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
    • New class!
  3. A talk on farming
  4. Football sport watching gathering
  5. Our response to the war in Ukraine
  6. Wisdom from the saints
  7. Podcast recommendation of the week
  8. January birthdays
  9. Annual Parish meeting
  10. House Blessings 2023
  11. Orthodox Summer Camps
  12. Sunday Scripture readings
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.
New Art Class for Kids
Our Sunday School is now offering Kids’s Art Classes
Vlad Guzner, a parishioner and a professional artist, plans to focus his lessons on the basics of visual arts and encourage a child’s creativity. Classes will enable kids to draw what they see and what they imagine. Composition, proportions, colors, shading techniques, etc. will be learned in a fun atmosphere. Children will work in black & white and colors using pencils, crayons, watercolor and more. 

Weekly one-hour classes will be held on Sundays, after a short meal break in the gym. All the necessary materials will be provided, but children are encouraged to bring their favorite art supplies.

RSVP and questions please sent to Vlad at
Open to all!
February 12, 2023, starting around 5:30pm in the Ed Center's gym
Join us for the watching party of the big sports football game! *
Invite anyone you like, bring a snack or drink (this will be a potluck event), and enjoy the game in the company of your parish family.

* We are not sure we can legally say what game this is, as there were lawsuits by the league in the past.
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.
Sometimes, silence is better than any convincing and instructive conversations. Let us utilize words in moderation, remembering, "In the multitude of words, there is not lack of transgression" (Proverbs 10:19).
- Saints Barsanuphios and John
Click on image for the podcast episode

Womb to Tomb: Sanctity of Life
Fr. Thomas is joined by Fr. Justin Patterson as they discuss the Orthodox position on the sanctity of life. Why are we adamant that abortion is wrong? And what about other moral issues regarding human life?
Mildred, Stefania, Kayla, Alyna, Mark, Grozdana, Matthew, Anastasia, Daniel, Tiffany, Olga, Gregory, Vivienne
God grant you many years!
January 29 at 12pm
All registered parish members are expected to attend.
Registrations for a lot of Orthodox Summer Camps has already started. Here are the three Summer Camps that we recommend:
For a full list of Orthodox Summer Camps throughout the US, please click here.

As last year, children who are regular participants in the life of the Church (sacraments, services, events, etc.) will receive $100/child upon registering for an Orthodox Summer Camp.
The kids will also try to do a fundraiser around Pascha to raise more money for their Summer camps. Only those kids that will participate in the fundraiser will receive extra funds.
33rd Sunday after Pentecost
Gospel lesson
Luke 19:1-10
In those days, Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through it. There was a man named Zacchaeus, who was a chief tax-collector, and he was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, since he was short in stature. So Zacchaeus ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see Jesus, Who was about to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, He looked up, saw Zacchaeus, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” So Zacchaeus hurried down and received Jesus with joy. But when the people saw it, they began to grumble and said, “He has gone to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” Then Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.” Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man has come to seek out and to save the lost.”
Epistle reading
1 Timothy 4:9-15
My son Timothy, the saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance. For this purpose we both work hard and are rejected, because we have placed our hope in the living God, Who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe. These are the things you must command and teach. Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in speech and your way of life, in love, in spirit, in faith, and in purity. Until I arrive, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, encouragement, and teaching. Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of hands by the presbyters. Be attentive to these things, dedicate yourself to them completely, so that all may see your progress.
Saint of the Day
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Yours in the Lord,
Father Aleksey
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