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The Myrrh Bearers are our example of service.  Would that we all could see to our work with the same humility and diligence shown by Sts. Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus and the holy women.  They had all loved, lived with and heard the Lord, but the work they did was the reverent and dutiful following of custom.  They saw to His taking down and provision for His burial.  They did not anticipate the Resurrection.

The women showed the least fear and hesitancy in their attendance to these duties.  They did not know what the soldiers and guards would do, neither did they know how they were going to open the tomb.  The women were rewarded for their diligence by being the first to know of the Resurrection and being the first to encounter the risen Lord.  We do not know what exactly will be the result of our own humility and diligence.  But unlike those myrrh bearers, we know of the Resurrection in advance.  We do know that we strive for salvation and we need that striving and the greater knowledge of the goal into every department of life.  God give us the ability to clear our eyes to see the goal and press toward it, no matter the obstacles.


The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost – Holy Martyr Agripinna – July 6th, 2014

A New Bishop was consecrated for our Eastern American Diocese last weekend in San Francisco. Bishop Nicholas is elected Vicar Bishop of Manhattan. As a priest and steward of the Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God, he came to our parish and took the icon to the Orthodox Christian Fellowship chapter at the University of Maryland, and graced our chapel with its presence. In the short time of his visit, the serenity and joy of his personality shone forth. Since that time, he was tonsured into monasticism and became Archimandrite Nicholas, under the patronage of St. Nicholas of Japan. You are encouraged to read more about him and his consecration on the Easter American Diocesan web site, eadiocese.org. We look forward to his first visit to us as a Bishop.

The Apostles Fast is in progress and will continue until this Friday, July 11th.

Kalvesmaki Coffee is offered to us today and through the parish feast next weekend. Samples are put out for us and bags are available for purchase in the back of the church at about $8 a half-pound. It’s really good coffee! Joel will provide upon request the details of today’s offering. The proceeds go to the parish.

Remember to pray for our travelers Elena and Daniel Swensen, visiting Elena’s family. We pray for a fruitful and happy sojourn and for their safe return in August just before Dormition. Thanks be to God, Abraham Alexander has returned.

Please join us for our Wednesday Evening Prayer Service to the Mother of God for the parish and for the sick.

Next Sunday, July 13th, 2014, Metropolitan Hilarion will serve, God willing for our parish feast, the Synaxis of the Holy Apostles. It is the 13th anniversary of the founding of our parish. As usual, there will be a potluck meal and reception at the Rectory. Please add your contribution to the list on the kitchen wall.

Chapel News There will be workdays arranged at our property during the warm months. Please be alert for these announcements from our warden and property project coordinator, John Hume. “Oh Lord, I have loved the beauty of Thy house, and the place where Thy glory dwelleth.” Let us put this love into operation and by this means contribute to the work-in-kind requirement of the grant.

The activation of the $86,000+ grant began this past Tuesday, July 1st. The front money for the work has been loaned to us. The easement needed from our condominium neighbor has been granted. That for which all this is needed, installation of electricity, has to date two bids. God willing, the contractor will be selected and the work will start very soon.

Please keep all these efforts in your prayers.

Vigils are Vital – Central to our Russian tradition is the Vigil service the evening before every celebration of the Divine Liturgy. It is a primary source in Faith and Tradition, regularly offered. It is, after the Divine Liturgy, then most important time for assembling for corporate prayer. 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 – In the Arbor Ridge nursing-rehabilitation facility are Don and Betty Chisholm. Arbor Ridge is just inside the Riderwood entrance by Calverton Shopping Center. As shut-ins, they would appreciate us seeing them. Please take the opportunity, and you might also run into their very nice family.

Through the devoted offices of Father Deacon John and Joannikia Dean, her daughter, Dorothy Dague remains in her apartment and is regularly with us.

Service Opportunities
Meal Signups – Join those who offer a meal in the upcoming weeks. The list is by the refrigerator.
Nick’s Place – Non-perishable goods go 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.

Items for Purchase to Support Holy Apostles
A Commemorative Tile fashioned by our warden, John Hume of Sligo Creek Tile, contains our name, the verse, “I was glad when they said unto me: Let us go into the house of the Lord,” and a lovely view of the chapel. These are for sale for $45. It can remind us to pray for each other and help us tell our story.

2014 Wall Calendars are available for a donation of $7.00 per calendar. This will help keep up with the feasts and fasts, and daily Scripture readings.

Other Ways to Support the Parish – We accept credit cards! We have a card reader that works with smart phones, so, get together with the treasurer or the designee, to make donations and 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 near the church-shaped donation box, including contact information such as address, telephone and email.

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