Bulletin

Holy Trinity Orthodox Church:
What’s Happening July 2020

"Let us not give up the habit of meeting together... Instead, let us encourage each other all the more,"
the earliest Christians said (Hebrews 10:25). So join us for worship and fellowship. To find us, click here: Find HTOC.
For a printer-friendly PDF version of our monthly newsletter, click here: HTOC Newsletter.

Update: Church Reopenings

As part of our diocese's methodical process to assess the possibility of reopening churches on a parish by parish basis, ours has submitted the information requested. The final decision lies with no one other than our bishop, whose word, guidelines, and clergy assignment we await. We all want to be back in church, but given the utter seriousness of this lethal virus with no vaccine or cure yet, it must be done as safely as possible, given the risk to health and life. Thank you for your continued patience, prayers, and support amid these unprecedented circumstances! We'll keep you posted...

Calendar

Sunday, July 5
Fourth Sunday After Pentecost
Worship and fellowship temporarily postponed
at our bishop's direction as a precaution against
coronavirus (COVID-19).

Sunday, July 12
Fifth Sunday After Pentecost
Worship and fellowship temporarily postponed
at our bishop's direction as a precaution against
coronavirus (COVID-19).

Sunday, July 19
Sixth Sunday After Pentecost
Worship and fellowship temporarily postponed
at our bishop's direction as a precaution against
coronavirus (COVID-19).

Sunday, July 26
Seventh Sunday After Pentecost
Worship and fellowship temporarily postponed
at our bishop's direction as a precaution against
coronavirus (COVID-19).

News

Go to Church Online: While we hunker down due to coronavirus precautions, church can come to us via the Internet. Watch worship services streaming live online from our diocese's cathedral by clicking this link: Live From Christ the Saviour Cathedral. Sunday Liturgy broadcasts at 9 a.m. Also broadcasting worship services online (both live and video) are the nuns at the Monastery of the Transfiguration in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania. To join them via YouTube in their lovely little chapel, click this link: Ellwood City Chapel on YouTube. For their worship schedule, click this link: Monastery of the Transfiguration Calendar.

In Case of Emergency: If an emergency puts you in immediate need of clergy on call while we are between permanent presbyters, please call our neighboring presbyter, Father John Lazarek, at 412 310 0608. Also, if you, a loved one, or a fellow parishioner are hospitalized, please let your church and available clergy know. HIPAA federal medical privacy laws do not allow hospitals to notify churches or clergy that parishioners are there.

Milestones

"Rejoice with those who rejoice" (Romans 12:15). Best wishes to our brothers and sisters in Christ who are celebrating special milestones this month. Anniversaries: John and Debbie Romanyak (July 17), and Nick and Nancy Kastelan (July 22). Birthdays: George Hreczuck (July 4) and Matushka Nancy Shuster (July 25). God grant you many years!

"Weep with those who weep" (Romans 12:15). Our fellow parishioner and brother in Christ Jim Soulis died on June 7 and was laid to rest on June 13. Eternal memory and blessed rest to him! Our heartfelt condolences go out to his wife Rose, our fellow parishioner and sister in Christ, and all their family and friends.

Food for Thought: Slave, Profiteer, or Friend?

Gregory of Nyssa

Saint Gregory of Nyssa, a fourth-century bishop, left us some rather thought-provoking insights about how we ought to relate to God. He wrote that it's not a matter of trying not to sin because we fear punishment, like slaves cringing before their master. Nor, he wrote, is it a matter of doing good because we expect a reward, like profiteers cashing in on a business deal. Instead, he wrote, it's a matter of being convinced that becoming God's friend is the only thing truly worth our while, and that losing his friendship is the most woeful thing of all. So how do we see our relationship with God — as slaves cowering in fear, profiteers out for a reward, or friends seeking to return in kind the friendship God extends to us? Out of those three options, God wants us to become his friends. Christ Jesus says: "I call you friends... You are my friends if you do what I have told you to do" (John 15:14-15). And what has he told us to do? In a nutshell: Love God, love neighbor, love friend or foe — treat others the same way you want them to treat you. That sort of behavior befriends us with God.

Pray for A New Presbyter!

Pray

God, at the moment, our church is a family of faith in need of a steady father. Thank you for the ministry of our late longtime presbyter, Father Michael Shuster, and for all the visiting presbyters who have been taking care of us since his death. Please help a new permanent presbyter come our way and make his home among us soon, to lead us faithfully and help us grow in spirit and numbers. We trust that you know our needs and will provide what is best for us, in your love for us, for you look after the widowed and the fatherless. Amen.

Keep Up With the Latest at HTOC

A lot is changing from day to day as we ride out these challenging times of coronavirus together. Our church wants to do its best to keep you informed and in touch as promptly as we can. To get the latest news about our worship schedule and church life, along with a dose of inspiration, sign up for our regular and special email updates by clicking this link: HTOC Updates.