Dates to Remember


2018 Holiday Food Drive
Our Parish will again collect non-perishable food items that will be part of food baskets for those families in need this Christmas Season.  Now through December 2nd, we ask that you please bring your items and leave them in the Narthex of the main Church or in Saint Catherine's Chapel Narthex. Also, if you prefer to make a monetary donation towards perishable items that will be included in the food baskets you may to do so as well (please make your check payable to Assumption Church, indicating it for the Christmas Food Drive).  We ask that you please be part of this effort and contribute what you can.  The SCS high school students will help with the packing.

2018 Loretto Toy Drive
It's that wonderful time of year!! Our neighbor, Loretto Hospital has once again reached out to us for assistance in collecting toys for their Annual Visit with Santa/Toy Drive. Now through through December 2nd we will be collecting toys for Santa to give to children ages 7-9 in the Austin community at the Loretto Hospital visit with Santa! Please wrap donations with a value of $15 and label them for either boy or girl.   Gifts may be left in the Narthex of Saint Catherine's Chapel.  For those that are not familiar with Visit with Santa:  For the last 28 years Loretto Hospital has hosted a Visit with Santa at the Columbus Park Refectory for children of the Austin area to visit with Santa and be given a gift that has been graciously donated by local area organizations. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, December 8th. Our parish as well as other local area businesses has stepped forward to assist by collecting gifts that will be given to these children. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

2018 Philoptochos Society Coat Drive
We are pleased to announce the kickoff of the 3rd Annual ONE WARM COAT drive beginning Sunday, November 4th, running until Sunday, March 3, 2019. Please place your donations of clean, gently used coats, particularly children’s coats, in the designated box located the narthex of St. Catherine’s Chapel.  NEW children' s underwear is also needed as are monetary donations.  Last March, we donated 285 coats, thanks to your generosity.  If you have any questions, please contact Jette Georgopoulos at 708.439.6041.

October

Saturday, October 20th -- Harvest Day.  Gear up for another exciting rendition of Harvest Day, beginning at 5pm. There will be delicious food, engaging crafts for kids, and - of course- the world renowned Trivia game! Suggested donations are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Make your reservation today (by October 17th at the latest) by calling the church office at 773-626-3114, emailing assumptionrsvp@gmail.com, or texting event Chairperson Cece Carlson at 630-292-1835. A flyer for the event is also attached for your convenience.

Sunday, October 21st -- SCS Upstairs, 8:30am Orthros, 10:00am Divine Liturgy

Tuesday, October 23rd -- Feast of St. Iakovos, 8:30am Orthros, 9:30am Divine Liturgy

Friday, October 26th -- Feast of St. Demetrios, 8:30am Orthros, 9:30am Divine Liturgy

Sunday, October 28th -- Inclusion Awareness Sunday.  is a day when our Parish will open its doors to people with special needs of all kinds for the celebration of the Divine Liturgy and the coffee hour fellowship to follow.  Of course, people with special needs are welcomed in our parish and all Orthodox parishes on every day of the year, but this is a ‘special day’ with the goal of raising awareness of how we can be more welcoming and inclusive to people with special needs in our church. 
      On Inclusion Awareness Sunday, we will all celebrate the Divine Liturgy as one Parish family in the main church of Panagia's.  To accommodate the event, Our Sunday Church School children will also be upstairs in the main Church, and children should sit with their families for the Divine Liturgy and stay until the end, as this will be an extension of the SCS classroom.  There will be a designated seating section for families and individuals with special needs to sit, a guide booklet with ways we as Christians can better welcome people with special needs, and a program of speakers at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy. A Coffee Fellowship Hour will be hosted by our Sunday Church School where all will be welcome.  Parish council members and ushers will be stationed at the elevator in the church as well as in the narthex, with additional Parish Council and Philoptochos ladies to assist our guests getting to Plato Hall.  Please note that the chair lift in Plato Hall will also be available to assist people to and from the Church Service and coffee fellowship hour.
      This opportunity is a rich blessing for our Community, and it is hoped that we all come together to have our faith deepened and our hearts and minds opened by our Lord.

November

Thursday, November 1st -- Feast of Sts. Cosmas & Damianos, 8:30am Orthros, 9:30am Divine Liturgy

Saturday, November 3rd -- Community Lunch, 1pm - 4pm in Plato Hall

Wednesday, November 7th -- Synaxis of Archangels, 8:30am Orthros, 9:30am Divine Liturgy

Thursday, November 8th -- Feast of St. Nectarios, 8:30am Orthros, 9:30am Divine Liturgy

Saturday, November 10th -- Youth Night - Bowling

Sunday, November 11th -- SCS Upstairs, 8:30am Orthros, 10:00am Divine Liturgy

Tuesday, November 13th -- Feast of St. John Chrysostom, 8:30am Orthros, 9:30am Divine Liturgy

Wednesday, November 14th -- Feast of St. Philip, 8:30am Orthros, 9:30am Divine Liturgy

Thursday, November 15th -- Christmas Fast Begins

Friday, November 16th -- Feast of St. Matthew, 8:30am Orthros, 9:30am Divine Liturgy

Saturday, November 17th -- Assumption Family Retreat, at the St. Iakovos Retreat Center (920 224th Ave., Kansasville, WI). The theme of our retreat is: "Why Church? Making the Life of Christ Relevant for our Families". All ages are welcome! We will be beginning our day at 9:30am and continuing until 6:30pm. Throughout the day, there will be worship services, age-appropriate sessions, family activities, fellowship, and much more! All meals will be provided. Further, there is no cost to attend this retreat as it is being underwritten by the parish.  A flyer for this event is available here. Please share it with your extended family and friends and through any available social media. If there are any questions, please feel free to contact Fr. Dimitri at frdimitrios@assumptionchicago.org.  If you would like to attend the retreat, there are two options to register:
1) Print and complete the attached registration form and waiver and return them to the clergy or church office. Registration packets will also be available at church this Sunday.
2) Complete the online registration form, available at the following link: http://tinyurl.com/GORetreat. You will still need to fill out a hard copy of the waiver form.

Sunday, November 18th -- Adult Education Program.  Fr. Dimitri continues his monthly religious education lectures for adults after the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy in St. Catherine's Chapel. This year's theme is "Send down your Holy Spirit: The Sacraments of the Orthodox Church". The remaining dates for the lectures are tentatively: December 9th, January 13th, February 17th, March 10th, April 7th and May 5th.

Wednesday, November 21st -- Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple, 8:30am Orthros, 9:30am Divine Liturgy

Saturday, November 24th -- St. Catherine’s Vespers Service and Coffee Fellowship, 7pm - 9pm

Sunday, November 25th -- Feast Day of Saint Catherine, 8:30am Orthros, 10:00am Divine Liturgy

Friday, November 30th -- Feast of St. Andrew, 8:30am Orthros, 9:30am Divine Liturgy

December

Saturday, December 1st -- Community Lunch, 1pm - 4pm in Plato Hall

Tuesday, December 4th -- Feast of St. Barbara, 8:30am Orthros, 9:30am Divine Liturgy

Thursday, December 6th -- Feast of St. Nicholas, 8:30am Orthros, 9:30am Divine Liturgy

Sunday, December 9th -- Conception of the Theotokos, 8:30am Orthros, 10:00am Divine Liturgy

Sunday, December 9th -- Adult Education Program.  Fr. Dimitri continues his monthly religious education lectures for adults after the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy in St. Catherine's Chapel. This year's theme is "Send down your Holy Spirit: The Sacraments of the Orthodox Church". The remaining dates for the lectures are tentatively: January 13th, February 17th, March 10th, April 7th and May 5th.

Wednesday, December 12th -- Feast of St. Spyridon, 8:30am Orthros, 9:30am Divine Liturgy

Saturday, December 15th -- Feast of St. Eleftherios, 8:30am Orthros, 9:30am Divine Liturgy

Saturday, December 15th -- Youth Night - Oak Brook Park District

Sunday, December 16th -- Christmas Pageant

Sunday, December 16th -- Philoptochos Bake Sale

Sunday, December 16th -- SCS Upstairs, 8:30am Orthros, 10:00am Divine Liturgy

Sunday, December 23th -- No SCS

Monday, December 24th -- Christmas Eve, 8:30am Orthos, 9:30am Divine Liturgy.

Monday, December 24th -- Christmas Eve Great Vespers, 5pm - 6pm

Tuesday, December 25th -- Christmas Day, 8:30am Orthros, 9:30am Divine Liturgy

Wednesday, December 26th -- Synaxis of the Theotokos, 8:30am Orthros, 9:30am Divine Liturgy

Thursday, December 27th -- Feast of St. Stephen, 8:30am Orthros, 9:30am Divine Liturgy

Sunday, December 30th -- No SCS

January

Tuesday, January 1st -- Feast of Saint Basil the Great, 8:30am Orthros, 9:30am Divine Liturgy

Sunday, January 6th – SCS Classes Resume; Open Houses This Month

Saturday, January 12th -- Dive For The Cross

Sunday, January 13th -- Adult Education Program.  Fr. Dimitri continues his monthly religious education lectures for adults after the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy in St. Catherine's Chapel. This year's theme is "Send down your Holy Spirit: The Sacraments of the Orthodox Church". The remaining dates for the lectures are tentatively: February 17th, March 10th, April 7th and May 5th.

Saturday, January 19th -- Youth Night - Feed My Starving Children

February

Sunday, February 10th -- SCS Godparents Sunday

Saturday, February 16th -- Youth Night - Oak Brook Park District

Sunday, February 17th -- Adult Education Program.  Fr. Dimitri continues his monthly religious education lectures for adults after the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy in St. Catherine's Chapel. This year's theme is "Send down your Holy Spirit: The Sacraments of the Orthodox Church". The remaining dates for the lectures are tentatively: March 10th, April 7th and May 5th.

March

Sunday, March 10th -- Adult Education Program.  Fr. Dimitri continues his monthly religious education lectures for adults after the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy in St. Catherine's Chapel. This year's theme is "Send down your Holy Spirit: The Sacraments of the Orthodox Church". The remaining dates for the lectures are tentatively: April 7th and May 5th.

Saturday, March 16th -- Lenten Retreat

April

Sunday, April 7th -- Adult Education Program.  Fr. Dimitri continues his monthly religious education lectures for adults after the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy in St. Catherine's Chapel. This year's theme is "Send down your Holy Spirit: The Sacraments of the Orthodox Church". The remaining dates for the lectures are tentatively: May 5th.

Saturday, April 13th -- Youth Night - Oak Brook Park District

May

Sunday, May 5th -- Adult Education Program.  Fr. Dimitri concludes his monthly religious education lectures for adults after the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy in St. Catherine's Chapel. This year's theme is "Send down your Holy Spirit: The Sacraments of the Orthodox Church".

Sunday, May 12th -- Mother's Day Program

Sunday, May 19th -- Graduates' Sunday and Last Day of SCS

Friday, May 24th Thru Sunday May 26th -- Junior Olympics

20K Challenge

Want to support our Church Ministries? Grab an envelope and support our 20K challenge!  Here's how it works. All throughout the summer, envelopes will be posted on the large bulletin board in Plato Hall Simply grab an envelope off of the board and give that amount. Write your name and address on the card provided in the envelope add your donation to the envelope and deposit it in the clear box next to the board. So if you grab envelope #43, give $43. Envelope #156, give $156. Envelope #1, that's 1 more dollar towards our goal. If all envelopes are filled, we will raise over $20,000 for Assumption Church Ministries!  You can also connect to https://form.jotform.com/81452636384158 and make donations.
Q: Can I grab more than one envelope?
A:YES! So if you grab envelope #100 and envelope #50, you would give $150 towards our goal.
Q: What if all of the amounts in my price range are taken? Can I still give?
A: YES! We will take any donations that you are willing and able to give. Later in the fundraiser, we will have envelopes labeled "Other Amount". Simply grab one of those and write the amount you want to give on it.
Each of us can together make a difference for all of us, thank you for your support!

Young Adult League
The Assumption Church is revitalizing their Young Adult ministries. In order to do so, we are asking young adults (ages 18-27 who are out of high school) and families with young adults to contact the church to provide contact information. All we need is a name, phone number, and email address to create a young adult database for our parish. Please email contact info to frdimitrios@assumptionchicago.org. Our hope is to periodically organize social events for the young adults and support the Metropolis of Chicago YAL events and programs.

College Students -- Check Out OCF  (Orthodox Christian Fellowship):
To our young people who are going away to college for the first time, or to those returning to school to continue their studies, Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) is the organization which keeps you connected to your Church and your Orthodox Faith.  OCF has 300 chapters in colleges and universities throughout North America.  So be sure to check out their web site to locate and find out about your chapter --  WWW.OCF.NET.  We also encourage our college young people to share their e-mail addresses with our Church so that we may keep them informed of their “Spiritual Home” while they are away.  And always remember, your Assumption Church’s weekly Divine Liturgy Services are just a click away on your computer each Sunday as we now broadcast live each Sunday.  Just access it by going to our website at:  www.assumptionchicago.org
Also, our parish is starting a database of all college students in the community. If you have a college student in your family or if you are a college student, please send your name, school, area of study, address, and email address to Fr. Dimitri at frdimitrios@assumptionchicago.org.
 

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Assumption Greek Orthodox Church
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Chicago, IL 60644
Phone:  (773) 626-3114
Fax:      (773) 626-3141
Email: office@assumptionchicago.org

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