St. James' Newsletter
November 16 - 22, 2020 Issue no. 847
All services listed below will only be available live on Facebook or in-person for those who have signed up
Tuesday, November 17
8:00 am Matins
9:00 am Divine Liturgy
Friday, November 20
8:00 am Matins
9:00 am Divine Liturgy
Sunday, November 22
24th Sunday after Pentecost
8:00 am Matins
9:30 am Divine Liturgy
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2021 Board of Trustees
If you are interested in becoming a board of trustee member for the year 2021, please see any board or clergy member. Remember there are no prerequisites in order to become a board member, but fell free to reach out.
Commemorating Names of Your Loved Ones
The submission of the names of Orthodox departed with the giving of alms (usually offering bread, olive oil, wine or a monetary donation to the church) to the priest for commemoration in the Proskomedia before every Divine Liturgy. The fortieth day after death is considered to be the the most important day of commemoration. The half-year and annual anniversary.
Wednesday 11/18 - Oil allowed
Friday 11/20 - Strict fast
Sponsoring Sunday Lunches
Due to covid, the church has cancelled all of its fundraising events this year. Our Sunday lunches are now technically our only form of generating income outside of donations. Please support our church by purchasing a to-go lunch. In addition, you can also sponsor a lunch for $200. If interested, please email Georgette at
A meal of mercy will be provided this Sunday on behalf of Yousef & Suzy Hanna for the 1 year anniversary of the passing of Suzy's grandma Mary Dahdouh. May her memory be eternal.
If you would like to sponsor a lunch, please contact Georgette at
Festival Package Donation!
Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, we have cancelled this year's Annual Food Festival. The Festival is our largest fundraiser of the year and is essential in keeping our doors open. In order to make up some of the lost revenue, we are asking families to consider donating towards the Festival VIP package for $1,000. If you are not able to sponsor a package, any donation amount is greatly appreciated. You can make a donation on our donation page or contact Georgette Isied at
Board of Trustee Meeting:
11/18/2020 at 7:30 pm
General Parish Meeting:
Tentative, 1/17/2020 following the Divine Liturgy
Virtual Sunday School with Carol Kafeety
Virtual Sunday school for children between the ages of 5 to 9 is now available. Many thanks to our Sunday School teacher Carol Kafeety, she will be hosting the sessions online over Zoom. Carol will send the parents all the needed information to get Zoom app installed on your computer or phone and she will send you any passwords needed to login.
Scrip Gift Card Program
A large variety of scrip (gift) cards are available at the church hall following the liturgy. We have Amazon, Gas, Visa cards, your favorite restaurants and much more! By purchasing scrip cards, our church will receive a percentage or kick-back from the company.
Fest of Synaxis of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel - 11/21
On November 21st the Orthodox Church celebrates the Synaxis of the Supreme Commanders Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, and of the other bodiless and heavenly orders, the Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones, Dominions, Powers, Authorities, Principalities, Archangels and Angels.
The Synaxis of the Chief of the Heavenly Hosts, Archangel Michael and the Other Heavenly Bodiless Powers: Archangels Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Selaphiel, Jehudiel, Barachiel, and Jeremiel was established at the beginning of the fourth century at the Council of Laodicea, which met several years before the First Ecumenical Council. The 35th Canon of the Council of Laodicea condemned and denounced as heretical the worship of angels as gods and rulers of the world, but affirmed their proper veneration.
he word synaxis means the gathering of believers to celebrate a feast, or to make a remembrance of a saint. This feast also has a special meaning; it is the gathering of the humans ...............
with the angels, “their union, their gathering and standing in fear in front of the Creator.”(1) Because of the fall of the devil and his angels, this feast is the celebration of the “sobriety and unity” of the rest of the angelic powers who stayed loyal to God. “We celebrate also the contribution of the angels and archangels and their help and support in the war against the dark powers and the devil.”
We celebrate this feast of unity between angels and humans, and this unity is not in the “life to come” at the end of times — it starts in this world: the angels direct and guard the sons of God who are struggling in this world; they are glad with every sinner returning to God; they convey prayers to God’s throne. Hence, there is a common liturgical work between angels and humans. The angels offer a non-stop continuous doxology and mental worship with humans to God. They offer to the Holy Trinity the Trisagion: “With these holy powers, we sinners say the trisagion, ‘Holy, Holy, Holy Lord of Sabaoth, the heavens and earth are filled with Thy glory, hosanna in the highest, blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, hosanna in the highest’.” They gather around the holy altar with the priest to serve with him the Liturgy.
So there is only one celebration, one feast common between humans and angels: “Angels with humans celebrate together, earthly with heavenly speak.”(3) “Through Thy Cross Christ our God, the angels, and humans become one church, heaven and earth are united, O Lord Glory to Thee.”(4) The angels are members of the Church, the body of Christ. The 8th of November is also a specific feast of Archangel Michael, going back in history in celebrating the memory of his church in Arkadia in Constantinople.
Dedication of the Church of the Great Martyr George of Lydda, Palestine - 11/16
Pious Christians built a new church in honor of Saint George at Lydda in Palestine during the reign of Saint Constantine (305-337). When the church was consecrated, the relics of the holy Great Martyr George (April 23) were transferred there, and many miracles took place before them.
St. George, this truly great and glorious Martyr of Christ, was born of a father from Cappadocia and a mother from Palestine. Being a military tribune, or, he was illustrious in battle and highly honoured for his courage. When he learned that the Emperor Diocletian was preparing a persecution of the Christians, Saint George presented himself publicly before the Emperor and denounced him. When threats and promises could not move him from his steadfast confession, he was put to unheard-of tortures, which he endured with great bravery, overcoming them by his faith and love towards Christ. By the wondrous signs that took place in his contest, he guided many to the knowledge of the truth, including Queen Alexandra, wife of Diocletian, and was finally beheaded in 296 in Nicomedia.