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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. 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.
Volunteer signup sheet is available in the narthex (vestibule of the church). While as a parishioner you are not required to volunteer, there is an expectation that everyone chips in to make this picnic a success.
Please see James Levitsky with any questions about the picnic duties.
Last day of pierogi making is tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 17, starting at 9am. We will be pinching, cooking, and bagging. If you are able to dedicate even one hour, it will be of great help.
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 - 
www.singac.com - 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 the Ukrainian people who are being bombed, wounded, and displaced; and grant eternal rest with His saints to all the lives already lost in this senseless war.
Christians, have we understood the great responsibility that we have taken on before God through baptism? Have we come to know that we must conduct ourselves as children of God, that we must align our will with the will of God, that we must remain free from sin, that we must love God with all our hearts and always patiently await union with Him? We must struggle for this, so that we may not be shown unworthy and rejected. Let none of us lose our boldness, nor neglect our duties, nor be afraid of the difficulties of spiritual struggle. For we have God as a Helper, Who strengthens us in the difficult path of virtue.
- Saint Nectarios of Aegina
Click on image for the podcast episode

In this episode, Dr. Jenkins welcomes back Mark Kelly to the podcast, where they resume their conversation on some of the items from their last talk, but then dive in to C. S. Lewis with abandon.
Barry, Masking, Alexandra, Gino, Gerald, Edward, Ioann, Katerina, Geraldine, Cheryl, Cooper, Michael, Andrei, Alexis, Chris, Donna, Tatiana, Johanna, Stephanie, Gerald, Marina, Vladimir
God grant you many years!
The Gospel lesson

caught without the wedding garment


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The Epistle reading

established and sealed


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Saint of the day

Holy Prophet Zachariah and Righteous Elizabeth, parents of Saint John the Baptist


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Yours in the Lord,
Father Aleksey
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