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Icon of the Transfiguration, by Theophanes the Greek
Icon of the Transfiguration, by Theophanes the Greek
Icon of the Transfiguration, by Theophanes the Greek

The 9th Sunday after Pentecost - Forefeast of the Transfiguration - Holy Martyr Eusignius of Antioch — August 18th, 2019

The Transfiguration of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ is kept by the very weather conditions on Mount Tabor where the Transfiguration took place.  On that day, without fail, a cloud descends and hides the summit.  We are called to rejoice with Holy Disciples and Apostles Peter, James and John in the appearance of the Lord in his divine nature.  The simultaneous appearance of Moses and Elijah completes the vision.

Moses is the seer of God in the unburnt bush and a seer of a partial vision of God later on the same Holy Mountain at the time of receiving the Law from God’s own hand.  It is recorded that, at times in Tabernacle worship, others could not bear to look on him for the glory of the Lord that clung to him.  He performed miracles of healing and destroyed attempts to rebelliously worship the idol of a golden calf.

Elijah is the prophet of prophets, calling down from heaven the divine fire to consume a sacrifice without human agency, himself destroying the worship of Baal.  He brought to life again a young boy.  He prevented rain for the space of three years, and then called upon God to restore rainfall.  He is alone among men to be taken up to heaven alive in a fiery chariot.

It is supremely fitting that the epitome of the dispensation of the law and the epitome of the prophetic witness should be appointed to appear on the new Holy Mountain of Tabor with the Incarnate God whose worship they had defined, inculcated, and defended.  It is supremely fitting that the dispensations they stood for should be fulfilled in the person of our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

While the three who saw all this were knocked to the ground in awe and fear, those closest to Christ in His humanity now understood in the blinding sight before them the true dimension of their beloved Teacher and Master.

We too should never lose our awareness of whom we worship, now in this feast revealed: the Creator of All who came to save us with the blood He shed from His own body, and who takes us all, not in the spectacle of the fiery chariot, but unto Himself in heart, mind and spirit.  Our wholeness is restored by Him.  Our own transfiguration awaits us.

The Dormition Fast Continues through Tuesday, August 27th.  Transfiguration mitigates the fast with allowance of fish on Monday, the 19th.

We need grapes and other fruit for Transfiguration - Tomorrow, the 19th, we bless fruits that are brought for the feast.  The grapes especially must be prepared ahead: Wash, and separate into bunches no bigger than can be held in the hand.  God bless you for your labors and help in the great celebration.  Please coordinate with our head sister, Elena Swenson.  The detritus left from blessed fruit must be disposed of in gardens and flower beds.

A Blessing from the Life of Charles De Gaulle - Famous as the voice and soul of France in her life struggle in WW II, and world-prominent as President of the French 5th Republic, he was also a devoted family man.

His wife Yvonne gave birth in 1928 to a girl, Anne, who was profoundly affected by Downes Syndrome.  In those days, people so afflicted were commonly institutionalized.  The De Gaulles decided instead to keep her at home, hired a care giver who became part of the family, and themselves spent hours at a time with her, especially De Gaulle himself.  Upon any return home, he first went to spend time with Anne.   He never spoke much of her, but he did once open himself up to a chaplain with these words:

Her birth was a trial for my wife and myself.  But believe me, Anne is my joy and my strength.  She is the grace of God in my life.  She has kept me in the security of obedience to the sovereign will of God.

May God give us all the grace like that given to De Gaulle to deal with adversity, however severe.

Our Cooling Strategy is a Success - Reducing the number of candles, judicious placement of fans, setting a low air-co temperature, and, especially, monitoring and policing door use worked to keep the indoor temperature livable.  Parents of restless children, God bless you for your diligent help with this.  Please continue for all our sakes in the difficult weather.

The Loaves and ‘Fishes Mailing is Bearing Fruit - So far, nearly $2,000.00 and have been received.  Keep up your prayers for the continued success of this needed income for our general fund.

Parish Hall building Efforts - A fundraising committee meets regularly 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 for our Parish Hall - Preparations for our 3-year capital campaign are on the way. We’d like to understand the amount we can expect from pledges and  will be grateful if you could submit your building fund pledge forms by the end of summer.  Get a Capital Campaign pledge form in the tract rack in the back and make your money felt in our future.

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.

Holy Apostles Orthodox Church
Three-year Capital Campaign Pledge form

The campaign runs from Summer 2019 until our Parish Feast in the Summer of 2022

Download and print the Pledge Form in PDF format.


'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.

Architect's Watercolor of New Parish Hall - click to see more...
Architect's Watercolor of New Parish Hall - click to see more...

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.
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