Holy Trinity Orthodox Church:
What’s Happening September 2021

"Let us not give up the habit of meeting together... Instead, let us encourage each other all the more,"
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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 pandemic 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.

Lift High the Cross!

This month (September 14) we celebrate the Exaltation of the Cross in honor of the role played by the cross in the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus.

On this day in ancient Jerusalem, the relic of Jesus' own cross was "lifted high" or "lifted up" (hence its name, Exaltation or Elevation) in view of the congregation, so they could venerate it.

The cross stands at the center of our faith as the means by which Jesus, victim of an unjust death, became victor by rising from death — thus freeing us human kin of his from its grip!

As baptized beneficiaries of Jesus' victory, we best honor his cross by heeding his call: "Say no to yourselves, take up your crosses, and follow me" (Mark 8:34). Discipleship involves self-sacrifice: we must move beyond self-centered living to live lovingly for God and neighbor as Jesus did — and bids us to do.

Mark Your Calendar!

Wednesday, September 1
Church New Year

Sunday, September 5 · 9:30 a.m.
Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost
Divine Liturgy

Wednesday, September 8
Birth of the Virgin Mary

Sunday, September 12 · 9:30 a.m.
Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost
Sunday Before Exaltation of the Cross
Sunday Observance of the Birth of the Virgin Mary
Divine Liturgy

Tuesday, September 14
Exaltation of the Cross

Sunday, September 19 · 9:30 a.m.
Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Sunday After Exaltation of the Cross
Sunday Observance of the Exaltation of the Cross
Divine Liturgy

Sunday, September 26 · 9:30 a.m.
Fourteenth 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! Birthdays: Rose Soulis (September 21), John Romanyak (September 24), Paňi Karen Miklos (September 28), and Mary Ann Richards (September 29). God grant you many years!

News and Notes

New Year in September? Yes, Church New Year falls on September 1, a date the Church inherited from the Hebrew culture and Greco-Roman social order in which it was born. The Biblical holy day of Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) usually falls in September in our Western calendar, and end-of-summer harvests triggered a new fiscal year for the ancient Roman Empire’s tax system at the start of the same month. It remains for us followers of Christ Jesus as a turning point for taking stock of our spiritual lives, making a break with the past, and recommitting to working toward the future to which God beckons us: "Stop dwelling on past events and brooding over times gone by. Look, I am about to do something new!" (Isaiah 43:18-19).

Slim Pickings or Bumper Crop?

"Plant few seeds, and you'll get a small crop; plant lots of seeds, and you'll get a big crop." (2 Corinthians 9:6)

Church is like anything else in life: we get out of it what we put into it. When it comes to our life in Christ, do we sow for slim pickings or a bumper crop? Invest in your church's growth in spirit and numbers by dropping your offerings in the collection plate at church or mailing them — as checks payable to "Holy Trinity Church" (no cash, please!) — to our treasurer: Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, c/o Lydia Pinkowski, 7431 Glasgow Rd, Weeki Wachee FL 34613. Thank you!

Generate Light, Not Heat

"Feed the hungry! Help those in trouble! Then your light will shine in the dark, your darkest hour will be like the noonday sun." (Isaiah 58:10)

If our times of global pandemic and social unrest seem unduly dark, let's follow up on God's remedy for that, voiced through his prophet Isaiah: generate light, not heat, by helping others. Please brighten the lives of hungry local children and grown-ups, in partnership with our friends at People Helping People in Hernando County, by regularly stocking our parish charity bin with nonperishable groceries for sharing with those in need. Thank you!

Safe Church Regathering: Parish Pandemic Precautions

Safety first! Reopening our church amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic means we must adjust our familiar churchgoing habits for the safety of one and all. Please join us in following these precautions:

If you are feeling ill, please stay home, follow doctor's orders, and take good care of yourself.

Face masks and hand sanitizer will be available in the entryway of the church in case you forgot yours at home. Please use them!

Please practice social distancing and respect personal space. The seating and choir stands have been rearranged to ensure safer leeway between each other.

Please do not kiss icons, crosses, or the hands of clergy. Until less contagious days return, a simple bow is ample sign of reverence and respect.

Please drop any offerings in the collection plate set in the entryway of the church, so we do not have to pass it hand to hand.

To avoid any possible cross-contamination, there will be no "coffee hour" or other re-freshments served after church until after the pandemic.

Thank you for doing your part to keep our church experience as safe as possible amid these challenging times. It's all part of doing what Christ Jesus told us to do: "Love others as much as you love yourself" (Mark 12:31).