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The Sunday after Ascension - The Fathers of the 1st Ecumenical Council

May 20th, 2018

  • Sunday School with the 5 classes is at the Rectory today. Today will be the last class of the season. Regular classes will pick up again in September.
    • Summer Schedule for Children: We will have activities from time to time for the children throughout the summer, such as the easter egg hunt in conjunction with the parish picnic two weeks from today, and other activities such as small plays for the children.
    • Congratulations to the Sunday School teachers, Matushka Jo Anna, Matushka Nikki, Joel Kalvesmaki, and Fr. Christopher, and their helpers, who have come forward to support the Christian development of our children. Especially the very young take great delight in Sunday School, thanks to their efforts.


  • The Parish Council Meets tomorrow, Monday evening, May 21 at 7 PM.


  • The Great Feast of Pentecost, or, the Descent of the Holy Spirit in tongues of fire on the Holy Apostles, will be celebrated next Sunday.


  • The Parish Picnic is on June 3rd, the Sunday of All Saints. At that same time, we will have the Easter Egg Hunt for the very young. It’s two weeks from today. It’s for all, not just for families with children. So all please come.


  • St. Joseph’s Chapel Property Development - Architect Andrew Gould’s initial concept drawings for our parish hall are posted on the wall as you come in the door. We are convinced that he is a Godsend. He s also making a watercolor painting of the hall based on his design. This painting will be incorporated in our campaign for funds to go forward with construction of our parish hall. Also…


  • Our Parish Hall Fund Raising Event will be held on June 10th, the Sunday of All Saints of Russia, at 6 PM.
    • Renowned author and speaker, Khouria Frederika Mathews-Green, will be the featured speaker.
    • The masterly flyer and poster have been created for this by Ralph (Zosima) Sidway, working closely with Matushka Deborah. All in communication with us have received the flyer attached to an email. Each household will be handed at least one today. We have had it professionally printed for the best possible presentation. You may have more than one copy if you wish.
    • The reason for having them is to remind us of the event (the one on your refrigerator) and to notify others by posting publicly. Please do so if you have such a place. This event is very significant for the future of our parish community. Please therefore also pray,and, of course, come to the event.
    • Download, print and share our flier in PDF format. You can also share the JPEG version by using the flier image at top right of this page.
    • Please share our Parish Hall Fund Raising Page via social media like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, etc. This special page will house all future information on the Parish Hall Building Project and Fundraising.


  • Activities Related to the Fund Raising Event
    • A planning meeting will be held at the front table during trapeza.
    • A parish Youtube channel is being created.
    • The Holy Apostles website is being completely overhauled by Ralph Sidway, working with Matushka Deborah, bringing it into the 2nd decade of the 21st century, not to mention making it beautiful.


  • 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.


  • Pray for:
    • Our Sick: our warden John Hume’s wife, Lynne, and Marc Strumpf’s daughter, Nora, as they recover, and Juliana, the mother of Metropolitan Jonah;
    • Our Travelers: Reader Kyrill will sojourn in France through the month of May, and Abraham Alexander sojouring now in Armenia.


  • 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 Building Fund 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.
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