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Monthly Message from Father Niko – September 2020

“He whose reign is unshakeable is reigning today and forevermore. The barren woman bears the Theotokos, the nourisher of our life.” – From Matins for the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos


Beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord,

A bright spot of these last six months for me has been the wonderful news of new births in our community, expecting mothers and upcoming baptisms! A new addition to any family brings incomparable joy and life to any family and church community. The Lord’s miracles are “innumerable” as St. John of Kronstadt says, and none are quite like a new life in the family. 

Birth is celebrated in our holy Orthodox Church, to be sure, but only in the case of two saints of our church are their formal feast days: St. John the Baptist, and the Theotokos (Christians celebrated the day a believer died and thus was joined to the Kingdom, rather than the day they were born in this life). The feasts of both are modeled after the feasts of the Lord, and we celebrate their nativities. 

The Theotokos was a miraculous birth, and thus worthy of celebration! Like Abraham and Sarah, Sts. Joachim and Anna were advanced in years and seemingly unable to have children, until an angel appeared to them and informed them of their joy which was to come. By God’s grace, the miracle they experienced eventually led to their becoming grandparents of the Messiah, Christ! 

As we celebrate this beautiful feast, let us remember that all children are special and to be celebrated, and that with God, truly, “all things are possible.”  (Matthew 19:26)

Stay safe! And stay strong! God bless!

With love in Christ,
Father Niko Bekris

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Register to attend Divine Services this Sunday, September 20th.

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FREE online events you won’t want to miss this weekend! Cook Like a Greek Presents: First Annual Virtual Greek Festival and Online Parenting Seminar: Difficult Conversations.

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Special “Virtual” Tray Collection – Feast of the Holy Cross to benefit the Hellenic College Holy Cross Scholarship Fund.

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Due to projected unhealthy air quality again this weekend, outdoor Divine Services are canceled this Sunday but you can still join our Live-stream on YouTube or Facebook.

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Sunday Divine Services Begin 30 Minutes EARLIER in September
Orthros: 8:15 a.m. Divine Liturgy: 9:30 a.m.

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Watch as Justin Bosl discusses the Mystery of the Sacrament of Ordination in his latest Christian Education video.

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Please join us on September 24th at 7:00 p.m. for a discussion on the signs of caregiver stress and to learn about helpful tips and available resources.

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The September Resurrection Digital Bulletin is now available for your reading pleasure. This month, our theme is “Today, I begin again.”

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The health and safety of our parishioners is our number one concern.
Due to projected unhealthy air quality, we are canceling outdoor Divine Services this Sunday, August 23. Please plan to watch Divine Services via live-stream.

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Father Niko shares an inspiring message about how the Church endures and that God is always present – even in these unprecedented times.

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Join us Thursday, August 27 for a remote learning discussion on Zoom!

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Our annual Greek Festival is postponed for now, due to COVID-19 and the Alameda County restrictions in place, along with our desire and commitment to ensuring everyone’s safety. If something changes, we’ll keep you posted – stay tuned.

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Spiritual Sayings

How mistaken are those people who seek happiness outside of themselves, in foreign lands and journeys, in riches and glory, in great possessions and pleasures, in diversions and vain things, which have a bitter end! . . . Happiness is found within ourselves, and blessed is the man who has understood this. Happiness is a pure heart, for such a heart becomes the throne of God. Thus says Christ of those who have pure hearts: “I will visit them, and will walk in them, and I will be a God to them, and they will be my people.” (II Cor. 6:16) What can be lacking to them? Nothing, nothing at all! For they have the greatest good in their hearts: God Himself!

Our soul, as a spiritual, active being, cannot remain idle; it either does good or evil, one of the two; either wheat grows in it or tares. But as every good comes from God, and as the means of obtaining every good from God is prayer, those who pray fervently, sincerely, from the depths of their hearts, obtain from the Lord grace to do good, and, before all, the grace of faith; whilst those who do not pray, naturally remain without these spiritual gifts, voluntarily depriving themselves of them by their own negligence and spiritual coldness.

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.

Do not say, “this happened by chance, while this came to be of itself.” In all that exists there is nothing disorderly, nothing indefinite, nothing without purpose, nothing by chance … How many hairs are on your head? God will not forget one of them. Do you see how nothing, even the smallest thing, escapes the gaze of God?

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