St. Stephen the First Martyr Orthodox Church

A growing community of Orthodox Christians

The Witness 6/20-28


*All services are currently limited to 25 people, must be signed up for ahead of time at the following link:

Saturday, Sunday and Festal Services are live streamed at:

Saturday, June 20, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, June 21, 10am Divine Liturgy (Hours Begin at 9:40am)

Wednesday, June 24, 10am Divine Liturgy for Feast of Nativity of St. John the Baptist

Saturday, June 27, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, June 28, 10am Divine Liturgy (Hours Begin at 9:40am)

Additional Liturgy offered on Tuesday 7am

Please check the sign up sheet above for availability of spaces.


Prayers for Healing and Protection in the Time of Coronavirus Fr. Joel is offering morning prayers (Moleben in Time of Epidemic) a Scripture reading and Reflection Monday through Friday at 9am (note new time) at the Facebook Live Stream.

Technology Grant St. Stephens has received a Technology Grant from the Lilly Foundation. With the Grant money we will be installing a camera and microphones to be able to better livestream and provide viewing/listening in side room during services/events.

Pams Promise Appeal Below is a list of items needed by Pam’s Promise. Fr. Joel will do a pick up on Sunday afternoon shortly following Liturgy. Please just let him know if you have items to donate, place items on your porch or somewhere else easy to pick up and he will get them and take them to Pam's Promise.

Anniversaries: Sam and Nicole Wilson (6/22)

The items needed for Pam’s Promise are:

- groceries (some are currently unable to work)

- spray bottles

- bleach

- first aid kits

- hand lotion

- gloves

- toilet paper

- paper towels

- any cleaning supplies

- grocery/gift cards

Matthew 4:18-23 (Gospel)

And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him. Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him. And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.

Romans 2:10-16 (Epistle)

but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For there is no partiality with God. For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified; for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves,

who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them)

in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.

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 8 Troparion (All Saints of America)

As the bountiful harvest of Your sowing of salvation,

the lands of North America offer to You, O Lord, all the saints who have

shone in them.

By their prayers keep the Church and our land in abiding peace

through the Theotokos, O most Merciful One!

Tone 1 Kontakion (Resurrection)

As God, You rose from the tomb in glory,

raising the world with Yourself.

Human nature praises You as God, for death has vanished.

Adam exults, O Master!

Eve rejoices, for she is freed from bondage and cries to You://

“You are the Giver of Resurrection to all, O Christ!”

Tone 3 Kontakion (All Saints of North America)

Today the choir of Saints who were pleasing to God in the lands of North


now stands before us in the Church and invisibly prays to God for us.

With them the Angels glorify Him,

and all the Saints of the Church of Christ keep festival with them; //

and together they all pray for us to the Pre-eternal God.