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Our First Paint Event

FAB-U-LOUS - 04/28/18

What a wonderful time. We painted a bicycle, had great fellowship, good food and WINE! Thank you so very much to Fiori P and Michele L for organizing this fun event.  Thank you to those who attended.  If you were not able to make it this time we are planning another Paint Event in the fall - hopefully you can join us then!

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Krishti u Ngjall! - 04/08/18

Vertet u Ngjall!  

Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

The faithful receive the light.  A beautiful Liturgy as we celebrate the Ressurection of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ.


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Friday Night

The Funeral & Lamentations - 04/06/18

Holy Friday evening - Jesus is taken down from the Cross.  A funeral service, lamentations and procession of the faithful follow.

On Great and Holy Friday the Orthodox Church commemorates the death of Christ on the Cross. This is the culmination of the observance of His Passion by which our Lord suffered and died for our sins. This commemoration begins on Thursday evening with the Matins of Holy Friday and concludes with a Vespers on Friday afternoon that observes the unnailing of Christ from the Cross and the placement of His body in the tomb.


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Decorating the Tomb

Friday morning - 04/06/18

A group of parishioners decorated the tomb in preparation for the eveing services - Taking down from the Cross followed by the Funeral and Lamantations. Many thanks to a great group who arrive at 10ish to help place the flowers on the tomb.  It looked spectacular when you were done! 

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Holy Thursday

The reading of the 12 Gospels - 04/05/18

We gathered to hear the the 12 Gospels.    Actually, there ARE only FOUR Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. "The 12 Gospels" is what we call our evening service on Great and Holy Thursday because Orthodox believers gather to read the entire account of Christ's betrayal and crucifixion from all four gospels, and they are divided into 12 readings. 12 Gospels -

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Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday - 04/01/18

The Entrance of our Lord into Jerusalem - Palm Sunday. The Divine Liturgy, a procession, pancake breakfast and many parishioners in attendance. We have much to be thankful for!

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Lazarus Saturday

Lazarus Saturday Liturgy - 03/31/18

Father Brooks began explaining the preparation and prayers (Proskomide) prior to the beginning of the Liturgy. The children were on the Solea. As the Liturgy progressed Father Brooks stopped and explained the various parts. At the conclusion of the Liturgy those in attendance went upstairs to the annual making of the Meshe, the creative crafts and pizza! All in all a good day. Manurgy and those who thanks to those who attended the Liturgy and those who helped!

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Ice Skating

Some time on the ice - 03/25/18

Our Sunday school students, families and teachers were on the ice for a little over an hour.  They were excellent skaters!  Pizza after the Divine Liturgy, skating after pizza - a great time!

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Veneration of Holy Cross

Veneration of Holy Cross - 03/11/18

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Women's Day Party

Women's Day Party - 03/03/18

It was a Great Party!  - 03/03/2018 We had a crowd of over 100 people that joined from our parish and friends. Many thanks to those who helped make this a memorable event. Special thanks to Donna and her daughters for the excellent food they prepared and the efforts they put to serve it. We had a great atmosphere and dancing continued till midnight.  Thanks to Nilda for organizing the whole thing.  Some pictures from the event are posted here.  We look forward to see you again on our future events.

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Soup-er Bowl Sunday - 02/04/18

The homemade soups were DELICIOUS and we raised $476.00 for charity! Thanks to all who helped, those who donated soup, and those who purchased soup.  We look forward to next year.

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Icon Auction Part II

Icon Auction Part II - 01/14/18



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Holy Epiphany

Blessing of the Water - 01/07/2018

It was a very cold day but the church was full celebrating the blessing of the water. We then did the Icon Auction and a hot dog sale in the fellowship hall. Sharing here some photos taken from Colleen.

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June 26
Charity & Benevolence Committee Meeting 7:00 pm

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Monthly Parish Council Meetings 2018

Meeting will be on July 10, 2018

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