Updated: Dec. 8, 2017
+ Memory EternalChris Heren fell asleep in the Lord suddenly this past Sunday, December 3, as he and his mother were getting ready to leave for liturgy. He had been diagnosed with cancer in January. A former graduate student at Luther Seminary, Chris was a member at Holy Trinity for several years, and a close friend of Emmy Maschke. Dan Bassett was his sponsor. Chris had been living in Peoria, Illinois. His visitation will be Monday, December 11, 4-7 pm (panikhida at 6 pm) at Remmert Funeral Home (521 E Washington St, East Peoria, IL 61611), and his funeral Tuesday, December 12, 10 am at All Saints Greek Orthodox Church (1812 N Prospect Rd, Peoria, IL 61603). His obituary may be read here.
May God grant him rest in blessed repose with all of the saints and make his memory to be eternal!
December 9: Visit from St NicholasThis Saturday, December 9, after Great Vespers at 5:00 pm, we will gather in anticipation of a visit from St Nicholas, along with a community potluck (Lenten fare; fish, wine, and oil permitted). Please contact Anna Dains if you can help with preparations for this visit; we are looking for a storyteller as well as other helpers for St Nicholas.
Christmas Hams: Giving OpportunitiesThis year we are continuing our tradition of giving Christmas hams or turkeys to families living in close proximity to our church. People have really appreciated this in the past and have even come to look forward to this for their family celebrations. There are multiple ways that you can give:
- Give monetary donations to purchase the hams or turkeys (before Dec 10)
- Volunteer: On Sunday, Dec 3, we will go out in teams of two to deliver flyers to nearby homes
- Volunteer: After Sunday, Dec 10, one or two people will use the donations to purchase the requested hams and turkeys
- Volunteer: On Sunday, Dec 17, we will hand deliver the turkeys or hams to homes that requested them
Christmas Service ScheduleHere is our 2017 schedule of services for the Nativity:
- Dec 22 (Fri) - 9:30 am - Royal Hours
- Dec 23 (Sat) - 5:00 pm - Great Vespers:
- Dec 24 (Sun) - 10:00 am - Divine Liturgy:
- Dec 24 (Sun) - 7:00 pm - Compline & Matins for Nativity
- Dec 25 (Mon) - 9:00 am - Divine Liturgy for Nativity
Christmas DecorationsDo You Enjoy Decorating for Christmas? Can You Help? We need a volunteer or two to help make our church beautiful for the Nativity; this involves hanging greens and arranging poinsettias before our service on Christmas Eve. Can you help out? Speak to Barb Pentecost if you can help or have questions; thank you!
Holy Trinity Food Shelf
As you shop this week, please consider picking up a few items for our food shelf, to help our neighbors in need (food shelf guidelines). Contact Ronda Wintheiser with any questions or suggestions. Thank you!
Church SchoolSunday classes (9 am):
- Saturday, December 9: St Nicholas event after Great Vespers (details above)