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Monthly Message from Father Niko – June 2019


“Their voice has gone out into all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.”  
– Psalm 19:4

 


Beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord,

At the time of this writing, the Golden State Warriors have accomplished a rare feat in professional sports, reaching no less than their fifth consecutive NBA Finals! Regardless of the outcome, many factors have gone into this impressive period of success. There is an ownership group that does not micromanage the coaches or players, thereby setting the tone for a “team first” mentality, a rarity in the pros today. The players that have been brought into the team have bought in to this philosophy, as demonstrated by how much the ball is passed during games, as well as the fact that many have taken less money to be on this team. The results speak for themselves.

This principle—the group being bigger than me—is one which features heavily in our faith, certainly when we read about the work of the Apostles. Following the Lord’s Resurrection and Ascension, and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the Apostles immediately began their work of spreading the Gospel. Thousands and thousands were being added to the faith each year, as the Good News of Jesus Christ was being preached throughout the world. Many Apostles died for their faith, and all endured innumerable hardships: shipwreck, persecution, even jealousy and other negative aspects of human nature. Yet through it all, they endured everything “for the sake of the elect,” (2 Tim 2:10) and our faith continued to grow into what it is today, even at the expense of their own bodies and their own lives.

This month, we celebrate all the Holy Apostles of our faith on June 29-30, remembering that they still endure much for our salvation, and embody the spirit of teamwork greater than any who came before or since. Through their example, we are inspired to think not about ourselves, but for the glory of God and the good of His people.

Xronia polla! God bless!

With love in Christ,

Father Nikolaos Bekris
Proistamenos




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Our Priest and Our Team

Liz Levy

Office Administrator

Marcelo P. Souza

Site administrator, teacher.

Renee Taylor

Communications Coordinator

Fr. Niko Bekris

Parish Priest since 2015

Anna Teodosiadis

Youth Director
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Our annual Greek festival is right around the corner and you know what that means…time to get cooking! Festival baking starts in June and volunteers are needed – no experience necessary.

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Having raised $3 million in three years, can we endeavor in 2019 to raise $4 million in four for our Building Project?

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What Does it Mean to Carry the Light? To Eleni, Stavroula and Judi, they carried the Light of Christ by sharing their thoughts through words and expression on two different topics last month at the District Oratorical Festival at Holy Cross in Belmont. Eleni and Stavroula spoke on the significance of water within the Church,… Read More

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Click here for a print version of this year’s schedule of Holy Week and Pascha Services.

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Let’s play Greek ball! Don’t miss out on this year’s TWO Bay Area Greek Heritage Nights!

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Come dressed in your finest Mavro & Aspro (black and white) attire and support the Resurrection Dance Program!

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Join us on “Uno de Mayo” at El Nido Restaurant and help raise funds toward our Project Mexico volunteers’ transportation costs!

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As we journey through Great Lent on our way to Holy Pascha, we have many events planned for the entire parish!

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In appreciation for all of our Resurrection stewards, the Parish Council invites everyone (stewards and those who would like to become stewards) to attend our annual luncheon on the Sunday of Orthodoxy following the Divine Liturgy. Please join us – no reservations needed, no charge!

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Now Available: Watch Fr. Niko offer his Sunday sermons on YouTube!

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Please join us for this inspiring event on Sunday, March 10th following the Divine Liturgy. You won’t want to miss it!

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Wear red to church this Sunday and bring awareness to women whose lives are affected by heart disease.

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Spiritual Sayings

God loves us more than a father, mother, friend, or any else could love, and even more than we are able to love ourselves.

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.

Every time I take a step in the direction of generosity, I know that I am moving from fear to love.

God was the reason of true faith and good behavior and of the knowledge of technology among people. While people continually felt God above them, before them, and around them, in the same way air and light is felt, they attributed and dedicated all their technological works and handiwork to Him, their Lord and Creator.

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