The Nativity in the Flesh of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ - January 6th & 7th, 2019
Christ is Born! Glorify Him!
Christ is born! Give ye glory!
Christ cometh from heaven! Meet ye Him!
Christ is on earth! Be ye exalted!
O all the earth, sing ye unto the Lord,
And chant with gladness, O ye people,
For He hath been glorified!
The 2019 Calendars Are Here! - The photos reveal the beauty of our ever-growing life. Purchase one or more so that, wherever you are, you can always be reminded of your church family, and keep up with the feasts and fasts. The price is $6.00 which only covers the cost, and should make multiple purchases easier.
Church Flowers and Decoration - God’s blessings to Matushka Mary (Joanna) Capp and her auxiliaries Paraskeva (Collette), Mary (Holly) and Aster, and our warden John for the beautiful flowers, tree and garland for the feast.
Our Nativity Festal Meal and Reception - New Place, New Preparation
We will be making our last logistical preparations during our agape meal today for tomorrow’s festal reception at our new location which will be in the fellowship hall of St. John's Episcopal Church, just north of us at Route 1 and Powder Mill Rd. The hall seats about 120 (the same number of people that our future new parish hall will seat).
We will invite people from St. John’s, our host We will give the rector a copy of the Iveron Icon. Fr. Joseph Constant is being very kind in allowing us the use of the hall at no charge, down from the regular fee of $750.00! Fr. Joseph is from Haiti, and we told him that we pray for his country at every Divine Liturgy.
We are looking forward to our first big parish meal where we can all sit down together, in the same room, without being crowded, and share in fellowship on this great feast of our Lord's Nativity.
Here is our Nativity signup so far:
We are very short on people to help on setup, serving, and cleanup (& return things to the office park.)
For the food, plan for perhaps 60 to 70 people or more. We are short on desserts and vegetable sides.
Elena Swensen is organizing a bake sale, so come prepared to support our St. Juliana Sisterhood by purchasing yummy Christmas cookies! The cookies will be for sale at the Nativity festal meal, at St. John's Episcopal. (Anya is planning to do a lot of baking!)
Our Saint Juliana Sisterhood for 2019 - We are gathering names and email addresses of all the members of the sisterhood for ease of communication. Please join and be a part of this essential parish organization. To be in the sisterhood, it is necessary to be a pledging member of Holy Apostles. Give your name and email to our new prospective Head Sister, Elena Swensen.
Sunday School Resumes Sunday the 13th at the Rectory. Our five classes will resume: Pre-Schoolers on the Sun Porch, Kindergartners and Lower Primary in the Basement Windowed Room, Upper primaries in the Kitchen, and Junior Highs in the Family Room-Study and attendant adults in the Living Room. See you there!
Pray for our Holiday Travelers - Joseph Loomis is celebrating with his Godparents, Fr. Ignatius and parish family in Pennsylvania. John and Katherine are visiting family in China. Remember Abraham in his Canadian sojourn.
Time to Make or Renew Your Annual Pledge - To help us with steady financial help and fulfill our responsibility to God and each other, we make a pledge of a percentage of our income to support the parish. The ideal foundation of our givig should be 10% of our income. Those who do at least this much can testify of God’s present blessings. If you have not done so before, and to renew and update your pledge, please complete a pledge form and return it to the donation box when completed. Please speak with our treasurer, Mariya Petrenko.
A fundraising committee meets every two weeks concerning our parish hall building campaign. We have made the brochure and posters, and are planning to assemble a booklet of about 20 pages detailing the history of our parish and especially since we received the gift of the chapel. We have a lot of new parishioners since our search for our parish home began, and since we were given the chapel in 2009. We want to bring them, and everyone, on board. Pray for the successful completion of this effort, and be ready to “get on board.” Please speak with Matushka Deborah to “get on board” now.
Here for the First Time? - Please sign our new guest book, including any information to enable contact if desired.
'Our Paradise in Beltsville'
– a new brochure for the building of our parish hall and beyond...
The occasion for the new brochure is twofold. The new brochure reflects the fact that, since we have raised the $50,000 necessary for the architect’s fees, we have moved on to the next phase of our capital campaign: the building of our parish hall. Secondly, a great number of these brochures accompanied Fr. George and Matushka to St. John’s for a special presentation recently. Please take a copy of the brochure and read it. Take extra copies to give to any interested friends. Spread the word! We want to build our church!
Two new posters - We have also created two new posters for the presentation at the Cathedral, and for our Capital Campaign in general. The large color poster will go with the watercolor poster of our future parish hall. This new poster has photos of the historic chapel and grounds. The smaller poster is the design for the interior of the parish hall. These three posters are featured on our kitchen wall.
A fundraising committee has been meeting every two weeks. In addition to having produced the brochure and posters, we are planning to produce a booklet of about 20 pages or so, which will detail the history of our parish and especially since we received the gift of the chapel. We want to bring everyone on board, as we have a lot of new parishioners who were not there in 2009, when we were given the chapel, and before that, when we were searching for our parish home.
Andrew Gould’s Vision -
See and be inspired by his beautiful water color of the parish hall, along with the concept drawings from this God-sent and God-gifted man. See, too, his impromptu presentation at our trapeza. It stimulated one present to say, ”We gotta get this guy!”
Holy Apostles Youtube Channel and Videos! - See online the results of the labors of Herman Muller in consultation with Matushka Deborah in creating the parish youtube channel. The channel banner is from the 6th century mosaic icon over the altar of the church of St. Apollinaris in Classe in Ravenna, Italy. The contents consist of all our videos over the years, leading off with the complete video of June 10th’s fund raising event.
Pray for: Our Traveler Abraham Alexander.
The Holy Fire is with us from this year’s Holy Land Pascal celebration, conveyed to Metropolitan Hilarion in New York, conveyed by him to St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedra; in Howell, NJ, and conveyed to us from there by a friend of the parish. Please avail yourselves of it, and join those who keep the fire burning all the time. To do this well, you need two oil lamps like those at church that you relight twice daily, one from the other.
Make an Annual Pledge to help us with steady financial help and fulfill our responsibility to God and each other. The ideal foundation for giving is a tithe, or 10%. Those who do this testify of God’s blessings. Please complete a pledge form and return it to the donation box.
Service and Support Opportunities:
- Sign up to make a meal for all after Sunday Divine Liturgy, together with cleanup. We need food for up to 60. Add your name to the signup sheet.
- Holy Apostles Chariots – See Reader Kyril : if you need a ride.
- Holy Apostles Choir – Required rehearsals are from 7 to 9 PM on Thursdays.
- The St. Juliana of Lazarevo Sisterhood sees to various needs of the parish, including church decoration and prosphora baking. See Elena Solodkova (Sherry).
- Nick’s Place is a halfway house for young men recovering from substance abuse. We deliver non-perishable goods. Please donate.
- A Commemorative Tile made by John Hume is a likeness of our chapel with our name and the verse, “I was glad when they said unto me: Let us go into the house of the Lord.” This beautiful perpetual reminder of mutual prayer can be had for $45.
- 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 eScrip page of our web site has a link and instructions for use. For items bought through eScrip, merchants donate small referral bonuses to our building fund. Please use this method for your on-line shopping. See our treasurer, Mariya Petrenko for more information.
- Please sign our Guest Book! - When you visit for the first time please record your coming in the little book by the door, including name and contact information such as address, telephone and email. If you wish to be on our distribution list, please let us know.