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September 2016 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Please remember our prisoner-students. Let them know we care. They grow with us, but we need your special donation to help them. (Mat. 25:34-40)

Photoni - Gospel of John 4: 11 - 14
New Testament Servant of the One Who is the Living Water

Our summer letters focused on the fine qualities of just a few excellent women, whose living faith in the "I AM" of the Old Testament, was exemplary. As we begin the new calendar Church Year, let us give careful consideration to another fine women. This one is of the New Testament, St. Photini, the Samaritan woman at the well.

In particular, let's review John 4:10-14. Here we gain some additional insight into the waters of Creation, the waters of Baptism, the water from the side of Jesus on the Cross, and the water that became the good wine at the Marriage Feast.

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August 2016 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Please remember our prisoner-students. Let them know we care. (Mat. 25:34-40)

THE FAITHFUL BRIDE OF JESUS OUR CHRIST
JUDITH - THE LIONESS OF JUDAH

In honor of the many wonderful women living the gift of His boundless grace.

The Book of Judith ( OSB - Septuagint Old Testament, pages 578 - 595) speaks of the true beauty of a woman whose first love and only faith, is in the One Lord God of Israel - the I AM of the Old Testament. Her sincere devotion and great courage of faith, was revealed most brightly when King Nebuchadnezzar brought his war of revenge against Israel. Interestingly, the name Judith is the feminine form of the word Judah - the lion of the tribe. Lioness is a name she wears well.

While most leaders in the town of Bethulia, preferred to negotiate - even test the Lord - after Nebuchadnezzar sent the ruthless Holofernes to war against them, thankfully and with great courage and conviction, Judith thought and declared otherwise.

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July 2016 Newsletter

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THE FAITHFUL BRIDE OF JESUS – QUEEN ESTHER - BOUNDLESS IN HIS GRACE
In honor of the many wonderful women living the gift of His boundless grace.

Summer is often a good time to read and again consider The Orthodox Study Bible - Septuagint Old Testament. May we offer the Book of Esther, (p. 596). The life of Esther is an inspiring reminder of the critical importance and absolute significance of the faithful women of Scripture. Without such magnificent women, and the healing gift of His grace, the faith – once held sacred by the Virgin Temple (Book of Amos) –may have been permanently lost to the folly of man.

Esther was a young girl among the many Jews exiled from Judah under the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon. She had been raised as a proper young Jewish lady by her uncle, Mordecai.

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June 2016 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Please remember our prisoner-students. Let them know we care. (Mat. 25:34-40)

THE FAITHFUL BRIDE OF JESUS – THE ANOINTED SON OF HIS FATHER
In Honor and Blessed Memory of Mary Ellen Braun

THE INDISPENSABLE WOMAN
– Proverbs 31:10-11 –

"Who can find a virtuous woman? For such a woman is more valuable than precious
stones. Her husband's heart trusts in her; he does not need the spoils of war."

Yes, her husband can count on his faithful bride be his helpmate; to putting her talents to work on behalf of her family, as a first priority. Such a person is remarkable and true reflection of the divine Wisdom of the Great I AM. Yet when first read, this may seem rather simple. However, with the Light of His Transfiguration, the words reveal a deeper sense of our relational intimacy with our Lord and Father, and between husband and wife. It is here, when imitating and walking in His divine steps, we find our very best thinking and doing – a true crown of glory. Such a walk, was the walk of Mary Ellen, a walk of faith she continues in Paradise.

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May 2016 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Please remember our prisoner-students. Let them know we care. (Mat. 25:34-40)

JESUS CHRIST - THE ANOINTED ONE
THE "I AM" OF THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENT

As we contemplate and participate in the joyful wonder of the Pascal Season, let's further develop the many ways in which Scripture helps us to better grasp Who this Jesus is and what it means for Him to be the incarnate "I AM", the Anointed Son of His eternal Father. This will help us better appreciate, with continual thankfulness, the profound and incomprehensible love He has for each of us and our salvation.

If someone were to ask, "Who is this Jesus?" We might offer, He is the promised One - the Anointed of His Father - born from a Virgin, being both the Child and the Immanuel. Then they might ask, How do I know and why do I care?

See the attached PDF files for this month's full teaching and to order the study booklets.