The Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost – Holy Martyrs Plato and Romanos – December 1st, 2013
Mother Taisia reposed in the Lord last Sunday morning at 5:20 AM. Her body was brought to the church and a Pannikhida (memorial service) was sung on Monday evening. Many took part in reading the Psalter before her body during the course of the night. The monastic funeral was conducted here Tuesday morning. Such a funeral was unique in our parish life, striking in its distinct hymnody and in the final swaddling of the body in her monastic habit. This was followed by the burial in the Russian section of Rock Creek cemetery next to her beloved husband Constantine. We all then returned here for a memorial meal. During this time many events of her life were recalled, including especially her joy at receiving the monastic tonsure and her devotion to the Mother of God. Her devotion was rewarded by her repose on the day of the revelation of the Iveron Icon of the Mother of God of Montreal.
The 9th Day Commemorationfor Mother Taisia will be kept tomorrow, Monday evening, December 2nd, at 7:00 PM. The 40th day commemoration will be kept on January 2nd at 7:00 PM.
The Parish Council Meeting will be held next Monday evening, December 9th at 7:00 PM, instead of as originally scheduled.
The Entry of the Mother of God into the Temple will be commemorated with a Vigil at 6:30 Tuesday evening and Divine Liturgy at 8:40 Wednesday morning. During the Vigil, the songs from the Nativity canon are sung. This is the third of the 12 great feasts of the year. Please do all in your power to attend and pray with us. If you prepared and communed today, you may also commune on the feast day.
Name Days were celebrated this past Tuesday for John Hume and Friday for Matthew Raybin. Many years!
Chapel News – This past Monday, we invited Metropolitan Hilarion to visit, bless and encourage our efforts at St. Joseph’s chapel. We gave him a tour of the chapel and discussed the work done and to be done, the fulfillment of the 2013 grant and the application for a 2014 grant. With him were his attendant Hieromonk Tikhon and our dean, Father Victor Potapov. Present to greet them were Father George and Matushka Deborah, Readers John and Kyrill, and our warden, John Hume. We then repaired to the church and served a prayer service before our copy of the icon of the Iveron Mother of God of Hawaii and partook of refreshments prepared by Matushka Deborah.
The Stewardship Campaign for 2014 – Thanks be to God for the great gifts bestowed through His inspiration of the members in their pledges for the year 2014. Also, in a second iteration of our summer appeal, people have generously responded. If you have yet to renew your pledge for 2014, please do so. It is never too late. The parish council will use the December 9th meeting to draft the 2014 budget, based on the data from the forms.
A Special Collection for the ROCOR Fund for Assistance will be taken up, at the request of Metropolitan Hilarion. This fund sees to the needs of very poor places, such as the parishes in Haiti. Please give generously.
The Nativity Fast is in progress and continues through Nativity eve, January 6th. Please consult your calendars for details.
A St. Juliana Sisterhood Bake Salewill be held next Sunday, December 8th, during our communal meal, featuring items good to the taste yet suited to the fast. Please see and post publicly the attached flyer.
Also offered on behalf of the parish during the fast please consider the following and partake with thanksgiving of the fruits of the labors of Joel and Maximus Kalvesmaki:
Starting this Sunday, December 1, home-roasted coffee will be on sale throughout the Nativity Fast every Sunday after liturgy at Holy Apostles Orthodox Church in Beltsville. This amazing coffee helps bring joy to the fast and makes a fantastic gift. Half-pound bags are $8; all proceeds go to the parish. No pre-orders are necessary, but supplies will be sold on a first-come first-served basis.
Ethiopia Grade 1 dry process Aramo | city+ roast | This coffee has an undeniable floral note and a great sweetness that culminates in a butter caramel flavor. Fruits multiply as the cup cools—apricot, nectarine, lychee, fresh mango, and strawberry candy. This coffee has a silky body and a fairly clean finish, with lots of cocoa and toasted sugar.
Guatemala Antigua Cafe Pulcal | full-city roast | This coffee has a nutty smell in the steam, like candied pecan, and a sugary note of brown sugar and butter. The cup is sweet and silky. There's delicateness to the acidity that comes off as refreshing in mouth feel, and with notes of mandarin orange, blackberry, and red currant. The finish is long and carries with it a dark cocoa flavor as well as red berry.
Sumatra Lake Toba Samosir Island | French roast | This is an intense coffee. The dry fragrance has powerfully rustic sweetness, foresty cedar notes, herbal, with sorghum molasses and sweet tobacco. The cup is very bold, with strong flavors of heavily caramelized sugars, bittersweet chocolate, and a fruited undertone of mixed melons.
Decaffeinated coffee | various roasts | Decaffeinated coffees will be made available from different countries and at different roast levels throughout the fast.
It must be further pointed out that one can best experience these joys if the coffee is consumed unadulterated, meaning black.
Traveling – Father Deacon Herman is in California for a time to complete some business there. Our head sister, Olga Postnikova is in Russia completing work for her Doctorate. God willing, she will return at the end of December. Our new member Abraham Alexander, is traveling for work on two continents and will be gone almost a month. Father Christopher, Matushka Dorothy and baby Daniel, Reader Kyrill and John Hume are away visiting family and we hope with be back today or very soon. Please pray for their safe return of all.
Orthodox Christian Fellowship – With Father Kosmas Karavellas, Father Christopher serves the Tuesday evening Vespers and leads the Bible study that follows for the students at the University of Maryland, College Park. Keep the clergy and the students in your prayers.
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 – Mother Taisia has new reposed in the Lord, but there are yet others in Riderwood who would welcome your visits. Three are 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.
Holy Apostles Chariots is our “ride-to-church” service. See Reader Kyrill Shillen.
The St. Juliana of Lazarevo Sisterhood sees to various needs of the parish. See Olga Postnikova.
The Choir rehearses from 7 - 9 PM on Thursdays. New members are always welcome. See Nicholas Baumann.
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.
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.