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
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.
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!
Number one task at hand for now is the pierogi making. Below is the schedule, if you are able to dedicate any time, it will be greatly appreciated:
Finishing off the first round of pierogi making on
Saturday, Sept. 10, from 9am - pinch, cook, bag

Second round of pierogi making:
Thursday, Sept. 15, from 9am - peel potatoes, boil, mix
Friday, Sept. 9, from 9am - make potato balls
Saturday, Sept. 10, from 9am - pinch, cook, bag
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.
Faith consists not only in being baptized into Christ, but in fulfilling His commandments.
- Saint Mark the Ascetic
Click on image for the podcast episode
The last episode of Be the Bee ... an end of an era.

What this Episode is About: We've spent the last two episodes exploring how the internet shifts our attention from Christ and makes it harder than ever to be holy. In this episode, we're going to say goodbye by pointing to three things that need to shape the future of our homes and communities. We need to encounter Christ, embody the Church, and engage the world in His name.
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!
Yours in the Lord,
Father Aleksey
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