As of 11/19/2021
(This site is managed by Fr. Peter M. Dubinin. Use of first person singular personal pronouns refer to Fr. Peter)
Annual Parish Meeting - Sunday, January 16, 2022, following our fellowship meal. Familiarize yourselves with the who and the what of the parish meeting by referring to the Uniform Parish By-Laws for the Diocese of the South by clicking on the hyperlink. Though we are still a Mission, we will implement more and more the requirements which govern a parish with full Church status.
Church School Suspended - for reevaluation. Given our fellowship meal following the Divine Liturgy is an essential continuation of our worship as a community, trying to conduct Church School during this time seems forced. In short, before, during or after our fellowship meal does not present as the best time for Church School. Ideally, parents teach their children about God, Jesus Christ, the Theotokos, the Saints, the Church, etc., and the Church educates and resources the parents. Unfortunately, with exceptions of course, our youth most likely will not receive intentional Christian instruction in this venue. This is not an indictment, but an acknowledgement of how incredibly busy we are from day to day. So, I charge the faithful to prayerfully consider when and in what manner Christian Education/Church School will occur. Church School could occur before Sunday Divine Liturgy, or Saturday morning, or Saturday afternoon - before or during choir practice. Church School will appear on the agenda for the Annual Parish Meeting on January 16. I look forward to hearing your thoughts and recommendations at that time.
Church Calendars - I submitted an order for 50 Church Lectionary Wall Calendars. When they arrive, the calendars may be purchased at $5/ calendar with maximum purchase per person of three.
Readers - At the Divine Liturgy some weeks ago a number of folk expressed a willingness and desire to read the epistle at the Divine Liturgy. Those interested received instruction on how to put the reading together with direction to coordinate with me for a "run" through of the dialogue and reading. I'm still waiting.
Response of the Orthodox Church on Contemporary Issues - Encyclicals of the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America are consolidated under a separate tab - Synodal Affirmations. These affirmations and documents are those generated over the years by the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America.
COVID - As the corona virus continues to move about, and receipt of the Pfizer and Moderna innoculations are no guarantee against contracting COVID-19, that our worship space is small and we do have folk who are immuno-challenged, attendees may want to mask as a precaution. As always, please follow this rule - if you are sick and or not feeling well, please stay home. If you test positive for COVID-19, please refrain from attending church for at least 10 days. If you have any questions, please speak with me.