“Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning; and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately. Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, finds watching.”
Celebrating 115 Years
My dearest Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
May our Lord bless you and shine the light of His countenance upon you!
I greet you on the most joyous celebration of our church's 115th Feast Day, may the Lord grant many more! As you well know, our church community is blessed with a long and venerable history. In 1903 St. Tikhon, then bishop of the Orthodox Mission in America under the Russian Church, received our church into Holy Orthodoxy and in 1905 he made the long journey to offer an Archpastoral visit. What a blessing it is to have such a great saint as one of our founders! I encourage you all to offer prayers to him for the continued growth and well being of our church.
We are also blessed to be the founding Orthodox community in Pueblo. For the first two years, 1903-1905, St. Michael's was the only Orthodox church, where gathered all the Orthodox faithful of every ethnic and cultural background, in our city. In 1905, St. Tikhon gave the blessing for the founding of a Greek orientated parish in Pueblo. Thus initiating the beginning of St. John's. After this time, St. John's ministered to the Greek immigrants and St. Michael's to the Slavic. Clearly we are no longer a “Slavic” parish. Nonetheless, we hold dear our vital and beautiful Slavic roots. The labor and love of those who have gone before us and labored for Holy Orthodoxy in Pueblo should be for us today a deep source of inspiration.
A great example of their love for the Faith is exemplified in the situations surrounding the destruction of the original temple (located in the “Grove”) in the infamous 1921 flood. Most of the parishioners at that time lost all they had, it was washed away in the raging flood waters of the Arkansas River. Our parish has never been a “wealthy” parish; at this time it consisted of mainly hard working blue collar Slavs. Yet even with their meager incomes they were able to construct a new temple within a three year period. It is the one that we enjoy to this day. It stands as a testament to their deep devotion – when they themselves had lost near all, they did not put off the reconstruction of God's House but rather set it as a primary concern. May we have such deep care and concern, we who have much more then they did. May we not take for granted the inheritance for which they so diligently labored.
The Church, of course, stands because of God's grace, and yet we must cooperate with that grace. Thus, the church here in Pueblo will continue if we dedicate ourselves to being faithful stewards of it. Each one of us is called to diligently and actively support the church. This is manifested in a multitude of ways: attending services, volunteering to serve (if not you who will?), tithing, and most of all holding dear the Orthodox Christian way of life. The baton has been handed to us, will we run our course with earnestness and steadfastness? I believe that we will, and I encourage you to recommit your hearts to this task of being Orthodox in a society which, it seems, is growing ever more diametrically opposed to the Christian life. Our wonderful church will continue because of your faithfulness. Now is our time.
I have been blessed to serve St. Michael's now for over seven years. I believe that God has many good things in store for our community. Let us stand fast and minister faithfully in Christ's Holy Church. What an honor! What a blessing He has given to us! Let us struggle together, forgiving one another, loving one another, covering the sins of our brethren as Christ has covered our own. Let us strive, even if faintly, to live according to the rich grace of our Lord Jesus which flows through the Body, His Church. Let us rekindle our zeal and love for God; may our hearts not grow cold with the times. As St. Paul says, may we “examine ourselves whether we be in the Faith” (cf. 2 Cor. 13:5).
May this be our vision: the Gospel is for all the world, Orthodoxy is for all the world. We are called to be first and foremost Orthodox Christians, no one will be saved because he is a Slav, or Greek, or an American. Only by clinging tightly to Christ Jesus and the Ark of the Church will we be saved. Hold fast my dear ones, renew your hearts in the Lord! Maranatha!
Your unworthy priest and pastor-
Set Service Schedule:
- Every Saturday, Great Vespers 5:30 pm.
- Every Sunday, Hours at 9:10 am & Divine Liturgy at 9:30 am.
+ An Akathist is served every Tuesday at 6:30am.
+ Matins is served at 6am, every Wednesday, Thursday & Friday.
+ Vespers is served at 5:30pm every Wednesday.
Bible Study / Orthodox Education: Wednesday evenings at 6:30
Upcoming Major & Great Feasts: Synaxis of the Holy Archangels, 115th Parish Feast Day, Nov. 8th; Entrance of the Theotokos onto the Temple, Nov. 21st. See calendar for service times.
Women's group: Women's retreat, Saturday the 17th.
“Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.”
OUR 115th Parish Feast Day, the Synaxis of the Holy Archangels, will be on Thursday, November the 8th. Great Vespers with Litya will be held on Wednesday evening at 5:30 pm; Hours will start on Thursday at 8:30 am, Div. Liturgy at 8:50 am. A festive potluck meal will follow. Make sure to be there!!!!!
The Nativity Fast begins on the 15th, during which time all pious Orthodox are called to abstain from dairy and meat products.
We are trying something new this year – For anyone who would like to we will be hosting a Thanksgiving Dessert with prayers in the Fellowship hall on Thanksgiving Day at 5:30 pm. Bring a dessert to share and let's fellowship and give thanks together. Also, bring games if you would like!
The Fabulous St. Nicholas Party will be on Sunday, Dec. 9th at coffee hour.
A big thanks to everyone who has helped with renovating our church temple!
Work 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!