Bible Bowl - 11/03/2018
FIRST DIOCESAN BIBLE BOWL HELD IN YONKERS, NEW YORK
On Saturday, November 3, nearly 50 youth and adults from across the Diocese gathered at Holy Trinity Church in Yonkers, NY, together with His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, for the first annual Diocesan BIBLE BOWL! The Bible Bowl combined competition, camaraderie, and the culmination of months of diligent study of the Scriptures. Eleven teams from six parishes competed in three divisions – Junior Youth, Senior Youth, and Adult – and responded to challenging questions from the Gospel of Saint Mark. The parishes represented in the competition were SS. Peter and Paul Church, Endicott NY; Holy Apostles Mission, Lansing NY; Holy Trinity Church, East Meadow NY; Christ the Savior Church, New York NY; Holy Trinity Church, Yonkers NY; and Mother of God Joy of All Who Sorrow Church, Princeton NJ.
Numerous volunteers from Holy Trinity Church in Yonkers, as well as Assumption Church in Clifton NJ, and SS. Peter and Paul Church in South River NJ, distributed custom made Bible Bowl t-shirts, prepared and served refreshments, and worked as scorekeepers for the competition. Musical entertainment was provided while the anxious contestants waited for the scores to be tallied by the Bible Bowl Band, made up of Fr. David Cowan (Holy Trinity Church, Yonkers NY), Gregory Fedorchak and Krista Galie (Holy Apostles Mission, Lansing NY), and Simeon Brasowski (Christ the Saviour Church, Paramus NJ).
Matushka Tamara Cowan, Chair of the Diocesan Department of Christian Education and coordinator of this first Diocesan Bible Bowl, enthused, “We are pleased to be holding our first Annual Bible Bowl here in Yonkers and reaping the fruits of our study of the Gospel of Saint Mark. With each successive year of passing on trophies and experiencing friendly competition among the youth of our Diocese, we hope to grow a tradition of excellence that will continue on to the next generation. Through these humble efforts we more fully realize the mission of our Department: to experience our Orthodox Christian Faith ever more completely, in Worship, Fellowship, Service, and Witness!”
Archbishop Michael addressed the competitors with words of encouragement, stating that “although it is important to study English and math, science and history, the most important subject we can study is the Scriptures – the written record of the experience of the people of God. Reading the Scriptures every day, we become transformed by the Holy Spirit. We become more and more like Jesus Christ, and we grow in theosis – the process of knowing and loving the God Who loves us more than we love ourselves!”
Congratulations to all the participants in the 2018 Bible Bowl! Here are the winners:
Daniel Shami and Viola Shami, Holy Trinity Church, East Meadow NY
Gabriel Cowan, Holy Trinity Church, Yonkers NY and and Andrew Karlgut, SS. Peter and Paul Church, Endicott NY
Alexis Holowatch and Alexis Roberts, SS. Peter and Paul Church, Endicott NY
Alex Zaiberowski and Khristo Shami, Holy Trinity Church, East Meadow NY
Alexey Karlgut and Michael Karlgut, SS. Peter and Paul Church, Endicott NY
Paul Holowatch and Alexey Koch, SS. Peter and Paul Church, Endicott NY
Keith Morris and Abeer Shami, Holy Trinity Church, East Meadow NY
Gregory Fedorchak and Krista Galie, Holy Apostles Mission, Lansing NY
Tie between Two Teams: Anya Karlgut, SS. Peter and Paul Church, Endicott and Luke Kusick, Holy Trinity Church, Yonkers; and Bill Bolinsky and Olga Ptach, Holy Trinity Church, Yonkers
Justin Solak, the eldest son of our Vera Bullock, fell asleep in the Lord on Sunday, February 14, 2016 at the age of 25. The cause of his death was a heroin overdose. Substance abuse is not a character flaw nor a crime. It is a disease and at 10% of the U.S. population, it qualifies as an epidemic. So, we honor the life of those individuals and Justin by helping others to manage their addictions. Please donate to this foundation, more information is on the foundation website, http://www.iamaffected.org/
The Church School students did an outreach project to benefit our local community. Every year, families in need call on the church for help providing Thanksgiving dinner. In 2015 six families approached us for help at Thanksgiving. The Church School assembled the baskets, then the baskets were available at the rectory for families in need. This year ten families were helped with food. The picture is of Father David with one of the ten families.
More than 80 neighbors gathered for the 4th Annual Trinity Plaza Community Picnic on Sunday, August 28. Special thanks to the Yonkers Police Department for manning the grill! We were overjoyed to welcome our new neighbors, the Malankara Catholic parish now worshipping in Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Pictured are Pastor Francis, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church; Fr. Sunny Mathew, St. Mary's Syro-Malankara Church worshipping at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church; and Fr. David Cowan, Holy Trinity Orthodox Church."
"He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver." - 2 Corinthians 9:6-7