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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 Leave Taking of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross of the Lord – The 18th Sunday after Pentecost – October 4th, 2015 

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross was celebrated this week and concludes today.  This second of the 12 great feasts of the liturgical year reminds us of that sign of our salvation, of which we should never be ashamed, and which we should make upon ourselves every day, regardless of the pressures of the world and the devil.  Make no mistake.  It is the devil, Satan, the enemy of our salvation that makes happen all the horrors that we see daily around us.  If people refuse to recognize God, what else is to be expected?  Human enlightenment without God is the utmost darkness.  When we recite the hymn to the Cross in our daily prayers, we thus beg Him for the life in the Cross that quells and conquers all that the enemy can throw at us.  The benefits of His Passion, of His precious shed blood, come to us through His precious and life-giving Cross.

Forty Days for Life, a prayer activity on behalf of unborn children, continues. 

As God allows, as many as can, please enlist to participate in this God-given opportunity on behalf of the unborn.  Praying against this great sin before a place where it is daily committed takes the courage of the Cross.  Fear not.   God is with us.

A Parish Directory is in preparation by Marc Strumpf.  Please review your information for its correctness when Marc shows it to you.  It will be published as soon as it is verified.

Chapel News With the completion of the restoration of the masonry, the external beauty is beginning to really blossom. Please go to take a look at it, maybe today on your way home. 

Any big construction project makes a mess.  Please make yourselves available to help in the cleanup effort.  The weather took away yesterday’s opportunity, but there remain future Saturdays.  One of the drainage ditches needs to be restored.  And there is ground maintenance, especially the vines under the big holly hedge.

Loaves and Fishes and Our General Financial SituationGod’s many blessings on those who made donations to help us through our financial crisis.  We are still in need of increases in pledging to give our finances a sure foundation.  Take a membership form from the tract rack in the back and make a pledge of financial support.  The tithe, or 10% of income, is the Biblical foundation of giving and is recommended.  This benefits both the parish and the giver.  Benefactors are prayed for at every service.  The experience of those who give to the church shows that God indeed loves a cheerful giver, even in material ways.  The leap of Faith must be made.

Medical Prayer Needs

Father Victor Potapov – I talked with him a few days ago and he continues to take it easy after his heart attack.  Please keep him and his family in your prayers.

Father Moses Berry, long-time friend and pastor of the parish dedicated to the Mother of God of Unexpected Joy in Ashgrove, Missouri, needs a kidney transplant.  Please keep him, Matushka Magdalena and family in your prayers.

Travelers – Abraham Alexander has been in Canada and is going now to Armenia.  Our treasurer, Mariya Petrenko, is traveling to Italy for a work related conference and to the Ukraine to visit family.  Keep our dear ones in prayer for a safe return.

Father Daniel Byantoro is here – Save the Dates! – He will give talks at our parish over the course of Friday 10/23 through Sunday 10/25.  Exact times and subjects are to be announced.  He is largely responsible for the Orthodox evangelization of Indonesia, the largest predominantly Moslem country in the world.  When you hear his exegesis of Holy Scripture and his keen, emphatic and edifying views on our situation today, you will understand why he is so successful in evangelism.  Do not miss this opportunity!

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