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The group continues discussions on Saint Gregory of Nyssa and his work “On The Making of Man”. Saint Gregory of Nyssa aims at completing St. Basil the Great's commentary on the creation of the world by focusing specifically on the creation of humans.
Our next class will be held next Friday at 6:30 PM. If you are interested in joining this group, please contact Father George Kokhno at firstname.lastname@example.org and Ioannis Gkigkitzis at email@example.com.
Orthodoxy 101: A new adult education course, titled The Divine Liturgy and Liturgical Theology, will explore the historical evolution and theological meaning of the core liturgical rites for the Divine Eucharist in the Orthodox Church through lectures and seminar discussions. This course will also offer a first introduction to Fr. Alexander Schmemann’s concept of liturgical theology. The pilot portion of this discussion group will be held on three consecutive Sundays beginning August 25th in the annex library. It will be taught in English from 11:45AM to 12:30PM, and will be held under the guidance of Fr. George Kokhno, Ioannis Gkigkitzis, and John Stepanchuk. Participation in real time via Skype is welcome, as are guest lecturers. Please join us!
Please Consider Joining our Choir
The cathedral choir is looking for more singers at both services. In general, choir rehearsals in Slavonic begin at 9:00 AM on Sundays and last for an hour and a half. Choir rehearsals in English begin at 11:15 AM on Sundays and also last for an hour and a half. A two-hour combined rehearsal begins at 7:00 PM on Mondays.
To confirm this week’s rehearsal schedule, contact Kevin Fritts at firstname.lastname@example.org, Andrea Lutov email@example.com, or Elena Forrest at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Potlucks - Due to our busy summer schedules, we are discontinuing our potluck *schedule* for the summer starting in July. However, we would really appreciate, because of less help in the summer, if you can bring in a lenten-appropriate potluck item - such as side dish, fruit, or main dish - when you can over the summer. In the fall, we will pick up the potluck schedule again. Thank you.
Coffee hour volunteers needed - We are once again requesting people to volunteer to serve during coffee hour. Why not volunteer for one (or two) Sundays over the summer and see how you like it - before you commit to anything? Please contact the church office or Mark Naydan at email@example.com to volunteer or for more information.
Please Save the Date for the 2019 Saint Nicholas Fall Bazaar
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We are delighted to hold this year's Fall Bazaar on the weekend of September 21st and 22nd. As always, it will take place rain or shine! However, it cannot succeed without your help and direct contribution. We need each one of you to be part of the event. This is your opportunity to contribute to the growth of our community and the building up of Christ's Church!
Your donations greatly help offset the upfront costs of the Bazaar. In doing so, we can increase the revenue of our parish's largest annual fundraiser. Based on past years' results, every $1.00 donated generates at least $3.00 of income for the Cathedral.
and bringing it with you to church. Pick up a special "St. Nicholas Bazaar Donation" envelope at the Candle Counter, and enclose the completed form with your donation. Please make checks out to St. Nicholas Cathedral (write "Bazaar Donation" on memo line of check). Leave your "St. Nicholas Bazaar Donation" envelope at the Candle Counter or give it to clergy and they will take it to the Church Office. Having your form on file will allow us to send an acknowledgment letter for tax purposes. Please do not send cash donations by mail.
Suggested Donation Levels are as follows:
· $500 or more (listed as a Steward)
· $250-$499 (listed as a Supporter)
· $100-$249 (listed as a Donor)
Where Will Your Money Go?
$7,700 of your contributions will go towards food, food containers, and grill supplies. $7,500 will be used for facilities rentals such as tents, tables and chairs, a walk-in refrigerator, and a wheelchair-accessible portable toilet.
$1,200 will provide entertainment, including musicians, dancers, the stage, and kids' craft supplies. $600 will cover our advertisement and printing costs.
Want to Volunteer for the Festival?
The Fall Bazaar is a collective effort, and your help is needed to ensure its success. If you can't contribute monetarily, we'd love you to consider donating your time! In fact, many parishioners both volunteer and donate monetarily!
Any questions about volunteering for the bazaar should be addressed to Viktoria Shalaginova at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall Bazaar Entertainment
Preparation for our annual bazaar has begun! We want to make this event very attractive to our guests. The entertainment program is a key attraction of the bazaar. If you know any performers (folk and classic) who would like to perform on our stage - singers, dancers, musicians - or vendors who would like to present their products and services, please contact Elena_Forrest@yahoo.com.
Christ House Outreach 2019
We would like to express our gratitude to all parishioners who have answered our requests and volunteered to prepare and serve lunch in our St. Nicholas Christ House Outreach Group! This year we have 19 people involved in our program! If you would ever like to join us to see Christ House, contact Claire Nobles at 571-882-3298.
Please take a look below at the graphic of 2018 Christ House accomplishments and be inspired by our participation in such a worthy program!
New - Parishioner Memorial Project
Beginning this month, we are including a new feature in the bulletin and the newsletter. Once a month we hope to highlight the memory of a departed parishioner or friend of St. Nicholas Cathedral. If you have a loved one or friend that you would like to have highlighted, please send your information (with a digital photo if available), along with the date of death to Lisamik56@gmail.com with the words "Memory Eternal" in the subject line. Please include the year of death, as we will try to highlight the departed around an anniversary.
Parish Visitation Ministry
“I [Lord Jesus] was sick and you visited me…” Matthew 25:36
Our parish has a number of elderly, homebound, and ailing parishioners who could benefit from visitation and assistance. For decades, clergy and individual parishioners have reached out to parishioners, who could not participate in the liturgical life and fellowship of the parish. The Cathedral is consolidating all visits of ill and homebound parishioners under a single Parish Visitation Ministry coordinated by Father Deacon Igor Panyutin. He is compiling a list of the parishioners who require assistance to better match them with volunteers who can visit them. The new Parish Visitation Ministry will track the existing efforts and enhance them, when necessary, to provide comprehensive coverage. If you would like to be a visitor or want to add the name of a homebound parishioner to the list, please contact Father Igor at email@example.com or 301-367-3851.
With love in Christ,
Fr. George, Fr. Valery
Christ House Ministry
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in…" Matthew 25:34-36
Many thanks to our Christ House donors and volunteers, through whose efforts more than 11,000 people have been served delicious and healthy homemade meals over St. Nicholas Cathedral’s 17 years of service!
We need more volunteers! All it takes are a few hours twice or three times per year on the second Sunday of the month. Each team buys and brings healthy ingredients—fish or meat, vegetables, salad, and fruit for dessert—and carpools to Christ House to spend about an hour and a half after liturgy preparing the meal and serving an average of 45-55 individuals.
Volunteering is a “win” for St. Nicholas and a “win” for Christ House! Volunteers enjoy getting better acquainted with their St. Nicholas teammates, serving their community in DC, and sharing the feeling of fulfillment that results from serving those who are less fortunate. Christ House is grateful for our service because our volunteers always prepare delicious and healthy lunches. Please, contact Claire Nobles to learn more firstname.lastname@example.org, or 571.882.3298
Christ House (www.christhouse.org), in the Adams-Morgan neighborhood of DC, is the only facility in the District of Columbia that offers comprehensive and compassionate health care to homeless men and women.
Gift Corner: 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 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.
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 here. Thank you for your help!
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 (email@example.com), Fr. George (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Fr. Valery (email@example.com)