Holy Trinity Orthodox Church:
What’s Happening October 2023

"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.
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Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory forever!

Holy Trinity Orthodox Church is the little church with a big heart and room for all, where Jesus nourishes modern lives through ancient roots! With our priest Father Alexis Woytek on board and common-sense health and safety precautions in place, we continue to gather safely for Sunday Divine Liturgy at 9:30 a.m. and share groceries with hungry neighbors through our friends at People Helping People in Hernando County.

Make Your Time Count!

There are 10,800 minutes in one week. We’re awake for 6,720 of them. Out of those 6,720, church gets around 75 for Sunday Divine Liturgy. Over the other 6,645, media and marketing bombard us with messages and priorities often at odds with Christ Jesus’.

That puts church at quite a disadvantage: 1.1% of our week versus 98.9%!

Metropolitan Nicholas (Smiško), late bishop of our diocese, noted that people nowadays are more likely “catechized by the marketplace and violence” into being crass consumers lacking moral backbone, than into being Christlike by the church.

How much of that 98.9% of the week outside church do we spend working on our relationship with God? Do we pray daily? Read the Bible regularly? Keep fast days as best we can? Do charity for the good of others?

“Be very careful how you live… Use your time well, for these are evil times” (Ephesians 5:15-16).

Mark Your Calendar!

Sunday, October 1 · 9:30 a.m.
Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost
Protection of the Virgin Mary
Divine Liturgy

Sunday, October 8 · 9:30 a.m.
Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Divine Liturgy

Sunday, October 15 · 9:30 a.m.
Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Divine Liturgy

Sunday, October 22 · 9:30 a.m.
Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost
Divine Liturgy

Sunday, October 29 · 9:30 a.m.
Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost
Divine Liturgy


"Rejoice with those who rejoice" (Romans 12:15). Best wishes to our kinfolk in Christ celebrating special milestones this month! Anniversaries: Harold and Diane Orloff (October 22). Birthdays: Stephen Tymoczko (October 5) and Annmarie Andrejkanic (October 20). God grant you many years!

News and Notes

If Not You, Who? Immense human suffering in Ukraine continues as unprovoked Russian warfare against it continues. Please help provided humanitarian aid and relief by donating online to International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) Ukraine Response.

Pitch In!

Church doesn't just happen on its own. It happens when we come together and put our time, talent, and treasure at God's disposal to do his will as followers of Christ Jesus. In a word, that's stewardship. Not sure how to help or how to give? Talk to our parish priest, Father Alexis Woytek, or our parish treasurer, Lydia Pinkowski. Thank you for pitching in to make your church happen!

Reach Out!

The Church doesn't exist for itself. God calls it to reach out and share his love with the world that it lives in. Our parish charity bin is one way we do such outreach, collecting nonperishable food that our friends at People Helping People in Hernando County share with locals in need. Click here for an online grocery list. Thank you for reaching out through your church's charity!

Parish Health and Safety

While the World Health Organization (WHO) says COVID-19 is no longer a global pandemic, cases of coronavirus still crop up now and then, here and there. Please keep alert and take sen¬sible precautions while our church remains open:

If you are feeling ill, please stay home, follow doctor's orders, and take good care of yourself. Let us know if you want us to pray for you. We look forward to seeing you again once you get well!

Please feel comfortable wearing a face mask if your health requires it or you just feel safer doing so.

Please respect personal space and give each other courteous leeway.

Thank you for your consideration, which is really simply part of doing what Christ Jesus told us to do: "Love others as much as you love yourself" (Mark 12:31).