September 2018 Announcements

Church School Begins September 8

We are delighted to announce the first day of St. Barbara Church School to be conducted on Saturday, September 8, starting at approximately 11:45 am.  Classes will be held after the Feast Day Liturgy for the Nativity of the Theotokos which begins at 10:00 am.  We ask parents to plan on bringing their children to the Liturgy as we begin our semester with the first major liturgical celebration of the new Church year.  In addition, we ask that the children bring a light snack with them for after the service, prior to the start of class.

This year’s curriculum will be the OCA’s Department of Christian Education’s newest publication: “Saints who were Physicians and Healers,” focusing on men and women known in our Tradition as Wonderworking and Unmercenary Saints.  For the parents whose children are able to participate this year, packets of material will also be provided. These can be used at home for further education. Please see Matushka Christine (our Church School Coordinator) for more information.

Council Meeting and General Confession

This month our monthly Council Meeting will be conducted on Sunday, September 16, during the latter part of Coffee Hour.  General Confession will be conducted on Wednesday, September 19 at 6 pm, just prior to Vespers.   

AZLE News

We are happy to announce that a Fall Schedule has been worked out so that Fr. Chrysostom Arthur will be serving our Mission of Archangel Gabriel with the celebration of Great Vespers and Divine Liturgy on the 4th weekend of each month.  This month, September 22 and 23.  We hope that after January 1st Fr. Chrysostom’s schedule might allow for more flexibility thus increasing both our exposure to the Azle Community and our chances for growth. 

October Wedding in Dallas

We pray for the servants of God, Nikita Eliseev and Emma Drew to be wed on Sunday, October 7, at 3:30 pm at St. Seraphim Cathedral.  St. Barbara’s choir will sing while Fr. Basil will be the main celebrant.  We congratulate Nikita, Emma and their families and wish them many blessed years!

Ministries Fair in October

With the start of the new Liturgical Year, we look forward to the first two major feast days of the Church on September 8 and September 14.  In addition, we will begin Church School classes on Saturday, September 8 at after the Festal Divine Liturgy.  Looking ahead, however, St. Barbara's Annual Parish Ministries Fair will be conducted in October or early November (specific date to be announced).  The event will be held during a Sunday Coffee Hour from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm.  More information will be forthcoming.

Fall Reminder

During upcoming Fall travels, we encourage members of St. Barbara's to visit Orthodox Churches for Sundays and feasts in whatever city they may find themselves.   In addition, we ask that during the Fall months members make a special effort to remember Church pledges and offerings, and perhaps even look into contributions that can now be made on-line through the St. Barbara website. Such efforts are greatly needed and appreciated.  Thank you. 

August 2018 Announcements

New Bible Study Begins Saturday, August 4

His Eminence Archbishop Dmitri (of blessed memory) once said that the Sermon on the Mount contains the core of Christ’s teachings for how men ought to live.  This Sermon will be the focus of a New Bible Study led by Mr. Zach Lueth.  Classes begin Saturday, August 4 at 4:30 pm, and will meet for 4 consecutive Saturdays ending on August 25.  The sessions will cover chapters 5, 6 and 7 in the Gospel according to St. Matthew.  In addition, Zach will utilize as a guide the Biblical Commentary of the Blessed Theophylact.  Copies of this text will be provided.   We invite our older teens and adults to join us for these spiritually enriching discussions.  Should you have any questions please see either Zach or Fr. Basil.

19th All-American Council Presentation, Aug. 12

From July 23 to July 27, Zach Lueth and Fr. Basil represented St. Barbara's at the Orthodox Church in America’s 19th All-American Council, held in St. Louis.  In addition, Reader Stephen and Jean Bodnarchuk, as well as Matushka Christine Zebrun participated as observers, with Matushka representing and working for the OCA’s Department of Christian Education from Monday to Friday.   On SUNDAY, AUGUST 12, during Coffee Hour, Zach will provide an account of what happened in St. Louis. One may also read about and hear proceedings from the Council on the OCA website.

Altar Server Class August 19

On Sunday August 19 toward the middle of Coffee Hour we will begin classes for our men and youth currently serving in the Sanctuary.  We will try to meet once a month or every 6 weeks, focusing on things specific to the Divine Liturgy and special occasions, as well as to the Hierarchical Liturgy, when a Bishop is present.  We invite those currently serving or who would like to learn to serve at the Altar, to please join us.  At least two immediate goals are to make our typical Sunday services as efficient as possible, and to get a head start on Lent and Holy Week, or for any future visits by His Eminence Archbishop Alexander. For more information please see Fr. Basil.

Liturgy at Azle Mission, August 26

We continue Tuesday evening services at 6 pm at Archangel Gabriel Mission in Azle. This month the Mission will also welcome Fr. Chrysostom Arthur on Sunday, August 26 at 10 am, for Divine Liturgy.  We invite St. Barbara members to come visit the Mission at 1157 S.E. Parkway (Jacksboro Highway).        

General Confession and Council Meeting

This month our monthly General Confession will be conducted on Wednesday, August 22 at 6 pm, just prior to Vespers.  Our Council Meeting will be conducted on Thursday, August 23 at 6:30 pm. 

Church School Classes Begin Saturday Sept. 8

In anticipation of the upcoming 2018-2019 School Year, Matushka Christine will be meeting personally in weeks to come with Church School teachers as well as with parents to discuss registration and curriculum.  Teachers this year will utilize the OCA’s Department of Christian Education newest publication, Saints Who were Physicians and Healers.  Once a month Saturday Church School Classes will start the morning of September 8, the Great Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos, immediately after a 10 am Liturgy.  For more information or clarification please see Matushka Christine Zebrun our Church School Coordinator.