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.
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.
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.