PEACE AND GRACE!
Commemoration of The Martyrdom of St. James the Apostle Brother of St. John the Apostle, celebrated on Baramouda 2 (Apr 10)
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"Fasting and self control are a double wall of defense and whoever lives within them enjoys great peace."
+ St. Gregory Palamas
SERVICES & EVENTS THIS WEEK
Lenten Liturgy: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lenten Liturgy: 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Lenten Speaker Series: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (Peter Refela)
True Physicians Ministry Training: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (St. Maurice Coptic Orthodox Church)
Children’s Hymns Class: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Vespers and Reception of Fr. Michael Maximous: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Divine Liturgy: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (Father Michael)
FR. MICHAEL’S RECEPTION AND FIRST LITURGY AT ST. BASIL
Please join us in welcoming Father Michael after his return from Egypt. He will be received at the church on Saturday April 13th at Vespers at 6pm and will conduct his first liturgy at St. Basil on April 14th Sunday morning.
BLESSINGS OF THE HOME DURING GREAT LENT
Andil or blessings of the home that traditionally occurs during lent are available to those interested. Fr. George is available early mornings (5:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.) as well as early/mid afternoons. Please speak with him or Daniel Gharbawy to get on his calendar.
FRIDAY LENTEN SPEAKER SERIES
After the great success of our Nativity Speaker Series last year, we are excited to announce a new speaker series during Lenten. Please join us each Friday from March 15th through April 19th. Peter Refela will honor us with his presence on April 12th, starting at 7:00 p.m.
TRUE PHYSICIAN MINISTRY TRAINING
Under the auspices of His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion and His Grace Bishop Abraham, the Department of Diakonia is offering a one day training for those who desire to serve the sick. Attendees will earn a certificate of completion at the end of the training.
April 13th at St. Maurice Coptic Orthodox Church in Pomona, CA
Each training day will begin with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at 8:00 a.m. and will end at 6:00 p.m. For more information and registration, click here.
3RD ANNUAL ST. BASIL RETREAT
Mark your calendars for our 3rd annual St. Basil Retreat from May 10-12, 2019 at the Palomar Christian Conference Center (approx 1hr 20min away) tucked just south of Julian. We have an incredible committee preparing the best retreat we’ve had yet and our speakers will be Father George, Father Michael and, pending a flight, Father Antony. Please sign up here.
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
Please consider contributing to our weekly Agape Meal via VolunteerSignup. It requires NO account creation, NO app downloads, and is mobile user friendly.
All you have to do is click the link for the week you want to sign up for and enter your name and contact info next to the item you'd like to bring. After everyone has signed up for the week, please get in touch with the other volunteers to coordinate what to bring.
Here are the links to the sheets for the next few weeks:
April 21 (Palm Sunday): https://volunteersignup.org/7Y4PA
April 26 (Good Friday): https://volunteersignup.org/ABR7R
April 27 (Midnight Agape Meal): https://volunteersignup.org/X8BPQ
Thank you to all who have contributed and helped make the agape meal a special time for everyone. 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.