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. Saint John's Annual Picnic
  4. Driving Teams
  5. Our response to the war in Ukraine
  6. Wisdom from the saints
  7. Podcast recommendation of the week
  8. September birthdays
  9. Newsletter - August-October 2022
  10. LANS (Looking Ahead to Next Sunday) readings and reflection
View our GOOGLE CALENDAR for a detailed week to week schedule
Parish Education Day
Church School
First day: Saturday, October 1 at 3pm

If you would like to participate yourself or sign up your children, the application will become available soon. The Church School is not only for kids, we have an adult class as well.
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.
Saturday, September 24, 12-6pm
(Rain Date: September 25)

Come reconnect with neighbors and friends to enjoy family fun and ethnic food, including pierogi and kielbasa. This year there will be a beer garden, activities for children and more.

All are welcome and no entry fee. The event will be held at the church field at the end of Van Pelt Place.
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To all our parishioners and friends who would like to help prepare for the picnic - there will be a job for you!

Do not think of it as fundraising, because it is not. This picnic is community building – we work together for a common goal not so much to raise money, but to share something with others.

Sign up sheet with various tasks will be going up soon. Check it out and put down your name. We want you and we need you!
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.
Help one another with the generosity of the Lord, and despise no one. When you have the opportunity to do good, do not let it go by.
- Saint Polycarp of Smyrna
Click on image for the podcast episode

What this Episode is About: We're called to be holy as God is holy. And we do this by participating in God’s efforts to redeem the world and bring it into the eternal life of the Holy Trinity. St Maximos the Confessor identifies 5 Divisions we need to overcome along the way. But what if the internet has created a 6th Division we need to overcome? What if the internet is alienating us from ourselves and reality?
Three Questions as You Watch: 1. How has the internet divided you internally? 2. Who helps you try to be holy? 3. Are you helping to overcome divisions or deepen them?
Barry, Masking, Alexandra, Gino, Gerald, Edward, Geraldine, Cheryl, Cooper, Michael, Andrei, Alexis, Chris, Donna, Tatiana, Johanna, Stephanie, Gerald, Marina, Vladimir
God grant you many years!
August-October 2022
The freshest newsletter is now published. You may download it here. All registered members can pick up their copy in church from the vestry (candle) room.
If you will not be in church for whatever reason (and it better be a good one), your copy will be mailed. Extra copies, as always, will also be available in the narthex.
The Gospel lesson

if you want to enter into life

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The Epistle reading

the Gospel preached

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Saint of the day

"Enlightener of Mind" icon of the Theotokos

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Yours in the Lord,
Father Aleksey
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