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
  3. Saint Nicholas Wish List in support of a seminarian family
  4. Saint Anna's Altar Society cookie sale
  5. Our response to the war in Ukraine
  6. Wisdom from the saints
  7. Podcast recommendation of the week
  8. December birthdays
  9. LANS (Looking Ahead to Next Sunday) readings and reflection
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.
in support of a seminarian family
organized by the R Club

This year we are once again sponsoring a seminarian family from St Vladimir's Seminary. The family has confirmed that they will join us for Yolka on Dec. 18.
Maryann Bacsik has the wish list and will run the event. Please choose a gift, buy it, wrap it up, and bring it to church by Dec. 11.

Support one of our ministries - Saint Anna's Altar Society - which takes care of all the needs for the altar.

To order cookies, put down your name on the list in the narthex, or contact Vickie Duin at

Cookies are $12/container (around 1.5lb).

Cookies will be available December 11.
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.
If you want your sins to be 'covered' by the Lord, do not display your virtues to others. For whatever we do with our virtues, God will also do with our sins.
- Saint Mark the Ascetic
Click on image for the podcast episode
The central act of faithfulness of the Christian life is Holy Communion, eating and drinking the Holy Eucharist. What are its Biblical roots? Is it derived from the Jewish Seder? Was the Reformation right about the Eucharist not being a sacrifice? And just how is bread and wine Christ’s Body and Blood? Fr. Stephen De Young and Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick continue their series on the Holy Mysteries by taking a close look at the greatest of all the sacraments.
Gene, Alexandra, Dana, Natasha, Lucas, Elizabeth, Michael, Matthew, Ava, Paul, Diane, Susan, Sophia, Steven, Jill, Vladislav, Daniel, Sophia, Cheryl, Lily
God grant you many years!
The Gospel lesson

don't be a fool

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The Epistle reading

unity of the spirit

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Saint of the day

Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple

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Yours in the Lord,
Father Aleksey
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