The 4th Sunday after Pentecost - The Synaxis of the Holy Apostles — July 14th, 2019
We are sent - Following our heavenly patrons, we are sent; first to our own hearts to cleanse them of impediments that blind us to our task. We carry the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ under the breath of the Holy Ghost he gave to the disciples in the upper room. If we would be ambassadors of His, we have to follow the Holy Spirit’s guidance. The Holy Spirit points us to a larger view than our own abilities, even highly developed abilities, can give us. All the challenges allowed to us are gifts to enable expanded sight. Let us meet them with cheer, because we know God, our God and Savior, is behind them. Even before great challenges He allows, we know that He only wants our salvation.
We welcome Juliana Burnham to the Body of Christ - Her beloved parents John and Olga, and her God parents, John Hume and Matushka Joannikia Dean are to be congratulated, as is our parish on the addition of the 35th child!
Our Parish Feast is today. We celebrate with our potluck festive meal up at our “sylvan glade” around the historic chapel; another picnic - hooray. A grill is being provided for cooking in the rough. God’s blessings on all the contributors of food and labor to make it work, to get us “there and back again.”
It is Joseph Loomis’ Last Sunday - In the short time he has been with us he has jumped in to help in many ways including faithful choir membership. Alas, a position in the field he has trained for, classical education, has opened up in Dallas, Texas. I have alerted people of our St.Nicholas parish there of his coming. God be with you in everything, dear Joseph.
Kyrill Shillenn is made a novice! - Friday morning at the end of Matins for Apostles Peter and Paul Kyrilll entered the novitiate. This is the first step on his monastic path. He called me to let me know. God’s continued blessings on him.
The Loaves and ‘Fishes Letter is Ready for processing and mailing.- Tuesday evening at 7 PM, we will gather to stuff and stamp. As many as can please join in this effort. Many hands make light work. See you all there.
A Wedding is in our near future. Joseph Schmidt and Sophia Knapp will be married during Divine Liturgy on Sunday, July 28th, two weeks from today. They will be sponsored at the event by Joshua and Mary Robinson. God bless the wonderful family moving into this new life.
Parish Hall building Efforts - A fundraising committee meets every two weeks concerning our parish hall building campaign. The Spire architectural firm is on fire to meet our building needs. Weekly update meetings with Spire are proceeding. Preparation of a report to present to loan underwriters of the Sandy Spring bank is in progress. Again, as always, let us all pray intensely for the successful forwarding of our efforts. Our Capital Campaign has begun, see below for the pledge form.
It’s always time, any time, to make or renew your Annual Pledge - To fulfill our responsibility to our parish and to God, we make a pledge of a percentage of our income. The ideal foundation is 10%. Those who do this can tell of God’s blessings. To begin or renew your pledge, complete a pledge form and return it to the donation box.
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 Thomas Hurlock 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 Swensen.
- 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.