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Christ the Savior Orthodox Church
All Saints Orthodox Church Ministries
A Dearborn/Downriver Orthodox Parish for Everyone
Our First Service

ALL SAINTS DAY

 

Although it was informal, we had our very first service Sunday, June 3,2007 in celebration of the All Saints Holy Day at the home of Sub-Deacon Michael and Tanya Boyar.

 

It was attended by 14 1/2 people (some of the members of the Mission Core group), and although the rain dampened some outside events, we still barbecued some food and had a good time.

 

The kids were real active in the service singing responses (special thanks to Charles with the Troparian, and Sasha with the Kontakian), and they all did a wonderful job. 

 

Afterwards, we had a little meeting to present some Progress Reports, and as a rule, everyone was pleased with direction we are heading.  There are still some issues that we are working out, but upon presentation, Fr Gregory feels that we are in great shape and moving forward in a positive direction.

 

We topped it off by celebrating Seva’s 20th birthday.  Lots of good cake and ice cream.

 

 

Through the prayers...
Through the prayers...
Through the prayers...
Sasha is leading the choir
Sasha is leading the choir
Sasha is leading the choir
Bless the Lord ...
Bless the Lord ...
Bless the Lord ...
Charles doing the Troparia
Charles doing the Troparia
Charles doing the Troparia
Sasha doing the Kontakia
Sasha doing the Kontakia
Sasha doing the Kontakia
The kids are ok, Chuck
The kids are ok, Chuck
The kids are ok, Chuck
Whew-Sermon is over
Whew-Sermon is over
Whew-Sermon is over
Our Father ...
Our Father ...
Our Father ...
Almost done Cody
Almost done Cody
Almost done Cody
Blessed be the name...
Blessed be the name...
Blessed be the name...
Now Papa?
Now Papa?
Now Papa?
Now Sasha!
Now Sasha!
Now Sasha!
Venerating the Icon
Venerating the Icon
Venerating the Icon
Time to eat-Say cheese
Time to eat-Say cheese
Time to eat-Say cheese
Happy Birthday Seva
Happy Birthday Seva
Happy Birthday Seva
Our Pool Party
On Sunday, June 10th,we were blessed with much better weather for our second service and was able to do everything outside.  The kids were phenomenal again, and the 17+ people enjoyed an outside Reader's Service, followed by a barbecue, some games, and we did a lot of swimming.
Our Chapel
Our Chapel
Our Chapel
Our Family
Our Family
Our Family
And Choir
And Choir
And Choir
Sasha
Sasha
Sasha
Claudia
Claudia
Claudia
Charles
Charles
Charles
Keith reading the Epistle
Keith reading the Epistle
Keith reading the Epistle
Eli
Eli
Eli
Finishing Up
Finishing Up
Finishing Up
The water is so warm
The water is so warm
The water is so warm
Cody
Cody
Cody
Diane says
Diane says "Come and get me"
Diane says "Come and get me"
Nathaniel
Nathaniel
Nathaniel
Time to eat
Time to eat
Time to eat
I'm hungry, too!
I'm hungry, too!
I'm hungry, too!
Our June Picnic

What a beautiful day it was.  We had a wonderful picnic on the grounds of the Brownstown Municipal Complex where 14 people came to enjoy our beautiful Reader's Service, snacks, and the playscape.

The kids were running, climbing, swinging, and pretending as they had free run of the grounds.  The parents and grandparents, on the other hand, were running, chasing, and enjoying our little ones, and boy were we all tired by the end of the day.

Our Chapel
Our Chapel
Our Chapel
Our Wonderful Choir
Our Wonderful Choir
Our Wonderful Choir
Close up Beauty
Close up Beauty
Close up Beauty
Patty
Patty
Patty
Keith
Keith
Keith
Sasha
Sasha
Sasha
Boys
Boys
Boys
Charles and Nathaniel
Charles and Nathaniel
Charles and Nathaniel
Girls
Girls
Girls
Smile Diane
Smile Diane
Smile Diane
Smile Girls
Smile Girls
Smile Girls
Smile Keith
Smile Keith
Smile Keith
Sleeping?
Sleeping?
Sleeping?
Patty is ready to go home
Patty is ready to go home
Patty is ready to go home
Nay-Nay is Out-Out
Nay-Nay is Out-Out
Nay-Nay is Out-Out
Brownstown
Here are some highlights while we were at the Brownstown Community Center in July and August. Thank you so much to Mark Maxe and his wonderful staff while we were serving there.  It is such a nice facility inside and out.
Our First Sunday
Our First Sunday
Our First Sunday
Charles studying
Charles studying
Charles studying
Claudia reading to Cody
Claudia reading to Cody
Claudia reading to Cody
Charles practicing with Sasha
Charles practicing with Sasha
Charles practicing with Sasha
Sasha and Cody
Sasha and Cody
Sasha and Cody
Sasha dancing with Papa and Greg
Sasha dancing with Papa and Greg
Sasha dancing with Papa and Greg
My turn now?
My turn now?
My turn now?
Charles reading
Charles reading
Charles reading
Patty with the Epistle
Patty with the Epistle
Patty with the Epistle
Moving East
Moving East
Moving East
Papa singing with Sasha
Papa singing with Sasha
Papa singing with Sasha
Singing Praises
Singing Praises
Singing Praises
Charles relaxing
Charles relaxing
Charles relaxing
Cody and Sasha eating again
Cody and Sasha eating again
Cody and Sasha eating again
Patty's turn
Patty's turn
Patty's turn
Keith reading the Epistle
Keith reading the Epistle
Keith reading the Epistle
Group shot
Group shot
Group shot
Different Group shot
Different Group shot
Different Group shot
Sasha is reading
Sasha is reading
Sasha is reading
What's so funny?
What's so funny?
What's so funny?
Claudia is reading
Claudia is reading
Claudia is reading
Diane
Diane
Diane
Seva
Seva
Seva
Chuck
Chuck
Chuck
Seva reading the Epistle
Seva reading the Epistle
Seva reading the Epistle
Mike reading the Gospel
Mike reading the Gospel
Mike reading the Gospel
Mission Core Group Meeting
Mission Core Group Meeting
Mission Core Group Meeting
Gibraltar

In mid-August, we moved to a more intimate setting at the Gibraltar Community Center. 

It is a nice facility inside and out, and we have been enjoying it very much, not to mention that it has been much more affordable to our needs. 

Thank you so much to my good friend, Gil Talbert for making it possible for us to continue working on our project. 

Group Shot
Group Shot
Group Shot
Our Prayer Set-up
Our Prayer Set-up
Our Prayer Set-up
Sasha is our Greeter
Sasha is our Greeter
Sasha is our Greeter
Sasha
Sasha
Sasha
Charles
Charles
Charles
Claudia
Claudia
Claudia
Let us Pray to the Lord
Let us Pray to the Lord
Let us Pray to the Lord
quick break
quick break
quick break
Completing our Prayers
Completing our Prayers
Completing our Prayers
Cody is a ham
Cody is a ham
Cody is a ham
Caitlyn
Caitlyn
Caitlyn
Smile Girls
Smile Girls
Smile Girls
Seva is waching the kids
Seva is waching the kids
Seva is waching the kids
Sasha is hiding
Sasha is hiding
Sasha is hiding
Smile Sasha
Smile Sasha
Smile Sasha
And Time for some Baseball, too!
Baseball card: Charles
Baseball card: Charles
Baseball card: Charles
Baseball card:  Claudia
Baseball card: Claudia
Baseball card: Claudia
Outfielders
Outfielders
Outfielders
Batter up
Batter up
Batter up
Baseball card:  Sasha
Baseball card: Sasha
Baseball card: Sasha
Baseball card:  Cody
Baseball card: Cody
Baseball card: Cody
Team
Team
Team
Let me in
Let me in
Let me in
Defense
Defense
Defense
Our First Divine Liturgy

On August 18th, we were able to servce our very first Divine Liturgy with Fr Gregory Joyce, at the Gil Talbert Gibraltar Community Center.

It was a beautiful service, and almost everyone was able to partake in Holy Communion.  Fr gave a beautiful sermon, and except for a few people missing, we really enjoyed ourselves, and took plenty of fruit home.

Where was everyone else?  Some lame excuse about having a baby!!  That is right - Today was also the day the Caitlyn Sophia Bowser came into this world.

Happy Birthday baby Caitlyn

Fr Gregory
Fr Gregory
Fr Gregory
Sasha setting the papers up
Sasha setting the papers up
Sasha setting the papers up
Confession
Confession
Confession
Let us Pray to the Lord
Let us Pray to the Lord
Let us Pray to the Lord
Fr Gregory with the sensor
Fr Gregory with the sensor
Fr Gregory with the sensor
Babushka getting a blessing
Babushka getting a blessing
Babushka getting a blessing
Glory to the Father
Glory to the Father
Glory to the Father
Mrs Lusko
Mrs Lusko
Mrs Lusko
Our Choir - Thank you Vania
Our Choir - Thank you Vania
Our Choir - Thank you Vania
Bless The Lord Oh my Soul
Bless The Lord Oh my Soul
Bless The Lord Oh my Soul
Through the Prayers
Through the Prayers
Through the Prayers
Sasha
Sasha
Sasha
Our Father who are in heaven
Our Father who are in heaven
Our Father who are in heaven
Sub-Deacon Michael Boyar
Sub-Deacon Michael Boyar
Sub-Deacon Michael Boyar
The Gospel
The Gospel
The Gospel
Singing Praises
Singing Praises
Singing Praises
Seva helping Fr Gregory
Seva helping Fr Gregory
Seva helping Fr Gregory
Preparing the Gifts
Preparing the Gifts
Preparing the Gifts
Caitlyn Sophia Bowser
Divine Liturgy - December 1st

On Saturday, December 1, 2007, we had a Divine Liturgy celebrated by Fr Victor Trotskyy (from the Dormition Cathdral in Ferndale) at the Gibraltar Community Center in Gibraltar, Michigan.  This was our second Liturgy as a group, and even for a cold and nasty Saturday morning, we were blessed to have 10 people attend and everyone had Holy Communion - CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Charles and Cody were great Altar Servers (Cody's first time), and Claudia and Sasha helped make the choir sound so great, and they were so great at reading the Kontakians and Troparians.

It was great to see Keith again, and Diane so enjoyed playing with her new niece, Caitlyn.  Patricia did a phenominal job directing the little choir we had (and trying to keep up with Fr Victor). 

Fr Victor:  You are a wonderful man, and we really appreciate you driving a great distance to be with us, and leading us.  We enjoyed your work, and look forward to seeing you again, soon.

Proskomedia
Proskomedia
Proskomedia
Getting Started
Getting Started
Getting Started
Let us Pray to the Lord
Let us Pray to the Lord
Let us Pray to the Lord
Sasha
Sasha
Sasha
Altar Boys
Altar Boys
Altar Boys
Singing Girls
Singing Girls
Singing Girls
Keith
Keith
Keith
Diane and Caitlyn
Diane and Caitlyn
Diane and Caitlyn
Bless the Lord
Bless the Lord
Bless the Lord
Little Entrance
Little Entrance
Little Entrance
The Creed
The Creed
The Creed
In the Fear of God, Draw Near
In the Fear of God, Draw Near
In the Fear of God, Draw Near
Our Choir
Our Choir
Our Choir
Caitlyn
Caitlyn
Caitlyn
Group Shot
Group Shot
Group Shot
Nativity at Holy Ascension
On Sunday, January 12, 2008, Donna Abramczyk, Religion Section Editor (and an excellent writer) published a wonderful article in the The News-Herald Newspaper (which serves the entire Downriver area) about the Nativity of Our Lord.  She also included a very nice picture of Sasha Boyar with some of the women of Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church.  The way that I have attached it should allow it to be enlarged, so you can read it. 
 
Thank you Donna - It was very cool, and I appreciate you so much!!
Divine Liturgy on February 2, 2008

On Saturday, February 2, 2007, we had a Divine Liturgy celebrated by Fr Victor Trotskyy (from the Dormition Cathdral in Ferndale) at the Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church in Ecorse, Michigan.  This was our third Liturgy as a group, and were blessed to have 14 people attend, many of whom had Holy Communion - CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Charles and Cody were great Altar Servers (in actual Orthodox Altar Boy robes), and Claudia and Sasha helped make the choir sound so great, and they were so great at reading the Kontakians and Troparians.

It was great to see a few people from Holy Ascension join us, too.  Sonia Boyar did a phenominal job directing the little choir we had.  Everything in English!

Afterwards, we all enjoyed a nice little luncheon.

The following day, Sunday, we also had a Reader's Service, where 16 people attended, followed by our first Church School class, and of course, snacks.  We then went to Belmar Lanes (in Lincoln Park - what a great place and nice people) where our 7 youth enjoyed a couple of games of bowling.

Enjoy the pictures, and please consider joining us.  Our schedule is always posted here, or you can call/e-mail anytime.

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Fr Viktor starting
Fr Viktor starting
Fr Viktor starting
Girls are ready
Girls are ready
Girls are ready
Blessed in the Name of the Father . . .
Blessed in the Name of the Father . . .
Blessed in the Name of the Father . . .
Our Choir
Our Choir
Our Choir
Altar Boys
Altar Boys
Altar Boys
Caitlyn wants out
Caitlyn wants out
Caitlyn wants out
Father's Blessing
Father's Blessing
Father's Blessing
The Gospel
The Gospel
The Gospel
The Gifts
The Gifts
The Gifts
Reader\'s Service and First Church School

February 3rd was a wonderful, spiritual day at All Saints.  We had 16 people visit and participate with us in our Reader's Service at Holy Ascension.  Many people were getting into the act with us.

Today was also the First Day of our Church School.  This is a 10 week program that although is structured, enjoys the fact that each week will be a class independant within itself.  Today's lesson for the Older ones was What is Orthodoxy?, and the younger ones learned about Baptism.

Setting Up
Setting Up
Setting Up
Our Altar Boys
Our Altar Boys
Our Altar Boys
Lighting Candles
Lighting Candles
Lighting Candles
Through the Prayers . .
Through the Prayers . .
Through the Prayers . .
Boys working hard
Boys working hard
Boys working hard
Finishing up
Finishing up
Finishing up
Hi Caitlyn
Hi Caitlyn
Hi Caitlyn
Kris and Ruthie
Kris and Ruthie
Kris and Ruthie
Cousins: Claudia and Nate
Cousins: Claudia and Nate
Cousins: Claudia and Nate
Church School - Older Group
Church School - Older Group
Church School - Older Group
Happy Faces
Happy Faces
Happy Faces
Church School - Younger Group
Church School - Younger Group
Church School - Younger Group
Goin\' Bowlin\'

After a big weekend in our new home, we decided that the kids deserved a fun time out. 

Belmar Lanes (in Lincoln Park) was a great place.  They gave our kids their shoes for free, and allowed us to bowl past the closing time. 

The kids had a great time.  Charles won the first game, although Ruthie gave him a run for his money.  Claudia rolled a 100, too.  The second game went to Cody.  He was a sleeper all the way to the end with his side arm delivery.  After, we stopped at McDonalds and on to the Super Bowl party.

Cody's Up
Cody's Up
Cody's Up
Charles the Professional
Charles the Professional
Charles the Professional
Come on Sasha
Come on Sasha
Come on Sasha
Claudia's a Hit
Claudia's a Hit
Claudia's a Hit
Group Shot
Group Shot
Group Shot
Ruthie's Strike Face
Ruthie's Strike Face
Ruthie's Strike Face
The Cheerleaders
The Cheerleaders
The Cheerleaders
My Turn
My Turn
My Turn
Like This
Like This
Like This
Our First Sunday Divine Liturgy - February 17, 2008

It was a historical First for our Mission, and what a Beautiful Service it was!!

Our First Sunday Divine Liturgy was lead by Father Svetislav Mirolovich, who came all the way from Cleveland, Ohio to be with us.  We had a new record attendance of 21 people (8 children), who helped celebrate in many ways.  Some sang, some read, most of us had Holy Communion, and Eli was phenomenal as our Altar Boy.

After a few group photos, we all went downstairs to enjoy a Spaghetti Dinner that was prepared to perfection by Alex Kapetan.  It was great - Thank you Alex!  The kids then learned about the Publican and Pharisee and colored some pictures that were posted up on the bulletin board for everyone to enjoy.

Our Chapel
Our Chapel
Our Chapel
The Gospel
The Gospel
The Gospel
Our Trio Choir
Our Trio Choir
Our Trio Choir
Eli
Eli
Eli
The Great Entrance
The Great Entrance
The Great Entrance
Alex is Always Here
Alex is Always Here
Alex is Always Here
Claudia
Claudia
Claudia
Diane and Nathaniel
Diane and Nathaniel
Diane and Nathaniel
Dobinka and Dominic
Dobinka and Dominic
Dobinka and Dominic
Patricia
Patricia
Patricia
Nick
Nick
Nick
Our Special People
Our Special People
Our Special People
Special Prayers
Special Prayers
Special Prayers
We Thank Thee
We Thank Thee
We Thank Thee
Our Kids
Our Kids
Our Kids
Father Bless
Father Bless
Father Bless
Caitlyn and Company
Caitlyn and Company
Caitlyn and Company
Group Shot
Group Shot
Group Shot
Father's Sermon . .
Father's Sermon . .
Father's Sermon . .
. . and Everyone is listening
. . and Everyone is listening
. . and Everyone is listening
Another Group Shot
Another Group Shot
Another Group Shot
Check Out This Article

Along with the largest group to attend our Divine Liturgy (see article above), we also had a representative from the local newspaper taking photographs, and again, a wonderfully written article by Donna Abramczyk Religious Editor of the News Herald Newspaper.

Please click on this scanned article.  The actual article was over a half page in size, however was reduced to fit into our format. 

Again, Thank you Donna - We really appreciate everything you have done for us.

Forgiveness Sunday

On March 9, 2008, Orthodox Christians across the world continue the long journey in preparation for our Holy Pascha, but this Sunday is very important also because we are given the opportunity to ask forgiveness to everyone for any and all things that we have done to hurt or offend. 

This special Vespers really enables us to enter into a special part of our lives.  By asking (and giving forgiveness - As God would), we open our hearts and minds to begin a new, fresh, clean opportunity of living as He would. 

This also officially starts our 40 days of fasting, studying, and praying.

As you glance over these photos, look at the happiness and fulfillment on everyone's faces.

Look at the glow in our Chapel
Look at the glow in our Chapel
Look at the glow in our Chapel
Through the Prayers . . .
Through the Prayers . . .
Through the Prayers . . .
Lord Have Mercy
Lord Have Mercy
Lord Have Mercy
Look at all of the babies
Look at all of the babies
Look at all of the babies
Sasha is reading
Sasha is reading
Sasha is reading
Nice shot from the back
Nice shot from the back
Nice shot from the back
Millie reads the Epistle
Millie reads the Epistle
Millie reads the Epistle
Sub-Deacon Michael shares the Holy Gospel
Sub-Deacon Michael shares the Holy Gospel
Sub-Deacon Michael shares the Holy Gospel
Please Forgive Me
Please Forgive Me
Please Forgive Me
Lenten Series
Sub-Deacon Michael Merren
Sub-Deacon Michael Merren
 
 
 
During the Wednesdays of Great Lent, All Saints Orthodox Mission Church was proud to have sponsored a Very Interesting Lenten Series.  Seminarian Sub-Deacon Michael Merren hosted a Catechetical monograph on the passage "Who do people say that am I?" which is written in Mark 8:27; Matthew 16:13.
 
 
In lieu of Presanctified Liturgies, we celebrated with a Reader's Service Vespers, followed by a small reception at which time the Sub-Deacon began the program.
 
Sub-Deacon Michael has an MA in Theology from the Papal Academy of Theology in Krakow, Poland; has done course work with the St. Stephen's Program of the Antiochian Orthodox Church, and most recently studied in the Pastoral School of the ROCOR Chicago, Diocese.  He is assigned to the St Vladimir Orthodox Church in Ann Arbor .
 
He currently lives in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area with his wife, Danell, and three children, Micah (6), Kaiah (5), and Maya (2).
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Below are some on-going photos from our event
And Congratulations on a very successful and entertaining symposium, and fulfilling the requirements for your degree.  You will be a very positive influence, and some parish is going to be really blessed to have you.
Divine Liturgy/Soul Saturday - March 22, 2008

Even with an unexpected 7 inches of snow that arrived this fine Spring morning, Fr Zivko Kajevic, of St Stevan Decanski (Warren, MI) and our Holy Ascension (Ecorse, MI), led 14 of us in a beautiful Divine Liturgy (where we also prayed for Soul Saturday). 

It was a wonderful intimate service with a beautiful choir, 2 people receiving Holy Confession and most Holy Communion.  Poor Fr Zivko was suffering with a tremendous amount of pain in his foot, but managed to get through everything, and had a little time to share coffee with us.

As we enjoy these beautiful photographs, please stop for a second and pray for Fr Zivko's health - He was Great . . . . . and don't forget about praying in Memory of our many family and friends whom we honored today.

Fr Zivko getting started
Fr Zivko getting started
Fr Zivko getting started
Time for Confession
Time for Confession
Time for Confession
Beautiful Choir
Beautiful Choir
Beautiful Choir
The Gospel
The Gospel
The Gospel
Our Girls
Our Girls
Our Girls
The Great Entrance
The Great Entrance
The Great Entrance
I Believe in One God . .
I Believe in One God . .
I Believe in One God . .
Seva and Caitlyn
Seva and Caitlyn
Seva and Caitlyn
Claudia
Claudia
Claudia
Sasha
Sasha
Sasha
Patty
Patty
Patty
Charles
Charles
Charles
Lining up at the end
Lining up at the end
Lining up at the end
Long Day
Long Day
Long Day
We have some great news . .
We have some great news . .
We have some great news . .
Adoration of the Cross - March 30.2008
After a very nice Vesperal Service (in English and Slavonic) on Saturday Night, We adorned the Cross with Beautiful Carnations for the Fourth Sunday of Great Lent.
Welcome to the Merren Family - April 6, 2008

What a Special Weekend!

We were blessed to have Sub-Deacon Michael Merren, his wife Danell, and their 3 daughters come and serve with us on this Beautiful Spring Day in Downriver Detroit.  They woke up when it was still dark, and drove over 3 hours (each way) just to be with us. 

What a wonderful family, and What a nice time we had inside and out. 

Getting Ready (Micah is peeking)
Getting Ready (Micah is peeking)
Getting Ready (Micah is peeking)
Danell and Maya
Danell and Maya
Danell and Maya
Kaiah
Kaiah
Kaiah
What is Cody looking at?
What is Cody looking at?
What is Cody looking at?
Sasha
Sasha
Sasha
Caitlyn
Caitlyn
Caitlyn
Sub-Deacon Michael Boyar reads the Epistle
Sub-Deacon Michael Boyar reads the Epistle
Sub-Deacon Michael Boyar reads the Epistle
From Abobe
From Abobe
From Abobe
Sub-Deacon Michael Merren shares the Holy Gospel
Sub-Deacon Michael Merren shares the Holy Gospel
Sub-Deacon Michael Merren shares the Holy Gospel
Sharing thoughts in a sermon
Sharing thoughts in a sermon
Sharing thoughts in a sermon
Mission Core Group meeting . . .
Mission Core Group meeting . . .
Mission Core Group meeting . . .
. . . giving/getting ideas
. . . giving/getting ideas
. . . giving/getting ideas
Pysanky - Pascha Egg Decorating

Sonia Boyar taught a class of all ages the art of "Pysanky" which is an Eastern European custom of Artwork dedicated for Pascha, on Sunday, April 13, 2008 at the Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Banquet Facility where we had 35 people come in. 

This is the 5th year we have gotten together to do (although) it is the first time for many in our mission.

Sonia showing how to do it
Sonia showing how to do it
Sonia showing how to do it
Madison, Cody, and Claudia
Madison, Cody, and Claudia
Madison, Cody, and Claudia
Dean and Sasha
Dean and Sasha
Dean and Sasha
Diane helping the kids
Diane helping the kids
Diane helping the kids
Millie
Millie
Millie
Try this one Mom
Try this one Mom
Try this one Mom
Dobie
Dobie
Dobie
Sharing Ideas
Sharing Ideas
Sharing Ideas
Trying to decide a good one to do
Trying to decide a good one to do
Trying to decide a good one to do
Charles
Charles
Charles
Kris and Ruth
Kris and Ruth
Kris and Ruth
Vicki
Vicki
Vicki
Helping Nate
Helping Nate
Helping Nate
Getting Late
Getting Late
Getting Late
Dobie proudly showing Fr Zivko
Dobie proudly showing Fr Zivko
Dobie proudly showing Fr Zivko
Palm Sunday and our Spring Clean Up Day

What a beautiful day we had.  The sun was shining. the temperature was warm, and everyone had energy.  After a very nice Reader's Service and Church School, we all gathered outside to start the laborious task of washing Winter away.  So many of our families came, brought their friends, and everyone worked so hard to make our place so Beautiful. 

Stop by and take a look around.  The place looks Great.  Thank you to everyone who came by to help.

Christ Is Risen!

Indeed He Is Risen!

ALL SAINTS DAY - Our First Anniversary

On June 22, 2008, we celebrated the First Anniversary of our Mission.  Today is All Saints Day!  With 38 people coming to be with us (our largest group yet), and our Spiritual Advisor, Fr Gregory leading us, we all had a great time. 

Several wonderful Orthodox things happened today:  Sasha Boyar had her first Holy Confession, Caitlyn Bowser (with her mother Patricia) had her first dedicated Orthodox Prayers (which precedes her Baptism/Chrismation coming very soon), and congratulations to many people who received Holy Communion.

Sub-Deacon (and Master Chef) Michael Merren cooked lots of great food (but wouldn't clean up), and Diane McGee organized many games for the kids who also took home some real nice gifts.

We were especially honored to have Father Zivko Kajavic and his Protonitza come join us for a while. 

With beautiful weather, we enjoyed our (as the Serbs call it) SLAVA very much.

We Made National News, too!!!!
We made National News! 
 
Some very considerate person (not me) forwarded the information about the first year anniversary of our mission, and it made the front page of our diocesan website.  Please take a moment and click on the link below.
 
 

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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.