Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

I have a friend who insists that the upcoming weekend is the most wonderful one of the year, as we set our clocks back and snooze for an extra hour. Make sure you do it, and I will see you all at the correct time Sunday morning, well rested, bright eyed and bushy tailed!

1. The coming week: On Saturday, we will have our Old Testament class. We will be looking at instances in the Old Testament where the Incarnation is spoken of, as well as verse relating to the role and the person of the Theotokos. I'll talk about it below, but after this class we will take a hiatus from the Old Testament. That class will be followed at 5:00 pm by Great Vespers.

Sunday morning we will serve Divine Liturgy at 10:00 a.m. Afterwards we will serve a Pannakhida for Nicholas Georgeopoulos. Nick's was the only funeral we ever served out of the Church. I'm not in a hurry to do anymore, by the way.

Next Wednesday evening we will serve a molieben for the sick and the suffering at 6:00 pm.

2. Upcoming adult education classes: Beginning on November 22, Subdeacon Maximus will teach a class regarding Orthodoxy and the Dickens favorite, "A Christmas Carol". I've seen his outline, and I'm very much looking forward to the class. It will run for consecutive Saturdays, starting on November 24.

Following that, after Theophany, we will begin our class on Orthodox spirituality.

3. I have received correspondence from our Diocesan newspaper, The Church Messenger, seeking updates on names and addresses of people who should receive the Messenger. If you are not receiving it, let me know, and I will send the correct information to them so that it will come to you.

I hope to see you all this weekend!

In Christ,

Fr. James