The 21st Sunday after Pentecost - Great Martyr Paraskeva - November 10th, 2019
NOW IS THE TIME to make or renew your Annual Pledge - The parish council will be shortly making the 2020 annual budget,and we want to base that on the most complete information. 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%. The blessings of those who tithe and the blessings to the parish of those who tithe are known by ample evidence, not the least of which is our growth as a community. To begin or renew your pledge, complete a pledge form and return it to the donation box.
The following life is largely taken from the website of the Orthodox Church in America (oca.org)
The Great Martyr Paraskeva of Iconium lived during the third century in a rich and pious family. Her parents especially reverenced Friday, the day of the Passion of the Lord, and therefore they called their daughter Paraskeva, meaning “Friday.”
Young Paraskeva loved purity and the loftiness of the virginal life with all her heart, and she took a vow of celibacy. She wanted to devote her life to God and to the enlightenment of pagans with the light of Christ.
Because of her confession of the Orthodox Faith, the pagans in a frenzy seized her and brought her to the city prefect. They demanded that she offer unholy sacrifice to the pagan idols. With a steady heart, and trusting in God, she refused. For this she underwent great torments: after stripping her, they tied her to a tree and beat her with rods. Then the torturers raked her body with iron claws. Finally, they threw her into prison, exhausted by the torture and lacerated to the bone. But God did not forsake the holy sufferer, and miraculously healed her wounds. Taking no account of this divine miracle, the executioners continued with their torture of Saint Paraskeva, and finally, they cut off her head.
Saint Paraskeva has always enjoyed a special love and veneration among the Orthodox people. Many pious customs and observances are associated with her. In the ancient Russian accounts of the Saints’ Lives, the name of the Great Martyr is inscribed as: “Saint Paraskeva, also called Piatnitsa (in Russian: Friday).” Churches dedicated to Saint Paraskeva in antiquity were given the name Piatnitsa. Small wayside chapels in Russia received the name Piatnitsa. The simple Russian people called the Martyr Paraskeva variously Piatnitsa, Piatina, Petka.
Icons of Saint Paraskeva were especially venerated and embellished by the faithful. Russian iconographers usually depicted the martyr as an austere ascetic, tall of stature, with a radiant crown upon her head. Icons of the saint guard pious and happy households. B y Church belief, Saint Paraskeva is protectress of fields and cattle. Therefore, on her Feast day it was the custom to bring fruit to church to be blessed. These blessed objects were kept until the following year. Moreover, Saint Paraskeva is invoked for protection of cattle from disease. She is also a healer of people from grievous illness of both body and soul.
O Holy Great Martyr Paraskeva, pray to God for us!
We are grateful for your continued prayers for Dorothy Dague, our aged parishioner and mother of Matushka Joannikia Dean. She continues in Adventist Hospital and has shown positive signs under the watchful care of her daughter and son-in-law, Fr. Deacon John and the sympathetic hospital staff. Please include the Deans when you pray for Dorothy.
Grant Supported Work on the Chapel Rose Windows - Work is in progress to put in place stained glass to replicate the historic originals. God willing, we will soon see the sunlight that must have streamed into the chapel when Admiral Ammen built it in 1880. Glory to God! Once the window work is completed, we hope to assemble our children (38 of them!) at the chapel for photographs showing them in our new more light-filled space.
Sunday School at the Rectory - We have classes for all up through high school age. The youngest class meets in the windowed basement room, the younger primary grade class meets in the sun room, the older girls meet in the basement office, and the older boys meet in the family/fire place room. Accompanying adults gather in the living room for discussion on church-related topics.
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 - Our 3-year capital campaign is under 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. Get a Capital Campaign pledge form in the tract rack in the back and make your money felt in our future.
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.