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St. Nicholas, Wonderworker of Myra in Lycia (Dec 6/19)
St. Nicholas, Wonderworker of Myra in Lycia (Dec 6/19)
St. Nicholas, Wonderworker of Myra in Lycia (Dec 6/19)

The 28th Sunday After Pentecost - 

St. Innocent of Irkutsk - December 9th, 2018

In celebrating the memory of the great hierarch Innocent of Irkutsk, we remember his mission to the far eastern parts of the Russian empire to bring the light of Orthodoxy to the peoples native to that region.  We remember our own mission here to bring the Orthodox light to where we find ourselves.  The continuous coming to us of those seeking the true Church witnesses to the need for our missionary presence.  Two new catechumens were made at the Divine Liturgy, Joshua and Daniel.  We must add them to our prayers for their development in Orthodoxy.

We remember too the light and grace of the Episcopate.  With the Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God came its custodian, Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan.  His words at that time, simple yet profound, were the greatest possible encouragement to Holy Apostles  in the furtherance of our parish hall development of our God-given property of St. Joseph’s chapel.

On the 19th, we will further celebrate the glory of the office of Bishop when we remember St. Nicholas, wonderworker of Myra in Lycia.  Because of all his miracles and the efficacy of his intercessions, he is the most sought after for veneration, after the Lord’s most pure Mother.  On his day, a play put on by all the children present will recall one of the saint’s many miraculous deliverances.  In addition, we will anticipate his celebration with a moleben (prayer service) to him on Sunday  the 16th after Divine liturgy.

The glorified bishops and the bishops living now all exemplify the Gospel passage appointed for them, reminding us of their direct lineal connection , through Apostolic succession, to the Shepherd of us all.  “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.”  “I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep and am known of mine.”


Sunday School is at the Rectory today as usual.  We hope to see everyone in their usual places.  Some of the children will be rehearsed in a setting of “Holy God”.  We look forward to them singing it soon at a Divine Liturgy.

Prayers to the Holy Apostles are being said Wednesday evenings at 7 in the form of a Moleben and Akathist, using the words written especially for us by Monk Joseph (Reader Isaac Lambertsen) of blessed memory.  Our persistent prayer has been rewarded with miracles both small and great.  Let us all join together to pray for our forward course as a parish.

Fr. Deacon Michael Bishop, God willing, will visit us next weekend to serve and pray with us.  He serves at Holy Trinity parish (Moscow Patriarchate) where our friend Archpriest Fr. John Vass is Rector.  At his departure, Fr. Michael will take the coats that we have gathered and donate them to the Orthodox Prison Ministry in Baltimore, with which he is greatly involved.

The St. Nicholas Play created by Holly (Mary) Robinson for presentation by the children on St Nicholas’ day, Wednesday the 19th, will use all children present.  Let’s see if we can secure that day so that all the children of the parish can be a part.  Please let Matushka Deborah know of your plans to bring your children and be a part of it.

Make an Annual Pledge to fulfill our responsibility to God and each other, and greatly help us with steady financial help.  The ideal foundation for giving is a tithe, or 10%.  God infallibly blesses those who do this.  We are making ready our budget for 2019, so please all who would to be members with the ability to vote, please complete a pledge form and return it to the donation box.

A fundraising committee meets every two weeks concerning our parish hall building campaign.  We have made the brochure and posters, and are planning to assemble a booklet of about 20 pages detailing the history of our parish and especially since we received the gift of the chapel.  We have a lot of new parishioners since our search for our parish home began, and since we were given the chapel in 2009.  We want to bring them, and everyone, on board.  Pray for the successful completion of this effort, and be ready to “get on board.”

Here for the First Time? - Please sign our 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 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 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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