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New Interview with our architect, Andrew Gould

JULY 11, 2022 - 

"It's like we are children again, walking into a fairy story." 

- Jonathan Pageau, interviewing Andrew Gould


Dear parish family and friends of Holy Apostles, 

Many of you were not with us at Holy Apostles five years ago, when the Lord sent to our parish one of the greatest living Orthodox architects in America, Andrew Gould.  He has designed our parish hall and will also be involved with the design of the interior of our historic chapel.  Check out the below videos and learn about the architect and our future parish home.

Beauty and Meaning Today (scroll down to watch this video interview with Andrew Gould, the designer of Holy Apostles' parish hall.)

Andrew speaks of the otherworldly beauty of Orthodox churches throughout time:  "The Russians wanted their churches to look like they are not of this world.  They are part of the Kingdom of Heaven. They are part of the New Jerusalem.  They are of the Kingdom of God.  They are like the Ivory Palace."

In his intro to this fascinating conversation, Pageau says, "His work is rich in an exploration of traditional principles coupled with an attention to the particularities of context as well as a hint of fantasy. I explore his approach to creation and his worldview."

Andrew Gould spoke to us in October of 2017, about our storybook historic chapel. The chapel was given to our parish along with 2 acres of beautiful land, in 2009:  

The Architect (1 of 2)  |  The Architect (2 of 2)

For Andrew's architectural work, see here: https://www.newworldbyzantine.com/

To learn more about Andrew Gould's work, scroll down for our special section on him "below the fold."

Matching Grant Fundraiser exceeds goal, raises over $60,000

April 17, 2022


We are pleased to announce that our 2022 Palm Sunday Matching Grant Fundraiser exceeded its donations goal by 41%, raising over $60,000 for our Parish Hall Building Project!

We attribute this fundraising success to broad parish support, plus large donations from new donors from outside our parish community.

An anonymous donor had offered to match every dollar donated between Clean Monday (March 7), and Palm Sunday (April 17, 2022) — up to $25,000 — giving us the potential to raise at least $50,000 during Geat Lent.

After the tabulation of several checks mailed to the parish just prior to the deadline, our final total donations reached $35,046.95, exceeding our goal by 41%, and which, when combined with the $25,000 Match, gives us a final total of $60,046.95. This is more than $10,000 greater than the combined total of our two 2021 matching grant fundraisers, and means we have now raised more than $220,000 total for the building of our New Parish Hall.

This massive fundraising success empowers us to accelerate pre-construction preparation (building permits, plans, scheduling, etc.), and to continue our search and selection process for our general contractor, moving us a giant step forward towards our next intermediate goal, the actual groundbreaking for the New Parish Hall.

It would be difficult to overstate the significance of this fundraising success. We are deeply humbled by and thankful for the sacrificial giving from our parish family, just as we are delighted and surprised by the unexpected donations from first-time supporters from outside our community. Last year we placed the Parish Hall Building Project under the protection of the Mother of God through her wonderworking Myrrh-streaming Hawaiian Iveron Icon, and so we give thanks to her and to our merciful God for each and every one of you, and for all who remember us in your prayers. 

Our prayer is that we can break ground by the spring of 2023. We invite you to watch our website, and follow us on Facebook, for updates and announcements.

Of course, donations and new pledges are welcome at all times! We are casting a wide net, and hope to continue to welcome many new supporters (and parishioners!) as we proceed with the building of our New Parish Hall and our move to the campus of our beautiful historic chapel here in Beltsville, MD.

Scroll down to learn more and donate using the buttons at right...

Site Development, Erosion Control Plans Approved

June 6, 2022: Prince George County approves Site Development Concept Plans, Erosion Control Plans for Parish Hall Building Project


Kimberly Morgan of LandTech (our Construction Engineer) notified us that Prince George County has "approved the Site Development Concept Plans and the Approved 'Black Stamp' Erosion and Sediment Control Plans.  Once our mechanical engineer determines the water line size we can submit the WSSC plans for review."

These two site approvals mark a major step forward for our Parish Hall Building Project. You can see the "blueprints" of the approved Concept Plans (8 detailed, oversized pages) and ESC Plans (7 detailed, oversized pages) at church. The example page posted with this story of the Site Development Concept Plans shows the red approval stamp.

Please help us build our new Parish Hall by making a generous donation today! Just use the Donate buttons at right  >>--->>

Glory to God as we continue to move towards our groundbreaking in Spring 2023!

A Visual History - 2009 through 2021

Hover over images to pause the presentation.  Use right and left arrows to navigate forwards or back.

Clicking on an image opens the presentation in gallery view, with the ability to play the slide show, or view individual slides.

2017-2021 Parish Hall Building Project Highlights


December 4, 2021: Thanks to numerous donors, and a few very generous first-time supporters, we blew past our $6,000 Matching Grant goal, raising a total of $21,029 towards our Parish Hall Building Fund! Glory be to God!


October 23, 2021: Thanks to a generous donor, we launched a new $6,000 Matching Grant Campaign, to raise $12,000 for the Parish Hall Building Fund. The first $6,000 donated to our Building Fund between now and the deadline of December 4, 2021 - the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple - will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $6,000. This gives us a great opportunity to raise a quick $12,000 for our building fund. Contribute, share the appeal, and pray!


October 23, 2021: Our Building Committee's report, presented to the parish after the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, October 17, 2021, has been posted above on this page in both a continuous slide-show format (with controls to pause and manually advance the slides), and in PDF format for you to download. Watch for more updates soon as we detail where we stand in our journey to build our new Parish Hall and make the move to our new campus.


September 30, 2021: We completed the "RAISE THE ROOF" fundraising campaign, which enabled us to install the new sub-roof for our historic Chapel, and therefore enabled the completion of the roof restoration, which itself was funded by grant monies secured for the restoration of our historic Chapel.


May 22, 2021: We launched a special "RAISE THE ROOF" fundraising campaign, to quickly raise funds to install a new sub-roof for our historic Chapel. 


April 25, 2021: We easily exceeded our $12,000 Palm Sunday Match Goal, climbing over $14,000, so with the $12,000 Match we succeeded in raising over $26,000 for the Parish Hall Building Fund! The next three indented entries show how this fundraiser really "took off" and exceeded everyone's excpectations:


April 17, 2021: $2000 added to the Palm Sunday match, making the total match $12,000 — An anonymous donor has come forward to offer an additional $2000 towards our Palm Sunday match, making the new amount for the match $12,000.00.  The current balance is $10,247.72, so we still need $1752.28 to make the additional amount, and gain an additional $4000 for the Building Fund.


April 12, 2021: Glory to God, our Palm Sunday match has been met before the deadline, at 103% of the goal! The total is now at $10,247.72.  $10,000 of this amount will be matched, dollar for dollar, by our two anonymous donors, for a total of $20,247.72 to go to our Building Fund, to build our new parish hall.


March 12, 2021: Palm Sunday Building Fund Match Launches, aims to raise $20,000 by April 25 —  Two anonymous contributors have gone in together to offer a $10,000 Building Fund match, with the deadline being Palm Sunday, April 25th, 2021.


February 8, 2021: Live Premiere on YouTube and Facebook of our Parish Hall Fundraising Video titled, 'The Mountain of God in Beltsville, Maryland' — This beautifully filmed and edited video, professionally produced by Fr. John Parsells of Orthodox360, was viewed by dozens during its live launch, and by hundreds within a couple of hours of the premiere. Preceded by the recent redesign of our parish website in January, this video launches our Capital Fundraising Campaign out into the wider online world. Our prayer is that those who view this video will join us in our missionary work, by praying for us, and by generously donating towards the building of the parish hall.


October 2020: Matching Grant fundraiser surpasses goal, earns over $10,000 — Two anonymous donors in our parish combined to pledge a $5,000 Matching Grant to spur a 2-week fundraiser, with the deadline for the match on the Feast of the Protection of the Theotokos, October 14. We surpassed our goal and earned the match, bringing in a total of $10,061, kicking off the next phase of our Capital Campaign and funding the production of our Parish Hall Fundraising Video.  


Summer 2020: Life under Covid Restrictions — Although many of our parish activities were limited, we were able to hold several of the divine services outdoors at the Chapel Campus. You can see some scenes of one of these beautiful Divine Liturgies in our new Parish Hall Fundraising Video.


November 2019: We have hired a civil engineering company, LandTech, to work with SPIRE Architecture. — Civil engineers are responsible for getting us through all the construction plans (environmental, water and sewer, site development, grading, etc.) and permitting process.At the end of this process, according to Landtech’s timeline by the end of the next year (2020), we should be ready to start building.


November 2019: Shipley and Horn Law Offices has agreed to help us with the permitting and legal processes as needed.  And they are willing to donate their services.  — Mr. Shipley’s grandfather was one of the builders of St. Joseph’s chapel and is buried in the cemetery.This is one of the wonderful connections we are discovering around our property.


November 2019 - Fundraising Update —  Since we officially launched the first stage of our campaign in June 2018, our Building Fund has received close to $100,000. 


February 2019: We have hired our local Architect of Record, SPIRE Architecture of Annapolis. — The Parish Hall Building Project requires a local "architect of record" to liase with civil engineers and city/county authorities in order to bring to reality the beautiful design of Orthodox architect Andrew Gould. 


On October 11, 2018, through a great miracle, we reached our initial goal: $50,000, enabling us to secure the services of noted Orthodox architectural designer, Andrew Gould! Glory to God!


June 10, 2018: We officially launch our Capital Fundraising Campaign for the New Parish Hall. — This important kick-off event featured a keynote address by noted Orthodox author and speaker Frederica Mathewes-Green, and the public unveiling of Andrew Gould's watercolor of his concept for our New Parish Hall. Scroll down to view the watercolor and learn more...


Octobery 2017: Orthodox architect Andrew Gould visits Holy Apostles, and presents his vision for our new Chapel Campus. — Scroll down for more info on this exciting event, and to watch a 2-part video of Andrew Gould sharing his vision with us after the Divine Liturgy on October 28, 2017... 

Andrew Gould's Vision


Architect Andrew Gould delivered a beautiful watercolor of his concept for our New Parish Hall, just in time for us to display at our Capital Fundraising Launch Event June 10, 2018.

Scroll down to watch a 2-part video of Andrew Gould's talk to our parish in October 2017, where he discusses his vision for our new campus through designs integrated with the style of our historic Chapel, and for his initial architectural drawings for the Parish Hall design.


On Saturday, October 28, 2017, after the Divine Liturgy for the Departed, Orthodox architect Andrew Gould spoke to us about our historic chapel and property. He spent two days with us, studying the building and property.

We think you will enjoy his perceptive insights and his vision for our campus. His talk with the parish is presented in two YouTube videos immediately below these important links:

New World Byzantine - The company website of Andrew Gould and George Holt architecture and design. Read their 'About Us' page for their vision of reviving the traditional practice of apprenticeship in fostering a vibrant, new Orthodox culture rich in the liturgical arts.

Orthodox Arts Journal - Also founded by Andrew Gould (in 2012), OAJ is a unique platform "for the promotion of traditional Orthodox liturgical arts. The Journal covers visual arts, music, liturgical ceremony and texts, and relevant art history and theory." See also their 'About' page, and explore the articles by Andrew Gould, which often feature his various Orthodox architectural projects, and may someday feature ours!

Andrew Gould shares his vision - October 2017

Architect's Proposal - Preliminary Drawings
Parish Hall Elevations
Parish Hall Elevations
Parish Hall Elevations
Parish Hall Floor Plan
Parish Hall Floor Plan
Parish Hall Floor Plan
Survey with Building Footprint
Survey with Building Footprint
Survey with Building Footprint

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Become a Church Builder!


From 'St John of Shanghai and San Francisco, Zealous Builder of Churches'

Everywhere he went he either oversaw the building of churches or supported the same with his attention and prayers... He wrote about the godly work of building churches: 

"In building churches here on earth, we create for ourselves eternal habitations in heaven."


Read the full article here...

Become a Church Builder!
Become a Church Builder!
Become a Church Builder!

General Fund Contributions

Historic Chapel Restoration

Since 2009 we have been restoring our beautiful chapel, gifted to our parish that year by the Christian Brothers. We have received and administered grants of approximately $400,000 so far, and continue to apply for the grants as they become available.

Chapel Restoration Funds
We've raised



EPISTLE BOOK, published by Holy Apostles Orthodox Church


The only Orthodox Epistle Book using the KJV text.

Includes the Acts and the Epistles, arranged for liturgical use according to Russian Orthodox practice. An appendix features all relevant prokeimena and readings for the whole year. Rubrics, introductory notes and monthly calendar for the Church Year are also included. Hardbound with full color dust cover, 632 pages. Published by Holy Apostles Orthodox Church and St Polycarp Press.

Full info and links to order on this special page.

St Romanos the Melodist Society


The St. Romanos the Melodist Society produces and publishes English language music of the Russian Orthodox Church.


The St. Romanos website is the online extension of A Church Singer's Companion, a project started in 1998 with the blessing of Metropolitan (then Archbishop) Laurus. Inspired by the Russian Sputnik Psalomshchika, the Companion is envisioned to contain the music necessary for every service a parish choir might need to sing, while staying simple enough so that any parish choir can sing it.

The St. Romanos Society produces music in both printed and recorded formats, and conducts seminars and workshops on the proper performance of that music. The Society is a sodality of Holy Apostles Orthodox Church, Beltsville, Maryland.

To get started looking at music, proceed to the Church Singer's Companion and begin familiarizing yourself with the content. You'll find there are a few more challenging settings mixed in, marked “difficult” or “very difficult”. Audio or video examples accompany some of the music. In addition, the Introduction provides valuable advice about proper church singing and related topics.

Detailed Reviews and Endorsements by clergy and choral professionals are provided for your consideration.