Zaccheus Sunday – Holy Great Martyr Euthymius – February 2nd, 2014
The Annual Meeting of the Parish will take place today at about 1 PM. Those may attend who are parish members by virtue of being communicants in good standing and who have made and kept up to date a financial pledge for the support of the parish for at least six months prior to the meeting and are at least 21 years old. Six months before the meeting is August 2nd, 2013. The meeting agenda will consist of reports from the rector and officers of the parish, and the election of officers and the parish council for the coming year.
Theophany House Blessings continue to be available and are heartily encouraged. Please make arrangements with either Father George or Father Christopher to have your house blessed with the Theophany Holy Water. This needs to happen before the Feast of the Meeting of the Lord, February 15th.
Father John Townsend, our mentor, friend and Rector of he parish of St. Mary of Egypt in Atlanta will be with us next weekend, the 8th and 9th, to pray and serve with us.
Travelers – Reader Kyrill is on a journey including Paris and Moscow, and will return, God willing, right before the feast of the Meeting of the Lord, February 14th.
A Marriage is in the offing! Olga Postnikova and John Burnham intend to marry on Sunday, February 16th at St. John the Baptist Cathedral, at 5 PM. Everyone is invited and your attendance is hoped for. Please put this on your calendars. And, as part of the announcement protocol, if any one knows of any impediment, please let me know at once. Please pray for John and Olga that the holy Angels hover around them as they prepare for their marriage.
Wall Calendars for 2014 are available for a donation of $7.00 per calendar. Please support the parish and keep up with the feasts and fasts, and work the daily readings into your daily devotions.
Chapel News –Any time is the right time to visit our new home for a time of peace, prayer and thanksgiving, so please take advantage of an opportunity to do so.
Our final application is in to the MNCPPC for the 2014 grant with multiple letters of recommendation and preliminary estimates. We’re asking for the full $100,000 available grant money. Last year, we got around $50,000. To install electricity is expensive. An initial estimate is $65,000. As it was last year, so this year we will go through feedback, interaction, hearings and approvals. God has given us this wonderful gift. He wants us to therefore be intensive in our prayers for the fulfillment of His will for us.
Orthodox Christian Fellowship will resume sometime this month. Pray for God’s protection for the students over their break.
Vigils are Vital – Central to our Russian tradition is the evening Vigil that precedes every celebration of the Divine Liturgy. It is the main source of education in Faith and tradition. It is the important time for assembling for corporate prayer, second only to the Divine Liturgy. The Vigil is also the standard time for confession in preparation for Holy Communion. It is the prayerful analogy to the “pillar of fire” to guide us through the night of this life. While attendance requires planning and may entail inconvenience, it will do you and all of us good.
Our Riderwood people – We have three people in our connection in the Arbor Ridge facility, just inside the gate to Riderwood across from Calverton Shopping Center. Betty Chisholm and her husband Don are both in Arbor Ridge. She is on the third floor. Don is two floors down in a connected building at the other end. Rosalie Belida is also in Arbor Ridge on the 3rd floor across the hall from Betty.
Through the good offices of her children, Father Deacon John and Joannikia Dean, Dorothy is still in her apartment and is still able to be with us here on a regular basis.
Meal Signups – Add your name to the list to offer a meal in the upcoming weeks.
Nick’s Place – We give non-perishable goods to this halfway house for young men recovering from substance abuse. See Monica Pelt or Thomas Hurlock.
Holy Apostles Chariots is our “ride-to-church” service. See Reader Kyrill Shillen.
The Choir– Rehearsals are from 7 to 9 PM on Thursdays. New members are always welcome. See Nicholas Baumann.
The St. Juliana of Lazarevo Sisterhood sees to various needs of the parish. See Olga Postnikova.
A Holy Apostles Commemorative Tile, fashioned by our warden, John Hume of Sligo Creek Tile, contains our name, the psalm verse, “I was glad when they said unto me: Let us go into the house of the Lord,” and a lovely view of our new-old church. Copies are available for sale for support of the parish for $45. Let it remind us to pray for each other and for God’s will to be followed in the use of His gifts.
Other Ways to Support the Parish – We accept credit cards! We have a card reader that works with smart phones, so, outside of services, get together with Matushka Dorothy, to make any donations or purchases.
We have an on-line mall service from the eScrip program. The Building Fund page of our web site has a link and instructions for use. For a purchase made through eScrip, the merchant donates a small referral bonus to our building fund. Please use this method for your on-line shopping. Please see our treasurer, Mariya Petrenko for more information.
Visitors and Guests please sign the guest book to the right of the church-shaped donation box, including contact information such as address, telephone and email.