Bishop Thomas Visits St. Andrew Mission + Lewes, DE
The mission community of St. Andrew the Apostle in Lewes, Delaware welcomed His Grace Bishop Thomas for a most blessed weekend on November 19th and 20th, 2011. Also joining in the very special weekend observances was Fr. Nicholas Alford of the Church of St. Gregory in Washington, D.C., along with the Deacon Raphael Garcia and a number of parishioners from D.C. Also coming for the weekend were Fr. Adrian Budica and Kh. Viktoriia from the St. Nicholas Cathedral in Brooklyn, NY. And also present were Subdeacons Joseph Kavchok from St. Paul, Emmaus, PA; Jason Flowers from the Holy Ascension Mission, West Chester, PA; and Benjamin Daniel of St. Philip, Souderton, PA. A very delicious supper was furnished by the Antiochian Women of St. Andrew following the Vespers Saturday evening.
Our parishioners and visitors packed the Grange Hall for the Sunday Orthros and Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, during which Deacon Raphael was elevated to the Holy Priesthood. AXIOS! May God grant Fr. Raphael and his Khouriye Josephine many years! After the Liturgy, Sayidna and the clergy and our parishioners and visitors were hosted to a festive buffet at the spacious home of parishioners.
Bishop Thomas spoke encouraging words to the mission urging us to continue to grow and reach out to those around us as we prepare to build a church to serve southern Delaware. (Note: as of this writing the church plan has been approved by Sussex County Planning and Zoning.)
Fr. Boniface Black and the St. Andrew parishioners invite all coming to the Delaware beaches to visit and worship with us. We are your Orthodox Church away from home, whether you are a beach visitor, a second home visitor, or a second home owner and planning to relocate to the area. You are welcome! Divine Liturgy is 9:30 a.m. every Sunday.