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"O Lord, sanctify those, who love the beauty of Your house!

Reward them with Your rich and Heavenly gifts, 

given them Heavenly things for the earthly ones, 

eternal things for the temporal ones, 

incorruptible things for those that perish"

St. Basil the Great. Liturgy 

Pledge Letter in MS Word  or  in PDF


            St. Nicholas Cathedral is grateful for every donation received throughout the year.  Your generous support enables the Cathedral to spread the teaching of Our Lord Jesus Christ, serve regular Divine Liturgies and Sacraments and provide spiritual nourishment to our faithful, their families and  those in need.  Your pledge of support is a sign of your heartfelt participation in the life of our parish family and it plays a vital role in enabling us to meet our financial responsibilities.  Please, download and read the letter, which explains the importance of the timely pledges.

            We pray that everybody who attends St. Nicholas Cathedral and cares for it financial security will make a pledge for 2017!

            If you don’t have a pledge form, you can download it from the link bellow or pick up a hard copy either at the candle counter or by calling the office at 202-333-5060.  Please take a few minutes to fill out the pledge form and submit it to either the candle counter or mail it to

St. Nicholas Cathedral

3500 Massachusetts Ave., NW

Washington DC 20007

Thank you for your support and keeping St. Nicholas strong and a place we can be proud of!



Gift Corner - With the feast of Nativity of Christ  approaching, please come and easily find something for everyone on your gift list.  There are books for children as well as adults, a new collection of amber, honey, christmas ornaments and cards, and beautiful new icons painted by our very own master iconographer Alexander Moskalionov. Our book room in the annex has hundreds of new volumes that are $1 each unless marked otherwise. If you are interested in 2017 pocket calendars from St. Tikhon, we will be taking orders at the gift corner or you can reserve one by giving your name at the office. The Russian Youth organization in New York has also produced a 2017 calendar with the Romanovs as a theme. A sample is on view at the Gift Corner and orders can be placed there.


Christmas Day Potluck: December 25, 2016 - Come join us for a potluck Christmas Buffet in the fellowship hall after Divine Liturgy celebrating the Nativity of our Lord. Everyone is welcome, including family and friends! We will create a Signup Genius page to keep track of food and beverage contributions, or you can contact Claire Nobles - sophia.nobles96@gmail.com.


PENNIES FOR ALASKA - Due to your generous donations of coins and paper bills to the Pennies For Alaska canister in the church hall, the current collection amounts to $410.00 If you would like to increase our giving to St. Herman Seminary in Kodiak, AK, please drop your coins in the canister or turn in a check to the candle counter in an envelope marked PENNIES AK.  Make check payable to St. Nicholas Cathedral with memo "Pennies AK"  Collection closes New Year Sunday.

This donation program started as a Sunday School project in 1964 when the most devastating earthquake hit Kodiak. Our children donated coins to help their brothers and sisters in Christ.  Eventually the collection canister was brought to the church hall for all to contribute. We are going into our 53rd year!  We will report the final take after the January 1st deadline. Thank you for your contributions to this cause. Contact: andrealutov@gmail.com

Christmas Flowers - Flowers for Christmas have been ordered by the Cathedral Board and will be placed by the Dormition Guild.  If you would like to sponsor one of the beautiful poinsettias, please turn in a check to the candle counter or church office by January 8, 2016 with a donation of $25.00 payable to St. Nicholas Cathedral in a marked envelope "Christmas Flowers," or use the Special Offering Christmas Flower envelope provided in your member envelope packet.  Include name(s) you wish to memorialize or honor.  Donors and their remembrances will be listed in the January 15 and 22  Sunday Bulletins.  Flowers will remain in church through January 19, Feast of Theophany, Old Calendar.  For questions contact: andrealutov@gmail.com


 "R" Club Christmas Party:  December 27, 2016 - The Annual Christmas Party sponsored by the Cathedral's "R" Club will be held on Tuesday, 27 December at 7pm in the Annex.  All are welcome to attend.  Andrea Lutov and Betty Slanta have graciously agreed to help by hosting this event.  The Party will be a potluck supper; please RSVP with your potluck choice by December 20to Andrea at andrealutov@gmail.com    

There will be a Holiday Gift Exchange, so please bring a $15 gift if you want to participate. We hope to see you there.


After the Christmas Liturgy on Saturday, January 7, 2017 the traditional luncheon feast will be held in our Church hall. Everybody is invited! We need help for cooking the dishes on Friday, January 6 from 1pm. We also need financial support to cover the expenses. If you have any questions please contact Irina Panyutin irinavp@comcast.net(301)3672627 or Marina Shemchuk shemchukm@gmail.com(202)5579899.


Invitation to Russian Ball: January 14, 2017
On behalf of our Chairmen Professor and Mrs. Paul du Quenoy, Co-Chairmen Prince and Princess Nicholas Obolensky, and the Ball Committee, it gives us great pleasure to invite you to this year's Russian Ball, which will be held in Washington on January 14, 2017.  Please find the invitation and response card attached here.  We very much look forward to welcoming you in January.

With best wishes,
The Russian Ball


Nativity celebration ("Yolka") for children Saturday, January 21, 2017 



9:30 - 10:30 - Liturgy with participation of the children's choir


10:30 - 11:00 - Discussion about Nativity and St. Nicholas 


After the Children's Liturgy, there will be a meal in the fellowship hall followed by a Christmas and New Year performance. Christmas Gifts are available for $10 per child.


Dear parents, we need your help in organizing the celebration! For more information about how to participate or help with this event please contact Ksenia Panomarenko: ks.panomarenko@gmail.com


In order to sign up your child for Christmas gift, please contact Alla Lowe: stanlowe@verizon.net  or tel. (202) 285-0033.



Amazon Smile 
We encourage everyone to register with Amazon Smile which will donate 0.5% of your purchase price to our Cathedral.  Please designate our church - "Russian Orthodox Church of St Nicholas" (legal name of our Cathedral) - as your charity of choice.  Instructions on how to join can be found hereThank you for your help!
With love in Christ,
Larry Harrison, Treasurer
Adult Education class by Father George via Skype on the Liturgy and Scripture 
Let's learn about our Faith!  Join Father George online from 7:00 PM till 8:00 PM each Monday to learn about the Liturgy and Scripture.  Download (or UPDATE) free Skype application - https://www.skype.com/en/  
Contact Irakli - phone: 1-302-332-3688, e-mail: chikhladze.irakli@gmail.com, Skype: Irakli.chikhladze
Study of the Holy Scriptures
St Nicholas Cathedral offers adult education classes on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of every month. Topics that will be explored in the class include the Psalms, systematic study of the Holy Scriptures (both Old and New Testaments), Christian hymnography, the services of the Church, and more! This class is primarily intended for Orthodox Christians who are interested in deepening their understanding of the faith, and non-Orthodox who wish to learn more about Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Church. However, anyone is welcome to join.
We invite you to join us for worship at the Divine Liturgy, grab a cup of coffee and a bite to eat downstairs, and then head to the Annex for discussion and questions. Class begins at 11:15 (11:45 on days with bilingual services) and typically lasts between 45-60 minutes. Please join us as we work to grow together in our faith in Jesus Christ.
Here is the link to the Google Drive folder with past material for the Psalms and Epistles.


One-hour weekly classes in basic English open to all parishioners and friends will be taught by volunteers every Sunday at 1PM in the library on the first floor of our annex building.  If you are interested in improving your skills in English, please come and see whether you would enjoy this class.  Just come to the library by 12:30PM and give you name to the teacher.

Irena Ananjana has again volunteered to teach an hour class in basic Russian conversation and reading twice a month on Sundays in the first floor room of our annex building.  These lessons will be held from 11AM to 12PM. New and continuing students are welcome.  The only requirement is an interest in learning Russian! For any questions, please email Irena at: irena_ananjana@hotmail.com Приветствуем всех!


This Sunday, July 31, after first liturgy during the coffee hour Archimandrite Juvenal (Repass)will give a presentation on his upcoming mission trip to Guatemala.

Fr. Juvenal’s missionary page at OCMC:


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The Dormition Guild is sponsoring a book on past members of St. Nicholas Cathedral.  The title of the book will be “Jewels of the Cathedral” and the project is being chaired by Anna Mighell.  It will be a collection of biographies of deceased Church members, as well as past clergy.  Everyone in the parish is welcome to write a biography of their relative or friend.  Please include a picture, if possible.  The biographies need not be too long.  Please send the biography and picture to Father Valery Shemchuk at the Cathedral.  We have a goal that this project be completed in one year (December 2015 through December 2016, if possible), but please send in your biographies soon.  We have had so many devoted, wonderful parishioners.  The book should be a real treasure.  People may write as many biographies as they wish.  Below is an entry for the book.  We hope this sample will be encouragement for others to submit bios of deceased beloved family members and friends.  

There will be a  meeting after Liturgy on Wednesday, June 29, St. Peter and Paul Feast Day, to review and pull from historical records information we can use for bios for "Jewels of the Cathedral."  We especially would like to invite friends and relatives of past parishioners who can provide memories and anecdotes.  Please come join us. 


Vera was born in Vladivostok, Russia, the last of eight children born to Maxim and Anna Stadnichenko.  It was a patriotic family with a strong belief in God and a love of learning and nature.  She was a childhood friend of Yul Brynner who lived on the same block. 

After the communist revolution she and most of her family left Russia.  Vera and her mother lived in Prague for a short time before immigrating to America.  For a number of years, she and her sister Asya lived in Illinois where Vera received a Master’s Degree with concentration in bacteriology from the University of Chicago. 

When her sister died, Vera moved to Washington, DC to be with other family members.  She worked as a bacteriologist at the Glendale TB Sanitarium.  Vera also worked at Children’s Hospital where she was greatly admired by the doctors.

Vera met and married her beloved husband, Stephan Kunsak, during World War II.  She was widowed in 1966. 

Animals were Vera’s passion from the time, as a 5-year-old, she befriended a guard dog at a bank.  Throughout her life she helped or adopted countless abandoned and abused animals.  She even cared for an owl with a broken beak for 19 years, feeding her by hand.  Vera named her Smokey because she was rescued after falling down a chimney. Vera was one of the founders of S.P.A.Y. and worked for the Audubon Society raising baby birds.  She knew how to set a bird’s broken wing.                           

            Mrs. Kunsak was very proud of her Russian heritage and a devout member of the Russian Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas (which became St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral).  She loved the teaching and traditions of the Orthodox religion.  She was sustained by many loving friends and family.  

Vera Stadnichenko Kunsak died in a fire at her home in the early morning of Sunday, December 2, 2001.  She was 94.  Memory Eternal - darkness shall not overcome the light.

Composed by Anna DeKonschin Mighell, Vera’s niece 



If you are aware of a parishioner who is ill or for some reason can not attend church services regularly, it is possible they might benefit from a card sent by our Dormition Guild or a phone call or visit from clergy.  In such case, please notify Andrea Lutov for the Dormition Guild (andrealutov@gmail.com), Fr. George (gkokhno@gmail.com)  or Fr. Valery (shemchukv@gmail.com)

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