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Monthly Message from Father Niko – October 2020

“The Lord is faithful in all His words, and holy in all His works. The Lord supports all who stumble…”   – Psalm 144:14


Beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord,

In the past six months we have been tested in countless ways.  Our lives have been filled with uncertainty and distress, while fearing ill health brought on by disease or fires.  This is an unprecedented time in the history of our country, one which is reflected in the struggles of countless families in our community and in our nation.  The struggle is truly real, yet we take great comfort in the fact that we have a God who loves us, hears us and is near to us. 

The Prophet David was a man beloved by God when he was selected to be king of Israel, and because of his favor, enemies sought to kill him.  Like the Lord Jesus as He prayed in the garden, David’s attitude was one of submission in times of trouble, knowing that God would ultimately be victorious over his enemies.  David’s faith was remarkable, in that, according to tradition, many of the psalms attributed to him reflect great hope in the midst of struggle!  He understood that, regardless of the circumstance, God would never abandon him.

The Lord hears our cries of pain and sorrow, our suffering and distress.  In these times, in particular, He knows what we are going through and is with us.  Like David, who feared for his life, in the midst of his troubles he knew that the Lord would never abandon him, and so with us.  Truly, God is with us.

No matter how bad things in the world totally may seem, let us take comfort in knowing that God is always with us, even right now, at this very moment.

With love in Christ,
Father Niko Bekris

Our Church

Our Priest and Our Team

Liz Levy

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Marcelo P. Souza

Site administrator, teacher.

Renee Taylor

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Fr. Niko Bekris

Parish Priest since 2015

Anna Teodosiadis

Youth Director
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Latest Updates

With the goal of providing the sacrament of Holy Communion to as many parishioners as possible, we will once again offer in-person, indoor Divine Services for Resurrection parishioners beginning November 1, 2020.

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Due to poor air quality, Divine Services will be live-streamed on our YouTube channel and Facebook page only this Sunday, October 4.

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This month, our theme is This Too, Shall Pass – Put Your Hope, Trust, and Love in God. “He who dwells in the help of the Most High shall lodge in the shelter of the God of heaven. He shall say to the Lord, ‘You are my protector and my refuge, My God; I will hope in Him’” (Psalm 90:1-2).

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We give thanks to God for Resurrection’s parishioners who have helped our Church raise $19,855 toward our Special Appeal goal of $50,889.

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As of September 30, we are continuing to wait to hear from the Alameda County Health Officer on when we will be permitted to reopen for indoor, in-person Sunday services.

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One in five Americans have a mental illness and many are reluctant to reach out for help, or do not know where to get help.

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Let’s get together for dinner and discussion about some fun facts we may not know about each other!

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Prepare your favorite brunch item, pour some bubbly, and join Father Niko virtually for coffee & conversation on building a successful and healthy marriage.

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To honor our anniversary and help sustain the increased need during these trying times, our Ladies Philoptochos Society has generously offered to match Food Pantry donations made during the month of October up to $500!

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Everyday Orthodox’s Elissa Bjeletich turned the spotlight on our very own Lisa Rigisich and Justin Bosl in September.

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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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Spiritual Sayings

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.

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

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.

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

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