All Saints Orthodox Mission Church
A Dearborn/Downriver Orthodox Parish for Everyone
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)

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 & Gift Shop: 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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Yes, We're an Orthodox Christian Mission Parish and Could Really Use Your Help

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

Anything would Help.

Simply Use This New Tab Below.

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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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Detroit's Own Orthodox Radio Presents

 

 
The Voice of the Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Detroit


The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit (COCC)
is pleased to sponsor its second annual

Christ is Born! Glorify Him!
A Detroit Orthodox Christmas Concert


Sunday, December 11th, at 6 p.m., at St. Lazarus Serbian Orthodox Cathedral,
4575 E. Outer Drive, Detroit, 48234, at the northeast corner of Van Dyke Avenue.

The first part of the concert will feature Nativity hymns and carols from Greece, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine and other lands sung by selected choirs from local Orthodox churches. The second part will feature English-language hymns sung by an inter-Orthodox chorus and a sing-a-long of popular carols. An afterglow reception will follow.

A freewill offering will be collected during the concert to support local Orthodox charities, and attendees are invited to bring canned and non-perishable food for donation to the Orthodox Detroit Outreach Community Pantry at Gilbert and Clayton streets.

SO DON"T MISS OUT!!


Click Here to See Flyer & Learn More

DOOR respectfully request that each Presbyter who receives this notice, publish in their Church Bulletins and announce to all their parishioners the above information and that
Detroit’s Own Orthodox Radio (DOOR)
can be heard each Sunday afternoon at 4:00PM on WNZK Radio 690 AM.

 

If you would like to learn more about DOOR please visit our website at

www.Doorradio.org

 
 
St Herman Conference - 2016

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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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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 for the benefit all 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.

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

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FOCUS - End Year Campaigns, Please help!

It's #GivingTuesday!

This year has been a tremendous year of growth for FOCUS Detroit.Our first full year of empowering children experiencing poverty toward success. We have found willing partners in elementary and middle schools in Metro Detroit. We have gone from working with 4 schools to nearly 50 and adding more every week. Thank you for all your support this year and especially to those who have donated, volunteered and gave financially. 

Join our "Guardian Angels" by becoming a monthly supporter of $10 a month on this Giving Tuesday. SIGN UP HERE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIFE OF A CHILD NEAR BY. $10 will feed 5 children over the weekend.

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UNIFORM DRIVE

FOCUS Detroit is currently conducting a donation drive for new or gently used kids "uniform" clothing. Most of the Detroit schools have switched to uniform colors/styles and it is one of the biggest requests we get from schools and families. Attached is a flyer with the details to help.  Please let us know if you can help us this holiday season. Thank you!

 
For Those We Serve,
Eric Shanburn, Director

 
"Helping Kids Succeed"
1300 W. Canfield St.
Detroit, MI 48201
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Join the Weekday Michigan Deanery Choir
Join the Weekday Choir!
 
We are very thankful to have Anastasia Klimzo join us this year as our weekday choir director! Anastasia will be organizing a weekday choir and 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.

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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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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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/

Annual Mailing (sent 11/13/15):
http://stvladimiraami.org/pamphlets/annualappeal2015.pdf

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
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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Kursk Icon Comes to All Saints
Kursk Root Icon
 

With the blessing of Bishop Peter, the Wonderworking Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God came to visit our All Saints Mission Parish on the Holy Day of the Annunciation - Thursday, April 7, 2016, where we were able to share it with several of our Orthodox neighbors and guests by celebrating with an Akathyst, followed by a small reception. 
 
This was a very significant event and extreme honor in the life of our small mission parish. Not many Orthodox communities have an opportunity to host the Kursk Root Icon, and  many people came to venerate the Icon and brought their cares, troubles, and even thanks to the Mother of God. We know from the Church’s tradition that she is the greatest intercessor before her Son on our behalf and thus there is great veneration for her among the Christian people.
 
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The Kursk Root Icon (also Our Lady of Kursk) (Russian: Богоматерь Курская Коренная, Bogomater Kurskaya
Korennaya, literally Theotokos of Kursk, Found Among the Roots) is an icon of Theotokos of the Sign, apparently painted in the thirteenth century and discovered in a forest near Kursk ca.1300.

The icon was preserved in the Black Hermitage of the Roots
(Chornaya Korennaya Pustyn), an abbey founded on the spot of its discovery. It was regularly brought from the abbey to Kurskin a great procession involving thousands of peasants and pilgrims. This ceremony is depicted in the famous painting by Ilya Repin; see Religious Procession in Kursk Province.

The icon actually incorporates as many as twelve figures on it:
Theotokos, Infant Christ, God the Father above them (with the Holy Spirit as a dove) and nine Old Testament prophets. The image of Theotokos belongs to the Panagia type. It was regarded as a palladion of the Russian Imperial Army. After the Russian Revolution, the icon was brought by the White Army outside of Russia, where it is now held in New-York by the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia.
The monastery near Kursk where the icon was held was formerly very rich and hosted one of the largest fairs in Imperial Russia. During the Soviet period the monastery cathedral (designed by Konstantin Thon) was demolished; restoration works are planned.
 
 
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To honor our wonderful friends at St. Mary - Annunciation Catholic Church in Rockwood (caretakers of St. Victor), we commissioned the Internationally Recognized Iconographer, Sergei Mitrofanov to write a special Icon that we had blessed (see photos) to present to them for all of their support and generosity while we are trying to grow.  Special Thank you to Fr. James Rafferty and Beth Herzog for everything they have done for us. 

 
To learn more about the wonderworking icon that came to visit our parish, please visit the links below.


Information about the Icon English:
http://www.kurskroot.com/kursk_root_icon_home.html


Information about the Icon Russian:
http://www.korennaya.ru/
 
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Check out this really cool YouTube:

YouTube Procession of Kursk Icon in Russian
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Mother's Day Flower Stand

On Sunday, May 6, 2016, All Saints Orthodox Church promoted our first major Flower Shop Project.  We received permission and set up a satellite remote Flower Stand at the Professional Morturary Services facility on Livernois (south of Michigan Avenue) in Southwest Detroit. 

A number of reasons came to order for picking that location, including recognizing the importance of mothers in our culture, as well as the special Mother's Day celebrations and recognition in the Hispanic Culture, too.  It was a really nice location and the weather cooperated giving our ministry a very successful day.

Thank you to Gus, Tiffany and Sasha, who gave up their personal time to help create many memories for all of the people and their families who stopped by and supported us.

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Fourth Annual Russian Festival -Ann Arbor

On a kind of weather-tricky September 17-18, 2016 autumn weekend, our sister parish, St. Vladimir Orthodox Church held their 4th Annual Russian Festival outside on their grounds in Dexter, Michigan, and for the 4th time, they allowed our Mission Parish to host the Bar Area as our way to help.  Even when the weather wasn't the best, people were still all over eating, drinking, dancing and playing. Everyone we talked to had a great time.

The entertainment was just awesome with performances from the Golden Gates, Konovets, and the wonderful St. Vladimir Choir and so many Russian dance and performance groups (international and local). There were so many varieties of authentic foods (meals and sweets), and drink (including Vodkas, Wines and Beer from Eastern Europe) that everyone felt at home.  There was a lot of stuff there to buy from kiosks and vendors, and souvineers were plentiful.  Fr. Gregory led church tours and there was a lot to do for kids and adults to play (including a petting zoo, constant Chess games and traditional games all around. 

Please visit https://stvladimirchurch.smugmug.com/2016/Russian-Festival/  to see all of the photos and fun from that weekend.  We just put some highlights here for you to enjoy.

Children in Tradition Wear
Children in Tradition Wear
Children in Tradition Wear
Golden Gates
Golden Gates
Golden Gates
Women Dancers
Women Dancers
Women Dancers
Konovets
Konovets
Konovets
Starosta/Festival Chairman, Nathan Longan
Starosta/Festival Chairman, Nathan Longan
Starosta/Festival Chairman, Nathan Longan
Such Good Food - And So Much Everywhere!
Such Good Food - And So Much Everywhere!
Such Good Food - And So Much Everywhere!
Church Tours
Church Tours
Church Tours
St. Vladimir Church Choir
St. Vladimir Church Choir
St. Vladimir Church Choir
Chess All Day Long
Chess All Day Long
Chess All Day Long
Traditional Kids Games
Traditional Kids Games
Traditional Kids Games
Kiosks/Booths Everywhere
Kiosks/Booths Everywhere
Kiosks/Booths Everywhere
There is Jonathon!
There is Jonathon!
There is Jonathon!
People Everywhere
People Everywhere
People Everywhere
Lots of Crowds
Lots of Crowds
Lots of Crowds

And Take A Look at All of Our Stuff:

See Ya Next Year!

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Konovets Plays River Rouge

After a wonderful and inspiring performance at the 4th Annual Russian Festival in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Konovets Quartet agreed to sing for the Dearborn/Downriver Community on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at the River Rouge Municipal Campus.  They delighted and entertained several local community leaders, as well as local people, who followed them by reputation.  They sang some Church Hymns followed by nice Cultural Folk Songs from the Russian and Ukrainian regions. 

Everyone enjoyed a small Afterglo with the Quartet signing autographs on their CDs that were available.  We are hoping that they will come back to perform again soon.

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Mayor Michael Bowdler and Police Chief Deborah Hayes-Price
Mayor Michael Bowdler and Police Chief Deborah Hayes-Price
Mayor Michael Bowdler and Police Chief Deborah Hayes-Price

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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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Memory Eternal Fr. Alexander (Pihach)

Archimandrite Alexander [Pihach]

Archimandrite Alexander [Pihach]
Archimandrite Alexander [Pihach]

Archimandrite Alexander [Pihach], 64, unexpectedly fell asleep in the Lord on the night of October 7, 2016 while visiting the rectory of Christ the Savior Sobor here, where he was the guest of Archpriest Vasyl and Matushka Oksana Kolega.

Archimandrite Alexander had faithfully served as Dean of the Orthodox Church in America’s Representation Church of Saint Catherine the Great Martyr and as OCA Representative to the Patriarchate of Moscow since his appointment by the Holy Synod of Bishops on November 30, 2012.

Born Dennis Alexander Pihach in Saskatoon, SK, on June 27, 1952 and raised in an Orthodox Christian family, Archimandrite Alexander graduated from Saint Andrew’s College, Winnipeg, MB, in 1973.  He continued his studies in Sociology and Slavic Studies and graduated from the University of Saskatchewan, after which he was employed with Social Services.  In 1986, he was ordained to the priesthood in the OCA’s Archdiocese of Canada and assigned to plant a mission in Yorkton, SK—now Saint Mark’s Church—while continuing his employment with Youth Addictions Services.

He was elected Dean of the Manitoba-Saskatchewan Deanery and appointed Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Canada in 1996. Two years later, he was assigned Rector of Saint Herman of Alaska Sobor, Edmonton, AB.

On July 11, 2009, he was tonsured to monastic orders and elevated to the dignity of Igumen of Saint Elias Skete, Dickie Bush, AB.  On September 1 of the same year, he was appointed Interim Dean of Annunciation Cathedral, Ottawa, ON.  He was elevated to the dignity of Archimandrite and returned to Saint Herman Sobor on a full time basis in May 2011.

Archimandrite Alexander is survived by two brothers, Terry and Murray Pihach, and his nieces and nephews Andria, Jesse, Bryan, Chantelle, and Genna-Rae.

Additional information and service times will be posted as they are received.

May Archimandrite Alexander’s memory be eternal!

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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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November Birthdays and Anniversaries

12/09 – Happy Birthday Victor Pruchniewski
12/11 – Happy Birthday Angelina Harchenko
12/18 – Happy Birthday Aaron Slis-Morton
12/19 – Happy Birthday Daniel Harchenko
12/26 – Happy Birthday Martin Wilson*
12/29 – Happy Birthday Charles Dean Bowser III

12/14 – Happy Anniversary Luis and Araceli Nino

 

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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 have we been reading about the Holy Sepulchre Church lately?

There is a lot of activity at the Church of the Holy Sepuchre Church in Jerusalem.  Many feel that they have found the Tomb of Jesus Christ, where he was laid to rest - and ultimately Resurrected.  Thank you to Fr. Andrew Rogers for finding this article and sharing it with us.

 

Jesus' tomb site was just exposed for the first time in centuries

Daniel Estrin, PRI's The World
<span style=
/>© Daniel Estrin This is the entrance to the room where the tomb of Jesus is located.

A restoration team has exposed hidden layers of the site known as Jesus’ tomb — for the first time in centuries.  The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem marks the spot where tradition says Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected.  At the center of the church is a structure called the Edicule. Inside is a tiny room that the faithful believe houses the cave where Jesus was entombed.

For centuries, the room of the tomb has been covered in marble. Last week, experts removed some of the marble to see what’s underneath. A diverse cast of characters gathered to see what would be found.  “There was this wild group of priests and construction workers and police,” said writer Kristin Romey of National Geographic, which is documenting the restoration. “Everyone just had this incredible sense of anticipation.”  National Geographic archaeologist Fredrik Hiebert took me inside to see what was exposed.

At the same time, clergymen approached the shrine and shook incense; most of the daily church rituals continued as usual while the restoration continues.

A large, creamy marble slab — which Hiebert said was likely from the year 1555 — had been slid partially open, like the lid of a sarcophagus.  “They pulled the marble off to see what was underneath,” Hiebert said. “Underneath that was a whole bunch of debris. Now they’ve cleaned off the debris, moments ago.”  With the debris removed, they found something unexpected: another marble slab, tinted gray and thought to date to the 12th century.  “It’s partially broken off, so you can see other debris underneath. But I don’t believe that is the original rock,” Hiebert said, of a whitish material seen underneath the grey slab. “We still have more to go.”

The restoration team has cut a hole into one of the marble encasings, so for the first time, pilgrims will be able to see the limestone wall of what’s revered as Jesus’ tomb.  “Over there to the left is the window we opened to the marble slab,” said Antonia Moropoulou, who oversees the Greek experts conducting the restoration work. “The holy rock is visible.”  She and the work crew were overcome with emotion during this stage of the restoration work, Moropoulou said.  “Of course everybody could feel the energy in this place, an energy coming from the holy rock, from the tomb of Christ, and an energy from the prayers and the hope that it is inspiring in the world around it,” she said.

It’s a miracle the restoration is taking place at all.  Six Christian denominations share custody of this holiest of Christian spots. There are turf battles and it’s nearly impossible to reach a consensus on renovations.  Israeli police briefly closed the building last year, because it was deemed unsafe. That is what got the Christian communities at the church to jointly approve the restoration.  They granted the restoration experts only 60 hours to work in the inner sanctum of Jesus’ tomb, Hiebert said — so the tomb could go back to being a place of prayer.

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Slava Isusu Christu.
Hello everyone,

A little more detail on the renovations taking place at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/jesus-tomb-site-was-just-exposed-for-the-first-time-in-centuries/ar-AAjRpmD?li=BBnb7Kz

Blessings,
Fr.A

 

 

 

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Special Thank you!

Please help us acknowledge and appreciate their kindness toward our Mission Parish.
(If you have any questions, please email or call anytime.)

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Thank you St. Victor

We want to pay special attention and extend our deepest appreciation to the very nice folks at St. Mary Rockwood, who under Fr. James Rafferty and their Church Administration Secretary, Mrs. Beth Herzog, found generosity in their hearts to allow us to claim the old St. Victor Church (in Gibraltar) for a considerably long time.  We were able to grow and continue to identify ourselves while enjoying the comfort and security of a physical home.

Please go to our YEAR IN REVIEW 2016 tab (at the top of this home page) to witness many photos of how we enjoyed our our Life in Christ and how we adorned the Sanctuary with our Our Orthodox touches.

Thank you so much!

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Welcome to Our Church!
Welcome to Our Church!
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Thank you St. Catherine Orthodox Mission

We wanted to take a special moment to thank the many generous parishioners of the former St. Catherine Orthodox Mission Parish of Ann Arbor and Fr. George Shalhoub (of St. Mary Basilica in Livonia and current Dean of the Michigan Antiochian Orthodox Churches), who have generously donated so much of their treasures from the old parish. 

There are so many wonderful and useful items, from Liturgicals to Music to Icons and even Altar Boy robes.  Please share our joy in the photos below and keep Fr. George and especially Fiona Gray and Eric Shanburn of FOCUS - Motor City.  May God Bless you for all of your hard work in Holy Orthodoxy and for being a hero to our parish group.

Thank you

 

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Parish Life Ministries

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

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Sign Up for Our Newsletter
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.
 
Please sign yourself and family members and friends up for our FREE Newsletters and pick up our Bulletins.  Stop by the table at our events, call or email us with the details and we will get them started right away. 
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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

Please refer to this area for Great Ideas, Groups and Businesses that supportr our Mission Parish.
(If you have any questions, please email or call anytime.)

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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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Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.
Republication or retransmission of materials must include the reference:
"The Official Website of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia."
75 East 93rd Street
New York NY 10128 U.S.A.
Tel: (212) 534-1601
E-mail for content information: englishinfo@synod.com
E-mail for technical information: webmaster@synod.com

 

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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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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.
 
Check them out!
 
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On a personal note, I would like to Introduce myself as a State of Michigan Realtor, who has been working for a very reputable Brokerage in the Dearborn/Downriver area.

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.