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. Yolka and Saint Nicholas visit
  4. Our response to the war in Ukraine
  5. Wisdom from the saints
  6. Podcast recommendation of the week
  7. December birthdays
View our GOOGLE CALENDAR for a detailed week to week schedule
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.
Sunday, December 18
 starting with the Divine Liturgy at 9:30am
The children are hard at work preparing for Yolka. Come and support them!
Rumor has it that Saint Nicholas plans to visit us again this year.

Parents: please buy a gift ($20-25 max), wrap it, write you child's name and a small note (2-3 sentences) of your child's accomplishments this past year. Leave the gift in a box on the stage in the gym on Dec. 18 prior to the Liturgy.
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.
Do not demand love from your neighbor, because you will suffer if you don't receive it; but better still, you indicate your love toward your neighbor and you will settle down. In this way, you will lead your neighbor towards love.
- Saint Isaac the Syrian
Click on image for the podcast episode

This interview is gritty and worth listening to! Why? Because Classical education is often gritty and we do not always agree on everything, but the discussion is rich! The guest ends by challenging us to embrace a deeply-rooted classical education.
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!
Yours in the Lord,
Father Aleksey
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