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. Driving Teams
  4. Our response to the war in Ukraine
  5. Wisdom from the saints
  6. Podcast recommendation of the week
  7. August birthdays
  8. 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.
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.
Let each of us then be a dwelling-place for Him Who loves us. Let us come to Him and make our abode with Him. This is the Godhead (Divinity) Whom, though all creation cannot contain, yet a lowly and humble soul suffices to receive Him.
- Saint Ephraim the Syrian
Click on image for the podcast episode

What this Episode is About: A main goal of the Christian life is to keep our attention focused on Christ. We’re called to drink deeply of the Church’s wisdom so we can master our attention and see Christ at work in all things. But the internet is designed to capture that attention and focus it on things that are superficial at best or toxic at worst.

Three Questions as You Watch: 1. What are the limits you’re placing on your social media use? 2. Is your life centered in real communities or artificial internet communities? 3. How does the stuff you’re watching or reading or listening to on the internet help you keep your attention on Christ?
Peter, Sonia, Vladislaw, Jonathan, Charissa, Olga, Ludmila, Olga, Andrew, Marie, Vickie, Olga, Lenny, Maria, Alex, Nicholas, Anna, Jonathan, Marie, Nicholas, Jackie
God grant you many years!
The Gospel lesson

do you dare to forgive?

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The Epistle reading

sow and reap

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Saint of the day

Dormition of the Mother of God

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Yours in the Lord,
Father Aleksey
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