Epistle: 2 Corinthians 9:6-11
Gospel: Luke 16:19-31
Schedule of Services:
-Saturday, October 30th, Great Vespers at 4pm.
-Sunday, October 31st, Divine Liturgy at 10am. Hours begin at 9:40am.
-Please note the time change to 4pm for Vespers on Saturdays.
-Many thanks to Larry Kloss for hosting our coffee hour this coming Sunday. We appreciate his service to the parish.
-We have a new chest freezer as the old one was no longer serviceable. Thank you to our anonymous donor for their generosity!
-If you wish to purchase pierogi, please pre-order them by completing information on the yellow pad. Note, price has been increased to $8 a dozen.
-Our income for Sept. was reported as $4,856 and expenses were $3,382. We ended the month with a surplus of $2,324. (Numbers have rounded off.) Details of the meeting and financial reports are posted on the bulletin board in the vestibule.
-To date, the commemorative loaves have brought in $70. The council decided that donations will go toward the discretionary fund to help those who may be in need.
-The Council has contracted the installation of gutter guards on the church building. Work will begin in the very near future.
-Remember to bring either non-perishable items or supermarket gift cards for the food pantry.
-Pierogi pick-up for outside buyers will be Nov. 13
Icon Project update: Total project $51,500
Income, to date 42,161
Still to be raised 9,339
Please pray for:
Living: Stella, Melissa, Helen, John, Darlette, Departed:
Words for the Day:
If you are remembering evil against someone, then pray for him; and as you remove through prayer the pain of the remembrance of the evil he has done, you will stop the advance of the passion. And when you have attained brotherly love and love for mankind, you will completely cast this passion out of your soul. Then when someone else does evil to you, be affectionate and humble toward him, and treat him kindly, and you will deliver him from this passion.
(St. Maximus the Confessor, Chapters on Love, 3.90)
Next Week’s Readings:
Epistle: 2 Corinthians 11:31-12:9. The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, he who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying. At Damascus, the governor under King Aretas was guarding the city of Damascus in order to seize me, but I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall and escaped his hands. I must go on boasting. Though there is nothing to be gained by it, I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows. And I know that this man was caught up into paradise—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows— and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter. On behalf of this man I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses—though if I should wish to boast, I would not be a fool, for I would be speaking the truth; but I refrain from it, so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me. So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is
made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Gospel: Luke 8:26-39. Then they sailed to the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. When Jesus had stepped out on land, there met him a man from the city who had demons. For a long time he had worn no clothes, and he had not lived in a house but among the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him and said with a loud voice, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me.” For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many a time it had seized him. He was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the desert.) Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion,” for many demons had entered him. And they begged him not to command them to depart into the abyss. Now a large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, and they begged him to let them enter these. So he gave them permission. Then the demons came out of the man and entered the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and drowned. When the herdsmen saw what had happened, they fled and told it in the city and in the country. Then people went out to see what had happened, and they came to Jesus and found the man from whom the demons had gone, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid. And those who had seen it told them how the demon-possessed[c] man had been healed. Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gerasenes asked him to depart from them, for they were seized with great fear. So he got into the boat and returned. The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, “Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.