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Saint Nectarios Monthly Newsletter – September 2020
Saint Nectarios Greek Orthodox Mission Church
 627 West Bonneville St, Pasco WA 99301
Email: Tricityorthodox@aol.com    Website: www.stnectariostricites.org   Phone: 509 547-3968

Monthly Message from Father John
 
Cleansing our Passions to Grow Spiritually
     In his “Ladder of Divine Ascent,” St. John Climacus strives to elevate us to heights of beautiful, heavenly, spiritual vistas.  There we can enjoy the vision of God, experiencing the pure breeze of the Holy Spirit.  We climb the “Steps of the Ladder” one by one, as we distance ourselves from the world of sin, leaving behind the sinful experiences with the help of God’s Grace and our personal effort.
     We look up to God with the eyes of our soul as we cleanse our sinful, earthly passions with the corresponding virtues.  But we cannot achieve this without God’s Grace and our effort.
     Every human passion has its corresponding virtue. We conquer it and cleanse it with the appropriate divine virtue. The same muddy glass which was filled with the pollutants of passions before, we now make clean with the appropriate virtue and fill it with clean water from the Divine Spring.
     We need obedience and discretion in our effort:  respect and obedience of God’s divine Commandments.   We yearn for God’s gift to acquire His great virtues, Faith, Hope, and Love.  These higher virtues lead us to our salvation.
     We leave behind our passionate, sinful world, but not God’s world, which is good and beautiful. We only cleanse our inner self, our passions from sin with the Grace of God, to sanctify them.  For the passions of our body and soul are sources of energy for all our bodily and spiritual human achievements. They provide us with   energy and strength for good; we only need to cleanse them and redirect their energy.
     Therefore, we need great discretion in our spiritual struggle to direct our efforts toward our spiritual benefit.  We strive to tame the irrational animals.  We frequently succeed in taming them for our benefit, to use their superior strength.  The same way, we cleanse our own unruly passions and use their energy for good.
     We are all invited to read St. John’s Book on “Divine Ascent.”   We will limit ourselves to the last three chapters of the Book.  With God’s inspiration, they will elevate us to His Divine realm. Faith, Hope, Love, these three spiritual virtues elevate us and bring us to heavenly peaks.
     With the wings of Faith we fly high to Heaven; We experience the spiritual, divine   world. This spiritual experience endows us with great hope.
Hope strengthens and frees us from the earthly traps; it enables us to live our present, temporary life spiritually, beholding in the Spirit the Heavenly and permanent world. 
     God’s love gives great meaning to our earthly life, Because it springs and is inspired by God’s holy breath.  Our love does not only seek to  benefit ourselves; But it also seeks to benefit  our fellowman.  Love contains within itself a great, inexpressible, Divine joy. You cannot detect this  joy superficially, but you feel it within. The Grace of the Holy Spirit comes to dwell within you; It floods you with its Divine Light; the Gift of the Holy Spirit.
With love, Fr. John P. Angelis
 
 
 
Saint Nectarios Greek Orthodox Mission Church
Upcoming Church Activities - September
627 West Bonneville St, Pasco WA 99301 / Phone: (509) 547-3968
 

 

 

Online and At-home Activities

Bridges back to in-person services

 

Live Weekly Saturday Activities

https://goarch.zoom.us/j/98171368290?pwd=UHMxZlhhRW5pUTREY2JWaVo3WWJKUT09

 

   4:00 pm: Weekly Orthodox Study Group - All are welcome in join in a discussion of Orthodoxy

   5:00 pm: Saturday Vespers Service - Interactive Service with Father John. 

 

Live Weekly Sunday Activities

https://goarch.zoom.us/j/98536633590?pwd=MHhaUE1nbFJUb1ptU01zdU5BT0Rmdz09

 

     10:00 am: Divine Liturgy.  Father John has invited to his home to celebrate the Divine Liturgy Service (with no communion) as a Zoom meeting.  Please join us and give us feedback. 

     1:00 pm: Fellowship Time – Every Sunday, a time to share.   Just talk, no agenda other than Christian Fellowship!  In one recent fellowship time there even was some singing.

 

Live and At-home Monthly Activities

https://goarch.zoom.us/j/8714814431?pwd=bHpUM2VGMW0zdnhna0tUQXZiV2NkUT09

 

     6:00 pm on the first Friday of each month:  Akathist to St. Nectarios, Wonderworker of Aegina and Pentapolis.

 

Online: Those with online access may join an on-line service using the above Zoom software link. 

 

At Home:  For those that cannot (or do not want to) use online access, you are invited to join the prayers by holding the Akathist service in your home starting at 6:00 pm. Please call the church if you would like an Akathist to St. Nectarios prayer book sent to you.

 

At-home Streaming of St. Nectarios Videos of Services (Facebook)

 

Saturday Vespers will be posted to the "Saint Nectarios - Pasco" Facebook Group before 7:00 pm on Saturdays

 

Sunday Liturgy will be posted to the "Saint Nectarios - Pasco" Facebook Group before 1:00 pm on Sundays

 

To view these videos, if you are not already a member, you will need to become a member of the "St Nectarios - Pasco" Facebook Group in advance of viewing a video. 

 

All visitors are welcome!  Please plan to participate in some of the above activities. The format is quite informal - typical of a small congregation.   

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Online and At-home Activities

Bridges back to in-person services

Live Weekly Saturday Activities

https://goarch.zoom.us/j/98171368290?pwd=UHMxZlhhRW5pUTREY2JWaVo3WWJKUT09

   4:00 pm: Weekly Orthodox Study Group - All are welcome in join in a discussion of Orthodoxy
   5:00 pm: Saturday Vespers Service - Interactive Service with Father John. 
 

Live Weekly Sunday Activities

https://goarch.zoom.us/j/98536633590?pwd=MHhaUE1nbFJUb1ptU01zdU5BT0Rmdz09

     10:00 am: Divine Liturgy.  Father John has invited to his home to celebrate the Divine Liturgy Service (with no communion) as a Zoom meeting.  Please join us and give us feedback. 
     1:00 pm: Fellowship Time – Every Sunday, a time to share.   Just talk, no agenda other than Christian Fellowship!  In one recent fellowship time there even was some singing.
 

Live and At-home Monthly Activity

 
     6:00 pm on the first Friday of each month:  Akathist to St. Nectarios, Wonderworker of Aegina and Pentapolis.
 
Online: Those with online access may join an on-line service using the above Zoom software link. 
 
At Home:  For those that cannot (or do not want to) use online access, you are invited to join the prayers by holding the Akathist service in your home starting at 6:00 pm. Please call the church if you would like an Akathist to St. Nectarios prayer book sent to you.
 

At-home Streaming of St. Nectarios Videos of Services (Facebook)

Saturday Vespers will be posted to the "Saint Nectarios - Pasco" Facebook Group before 7:00 pm on Saturdays

Sunday Liturgy will be posted to the "Saint Nectarios - Pasco" Facebook Group before 1:00 pm on Sundays

To view these videos, if you are not already a member, you will need to become a member of the "St Nectarios - Pasco" Facebook Group in advance of viewing the Service videos. 

Please plan to participate in some of these activities. The format is quite informal - typical of a small congregation.   

 

Joining a live online St Nectarios Activity:
 
You likely can connect to a meeting by simply clicking on a link that has been provided above for the meeting.  If you have connected to Zoom meeting before, you should go directly to the meeting once you click on this link.  (The first time, you likely will be prompted to install the Zoom app. Just install the software – and then just close the account sign-in screen when you get to it.  You do not need to create a Zoom account to connect to a Zoom meeting.  Now you should go to the meeting using the link provided in this Bulletin.)
So that is all it takes to connect to a Zoom meeting with smart phone, tablet, or computer.  When you connect you can select if you want a visual connection, or not.  We recommend using computer internet audio.  However, you also can set your connection on mute, and just listen. 
To participate in these meetings over an ordinary phone, please contact us for information on how to connect as a teleconference.  Or, by far the easiest non-technical way to connect is to simply call a connecting-friend on their line-land phone – and have them put their land-line phone (with speaker on) near their connecting device.  We have tried this – and it works relatively well!
The host for the St Nectarios Zoom meetings is normally Jim Droppo (Cell Number: 509 three-six-six 8745). 
 
EmailTo be added or removed from our email list, please send a note to tricityorthodox@aol.com
 
 

Please see 'Announcements' (under the 'About Us' Tab) for additional information about St. Nectarios activities.

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