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. Patronal Feast Day - the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist
  4. Driving Teams
  5. Our response to the war in Ukraine
  6. Wisdom from the saints
  7. Garage Sale
  8. Podcast recommendation of the week
  9. June birthdays
  10. 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.
Mark your calendars, the patronal feast day, the main holiday of our parish, the feast in whose honor our parish was named - the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist is coming up on Thursday, July 7.
As with all feast days, we will begin the celebration with the Festal Vespers on the eve - Wednesday, July 6 at 7pm.
The Liturgy at 9am on July 7, followed by the potluck fellowship.
Invite a friend or a neighbor to celebrate with us, and bring a dish to share for the fellowship. Please remember that we will still be in the Apostles' Fast, so no meat.
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.
It is fitting that we render thanks not only when rich, but also when poor, not when in health only, but also when sick, not when we thrive only, but also when we have to bear the reverse. For when our affairs are borne onward with a fair wind, to be thankful is not a matter of wonder. But when no small storm is upon us, and the ship veers about and is in jeopardy, then is the great time for displaying patience and goodness of heart.
- Saint John Chrysostom
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.
Click on image for the podcast episode

Have you ever wondered what classical education is? Are you well-versed in classical education and would like another resource? Then check out this great podcast to go "on a journey in pursuit of the True, the Good, and the Beautiful as we participate in the great conversation and listen to the many voices coming from the world of classical education."
John, June, James, Carter, Maryann, Juliann, Barbara, Joakim, Daria, Natalia, Emery, George, Ken, Anca, Jennifer
God grant you many years!
The Gospel lesson

they left everything and followed Him

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The Epistle reading

doers of the Law

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Saint of the day

martyr Antonina of 
Nicea (3rd century)

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Yours in the Lord,
Father Aleksey
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