Bulletin October 29, 2017

Altar Candles: The altar candles for the month of November are burning for the repose of +Nicholas Patchan.

Let Us Remember in Prayer: Those who are ill or convalescing. May our Lord Jesus Christ, the Physician and Healer of souls and bodies, grant them peace and good health for many blessed years.
Please let Fr. Lewis know if anyone should be added or taken away from this prayer list.

Eastern Christian Formation: ECF classes will resume this year. However, because of starting a new program and of our upcoming Food Festival, we will have to change the start date from Oct. 29, to Nov. 19th.

2017 Annual Bishop’s Appeal: The new Bishop’s Appeal has already begun. As stated in the packet, this drive is the major sources of funds that help to sustain the Eparchy’s many projects that help to build-up our churches—seminary expenses being one of them. Please prayerfully consider your pledge to the Eparchy because whatever our parish donates over our goal we will receive a 40% rebate of that amount. We have gone over this goal the past two years that I am aware of, and the extra funds were greatly needed. It is suggested that if each family donates $200, then we will reach our goal. Please remember that checks are to be made out to the Eparchy of Passaic, and not to the parish.

Saint Gregory’s Slavic Food Festival:

Food Festival Update, October 29

Please arrive on Saturday between 9:15 and 9:30 to ensure stations are ready and manned. Park in the yard of the rectory to save spaces for our visitors to use. We need bakery items ASAP, preferably by 9 a.m. They need to be displayed and priced and individual portions set up.
We’re on the homestretch now. Saturday is the Great Slavic Food Fest. Thanks to our women, men and teens we have 767 kolácsi and 990 holupki and some 20-25 pans of haluški will be made this week. If you were not able to help out with preparing those items, now is your chance to help in a different way… sign up to work for an hour on Saturday. Sign-up sheets are in the hall. Call Sue if you want to help but don’t think you can do much.
Please do not leave today without signing up to work on Saturday. For example, we need two people each hour to stand or sit in the foyers to hand out copies of the hot food menu; another two to circulate and ask visitors how they knew about Food Fest—and then put check marks on a chart, who can watch for full trashcans and empty them or call on another worker to do so, who can float—help when a task comes up and needs to be done… and then sit and wait until the next time something comes up.
All week long: Bake, bake, bake your favorite desserts. When you bring them in try to include the cost of ingredients. This helps with pricing. Bring in door prizes and raffle tickets; pay Sue, Joanne or Ellie.
Tuesday Oct. 31 and Wednesday Nov. 1: Haluški. Bring your electric skillets. We do have some but the more we have to use the quicker we will finish. On Tuesday we will chop 15-20 pounds of onions and about 30 heads of cabbage. On Wednesday we will move 33 pans of frozen holupki from freezer to refrigerator to thaw. We will start at 9 a.m. both days and finish about 1-2 p.m. on Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. on Wednesday. Come for whatever time you can spare. We also need dishwashers, after about noon. Set up dining tables per floor plan.
Thursday Nov 2: Set up indoor signs. Move frozen kolácsi from freezers into the hall to defrost, single layer on towels on hall tables. Set up work stations and begin covering them. Bring in your baked goods, but Friday is preferable. An outside task: sweep the steps and landing leading to our main entrance.
(FYI. Behind the scene work includes sauerkraut being made. Pirohi and kolbassi will be picked up from Johnstown and upon arrival here (usually in the evening) pirohi will be bagged and kolbassi cut into servings.)
Friday, Nov 3: Bring in your baked goods. Put up rest of indoor signs. Vacuum inside church. Straighten prayer books in pews. Fill candle stands. Look for cobwebs built since last Tuesday.
For more information, contact festival coordinator Sue.

Traveling Vocation Icon Program: Our Metropolia is embarking on a traveling Vocation Icon Program for all of the faithful of our Churches to pray for and encourage vocations to the religious life: presbyterate, diaconate, consecrated life of men and women monastics. Prayer is one of the most important aspects of our faith in God and when we pray fervently with full trust in God, our prayers will be answered. Please consider bringing the Vocation Icon into your home for a week and praying for vocations to strengthen our church and to lead us all to heaven. Sign up sheet is in church hall.

Upcoming Parish And Eparchial Events
Oct. 29 Meeting with ECF teachers after the Divine Liturgy
Oct. 31 Haluški making Day 1
Nov. 1 Haluški making Day 2
Nov. 4 The Great Slavic Food Festival
Nov. 19 Catechetical Sunday: beginning of ECF program after the Divine Liturgy
Dec. 3 Saint Nicholas Celebration

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