All Saints Orthodox Mission Church
A Dearborn/Downriver Orthodox Parish for Everyone
TODAY - RUMMAGE SALE

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Today is Our HUGE Rummage Sale for All Saints Orthodox Mission Church. Lots of Great Stuff and Everything Has To Go! Everything is Negotiable. Come on Down - Check it Out! It's Worth the Drive!

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Welcome to Our Website!

 

 

 

All Saints Orthodox Church

 A Mission Parish of ROCOR 

 
Office/Contact: 
V. Rev. Gregory Joyce (Rector and Spiritual Advisor)
Sub-Deacon Michael Boyar (Administrator and Starosta)
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Mailing Address: 30111 Marr Street Gibraltar, MI  48173
Direct Line: 734/934-6337  (call/text)
Fax Line: 734/671-8337

Email: AllSaintsDownriver@gmail.com 
Facebook:  All Saints Orthodox Mission
St. Hedwig Flower Shop - All Saints Flower & Gift Shop
Telephone (call/text): 
313/897-4880
Email: StHedwig@AllSaintsOrthodoxChurch.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MinistryofAllSaintsOrthodoxChurch/
Instagram:
St.Hedwig11
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This is YOUR Special Invitation!
Still Learning and Growing
Still Learning and Growing
Still Learning and Growing

Glory to Jesus Christ!
Welcome to our All Saints Orthodox Mission Church Parish!

We are just south of Detroit (and north of Toledo) in the community we affectionately call the Dearborn/Downriver area, and welcome everyone from Southeast Michigan & Northwest Ohio (because we are in a really central location - 20 minutes from Detroit or Toledo).

Exciting times are coming our Way! 

We still do Reader's Services on Sundays, and schedule a Divine Liturgy at least once a month, celebrating ALL Holy Days and our Archbishop PETER is helping us actively seek our own Shepherd.

We have a nice small community who still feels that there is an excellent opportunity for growth in the teachings of Our Faith, and wants to spread the love and compassion of God's Will through prayer and celebration.  In fact, it's in our Mission Statement!

Our criteria isn't based on where you live or whether you are Russian, Ukrainian, Greek, Serbian, Mexican, Arabic or even Cherokee Indian - We want everyone to come and celebrate the True Word of our Holy Orthodox Christianity.  Although many of may have never heard of us (especially without an ethnicity attached), we have been around since Jesus Christ Himself, and can show our ties without Ancestry.com (although that would be interesting to see).

(A brief history lesson:  We actually know that the Christian Church had 5 Patriarchates, one of which was in Rome.  The schism that happened by 1054 was a gradually splitting apart that ended with Rome breaking away from the others. (in an edict delivered to the patriarch in Constantinople). We are historically the true and original (orthodox) Christian church.)

Please come and check us out.  We really have something special and are very excited to talk about it:  In English, Russian, Ukrainian, Greek, Serbian, Mexican, Arabic or even Cherokee Indian!

 
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End of Year Donations for Tax Purposes

Dear Parishioners and Friends! We would like urge you to consider whether making a

donation to the parish before December 31, 2016 would be helpful for you as you

consider your tax liability for the year 2016. Donations to All Saints Orthodox

Mission Church are deductible to the greatest extent allowable by law. Please do

not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions in this regard. It is also

very important that your address be up to date in our parish database. If you have

moved, have a new email or cell phone, or other contact information, please visit

this link to update your information with the parish

We Appreciate Anything You Could Afford - Thank You so much for Your Generosity

And You Can Simply Use This New Tab Below, too.

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Important Dates / Upcoming Events

Please refer to this area for everything upcoming in our Mission Parish.
(If you have any questions, please email or call anytime.)

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Please Contact Office for Service Information
(Please visit our website often.  We are working on our long term schedule now.)

If you need to see a priest, or know someone who may enjoy a home visit,
please let us know. 
We also have some times available to continue Home (and Grave) Blessings.

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Announcements

Please refer to this area for everything upcoming in our Mission Parish.
(If you have any questions, please email or call anytime.)

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We Are Moving to River Rouge!

Yes, It is True - We found a new Home!

After some intense bargaining with an awesome buiding owner and some really great meetings and projects with the City Administration, we have decided to pursue a nice 2 story building with almost 3000 square feet of open space right in the downtown area of River Rouge.  This will present some really great opportunities for our small mission parish to grow, while bringing some business and training opportunities to the area through our ministries. 

After structuring an affordable Purchase Agreement, we sent it to Archbishop PETER, who gave his blessing, then on to the Listing Agent, who presented it to the Sellers, who after reviewing the whole package, indeed signed and agreed to our Offer to Purchase, and pending some final inspections of the facility, research/clearing the title work and formally put it all together, we are optimistic that we can Close on the property soon!

We have decided to make it "Work in Progress" facility progress by cleaning up and preparing the entire second floor as our chapel (with some really great surprises coming here, too), and to sort out and create 3 main areas of the first floor:  The front third will host our Flower and Gift Shop; most of the back two thirds will be a social area (with a classroom setting and kitchette); and an exclusive place for a satellite Real Estate Office (to be the only one in River Rouge).

Many details have yet to be finalized, however "With God, All Things are Possible" and we have a solid Business Plan to complete projects completely and with class.  As always, donations would be so appreciated.  We were able to fundraise a significant portion of the Down Payment and received a generous grant from our Diocese, but renovations could to be costly, too.  Please consider an End of the Year - Tax Deductible Gift to our Mission Parish.  It would be so appreciated and used wisely.  (We are even willing to accept gifts with recognition plaques).

Going
Going
Going
Around
Around
Around
The Back
The Back
The Back
And The Nice
And The Nice
And The Nice
Little City Park
Little City Park
Little City Park
Next Door
Next Door
Next Door

Our Future Chapel -

First Floor Creations -

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Our Flower and Gift Shop is Now Open!

Welcome to the newest Ministry in our All Saints Orthodox Mission Parish Family!

To the Glory of God and with a Special Thank you for the generosity of the Turza Family, we are proud to announce that Archbishop PETER has given His Blessing for us to receive their donation of all Business and Assets of the St. Hedwig Flower and Gift Shop of Detroit, Michigan (effective February 29, 2016).

We have been working diligently on creating a fair and exciting business plan for the benefit of ALL as we perpetuate and promote Eastern Orthodox Christianity in our region, and as we solicit business to raise the necessary funding for Our Community and Neighborhood Programs coming together now in a special Action Plan.

Please think of us for your floral and gifting needs for all occations. It is our hope to provide the best products and services available to our Customers, but also it is important for us to be a real Resource to all those who may need us.

Please go back to the TOP of this page and find the link to the St. Hedwig Flower & Gift Shop.  Click it to find our latest specials and for something you may like for you, too.

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Furniture (and some Really Great Estate Items) For Sale

Are you in the market for some really nice furniture?  How about Kitchenware, or Books, Electronics or maybe some really nice Christmas Items and Decorations?  Recently, we had the opportunity to work with a family in need  prepare their Estate for the inevitable, and was able to come in and remove items and help clean up their house for sale. 

Now we have the opportunity to help others!  We have some really great stuff available for families in need, and for sale for folks who are looking for the right kind of furniture and stuff at Special Bargain Prices.  Of course, all proceeds are going toward our new building and the ministries we want to bring to our new Home Community of River Rouge and surrounding areas.

Below are some really detailed photographs of items still available and looking for a new home.  Please take a look, and/or if you want to visit, call us to get into the Storage Facility (near Ann Arbor).  We are also planning on advertising it online and having another Sale for You Bargain Shoppers.

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TV Armoire (with individual side cablinets)
TV Armoire (with individual side cablinets)
TV Armoire (with individual side cablinets)
GLASS CABINETS - SOLD
GLASS CABINETS - SOLD
GLASS CABINETS - SOLD
Wide Television Cabinet
Wide Television Cabinet
Wide Television Cabinet
Table with vinyl cover on it
Table with vinyl cover on it
Table with vinyl cover on it
Long Dining Room Table (with 2 leafs)
Long Dining Room Table (with 2 leafs)
Long Dining Room Table (with 2 leafs)
Seat covers included
Seat covers included
Seat covers included
Diningroom Hutch
Diningroom Hutch
Diningroom Hutch
Dining Room Server
Dining Room Server
Dining Room Server
Cabinet's functionality
Cabinet's functionality
Cabinet's functionality
Secretary Cabinet
Secretary Cabinet
Secretary Cabinet
Beautiful Wall Clock
Beautiful Wall Clock
Beautiful Wall Clock
Smaller Dining Room Table (with 4 chairs)
Smaller Dining Room Table (with 4 chairs)
Smaller Dining Room Table (with 4 chairs)
Smaller Table with vinyl cover
Smaller Table with vinyl cover
Smaller Table with vinyl cover
Small Cabinet to go with Dining Room Table
Small Cabinet to go with Dining Room Table
Small Cabinet to go with Dining Room Table
SOLD - SOLD
SOLD - SOLD
SOLD - SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
Matching Formal Chairs
Matching Formal Chairs
Matching Formal Chairs
Kitchen Hanging Lamp
Kitchen Hanging Lamp
Kitchen Hanging Lamp
Tiffany Hanging Lamp
Tiffany Hanging Lamp
Tiffany Hanging Lamp
SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
glass Center Table
glass Center Table
glass Center Table
SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
Side Table
Side Table
Side Table
SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
Portable Closet
Portable Closet
Portable Closet
With pull out hanger and mirror
With pull out hanger and mirror
With pull out hanger and mirror
Twin Bed Head/Base boards
Twin Bed Head/Base boards
Twin Bed Head/Base boards
Beautiful Full Length Fox Fur
Beautiful Full Length Fox Fur
Beautiful Full Length Fox Fur
Join the Michigan Deanery Choir
Calling All Orthodox Choir Singers - It is time to Join the Michigan Deanery Choir!
 
We are very thankful to have Anastasia Klimzo join us as the organizer and choir director of this voluntary group who has decided to work very hard to fulfill a major Ministry! Anastasia would like to invite those who are interested in singing or learning how to sing - especially those are available during the day on a regular basis. Instruction will be based on the Obihod tones.
 
The purpose is to exhibit the beauty and enjoyment of acapella voices in the Orthodox Church, and how we apply it to building our future - To show and teach our wonderful Faith.

Please contact Anastasia to learn more: cantor@stvladimiraami.org
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We made the Newspaper - Awesome Article!

In Celebration of our surge for Growth, The News Herald (our award winning publication for the entire Downriver Area) wrote a wonderful article about us authored by an amazing Shannon Rossi. 

Please share it with all of your friends.  To the Awesome Article. Click the link:

 
 
 Shannon Rossi is a free lance writer for the newspaper and really took the time to talk to Fr Gregory and me, and I think she did a really nice job.  Please read it and share your thoughts, too.
 
Please watch for us in future articles and in their Under the Spires category.  We will participate with them whenever we can.  This is such an exciting, yet important time in the life of this new mission.  Please Pray for us, too.
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LIKE US - On our New Facebook Page

 

Thanks to Tiffany Morton-Slis, We have our own new Facebook Page.

All Saints Orthodox Mission

Please stop by: Check Us Out
LIKE US
Tell Your Friends

Here is the link:

https://www.facebook.com/AllSaintsOrthodoxMissionChurch/

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St. John Kochurov Society
St. John of Kochurov
St. John of Kochurov
St. John of Kochurov

 

The Michigan Deanery St. John Kochurov Society met on November 13, 2015 at St. Vladimir with a small reception (Lenten hors d'oeuvres).  It was well attended and Fr. Gregory and Karl Meyer spent some quality time presenting and answering questions.  For a nominal commitment, they pointed out just how important this program was to our entire diocese by how they have already helped in the past and some of the target areas we are working for in the near and far future.  Karl has also agreed to visit the other parishes in our deanery (including us), and present it again.  All Saints has made a commitment to this important project.

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St. John was the first priestly martyr of the Russian Revolution, but before that he had served for 10+ years in our diocese. And thus Bishop Peter blessed for St. John to be the patron of our diocesan fund for those in need of assistance. This fund focuses especially on Monasteries, Missions (and Mission Clergy), and Youth.

You can learn more about the St. John Kochurov Society (below) and how we can support this important ministry! 
To learn more about St. John please visit the links below.

English:

http://oca.org/saints/lives/2015/10/31/103122-priestmartyr-john-kochurov

Russian:
http://days.pravoslavie.ru/Life/life363.htm

Join the St. John Kochurov Society!

The St. John Kochurov Society supports:
Youth Ministry
Mission Parishes
Monastic Institutions

We are the youngest diocese in North America and we still have a lot of work to do in these areas! Your gift – large or small – to the St. John Kochurov Society will help – A LOT!  Our Michigan Deanery has traditionally had the most members in the St. John society and we would like to see that continue.

How can you help? See the links below and take action today!
St. John Kochurov Society Web Site:
http://www.sjksdcma.org/

Karl Meyer presents our opportunity to help
Karl Meyer presents our opportunity to help
Karl Meyer presents our opportunity to help
Fr. Gregory Joyce
Fr. Gregory Joyce
Fr. Gregory Joyce

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SubDeacon Peter Boyar Memorial Building Fund

On Wednesday, February 19, 2013 evening, one of our founders, SubDeacon Peter Boyar suffered a massive stroke, had since gone through several major surgeries at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn and remained in the Critical Care unit of the ICU until he reposed on April 2, 2014, calmly and quietly while his family was present.    

As Sub Deacon Peter was an advocate and inspiration to all Orthodox Christians with his hard work and dedication to our Faith, and in his vision for the future of Orthodoxy for his family and friends, and as an original Founding Member of the All Saints Orthodox Mission Parish, our family would like to ask that in lieu of cards, flowers or gifts, that you would instead contribute to the newly formed Sub-Deacon Peter Boyar Memorial Building Fund to help fulfill his shared dream dedicated to the Glory of God and to the future of our Holy Orthodox life.

May his Memory be Eternal!

 

Please mail to All Saints Orthodox Church 30111 Marr Street Gibraltar, MI 48173.
Include your Contact Information for proper acknowledgement and Tax Deductible information. 

Thank you

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News/Features

Please refer to this area for everything going on in our Mission Parish
so far in 2015

(If you have any questions, please email or call anytime.)

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A Beautiful Orthodox Christmas Concert in River Rouge
In absolute cooperation between Mayor Michael D. Bowdler and the City of River Rouge, along with All Saints Orthodox Mission Church, we were pleased to welcome the Michigan Deanery Choir for a One Time Performance on Friday, December 16, 2016 at the River Rouge Municipal Complex in River Rouge, Michigan. 
 
Led by Anastasia Klimzo, the Michigan Deanery Choir (based in Ann Arbor) is a newly organized group of very talented musicians and performers, originally from Eastern Europe, who provide very festive acapella choir singing and interactive dancing show so that everyone may experience their exciting culture in a traditional genre, and by performing all over the Metopolitan Detroit area. 
 
Our rector, V. Rev Gregory Joyce, who was instrumental in getting the group here was an informative and entertaining Emcee.  He commented, "This is not a Fund-Raiser, however should be considered a Friend-Raiser as we wanted to bring the Deanery Choir to the Downriver Communities for those people who may be trying to find this wonderful culture.  We found out that people associate this culture to our Holy Orthodoxy and we would like to bring awareness to our little mission group, who works hard to bring our very traditional faith in an English speaking based format, and want to attract our Lost Sheep, as well as others who may be looking for a deep, rich Christian Faith that can be tracked back to the original 12 Apostles."
 
He also made a Major Announcement that All Saints Orthodox Church has made a commitment to move to River Rouge, (and responsible for opening 3 other businesses onto West Jefferson), with a signed Executed Purchase Agreement, and a hopeful Closing Date before the end of this year, as this wonderful little community of River Rouge returns to a well deserved prosperity.
 
SCHEDULE FOR THE EVENT INCLUDED:
A Meet and Greet started around 6pm as everyone was arriving to interact with our special VIP guests and Performers.  There was a beautiful display of Russian and Orthodox items organized and displayed by Sonia Boyar, and another table full of Russian Souvineers (for display and purchase).  There was also a nice table of Chai (Tea) and several types of traditional cookies (made by several people, including some from the Women's Group of St. Vladimir Orthodox Church in Ann Arbor and Bartz Bakery in Dearborn for all to enjoy. 
 
At 7pm, the wonderful Performance began with several traditional Christmas Carols in Russian and English, followed by some really fun interactive Christmas Greetings and Dancing.  Almost the entire room participated - even the Children!  Just check out all of the pictures, and we have so many more photos and videos soon to be posted on our new Facebook Page.  We will announce that shortly.
 
Everyone had a wonderful time, and we are all looking forward to our next event.  Thank you to Mayor Michael Bowdler, Police Chief Deborah Price, and Community Director, Karl Laub for bringing this all together.
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Fr. Gregory Joyce
Fr. Gregory Joyce
Fr. Gregory Joyce
Michigan Deanery Choir
Michigan Deanery Choir
Michigan Deanery Choir
Alexandra Klimzo, Director (left)
Alexandra Klimzo, Director (left)
Alexandra Klimzo, Director (left)

Let the Dancing Begin!!!

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Look at the Beautiful Displays

Russian Display by Sonia Boyar
Russian Display by Sonia Boyar
Russian Display by Sonia Boyar
Chai and Traditional Cookies
Chai and Traditional Cookies
Chai and Traditional Cookies
Awesome Available Souvenirs
Awesome Available Souvenirs
Awesome Available Souvenirs

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You may also see the wonderful exposure we received from different media sources
(Thank you So Much) 

Our Chicago and Mid-American Diocese
(and the wonderful work by Luba).

Click on the link below to go directly to their site: 
http://chicagodiocese.org/news_161230_2.html

 

 

The News Herald (Downriver's Best News Source)
(and our wonderful friend, Shannon)

Click this link to go directly to our article on their site:
http://www.thenewsherald.com/downriver_life/all-saints-church-holds-orthodox-christmas-concert/article_2b4e0136-ff2c-5803-b180-4878d8478cf1.html

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Theophany - Blessing of the Waters!

For many Orthodox Christians, Holy Theophany is just as important - maybe even more so than the actual Nativity of Jesus Christ.  We recognize this service as our spiritual opportunity to cleanse and go fresh into the world.  When Christ went to the Jordan River, He didn't do it for Himself, He did it for Us!

On Thursday, January 19, 2017, Fr. Gregory Joyce celebrated Divine Liturgy with a procession to our Jordan for both his St. Vladimir Orthodox Church in Dexter and All Saints Mission Parish with over 60 people in attendance for the early weekday morning service.  It is truly inspiring to watch him work so hard in this labor of love and discipline, with several Vigils and Liturgies throughout this wonderful season; and there is plenty of Holy Water for everyone.

Now is the time that we bring the same honor, privilege and opportunity into our homes by having him Come, Pray and Bless each room of our living space, so as to bring and keep the same wonderful Holy Spirit in our day to day lives.  It is time to make plans now as Fr. Gregory is planning to come downriver in mid-February.  Please be certain to contact us to get on his schedule.  This is a really cool experience!

 

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We have the Flame from the Holy Sepelchre Church in Jerusalem
Our Special Burning Candle
Our Special Burning Candle
Our Special Burning Candle

We are honored and privileged to be able to offer Orthodox Christians the opportunity to pray before the actual flame brought to us from the Church of the Holy Sepelchre in Jerusalem!

This special flame was brought to Canada by Greek Orthodox clergy and given to Sonia Boyar many years ago by Fr. Constantine Katsilas; and she has been generous to share it many Faithful Family and Friends in the Detroit Area, including our mission parish.

Please feel free to come by anytime and pray or light a candle at our church or take one home.

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Here is a little history:
Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, known as the Church of the Resurrection (Anastasis) to Eastern Orthodox Christians, is a church in the Old City of Jerusalem that is the holiest Christian site in the world. It stands on a site that is believed to encompass both Golgotha, or Calvary, where Jesus was crucified, and the tomb (sepulchre) where he was buried. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre has been an important pilgrimage destination since the 4th century.

Authenticity
Although it is not certain, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre could be located over the actual tomb of Christ. The most important supporting evidence is as follows: Based on the above factors, the Oxford Archaeological Guide to the Holy Land concludes:  The Israeli scholar Dan Bahat, former City Archaeologist of Jerusalem, has said this of the church:

History of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
The early Christian community of Jerusalem appears to have held liturgical celebrations at Christ's tomb from the time of the resurrection until the city was taken by the Romans in 66 AD. Less than a century later, in 135 AD, Emperor Hadrian filled in the quarry to provide a level foundation for a temple to Aphrodite.

The site remained buried beneath the pagan temple until Emperor Constantine the Great converted to Christianity in 312 AD. He soon showed an interest in the holy places associated with his new faith, and commissioned numerous churches to be built throughout the Holy Land. The most important of these, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, was begun in 326 AD.

Constantine's builders dug away the hillside to leave the rock-hewn tomb of Christ isolated and with enough room to built a church around it. They also cleared away Hadrian's temple and the material with which an old quarry had been filled to provide the temple's foundations. In the process, according to contemporary Christian historians, the Rock of Golgotha was found. The Church was formally dedicated in 335 with an oration by Constantine's biographer, Eusebius of Caesarea.

In the course of the excavations, Constantine's mother St. Helena is said to have discovered the True Cross near the tomb. This is a relatively early legend, but was unknown by Eusebius, the historian and contemporary of Constantine. The legend says St. Helena actually discovered three crosses - those of the two thieves and that of Christ. To discern the one belonging to Christ, a sick man was brought to touch to each one, and he was miraculously healed by one of them.

The Constantinian church was much larger than the one that stands today, but had a simpler layout. It consisted of an atrium (which reused part of Hadrian's temenos wall), a covered basilica, an open courtyard with the stone of Golgotha in the southeast corner, and the tomb of Christ, enshrined in a small, circular edifice. The tomb of Christ was not completed until 384 AD, well after the dedication of the church, because of the immense labor involved in cutting away the rock cliff in order to isolate the tomb.

This building was severely damaged by fire in 614 AD when the Persians invaded Jerusalem. They also captured the True Cross, but in 630, Emperor Heraclius marched triumphantly into Jerusalem and restored the True Cross to the rebuilt Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The church was reconstructed under the patriarch Modestus with no major changes to the original plan.

In 638, the Christians were forced to surrender Jerusalem to Muslim control under caliph Omar. In a remarkable gesture for the time, Omar refused to pray in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, saying, "If I had prayed in the church it would have been lost to you, for the Believers [Muslims] would have taken it saying: Omar prayed here." This act of generosity would have unfortunate consequences, however.

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre continued to function as a Christian church under the protection of Omar and the early Muslim rulers, but this changed on October 18, 1009, when the "mad" Fatimid caliph Hakim brutally and systematically destroyed the great church.

The three primary custodians of the church, first appointed when Crusaders held Jerusalem, are the Greek Orthodox, the Armenian Apostolic and Roman Catholic churches. In the 19th century, the Coptic Orthodox, the Ethiopian Orthodox and the Syrian Orthodox acquired lesser responsibilities, which include shrines and other structures within and around the building. An agreement regulates times and places of worship for each Church.

Click on the link below to get the entire article.
http://www.sacred-destinations.com/israel/jerusalem-church-of-holy-sepulchre#1

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Special Prayer Requests

Please read and help us Pray for these interests of our Mission Parish.
(If you have any questions, please email or call anytime.)

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Please Pray for His Eminence, Archbishop Alypy

Statement from the Diocesan Chancery of the Diocese of Chicago & Mid-America

September 25/October 8, 2015

Venerable Sergius of Radonezh

On October 7, 2015 His Eminence Archbishop Alypy experienced a sudden bout of low blood pressure. His Eminence was transported to the hospital and after an examination it was determined that he was suffering from a pulmonary embolism. His Eminence is responding well to the prescribed medication and although his condition is serious, it is not life threatening. Nonetheless, we ask the prayers of the faithful for Archbishop Alypy during his convalescence. Updates will be provided if and when warranted. It is our hope and expectation that Vladyka will recover from this episode and be able to return to his activities in the near future.

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June Birthdays and Anniversaries

07/01 – Happy Birthday Sergei Mitrofanov
07/04 – Happy Birthday Laura Streffon
07/06 – Happy Birthday Matushka Maria Partioc
07/09 – Happy Birthday Michael Merren
07/10 – Happy Birthday Nathaniel Boyar
07/14 – Happy Birthday Brittany Morton*
07/16 – Happy Birthday Fr. Joseph Antypas
07/16 – Happy Birthday John Kiiffner* 
07/16 – Happy Birthday Jennifer Woods* 
07/17 – Happy Birthday Darryl Johnson*
07/18 – Happy Birthday Marilyn Zuro
07/21 – Happy Birthday Edmund Keith Qualls
07/21 – Happy Birthday Demetrios Michael

07/27 – Happy Birthday Dmyto Obraz
07/31 – Happy Birthday Cindi Fontana*


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Orthodox Education: A Life Lesson

Please refer to this area to learn an Orthodox Lesson for Life!

(If you have any questions, please email or call anytime.)

What is Pentecost - and Why is it so Important to our Church?

 

Pentecost

Holy Pentecost

After the Saviour's Ascension into the Heavens, the eleven Apostles and the rest of His disciples, the God-loving women who followed after Him from the beginning, His Mother, the most holy Virgin Mary, and His brethren-all together about 120 souls returned from the Mount of Olives to Jerusalem. Entering into the house where they gathered, they went into the upper room, and there they persevered in prayer and supplication, awaiting the coming of the Holy Spirit, as their Divine Teacher had promised them. In the meanwhile, they chose Matthias, who was elected to take the place of Judas among the Apostles.

Thus, on this day, the seventh Sunday of Pascha, the tenth day after the Ascension and the fiftieth day after Pascha, at the third hour of the day from the rising of the sun, there suddenly came a sound from Heaven, as when a mighty wind blows, and it filled the whole house where the Apostles and the rest with them were gathered. Immediately after the sound, there appeared tongues of fire that divided and rested upon the head of each one. Filled with the Spirit, all those present began speaking not in their native tongue, but in other tongues and dialects, as the Holy Spirit instructed them.

The multitudes that had come together from various places for the feast, most of whom were Jews by race and religion, were called Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and so forth, according to the places where they dwelt. Though they spoke many different tongues, they were present in Jerusalem by divine dispensation. When they heard that sound that came down from Heaven to the place where the disciples of Christ were gathered, all ran together to learn what had taken place. But they were confounded when they came and heard the Apostles speaking in their own tongues. Marvelling at this, they said one to another, "Behold, are not all these which speak Galileans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?" But others, because of their foolishness and excess of evil, mocked the wonder and said that the Apostles were drunken.

Then Peter stood up with the eleven, and raising his voice, spoke to all the people, proving that that which had taken place was not drunkenness, but the fulfilment of God's promise that had been spoken by the Prophet Joel: "And it shall come to pass in the last days, that I shall pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and daughters shall prophesy" (Joel 2:28), and he preached Jesus of Nazareth unto them, proving in many ways that He is Christ the Lord, Whom the Jews crucified but God raised from the dead. On hearing Peter's teaching, many were smitten with compunction and received the word. Thus, they were baptized, and on that day about three thousand souls were added to the Faith of Christ.

Such, therefore, are the reasons for today's feast: the coming of the All-holy Spirit into the world, the completion of the Lord Jesus Christ's promise, and the fulfilment of the hope of the sacred disciples, which we celebrate today. This is the final feast of the great mystery and dispensation of God's incarnation. On this last, and great, and saving day of Pentecost, the Apostles of the Saviour, who were unlearned fishermen, made wise now of a sudden by the Holy Spirit, clearly and with divine authority spoke the heavenly doctrines. They became heralds of the truth and teachers of the whole world. On this day they were ordained and began their apostleship, of which the salvation of those three thousand souls in one day was the comely and marvellous first fruit.

Some erroneously hold that Pentecost is the "birthday of the Church." But this is not true, for the teaching of the holy Fathers is that the Church existed before all other things. In the second vision of The Shepherd of Hermas we read: "Now brethren, a revelation was made unto me in my sleep by a youth of exceeding fair form, who said to me, 'Whom thinkest thou the aged woman, from whom thou receivedst the book, to be?' I say, 'The Sibyl.' 'Thou art wrong,' saith he, 'she is not.' 'Who then is she?' I say. 'The Church,' saith he. I said unto him, 'Wherefore then is she aged?' 'Because,' saith he, 'she was created before all things; therefore is she aged, and for her sake the world was framed."' Saint Gregory the Theologian also speaks of "the Church of Christ ... both before Christ and after Christ" (PG 35:1108-9). Saint Epiphanius of Cyprus writes, "The Catholic Church, which exists from the ages, is revealed most clearly in the incarnate advent of Christ" (PG 42:640). Saint John Damascene observes, "The Holy Catholic Church of God, therefore, is the assembly of the holy Fathers, Patriarchs, Prophets, Apostles, Evangelists, and Martyrs who have been from the very beginning, to whom were added all the nations who believed with one accord" (PG 96, 1357c). According to Saint Gregory the Theologian, "The Prophets established the Church, the Apostles conjoined it, and the Evangelists set it in order" (PG 35, 589 A). The Church existed from the creation of the Angels, for the Angels came into existence before the creation of the world, and they have always been members of the Church. Saint Clement, Bishop of Rome, says in his second epistle to the Corinthians, the Church "was created before the sun and moon"; and a little further on, "The Church existeth not now for the first time, but hath been from the beginning" (II Cor. 14).

That which came to pass at Pentecost, then, was the ordination of the Apostles, the commencement of the apostolic preaching to the nations, and the inauguration of the priesthood of the new Israel. Saint Cyril of Alexandria says that "Our Lord Jesus Christ herein ordained the instructors and teachers of the world and the stewards of His divine Mysteries ... showing together with the dignity of Apostleship, the incomparable glory of the authority given them ... Revealing them to be splendid with the great dignity of the Apostleship and showing them forth as both stewards and priests of the divine altars . . . they became fit to initiate others through the enlightening guidance of the Holy Spirit" (PG 74, 708-712). Saint Gregory Palamas says, "Now, therefore ... the Holy Spirit descended ... showing the Disciples to be supernal luminaries ... and the distributed grace of the Divine Spirit came through the ordination of the Apostles upon their successors" (Homily 24, 10). And Saint Sophronius, Bishop of Jerusalem, writes, "After the visitation of the Comforter, the Apostles became high priests" (PG 87, 3981B). Therefore, together with the baptism of the Holy Spirit which came upon them who were present in the upper chamber, which the Lord had foretold as recorded in the Acts, "ye shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days hence" (Acts 1:5), the Apostles were also appointed and raised to the high priestly rank, according to Saint John Chrysostom (PG 60, 21). On this day commenced the celebration of the Holy Eucharist by which we become "partakers of the Divine Nature" (II Peter 1:4). For before Pentecost, it is said of the Apostles and disciples only that they abode in "prayer and supplication" (Acts 1:14); it is only after the coming of the Holy Spirit that they persevered in the "breaking of bread,"that is, the communion of the Holy Mysteries-"and in prayer" (Acts 2:42).

The feast of holy Pentecost, therefore, determined the beginning of the priesthood of grace, not the beginning of the Church. Henceforth, the Apostles proclaimed the good tidings "in country and town," preaching and baptizing and appointing shepherds, imparting the priesthood to them whom they judged were worthy to minister, as Saint Clement writes in his first Epistle to the Corinthians (I Cor. 42).

All foods allowed during the week following Pentecost.

 

(Thank you to Hieromonk Alexander from Ss. Sergius and Herman of Valaam Orthodox Church in Atlantic Mine, Michigan)

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Parish Life Ministries

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Now that we have Our Blessing, a new Website, and are Creating a True Membership List, we want to get our word out, specifically reaching out and evangelizing our neighborhoods and communities, as well as to our Orthodox "lost sheep"
 
Experience has proven that our E-Newsletter campaign has been a tremendous success in getting attention and that there is still a need for a Snail-Mail Program, along with utilizing the several media avenues to help us to continue growing quickly.  Remember though:  That our best advertising is "By Word of Mouth" and we would like to let you know that we want you to come as often as you can, and bring your friends.
 
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Donations
As a mission parish family, we decided that we want people to come and celebrate with us first - to realize that their fortunes and challenges are part of their relationship with God, and we want to support each other.  We also want to be sure that money should not be a priority when coming here, so with that in mind, we decided NOT have collections during our services.
 
Instead, we graciously accept donations of support by providing a box near the rear of the church for people to give of their free will.  It is very important to note that even in the Bible, tithing was encouraged and everyone was asked to give a portion of their wealth, but they didn't pass a basket.  It is all left to the individual people.
 
We still have a mortgage payment, utilities and insurance, and of course, the best part is being able to help support a priest and his family.  We should see it as our responsibility to take care of them, especially since we know that they help take care of us, too!
 
We have provided forms and envelopes in the back of the building and in our bulletins, so that if you want to dedicate your donations or be acknowledged (and for tax purposes), just fill out the form, put everything together and drop it in and/or mail it to our office.
 
Your generosity is always appreciated and can be recognized in future publications with a special "Thank you" for your support.
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Youth Group/Church School

Since we all need to occasionally refresh ourselves spiritually, we thought that this might be a nice way to segway into a new-style Orthodox Christian Education Program.  We are working on a different kind of an idea for a Church School Program for KIDS and ADULTS. 

 

For the Kids:

We are currently organizing our new Children's Church School Program to start in September, and since there is no registration, all children are welcome anytime for this program.  Our younger ones will have a program that is being created to make it exciting and entertaining.  They will have many opportunities to learn, build, and/or sing each week.  They will also participate in Arts and Crafts, Music, Iconography, and Q&A sessions with the priest.
 
We will divide it into 3 basic groups determined by age: 
 - 5 - 7 year olds will have a more basic idea of who Jesus was, and what we do to honor and celebrate Him
 
 - 8-12 year olds will get a little more indepth with Jesus and his journeys and interactions with other Saints
 
 - 13-15 will get more philosophical and delve into the hows and whys of Jesus Christ
 
 
For the Adults:
We will look into the values of our Lessons and work at what we all should be doing to help celebrate and promote our Faith.  This would include:  Music, Reading/Chanting, Serving in the Altar, Celebrating, and how to bring this stuff home to continue living our lives.  There is nothing that should be overwelming.  We just need a way to be able to continue learning and living our lives in Christ until we can get back to church.
 
We will be using different forums to do this, including Questions/Answers for our adults after church, Visiting Speakers, and Field Trips.  This type of informal setting has proven to be very valuable, and is peaking the interest of our people.   With so much interest in adults wanting to learn (and become) Orthodox, and some of our men also expressing sincere interest wanting to become Tonsured Readers, we will all learn together.
 
Sometimes, the best experiences maybe not even necessarily church related events like:  bowling, a barbecue, theater or museum.  We will be doing this stuff, as well.
 
What a great way to learn - Please watch for announcements.
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Choir
We are proud that our Liturgies and Services are celebrated IN ENGLISH, and eventually we may sprinkle them with various languages to celebrate our various cultures.  We also will be very active with everyone trying to participate with congregational singing (especially with the kids).  Any plans that we have will still have a need for us to organize a choir. 
 
Please consider joining us, and encourage your family and friends.  We are in need of people with or without musical experience.  As we structure, we may also try to organize a Junion Choir.  This is all exciting, but there are no rehearsals planned yet. 
 
Maybe we should seriously look for a choir director to manage our many voices.  Any volunteers?
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Teen Youth Group
There are some really great programs for our Teens in the Orthodox Church, and with our influence and trust to teach and let them do important work in our community, we have found that they are responsible and capable.  They are Our Future! T
he various programs throughout the Diocese illustrate the support we have and as such, programs are being developed.  They have not only participated in religious forums (IE: Retreats, Bible Studies and Organized activities like the 30 mile Procession of the Cross), but have had fun bonding lifetime friendships across the country and beyond.
 
We have a great group of Teens in our Mission Parish.  Now all we have to do is organizing our new Church Teen/Youth Group.  Since there is no registration, all Teens are welcome anytime for this program.  There will be a lot of local things for them to do, as well; and we certainly could use their responsibility in the church.   Please encourage yours to join us.
 
NOTE:  We are always looking for good leaders to help teach and mentor them.  Please consider us.
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Pastoral Visits
Please let us know about anyone you know would like to be visited (including yourself), and we will contact you to make all of the arrangments.
 
We would like to find and visit our SHUT-INS, whether you are in a hospital, nursing center or just at home, we would like to visit you, and with the onset of our newly organized Orthodox Adult Day Care, please let us know what we can do for you.
 
We still have blessed water, and are able to Bless Homes and Graves by appointment.  Now is the time to get it done for you, too.  Please make sure you are on our list.
 
Again, please let us know if you, or someone you know, would like to be visited, and we will contact you to make it happen.  Let us know what we can do for you.
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Awesome Orthodox Ideas and Websites

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The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia - Official Website

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Official website of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
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Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America

Sporting a Brand New Beautiful Design, the Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America has brought our information to the forefront and made it all Very Interesting, Quite Resourceful and Super User Friendly for Everytone!  Click on the Link below and take a look around.

http://chicagodiocese.org/

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Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Detroit
 

The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit is a cooperative organization of clergy and laity, established in 1957.

Our mission is to promote the Orthodox Christian Faith in the region through worship and fellowship, offering a variety of charitable, educational and outreach programs.  Additionally, we work with our parishes, across all canonical jurisdictions, striving to enhance and strengthen their efforts and ministries.  We invite and encourage you and your parish to become active in the COCC!  Help us better live the ancient Faith in a modern world, serving one another and our great city as a more vibrant and dynamic organization.

 
COCC Highlights

Welcome to the new COCC Website!  [read more]
Next Monthly Meeting: November 8 - Holy Transfiguration Church, Livonia  [click here]

  Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit - COCC

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Orthodox Radio - Sunday Evenings
 
The Voice of the Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Detroit
 
 

Listen in each week on 690 AM.  If you miss the broadcast you can hear it at anytime by going to www.doorradio.org and selecting DOOR Podcast Archives.  You can then listen to or download or share any of our broadcasts.

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5/9/15

Detroit's Own Orthodox Radio

DETROIT, MI [COCC] -- The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit (COCC) has announced the launch of its latest media ministry effort – Detroit’s Own Orthodox Radio (DOOR) – on May 31, 2015, Pentecost Sunday. Its purpose is to promote Orthodox Christianity, connect local parishes, educate and entertain listeners.

The show will air on WNZK 690AM, Detroit’s Station of Nations, each Sunday 5:00-6:00 p.m. It will also be streamed live online at www.birach.com/wnzk.html. (We recommend using Winamp as the media player; download it free here.)

The first incarnation of “The Orthodox Hour” aired in the late 1980s into the early 1990s. It was a 30-minute program in the English language hosted by Fr. Leonte Copacia, and later for a short time by Fr. Dusan Koprivica. (A one hour time-slot was shared with the Romanian Orthodox Deanery of Michigan that had a 30-minute Romanian language program each week.) The show was well received by listeners, but due to financial challenges the program ceased to be broadcast.

Thanks to the initiative of several individuals working under the auspices of the COCC, a plan to bring an Orthodox Christian radio broadcast back the Detroit area was presented to the council and received its full endorsement, as well as the funds for its initial development.

Both Metropolitan Nicholas of The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Detroit and Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit and The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America have endorsed and given their blessing to this project.

Advertising available

Material support for this project will be vital to its continuation. Businesses, organizations and individuals are invited to advertise their business, publicize coming events, greet family and friends, or announce a family event (weddings, births, etc.). Advertising segments are available in 15-second ($25), 30-second ($50), 45-second ($75) and 60-second ($100) durations, as well as special show sponsorships.

For more information or to reserve your spot as a sponsor or advertiser, contact Sanya Milutinovic at (586) 770-3372 or advertising@DOORradio.org.

Executive Producer sought

In an effort to further establish the work that the committee has begun, the COCC is searching for an Executive Producer to coordinate various aspects of managing the show, including (but not limited to) production, advertising, promotion, communications and reporting. This will be a volunteer position at first, with the intention that a remuneration plan will be considered once there is sufficient regular funding for the project.

For more information or to apply to be considered by the committee for the Executive Producer position, contact COCC President Richard Shebib at (248) 345-9346 or president@coccdetroit.org.

More information on programming, and how you can participate, will be posted at www.DOORradio.org in the coming weeks.

Please pray for our success and be sure to tune in – the DOOR is open!

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FOCUS - Motor City

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 “Empowering Detroit Children Experiencing Poverty to Succeed in School”

IN DETROIT, 59% of children live in poverty. The highest rate of the 50 largest cities in the U.S. Some of the effects of poverty on children are poor academic achievement, under resourced schools, food insecurity, poor nutrition, substandard housing and lack of access to basic needs. By 4th grade minority children on avg. are already 3 years behind and have a greater chance of dropping out in H.S. and becoming the next generation of dependent families in poverty. By no fault of their own they are brought into this world with a great deal of challenges. We believe they can succeed in school and reach their potential with support. This must happen before they enter Secondary School.

FOCUS Motor City exists to empower them to have the skills and proficiency so that they can succeed, access opportunities and live future sustainable lives. We partner with Detroit Elementary schools, families and organizations to ensure K-5 students achieve their academic grade level in all subjects before entering Secondary school. We do this through addressing education needs (such as reading, tutoring, textbooks, school supplies), food insecurity (weekend food sacks, emergency pantry) and resource needs (emergency clothing, hygiene, and household items).

 

Contact Information
Eric Shanburn- Center Director

248-671-4483

4750 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

detroit@focusna.org

Website
For more information, visit the FOCUS Motor City website at www.focusmotorcity.org

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Coffee With Sister Vassa

Give yourself about 10 minutes each week and watch this YouTube Video.  It is Sister Vassa as she takes an informal look at Orthodox topics each week and in a very comfortable and humorous way, describes and teaches.  We have subscribed to this and shall keep up to date, but we are also inviting you to do the same.

 

Coffee with Sister Vassa

 A must see - Click on the link above!

 

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Captions available in RUSSIAN, GREEK, SERBIAN, ROMANIAN, BULGARIAN, HUNGARIAN, ENGLISH. Also available in iTunes for iPhone and iPad! Theology with a bit of humor. A brief, weekly program discussing the Church calendar and liturgy. Hosted by Dr. Sr. Vassa Larin of the University of Vienna in Austria.

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This week is the most important of our Orthodox Faith. The week that our mourning turns into happiness. The time is coming to celebrate Christ's Resurrection.  We pray that during the following days you are able to join your local parish for Holy Week and Pascha Services.

For those of you that do not have a local Parish and wish to participate in the Holy Week Services you can participate in one of our Live Streaming services.   Please do not forget to also connect with the OCN for continued reflectiondeeper learning and of course Celebration. As your global Orthodox Community we want to share with you and all our members the Joy of Christ's Love.

The OCN Team wishes you and your family a Blessed Pascha.

Here is a simple way to help OCN today.  Share this newsletter with a friend and encourage them to sign up and receive it themselves.  Our community can only grow with the help of members like you.   To signup for newsletter email: info@myocn.net

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Ancient Faith Radio - An Orthodox Tradition
Ancient Faith Radio is a pan-Orthodox Internet based radio station on the air 24 hours a day. Choose a listen button from the top right of our page to tune in. We provide a steady stream of the rich, traditional music of the Orthodox faith as well as several daily and weekly programs and free downloadable Podcasts as part of our unique service. We encourage you to listen daily to this free, listener supported ministry and subscribe to our growing list of Podcasts!
 
RussianFolk.com - Home of Golden Gates

 Golden Gates - Russian Instrumental/Dancing/Singing Company

Led by Vitaliy Bezrodnov, the group was initially formed under his direction in Kaluga, Russia in the late 1980’s.  After completing their Conservatory studies, they regrouped in 1996 in the United States.  Initially touring the Western states and the Hawaiian Islands, the group met with great acclaim due to their considerable talents and natural exuberance.  Their venues have been as varied as First Night New Year’s Eve Celebrations to the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.  They also initiated a charity program entitled Music in Mission and Rotary Children’s Fund which raises money for the orphans of Russia.

 

Their concerts feature traditional and classical Russian songs and instrumentals, audience participation, dance and humor.

"We found out that people associate this culture to our Holy Orthodoxy and we would like to bring awareness to our little mission group, who works hard to bring our very traditional faith in an English speaking based format, and want to attract our Lost Sheep, as well as others who may be looking for a deep, rich Christian Faith that can be tracked back to the original 12 Apostles," said Fr. Gregory Joyce.

 

Below are a couple of links to watch videos of past performances of Golden Gates, as well as we encourage you to click on the link to visit their website.
 
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I have taken a lot of time and education to attain a tremendous amount of experience, and have successfully been helping many families for several years now throughout the Metro Detroit Area and around the entire state.  I enjoy helping all people and have been told that I am good at what I do!

If you are thinking about buying or selling, or maybe just want to get a "feel" for what is happening out in the Real Estate World right now, please give me a call anytime.  I promise to work very hard for YOU!
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Mission Core Group - Mission Statement

We consider ourselves a Mission Group of dedicated and energetic Orthodox Christians who feel that there is an excellent opportunity for growth in the teachings of Our Faith, and want to spread the love and compassion of God’s Will through prayer and celebration.