PEACE AND GRACE!
Commemoration of The Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Christmas), celebrated on 29 Kiahk / 7 January
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“Come, let us wonder at the virgin most pure, wondrous in herself, unique in creation, she gave birth, yet knew no man; her pure soul with wonder was filled, daily her mind gave praise in joy at the twofold wonder: her virginity preserved, her child most dear. Blessed is He who shone forth from her!”
+St. Ephraim the Syrian, Songs of Praise
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.
Vespers: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Divine Liturgy: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
St. Basil Church wishes you a blessed Feast of the Nativity of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ, who has manifested to us the mystery of God’s humility and love. Please read the annual Nativity message by Pope Tawadros II here.
SUCCESSFUL DONATION MATCHING
Thank you to each and everyone who participated in the Donation Matching Challenge - we are grateful and overwhelmed by your generosity. You not only matched the amount by the anonymous donor, but you exceeded it. We were able to raise a total amount of $23,100! To those who would still like to donate, look out for a new challenge in the near future. In the meantime, you can always donate on our website.
NEW PRIEST FOR OUR CHURCH
Father Kyrillos Ibrahim announced that His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion has selected Ehab Maximous as worth of ordination to priesthood and his intention is for St. Basil to be his future parish. Let us congratulate Ehab, his wife Mariana, and his children Grace, Mark and Luke.
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 stewards