Dear brothers and sisters
Christ is among us!
He is and always will be!
In today's issue:
  1. Upcoming Schedule
  2. Saint John's Faith Formation: preparing voices of the Word for the wilderness
  3. Our response to the war in Ukraine
  4. Wisdom from the saints
  5. Podcast recommendation of the week
  6. December birthdays
  7. LANS (Looking Ahead to Next Sunday) readings and reflection
View our GOOGLE CALENDAR for a detailed week to week schedule
PS: it's not Russian Christmas. It's simply ... Christmas.
Sunday School: for children 3 years old and older. Right after the Holy Communion, in the Educational Center.

Bible Study: reading, discussing, and learning the Scriptures in order to come to know the Risen Christ. Meeting every other Tuesday, starting with the Akathist service at 7pm. If you would like to join virtually, please let Fr Aleksey know.

online Book Study: join our discussion group as we read and discuss various interesting and soul-enriching books. Meeting online every other Friday at 8pm.

Consult our calendar for specific dates for the Bible and Book studies.
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 and tortured, wounded and displaced, and grant eternal rest with His saints to all the lives already lost in this senseless war.
Guard your mind and you will not be harassed by temptations. But if you fail to guard it, accept patiently whatever trial comes.
- Saint Hesychius the Priest
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A new podcast!
As Iron Sharpens Iron gathers leading voices in the recovery of authentic manhood according to the teachings and practices of the Orthodox Christian faith. Fr Michael Butler, Fr Hans Jacobse and Paul Lloyd Robson are on a mission to challenge and inspire with content, interviews and guest speakers specifically for men.
Gene, Alexandra, Dana, Natasha, Lucas, Elizabeth, Michael, Matthew, Ava, Paul, Diane, Susan, Sophia, Steven, Jill, Helena, Vladislav, Daniel, Sophia, Cheryl, Lily
God grant you many years!
The Gospel lesson

saved from our sins

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The Epistle reading

by faithfulness conquer

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Saint of the day

Martyr Boniface at Tarsus in Cilicia and Righteous Aglaia of Rome (290)

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Yours in the Lord,
Father Aleksey
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