Saint Nectarios Newsletter Excerpts - January 2019

Saint Nectarios Greek Orthodox Mission Church
627 West Bonneville St, Pasco WA 99301
Phone: 509 547-3968
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Annual Cutting of the Vasilopita:

The tradition of the cutting of a cake (called Vasilopita) with a hidden coin will be celebrated after Liturgy on January 6th.   The person getting the coin is said to have good luck for the New Year!

 Christmas Children's Program:

The Christmas children’s program on the Sunday before Christmas was fantastic.  The program included violin and vocal solos.  Special thanks to the parents for their efforts and to children for their great performances!        

Parish News - General Assembly Meeting

The Fall General Assembly was held on Sunday December 9th. The church business and activities for 2018 were reviewed.  Plans and opportunities for 2019 were discussed.  The special good news was that we will start having three Sundays with Liturgy each month!  The expansion of the number of Sundays with Liturgy was a goal of the 2018 Parish Council.  As reflected in the January schedule, the plan is to have Father John for two Sundays and a visiting Priest for the other Sunday.

Parish Council Nominations and elections were held at the end of the General Assembly Meeting.   

.    The 2019 board members are: 

John Bekhazi

Ted Kinan

Nancy Manthos

Matthew Van Dinter

Tatiana Van Dinter

Maria Touvannas

The next Parish council meeting will be held on Sunday January 20th and include the Oath of Office.

Liturgy and Typica Services

Father John Angelis is assigned to St Nectarios.  He normally serves two weekends each month when he conducts several days of activities including a Sunday  morning Divine Liturgy.  In addition, when possible Divine Liturgy will be offered on a third Sunday each month by a visiting Priest. 

Orthodox Sunday Church School

       The New Year is a good time to start attending!.  Two classes are being offered: one for younger and one for older children.   Just come to Church with your children - the classes start after Communion.  All are welcome! 

       Help Needed:  Two adults are needed to help with the Sunday Church School classes.  Currently we do have one person for each class – but having two people works out much better.  Please contact Jim Droppo if you would be willing to be a helper for either of our classes.

Orthodox Discussion Meetings will be held at the St Nectarios Church on at 4pm Saturday January 5th and on Saturday January 19th.  The topics are listed in the listing of church activities.  Please come, and invite your friends to come with you, to enjoy what is normally a lively discussion – and learn more about Orthodoxy.

     These meetings are part of a series of informal meetings with Father John for discussions of church-related topics. 


Father John Angelis is available for daytime visits, consultations, and confessions when he is at the St Nectarios Church.  To make an appointment, please call him on his cell phone (2O6.678.636O).

Church Cleanup Activities

You (and your family) are invited to help in the routine clean-up of our church facility on Sunday – 1/13 after Typica service. 


Phosphron Schedule:  1/6; Tatiana Van Dinter, 1/20 Tammy Droppo; 1/27 Maria Touvannas


Fellowship Meal Schedule: 1/6 - Mirna Bekhazi & Anne Ghan; 1/20 - Nancy Manthos & Maria Touvannas; 1/27 - Lorraine and Marguerite




 Saint Nectarios Greek Orthodox Mission Church

627 West Bonneville St., Pasco WA 99301

Schedule of Services for January 2019  


Friday, January 4

Home Blessings this weekend - call Fr John


Saturday, January 5

9:00am Royal Hours for the Feast of Holy Theophany

11:00am Visitations by Priest - call Fr John to schedule

4:00pm Orthodox Discussion Meeting -the -“Meaning of the Great Hours"

5:00pm Great Vespers


Sunday, January 6

St Nectarios, Pasco WA

9:00am Orthros (Matins)

10:00am Liturgy, Sunday School

11:00am Blessing of the Waters and the people

11:30am Cutting of the Vasilopita

12:00pm Fellowship Time


Sunday, January 13

St Nectarios, Pasco WA


10:00am Typica Service

11:00am Fellowship Time

11:30am Church cleanup activity.


Friday, January 18

Home Blessings this weekend - call Fr John


Saturday, January 19

9:00am Visitations by Priest - call Fr John to schedule

4:00pm Orthodox Discussion Meeting “Meaning of the Intercession of the Saints and their Inspiration for our Spiritual Struggle.”

5:00pm Great Vespers


Sunday, January 20

St Nectarios, Pasco WA

9:00am Orthros (Matins)

10:00am Liturgy, Sunday School

11:00am Fellowship Time followed by Parish council meeting that will include the Oath of Office

Sunday, January 27

St Nectarios, Pasco WA

9:00am Orthros (Matins)

10:00am Liturgy with Fr.Seraphim*

11:00am Sunday Church School

11:00am Fellowship Time

 * Fr.Seraphim will be visiting from the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Tacoma, WA.



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