2018 Winter Young Adult Retreat - 11/29/18
“And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and upon the earth distress of nations in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.”
“Now when these things begin to take place, look up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
“By your endurance you will gain your lives.”
(Excerpts from Luke 21)
Something unique to our times is the constant barrage of stimuli that seems to pound us into distraction. We are left overstimulated, captivated with earthly things, and far from God. It almost seems unfair that we are doomed to live in these crazy times. Yet defeat is not our destiny. All that we are going through has been foretold. We are called to live in these perilous times for a purpose and for our salvation. It is never impossible to for us to have a vibrant, intimate relationship with God and with our fellow Christians. This is what we are destined for: transformative, heart-changing, and life-giving relationships. To do this, we must make the first steps to gather together and connect with God and each other on a very personal level. This is our strength, and (we will discover) this is our joy. When we do this, we can see clearly that our despair is merely the lie that the Enemy wants to ensnare us in. We are not fated to muddle through life defeated by the spirit of this world. Our life in God is, by definition, exciting and full of meaning and vibrant. We cannot expect to be understood by the world or even noticed, but this should not trouble us because our orientation is toward the Kingdom. The Kingdom of God is steadily breaking forth into this world. We have to learn to create silence and find paths to illumination through contact and contemplation of the created world. With our eyes of faith we can begin to see it. And having seen it, we yearn to join it and unite our wills to God's will for humanity and the whole universe.
Come join Young Adults of the DOW at a Winter Retreat at St John's Monastery in Manton, CA December 27th-29th.
For more information, download the program schedule
To register, e-mail email@example.com by December 16th!
Updated Numbers - 11/16/18
By now many of you have heard of the "Camp Fire" which has been raging here in Northern California. This fire has now become the deadliest and most devastating wildfire in California history. As of this writing, the death toll is at 71 and is bound to rise considering the number of missing persons. The fire has burnt 146,000 acres, it is currently 50% contained. So far 9,844 residences, 336 commercial, 2,067 other buildings have also been destroyed. Sts. Cyril and Methodius Orthodox Mission, here in Chico, is only 15 minutes from the town of Paradise, the town which has been completely devastated by this fire. The two towns of Chico and Paradise are closely intertwined, as many people live in Paradise and work in Chico.
Along with thousands of other people, five of our own parishioners have lost their homes as well. Most importantly, we are thankful to God that they all made it out alive! Their stories are harrowing! Many of them drove through flames while evacuating. The fire advanced very quickly and they received no advanced warning from any official source, and fled their homes with very little! We are glad that they are safe and being taken care of by friends, relatives, and fellow parishioners, but they are now left with the task of having to rebuild their lives.
We look forward to helping our parishioners and others within our local community get back on their feet. It will be a long road, but we know that tragedy also has the capacity to bring us closer together and remind us of what is truly important: our unity in Christ and our love for our neighbor. We are setting up a "fire relief" fund to help our parishioners and others affected. We appreciate your prayers and donations to those suffering in our community.
Donations may be sent to:
So. Cyril and Methodius Orthodox Church
Fr. Ian Shipley