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Today's Scripture Readings

August 12, 2010/July 30, 2010


Parish Life

Russian Festival - October 9th, 16th, and 23rd

For everyone’s safety, we will conduct the festival only inside the church hall on a limited basis, three consecutive Saturdays in October (October 9th, 16th, and 23rd). The festival will feature our Russian gift shop with icons, books, folk decorations, souvenirs, and toys. You will have a chance to pre-order or come in person to purchase our famous traditional Russian bread, pastries, and desserts, as well as your choice of our delicious shashlik, beef Stroganoff, homemade kielbasa, blini, and pelmeni. There will be no in-person dining. All food will be carryout. More information go to Russian Festival. We will need many volunteers. Please plan to help!

Soda / Water Donation Drive Underway!
Please help us reduce our Festival expenses…buy a few cases of soft drinks (12 oz. cans) and bottled water (½ liter) over the next several weeks as they go on sale in area supermarkets. We need Coke, Pepsi, Diet Coke, Diet Pepsi, Sprite, Fanta (no generics). Water: Deer Park, Aquafina, etc. Thank you for your generosity !!!

Donations Requested

Each month we bake hundreds of small prosphora for commemorations at Proskomedia and several large prosphora for the altar. However, our current dough rolling machine is old and needs to be replaced. We request donations to help cover the costs of a new machine. A total of $5,000 is needed. Please help. Mark your donation with the notation “Dough Machine”. Thank you!

Tree Planting Project Meeting – September 19

Next Sunday, September 19, after services the Cemetery Committee and Sisterhood will conduct a joint meeting to continue discussing the new Tree Planting Project. Everyone is welcome.

Sunday School News

We are happy to announce that Dr. Pat Disharoon has been appointed the Director of our Church Sunday School. She will coordinate the curriculum, schedule and instruction of our children. This year all classes will study the Old Testament. Lesson plans and activities for all the grade levels are already established. Furthermore, we are creating teacher teams for Pre-School, Elementary, Middle and High School levels. Each team will consist of 2-3 adults who will teach in rotation. Each team will decide the frequency of rotation – weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. This will help to improve the quality of our instruction and lessen the burden for the teachers. For more information, please contact Dr. Pat Disharoon.

Kalinka Dance Ensemble

Kalinka Dance Ensemble has opened registration for their 20th season of teaching folk dancing, now at two locations (Columbia and Pikesville). For information/registration visit their website.

Private Confessions Restored

Private Confessions are restored. However, both the priest and confessor will need to wear masks. Please come Saturday evening during the vigil service or Sunday morning starting at 9:00 AM. We will no longer conduct General Confession.

Charitable Projects of the Sisterhood of St. Catherine

Support of "Sleep in Heavenly Peace"

Our parish Sisterhood is accepting donations in support of Sleep in Heavenly Peace. This non-profit organization provides beds to children in low-income families, so that no one has to sleep on the floor. You may donate mattresses, blankets or monetary contributions. Click here for more details. Thank you for your support.

2021 Appeal for Bethany Orthodox School for Girls

The Bethany Orthodox School for Girls in Bethany, Palestine requests donations to help them meet immediate infrastructure needs. In the past 14 months, the Bethany Orthodox School for Girls has suffered an unprecedented level of financial and logistical difficulties. Lockdowns, financial pressure on the families of students, non-existent donations from visiting pilgrims and a drop in international donations from parishes and individuals within the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia have all taken a toll. The challenges are many and the need to support has never been greater.

To make a Donation go here >>>