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Today's Scripture Readings

August 12, 2010/July 30, 2010

Parish Life

Presanctified Liturgy on Wednesdays – 6:30 PM

In preparation to receive Holy Communion at the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, it is necessary to fast from all food and drink for at least six hours (i.e. from 12:00 noon). However, for those who have the strength, it is very beneficial to fast from midnight through the entire day.

Church Clean-Up – Saturday, April 27 (Lazarus Saturday)

After Divine Liturgy on Saturday, April 27th many volunteers are needed to clean the church, as well as the church hall. Help to beautify our temple in time for Holy Week and Pascha.

Purchase Homemade Kolbasa for Pascha

Submit your kolbasa orders to Albert Blaszak. This is the same as we make for the Festival. Place your orders now.

Paschal Breakfast – Sunday, May 5

After Paschal Divine Services, we will organize our traditional Paschal Breakfast in the church hall. We ask you to bring a dish or two to share with everyone – meats, salads, cheeses, breads, fruits, desserts, etc. Donations of soda, wine and beer are also needed. Eggs and Ham will be supplied. By 11:15 PM Saturday evening, please bring your food items all ready to serve in bowls and/or platters. There will be no time or volunteers to help prepare or dish out your food in the hall kitchen. It must be ready to serve. Please inform Olga Mychko or Anna-Zumrat Shkurba.

Paschal Vespers and Lunch at Cathedral Gardens – Sunday, May 5

On Pascha Sunday afternoon, at our Chapel (6480 Elibank Drive, Elkridge, MD), we will serve Paschal Vespers at 4:00 PM. The Gospel will be read in many different languages. And we will bless Paschal Baskets. After the Vespers, we will conduct a Paschal Picnic in the pavilion. Please bring your Paschal picnic food and drinks; bring lawn chairs and blankets to spread around the pavilion.

Wine & Cheese Party and Paschal Flowers Sale – Wednesday, May 8

On Bright Wednesday, May 8 beginning at 6:00 PM, we will conduct a Wine & Cheese Party. Bring your favorite items for a charcuterie board to share with everyone. And purchase some Paschal flowers. All of the flowers are perennials and will beautify your yard year after year. All are welcome.

Atlantic States Deanery Paschal Divine Liturgy – Bright Saturday, May 11

On Bright Saturday, May 11, 2024, at 10:00 AM, the clergy and laity of the Atlantic States Deanery will gather for Paschal Divine Liturgy at St. Michael the Archangel Church (335 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19123). Singers are welcome to sing with the choir of St. Michael Church to add to the beauty and solemnity of the Bright Saturday Divine Liturgy. After Liturgy, during the festive luncheon, there will also be an informal “meet & greet” for parish council members to become better acquainted and to share experiences with each other. We hope to see many people from each of our deanery parishes attending this joyous occasion.
All are welcome. If interested, please RSVP here >>> by May 1.

St. Thomas Sunday – May 12

On Sunday, May 12 (St. Thomas Sunday) the Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at Sts. Peter & Paul Chapel located at Cathedral Gardens in Elkridge. Divine Liturgy will start at 10:00 AM. After the Divine Liturgy, we will a conduct a picnic featuring <Plov> and many other homemade dishes. We need donations of side dishes, desserts and fruit. Please contact Olga Mychko for more information. At 1:00 PM there will be an egg hunt and games for the kids. Then at 2:30 PM we will conduct the blessing of graves. We will begin with a general memorial service at the top of the cemetery. Everyone should attend this service and submit the names of their departed. Individual grave blessings will follow.

Book Discussion

Each Monday during Great Lent we will conduct a bi-weekly book discussion via Zoom. We are discussing the book: Jesus Christ: His Life & Teachings vol. 3 The Miracles of Jesus by Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev.

You must register ahead of time to receive reading assignments and log in information.

Church School Camping Trip May 17-19, 2024

The 22nd Annual Church School Camping Trip at Camp Running Bear (formerly Camp Alkor) in Monkton, MD for children ages 6-12 will take place May 17-19. Our theme this year is “Triumph of Orthodoxy.” Registrations due by April 28. Registration forms are here >>> and at the candle stand in church. For more information contact Dr. Pat Disharoon. Also, all adult chaperones MUST register with Dr. Pat by April 28 to expedite background checks.

Vigil Candles: On the Altar and near St. Barbara

We have three vigil candles that are always burning – two near the large icon of the Holy Great-Martyr Barbara which holds a piece of her relics, and one on the holy altar table. These vigil lights burn from Sunday to Sunday. To have these candles burn 24 hours a day on behalf of someone we are praying for is quite a special blessing. We continue to accept donations to have these three vigil candles burn each week either for the health/salvation of the living and/or in memory of a departed loved one. A $15 donation will keep all three candles lit for one week. Schedule your candle offering with Elena Loyko.

To help the Ukrainian refugees donate to these organizations:

Helping Civilian Victims of War in Ukraine

There are civilian injuries every day in many different cities in Ukraine. Medical supplies are desperately needed to help innocent victims of war. Hospitals have chronic shortages of compression bandages, tourniquets, and air casts for broken bones. Click here for more details.

How to donate these medical supplies?

  1. Option: The most convenient and time saving way to help is to purchase these items online and ship them directly to St. Andrew’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 15100 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20905.
  2. Option: Bring items to our Holy Trinity Church.

Food Donations - No longer being accepted
Currently, food items are being locally sourced in Ukraine to save on overall costs. Thank you!

Coffee Hours

We are happy to announce that Coffee Hour will be offered every Sunday. The menu will be small – just soup and light refreshments. If you would like to sponsor a coffee hour or offer help, please contact Olga Mychko. Also, each week we need volunteers to help with serving and clean up during coffee hour.

Transportation to Church

Do you need transportation to Church? Or would you be able to bring a parishioner, who doesn’t drive, to church from time to time? If you answered “yes” to either question, please contact Alexey Shevelkin. He is coordinating our parish’s efforts to offer transportation to parishioners who can’t get to church on their own. Thank you for your assistance.

Submit your 2024 Pledge

The mission of our parish is to spread the Word of God, to grow, to expand, to improve, and not just to preserve our traditions. Our parish shouldn’t become stale but pursue holiness. We strive to fulfill the mission of our parish, through prayer, work, and sacrifice. Prayer – because we are called to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17); work – because we are taught to increase the talents given to us (Matt. 25: 14-30); and sacrifice – because "everyone to whom much is given, from him will much be required" (Luke 12:48). Please be generous as the Lord is generous to you. When completing your pledge for the new year, please consider raising your level of giving. Our church cannot operate without your financial contributions. Our parish will grow only through your prayers, work, and generous sacrifice. OFFERING PLEDGE FORM.

When you are generous, you are not bestowing a gift, but repaying a debt. Everything you possess materially comes from God, who created all things. And every spiritual and moral virtue you possess is through divine grace. Thus, you owe everything to God. More than that, God has given you his Son, to show you how to live: how to use your material possessions, and how to grow in moral and spiritual virtue. ---St. John Chrysostom

O Lord Save and Preserve

With much anguish we see the tragic events continuing in Ukraine. More than five million refugees have fled the country, and thousands of civilians and soldiers have been killed in this fratricidal war between two Orthodox countries. Countless others are injured, displaced and at the threshold of economic ruin. So much death, destruction, suffering and hatred have been caused by Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.

As Orthodox Christians, we do not support violence and aggression. We fervently pray for the immediate cessation of bloodshed, for the complete restoration of peace, for the well-being of the people in Ukraine and for the rebuilding of Christian love between the peoples of Russia and Ukraine. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ commands us to love one another as our Heavenly Father loves us.

Let us always remember that first and foremost, we are Orthodox Christians. And our Holy Orthodox Church, throughout history, has united Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, and people of all ethnicities into the one, true, Orthodox faith.

We are brothers and sisters in Christ, and because we are brothers and sisters, we cannot stand idle or keep silent during these dreadful days. Our parish continues to collect funds to help the suffering people of Ukraine. We keep praying for peace, and we call upon our hierarchs to do everything in their power to stop hostilities. Lord have mercy!

The parish of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church does not have any affiliation with the Russian or American governments. We receive no financial support from any governmental or church institutions. Our entire budget (100%) is funded by the generous donations of our parishioners and friends and by the various fundraising events we conduct.