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.