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Fr John Takahashi Leads Advent Retreat - 12/12/17

Holy Trinity Cathedral in San Francisco hosted its annual Advent Retreat on Saturday, December 9, 2017.  Archpriest John Takahashi spoke on "San Francisco and Tokyo in 19th Century Orthodox Christianity.” Parishioners from across the Bay Area attended two talks by Fr. John on the intricate connections in the stories of the missionary work and cathedrals of Tokyo and San Francisco.
 
Archpriest John Takahashi has served as a priest in Japan and the United States for 46 years. He has been the Dean of Holy Trinity Cathedral since 2006.
 

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Second Ashland Matching Grant Announced - 12/09/17

The Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church in Ashland, Oregon recently announced that a very generous benefactor has offered to match any gifts toward their building fund, up to $11,600! This will bring us to our targeted goal of $150,000 toward the completion of the Design Development Phase of our building project! If you have been thinking about donating toward the new church building, now is a good time. Every dollar you give will essentially be doubled from now until New Years Day (January 1, 2018)!

If you would like to donate, you can send us a check made out to “Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church,” with “Building Fund” in the memo line. This gift is fully tax-deductible. Send the check to: Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church, PO Box 823, Ashland, OR 97520.

See more information, including online donation information here.


Bozeman Celebrates...From "Mission" to "Parish" - 11/30/17

The community of St Anthony Orthodox Church in Bozeman, MT, along with friends from Montana and beyond, celebrated a blessed graduation October 28/29. Along with deans Archpriest Matthew Tate and Archpriest Anthony Karbo, the church celebrated transitioning from being a "mission" to being a "parish". After beautiful services, the Greeks roasted a lamb and the community celebrated God's faithfulness that has led a community that began with just a few meeting in a living room in the 90s to now--a parish that owns over 7 acres and a great building, with 100 plus on Sundays, and plans for continued growth and expansion in the glorious mountains of SW Montana. Come and visit anytime! www.orthodoxbozeman.org

Submitted by Father David Morrison


Registration Open for 2018 Youth/Camp Workers' Conference - 11/27/17

Registration opens for 2018 Youth/Camp Workers’ Conference

Atlanta, GA – The 17th Annual Orthodox Christian Camp and Youth Workers Conference will take place at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Atlanta, GA from Thursday, February 1 through Saturday, February 3, 2018. Online conference and hotel registration is now available.

“This is a great opportunity for anyone involved with or interested in camp and youth ministry to come together with like-minded people,” said David Lucs, Director of the Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Youth, Young Adult and Campus Ministry.  “This annual event provides clergy, camp, and youth workers with opportunities for engaging conversation, making connections, and the sharing of ideas to help with their programs and specific needs in their home parishes.”

A number of OCA clergy and laity, including Father Daniel Hickman, Longwood, FL, Deacon Gabriel Aldridge, Atlanta, GA, and others, will be leading workshops and discussion groups. The OCA last hosted the 2016 gathering in Dallas, TX.  The keynote address will be presented by Father Alexander Gousettis, Director of the Center for Family Care of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

“This year’s conference theme focuses on the place of gratitude in youth ministry,” said Natalie Nixon, Director of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA. “We encourage camp and youth workers from all Orthodox parishes across North America to join us for enriching presentations and discussions for their benefit and application in their home parishes and camps.”

The theme will help camp and youth workers discover a key element of ministry that often eludes us: the “gratitude of Saint Paul” who, while struggling to establish and maintain churches, was in fact thankful for everyone and everything.  Conference organizers hope that the theme will provide the inspiration and spiritual nourishment for youth workers to “abound in thanksgiving” [Colossians 2:7] in the midst of the beautiful, but often difficult, field of youth work.

The two-day event is being co-hosted by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA and the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA, with the blessing of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America.

A discounted early bird registration rate is available until December 15, 2017, along with a discounted hotel rate. Detailed conference information is available online

The Stewards of the Orthodox Church in America helps provide funding for the OCA Department of Youth, Young Adult and Campus Ministry. For additional information on the Stewards or to make a donation, please visit the OCA web site.

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2018 Retreat at St John Monastery - 11/27/17

Facing Provocations, Thoughts, and Temptations: Taking Jesus as our Guide

Retreat at the Monastery of St John March 16, 17, and 18, 2018

Retreat leader: Monk Cosmas (Shartz)

"Now the men who held Jesus mocked Him and beat Him. And having blindfolded Him, they struck Him on the face and asked Him, saying, “Prophesy! Who is the one who struck You?” And many other things they blasphemously spoke against Him." (Luke 22:63 – 65)

Jesus faced a lot more temptations and provocations than the three that come readily to mind, when Satan tempted Him in the desert. The Gospels describe many more such situations, although they aren’t always clearly labeled as such. Clearly in the passage here, He is being provoked to give way to fear, anger, and shame — and perhaps other passions.

During Lenten times, we face temptations and provocations, too. As we know, they come at us even more forcefully during periods of additional fasting, prayer, and asceticism. Let’s face it, not only do evil spirits have more incentive to attack us at such times, but we ourselves are more vulnerable when we fast, because we are tired and cranky, and therefore more vulnerable!

In this retreat we will look at passages in the Gospel texts which recount provocations and temptations that came Christ’s way, seeing what passions those situations would tend to provoke, and see how He confronted His challenges, so that He can be our guide in facing the temptations and provocations we ourselves will meet in our own Lenten journey. We will look at a combination of narrative accounts of situations from the Gospels and Christ’s own teachings in His sermons and parables.

Registration information, as well as an informational flyer, will be posted to this website closer to the retreat dates.

 


MEMORY ETERNAL - Mitred Archpriest Michael Margitich - 11/11/17

The Mitred Archpriest Michael Margitich reposed on November 11, 2017, Veterans Day. He was born in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, on November 29, 1928 to William (Vasili) and Anna Margitich, emigrés from Carpatho-Russia. His father was a cantor in Uzhgorod before coming to the U.S. 

He became the rector of the Protection of the Holy Virgin Parish in Santa Rosa in 1990, and organized the funding, design and construction of St. Seraphim Church in 1996. He retired as rector on December 31, 1998, yet continued to serve, counsel, work and support the parish in every way possible during its critical years of growth. 
 
The Funeral Service for Priest will be held on Tuesday, November 14, at 6 pm and Funeral Liturgy will take place on Wednesday, November 15, at 9:30 AM at St. Seraphim Cathedral, 90 Mountain View Ave, Santa Rosa
 
Burial will follow at Healdsburg Cemetery.  Donations may be made to St. Seraphim Cathedral.  Fr. Michael was loved by many and will be missed by all. Memory Eternal!


A Grief Poetically Observed - 11/03/17

A parishioner of Saint Elizabeth Church in Poulsbo, Washington, has published a collection of poems reflecting on death from an Orthodox Christian perspective. Dedicated to his recently departed mother, author Francis John Spillane initially wrote the poems as an effort to come to terms with an unexpected fear of life caused by her death. As he shared them over the course of a year with fellow parishioners and friends beyond the parish, he eventually realized that he had a collection large enough to fill a small volume.

The poems are reminiscent of C.S. Lewis’s famous reflection on death, A Grief Observed. In that work the apologist for “Mere Christianity” described grief as “a sort of invisible blanket between the world and me,” and in his volume Francis likewise explores the way that death creates a “fog” that threatens to separate the grieving from life, and even from the experience of God’s presence. But the insuppressible power of love—generated especially in memories about our loved ones—and the always active love of God prevent him from falling into despair. The experience of Orthodox worship and piety provides the lantern in a slow, modest, but ultimately victorious journey out of the fog and back into the light of life.

The book is entitled Good Mourning, Hopeful Night: Poems of Grieving, Healing, and Journeying to God.

See details and order here.


 




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