Services this week (1st and 2nd weeks after Pentecost)
- Friday, June 8: 6:30 PM Molieban at our plot of land in McKinney
- Saturday, June 9: 5 PM Vigil Service
- Sunday, June 10: 10 AM Divine Liturgy, Sunday of All Saints of Russia
God willing, we will begin choir rehearsals, liturgics classes for readers, and monthly clean-up days soon. These will be either on a weekday evening (probably Monday) or on a Saturday afternoon. If you are interested and have a preference among these times, please write to Nicholas.
On Friday evening, we will hold a Molieban to St. Nicholas for our parish. Everybody should try to attend this service, and add your prayers to ours. The service will be held at our new land in McKinney (see link to map above), and will be followed by "grilled zucchini" (as Father put it) at the rectory.
This week in the life of the Church
- Wednesday, June 6: St. Symeon of the Wonderful Mountain. In his honor, we may use wine and oil.
- Thursday, June 7: 3rd Finding of the Head of St. John the Baptist. In his honor, we may eat fish.
"I was sick and you visited me." We have petitions for the sick, for travellers, and in general for those in need during the Liturgy; so, if you or someone you know needs prayer or would like a visit, please let Father Seraphim know.
Help with the Services
Helping with the services is an important ministry to God and to other members of the parish. We can always use help singing in the choir, reading the prayers and psalms, or assisting in the Altar during the Divine Liturgy. If you wish to help in the Altar, please speak to Father Seraphim. If you wish to help sing or read, please speak to Nicholas Park.
Our Sunday School
Raissa Dudar, Matushka Marina and Christina Newell are teaching a class for our youngest children during the sermon each Sunday. Nicholas Park and David Hawthorne are teaching a class for the older children after Trapeza, at roughly 12:30. If you would like to help with the program, please speak to Raissa, Nicholas, or Father Seraphim.
Please see and use our bookstore. We have books, icons, CD's, Pascha and Nativity cards, souveniers and other items. When you buy something, please put the following into the donation box, together with the payment: the item name and the dollar ($) amount of the payment. There are pads for your use for this purpose in the bookstore.
Our Parish Library
Our parish library is an opportunity to pool our resources, given each of us access to spiritually profitable books, CD's and other items that we would not otherwise be able to afford. By borrowing from the library, you can have more resources to help you grow in the love of God, and by donating to the library, you can express your love for others by helping them to do the same. When you borrow from the library, please write the name of the book or CD on the clipboard, and return the items within four weeks. If you have materials to donate to the library, please speak to Nicholas Park
St. Juliana Sisterhood
All women are welcome to be members of our Sisterhood. To become one, please contact Raisa Dudar.
Mary needs Martha! – Cleaning the Church
An excellent opportunity open to both men and women to help maintain the beauty, warmth and hospitable atmosphere of our parish is to help clean the church. In addition to participating in our periodic clean-up days, you may also sign-up to help with one of the tasks that must be done on a weekly basis. The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the kitchen. You may see Matushka Marina or Nicholas Park for more information.
All Orthodox Christians should make financial contributions to the parish of which they are a part. Doing so enables the parish to be sustained financially, puts one in the position of being a benefactor to the Church, and is an important way to put Christ first in our lives. Our Lord says, "Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." Our parish needs a larger monthly income; currently we are just able to meet our expenses, despite having cut these back to the bare minimum. May the Lord help us as we prayerfully consider our pledge to our church. Tithing (giving 10%) from one's income is a good foundation for personal giving with ample precedent in the life of the Church. At the candle stand, we will soon provide is a booklet containing a pledge form where, after prayerful consideration, one can pledge to give a certain amount every month.
Our Building Fund
Every Orthodox community should build a temple to God's glory. Given the condition of our current facility, it is important for us to move forward with our building plans. We have recently purchased a plot of land, and we will be meeting on June 19th to discuss our plans for the future. To make a contribution to the Building Fund, you can make out a check to St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, and write in the memo line, "Building Fund."