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Youth Directors Release Resources in the Wake of Recent Tragedies

The National Youth Directors of several different Orthodox Jurisdictions, together with the Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF), have collaborated to offer several resources for clergy and lay people to help minister to our youth and young adults in light of the recent public violence in and around Boston.

The resource packet contains a cover letter from several youth directors, three reflections on the attacks by adults, ten tips for speaking to your youth groups and church school classes about public violence, and ten suggested steps for equipping your youth group or OCF chapter to respond to these tragedies. Additionally, the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) has made available its online study guide “A Christian Response to Terrorism.” This study guide, originally compiled after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, provides prayers, scriptural references, and discussion questions to use with youth and young adults.

In addition to the OCA, these materials have been provided by collaboration between the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America, the Ukrainian Church of the USA, and the Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Canada and Australia.

 

Registration Opens for St. Vladimir’s Seminary’s Summer Programs

[Yonkers, NY/ SVOTS Communications] From May 26 to June 26, 2013, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary will be offering six continuing education programs, of varied and unique interest, including a class for academic credit. Register before May 15, 2013, to have the $50 registration fee waived!

Sunday, May 26–Sunday, June 2, 2013

“A Journey in the Sacred Arts: Iconography Workshop for College-Age Youth,” designed for college-age students and endorsed by Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF), — Khouria Erin Kimmet, Annunciation Press Icons, iconographer and workshop leader

Friday, May 31–Saturday June 1, 2013

“Conference on Poverty” — The Very Rev. Dr. Chad Hatfield, SVOTS chancellor/CEO and conference coordinator’ and participants Jay Richards, author of Money, Greed, and God and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute, and Susan R. Holman, adjunct lecturer at Episcopal Divinity School and senior writer at Harvard Global Health Institute

Antiochian Women's Retreat, May 17-19

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Midwest Antiochian Women’s Retreat

Friday-Sunday May 17-19, 2013

AT DORMITION OF THE MOTHER OF GOD ORTHODOX MONASTERY, 3389 RIVES EATON ROAD, RIVES JUNCTION, MICHIGAN.

wor·ship

1. reverent honor and homage paid to God or a sacred personage, or to any object regarded as sacred.

2. formal or ceremonious rendering of such honor and homage: They attended worship this morning.

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FR. JOHN KONKLE from the Dormition Monastery as he discusses Orthodox worship with us.

Classical Learning Resource Center Enrollment Open for Fall 2013

The Classical Learning Resource Center (CLRC), operating under the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Joseph, Diocese of Los Angeles and the West, has updated its selection of classes for the 2013-2014 school year. The distance-learning school's founders, John and Anne Van Fossen, are Antiochian Orthodox Christians based in Idaho. Read more about the school's philosophy and Orthodox roots in Anne's 2010 Antiochian.org interview.

The CLRC listed the following learning opportunities in their announcement:

Classical Greek and Latin:

Once again, we’ve expanded our Classical Greek and Latin program with more Latin 4 Kids classes and more advanced classes for middle school, high school, and adults. We now teach Latin classes for students as young as 6 years old all the way up to a second year college level. CLRC Greek classes are now available for students as young as 12 years old and continue to a second year college level. We also offer tutoring in both Greek and Latin and a wide variety of study aids and suggestions for all those who wish to acquire proficiency in these wonderful languages and to gain access to the beautiful literature they have been used to write.

IOCC's Emergency Response Network Assists Boston Bombing Victims

April 16, 2013

Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Within hours of the deadly series of explosions that left three people dead and more than 100 injured at yesterday's Boston Marathon, His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston called upon International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) Frontliners – the emergency response network of IOCC – to be dispatched to several Boston crisis counseling centers set up overnight. Four Frontliners, Orthodox clergy experienced and trained in emergency response, will take on the task of assessing the needs of those affected by the tragedy and providing crisis counseling at local emergency care centers set up throughout the city.

Bishop John Abdalah, Diocese of Worcester and New England, expressed his thanks to Metropolitan Philip and all of the bishops, clergy and faithful of the Archdiocese for their support and love. "Many of our faithful were running and participating in the marathon while others watched the events develop through the media," he noted. "All of us in New England are grateful for the love and support of our Archdiocese."

"Let us not be deterred by this cowardly act of hatred," said Metropolitan Methodios, "but stand united in the exercise of freedom and justice, as we pray for peace and love to reign in our society."

IOCC Executive Director Constantine M. Triantafilou will continue to coordinate the emergency response; all the Orthodox faithful have been asked to assist in the emergency response by donating blood at the local Red Cross donation centers throughout the region.

New Church Home for a Kansas Western Rite Parish

Preparing the new temple for St. Michael, Park City, KSPreparing the new temple for St. Michael, Park City, KSSaint Michael the Archangel Orthodox Christian Church, a Western Rite congregation in the Antiochian Archdiocese, hosted The Right Rev. Bishop Basil (Essey), Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America, for its first Divine Liturgy in its new church temple in Park City, KS, on April 7, 2013. This service on the third Sunday in Lent was a significant milestone in the life of the parish which has experienced many challenges and successes in the nine years of its existence.

St. Michael’s began when Fr. John Flora and a group of his former Episcopal parishioners sought to become members of the Orthodox Church. Father John and 37 members were accepted as catechumens by Bishop Basil in the narthex of St. George Orthodox Christian Cathedral in Wichita on Dec. 31, 2003.

During the time St. Michael's parishioners were catechumens, they attended services in the Cathedral and later held morning prayer services in the chapel at St. George. Father John was ordained on Pascha, 2004, and St. Michael’s then celebrated Divine Liturgy in the cathedral chapel until it moved into a rented space of its own in March 2010.

OCMC Announces Immediate Needs for 2013 Mission Teams

OCMC mission team members to Turkana, KenyaOCMC mission team members to Turkana, KenyaFrom July 19 to August 1, 2013, the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) is sending a team comprised of Orthodox families from North America to offer parent workshops, children’s programs, family activities and ministry outreach to Albanian church leaders and their families. Three to four families are still needed to serve on this team that will strengthen and encourage Orthodox Christians in a country that is predominantly non-Christian.

Another immediate need is for support staff to participate on the short-term mission team scheduled to offer healthcare in Uganda from May 29 to June 12, 2013. Two to three nurses, pharmacists, medical students, or those interested in providing much needed health services as a witness to their Orthodox faith are desperately needed for this team.

Those able to share and teach the faith are also needed for teams serving in Kenya and Tanzania in July and August. These are profound opportunities to share Orthodox Christianity with our African brothers and sisters who may be new to the faith.

For more information or to apply for a team, visit the Teams web page, call Teams Director Andrew Lekos at 1-877-GO-FORTH, or e-mail the OCMC’s Teams Department at teams@ocmc.org.

Metropolitan Philip to Preside at Celebration and Annual Meetings

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On October 18-20, 2013, the parishioners of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church of Troy, Michigan will host their Centennial Anniversary Celebration, the burning of the mortgage on the most recent building of their beautiful church and its surrounding facilities (1994-2013), and the annual meetings of the Antiochian Archdiocese Board of Trustees, Governing Council of the Order of St. Ignatius, and the Governing Council for Antiochian Village.

It all began approximately 100 years ago from 1905 thru 1913, when a group of blessed founders emigrated from the Middle East countries to find religious freedom and a new life for their families in America. They met in their homes to celebrate Divine Liturgy and finally organized a small church in Detroit, (1913).

VIDEO: Bishop John's Address on Spiritual Growth and Marriage

On February 7-9, 2013, Orthodox Christian mental health professionals, clergy, professors, lay ministers and seminarians gathered on the campus of Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology for a conference entitled "Pastoral Challenges in Marriage: O God, Replenish Their Life with All Good Things." Sponsored by the Center for Family Care of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the conference tackled some of the most serious pastoral challenges in marriage facing the Church today. The Right Rev. Bishop John Abdalah, auxiliary for the Antiochian Diocese of Worcester and New England, offered this first keynote address on Thursday morning entitled "Marriage: An Opportunity for Spiritual Growth and Discovering the Living God." His Grace holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in Pastoral Care and has worked as pastoral counselor and therapist for 30 years. 

Patriarchate Information Updated on Antiochian.org

The editors at Antiochian.org recently updated the section of the site which hosts resources related to the Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese's patriarchal home, The Church of Antioch.  A link to the memorial section for Patriarch Ignatius IV is available, as well as a link to a new page containing the biography and Curriculum Vitae of His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, which was originally published in the April 2013 The Word.

 

Memory Eternal! + Annah Hackney

Fr. Daniel Hackney, rector St. Ananias Orthodox Mission of Evansville, IN, writes:

Annah Ruth Hackney fell asleep in Christ Friday, March 15, 2013. A founding member of St. Ananias Orthodox Mission in Evansville, she was as active as she could be in its life and work in her latter years.

 Annah was born February 5, 1925 in Providence, Ky. During WWII she was a "Rosie the Riveter" helping grind diesel rods for the war effort. With respect to her church service she served as a Sunday school teacher, sang in choirs, and participated as a member of women's groups throughout her life. In addition Annah served as a lay missionary to Guatemala in 1997. Space does not permit all the other ways in which she served her Lord, family and friends. Most of all she knew that she was a sinner in need of God's forgiveness.

Annah is survived by her daughter Nancy Cagle (James) of Monroe, Michigan, son Robert Hackney (Brenda) of Murray, Ky, and son Fr. Daniel Hackney (Khouria Carole) of Evansville. She had eight grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. She is preceded by her husband Owen Marce Hackney, her parents Charles Owen and Annah Lurah Birchfield, and siblings William, Dorothy, and James.

The Visitation Wake was held Monday, March 18 at St. Ananias Orthodox Mission, 4411 Washington Avenue in Evansville. The Funeral Service was Tuesday, March 19 at the parish as well. The Liturgist was Fr. Nabil Hanna, and the Homilist was Fr. Daniel Hackney. Afterwards, she was buried at Rowland Cemetery in Fredonia, Ky.

Memorial gifts may be made to the "Saint Ananias Building Fund", 4411 Washington Ave., Evansville IN 47714 .

Pan-Orthodox College Retreat in Mercer, PA + May 19-21, 2013

Overcome The World: Second Annual Orthodox College Retreat

MERCER, PA -- Camp Nazareth and Orthodox Christian Fellowship are proud to announce the "Second Annual Overcome the World College Retreat," will take place at Camp Nazareth in Mercer, PA on May 19-21, 2013.

College Students are invited to come and recharge their spiritual batteries, make new friends and experience Orthodox Christianity in a deep manner. There will be guest speakers, group workshops, evening social events, food, fun and plenty of opportunity for faith enrichment.

This year's theme is "If anyone desires to be first, He shall be last of all and servant of all." (Mark 9:35)

2013-2014 Book List Available from Department of Publications

Manager Archdeacon Hans Elhayek of the Department of Publications for the Antiochian Archdiocese announces the release of the new Book List and Order Form for 2013-2014. The comprehensive Book List includes Christian Education curriculum and supplementary material from preschool age through high school, youth group and adult study texts, children's books and cds, items for family home worship, catechism materials, service books in Arabic and English, music books, regular book titles, periodicals and audio/visual materials.

All orders may be sent to:

Antiochian Archdiocese - Publications Department
P.O. Box 5238
358 Mountain Road, Englewood, NJ  07631-5238

OCN's "Come Receive the Light" Now Hosts Spanish Program

Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) announces that its flagship program "Come Receive the Light" is launching a Spanish-language program, "Vengan a Recibir la Luz." Each monthly program will be approximately thirty minutes in length and will present talks on different theological topics by Fr. Aristidis Arizi and Fr. David Wooten, hymns in Spanish, Epistle and Gospel readings, and a sermon by Fr. Michael Marcantoni.

Father Christopher Metropulos, the executive director of OCN, stated, "We are truly blessed to be welcoming a team of five clergymen who have dedicated their lives to the historical Church of Christ. OCN is now reaching out to touch the hearts of so many, and the Spanish speaking version of Come Receive the Light is another poignant way. This program joins the other CRTL offerings in English, Greek, and soon in the Russian language."

2013 St. Emmelia Orthodox Homeschooling Conference is April 4-7

Saint Emmelia Orthodox Homeschooling Conference

April 4-7, 2013

Make plans now to bring your family and join us for 3 days and nights of:

  • Inspiring Speakers
  • Enlightening Workshops
  • Lenten Liturgical Services
  • Curriculum Vendors
  • Comfortable Lodging
  • Delicious Lenten Meals
  • Family Fun and Fellowship

with other Orthodox Homeschoolers.

Check our website www.antiochianvillage.org for the conference schedule and registration information:

Memory Eternal! + The Very Rev. Gregory Buss

Memory Eternal!

The Very Rev. Gregory Robert Allen Buss of Spring Valley IL, passed away at 10:15 p.m. March 19, 2013 in his home, after a three-month battle with cancer. He was 71.

A Divine Liturgy was held at 10 a.m. Saturday March 23 in St. George Orthodox Church, Spring Valley and was followed by the regular funeral service, conducted by Economos Fr. Nicholas Dahdal, rector of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church of Cicero, IL, and other area priests. The burial followed at St. George Cemetery.

Father Gregory was born April 6, 1941 in Kalamazoo, MI to Robert and Emily (Malmstone) Buss. He married Katherine (Kay) Wedge at St. Luke’s Parish in Kalamazoo in 1965. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Kalamazoo College, a Master of Arts degree from Seabury-Western Theological Episcopal Seminary, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Math from Dickinson State University, and he was ordained in the Orthodox priesthood and served as the priest of St. George Orthodox Church in Spring Valley for 18 years.

St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Opens Search for New Dean

March 22, 2013

South Canaan, PA: The Board of Trustees of Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, South Canaan, PA announces a vacancy in the office of Dean, to be filled effective July 1, 2013. Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest for the position of Dean are now being accepted.

Saint Tikhon’s Seminary is an institution of professional Orthodox Christian theological education, affiliated with the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), chartered by the Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and nationally accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. St. Tikhon’s Seminary offers the Master of Divinity degree, as well as the Bachelor of Arts in Theology degree, and a certificate in diaconal formation studies.

The primary purpose of the Seminary is to provide the necessary theological, spiritual, and moral foundation for Orthodox men to become good shepherds of Christ’s Holy Orthodox Church and for others to pursue advanced theological study and personal enrichment.

OCF's Twenty-Four Hour Day of Prayer is April 7 and 8

Tanya Schillawski, the Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) Student Advisory Board Praxis Coordinator, has announced that the OCF Day of Prayer will begin on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at  6:00 p.m. and end at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 8. For twenty-four hours, college students at OCF chapters around the country will be praying continuously. The OCF website will post the prayer service, with versions that can be used with and without the presence of a priest. Insructions on setting up a live feed will also be posted, so that students from around the country can pray with the designated chapter.

For those OCF chapters unable to participate in the program, leaders are requested that their lists of names of the living and departed be sent to sabpraxis@ocf.net. The cut off day to submit names is Friday, March 29th, with no exceptions allowed. These lists will then be posted on the OCF's website.

Students may email sabpraxis@ocf.net with the university name and preferred time slot, and a sign-up spreadsheet is available online.

 

 

 

Seminarian Special Tray Offering is this Sunday, March 9

Every year on the Sunday of Orthodoxy during Lent, a special tray offering is conducted for all Antiochian Seminarians.

A significant portion of the funding that is required by the Archdiocese comes from the assessments and Special Trays which are paid by each parish to the Archdiocese on an annual basis.

Beginning in 2006, the Archdiocese implemented a new Proportional Giving System for parish contributions. With this new system, a parish contributes a percentage of the total parish income that it realized in the previous year. Certain allowable deductions (such as mortgage payments and charitable contributions) are subtracted from the total income before the percentage calculation is made. The percentage that is currently in effect is 10%. Under the new system, parishes with fewer than 50 baptized souls are expected to contribute, but missions remain exempt.

For more information go here.

Creating and Maintaining a Parish Library

by Judy Terry
St. John Church + Memphis, TN

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INTRODUCTION

You have found this link because you have volunteered or been asked to organize your church’s library. Get ready for a fun job! I say fun, because you get to wear many hats: storyteller, public relations specialist, creative director, detective, CEO, and data-entry clerk!

The bad news is that the job is time-consuming on the front end and the pay is low, or probably non-existent. But the good news is that you are bringing the life of the Church and the lives of holy men and women to adults and children seeking the Kingdom of God. And there’s even more good news! You don’t have to do this alone, and you are probably the only person who will know if you make a mistake.

This article will take you step-by-step through setting up your library. Some of you are starting from scratch with a box full of books in the parish hall. Some of you have a room with a bunch of old books that have been gathering dust for ten years. Some have inherited a functioning library from someone who has moved out of town. Managing a library can be very intimidating. Most of you are volunteers, perhaps former or active school teachers or just folks who like to read. Notice, I did not say you need to be a professional librarian!

Sale on Taste & See II Cookbook

Lent is almost upon us so is the perfect time for a new Orthodox fasting & feasting cookbook! Plus, for this week, it's ON SALE! Save $2 on every cookbook ordered by Friday March 22, 2013. Orders must be placed online via PayPal or mailed and postmarked by March 22 to recieve the discount. Please see the ordering info below.

Taste & See II: More American Orthodox Cooking is a sequel to the much loved Taste & See Cookbook published in 1999.  With the help of 150 contributors at 63 parishes in 27 states across America, this ALL-NEW cookbook has been published by the Women of St. Elizabeth Orthodox Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

The Taste & See Cookbooks have been created to help American cooks prepare meals that conform to traditional Orthodox fasting guidelines while appealing to an American palate. Preparing meals during the fast should be as simple and stress-free as possible to allow ourselves more time for prayer, almsgiving and attending the services.

The first Taste & See Cookbook was published in 1999 by the Women of St. Ignatius in Franklin, Tennessee, and touched countless lives.

This edition carries on with the tradition of the first one with 500 ALL-NEW RECIPES.  The proceeds from this cookbo ok will go to the Antiochian Women's charity efforts and the St. Elizabeth Orthodox Church building fund (we're currently in rented facilities).  

This book contains almost 50% MORE recipes than the first one.  The first 85% of the cookbook contains fasting recipes, with the remaining book featuring Our Best Feasting Recipes. 

New to this edition

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Offers Scholarships

Monday, March 18, 2013: The Assembly of Bishops website has announced that scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year are now available for graduating high school students and for college students pursuing a non-theological graduate degree. These scholarships are administered by the Chancellor’s Office of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and are open to students from any Orthodox church affiliated with the Assembly of Bishops. They are specifically the Malta Scholarship, awarded for undergraduate studies, and the Paleologos Graduate Scholarship, which is for graduate work of a non-theological nature.

Further details, including complete instructions and applications, can be accessed on-line on the website of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Applications may also be requested by e-mail at scholarships@goarch.org. The deadline for applying for both of these scholarships is April 26, 2013.

Halifax Parish Hosts Substance Abuse Workshop

Fr. Joseph with Halifax SOYO teensFr. Joseph with Halifax SOYO teensThe parish of St. Antonios Antiochian Orthodox Church in Halifax, Nova Scotia was blessed to have Fr. Joseph Purpura, chairman of the Antiochian Department of Youth Ministry, join us for a weekend full of inspiration, motivation and faith.

On Friday March 8, Fr. Joseph met with the parents of the youth in the community and informed them about issues that have become a serious problem within society. This includes sex, drugs and alcohol. Sadly, these common activities observed within society also affect teens in the Orthodox Church.

Increasing parent and teen awareness to these issues was an extremely important aspect of the weekend, as many parents were not updated with the latest science about the harm that results from the use of alcohol and drug substances.

Lenten Retreat at St. Mary Church in Wichita, KS + March 29-30, 2013

Lenten Retreat
March 29-30, 2013
St. Mary Orthodox Church + Wichita, KS

Topic: Becoming a Healing Presence
Speaker: Dr. Albert Rossi

This event is free to the public at 344 S. Martinson (near Seneca and Maple) in Wichita, with no registration required. Childcare is provided.

For more details, please download the event flyer (PDF).

FOCUS North America Welcomes New Chairman

Brian Gerich, FOCUS NABrian Gerich, FOCUS NABrian Gerich, Senior Vice President of Public Storage and a well-known Orthodox philanthropist, has been named the new chairman of the Board of Directors for FOCUS North America, or Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve. Gerich succeeds Charles Ajalat, who completed a four-year chairmanship in January, 2013.

"FOCUS is a dynamic ministry and an expression of Christ's love, offering jobs, housing, feeding programs, and other human services to the homeless and working poor of America," said Gerich, "FOCUS also plays a vital role in bringing Orthodox Christians into direct relationship with the poor, positively impacting their own lives while helping those in need."

Under Ajalat's leadership as founder and first board chairman, FOCUS grew into a vibrant and strong organization with eight flagship FOCUS Centers across the country and a dedicated volunteer corps of more than 6,000 people. In 2013, FOCUS has forecasted an annual budget of $10 million, with service outreach programs planned for 29 cities.

Gerich said he is humbled to succeed Ajalat. "I have worked with Charles for over 25 years. Charles is an amazing man whom God has blessed with many gifts and talents. His commitment to serving the poor is amazing."

"In just four short years FOCUS has touched the lives of so many, and we're growing daily," said Executive Director Nicholas Chakos, "It's an exciting time in FOCUS' history."

FOCUS North America is a national movement of Orthodox Christians, united in faith and joined by a desire to provide action-oriented and sustainable solutions to poverty in communities across America.