As many of you know, for a number of years St. Stephen's Cathedral has been hosting a Diaconal Formation Program of St. Tikhon's Seminary. We've been working on expanding this program to also allow for training of layity who are not planning to pursue Diaconal ordination but are active members of their parish and help out in various positions. This program gives participants foundational knowledge of Orthodox Theology, Church History, Scriptural interpretation and Typical, so it can be especially important for those involved in Catechetical work, Sunday School (especially teen/high school level) and cantors/choir directors. More information HERE.
Building a Church in Mechanicsburg - UPDATED! 8/2/2016
FOLLOW THE PROGRESS! For the past 3 years, Holy Apostles Mission in Mechanicsburg, PA has been planning on moving from the office space multi-purpose chapel/hall, to a more permanent and accommodating facility. After a lot of meetings, struggle, prayer, and patience things have begun to move! On June 30, the feast of the Holy Apostles, after a moliben for the beginning of any good work was served on the property with the relics of our heavenly Patrons, the township issued our building permit. In late July the footers were dug and the preparation work was done. On the feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross the walls began to go up. After a slight delay due to some kinks that needed to be worked out, the roof trusses were set in an impressive manner on Monday, November 16. You can track all of the progress on the construction of the new building HERE.
Holy Apostles Building Fund
Holy Apostles is making tremendous progress in erecting their new worship space. Unfortunately, as with any construction there are unexpected expenses and delays that are quite costly. Any donations to move this project forward would be greatly appreciated. To make a donation, click HERE
The Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry
The Mission of the Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry is to bring the love of Christ to those who are in prison by providing encouragement, material support, transition and reintegration guidance, Christian education, spiritual guidance and the sacramental life of the Church. How can you help?
Toward the Great and Holy Council: Retrieving a Culture of Conciliarity and Communion
A presentation on Ancient Faith Radio you can listen to HERE.
Proposed Templates for Parish By-Laws / Constitutions *UPDATED MARCH 2016!
Christ is in our midst!
Here you will find two recently revised "Proposed Templates" for parishes desiring to adopt a set of By-Laws or Constitutions where there are none or update them in cases where the old By-Laws are incongruent with the Revised Statutes of the Orthodox Church in America or simply out of date. We welcome feedback on these "Proposed Parish By-Laws." According to Federal Law regulating Non-Profit Organizations, every Non-Profit must have a set of By-Laws and follow them. Those who do not endanger their tax exempt status as well as leave their parish council members open to personal liability. The same could also be said of parishes that have bylaws but do not follow them..
The revised statutes for the Orthodox Church in America are now available. The Revised Statutes are the governing document for the Orthodox Church in America, its' Dioceses, and Parishes. Please review the Revised OCA Statutes HERE.
New study report on Orthodox Christian Fellowship
The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA has released a new study report on Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF), the official collegiate campus ministry program of the Assembly. OCF plays a critical role in the lives of young Orthodox adults who study at US colleges and universities. Strong OCF chapters can provide a vital connection for youth to the Orthodox Church and stem the tide of students who leave the Orthodox Faith while in college. Read the full report HERE. Access summaries and links to all of the Assembly's research reports HERE.
National study on giving in US parishes
An ongoing national study — “Exploring Orthodox Generosity: Giving in US Orthodox Parishes” — has been launched by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA. “We need and invite as many pariticipants as possible,” said Alexei D. Krindatch, the Assembly’s Research Coordinator. “Both Orthodox clergy and laity are invited to take part in this unique project.” The study is being conducted as an on-line survey and may be accessed here.
Fr. Alexis Trader: Being Christian in a Post-Christian World
The following link will take you to a series of four guest posts from Fr. Alexis Trader, a priestmonk and spiritual father of Karakallou Monastery on the Holy Mountain, and author of In Peace Let Us Pray to the Lord: An Orthodox Interpretation of the Gifts of the Spirit.
Fr. Alexis has recently released a new book and it is about his new book that he now writes. CLICK HERE TO READ
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