2017-2018 Ministries Calendar

Sunday School 2017-2018 Calendar of Events
September 10th: SS begins: Picture Sunday
November 26th: NO SS: Thanksgiving Break
December 17th: All SS Christmas Program-SS hosts coffee hour
December 24th: NO SS: Christmas Eve!
December 31: NO SS: New Years Eve!
January 7th: SS resumes
February 25th: Sunday of Orthodoxy-Icon Procession
March 25th: NO SS: Spring Break
April 1: NO SS-Palm Sunday
Friday April 6th: Good Friday Retreat
April 8th: NO SS-Pascha!
April 15th: SS resumes
May 20th: Graduation Sunday
June 4-7: Summer Camp

2017-2018 Missions Calendar of Events
September 17th: School Kits for IOCC
October 15: Hesed House Needs Collection: Medications and supply list
November 26: Ornament & Christmas Card Sale for St. Athanasios families in need
December 3 & 10: Walmart Gift Card Collection: Ornament & Christmas card sale
January 7th: Vasilopita Throwdown for St Basil’s Academy
February 4th: Souper Bowl Sunday food drive for Hesed House
March 18th: Health Kits for IOCC
April 15/22/29: OCMC Coin Box Distribution & Collections
May 5: Musicians for Missions Event ~ NEW music ministry!

Adult Lenten Retreat ~ Saturday February 17th 11am-1:30pm
Becoming Warriors of Christ in Spiritual Warfare ~ Learn how to allow Jesus Christ, the Commander, who is near to you, to fight for you in your Lenten struggle…”The Lord shall fight for you and you shall hold your peace” Exodus 14:14. Recommended reading: Unseen Warfare as edited by Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain and revised by Theophan the Recluse

Special Community Events ~ Held in St. Matthew Hall
St. Nicholas Feast day Brunch. Sunday, December 3, 2017
St. Athanasios Feast day Luncheon. Sunday, January 21, 2018
Musicians for Missions Evening Spectacular. Saturday, May 5, 2018

Friday Night Seminars 2017-2018 Calendar of Events 6-7:30pm
September: Raising Them Right-Saint Theophan’s Advice on Raising Children
8 Developing a Christian Child
15 Forming Attitudes and the Pivotal Years of Youth
22 The Young Person and Preserving God’s Grace
29 What is Prayer? The Art of Prayer: An Orthodox Anthology

October: The Art of Prayer: An Orthodox Anthology
13 The Jesus Prayer
27 The Fruits of Prayer

November: The Art of Prayer: An Orthodox Anthology
10 The Kingdom of the Heart
17 War With Passions

January: Kindling the Divine Spark: Teachings on how to Preserve Spiritual Zeal
12 Developing the Inner Cross
19 Using the Church as a tool
26 The Wings of Prayer

February: Kindling the Divine Spark: Teachings on how to Preserve Spiritual Zeal
9 The Model of Great Martyr Catherine

Sunday Seminars on Contemporary Issues 2017-2018: Presented in church from 11:15-noon
September 24: The eradication of Christianity in the Schools and the insidious introduction of new religions & thought (the occult, Harry Potter, etc.)
October 15: Gender/Sexual confusion/Same Sex Marriage. An Orthodox perspective.
November 12: Is Christianity dying? Muslim & other influences in America
December 10: Merry Christmas! The true meaning of Christmas
January 14: Politics and Religion. Do they work together?
February 4: Decentralization of the Church Community
March 11: Unnatural sustenance and production of Life: Life support and Medical interventions discussed
April 22: Drug addiction, Alcoholism, and Mental Illness. Causes & treatment
May 6: Attacks on Marriage

Jr JOY, JOY, GOYA 2017-2018 Calendar of Events
Sunday, October 8th Subs and Sports Zone go-carting 11:30-4
Sunday, October 29th Fall Festival 11:30-1:30 Hot Dog lunch, smores, apple cider, Knockerball & Giant soccer ball scrimmages, games and prizes
Saturday, November 18th (time TBA) Roller Hockey & Bowling Party at Funway
Friday, December 1st 6-8pm Geneva Christmas Walk
Sunday, January 28 11:30-12:30 Fleece blanket making for Hesed House
Sunday, February 11 Pizza and Sky Zone 11:30-1:30
May (end of year event) TBA

Greek School 2017-2018 Calendar 6-7:30pm
Note: class days marked with * meet until 8pm for a Saints of Greece & Geography Lesson
September:
8, 15, 22,29*
October:
6 (no class-columbus holiday weekend)
13, 20, 27*
Saturday, Oct. 28th field trip to Hellenic museum and Greektown for lunch
November:
3 (no class- Aurora Greek fest)
10, 17*
24 (no class-thanksgiving)
December:
1 (no class-youth Christmas event)
8, 15*
22 & 29 (no classes-Christmas break)
January:
5 (no class-Epiphany Eve service)
12, 19, 26*
February:
2, 9, 16, 23*
March:
2, 9, 16, 23*
30 (no class-spring break)
April:
6 (no class-Good Friday)
13 (no class-Bright Week)
20, 27*
May:
4, 11-Last day Party!

Orthodoxy 101: Classes for those Converting to Orthodoxy ~ Meets the 1st Thursday of the month Oct-March 7-8:30pm. Note: Dec 6th is the only Wednesday evening class. Required texts (available in the bookstore): The Creed and The Orthodox Church: 455 Questions and Answers by Stanley S. Harakas
Oct 5, Nov 2, Dec 6 (Wed), Jan 4, Feb 1, Mar 1

Wednesday Evening Akathist Services ~ Meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7pm
Sept 13: Akathist to the Virgin Mary ~ A Prayer for Children
Oct 11: Akathist to St. Luke the Surgeon ~ The Compassionate Healer
Nov 8: Paraklesis to St. Arsenios the Cappadocian ~ Our miracle-working Father
Dec 13: Akathist to the Guardian Angel ~ Who keeps unceasing watch over our Life
Jan 10: Akathist to the Most Holy Mother of God ~ Softener of Evil Hearts
Feb 14: Akathist to Saints Peter and Fevronia ~ Protectors of Marriage
May 9: Akathist to St. John the Wonderworker of San Francisco

Sunday School Registration Begins August 6th
First Day of Sunday School is September 10th!
4yr old Pre-K through High School
Please register your students now for the upcoming Ecclesiastical School Year.
Book & materials fee per student: $25. Email your registration to the church office at:: saintathanasiosoffice@gmail.com Please include your student’s:

First and Last Name; Home address; Birthdate (month, day, & year);
Grade; Parent’s names; Parent’s email address & phone number(s).
Credit Card payments can be made by calling the church office at 630-851-6106 or
you can drop off your cash or check payment on Sundays after Liturgy at the registration table.
We look forward to another beautiful year of growing in the Orthodox Faith!

Please register your students now for the upcoming Greek School Year.
Tuition fee per student: 1 child-$325; 2 children-$625;
3 children-$900; 4 children-$1000.
Email your registration to the church office at: <href=”mailto:saintathanasiosoffice@gmail.com”>saintathanasiosoffice@gmail.com
Please include your student’s:
First and Last Name; Home address; Birthdate (month, day, & year);
Grade; Parent’s names; Parent’s email address & phone number(s).
Credit Card payments can be made by calling the church office at 630-851-6106 or you can drop off your cash or check payment on Sundays after Liturgy at the registration table.