“Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them,

and they that are great exercise authority upon them.

But it shall not be so among you:

but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;

And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto,

but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:25-28, KJV)

The word the Athenians used for their Assembly was Ekklesia, the same word used in the New Testament for Church
(and it is the greatest philological irony in all of Western history that this word,
which connoted equal participation in all deliberation by all members,
came to designate a kind of self-perpetuating, self-protective Spartan gerousia -
which would have seemed patent nonsense to Greek-speaking Christians of New Testament times,
who believed themselves to be equal members of their Assembly.)

- Thomas Cahill, Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter


Thursday, April 2, 2009

Local News

In an effort to keep our community informed, TOCB has learned of the upcoming visit of His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah on the weekend of April 11 and 12. Details of his visit will be announced to the community by our assigned clergy on Sunday, April 4.

TOCB was saddened to learn of the layoff of a staff member. In reviewing the daily cost of salaries paid by our community, we offer the following: clergy salaries cost $1090 per day, office support staff(for 2) salaries cost $299 per day. The total saving to the community of the recent layoff is $87 per day. In light of the figures at hand, this seems to make little impact on the budget but a large impact on an individual's life.

Our Stewardship Co-Chairpersons, wrote in the March/April Messenger "We are pleased to inform you that as of January 31, 2009 the stewardship commitments of our community have already surpassed our prior year commitments to date." If this is actually the case, why the layoff? Why this layoff two weeks before Pascha? Just wondering. Maybe the letter we will soon receive will answer these and other questions.

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