PEACE AND GRACE!
Commemoration of the The Martyrdom of St. Bartholomew, the Apostle (September 12 / Tout 1)
A THANKSGIVING TO GOD
Come all you faithful people, whom have been bought by the pure Blood of our Lord, and Savior Jesus Christ. Let us glorify Him for what He bestowed upon us from His benevolence and goodness, and abundantly gave us from His blessings and richness. He brought us to this day, which is the last day of the Coptic year, and we are physically healthy, steadfast in our faith, and following the footsteps of our holy fathers. We greatly thank God for He did not deal with us according to our bad deeds but He lingered on us, and kept us, to this day, in peace, awaiting our return to Him in repentance, so that he might grant us forgiveness.
So let us weep before Him with deep sighs for the transgressions and sins that we have committed. Let us repent from all our hearts on all that we have committed, from inequities and trespasses, and commit ourselves before Him to live pure and chaste lives. We ask Him to strengthen us in the True Faith, to preserve us from the snare of Satan, to grant us His perfect peace, and to repose the souls of our departed ones with the intercession of the Virgin Lady St. Mary, and all the angels and the saints.
Glory, Honor, and Worship to Our God now and forever and unto the age of ages. Amen.
SERVICES & EVENTS THIS WEEK
Morning Liturgy: 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
FOCUS San Diego: 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Feast of Nayrouz (Coptic New Year)
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
Boomers with Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade Kids
WELCOME NEW CHURCH MEMBERS
Congratulations to Antoine and Meghan Bishara as well as Jacqueline and John Batarse on the baptism of Miles Isaac and London Philomena.
Sep 12 || FEAST OF NAYROUZ (COPTIC NEW YEAR)
The Feast of Nayrouz is a feast of spiritual renewal for every believer. It is a time to bless the waters of our tears of repentance, which renew our Baptism as the Holy Fathers teach; it is a time to entreat Christ as the loving Sower to bless all of the seeds He sows in our hearts through His Church and the Christian life; it is a time to bear fruits worthy of the name Christian and prepare to offer them to Christ. Read more here.
SEPTEMBER 15 || TRIP TO BOOMERS
On September 15, we will be taking all Kindergarten as well as 1st and 2nd grade kids to Boomers for a day of games, adventures and fun. Please contact Sally (858-353-7737) or Miray (559-623-4630) for details.
SEPTEMBER 17 || MEN’S BOOK CLUB
Come join us again on Tuesdays for a review of the “Apostolic Fathers”. The Men’s group will kick it off next Tuesday, September 17, 2019, with a “Men’s Night Out” at Gen Korean BBQ (10765 Westview Pkwy, San Diego, CA 92126) at 7:00 p.m. The book review will begin on the following Tuesday, September 24, 2019. Books have already been purchased so please register by texting George Soliman at (773) 255-8415 or emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org to get your copy.
SEPTEMBER 20-22 || COLLEGE YOUTH CONVENTION
OCTOBER 13 || FRIENDS OF COPTIC EDUCATION GALA
The second annual Friends of Coptic Education Gala will be hosted at Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA on October 13, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Program highlights include:
Tour of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Exhibition
Keynote speech by Fr. Khaled Anatolios, Ph.D.
Live music performance by Maestro Adel Eskander
Blessing and attendance of His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion
You can RSVP and donate here.
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 email@example.com
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.