As we move into another day of fighting in Ukraine, we continue to pray for peace even as we weep. We are witnessing a great tragedy before our very eyes. Many of us have family and friends there in Ukraine who are innocently suffering destruction not only of property but of life and limb. I know of several who have already spoken and texted family and friends to say their final good-byes as bombardments of artillery and rockets rain down upon them. For all those who have lost their lives, we pray that their memory be eternal! That God remember them and grant comfort to their families who are experiencing such loss and tragedy.
Many of you have asked how you can help. There are two sites that are collecting funds that I personally trust and recommend. The first is through the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA. Metropolitan Antony and Archbishop Daniel have set up this site and have assured that the funds will be used properly. Their website and page for donations is here: https://www.uocofusa.org/news_220224_1.
A production of the GOARCH Department of Youth and Young Adult ministries and a presentation of Ancient Faith Radio, these brief weekly video podcasts focus on the various ways in which God has infused all of creation with goodness and beauty. The title refers to the metaphor of the bee and the flies that was used by Elder Paisios to describe how Christians should approach life. The host of the program is Steven Christoforou, the Interim Director of the GOA Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries.
St. Vladimir’s Seminary recently launched a program that offers training for readers, choir conductors, and choir members in local parish settings. This program is under the direction of Robin Freeman who is the new Director of Music at St. Vladimir’s Seminary. Holy Trinity was the first parish to benefit from this program.
Ammenities: Custom designed T-shirt to all participants pre-registered by August 13, 2016.
Post Race party featuring Holy Trinity’s Famous Homemade Perogies and other fine refreshments.
Prizes: Matroiska Nesting Doll Prizes given as follows: 1st place male and female; and top 3 in age groups – under 14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65+
Medals awarded to all Kids Fun run participants.
Post Race Party: Featuring Holy Trinity’s Famous Homemade Perogies, and other fine refreshments. Bring the family! Fun for all!
On June 28th, OCMC will be sending a team of Orthodox volunteers to teach the Faith in Medan, Indonesia. This teaching is needed by the Orthodox faithful, especially the youth, in this predominately Muslim country, and volunteers are needed for this team now more than ever. Please consider applying if you are able to give your time to help strengthen the Faith of Orthodox children in Indonesia by visiting http://www.ocmc.org, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 1-877-463-6784 ext. 141.
Dates for the mission trip have been set for October 6-14th. We will be working with the youth in their after school program and providing general assistance as needed on the reservation. There will also be an opportunity to travel to the Badlands and Wounded Knee. A $50 deposit is due by June 1st. Estimated total cost of the trip is $850 per person, based on current costs. Please see Fr. Luke if you are interested in going on the trip.