November 2017 Announcements

Readers Workshop November 5:

On Sunday, November 5, during the Coffee Hour, we will conduct a Readers Workshop for those who currently read, or who would like to learn to read in Church. The Workshop is open to men, women and teens. Those who chant the prayers and psalms provide a valuable service to the community.  Through their efforts they help to lead the congregation in worship.  Readers are encouraged, (1.) to engage in a regular personal rule of prayers, (2.) to participate in the services (even if they are not scheduled to read), (3.) to learn as much as they can about the worship and teachings of the Church, and (4.) to practice their “craft” at home, seeking always to improve their reading and chanting abilities.  Should anyone have any questions please see Fr. Basil, and we look forward to the Workshop on November 5.      

Teen Choir, Workshop, Education, G.C. & Council:

Teen Choir Rehearsal, Saturday, November 4 with Teens singing Vespers;  Readers Workshop, Sunday, November 5; Church School, Saturday, November 11 at 4 pm;  General Confession, Wednesday, November 15, at 6 pm; Council Meeting, Sunday, November 19 during Coffee Hour. 

AZLE Mission (Service and Time Changes):

With the end of Daylight Savings Time on Sunday, November 5 (“fall back” an hour) we have time and service changes to announce for Archangel Gabriel Mission.  Starting November 7, we will begin services on Tuesdays at 6 pm (in Azle) rather than 7 pm to help accommodate families with small children, and to compensate a bit for the fact that it will get darker, earlier in the day, during the Fall and Winter months.  This change will last at least until March 11, 2018 and the start of Daylight Savings Time. 

In addition, we will begin “once a month” Tuesday Vesperal Liturgies in Azle, with the first such service on November 14, the eve of the beginning of the Nativity Fast.  The earlier Fall and Winter start times (6 pm) will insure that Liturgies end around 7:20 or 7:30, thus allowing for more fellowship time with members and visitors.      

Fall Charity Drives:

During the Advent Season members of St. Barbara’s will be helping to coordinate 2 Charity Events:  gifts for children through an Angel Tree effort, and a Coin Drive.  More information is to follow.  If anyone is interested in helping, however, please contact Mrs.  Melinda Bowman.



October 2017 Announcements

First Archangel Gabriel Mission Liturgy, Oct. 21:

The first Divine Liturgy to be celebrated at Archangel Gabriel Mission in Azle will take place on Saturday, October 21, at 10:00 am.  Hours will start at 9:40 am.  We invite members and friends of the Mission and of St. Barbara’s to join us for this momentous occasion.

Rescheduled Parish Picnic, Sunday, October 8:

We are excited to announce that Lucie Muns has been able to restructure family time in order to host our Annual Parish Picnic on Sunday, October 8. Parishioners of St. Barbara’s, along with their immediate family members, as well as catechumens and inquirers, are invited to the Muns’ Lake House in Chico, Texas that afternoon. The Picnic will take place following the Divine Liturgy, from approximately 2:00 pm to dusk.

Very important:  For those who plan to swim or kayak (should it be warm enough) — people will need to bring towels, sunscreen, a life jacket for each child (floaties or water wings will not be sufficient due to the water’s depth and murkiness), and some kind of foot wear for walking across certain areas of the concrete sidewalk.  We hope that many of you will be able to join us.  That weekend happens to be Columbus Day weekend so some people will indeed have off from work on Monday.  Please join us Sunday, October 8.

Church School, Architect, Confession & Council:

Church School, Saturday, October 14 at 4 pm; Meeting with Architect (Council and Building Committee), Sunday, October 15, starting at 12:30 pm; General Confession, Wednesday, October 18, at 6 pm; Regular Council Meeting, Sunday, October 29 during Coffee Hour.  This later date will allow opportunity for the Council and Building Committee to meet with Mr. Michael Hoffer for a review of our building’s modified exterior design, prior to the Council Meeting.

Church Ministries Fair:

This year’s Parish Ministries Fair will be conducted on Sunday, October 22, during Coffee Hour from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm.  As in previous years, the basic purpose of the Fair will be to offer an introduction to the ministries within St. Barbara’s as represented by members of the Council.  Each ministry will have a small booth in the Church hall, with take home materials available.  Each Council member will be open to suggestions for future service, as well as to members of the parish offering their time and talents through these and other ministries.  The Coffee Hour on the announced date will be coordinated in the same manner as usual.  Our hope is that during the Fair, members of the parish will take a look at the various booths and speak to Council members about their efforts and future opportunities.

Upcoming Orthodox Church Fall Festivals:

October 13 – 15, Mid-Cities Greek Fest at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 303 Cullum Dr., Euless,Texas, Friday & Saturday: 11 am – 10 pm, Sunday: 11 am – 4 pm: 817-283-2291.  For more information see:

October 13 – 15, Armenianfest at St. Sarkis Armenian Orthodox Church, 1805 Random Road, Carrollton, Texas:  (972) 245-6995.  Friday, 5pm to 10 pm; Saturday, noon to 10 pm; and Sunday, noon to 5 pm.  For more information see:

November 3 – 5, The 12th Edition of The Romanian Food Festival, 3801 Glade Road, Colleyville, Texas: Friday, 5:00pm -10:00pm; Saturday, 11:00am-10:00pm; Sunday 11:00am-6:00pm. For more information see:

November 10 – 12, 50th Annual Fort Worth Greek Festival at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 2020 N.W. 21st Street Fort Worth,Texas: 817-626-5578.  Friday & Saturday, 11 am – 10 pm; Sunday: 11 am – 3 pm.  For more information see: