For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.
“To master any art requires time and much instruction. Can the art of arts alone be mastered without learning? No one without experience would go in for farming; nor would someone who has never been taught medicine try to practice as a doctor. The first would be condemned for making good farmland barren and weed-infested; the second, for making the sick worse instead of better. The only art which the uninstructed dare to practice, because they think it the simplest of all, is that of the spiritual way. What is difficult, and the majority regard as easy; and what Paul says he has not yet apprehended (cf. Phil. 3:12), they claim to know through and through, although they do not know even this: that they are totally ignorant.”
St. Neilos the Ascetic
“In the world you live in … you must have seen how long it takes an artist to train for his art, and how much effort he must devote to it. Is it not natural that the art of arts should exact even more time and even greater effort? … No art is acquired easily or without much diligent study and practice. Could it be otherwise with the greatest art of all – the art of arts – the spiritual life, the soul's salvation?”
St. Macarius of Optina
“Usually, people prefer to remain silent concerning a matter which they know nothing about and do not understand. This, of course, is completely sensible. Let us imagine, for example, a person who knows nothing about chemistry but who, nevertheless, constantly insists upon interfering in the affairs of chemists. He corrects their scientific formulae which have been obtained with great difficulty, changing their order or replacing one with another. We would agree that such a person is acting with the highest degree of imprudence and that we can only have pity for him.
There is one field, however, in which too many people consider themselves to be complete masters, in fact, almost legislators; that is the area concerning the Christian faith and the Church. In this field also, clear and definite formulae have been established with a great effort of theological thought, spiritual guidance, faith, and piety. These formulae are established and must be accepted on faith. Regardless of this fact, a great many people enter into the questions of faith and the Church solely as bold and decisive reformers who want to remake everything according to their own personal desires. In cases where such people have insufficient knowledge or understanding, they are especially averse to remaining silent. To the contrary they begin not only to speak, but to shout. Such shouting on the questions of faith and the Church usually finds the columns of newspapers and the ordinary conversations of people who, in general, very seldom think of faith and the Church at all. If they do think of such things, they prefer to voice themselves exclusively in an authoritative and accusatory tone.
In such an atmosphere a great multitude of various perverse opinions are born which then become fashionable because no one will trouble himself to consider and examine them. In the prevalence of such opinions it can easily occur that they are unconsciously assimilated even by people who are dedicated in their souls to the faith and the Church.”
St. Hilarion (Troitsky) the New Martyr
Everyday you should try to plant in your soul something spiritual, which will eject something worldly and sinful ... replace the sinful images in your mind with holy ones. Replace songs with hymns, worldly magazines with spiritual books. If you do not break away from all that is worldly and sinful, if you do not commune with Christ, with Panaghia, with the Saints, with the Church Triumphant, and if you do not place yourself completely in the hands of God, you will not acquire spiritual health."
St. Paisios of Mt. Athos
We should use all that is necessary in this world for the cultivation of our souls, for when death separates us form this world we will take nothing to the other world except our souls, in whatever state they have been formed here ... Those who labor little, and build the life of their soul on sensual shallowness, build on sand, which cannot uphold anything, even in this transitory world - and even more so in eternity.
St. Nikolai of Zicha
Set Service Schedule:
- Every Saturday, Great Vespers 5:30 pm.
- Every Sunday, Hours at 9:10 am & Divine Liturgy at 9:30 am.
Summer Service Hours-
+ An Akathist is served every Tuesday at 6:30 am.
+ Matins is served at 6 am, every Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday.
+ Vespers is served at 5:30 pm every Wednesday.
Coffee fellowship: Thursday the 21st, 8 am
Bible Study: resumes on Wednesday, September 20th
Upcoming Major & Great Feasts: Nativity of the Theotokos, Friday the 8th; Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Thursday the 14th. See calendar for times.
Women's groups: Women's Retreat at Holy Protection Monastery, Sat. the 23rd. Sign up sheet in the fellowship hall.
“We are told by the Holy Fathers that we are supposed to see in everything something for our salvation. If you can do that, you can be saved.”
Fr. Seraphim (Rose) of blessed memory
We are drawing closer to our 114th Parish Feast Day! Wednesday, November 8th. Archbishop Benjamin will be with us. Make plans now to be there!
Women's retreat at Holy Protection Monastery: Saturday the 23rd. Sigh up sheet with schedule will be in the fellowship hall. Please note: drivers will be needed; there is a dress standard for monastery's, it will be listed on the sign up sheet. If you have questions please ask Father.
Men's retreat at Holy Archangel Michael Monastery in New Mexico: Thursday October 5th – Saturday October 7th. There will be a sign up sheet in the fellowship hall.
Bible Study will resume on September, Wednesday the 20th. Theme TBA.
Kid's Sunday School will be resuming soon! Interested in helping? We could use some more help. Please speak with either Jordanna Perry, Matuska, or Father.
Please note: a close circuit video camera system now monitors the church grounds.
Fall grounds clean up: Saturday Oct. 14th. Please come and help to clean and beautify our beloved church grounds.
New Policy for Church Grounds: effective immediately, the Church Calendar regulations regarding work on Holy Days will be observed on the Church grounds. No work, other than what is clearly necessary for Feast Day preparations, will or should be done on the Church grounds. This includes all 12 Great Feasts and Holy Week together with Pascha. Thank you!
Confession is an integral part of true Christian living. An Orthodox Christian who is regularly partaking of Holy Communion needs, for the health of their soul, to be partaking of Holy Confession at least on a monthly basis. This practice of true Christian living should be respected and practiced by all responsible members of the Church who are approaching the Chalice frequently.
Library note: if you have had a library book for awhile please remember to return it. Remember the library is a honor system.
A note on Prosphora bread: Prosphora is blessed bread partaken of after Holy Communion and at the conclusion of the Div. Liturgy. Please be mindful of crumbs, it is important to instruct children to eat it with reverence. If you share with a member of the congregation who has not partaken of Holy Communion, please only give one or two pieces. If you notice a number of crumbs on the floor please pick them up and deposit them outside. Prosphora should never be thrown in the trash.
Parents: please make sure that your children do not go to the restroom unattended. This is for the greater safety of our community and children.
Another reminder: Generally speaking there should be no unnecessary moving about during the Div. Liturgy; specifically during the reading of the Gospel, the Anaphora, and the Our Father all moving about should cease, unless it is an emergency. Parents are encouraged to help their children focus during these times.
Diapers and wipes: we are partnering with a Caring Pregnancy Center through supplying diapers and wipes. Please bring donations to the church. This is an ongoing ministry. A Caring Pregnancy Center helps woman make an informed choice for life. Protecting life at every stage is the job of every Christian.
Coffee Hour: Please be mindful which group you belong to and please be diligent in bringing food. This is in fact a ministry. It is the listed group's responsibility to make sure the coffee is made, please communicate with your group members as to who will do this. Thank you for all your hard work!