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CASTRO VALLEY, CA.

Message from Father

FrNiko

“Freely you have received, freely give.”
– Matthew 10:8

Beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord,

One of my favorite aspects of the Christmas season is how much focus is placed on giving.  It seems that no matter where one walks or drives, if one is watching television or listening to the radio, or even in casual conversation with a loved one or neighbor, the emphasis is on giving (and buying, but that is another matter!).  Every December our culture celebrates friends, families and loved ones through gift-giving.  We benefit from this of course, not only because we are recipients of these gifts, but also because we have an opportunity to give!

As Christians, we believe that everything we have in our lives is a gift from God.  God does not owe us anything, but gives entirely out of His love for us.  God the Father sent His only begotten Son into the world as a gift.  When the Jesus became a man, every teaching, every healing He did in His earthly ministry was a gift.  The Crucifixion and Resurrection, the annihilation of death and promise of eternal life were all a gift.  Indeed, everything the Lord has done for us, from the beginning of time and through all eternity has been and always will be a gift!

As such, as followers of Christ, we give because it brings the love of God to those around us.  We represent God’s voluntary love for each and every human on planet earth whenever we love them and give in His name.  We show those around us that we love them because Christ loved us.  This Christmas season, let us remember that gift-giving is no mere product of American consumerism, nor an opportunity to acquire more things.  It is an opportunity which we as Orthodox Christians have to express love for our neighbor, and in doing so, express our love for God.

May He Who lay in a manger for our salvation guide us to always give freely and openly from our hearts, without expecting anything in return.

Amen!

With love in Christ,

 

 

Father Niko Bekris
Proestamenos

Our Church

Our Priest and Our Team

Liz Levy

Office Administrator

Marcelo P. Souza

Site administrator, teacher.

Fr. Niko Bekris

Parish Priest since 2015

Anna Teodosiadis

Youth Director
Our Ministries

Latest Updates

Last night the HOPE and JOY kids had a Christmas Party!! We made Christmas cards, decorated a lot of yummy cookies, set up the Nativity scene, and wrapped each other like gifts! We had an amazing night filled with laughing, Christmas Carols, and lots of bows. A few GOYAns lead all the stations too! Thank… Read More

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Volunteers from our last Food Pantry distribution November 11. Thank you to the young adults for organizing an event and helping!  

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Young Adult day on Saturday! Thank you everyone who came from near & as far as Santa Cruz to volunteer at Resurrection’s Food Pantry!! We even went to see St. John Maximovitch where we ran into Vickie Meier, Elias & John! Can’t wait until we meet again!

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80 GOYAns from the Bay area gathered this weekend at Ascension in Oakland for the GOYA Lock-In! We had a fun night dressed in every decade! So much fun!

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Men’s Fellowship met this week at the home of Steve and Lisa Rigisich and enjoyed chili and barbecue, as well as great discussion and conversation!  We thank Steve and Lisa for opening their home to us once again. Next month, Men’s Fellowship will take place at the Younani home on Sunday, November 19.  Looking forward to… Read More

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Sr GOYA last night!! We enjoyed In-n-Out and dissected Taylor Swift’s new song “Look What You Made Me Do.”

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Our building project continues to gather momentum and move forward, and much has happened in the last thirty days.  As mentioned last month, our steering committee has been working with two representatives from Colliers International, whom we have engaged as our commercial realtor for the project. Although one site, in particular has been very closely… Read More

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Hey everyone, This month we will be starting our Youth Choir practices in the Sunday School rotation.  The rotation will go as follows: October 1, 29: K-3rd Grade October 8: 4-5th Grade October 15: 6–7th Grade October 22: 8-12th Grade Κύριε Ελέησον – “Lord have mercy” We hear this prayer multiple times throughout the Divine… Read More

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Spiritual Sayings

The soul that loves God has its rest in God and in God alone. In all the paths that men walk in in the world, they do not attain peace until they draw nigh to hope in God.

It is only necessary to seek one thing: to be with Jesus. The man who remains with Jesus is rich, even if he is poor with regard to material things. Who ever desires the earthly more than the heavenly loses both the earthly and the heavenly. But whoever seeks the heavenly is Lord of the whole world.

As it is impossible to verbally describe the sweetness of honey to one who has never tasted honey, so the goodness of God cannot be clearly communicated by way of teaching if we ourselves are not able to penetrate into the goodness of the Lord by our own experience.

You brought forth the Light, the Divine, which was before all time.

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