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. Sunday School Summer Camp fundraiser
  4. A talk on farming
  5. Football sport watching gathering
  6. Our response to the war in Ukraine
  7. Wisdom from the saints
  8. Podcast recommendation of the week
  9. January birthdays
  10. Annual Parish meeting
  11. House Blessings 2023
  12. Orthodox Summer Camps
  13. Sunday Scripture readings
View our GOOGLE CALENDAR for a detailed week to week schedule
Father Aleksey will be away this weekend (Feb. 4-5). Fr John Kluchko, of Holy Resurrection Church in Wayne, will preside at the Divine Liturgy on Sunday. Please welcome him warmly.
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
Sunday School Summer Camp fundraiser

Even though we are in the middle of an arctic blast this weekend, the Summer is still inevitably creeping up. And with Summer, various Orthodox Summer Camps (for a list of camps, please see below).
Our children will do a couple of fundraisers to help sponsor their camps. Please be on the lookout for the Valentine's Day Candy Sale by the Sunday School on Sunday, Feb. 12, during the Coffee Hour.

Those children that participate in these fundraisers will receive an equal share towards their Summer Camp scholarships.
Open to all!
Sunday, Feb. 12 at 12pm
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.
The Lord taught me to love my enemies. Without the grace of God, we cannot love our enemies.
- Saint Silouan the Athonite
Click on image for the podcast episode

Is marriage a merely human institution? Does it exist outside the Church? What does the rite actually do? Continuing their series on the holy mysteries of the Church, Fr. Stephen De Young and Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick examine the Biblical texts on marriage.
Nicholas, Christopher, Raymond, Sophia, John, Abigail, Martha, Judy, Anatoli, Alexander, Walter, Michael, Victoria, Judy, Matthew, Maria
God grant you many years!
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.
Sunday of the Tax-collector and the Pharisee
Gospel lesson
Luke 18:10-14
The Lord told this parable, “Two men went up to the Temple to pray: one was a Pharisee and the other was a Tax-collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying like this, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other people: dishonest, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax-collector. I fast twice a week, I give a tenth of all my income.’ But the Tax-collector, standing far aside, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his home justified, rather than the Pharisee. For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
Epistle reading
2 Timothy 3:10-15
My son Timothy, you have paid close attention to my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions, and my sufferings. You know what happened to me in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra. I endured those persecutions and the Lord delivered me out of them all. Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. But wicked people and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving others and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it. From childhood you have known the holy Scriptures that are able to make you wise for salvation through faith, which is in Christ Jesus.
Saint of the Day
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Yours in the Lord,
Father Aleksey
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