The Witness (December 10th – 18th)

Saturday, December 10, 6:30pm 
Sunday, December 11, 9am Matins 10am Divine Liturgy
Monday, December 12, 6:30pm Vespers (St. Herman)
Tuesday, December 13, 9am Divine Liturgy (St. Herman) 6pm St. Herman Game Night Wednesday, December 14, 6:30pm Advent Paraklesis
Saturday, December 17, 6:30pm Vespers
Sunday, December 18, 9am Matins 10am Divine Liturgy

St. Herman Day Game Night and Clothing Drive On December 13th we will host a Game Night and Clothing Drive at 6pm. We’ll enjoy games and fellowship while doing a clothing drive for Kids Closet, a clothing ministry in our community. Snacks will be provided as well as an activity for children. A list of most needed items is available on the bulletin board. Monetary donations also accepted.
Coffee Hour Volunteers Needed Six volunteers are needed for the January through April coffee hour rotation (serving approximately every six weeks). Responsibilities include bringing simple refreshments for approximately 60 people, setting out food and serving during coffee hour, and cleaning up (wipe tables, clean up kitchen, and gather trash). Someone in the kitchen rotation will be there to assist you and handle the coffee and tea service. Please talk to/email Rachel Hassler ( or Debra Wolf if you have questions or would like to help. Signup sheet will be on bulletin board through December 11.
Project Mexico Chad Hassler and Fr. Joel are organizing a service trip to Project Mexico this summer June 8-14, 2023. An email was sent with further details on registration. Email or call Chad Hassler for more info. 765-376-2277

CONFESSION SIGN UP October-December -Also available at Church. Please let Fr. Joel know when you sign up as well.
Birthdays: Miriam Fowler (12/17)
Names Days: Casey Boruff (Righteous Ruth), Joshua Boruff (Prophet David), Sarah Boruff, Sarah Jones, Sarah Wolf (Righteous Sarah) Rachel Hassler (Righteous Rachel the Matriarch) Caleb Wilson (Righteous Caleb) (Sunday of the Forefathers, 2nd Sunday before Nativity), Lucy Wilson (Virgin-Martyr Lucy of Syracuse 12/13) Debra Wolf (St. Deborah the Judge 12/17)

Tone 1 Troparion (Resurrection)
When the stone had been sealed by the Jews,
while the soldiers were guarding Your most pure body,
You rose on the third day, O Savior,
granting life to the world.
The powers of heaven therefore cried to You, O Giver of Life: “Glory to Your Resurrection, O Christ!
Glory to Your Kingdom!//
Glory to Your dispensation, O Lover of mankind!”


Tone 2 Troparion (Forefathers)

Through faith You justified the Forefathers, betrothing through them the Church of the gentiles. These saints exult in glory,
for from their seed came forth a glorious fruit:
she who bore You without seed.//
So by their prayers, O Christ God, have mercy on us!

Tone 6 Kontakion (Forefathers)
You did not worship the graven image,
O thrice-blessed ones,
but armed with the immaterial Essence of God,
you were glorified in a trial by fire.
From the midst of unbearable flames you called on God, crying: “Hasten, O compassionate One!
Speedily come to our aid,//
for You are merciful and able to do as You will!”

Tone 4 Prokeimenon (Forefathers)
Blessed are You, O Lord God of our fathers, / and praised and glorified is Your Name

forever! V. For You are just in all that You have done for us! (v. 4)

Colossians 3:4-11 (Epistle)

When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them. But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.

Tone 4 Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia! V. Moses and Aaron were among His priests; Samuel also was among those who called on His Name. V. They called to the Lord and He answered them.

Luke 14:16-24 (Gospel)

Then He said to him, “A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, ‘Come, for all things are now ready.’ But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.’ Still another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.’ And the servant said, ‘Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.’ Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. ’For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.’”