Dear brothers and sisters
Christ is among us!
He is and always will be!
In today's issue:
  1. Upcoming Schedule
  2. Christian education in our parish
  3. Driving Teams
  4. Our response to the war in Ukraine
  5. Wisdom from the saints
  6. Garage Sale
  7. Podcast recommendation of the week
  8. July birthdays
  9. LANS (Looking Ahead to Next Sunday) readings and reflection
View our GOOGLE CALENDAR for a detailed week to week schedule
Join our online Book Study group, which meets every other week on Fridays at 8pm.
We are beginning to read a new book, "
The Religion of the Apostles" by Fr Stephen De Young. 
This is one of the best sellers among Orthodox books at the moment. The book "presents the Orthodox Christian Church of today as a continuation of the religious life of the apostles, which in turn was a continuation of the life of the people of God since the beginning of creation."
We meet via Google Meet; therefore, reply to this email to get the meeting link.
If you or someone you know need help getting to and from church on Sundays (or other days), please let Fr Aleksey know, or reply to this email.
If you would like to volunteer to drive someone to church on your way here, also tell Fr Aleksey.
As the cruel and unprovoked invasion of and war in Ukraine by Vladimir Putin tragically continues, we, as Christians living in the USA, will continue to pray and help in whatever way we can:

1. Pray - here is a link to 
three Prayers for Peace.

2. Help - on the first page of our website - - you will find information for ways you can help either financially or with items donated. The information will be periodically updated.

May the Good Lord guard and protect those who are being bombed, wounded, and displaced, and grant eternal rest with His saints to all the lives already lost in this senseless war.
Dismiss the worries of the flesh. Gather together the joys of the soul. Rise above the sensible perception of present things. Fix your mind on the hope of things eternal. Of these, the mere thought suffices to fill the soul with gladness, and to plant in our hearts the happiness of angels.
- Saint Basil the Great
The Church School will be organizing and running a garage sale on Saturday, August 13.
A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to an organization helping with the Ukrainian refugees.
If you have any items to donate, please bring them to the gym in the Educational Center and leave them on the stage.
Please note, do not leave your donations on the steps to the gym, in the hallway, or on the gym floor. If you are unsure whether the building is open, please call in advance.

We will need help setting up for the garage sale on Saturday, August 6, as well as help on the day of the garage sale itself. If you are able to offer even an hour or two, it will be greatly appreciated.
Click on image for the podcast episode

A survey of Church history - This podcast looks at the course and development of the Orthodox Church, its struggles with heresy, the empire, and relations to other Christian bodies.
Joan, Anna, Andrea, James, Nicole, Alice, Anya, Sergey, Richard, Donald, Melanie, Petr, Daniel, Eva, Svetlana, Sandra, Andrew, Elena, Carol, Carol, Mila, Mira, Barbara, Olga, Morgan, Kim, Daniel
God grant you many years!
The Gospel lesson

an astonished crowd

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The Epistle reading

different, but not random, gifts

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Saint of the day

blessed great princess 
Olga of Kiev, equal-to-the-apostles (969)

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Yours in the Lord,
Father Aleksey
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