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Today's Scripture Readings

August 12, 2010/July 30, 2010


Parish Life

Information Session – July 10

During coffee hour next Sunday, July 10, we will conduct an informal information session to discuss the preliminary details of a conservation easement being proposed for our cemetery by the Howard County Conservancy, with funds from Howard County Government. There will be no votes or official business, just an opportunity to share information at this early stage.

Next Festival Meeting – July 10

Also on July 10, after coffee hour, we will conduct a festival meeting to continue plans for the festival. Everyone is encouraged to attend. For more information, please contact Art Lisowsky.

Brotherhood Crab Fest – Friday, July 22nd – 6:30 PM

The St. Alexander Nevsky Brotherhood will sponsor a Crab Fest on Friday, July 22nd beginning at 6:30 PM at Cathedral Gardens Ray Zaitin Pavilion. Fresh steamed crabs, corn on the cob and soft drinks will be served. Reservations are required. Price will be announced in mid-July. For reservations contact Albert Blaszak.

Parish Picnics at ‘Cathedral Gardens’ / Ray Zaitin Pavilion

Summer 2022 – On the following days, Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at Saints Peter & Paul Chapel located at Cathedral Gardens, our parish cemetery. Afterwards, we will conduct picnics at the Ray Zaitin Pavilion.

Sunday, July 17 – Liturgy at the Chapel (10:00 AM) and Picnic. Menu: Shashlik! Plus, hamburgers, hotdogs, etc. We need donations of salads and desserts. To donate, please contact Olga Mychko.

Sunday, August 21 – Liturgy at the Chapel (10:00 AM) and our Annual ‘Spas’ Fish Fry – An expanded menu of various grilled fish will be offered. More information to come…

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.

To help the refugees donate to these organizations:

Food Donations

We are collecting long shelf-life food items: flour, rice, pasta products, canned meats, fish, canned soups, powdered soups, cereals, etc. that are packaged in large quantities – the type of packaging that is sold in stores like Costco, BJ’s, Sam’s Club, etc. We will deliver your donations to St. Andrew’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which ships food weekly to help refugees from the war. For more information contact Larisa Hidar.

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 Anna-Zumrat Shkurba or 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 2022 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