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Monthly Message from Father Niko – November 2019

Beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord,

As Orthodox Christians, giving thanks is something which we incorporate into our liturgical life and private prayer every day, and not simply once a year. It is an ongoing event and a staple of every Christian. We continuously thank God for what we have, as is indicated in so many of our services! The following prayer is from the Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great, but is often included in Orthodox prayer books as a basic morning prayer:

“We bless you, O God, most high and Lord of mercy. You are always doing great and inscrutable things with us, glorious and wonderful, and without number… Open our mouth and fill it with your praise, that we be able without distraction to sing and confess that you are God…”

And from the Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom:

“…You did not cease doing everything to bring us to heaven and grant us Your Kingdom which is to come. For all these things we thank You, and Your Only-begotten Son, and Your Holy Spirit; for all things we know and do not know; for the visible and invisible bounties that have been bestowed upon us.”

Let us pray with our families this Thanksgiving and every moment of our life, giving thanks to God for what He has given us.  Happy Thanksgiving!

With love in Christ,
Father Niko Bekris

Our Church

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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We Recognize and Celebrate the Veterans of the Resurrection Parish. We shall forever be grateful to the heroes who inspire and encourage us with their unselfishness, courage, and willingness to protect our freedom.

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Second Annual Ornament Exchange and Fast Friendly Potluck – Sunday, December 15th, 4:30 p.m.

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Mark your calendar and help us usher in 2020 in style!

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Our fabulous Resurrection Choir invites you attend their 37th annual Crab Feed on Saturday, December 7, 2019

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Join George Papageorge for an evening that will Ignite vision, discussion and brainstorming within the parish!

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All interested adults and middle/senior high school youth are encouraged to attend this new education class with Justin Bosl

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Join us for a potluck dinner and night of fun! All are welcome.

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Please join us for this year’s Golf Tournament at Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton where once again, our Gyro Chefs, Baklava Sundae Scoopers, and team of Bartenders will be serving up our delicious Greek fare & treats!

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Life is short. Eat the Pastitsio. Dance the Syrtaki. Drink the Retsina. Channel your inner Greek and join us at the Castro Valley Greek Festival!

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“Proclaim” is the theme for the 2019 YAL Conference hosted by the SF Metropolis over Labor Day Weekend in Long Beach.

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From the Fathers

Spiritual Sayings

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

Merciful and full of love, She [Mother of God] manifests Her love towards Her Son and God in love for the human race. She intercedes for it before the Merciful One, and going about the earth, She helps men. Having experienced all the difficulties of earthly life, the Intercessor of the Christian race sees every tear, hears every groan and entreaty directed to Her.

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.

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.

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