PEACE AND GRACE!
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“Only struggle a little more. Carry your cross without complaining. Don’t think you are anything special. Don’t justify your sins and weaknesses, but see yourself as you really are. And, especially, love one another.”
+Father Seraphim Rose
SERVICES & EVENTS THIS WEEK
Morning Liturgy: 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. (Father George Awad)
FOCUS San Diego: 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (Contact: Mary Jensen)
Nativity Speaker Series: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (His Grace Bishop Kyrillos)
Adults' Hymns Class: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Contact: Peter Abadeer)
Children's Hymns Class: 5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Vespers: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Divine Liturgy: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (Father Kyrillos)
Church Finances: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
November 25th marked the beginning of the fast of the Nativity (the Advent) in our Coptic Church. Fasting is not just about changing ingredients; it should be a real spiritual discipline with goals. You are encouraged to take the discipline seriously and to consult with your spiritual father for an appropriate prescription for your fasting period, as well as what spiritual disciplines to partake of during this blessed time. For more information on how and why we fast before nativity, click here.
NATIVITY THEMED SPEAKER SERIES
Thank you, Father Gregory Bishay, for honoring us with your inspiring talk last Friday. We are excited to welcome our second Nativity speaker His Grace Bishop Kyrillos to St. Basil’s this coming Friday, December 7th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Come and invite your friends - it will be open to all!
Upcoming speakers include:
December 14th: Robert Bishay - Joseph: A Man Above the Law
December 21st: Ehab Maximous - He Took What is Ours, and Gave Us What is His
December 28th: Father Daniel Meleka - Being Made in His Image
January 4th: Father Joseph Ibrahim - The Incarnation and Soteriology
PRESENTATION ON CHURCH FINANCES
Please join us in welcoming Abouna Kyrillos who will be with us on Sunday, December 9th, right after liturgy, as we present the church finances and the incredible opportunity to purchase a church property. We encourage you to attend this important meeting regarding the future of our beloved church.
DONATE YOUR SHOES
SHOP & HELP WITH AMAZON SMILE
If you are looking into other ways to support our church, the AmazonSmile Foundation offers an easy way to give while browsing the Amazon shop. It will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases, at no cost to you. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com (you may want to add a bookmark to make it easier to return). You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on the product detail pages. If you already own an Amazon account you can use the same account for AmazonSmile. On your first visit, please select “Saint Basil American Coptic Orthodox Church” as your charity of choice. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make will result in a donation for our church. Thank you so much for your love and support.
ANNOUNCEMENTS, VISITATIONS & CONFESSIONS
Please let us know if you have any upcoming important events for us to share with our fellow congregants. Special events are best shared amongst our family, and we encourage you to share your special news with us.
FOOD & CLEAN-UP
To sign up to bring food for the agape meal on Sundays, please fill in the weekly spreadsheet available HERE. We need as many volunteers as possible to keep the church clean on Sundays after the Divine Liturgy. Please consider this important expression of stewardship.