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St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Church - Bulletin
April / May 2000 - Volume 5, Number 14


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A Message From Your Pastor

My beloved parishioners,

We have entered the period of the Great and Holy Lent. We are on a spiritual journey in which we seek to make that unique event of the glorious Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ meaningful in our lives.

One of the steps that we must take during this Lenten period is to practice forgiveness. The spirit of forgiveness is so important that the true Christian should practice it always.

If we read Matthew 18:21-35, we will find that there is no room for uncertainty. When the Lord says, "forgive seventy times seven," He means forgive without limits. Therefore, the Christian ideal is to make forgiveness a way of life.

We may also read Matthew 6:14-21, the reading from the Holy Gospel on Cheese Fare Sunday. Again it is very clear that "if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."

In our everyday lives, we know how difficult it is to practice this high standard of forgiveness. By forgiving others one risks exposing oneself, over and over, to the unfaithfulness of cruel and uncaring offenders and manipulators.

However, those who deviate from this standard Christian practice make their existence miserable. They live a life without depth and meaning. To accept and practice forgiveness as a way of life is to share God's spirit. He stands ready to forgive. He will open His arms to embrace the penitent publican as well as the repentant prodigal son. God is love and He will not despise those who have true humanity and relate to their fellowmen with openness and understanding, honesty and sincerity. God will turn away His face from the cruel, heartless and arrogant pharisee and from those selfish manipulators who hurt their fellowmen.

The ability and virtue to forgive others their offenses come to us from God and He will not withhold the power if we ask for it. His own words tell us, "be merciful then as your heavenly Father is merciful. Judge nobody, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven. The measure you award to others is the measure that will be awarded to you."

The inability to forgive leads one towards decay, hate, fear and spiritual death. "To forgive, (always, not only before or during Lent), is to invest in the creation of a more human and loving society. Yes, it does sometimes lead to suffering, pain and disappointment. But forgiveness is a powerful formative agent. The presence of a confirmed forgiveness makes a difference in any context."

The power we need to make forgiveness a way of our Christian lives is found under the shadow of the Cross of our Lord. The Cross is God's clearest call to a forgiving lifestyle. This is at the heart of our spiritual journey during the Great and Holy Lent.

Along with the practice of forgiveness, which should be intensified when we begin our spiritual journey through the Great Lent, our extra lenten devotions, our fervent prayers, our efforts to restrain ourselves from letting our tongue lash on other peoples' lives, whatever we do to repent and consequently to change our minds and our hearts, take on a special significance during this time. They supply hope, understanding and love where it is lacking, love for God and for our fellowmen.

Let us reflect on the words of Fr. Alexander Schmemann of blessed memory in his book, Great Lent: "For many, if not for the majority of Orthodox Christians, Lent consists of a number of formal, predominantly negative, rules and prescriptions: abstention from certain food, prohibition to dance, maybe no movies. Such is the degree of our alienation from the real spirit of the Church that it is almost impossible for us to understand that there is 'something else' in Lent-something without which all these prescriptions lose much of their meaning. This 'something else' can be best described as an 'atmosphere,' a 'climate' into which one enters, as first of all a state of mind, soul and spirit which for seven weeks permeates our entire life. Let us stress once more that the purpose of Lent is not to force on us a few formal obligations, but to 'soften' our heart so that it may open itself to the realities of the spirit, to experience the hidden 'thirst and hunger' for communion with God."

Furthermore, let us remember the following words:

I sought my Soul,
    but my Soul I couldn't see.
I sought my God,
    but my God eluded me.
I sought my Brother,
    and I found all three.

With my warmest wishes for a spiritually profitable Lent and a joyful Pascha,

Father Efstathios V. Mylonas
Protobresbyter


March 14, 2000

To the Reverend Fathers, Parish Councils, Philoptochos Societies, Youth Organizations and Faithful of the Holy Archdiocese of America

Dearly Beloved,

As you are aware, the United States Government through its Bureau of the Census is conducting Census 2000, a project of enormous proportion. The Order of AHEPA has established the AHEPA Census 2000 Committee to help encourage those of Greek descent to complete the census questionnaire. News articles have already appear in the press concerning the importance of participating fully in this project.

The Archdiocese very much supports full participation of our faithful and those of Greek descent in this census survey. Through the results of this project, the number of representatives to Congress are determined from each community. Billions of federal dollars are distributed to local communities based on the information obtained from the census. And a more accurate picture is obtained of the makeup of those who live and work in the Inited States.

Please make every effort to participate in this census and encourage all within your local communities to do so. The information provided on the census questionnaire is by law protected and kept confidential. It is not shared with any other agency of the goverment. Nor is it used to determine whom to select for jury duty.

Thank you for your efforts in helping with Census 2000. May the Lord bless you always.

With paternal best wishes,
+Demetrios
Archbishop of America


Deadline for materials to be included in the Church Bulletin is the 20th day of each month.

An important announcement

We are about to prepare and publish a comprehensive Church Directory and would like to include your home address and telephone number. If you do not wish to be included in our Directory, please call the Church Office at (626) 449-6943. Please no later than May 5, 2000. We appreciate your cooperation.

35th Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress to convene in Philadelphia, PA, 7/2 - 7/7, 2000

The thirty-fifth Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress and National Philoptochos Convention of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America will convene in Philadelphia from July 2nd - 7th, 2000, with headquarters at the Philadelphia Marriott Hotel. The National Young Adult League (YAL) Conference will be held in conjuction with the Congress from Thursday June 29th through Sunday July 2nd.


Sacraments and Holy Services

Baptisms
Nicholas George, son of Craig and Patrice A. Hedman, March 4, 2000. Godparents: Theodore G. Treantafelles and Paula Treantafelles.

Funerals
Sotirios Katsafados of Temple City, California died on February 14, 2000. Funeral Service on February 17, 2000.

Theodore P. Stavropoulos of Arcadia, California died on February 20, 2000. Funeral Service on Februaey 23, 2000.

George Kokoris of Johannesburg, South Africa died February 9, 2000.

Jim Angelopoulos of Downey, California died February 17, 2000.

May the Lord our God grant rest and peace to the souls of these fathful people. May their memory be eternal. May God strengthen their families.


U. S. Orthodox - Lutheran Dialogue Backs Common Date for Easter The U.S. Orthodox-Lutheran Dialogue endorsed an international call for a year of study for all Christians to result in the use of the same calculations to determine the date of Easter each year.

This year the Western Christian Churches observe Easter on April 23rd, and Orthodox Churches celebrate Easter/Pascha April 30th. In 2001, all Christian traditions will mark Easter/Pascha on April 15th.

Basically, Orthodox and Western Christians calculate the date of Easter/Pascha according to a decree of the Council of Nicea in 325 AD. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is commemorated the Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox--the morning the Earth's Northern Hemisphere enters Spring.

The traditions calculate the equinox and full moon differently--using different points of reference from the Earth--and often arrive at different dates for Easter and Pascha. The Aleppo Statement suggested using precise modern astronomical determinations from the meridian of Jerusalem--the place of Christ's death and resurrection--so neither tradition will have to change its policies.

Members of the Orthodox-Lutheran Dialogue agreed "the Aleppo Statement is faithful to the Nicene norms." Tehy cited such principles as celebrating Easter/Pascha on the same day to give "a common witness to the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, the central mystery of the Christian faith."

The statement rejects the idea of celebrating Easter on a fixed day of the year and adheres to calculations involving the sun and moon as "a salutary reminder of the cosmic dimensions of Christ's victory over sin and death."

To ensure that new calculations adhere to Scriptures, the U.S. Dialogue called for consideration on the Orthodox understanding that the common date for Easter/Pascha must follow the Jewish observance of Passover (Pesach). According to the Christian Bible, Jesus was crucified and buried on Friday--the day before Passover--and rose from the dead early Sunday morning--the day after Passover.

"We pledge to one another, and to our other ecumenical partners, that we will continue to seek reconciliation between all Christians in this matter," said the Orthodox response. "Our dialogue therefore urges our churches to give the Aleppo Statement serious attention."

The Orthodox-Lutheran Dialogue is in "Round III" of talks that began in the 1960s. Round II, from 1983 to 1989, resulted in the 1992 publication of "Salvation in Christ." Round III on "Faith in the Holy Trinity" began in 1994. Its next meeting will be Oct. 15-18 at the Lutheran Center, Chicago.

The above information is a News Release from the Office of Communications of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. For more information contact: Pres. Nikki Stephanopoulos at (212) 570-3530, Fax: (212) 774-0215, Web site: goarch.org Email: communications@goarch.org


Stewardship

...In your Commitment...of Self. Time. Abilities and Resources If our church is to adequately meet the challenge of this day its great need is for committed Greek Orthodox Christians. True Christian commitment involves the total personality.

The Apostle Paul wrote, "Let God re-mould your minds from within, so that you may prove in practice that the Plan of God for you is good, meets all His demands and moves toward the goal of true maturity." (Romans 12:1, 2 Phillips)

The alert Christian recognizes that the measure of his personal commitment will help determine the extend of the church's vitality and its effectiveness. Let love for your Church inspire, motivate and guide you in committing yourself and in supporting financially its mission and purpose.

Pente 2000

Many thanks and appreciation to each and every person that supported, donated and participated in the Pente. It was a very beautiful event. Special thanks to the young members of St. Anthony's Church who helped in this year's Pentehiliariko and to Brian and Pana-Louise Gelt who worked very hard as co-chairmen to make it so successful.

Future Events and Meetings

St. Anthony's General Assembly will take place in our Church Hall on Sunday, May 7, 2000 following Divine Liturgy. Please attend.

The St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral Philoptochos Society Mother's Day Luncheon and Fashion Show "Angel of Love" honoring Aphie Chicos Akopiantz, Mother of the Year 2000 featuring fashions by Lourdes Couture and Adriana Caras will take place on Saturday, May 30th at 11:00 a.m., luncheon at noon at The Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills. The proceeds from thie event will help initiate a collective dream for a future Orthodox Christian Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center. Also, other Philoptocos charities. For information, call Electra Koutsoukos at (323) 466-5355.

On Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11, 2000 the Pasadena Classical Singers (former Cambridge Singers) under the direction of Alex Ruggieri will present a concert of Sacred Music in our Church. More information will be included in the next bulletin.

Attention Golfers! Save this date: July 20, 2000. That's when the 15th Annual St. Katherine's Greek Orthodox Church of Redondo Beach Golf Tournament and Banquet will take place at the Rio Hondo Golf Course in Downey. For more information, call (310) 540-2434.

St. Anthony's Annual Greek Festival will take place at the spacious Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA on the weekend of September 23 and 24. The Greek Festival is a major source of income for our community's programs. Please plan to help by donating and offering your time and talents. Your active involvement in this year's Festival is very important.

Ionian Village

"The experience of a lifetime." One of the best youth programs of our Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Celebrating 30 years! 1970 - 2000. Join the thousands of teenagers and young adults who have had the experience of a lifetime at the Ionian Village in Greece. Check web site at: ionianvillage.org or call at (212) 570-3534, Fax: (212) 570-3569, Email: ionianvillage@goarch.org You can also call St. Anthony's Church Office at (626) 449 6943.

There are three programs: Summer Travel Camp, ages 12-15 from July 2 - July 20, 2000. Byzantine Venture, ages 16-18 from July 25 - August 12, 2000. Spiritual Odyssey, Young Adults 19+ from July 16 - July 31, 2000.

Leadership 100 has provided a $75,000 grant to be used for scholarships to the Ionian Village program. As a result of the generous grant, fifty scholarships in the amount of $1,500 will be awarded for summer 2000 program. Scholarship awards will be made based on financial need. To be eligible, applicants must be between 12 - 18 years of age, Orthodox Christians, and first-time participants in the Ionian Village program. Only one scholarship recipient per family. The applicationm deadline is April 15, 2000. For scholarship information and application contact the Ionian Village Office at (212) 570-3534 or e-mail ionianvillage@goarch.org


Philoptochos News

It is time again to begin planning for our annual benefit fashion show. If you are interested in being on the fashion show committee, please contact Judie Christopoulos at (626) 792-2394.

Easter Bake Sale

St. Anthony's Philoptochos will be having our 5th annual Easter bake sale. Try our delicious tsoureki ($10.00) and koulourakia ($4.00 a dozen). Order forms will be available soon in the church hall. Orders must be received by April 15th. You may also place a phone order by contacting Maria Kokoris at (626) 795-3161. Donations from this event will support our many charities.

Coffee Hour

The coffee hour after church on Sunday needs your support. Please sign up to host a coffee hour. Contact Irene Albeck (626) 792-8122 or Alma Vorgias (818) 952-8426 for details.

General Meeting

Please join us on Thursday, April 6th, at 7:30 p.m. For a discussion by Katie Moran from Project Linus. Project Linus distributes hand crafted blankets to seriously ill children. This meeting will be held at the home of Charlene Vayos in Pasadena. (This meeting was rescheduled from March.)

Membership Tea

On Saturday, May 20th St. Anthony's Philoptochos will be having a membership tea in the church hall. More information will be in the next bulletin.

Reminder.......it is time for Philoptochos members to renew their annual membership. Please renew your commitment by forwarding your check to Ann Rouman.

From Pamela Buzas (626) 302-5025


The Book of Services of Holy Week and Easter is available through our Church for $20.00. The book is a must for all the faithful who attend the Services of Holy Week and Easter.

Archdiocesan Yearbook 2000

The Archdiocesan Yearbook for the year 2000 is avaolable for $15.00 plus $3.00 for shipping and handling. Please send a check/money order (payable to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America) or credit card information to: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Yearbook 2000, 8 East 79th Street, New York, NY 10021. Phone: (212) 774-0207, Fax: (212) 774-0215.

"The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization" is produced by Atlantic Productions in association with PBS and Devillier Donegan Enterprises. Underwriters: Public Television Viewers and PBS. For information or to order a videotape, please call (212) 570-3588 with VISA or MasterCard or send a check for $35.98 to GOTelecom, 8 East 79th Street, New York, NY 10021.

Acknowledgments

We acknowledge the artistic services of Artemis Kefallinos and Pablo H. Rojero, Jr. who spent many days and hours to restore our Church's earthquake damaged Holy Icons. Artemis and Pablo are two young and very promising artists, graduates of the famous Otis Arts and Fashion Design School of Los Angeles.

We express also our appreciation and gratitude to the following generous people: Peter Katsenis who donated the Icon of St. Panteleimon in memory of his beloved wife Ardath Mary; Gus, Tom and Arry Pastis who donated the Icon of The Forty Holy Martyrs in memory of their beloved parents Pana and Steve Pastis, Esther and Ted Vavoulis, Anonymous, George and Pitsa Bonorris, John and Georgia Vagenas, Michael B. And Angela Donahue for donating the Icon of The Presentation of the Lord into the Temple.

Father Stathis attended the 20th Annual Ecumenical Leadership Luncheon on February 3, 2000 at The California Club of Los Angeles in honor of Mr. David Davenport, President of Pepperdine University. Fr. Stathis was invited by His Eminence Cardinal Roger Mahony, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles.

On Sunday of Orthodoxy evening, March 19, Fr. Stathis participated in the Panorthodox Vesper Service at St. Steven Serbian Cathedral, Alhambra, California. His Grace Bishop Jovan of the Serbian Orthodox Church presided during the Holy Service. Many Eastern Orthodox priests took part in the Vesper Service and many faithful from Los Angeles area attended. St. Anthony's parishioners were also among those present in the Cathedral. Steven Roulakis and Nicholas Buzas, St. Anthony's altar boys participated and served during the Panorthodox Vesper Service.

In their Sunday of Orthodoxy encyclical to the faithful the SCOBA hierarchs conclude: "On the Sunday of Orthodoxy we celebrate the dogma of the Incarnation of the Son of God as it is expressed through the Holy Icons, and we thank God for preserving His truth inviolate in every age. At the same time, we affirm our unity and identity with the Church of Christ through the centuries. But along with the blessing of this tremendous spiritual heritage comes an equally awesome responsibility, the responsibility to live worthily as living icons of the Son of God (cf.Rom. 8:29). We should not distinguish ourselves from the rest of Christendom simply because we bear the name 'Orthodox'. We should be distinguished above all by the Christ-like manner of our life, and especially by the highest quality of our worship, by the abundance of love in our communities, and by our conscientious devotion to the truth. When our lives proclaim wordlessly the invitation Come and see (John 1:46) to those around us, then are we truly worthy bearers of the name 'Orthodox Christians', worthy bearers of the image of God within ourselves."

St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival 2000

St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival is underway. This great youth program of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, is sponsored this year for our parishes in Southern California by St. Paul's Greek Orthodox Church of Irvine, CA. The district finals will take place at St. Paul's Church on Sunday, April 16 at 1:00 p.m. promptly. For information call Dorothea Hartford at (949) 733-2366, Fax: (949) 733-0962.

Orthodox Music for Lent

Capella Romana, directed by Dr. Alexander Lingas will present Lenten music of the Eastern Orthodox Church in two concerts in Southern California. The schedule is as follows: Saturday, April 1st at 7:30 p.m. St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, 722 Knob Hills, Redondo Beach. Information: (310) 540-2434. Sunday, April 2nd at 7:00 p.m. St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church, 4949 Alton Parkway, Irvine. Information: (949) 733-2366. Single tickets $15 general, $10 students/seniors.

A word about caring......

It has come to our attention that our classrooms, the Nursery rooms and the Church Hall are not being left in very good condition. We would like to kindly remind everyone who uses these rooms to be extra considerate. Please remember to remove all trash and return the desks and furniture, chairs and tables to their original places, so that they are always ready to serve our people, particularly our children on Sunday morning. Also, please do not drag the desks, chairs or furniture, because the carpets and floors are being heavily damaged. Smoking is prohibited within or outside our facilities. We thank you for your cooperation.

Greek Folk Dance Festival 2001 will take place in Pasadena

The Greek Folk Dance Festival 2001, which is under the auspices of the Diocese of San Francisco will take place in Pasadena. More information will be included in our forthcoming Church Bulletins.

St. Anthony's VIP seniors

Our seniors group is expanding and finding things to do and places to go. Two events were included in January: An Amtrak and Bus trip to the Winery Institute in Santa Barbara and a dinner in La Verne followed by a stage performance of "Arsenic and Old Lace" at "The Place" theatre in Pomona. In February, we had breakfast at Twohey's restaurant. March took us to Pechananga Casino in Temecula and the Follies in Palm Springs. We strongly encourage non-members, 50 and over, to join our group, participate in our activities and share in our experiences. Membership is $12.00 per year. We look forward to exciting trips...join us!

By Ted Kapenekas


Pre-Paschal Lenten Retreat Day

Father Stathis will be hosting an Eastern Orthodox/Roman Catholic retreat day featuring clergy and lay persons of both Churches. They will present four short reflections beginning with a Roman Catholic prayer at 9:00 a.m. and ending with a Eastern Orthodox prayer at 2:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Theme: Eastern/Western Spirituality. Everyone is welcome. Date: Saturday, April 1, 2000. Time: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. For more information call Fr. Jerome Costello (818) 556-3538.

The Twenty-First Annual LARCO Retreat, Lutheran, Anglican, Roman Catholic, Orthodox will take place on Monday, April 3 and Tuesday, April 4, 2000 at the beautiful Serra Retreat Center in Malibu, CA. Every year members of the Lutheran, Anglican, Roman Catholic and Orthodox faiths come together to celebrate their faith experience with a retreat. Fr. Stathis will participate. The retreat this year will be directed by Fr. Louis Weil, Professor of Liturgics at Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, CA. The topic will be "The Spirituality of the Book of Common Prayer." In addition to the hospitality of Serra Retreat Center, the participants will have the opportunity to experience the Liturgy of the Hours in the four liturgical traditions. Time will be allowed for reflection and introspection as well as sharing and fellowship. All are welcome - please join!

Serra Retreat Center is located off Pacific Coast Highway at 3401 Serra Road, Malibu, CA 90265, tel.: (310) 456-6631. For more information please call (213) 637-7555.

G.O.Y.A.

St. Anthony's G.O.Y.A.ns will hold their annual Greek Orthodox Basketball League luncheon and awards in our Hellenic Cultural Center on Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross, April 2, 2000. We express our appreciation to all the coaches and helpers of our Basketball teams. Special thanks and deep appreciation to Mary Albeck and Noula Moutzouridis who have been everything for our young basketball players and who have represented St. Anthony's Church at the Greek Orthodox Basketball League of Southern California.

G.O.Y.A. Dinner/Dance will take place at St. Anthony's Hellenic Cultural Center on Friday, May 12, 2000. For more information, please call Nicole Hronas, G.O.Y.A. president at (626) 446 5896.

Peter Vagenas has been drafted to join Galaxy

Peter Vagenas, 22 years old, former UCLA Bruins soccer team player was selected to join Galaxy. He is in the Under-23 U.S. National team preparing to qualify for the Sydney, Australia Summer Olympics. Peter is a dedicated member of our Church. He often attends Church Services with his family and participates in the Sacraments of the Church. He was an active member of St. Anthony's youth programs and a faithful altar boy and a captian of our altar boys team. We express to Peter our warmest wishes and congratulate him.

Hellenic American Medical and Dental Society of Sothern California wishes to announce the availability of the S. James Vamvas Scholarship for medical and dental studenta of Hellenic descent. To be eligible for the scholarship, the student must be enrolled in an accredited California Medical or Dental School or be a California resident attending an American Medical or Dental School.

Qualifying students may contact George Emmanouilides, M.D., Chair, Scholarship Committee, HAMDS, 4619 Browndeer Lane, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90275; Telephone: (310) 377-6643 or (310) 222-4000. Applications deadline for the 2000-2001 academic year is June 30.

Sunday School

On Saturday, April 22, Saturday of Lazarus all Sunday School students and their teachers will attend Divine Liturgy at 9:00 a.m. They will receive Holy Communion. Pancake breakfast and making palm crosses will follow.

The Holy Service of the Sacrament of Holy Unction will begin at 5:30 p.m. to accommodate all our people and particularly the very young, the old and disable people.

Sunday School Good Friday Retreat will be at the Church April 28. Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. All students are encouraged to attend. Parents please volunteer your time to help us make the day a menaingful and memorable for our children.

Agape Vesper Service on Easter Sunday, April 30 at 11:00 a.m. Come early and attend this most beautiful Holy Service. Following Church Services Easter Baskets will be distributed to our children, a gift of love from St. Anthony's Ladies Philoptochos Society.

Vacation Bible School this summer for one week at St. Anthony's Church will give an opportunity to your children to attend, learn and live their Orthodox Faith. They will bond with other Orthodox friends through art projects, music and have fun! Please call our Church Office at (626) 449-6943 and submit the names of your children.

The San Diego Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood invites you to their Annual Lenten Retreat. Theme: The Meaning and Spiritual Significance of Holy Week In the Orthodox Church. Speaker: Rev. Dr. Alkiviadis C. Calivas, professor of Liturgics at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Date: April 8, 2000 at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, (Mission Bay), 3035 Denver St., San Diego, CA. Beginning at 9:00 a.m. With the Divine Liturgy. Talks begin at 11:00 a.m. Breakfast and lunch served. $10 suggested donation. Information: (619) 593-0707.

Pasadena Presbyterian Church Eugene Carson Blake Legacy: Implications for the Church in the 21st Century on Sunday, April 2, 2000 at 10:00 a.m. Worship. Guest preacher: The Rev. Dr. John Buchanan, Pastor Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago. 11:30 a.m. Lunch. 12:30 a.m. Symposium (Sanctuary).

The Blake Symposium grows out of a three-year effort in the Presbyterian Church (USA) to honor the legacy of Eugene Carson Blake who, prior to becoming Stated Clerk of the General Assembly and later the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, was in the Los Angeles area in a host of denominational, ecumenical and community causes for racial and social justice and for strengthening Presbyterian witness for Christ during the time he served as Pastor of the Pasadena Presbyterian Church. The Symposium will feature distinguished denominational leaders discussing ways that Dr. Blake's commitments as a distinguished pastor, prophet and ecumenist, should shape the future of the church and denomination in our increasingly urban, multi-ethnic and international context.

Orthodox Christian Mission Center needs your help. For information call (904) 829 5132, Fax: (904) 829-1635. E-mail: missions@ocmc.org, Web site: ocmc.org, or send your contribution to: OCMC, P.O. Box 4319, St. Augustine, FL 32085-4319. The work of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center reaches people in all parts of the world. The Lord said, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. He who believes and is baptized will be saved." -Mark 16:15-16

Project Mexico

Lent is a time of spiritual renewal when we are called to refresh on our spiritual journey. This journey can be manifested in various ways at various times. Project Mexico's work is invaluable in giving so many people the opportunity to minister to God's children. For information call (619) 216-4974, projectmexico.org or send your contribution to: Project Mexico and St. Innocent Orphanage, P. O. Box 120028, Chula Vista, CA 91912-3128.

Diocese of San Francisco YAL Mission Weekend and Project Mexico The Diocese of San Francisco YAL Mission Weekend and Project Mexico will take place on April 7 - 9, 2000, near Rosarito, Mexico. Cost per person $100. This includes room and food as well as building materials. Contact Bill Tragus at (415) 753-3075.

Greek Orthodox Memorial Foundation of Southern California

A Greek Orthodox section at Rose Hills Memorial Park. It is an independent non-profit Religious Corporation supporting the Greek Orthodox Diocese of San Francisco. For any questions or information, please call Maria McDaniels CES 7314 at (562) 920-7900 or (562) 699-0921, pager (562) 240-2207.