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The Descent Into Hades

The Sunday of the Paralytic — May 19th, 2019

Christ is Risen!  Truly He is Risen!

Fr. John Townsend is with us this weekend.  He has been the mentor of Holy Apostles and its people since the parish began back in 2001.  Our hearts are ever full for the efforts in prayer and support he has shown for our whole life.  He has been a priest for 51 years.  As witnessed in his sermon, he remains as fresh and on fire for the spreading of the Gospel within the Orthodox Faith and Tradition as when he was first ordained.  He is long-time pastor of the parish of St. Mary of Egypt in Roswell, George, just north of Atlanta.  His parish website is a wonderful resource of help on the Orthodox Christian way.

Sunday School at the Rectory Today, but not next Sunday, the 26th because of the large number of expected absences.

St. Julianna Sisterhood Soup! Yes, there is quite a bit left.  Since our Wednesday and Friday fasting has resumed, what better time to experience these taste delights.  The quarts of soup are available for $10 each to support the sisterhood’s work for us.

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.  We started weekly meetings this week with the firm to keep them posted on our securing bank lending support.   We have had two meetings with Sandy Spring Bank, a community oriented bank specializing in supporting local efforts, especially churches.  A special report to present to the bank manager this Tuesday will aid with the banks underwriters.  Again, as always, let’s pray intensely for the successful forwarding of our efforts.

A Parish Chapel Workday Upcoming - Next Saturday, the 25th, and the we hope to gather as many folks as possible to see to the cleaning of the chapel and grounds in advance of our parish picnic at the chapel grounds.  Because of an expected large number of absences, the picnic will be postponed until Pentecost Sunday, June 16th.  We had a wonderful first round Saturday, the 18th.  We did not secure a volunteer to provide the food, though, so someone please step forward to join in support of the community effort and fun.

Time (always time any time) to Make or Renew Your Annual Pledge - To fulfill our responsibility to financially support our parish, and to fulfill  our responsibility to God and each other, we encourage making a pledge of a percentage of our income.  The ideal foundation of our giving is 10%.  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 aonnd return it to the donation box when completed.  Please speak with our treasurer, Mariya Petrenko.

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.

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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