Meetings, Spring, & Racquetball!

Blessed Advent!~

Not enough people were able to go to St. Thekla’s this Thursday, so we will not be going as a group; although we will be sure to keep the new monastery in our prayers!
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For our regular meeting time this Fellowship week, Thursday from 5-6pm, we will meet in room 205 of the Student Center, talk a little bit about meeting times for the spring semester, and then from there we’re heading to the IBC for Racquetball!!!
So come ready to have fun and bounce the ball off the walls!
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Also, there are only 77 spots left for College Conference East! So make sure you’ve registered if you haven’t already!
Click here to Register!
That’s it for now. Talk to you all soon! 

Study Party, Helping Give to the Homeless, and the Start of the Nativity Fast!

Hope your week is going well! A Belated Veterans Day to all those you have and continue to serve our country. May God bless and keep them all.
It’s our Service week, so we are off to help the King’s Jubilee. We’ll be helping serve the homeless from 8-9pm at 1801 Vine Street this Thursday, November 14. Feel free to meet us there, or head down with us via subway. We’ll be meeting at the Cecil B. Moore Subway station at 7:30pm.
Don’t worry, we still have something planned for our regular meeting time! Also this Thursday from 5-6pm in room 205 of the Student Center, we’ll have a Study Party together. Come and study with us, so you can get your work done and God willing have time to serve at King’s Jubilee later that night!
One last thing: as a reminder for those who participate, the Nativity Fast begins this Friday! One of the four fasting period that our Church has for us, may this be a time of spiritual growth for all us!
Scripture Readings

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Colossians 1:1-2, 7-11
Luke 14:25-35

Today’s commemorated feasts and saints

St. John the Merciful, Patriarch of Constantinople (612-20).
Ven. Nilus the Faster, of Sinai (5th c.).
Bl. John “the Hairy”, Fool-for-Christ, in Rostov (1580).
Prophet Ahijah (960 BC).
Ven. Nilus the Myrrhgusher, of Mt. Athos (1651).

Chanting Paraklesis +

Hope your week is going well! It’s amazing how fast things are going; just 2 more weeks till the Nativity Fast begins and 4 weeks till Thanksgiving! Before you know it, it’ll be Winter Break! Don’t forget to register for College Conference East!
For our Worship Week, this Thursday we will be chanting the Parakelsis service! Fr. Joel will be bringing his own booklet’s down for us to use. So remember that’s Thursday, November 7 from 5-6pm in room 205 of the Student Center! Can’t wait to see you all there!
For those who have never heard the Paraklesis, feel free to listen to the Eikona version for reference (it might be a little different from the one we chant on Thursday, but it’s similar enough)
Here’s a link!!/playlist/Paraklesis/89165467
“Behold now, what is so good or so pleasant as for  brothers to dwell together in unity?” Psalm 132:1 

Logos with the imprisoned and homeless at the BBQ :)

I have so much stuff to info you about for this coming week, it’s intense like camping AND  the circus… Whoa.
  • TODAY, Tuesday Oct. 15, LOGOS is spreading the name of Christ from 12-5pm at the Alumni Circle through More than Just a Carpenter. From LOGOS’s Facebook Event page: “For those that haven’t joined us before its a very cool and comfortable way to simply create dialogue on campus about Jesus Christ.  We offer free coffee, hot cocoa, cookies, and brownies to all passers-by.  If the people have time we ask if they are willing to take a very informal survey where we ask them what their beliefs are, whether they believe in a higher power or not and why.  As we hear their ideas and learn more about the people, this sometimes provides the opportunity to talk about Christ in a very laid back and friendly setting.” So come out and support if you can today, ’cause we all know LOGOS rocks😉
  • THURSDAY, Oct. 17 Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM) is coming to talked to us about what they do and a program we may be able to help out with. This will be during our regular meeting time 5-6pm in room 205 of the Student Center.
  • Also on THURSDAY, we’re going to help serve the homeless with the King’s Jubilee from 8-9pm at 1801 Vine Street. Anyone coming from campus, we’ll be leaving from the Cecil B. Moore subway station at 7:30pm. **Also, another great way to serve the homeless is to provide them some free live music! So, if we have any musicians think about bringing your talent down to Vine Street🙂
  • Finally, SUNDAY, Oct. 20 is the Northern Liberties Orthodox 2nd Annual BBQat 4th & Fairmount St. with parishioners from St. Andrew’s, St. Michael’s, St. Nicholas’s, and Holy Trinity!

    Join us for the second annual pan-Orthodox picnic celebrating

    the beginning of autumn with food, fun, and fellowship!

    Grilled meat is provided!

    If your last name begins with

    A-L: Bring a side dish to share

    M-S: Bring a drink to share

    T-Z: Bring a dessert to share

    Please bring your own lawn chairs.

That’s it from me for now! Happy Tuesday and a Blessed Week!!

In Christ +

Blessed Month & Holy Protection Intercede for Us

1240201_10151882205704244_922210569_nCan’t believe it’s October already, National Orthodoxy Awareness Month. So be aware and help spread that awareness this month of our Faith!
Excited to see you all again this Thursday, October 3 from 5-6pm in room 205. For our Education Day topics, we will be talking about Violence in the “God of the Old Testament“. See you then!
In other news; 

  • LOGOS is having Praise and Prayer tonight @ 7:30-9:45pm in Tuttleman room 302, singing and praising God on the first of this month!


  • St. Vlad’s in having a College retreat this Saturday on the book “For the Life of the World” by Fr. Alexander Schmemann. It’s from 9am-8pm and is opened to college students and young adults. Registration is $10



  • Had a good EPOC this past Sunday at St. Andrew’s. We can talk about where we’d like to go next at our meeting
  • Don’t forget registration for College Conference East and Real Break continues! RB Honduras is now full, but there’s still room in RB Detroit!
 Ok, that’s it for now. Peace!

Study Bowling this Thursday!

Come hang out this Thursday, Sept. 26 and bowl with fellow OCFers at Pep Bowl in South Philly.
They have a Thursday night special $4.00 a game, $3.00 for shoe rental, so $7 total.
Let us know if you can make it; we’re meeting at 9:30pm.
If you’re coming from campus, meet us at the Cecil B. Moore subway station at 9pm. See you there!

Pep Bowl is at 1200 S. Broad Street

We’re still meeting in room 205 of the Student Center from 5-6pm for a Study Party! Come and study with us, so you can get some homework done before bowling Thursday night😉

Cross, Gifts, & Trash

A Blessed Feast of the Exaltation of the Life Giving Cross +
In honor of the feast this past Sunday, where we remember the finding of the Cross in a garbage dump, this Thursday for our first Service we will be picking up trash from a dirty street around campus. So, plan to meet us at the usual spot this Thursday, Sept. 19 in the Student Center, room 205 at 5pm, and we’ll head out from there!
Before we leave to pick up trash, we have some gifts to give from Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM), so look for that as well.
For those interested, PennOCF is having their meeting at 6:30pm on Thursday also in Morris Seitz room, 3rd floor, of Houston Hall. They will be doing an Akathist for all who want to join them. 
UPDATE on National OCF programs:
College Conference East registration is opened!!
Don’t forget there are scholarships available

Real Break Detroit: male and female spots are still opened
Real Break Honduras: still opened for males, however the female spots are full
**If you are female and still interested in RB Honduras, there is a waiting list!**
See you on Thursday, and until then, a blessed week!

Crazy Thursday – Sept 12

A Blessed Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos!
20130907_152243Thanks to everyone who came to help with Lace Up at St. George this past week. It was a lot of fun, and we got to serve with F.O.C.U.S.
Meeting this week is Thursday 5-6pm in room 205 of the Student Center. Bring a prayer rope + if you have one and get ready to worship our Lord through the Jesus Prayer.
Right after our meeting, we’ll be heading down to meet up with Penn’s OCF at the Shake Shack, 6:30pm, on the corner of 20th and Sansom. If you’re planning on coming let us know, and bring a bit of money for some tokens and a burger😉
See you guys on Thursday!
In Christ +

Lots happening this weekend!!

Hope your week has been going well. We’ve got a bunch planned for this weekend, so listen up!

Tomorrow, Saturday September 7th starting at 10am is Laced Up. Help us sort shoes for children in need throughout the Philadelphia area by joining us at St. George’s Orthodox Church in Upper Darby, PA.
Afterwards, lunch will be provided and games will be played or just time to relax until 5pm for those who would like to stay for Vespers. You are welcome to leave at whatever time you need to, but we hope to see you there.
For those on Temple campus, we will be leaving for St. George’s at 9am from the Cecil B. Moore subway station. Look for us at the corner of Cecil and Broad!
Also, this Sunday is the start of our EPOC adventure! (Exploring Philadelphia’s Orthodox Churches) For the Nativity of the Theotokos this Sunday, we will be going to Fr. Nektarios’s home parish, St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Upper Darby. Make sure you get enough sleep Saturday night, because we’ll be meeting at 7:30am at the Cecil B. Moore subway station for those coming down with us from Temple’s campus!
That’s it for this weekend; looking forward to seeing you all and we’ll talk to you soon!

New Year, Labor, Prayer, and Shoes

labor_day_clipartHappy Labor Day and start of the new church year! Hope everyone had a good first week of classes and a fun weekend. It was great seeing some of you this past week!

Make sure to come to our meeting this week, Thursday from 5-6pm in room 205 of the Howard Gittis Student Center. Fr. Nektarios and Fr. Joel will be there and do a blessing for the start of the new year. After that we will be discussing Prayer.
Check out for
a good foundational  understanding of Orthodox Prayer
Below are two podcasts to listen at your leisure to help get you thinking about prayer for the meeting on Thursday. Listen to them while folding clothes, walking to class, or whenever you have a free moment.
ss_101238284Finally, don’t forget this Saturday is Laced Up at St. George’s Orthodox Church in Upper Darby starting at 10am. We’ll be sorting shoes that will be distributed to local schools for children in need. Afterwards, there will be a free lunch and an afternoon of games up until vespers for those who are willing to stay. We’ll be meeting at the Cecil B. subway station at 9am for anyone coming from Temple’s campus.
See you on Thursday!