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Women’s Day Retreat to be Held this Saturday

The abbess of the Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration in Ellwood City, Mother Christophora (Matychak) will lead women in a day retreat devoted to prayer, worship, fellowship, and mutual support from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Worship will bookend the retreat with the Memorial Divine Liturgy for the second Saturday of Lent in the morning (9 a.m.) and Great Vespers in the evening (6 p.m.). Services will take place at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 119 S. Sparks Street, State College, with sessions and meals taking place next door at the Trinity House Ministry Center, 123 S. Sparks Street.

The retreat, entitled “Preparing for Christ,” will examine the life of Princess Ileana of Romania, who became Mother Alexandria and the founder of Transfiguration Monastery. Using the theme of prayer and watchfulness with the biblical book of Nehemiah and Holy Tuesday’s Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids as backdrops, Mother Christophora will offer two sessions of instruction with a group discussion after each one. A third session allowing participants an additional time for questions will conclude the day spent together. 

Mother Christophora will be joined by Mother Seraphima, née Sister Helene (Krenitsky), a Penn State graduate and former president of the Penn State Orthodox Christian Fellowship (Mechanical Engineering, ’05) who joined Transfiguration Monastery in 2009 and was recently tonsured to Little Schema by Archbishop Nathaniel, the monastery’s overseer, on December 31, 2016.

The schedule is as follows:

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  — Memorial Divine Liturgy
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. — Continental Breakfast/Fellowship
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. — Session I
12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. — Lunch
2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. — Session II
3:15pm – 4:00 p.m. — Time for Q&A

The retreat is offered to all area women free of charge and is sponsored by Holy Trinity’s Women’s Ministry. Attendance at the ministry’s Tuesday night bible studies on Nehemiah this Spring will be a benefit to participants, but is not required; and all women are welcome to attend one or all of the sessions and meals. (Registration is required, however, so an appropriate amount of food can be prepared.) Please email women@holytrinity-oca.org or call 814-231-2855 to learn more or to RSVP.

 

Traditional Holy Supper to be Served Christmas Eve

Holy Trinity Parishioners enjoy a final Lenten meal together before the Feast of Christmas.

On Christmas Eve beginning at 4:30 p.m., the parish will sponsor a traditional Holy Supper and everyone is invited.

(The custom of the “holy supper” comes from central Europe and parts of Russia and provided the family a time to gather and share the last meal of the Fast prior to attending the evening liturgical services.)

There are traditionally twelve Lenten foods served (representing the twelve Apostles) such as barley, honey, stewed prunes, pierogi, sauerkraut, potatoes, garlic, Lenten bread, and mushroom soup.

Please consider preserving (or starting) this family tradition by attending and sharing with your parish family a favorite Lenten food.

Sign up in the Parish Hall or online so that we may have an accurate count. Also, please email Mka. Kelly Oleynik if you have any questions and/or would like to assist with this event.

Ministry Groups to Enjoy Fellowship this Weekend

Several of Holy Trinity’s ministry groups will spend this Friday and Saturday engaging in several activities together in preparation for the Feast of the Nativity. On Friday night, teens and preteens in the Orthodox Youth Association will wrap gifts as a service project. Then on Saturday, men will have breakfast; women will decorate the church, exchange cookies, and have lunch; and the Choir and the Sunday School will conduct rehearsals in the afternoon. Scroll down for the complete schedule and for more information.

Women’s Night Out Postponed

Tomorrow’s (Thursday, October 6) Women’s Night Out has been postponed to a later date to avoid conflicts with other events going on in and around State College that evening. We apologize for the inconvenience.

The next scheduled event for the Women’s Ministry is the annual “Women’s Coffee and Tea.” It will take place on Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the home of Matushka Kelly Oleynik (125 Wildernest Ln., in Port Matilda). Ladies of all ages are invited. To RSVP or for more information, please email women@holytrinity-oca.org.

For a full calendar of services and events, visit holytrinity-oca.org/calendar.

Women’s Night Out is this Thursday!

On Thursday, October 6 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., the women of the church will be heading to The Greek, 102 E. Clinton Ave., for their annual “Women’s Night Out.” The Women’s Ministry will need to give the restaurant a head count on Wednesday evening so RSVPs are required. To RSVP, call Susan Pettengill at 231-1252 or email women@holytrinity-oca.org no later than Wednesday afternoon, October 5. Ladies, we will see you at The Greek!

Women’s Book Study Begins This Week

The Women’s Ministry is conducting a book study beginning this Tuesday and continuing on alternating Tuesdays through November 22. This year the group will read Royal Monastic Princess Ilenea: The Story of Mother Alexandra.

The study will be held in the Conference Room at Trinity House from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The first class will examine the book’s first section (through page 33). Books can be picked up today or tomorrow at Trinity House for $12.

For more information, contact women@holytrinity-oca.org.

Holy Trinity Announces Fall Study Groups

Beginning in Fall 2015, adults in Centre County will have additional opportunities to learn more about the Orthodox Christian Faith. To better serve you, Holy Trinity has scheduled a variety of study groups for you to choose from.

For a full calendar of Holy Trinity services and events, click here.

Inquirer’s Class
This bimonthy class led by Fr. John Reeves is intended for anyone who wishes to learn more about the Orthodox Faith.  It begins Sunday, September 20 and meets in the Parish Hall (119 S. Sparks St., lower level) on the first and third Sundays thereafter for six sessions. For more information, please email info@holytrinity-oca.org. Topics covered include the history of salvation, the doctrine of the early Church, Christian worship in the First Century, and spirituality (“What must I do to be saved?”).

Adult Study Group
The Adult Study Group is also led by Fr. John and meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. throughout Fall 2015. The 14-week series begins September 8 and concludes December 8 (there will be no class on Election Day, November 3). The study is open to all adults. For more information, email info@holytrinity-oca.org.

Women’s Book Study
The Women’s Book Study kicks off on Thursday, September 10, at the rectory (562 Lanceshire Ln., in Park Forest) at 10 a.m. The group will study the life of Mother Maria Skobtsova and read Pearl of Great Price by Sergei Hackel. The books can be purchased in the bookstore for $12. Matushka Linda Reeves will lead a discussion on Chapters 1 and 2 at the first meeting. For more information, email women@holytrnity-oca.org.

Orthodox Christian Fellowship Dinner and Discussion
Penn State students are invited to attend the weekly Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) meeting on campus, which features a complimentary dinner and student-led spiritual reflection moderated by its spiritual advisor or chaplain. These informal meals and time for fellowship are open to all Penn State students, faculty, and staff, especially those interested in learning more about the ancient Christian Faith as practiced and believed by the apostles. To learn more, contact us at orthodox@psu.edu. To RSVP for dinner, visit our Facebook event page.

Special Events for the Nativity Season

Be filled with joy as we together as community prepare and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ: 

  • Holy Trinity’s annual St. Nicholas Gift Tree to assist struggling families in our area will be displayed in the Narthex beginning December 1.
  • Celebrate St. Nicholas’ love for Christ with Vespers and Liturgy on December 5 and 6 (with a special surprise for the children).
  • Daily Evening Worship with Confessions begin on December 20 to prepare for the Feast (see calendar for start times).
  • Women will exchange cookies and fellowship over a Lenten meal on December 20 at 11:30 a.m.
  • The Altar Society will decorate Holy Trinity on December 21 at 10 a.m. All are welcome.
  • A traditional Holy Supper for all will precede the Nativity Eve Vigil. The meal begins at 4:30 p.m.
  • The Synaxis Liturgy (December 26 at 10 a.m.) will continue our celebration of Christ’s birth.
  • The Oleyniks (125 Wildernest, Port Matilda) will host an open house on Dec. 29 from 2-5 p.m.

For more information on any of these events, please email info@holytrinity-oca.org.

 

Women’s Ministry to Host Christmas Cookie Exchange

The Women’s Ministry will host a “Cookie Exchange” on Friday, December 21 at 11:30 a.m. To participate, bring a minimum of three dozen homemade holiday cookies and the recipe.

A light lenten lunch will be provided and a portion of the baked proceeds will be donated to Housing Transitions.

See the sign up sheet in the Parish Hall to participate—the more that do, the greater the variety of cookies/recipes to take home and share.

Annual Women’s Coffee and Tea

The Holy Trinity clergy wives will host their annual Women’s Coffee & Tea social on November 3 from 10 am until 12 noon at Mka. Kelly Oleynik’s house (125 Wildernest Ln. in Port Matilda).

All are invited! For information or directions, call Mka. Kelly at (814) 308-9109 or email ohkellyoh@hotmail.com.