PEACE AND GRACE!
Commemoration of the The Reign of the Righteous Emperor Constantine, the Great (August 18 / Mesra 12)
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
'When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples saying, "Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?" So they said, "Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah and others Jeremiah, or one of the prophets." He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" And Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven, and I also say to you that you are Peter and on this rock, I will build My church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in Heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in Heaven." Then He commanded his disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ.
SERVICES & EVENTS THIS WEEK
Women’s Book Club : 7:00 p.m.
Morning Liturgy: 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
FOCUS San Diego: 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Children’s Hymns Class: 5:00 p.m. - 6.p.m.
Vespers: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Divine Liturgy: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
WOMEN’S BOOK CLUB
Come join us on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm for a review of the “The Jewel of Heaven and The Beacon of Monasticism”. The remarkable spiritual biography of our blessed Mother, Tamav (a Coptic word for “my mother’) Erene makes us bow before this great spirit that shone among us. She has a clear mission assigned from heaven. With faithfulness and tremendous struggle, she carried it on her shoulders, and offered it fully on the altar for Divine Love. For this and for all that her pure hands accomplished throughout her shining life, the Lord crowned her with glory.
Please consider bringing a dish for our potluck.
ST. MARY’S FAST
August 7 marked the start of the Fast of St. Mary. This is a two-week fast (fish permitted) that helps prepare us for the Feast of the Assumption on August 22.
St. Mary is the greatest woman that ever lived. She was chosen by the Father to bear His Only-Begotten Son, gave birth to the Savior of the world, and was the first person in history to receive Christ as her Savior. Consequently, she is our model of obedience and submission; of purity and holiness; of humility and royalty. Read more here.
AUGUST 24 || MEXICO ORPHANAGE TRIP
It’s finally here!! You’ve been asking and so have they! The kids in Mexico would like us to visit them again to play on August 24th!! We will be visiting the first orphanage we went to in Playas de Tijuana! More details to come! Space is limited! If you haven’t done so, please enter your information on the sign up sheet.
It takes a village to make this trip a success. Your home cleaning supplies/toiletries and clothing donations are appreciated even if you can’t join us to play! If you’d like to send clothing donations, please wash and neatly package lightly used items before bringing them to the donation area in the back corner of the church garage.
SEPTEMBER 20-22 || COLLEGE YOUTH CONVENTION
FAMILY HOME VISITS
Abouna Michael is offering home visits for anyone who is interested. Please reach out to him directly to schedule a visit.
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.
Please let us know if you have any upcoming important events for us to share with our fellow congregants. Special events are best shared among our family, and we encourage you to share your special news with us.
FOOD & CLEAN-UP
If you would like to help with food for our weekly Agape Meal please sign up through the links below. For questions please reach out to Erene at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.