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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 Twenty-Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Venerable Patapius of Thebes

December 21st, 2014


St. Herman of Alaska will be commemorated this Wednesday the 24th at 6:30 PM with Evening Vigil and Thursday the 25th at 8:40 AM with Hours and Divine Liturgy. He was among the first Orthodox missionaries to this continent in the late 18th century. Orthodoxy in America is therefore nearly as old as our country. For this, and for his sanctity and many miracles among the Aleut people, we set this day apart to remember him, the “adornment of Alaska and joy of all America.”


We Welcome into our family in Christ the newly illumined Ioanna, baptized this past Wednesday. God grant her and her godmother Matushka Deborah many years.


The Nativity Fastis in progress and continues through January 6th. Let us keep the fast to prepare for the great and joyous feast of our Lord’s Incarnation. The Church’s fast is never just abstention from food. We need to also abstain from anything that would detract from the joy of the coming of God in the flesh.


Home Roasted Coffee made by Joel and Maximos Kalvesmaki is offered on Sundays after Liturgy during the fast to help keep us alert in our journey. This wonderful coffee is only available here, and only during the fast! Besides helping with the fast, this coffee makes a really nice Christmas gift. Half-pound (8 oz.) bags are $8; larger, 12-oz. bags are $12; all proceeds go to the church. No pre-orders are necessary, but bags are sold, first come, first served. Freshly prepared French pressed samples will be available at the tables. See the bulletin board notice for more details.


The 2015 Wall Calendars are here! Keep up with the Orthodox Liturgical Year and have a convenient reminder of the feasts and fasts. Make it part of your Christmas giving. It is available for a $7 donation. The photo spread looks to the future and will lighten your heart.


Orthodox Christians! – Make a Financial Pledge to Renew your Membership or Become a Member of Holy Apostles Orthodox Church for 2015Please take a membership form from the tract rack in the back and make a pledge of financial support for 2015. The tithe, or 10% of income, is the strong foundation of giving. Please consult a pamphlet on this subject, also available in the back. It is time now to take care of this task. We have to know this so that we can budget for the New Year, and we are behind in our receipt of the renewals. God bless you for your gift.


Chapel News There has been forward motion with WSSC, the water utility company. We asked for prayer for this and somebody has been praying. Please let’s keep it up. The Historical Commission recognizes our efforts, and the 2015 grant application will not be impeded because of water utility delays.


In the coming year, we hope to begin major foundation work involving the interior. We have gotten initial estimates for this as part of our grant application. Interior design decisions directly affect this process. There must be a harmony between the nature of the building and period architecture to support the needs of Orthodox worship. Pray for this work of 2015!


The Orthodox Christian Fellowship, College Park chapter, is on Christmas vacation and will resume in January. Pray for the students and supporting clergy.


Vigils are Vital – Central to our Russian tradition is the Vigil service the evening before Divine Liturgy. Vigils are a primary source of our Faith and Tradition. After the Divine Liturgy, the Vigil is the important time for corporate prayer. Vigil is also a standard time for the mystery of repentance and confession. The vigil is analogous 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 Shut-Ins – In the Arbor Ridge nursing-rehabilitation facility at Riderwood are Don and Betty Chisholm. Arbor Ridge is just inside the Riderwood entrance by Calverton Shopping Center. They appreciate visitors. Remember in prayer also Genevieve Waters who lives in Greenbelt.


Service Opportunities

Meal Signups – Sign up to make a meal for all after Divine Liturgy.

Nick’s Place – Non-perishable goods go to this halfway house for young men recovering from substance abuse. The orange bin is by the closet.

Holy Apostles Chariots is our “ride-to-church” service. See Reader Kyrill Shillen.

The Choir– Rehearsals are from 7 to 9 PM on Thursdays. See Nicholas Baumann.

The St. Juliana of Lazarevo Sisterhood sees to various needs of the parish. See Olga Postnikova.


Items for Purchase and Other Ways to Support Holy Apostles

A Commemorative Tile made by John Hume, has our name, the verse, “I was glad when they said unto me: Let us go into the house of the Lord,” and a front view of the chapel. One can be had for $45. Use it as a reminder for mutual prayer.

2015 calendars are here! They are available for a donation of $7.00. Keep up with the feasts, fasts, and daily Scripture readings.

We accept credit cards! We have a card reader that works with smart phones, so, get with the treasurer (or 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 things bought through eScrip, merchants donate small referral bonuses 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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