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Saint Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church

130 North Saint Francis Cabrini Avenue Scranton, PA 18504


Rev. Protodeacon Michael Jolly
Administrator pro tempore
570-213-9344

Reader Michael Simon Parish Office 570-343-6092

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scrantonmelkite@yahoo.com http://melkitescranton.org Sal Zaydon

December 18, 2011 Tone 2 and Orthros Gospel 5 Liturgy Schedule: Saturday Vespers 4pm Compline Weds 8:30PM

Sunday Before Christmas The Genealogy Sunday Orthros 8:55 am Sunday Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

Liturgy Intentions:
December 18, 2011 The souls in purgatory The Patchoski Family December 25, 2011 Christmas Flower Intentions

Parish Notes:

Welcome back Father Jerome Wolfort who serves liturgy today . Decorating the Sanctuary for the feast of the Nativity after Divine Liturgy December 18th For Melkites, Christmas Eve is a day of strict fasting Christmas Schedule: Saturday December 24: Royal Hours 9:00 AM Vespers for the Feast 4PM Sunday December 25: Orthros 8:30 AM

Todays Icon: St. Sebasian the Martyr

Divine Liturgy 10:00 AM

THE BISHOPS APPEAL: Give thanks to God the Divine Gift of His Son and for all the blessings you received in 2011 by giving a generous gift to our Melkite Eparchy in America. The annual Bishops Appeal officially ends in all the parishes of our Eparchy on 31 December 2011. However, gifts to the Appeal will continue to be received and credited to your parish until 31 January 2012 for anyone who makes an end-of-year, tax-deductible donation. Your gift means so much to so many! Our Father and Shepherd Bishop Nicholas thanks you for your generous support and asks Gods abundant blessings upon you and all your family in the New Year.

The Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom


Antiphons:
First Antiphon Through the prayers of the Mother of God Second Antiphon O Son of God, Who are risen from the dead Hymn of incarnation Third Antiphon Tone 2 Tone 2 Tone 4 Tone 2 Tone 2 Tone 2

Hymns:
Resurrectional Troparion Troparion of the Ancestors
Faith can accomplish great things. Through it, the Three Holy Children rejoice in the flames as if they had been in refreshing water, and Daniel in the midst of lions is like a shepherd among his sheep. Through their intercession, O Christ God, save our souls

Troparion of St. Joseph Kontakion for the Preparation for the Nativity of Our Lord
Today the Virgin is on her way to the cave where she will give birth to the Eternal Word of God in an ineffable manner. Rejoice, therefore, O universe when you hear this news, and glorify with the angels and the shepherds, Him who shall appear as a Child being God from all eternity

Tone 2 Tone 3

Prokiemenon

Dn. 3:26,27

Blessed are You, O Lord, God of our fathers, and Your name is worthy of praise and glorious forever. Stichon For You are just in all You have done to us, and all Your works are true and Your ways right.

Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews 11:9-10; 32-40
BRETHREN, by faith, Abraham lived in the Land of the Promise as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the co-heirs of the same promise, for he was looking for the city with fixed foundations, of which city the architect and builder is God. And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barac, Samson, Jephthe, David and Samuel and the prophets, who by faith conquered kingdoms, wrought justice, obtained the fulfillment of promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of sword, recovered strength from weakness, became valiant in battle, routed foreign armies. Women had their dead restored to them though resurrection. Others were tortured, refusing to yield for their release in order to obtain a better resurrection. Others again suffered mockery and blows, even chains and jailings. They were stoned, cut to pieces, put to the question, killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, distressed, afflicted (of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts, mountains, caves and holes in the ground. And none of these, despite the positive witnessing of faith, received what was promised, for God has something better in store for us, so that they were not to reach their final perfection without us.

Alleluia (Tone 4) Ps. 43:2, 33: 18


O God, our ears have heard, our fathers have declared to us the deeds You did in their days, in the days of old. Stichon: The just cried out, and the Lord heard them, and He delivered them from all their trials.

The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew

1: 1-25

The book of the origin of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, Jacob begot Judah and his brethren. Judah begot Perez and Zarah whose mother was Thamar. Perez begot Hezron, Hezron begot Ram. And Ram begot Amminadab, Amminadab begot Nahshon, Nahshon begot Salma. Salma begot Boaz of Rahab. Boaz begot Obed of Ruth, Obed begot Jesse, Jesse begot David the King. And David the King begot Solomon of the former wife of Uriah. Soloman begot Rehoboam, Rehoboam begot Abijah, Abijah begot Asa. And Asa begot Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat begot Joram, Joram begot Azariah. And Azariah begot Jotham, Jotham begot Ahaz, Ahaz begot Ezechiah. And Ezehchiah begot Manasseh, Manasseh begot Amon, Amon begot Josiah. And Josiah begot Jeconiah and his brethren at the time of deportation to Babylon. And after the deportation to Babylon, Jeconiah begot Shealtiel, Shealtiel begot Zerubbabel. And Zerubbabel begot Abiud, Abiud begot Eliakim, Eliakim begot Azor. And Azor begot Zadok, Zadok begot Achim, Achim begot Eliud. And Eliud begot Eleazar, Eleazar begot Matthan, Matthan begot Jacob. And Jacob begot Joseph, the husband of Mary, and of her was born Jesus, Who is called Christ. So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations. And from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations; and from the deportation to Babylon to Christ, fourteen generations. Now the origin of Christ was like this. When Mary His mother had been betrothed to Joseph, she was found, before they came together, to be with child by the Holy Spirit. But Joseph her husband, being a just man and not wishing to expose her to reproach, was thinking of putting her away privately. But while he was considering these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, Do not be afraid, Joseph, son of David, to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is begotten in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she shall bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus; for He shall save His people from their sins. Now all this came to pass that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled, Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son; and they shall call his name Emmanuel; which is interpreted, God with us. So Joseph, arising from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him, and took Mary to be his wife. And he did not know her till she brought forth her firstborn son. And he called His name Jesus.

The Cloud of Witnesses


The examples of faith from some of the betterknown figures in the genealogy of Christ serve as examples for us regarding courage, faithfulness, perseverance and insight regarding the things of God. For discussion on other Old Testament figures mentioned in Hebrews 11. The Epistle lesson concludes: God has provided something better for us that they should not be made perfect apart from us (Hebrews 11:40). The something better is the Body of Christ and access to the mysteries of God at the Lords Table. Just as our forebears in the faith did not take lightly the things of God that were revealed to them, we dare not do so either.

then will they do above? The same can be said of us as we partake in faith of the mysteries of God.

Basil the Great spoke of his early life acquiring wisdom, and his journey to perfection by imitating some of the holy men that he met. These people he met were to him living examples of the saints that Paul referred to. I had spent much time in vanity, and had wasted nearly all my youth in the vain labor of acquiring the wisdom made foolish by God. Then like a man roused from deep sleep, I turned my eyes to the marvelous light of the truth of the Gospel, and I perceived the uselessness of the wisdom of the princes of this world, that comes to nothing (1 Corinthians 2:6). I wept many tears over my miserable life and I prayed that guidance might be granted me to John Chrysostom wrote, Consider the virtue of admit me to the doctrines of the true Faith. First of all I the saints: if here in this life they do as angels do (in was minded to make some mending of my ways, long partaking and acting upon the mysteries of God), what perverted as they were by my intimacy with wicked men.

Then I read the Gospel, and I saw there that a great means of reaching perfection was the selling of ones goods, the sharing them with the poor, the giving up of all care for this life, and the refusal to allow the soul to be turned by any sympathy to things of earth. And I prayed that I might find someone of the brethren who had chosen this way of life, that with him I might cross lifes troubled strait. And many did I find in Alexandria, and in the rest of Egypt, others in Palestine, and in Syria, and in Mesopotamia. I admired their continence in living, and their endurance in toil; I was amazed at their persistency in prayer, and at their triumphing over sleep. Subdued by no natural necessity, ever keeping their souls purpose high and free, in hunger, in thirst, in cold, in nakedness (2 Corinthians 11:27), they never yielded to the body. They were never willing to waste attention on it; always, as though living in a flesh that was not theirs, they showed in deed what it is to sojourn for a while in this life (Hebrews 11:13), and what it is to have ones citizenship and home in heaven (Philippians 3:20). All this moved my admiration. I called these mens lives blessed, in that they showed in deed that they bear about in their body the dying of Jesus (2 Corinthians 4:10). And I prayed that I, too, as far as in me lay, might imitate them. Basil also spoke of how the Church has guarded the dignity of the mysteries (dogma), while proclaiming the Gospel (kerugma). We pray standing and facing East toward Paradise on the first day of the week, as we look for the Resurrection. The first day of the week is the 8th day, which is the same as the 1st day before the Fall. Pentecost also speaks toward this. The Apostles and Fathers, who laid down laws for the Church from the beginning, guarded the awesome dignity of the mysteries in secrecy and silence; for what is clamored randomly among the common folk is no mystery at all. This is the reason for our tradition of unwritten precepts and practices, that the knowledge of our teachings may not become neglected and despised by the multitude through familiarity. Dogma and Kerugma are two distinct things; dogma is observed in silence; kerugma is proclaimed to the entire world. One form of this silence is the obscurity employed in Scripture, which makes the meaning of dogmas difficult to be understood for the advantage of the reader. Thus we all look to the East at our prayers, but few of us know that we are seeking our own old country (Hebrews 11:14), Paradise, which God planted Eastward in Eden (Genesis 2:8). We pray standing, on the first day of the week, but we do not all know the reason. On the day of the resurrection, we remind ourselves of the grace given to us by standing at prayer. This is not only

because we rose with Christ, and are bound to seek those things which are above (Colossians 3:1), but because the day seems to us to be in some sense an image of the age which we expect. Therefore, though it is the beginning of days, it is not called by Moses the first day, but one day (Genesis 1:5). For he says, There was evening, and there was morning, one day, as though the same day often recurred. Now one and eighth are the same, the state which follows after this present time, the day which knows no evening, and no successor, that age which doesnt end or grow old. Of necessity, the Church teaches her own foster children to offer their prayers on that day standing, that through continual reminder of the endless life we may not neglect to make provision for our departure there. Moreover the whole of Pentecost is a reminder of the resurrection expected in the age to come. That one and first day, seven multiplied by seven, completes the seven weeks of the holy Pentecost. Beginning at the first, Pentecost ends with the same, making fifty revolutions through the intervening days. And so it is a likeness of eternity, beginning as it does and ending, as in a circling course, at the same point. On this day the rules of the Church have educated us to prefer the upright attitude of prayer, for by their plain reminder they make our mind to dwell no longer in the present but in the future. Moreover every time we fall upon our knees and rise up, we show by deed that by our sin we fell down to earth, and by the loving kindness of our Creator, we were called back to heaven.

Does God Speak Through Our Dreams?


EVERYONE DREAMS, we are told, but not everyone remembers all their dreams. Some dreams have been described as powerful experiences, portraying a numinous presence with clarity, intensity and vividness. Since dreams are so much a part of everyones life, they have been the objects of study for millennia, from Babylonian astrologers to contemporary psychologists. Many people today recount dreams of their departed relatives, angels and saints. Is belief in dreams compatible with the Christian faith?

(Mt 2:19-20) and settles in Nazareth after another (Mt 2:22-23). In Acts we are told that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost will result in dreams and vision as the prophet Joel foretold (Joel 2:28-29). Dreams by or of the saints have been reported from earliest days of the Church until today. In the second century The Martyrdom of Ignatius testified that St Ignatius of Antioch subsequently appeared to some eyewitnesses of his death. It came to pass, on our falling into a brief slumber, that some of us saw the blessed Ignatius suddenly standing by us and embracing us, while others beheld him again praying for us In the fourth century St Monica, mother of the Blessed Augustine, was grieving over her sons immoral lifestyle. She then had the following dream: she saw herself praising God in heaven and her son worshiping with her. Her son was ultimately converted and is now, along with his mother, glorified among the saints. The Sources of Dreams

Dreams arise from a variety of causes and have been classified by many Christian writers as follows. Dreams of purely human origins What we have on our minds, good or bad, might surface as a dream. Some dreams, as contemporary psychiatrist Karen Horney writes in her book Self-Analysis, may be the Religious interpretation of dreams has figured in all voice of our aspirations. Others, as St Gregory of Middle Eastern religions including Christianity. It has Sinai attested in the tenth century, are the result of been said that approximately one-third of the Bible is too much food! devoted to dreams, visions, prophetic calls and angelic Dreams of supernatural origin Not every spiritual visitations. The patriarch Jacob, for example, dreamed dream is godly. The Scriptures record incidents of of a ladder reaching to heaven and sanctified that place false prophets basing their ideas on dreams and on as Bethel, the house of God (Gen 28:11-19). It was in a Gods response. Do I not fill heaven and earth? night vision that Jacob heard Gods call to take his says the Lord. I have heard what those prophets people into Egypt (Gen 46:1-4). It was by interpreting have said who prophesy lies in my name saying, I their kings dreams that Joseph rose to prominence in have dreamed, I have dreamed (Jer 23:24-25). Egypt and Daniel in Babylon. Such dreams may urge a person to commit ungodly acts or embrace a false belief, to see ourselves as The Gospel of Matthew tells of four dreams singled out for unique blessings or cause us to experienced by Joseph, the spouse of the Theotokos. In despair. the first dream he learns of the conception of Jesus (Mt 1:20-21); in another he is told to flee Herods wrath and Other dreams have a godly origin and purpose as the go to Egypt (Mt 2:13). Joseph brings his family back from Egypt after Herods death as the result of a dream lives of some saints attest. In nineteenth century Italy a

nine-year old John Bosco dreamed of Christ and His mother showing him a crowd of animals: goats, dogs, cats, bears and a variety of others. This is your field, this is where you must work, the Lady told me. Make yourself humble, steadfast, and strong. And what you will see happen to these animals you will have to do for my children. I looked again; the wild animals had turned into as many lambs, gently gamboling lambs, bleating a welcome for that Man and Lady. At this point of my dream I started to cry and begged the Lady to explain what it all meant because I was so confused. She then placed her hand on my head and said: In due time everything will be clear to you. After she had spoken these words, some noise awoke me; everything had vanished. The boy would devote his life to working with street children, establishing schools and forming teachers to staff them. So Should I Believe in My Dreams? While it is clear that God can and does speak to people in dreams, none of us should presume that we are equipped to discern or judge whether a dream is of God or not. Saints and elders throughout the ages counsel us to be wary of judging that a dream is the voice of God. He who believes in dreams is completely inexperienced, says St. John Climacus, but he who distrusts all dreams is a wise man The Ladder, step 3. If we are convinced we have had a godly dream, advise Saints Barsanuphius and John, Strive to receive an interpretation of its significance from the Saints, and do not believe your own idea. The Saints here include those Fathers and elders throughout the centuries who have taught the Church about the ways God communicates with us. It also includes those whom we can consult personally for advice on how to consider our dreams. We should respond to powerful dreams the same way we deal with other areas of our spiritual life: by consulting with our spiritual guide. Someone who knows the Tradition and who knows us equally well can often discern whether our dreams are of God, of our own devising, or of demonic powers. This guide can be wrong and misjudge a godly dream; but if the dream reflects Gods will for us, God surely will find another way to make His will clear to us.

St. Nicholas and the Emperor Another dream celebrated in our Tradition concerns St. Nicholas. When three officers had been unjustly accused to the emperor and condemned to death, Nicholas appeared for the defense in dreams, securing their release. When you appeared in a dream to Constantine the King and to Evlavios, you gave them this warning: Release at once from prison those you have unjustly confined; for they are innocent no murder did they commit as you claim. O King, listen to me; or else I shall call upon the Lord! Vespers sticheron, December 6

Sunday before the Nativity of Christ

Among Todays Saints

The Holy Martyr Sebastian was born in the city of Narbonum in Gaul (modern France), and he received his education at Mediolanum (now Milan). Under the coreigning emperors Diocletian and Maximian (284-305) he occupied the position of head of the imperial guards. St Sebastian was respected for his authority, and was loved by the soldiers and those at court. He was a brave man filled with wisdom, his word was honest, his judgment just, insightful in advice, faithful in his service and in everything entrusted to him. He was a secret Christian, not Mark said, "Let them tear the flesh from our bodies with out of fear, but so that he could provide help to the cruel torments. They can kill the body, but they cannot conquer the soul which contends for the Faith." Nicostratus brethren in a time of persecution. and his wife asked for Baptism, and St Sebastian advised The noble Christian brothers Marcellinus and Mark had Nicostratus to serve Christ rather than the Eparch. He also been locked up in prison, and at first they firmly confessed told him to assemble the prisoners so that those who the true Faith. But under the influence of the tearful believed in Christ could be baptized. Nicostratus then entreaties of their pagan parents (Tranquillinus and requested his clerk Claudius to send all the prisoners to his Marcia), and also their own wives and children, they began house. Sebastian spoke to them of Christ, and became to waver in their intent to suffer for Christ. St Sebastian convinced that they were all inclined to be baptized. He went to the imperial treasurer, at whose house Marcellinus summoned the priest Polycarp, who prepared them for the and Mark were held in confinement, and addressed the Mystery, instructing them to fast in preparation for brothers who were on the verge of yielding to the entreaties Baptism that evening. of their family. Then Claudius informed Nicostratus that the Roman "O valiant warriors of Christ! Do not cast away your eparch Arestius Chromatus wanted to know why the everlasting crowns of victory because of the tears of your prisoners were gathered at his house. Nicostratus told relatives. Do not remove your feet from the necks of your Claudius about the healing of his wife, and Claudius enemies who lie prostrate before you, lest they regain their brought his own sick sons, Symphorian and Felix to St strength and attack you more fiercely than before. Raise Sebastian. In the evening the priest Polycarp baptized your banner high over every earthly attachment. If those Tranquillinus with his relatives and friends, and whom you see weeping knew that there is another life Nicostratus and all his family, Claudius and his sons, and where there is neither sickness nor death, where there is also sixteen condemned prisoners. The newly-baptized unceasing gladness and everything is beautiful, then numbered 64 in all. assuredly they would wish to enter it with you. Anyone who fears to exchange this brief earthly life for the Appearing before the eparch Chromatus, Nicostratus told unending joys of the heavenly Kingdom is foolish indeed. him how St Sebastian had converted them to Christianity For he who rejects eternity wastes the brief time of his and healed many from sickness. The words of Nicostratus existence, and will be delivered to everlasting torment in persuaded the eparch. He summoned St Sebastian and the presbyter Polycarp, and was enlightened by them, and Hades." became a believer in Christ. Nicostratus and Chromatus, Then St Sebastian said that if necessary, he would be his son Tiburtius and all his household accepted holy willing to endure torment and death in order to show them Baptism. The number of the newly-enlightened increased to 1400. Upon becoming a Christian, Chromatus resigned how to give their lives for Christ. his office of eparch. So St Sebastian persuaded the brothers to go through with their act of martyrdom, and his speech stirred everyone During this time the Bishop of Rome was St Gaius (August present. They saw how his face shone like that of an angel, 11). He blessed Chromatus to go to his estates in southern and they saw how seven angels clothed him in a radiant Italy with the priest Polycarp. Christians unable to endure garment, and heard a fair Youth say, "You shall be with martyrdom also went with them. Father Polycarp went to strengthen the newly-converted in the Faith. Me always."

Zoe, the wife of the jailer Nicostratus, had lost her ability to speak six years previously, and she fell down at the feet of St Sebastian, by her gestures imploring him to heal her. The saint made the Sign of the Cross over the woman, and she immediately began to speak and she glorified the Lord Jesus Christ. She said that she had seen an angel holding an open book in which everything St Sebastian said was written. Then all who saw the miracle also came to believe in the Savior of the world. Nicostratus removed the chains from Marcellinus and Mark and offered to hide them, but the brothers refused.

Tiburtius, the son of Chromatus, desired to accept martyrdom and he remained in Rome with St Sebastian. Of those remaining, St Gaius ordained Tranquillinus as a presbyter, and his sons Marcellinus and Mark were ordained deacons. Nicostratus, his wife Zoe and brother Castorius, and Claudius, his son Symphorian and brother Victorinus also remained in Rome. They gathered for divine services at the court of the emperor together with a secret Christian named Castulus, but soon the time came for them to suffer for the Faith. The pagans arrested St Zoe first, praying at the grave of the Apostle Peter. At the trial she bravely confessed her faith in Christ. She died, hung by her hair over the foul smoke from a great fire of dung. Her body then was thrown into the River Tiber. Appearing in a vision to St Sebastian, she told him about her death.

Tiburtius to walk barefoot on red-hot coals, but the Lord preserved him. Tiburtius walked through the burning coals without feeling the heat. The torturers then beheaded St Tiburtius, and his body was buried by unknown Christians. Torquatus also betrayed the holy Deacons Marcellinus and Mark, and St Castulus (March 26). After torture, they threw Castulus into a pit and buried him alive, but Marcellinus and Mark had their feet nailed to the same tree stump. They stood all night in prayer, and in the morning they were stabbed with spears. St Sebastian was the last one to be tortured. The emperor Diocletian personally interrogated him, and seeing the determination of the holy martyr, he ordered him taken out of the city, tied to a tree and shot with arrows. Irene, the wife of St Castulus, went at night in order to bury St Sebastian, but found him alive and took him to her home.

The priest Tranquillinus was the next to suffer: pagans pelted him with stones at the grave of the holy Apostle St Sebastian soon recovered from his wounds. Christians urged him to leave Rome, but he refused. Coming near a Peter, and his body was also thrown into the Tiber. pagan temple, the saint saw the emperors approaching and Sts Nicostratus, Castorius, Claudius, Victorinus ,and he publicly denounced them for their impiety. Diocletian Symphorian were seized at the riverbank, when they were ordered the holy martyr to be taken to the Circus Maximus searching for the bodies of the martyrs. They were led to the to be executed. They clubbed St Sebastian to death, and cast eparch, and the saints refused his command to offer his body into the sewer. The holy martyr appeared to a sacrifice to idols. They tied stones to the necks of the pious woman named Lucina in a vision, and told her to take his body and bury it in the catacombs. This she did with the martyrs and then drowned them in the sea. help of her slaves. Today his basilica stands on the site of The false Christian Torquatus betrayed St Tiburtius. When his tomb. the saint refused to sacrifice to the idols, the judge ordered

Devotions and Readings for this week


Mon 12/19 Tues 12/20 Weds 12/21 Thurs 12/22 Fri 12/23 Sat 12/24 Martyr Boniface 2 Tim 2:20-26 Mk 9:41-10:1

Hieromartyr Ignatius of Antioch Juliana of Nicomedia Great Martyr Anastasia Paramony of the Nativity 10 Martyrs of Crete Saturday before the Nativity

2 Tim 3:16-4:4 2 Tim 4:9-22 Titus 1:5-14 Heb 1:1-12 Titus 1:15-2:10 Gal 2:8-12

Mk 10:2-12 Mk 10:11-16 Mk 10:17-27 Lk 2:1-20 Mk 10:23-32 Lk 13:19-29

Saint Nicholas Celebration 2011

Prayer Requests

Rev. Father Philip Azoon Rev. Deacon John Karam Rev. Seraphim Michalenko Rev. Basil Samra Rev. Peter Boutros Rev. Deacon Bryan McNiel Rev. Deacon Irenaeus Dionne Rev. Father David White

Parish Calendar
December 18 Decorating the Church after Liturgy 24 Royal Hours 9:00 AM, Vespers for the Feast of the Nativity 4PM 25 Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Nativity 10:00AM January 1 Feast of Saint JosephParish Potluck following Diving Liturgy
Sacrificial Giving 12/11/2011 Candles Weekly Flowers $ 8.79 $ 355.00 $ 70.00

Marie Abda Marie Abda Marie Barron Joseph Barron Mary Sue Betress Chris Carey Nikki Boudreaux Dr. Frances Colie John Colie Ann Coury

Margaret Dillenburg Mark Dillman Karen Kane Niko Mayashairo Mary McNeilly Marie Patchoski Joanna Simon William Simon Dr. Thomas Zaydon

All those Serving in our Armed Forces The Christian Community in the Middle East

The Weekly Quiz


Who prophecied Jesus coming as "a rod out of the stem of Jesse?" Ezekiah David Isaiah Jeremiah
Last Weeks Answer Q. The Lord showed Jeremiah two baskets full of what fruit? A. Good and bad figs