Dear brothers and sisters
Christ is among us!
He is and always will be!
In today's issue:
  1. Upcoming Schedule
  2. Parish Feast Day - the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist
  3. Christian education in our parish
  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. July birthdays
  10. LANS (Looking Ahead to Next Sunday) readings and reflection
View our GOOGLE CALENDAR for a detailed week to week schedule
Join us for 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.
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.
Would you rather appear more attractive? Be content with the Creator's fashioning. Why do you wear these bits of gold, as if to correct God's creation? Clothe yourself in alms [charity, acts of mercy]; clothe yourself in benevolence; clothe yourself in modesty, humbleness. These make even the beautiful more becoming; these make even the ill-formed to be well-formed.
- 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

Imagine who you could be, and then aim single-mindedly at that

In this episode of Dr Jordan Peterson dives into his book Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life. This compilation episode is focused on Rule 2: "Imagine who you could be, and then aim single-mindedly at that."
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

seek first the Kingdom

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The Epistle reading

justified by faithfulness

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Saint of the day

Venerable Nicholas Cabasilas (1391)

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Yours in the Lord,
Father Aleksey
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