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Lakewood Lenten Clergy Retreat - My only regret is that you could not all accompany me to St.Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.  We reaped the spiritual benefit of the presence of our bishops under the aegis of the wonderworking icon of the Mother of God “Softener of Evil Hearts” and the historic relic bearing Holy Cross that emerged from Moscow in the War of 1812.  Part of this benefit accrued directly to us with the visitation of the Mother of God’s icon this past Friday.  We were with one of our dear fathers in God, Protopriest Valery Lukianov.  Father Valery is in his 90’s and in the advanced stages of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), but there is nothing wrong with his mind or his voice for God.  As our dean, Fr. Victor Potapov, said, The Holy Spirit is with him.  The reverence for him is shown in the accompanying picture of Metropolitan Hilarion personally caring for him at table.  This, brothers and sisters, is pure religion.

Please see the website of the Eastern American Diocese for full photo reports of the conference. and to read some of what Fr. Valery had to say.

For our work with the parish and St. Romanos the Melodist Society, Matushka Deborah and I received a gramota, or citation, from Metropolitan Hilarion and Bishop Nicholas.  This gift is both humbling and gratifying.  Thanks be to God for His gifts.

The 4th Sunday of Great Lent - The Venerable John of the Ladder - March 18th, 2018

Three Worship Opportunities to Our Spiritual Advantage This Week:

1 - The Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts will be celebrated this Tuesday in commemoration of the Holy Forty Martyrs of Sebaste at 6:30 PM.  If you prepared and communed for today, you may receive again if you have fasted from noon on Tuesday.  If needed, confession will be available from 6 PM Tuesday.

2 - The Great Canon of  St. Andrew of Crete and the Life of St. Mary of Egypt will be heard in their entirety at Matins this Wednesday evening beginning at 6:30 PM.

3 - The Laudation of the Mother of God will be celebrated with Matins containing the reading of St. Romanos’ Akathist hymn Friday at 6:30 PM, and Divine Liturgy on Saturday at 8:40 AM.

2018 Lent-to-Pascha Matching Grant  - Inspired by the success of the last year's Lenten Matching Grant, the unnamed donor(s) came forward to pledge another dollar-to-dollar match of the first $5,000 donated above and beyond the regular pledges until Pascha.

Please, prayerfully consider a donation towards this fundraiser. We have 3 weeks until the the Sunday of Resurrection to  fulfill the match! Such collections are a blessing for our building fund, and go towards sustaining and restoring St. Joseph's chapel - our future Church home on the hill.

Please feel free to use the "Donate" button on our web-site, bring cash in person, or send checks to
Holy Apostles Orthodox Church
P.O. Box 594
Beltsville, MD. 20704

Also, do not hesitate to contact me via e-mail or telephone should you have any questions or need additional information.
with Love in Christ,
Mariya Petrenko
Treasurer of Holy Apostles Orthodox Church

St. Joseph’s Chapel Property Development
Architect Andrew Gould is working on designs for the chapel and parish hall.  We consulted with him this week and his parish hall design drawings will be ready shortly.  We are convinced that God has sent him to us. We will need $3,000.00 to support this stage of the development.   Let us not be weary in this instance of well-doing.  “God loveth a cheerful giver.”
God be praised, our warden John Hume has secured a $24,000 grant for continued restoration work on the chapel from the Prince George’s County Historical Commission.  He is also working on a submission for a statewide grant for restoration.  God bless you, John, and all who will be asked to help in the work that comes from this.

Dorothy Dague Update - She is back at the rehabilitation center at Riderwood, under the watchful care of her daughter and son in law, Matushka Ioanikkia and Fr. Deacon John.  Fr. John is better and up and about, God bless you for your prayers.

God’s blessings to all for meal help for Father Christopher and Dorothy and the children since the recent birth of Justinian.

Sisterhood Soup - The freezer has a number of containers of home made Lenten soup available at $10 per container.  The soups are REALLY good.  They’re not doing anything for you in the freezer, so pick one up and support the sisterhood.

Kalvesmaki Home Roasted Coffee is ours again for this Lent, small bag for $8, large bag for $12, to get yourself a great wakeup treat and help support the parish.

No Sunday School at the Rectory Today - God willing it will be held next week. Our five classes: Pre-Schoolers on the Sun Porch, Kindergartners and Lower Primary in the Basement Windowed Room, Upper primaries in the Kitchen, and Junior Highs in the Family Room-Study and attendant adults in the Living Room.

Please obtain your copy of the beautiful 2018 Church Calendar! - Get more than one if you can, because when you see it, you will always be reminded of your church family and the church’s praying life.  The price is $10.00.

Make an Annual Pledge to help us with steady financial help and fulfill  our responsibility to God and each other.  It should be a significant percentage of our income, we make a pledge of a percentage of our income.  The ideal foundation is 10%.  Those who do at least this much can testify of God’s blessings.  Please complete a pledge form and return it to the donation box.

Travelers to Remember - Abraham Alexander is currently sojourning in Canada, helping his family.  Matushka Mary Capp is on work-related travel until Tuesday.  Joel Kalvesmaki is also on a work-related absence from us.  Keep them in your prayers for their safety and return.

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