that He was given. The Saints are those who, without a doubt, have been saved and transformed by the Spirit’s presence, a fate open to all who believe. And then finally, on June 18, we commemorate All Saints of America, as a logical follow up to the previous Sunday. This celebration affirms God’s presence and activity amongst His disciples in North America, placing before us local and contemporary examples of sanctity.
Thus, a journey which began for us way back on January 29 with the Sunday of Zacchaeus will end on June 18. But the journey was taken for a reason. The seasons of fasting and celebration that we have experienced are to lead us to a deeper faith in Christ as Savior. They are to instill within us a stronger commitment to our own mission, to be Christ’s witnesses “to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) (Some of the above information taken from Fr. Thomas Hopko’s, The Orthodox Faith, Volume 2, Worship, published by the O.C.A.’s Department of Christian Education)