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Services and Events for the week of March 27 – April 3

Monday, March 28 6 PM – Prayer Group 7 PM – Spirituality Class    Tuesday, March 29 8:30 AM – Lenten Hours 9 AM – Perogie Session Wednesday, March 30 9 AM - Lenten Hours 6 PM – Presanctified Liturgy followed by Lenten Meal 7 PM – Catechism Class Thursday, March 31 8:30 AM – Akathist of Repentance Friday, April 1 9 AM – Lenten Hours 9:30 AM – Old Testament Class 7 PM – Deanery Presanctified Liturgy at St. John’s Mill Hill Avenue Saturday, April 2 9 AM – Soul Saturday Liturgy 12 noon – OYMT tool training at St. John’s Church Mill Hill Ave 5 PM – Vespers Sunday, April 3 9 AM – Church School – Youth/Teens 10 AM –Liturgy – Cross Veneration Sunday 11:30 AM – Church School – Children 12 noon – Penny Social Readers Schedule 3/27 – Susan Sulich 4/3 – Harry Fong 4/10 - Bob Faubel 4/17 – Sandi Fong 4/24 – Susan Paltauf 5/1- Paul Sulich Coffee Hour 3/27 – Gross 4/3 – Penny Social 4/10 Fundraiser OCMC 4/17 – OPEN 4/24 – Pot Luck/Lenten Cook Off 5/1 – PASCHA 5/8 - OPEN

Services and Events for the week of March 20 – March 27

Monday, March 21 6 PM – Prayer Group 7 PM – Spirituality Class  Tuesday, March 22 8:30 AM – Lenten Hours 7 PM - Parish Council Meeting Wednesday, March 23 6 PM – Presanctified Liturgy followed by Lenten Meal 7 PM – Catechism Class Thursday, March 24 8:30 AM – Akathist of Repentance 6 PM – Vespers of Annunciation Friday, March 25 9 AM – Vesperal Liturgy for Annunciation 3 PM – Deanery Women’s Retreat Camp Hi-Rock Friday, March 25, 6 PM –Service at St. George’s Danbury Saturday, March 26 8 AM – 2 PM – Deanery Women’s retreat 5 PM – Vespers Sunday, March 27 9 AM – Church School – Youth/Teens 10 AM –Liturgy – St. Gregory Palamas Sunday 11:30 AM – Church School – Children Readers Schedule 3/20 – Luke Mihaylo 3/27 – Susan Sulich 4/3 – Harry Fong Coffee Hour 3/20 – Molineaux 3/27 – Gross 4/3 – Penny Social/Natalia/Roz 4/10 Fundraiser OCMC 4/17 – OPEN 4/24 – Pot Luck/Lenten Cook Off 5/1 – PASCHA 5/8 - OPEN

Services and Events for the week of March 13 – March 20

Monday, March 14 9 AM – Lenten Hours 6 PM – Canon of St. Andrew Tuesday, March 15 8:30 AM – Lenten Hours 9 AM –Stuffed Cabbage 6 PM – Canon of St. Andrew Wednesday, March 16, 9 AM – Lenten Hours 6 PM – Presanctified Liturgy followed by Lenten Meal 7 PM – Catechism Class Thursday, March 17, 8:30 AM – Akathist of Repentance 9 AM - Kolachi Making 6 PM – Canon of St. Andrew  Friday, March 18 9 AM – Lenten Hours 9:30 AM - Old Testament Class 6 PM – Paraklis Service Saturday, March 19 10 AM – 3 PM – Easter Craft and Bake Sale 4 PM - Akathist to the Icon of the Inexhaustible Cup 5 PM – Vespers Sunday, March 20 9 AM – Church School – Youth/Teens 10 AM –Liturgy – Sunday of Orthodoxy Procession with Icons 11:30 AM – Church School – Children 3 PM – OYMT meeting Danbury 4 PM - Sunday of Orthodox Vespers Bridgeport - St. John's - Mill Hill Readers Schedule 3/13 – Sandi Fong 3/20 – Luke Mihaylo 3/27 – Susan Sulich 4/3 – Harry Fong Coffee Hour 3/13 – Faubel 3/20 - Molineaux 3/27 - Gross 4/3 - Penny Social - Natalie/Roz 4/10 - Fundraiser OCMC 4/17 - OPEN 2/24 - Pot Luck/Lenten Cook Off 5/1 - PASCHA 5/8 - Mother's Day 5/15 - Young

Services and Events for the week of March 6 – March 13

Monday, March 7 6 PM – Prayer Group 7 PM - Spirituality Class Tuesday, March 8 8:30 AM – First Hour Wednesday, March 9 7 PM – Catechism Class Thursday, March 10 8:30 AM – Akathist Friday, March 11 9:30 AM – Old Testament Class Saturday, March 12 8 AM – Roll Baking 5 PM – Vespers Saturday, March 12 DAY LIGHT SAVINGS TIME - Turn clocks ahead One Hour Sunday, March 13 9 AM – Church School – Youth/Teens 10 AM –Liturgy 11:30 AM – Church School – Children Readers Schedule 3/6 – Harry Fong 3/13 – Sandi Fong 3/20 – Luke Mihaylo Coffee Hour 3/6 - Fong 3/13 – Faubel 3/20 - Molineaux

Schedule of Services and Events for the week of February 28 – March 6

Monday, February 29 6 PM – Prayer Group 7 PM - Spirituality Class Tuesday, March 1 8:30 AM – First Hour 9 AM – Cookies Wednesday, March 2 7 PM – Catechism Class Thursday, March 3 8:30 AM – Akathist Friday, March 4 9:30 AM – Old Testament Class 1 PM – 5 PM – Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen Saturday, March 5 9 AM – Soul Saturday Liturgy 4 PM – Vespers 6 PM – Wild Game Dinner Sunday, March 6 9 AM – Church School – Youth/Teens 10 AM –Liturgy 11:30 AM - Panachida for John Sulich 11:30 AM – Church School – Children Readers Schedule 2/28 – Susan Paltauf 3/6 – Harry Fong 3/13 – Sandi Fong Coffee Hour 2/28 – Behrend 3/6 - Fong 3/13 - Faubel

Services and Events for the week of February 21 – February 28

Sunday, February 21 3 PM – 5 PM – ASP Meeting St. John’s Bridgeport Monday, February 22 6 PM – Prayer Group 7 PM - Spirituality Class Tuesday, February 23 8:30 AM – First Hour 9 AM – Perogies Thursday, February 25 8:30 AM – Akathist Friday, February 26 9:30 AM – Old Testament Class 6:30 PM – Parish Dinner out at Chuck’s Steakhouse Saturday, February 27 5 PM – Vespers Sunday, February 28 9 AM – Church School – Youth/Teens 10 AM –Liturgy 11:30 AM – Church School – Children Readers Schedule 2/21 – Luke Mihaylo 2/28 – Susan Paltauf 3/6 – Harry Fong 3/13 – Sandi Fong Coffee Hour 2/21 – Faubel 2/28 – Behrend 3/6 - Fong 3/13 - Brancho/Chow  

Our Need For Christ

Without Christ our world is devoid of hope, and for others to know this Christ, they must be able to see Him in us. The light of this very Christ must shine forth through the love of His Church and be made manifest in the works of His people. Without this love there is only darkness upon the face of our world, and the world will remain without hope Others can not know they need Christ if they do not see Him in us. They do not know this Christ fills hearts and transforms lives if they do not see transformation in us. If we are fearful, angry, judgmental, arrogant or aloof, the world will see nothing in our Christian faith worthy seeking. If others do not see in you a forgiving heart, how will they know there is forgiveness in Christ? If others do not see in you a heart filled with joy, how will they know they need the very Christ whom you proclaim as your Lord and Savior? If others see in you a judgmental, narrow minded, unhappy person, why would they be drawn to the Orthodoxy you claim is the true faith? With love in Christ, Abbot Tryphon

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About Abbot Tryphon

The Very Rev. Fr. Tryphon is a priest-monk of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROCOR) and abbot of the All-Merciful Saviour Monastery on Vashon Island, Washington.

Sheep Among Wolves

As the summer months have come to a close many young people are heading off to college, some for the very first time. A scripture passage comes to my mind as I think of these wonderful young people preparing to leave home: “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves (Matthew 10:16).” College professors almost universally enjoy challenging young college students to question authority, yet are taken aback when their own authority is questioned. They know they are addressing a class of impressionable minds and almost make sport of attacking the positions of their students. My advice to Orthodox students is to refuse to be intimidated and don’t be discouraged. Most of these professors took years to acquire the knowledge and the skill to successfully defend their belief system, or lack thereof, including atheism. These professors usually only ask you to question the authority of those who have instructed you thus far, such as your parents or your religious leaders, but are highly indignant when someone questions their authority. Their pattern of teaching is nothing new, for there have been antagonists like them from before recorded history. Furthermore, their arguments are nothing new, for there were teachers of atheism and other false teachings who confronted the Apostle Paul when he was preaching the gospel in Athens. The arguments may be new to you, but suffice to know these challenges to your faith have been answered by a great many apologists since the beginning of Christianity. Textbooks, be they geared towards history, science, or philosophy, have always tended to expound anti-Christian viewpoints, and it is important to remember that publishing companies produce textbooks that will sell to such academic mindsets. Christianity may be ridiculed as being closed minded and backward looking, but academics can not claim to be insulated from the same unhealthy trait. Some of the most closed minded individuals I have ever known were academics. I find it interesting that Christian writers expounding the Christian Faith are often accused of being biased, while secularists thinkers expose their own arrogance, hypocrisy and narrow mindedness, disallowing others their freedom of opinion. Dismissing the faith of young people, these pompous academics move to crush that which they themselves do not understand. The best advice I can offer the young Orthodox Christian heading off to college is this: know from the moment you enter the classroom that the professor is a better debater than you, so don’t place yourself in his scope. If you do, expect to be blown out of the water. Secondly, don’t be embarrassed by your commitment to your Orthodox faith. My experience teaching on both secular and religious campuses is that most students are secretly wishing to find a spiritual basis for the meaning of life. They may secretly envy you for your faith. My final advice, “Be completely humble and gentle, be patient, bearing with one another in love (Ephesians 4:2).” Build a support system for yourself by gathering together with other college students to form a chapter of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship. Meet on a weekly basis for worship, study, and networking. Get to know your faith to the degree that you can stand up to the best of them when defending your beliefs. If you do, you may one day be the reason an atheist professor finds Christ, and becomes an Orthodox Christian. “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example…in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.” (1 Timothy 4:12) With love in Christ, Abbot Tryphon

About Abbot Tryphon

The Very Rev. Fr. Tryphon is a priest-monk of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROCOR) and abbot of the All-Merciful Saviour Monastery on Vashon Island, Washington.
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