Welcome to the Orthodox Church of St. Stephen the Protomartyr!

All Saints Day


 This Sunday is the Sunday of All Saints. After celebrating the Holy Spirit for a week, we remember the saints who were filled with the Holy Spirit.   We begin the Apostles Fast on Monday, and this fast will last until the feast of St. Peter and Paul on June 29. During the weekdays of the fast, Fr. Daniel will lead us in a time of prayer and reflection on the holy fathers at 7:15am.


Other news: 

  • David Serpa and Irina O'brien will be joined in Holy Matrimony on Sunday, June 29 at 11:30am.
  • Vacation Church School will be from June 23 to 27 from 9-noon. Nursery is available for little children. 
  • Ephraim Project is sorting clothes at Downtown Baptist every Weds. 9:30-11:30 a.m. We provide clothes to the homeless every other Thursday, Please see Anne v. d. B. if you are able to help.

 

VBS: Behold the Light

BEHOLD THE LIGHT!

June 23-27th

Our summer VBS program will focus on the four Feasts of the Life & Ministry of Christ:

Nativity of the Lord (December 25)
Meeting of our Lord in the Temple (February 2)
Baptism of the Lord (January 6)
Transfiguration of the Lord (August 6)



We will explore these feasts through crafts, music, lessons, worship, activities, snacks, and games.

Last year we received lot of positive feed back on our program from both students and parents. 

The program is free and will be held each morning from 9am-Noon, and is open to children ages 4-11 (K-5th grades). For more information and to register, contact Mat. Marcy at 407-488-0768.

 

 

Prison Ministry, Sunday School, and Seminarian

Christ is risen!

Indeed he is risen!

Here are a few announcements I wanted to highlight this week:


This Sunday Roger Hunt will be with us to discuss the St. Seraphim's Fellowship, an Orthodox ministry to prisoners here in Florida. Roger will present during the Sunday School hour and we will receive an offering for the ministry after the Divine Liturgy.

This Summer we plan to study the Gospel of Mark together in Sunday School. We plan to spend the better part of the Summer going deeper into this foundational writing of holy Scripture. It will be a great opportunity for learning and spiritual growth, so don't plan too many vacations this Summer! You will not want to miss it.

Our seminarian, Joshua, is graduating from St. Vladimir's Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree this month. He is staying one more year to complete a Masters of Theology focusing on apologetics.

Fr. Arkady will be here tomorrow for the Slavonic liturgy at 10am.

From Fr. Daniel's Weekly Email 

 

 

In the Middle of the Feast


Jesus teaches in the temple as many learned men listen

Now about the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and taught. John 7:14-30

This week we celebrate the Feast of Mid-Pentecost which provides a link between Pascha (Easter) which is our Passover and Pentecost which for us Christians marks the coming of the Holy Spirit.  The Icon of the Feast is young Jesus teaching at the temple and the Gospel talks about the wisdom of Christ. Another related theme is water and some churches bless water for this feast.   St. Theophan draws the connection when he says about the feast " Whatever you thirst for - so long as it is not contrary to the spirit of the Lord - you will find relief in Him. If you thirst for knowledge, run to the Lord, for He is the one and only light, enlightening every man." More from Theophan here or about the feast here.  

We will be celebrating with Hours at 9:10am followed by a Divine Liturgy at 9:30am on May 14th.

 

 Also, this week the Ladies will be meeting on Thursday at Bahama Breese at 5:30 pm for a social.  Email Mat. Marcy if you would like to come. 

This week we will be having our Slavonic Liturgy at 10 am on Saturday May 17th. 

Don't forget every week on Thursday St. Stephen participates in providing clothes along with 1st Baptist at 9:30am. 

 

Troparion of the Feast

In the middle of the Feast, O Savior, fill my thirsting soul with the waters of godliness, as You did cry to all: If anyone thirst let him come to me and drink! O Christ God, fountain of our life, glory to You!

 

Riding the Rails and Much to do!

On May 8th we remember the life of St. John the Apostle and Evangelist.  

News this week. Tomorrow, we will be riding the rail as and visiting Bospherious restaurant. 

Women of St. Stephen's will be going out to dinner Thursday May 15th to Bahama Breeze in Altamonte  plan to meet there at 5:30 in time for happy hour when lots of their delicious appetizers are half off! Contact Mat. Mary if you want to go. 

 

Mark your Calendars -  Vacation Church School is coming!

Vacation Church School will be held from June 23rd to June 27th.



 

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1895 Lake Emma Road
Longwood, Florida 32750
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