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Dear brothers and sisters
Christ is among us!
He is and always will be!
In today's issue:
  • Sunday, August 8 - Divine Liturgy at 9:30am & fellowship with coffee hour
  • Friday, August 8 - online Book Study at 8pm
  • Sunday, August 15 - Divine Liturgy at 9:30am & fellowship with coffee hour
The Dormition Fast begins on August 14
With faith and hope in the the resurrection to come and eternal life, Irina Gozick has fallen asleep on Aug. 5.

She was a long-time parishioner of St John’s, an integral member of our community, and a woman with great heart.

Please pray for her newly-departed soul.

May the Lord grant her eternal memory.

The funeral services:
Monday, Aug. 9 at 7:30pm - Panikhida at Gaita Memorial Funeral Home. With visitation 5-9pm.
Tuesday, Aug. 10 at 9:30am - Funeral at the church.
Every other Tuesday, starting with an Akathist service at 7pm.
The Bible Study is available both for in-person attendance and online via Google Meet.
Reply to this email for the link to the online meeting.
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.
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Even in the time of persecution our voice has not ceased to give thanks. For not even an enemy has so much power as to prevent us, who love the Lord with our whole heart, and life, and strength, from declaring His blessings and praises always and everywhere with glory.
- Saint Cyprian of Carthage
We have had a lot of donations made for the garage sale, and it is time to get to work.
Little Falls is having a town-wide yard sale on September 18, and we plan to have our Sunday School Rummage Sale on that day as well.
We ask everyone to help with the event. The plan is to set up September 11. We will also need volunteers for the day of the sale and for the clean up. A signup sheet will be created soon, and we ask you to contribute whatever time you can.
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Here is a very illuminating podcast for the lovers of fiction. And, as we know, fiction informs our understanding of reality. Therefore, lovers of fiction are lovers of reality.
Having our youngest daughter on virtual schooling for the Fall semester last year, I was able to "sit in" in some of the classes. In one of the classes the teacher was trying to explain the difference between fiction and non-fiction. She said something along the lines of, "Fiction is made up and fake and non-fiction is real." I had a strong urge to grab the iPad, yell at the teacher, and pull my child our of the school. What are the teachers learning in ed. schools these days? What kind of nonsense are they teaching our kids?
Are the science books from 200 years ago real? Well, no because they do not correctly reflect the present reality. Are all books of history telling the truth? Of course not, each history is written from a perspective of the one writing it (and the information is often manipulated). Are the newspapers, and the news media in general, fake? In a lot of cases today (and for most of history), they have been.
Not everything that's fiction is fake, and not all non-fiction is real. The works of fiction orient us towards the real reality, if you will. The works of J.R.R. Tolkien are able to orient us towards what is highest and noblest.
Amon Sul podcast explores the writing of J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of such classic bestsellers as The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and many, many more books. The hosts, Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick and Richard Rohlin and their guest co-hosts, explore the life, works and Middle-earth legendarium of author J.R.R. Tolkien, informed by the Orthodox Christian faith.
In the episode I am sharing above, Fr. Stephen De Young joins Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick to talk about monsters, myth and mythology in the Tolkien legendarium, especially as they relate to Biblical narrative and the historical background of the Ancient Near East. Watch out for giants, wraiths, Atlantis, flood, fire, the sword and the answer to the burning question: Shouldn’t Aragorn be taller?
Peter, Sonia, Vladislaw, Jonathan, Charissa, Olga, Lyudmila, Olga, Andrew, Marie, Vickie, William, Olga, Lenny, Maria, Alex, Anna, Jonathan, Marie, Nicholas, Jackie
God grant you many years!
The Gospel lesson

according to your faith

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The Epistle reading

accept one another

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Saint of the day

Martyr Paraskeva of Rome

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Yours in the Lord,
Father Aleksey
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