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Monthly Message from Father Niko – September 2019

Beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord,

When putting together a very complex machine, many parts are required, each one fulfilling a separate function and completing its task efficiently. An iPhone, for instance, is extremely intricate in its design, and its components are built in various parts of the world – Cupertino, San Diego, China, and so forth. If one part fails, the entire device suffers and doesn’t work. Its performance is hindered whenever any part is not working properly, whether it is viewed as a “critical” component or not. Conversely, when all the parts are harmoniously achieving their goals, those tasks which they are designed to do, the entire machine fulfills its goals and flows smoothly.

When trying to reconcile feuding Christians in the early communities of the Mediterranean world, Saint Paul likened it to the most complex and brilliant machine ever created, the human body. In his first letter to the Corinthians, he says:

“But now indeed there are many members, yet one body…God composed the body, having given…that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.” (v.20, 24-27)

With this in mind, let us embrace one another this new ecclesiastical year. Please continue to pray for all the membership of our parish, as well as those who might visit at our Open House this month on Sunday, September 15. We build up the Body of Christ (Eph 4:12) by embracing those who have yet to enter our fold, as well. We strengthen and renew the body by always seeking to grow in order to fulfill our calling – our “function,” if you will – harmoniously achieving our goals together. 

With love in Christ,

Father Niko Bekris
Proistamenos

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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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.

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?

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.

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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