On Sunday, May 21, our teenagers and Fr Aleksey held the inaugural meeting of the Discussion Group. Father explained the vision for the group and expressed hope that we'll be able to meet at least once per month starting in September.
The goal of the Discussion Group is to learn about the meaning and significance of the Orthodox worship services, learn and strengthen the understanding of our faith, and discuss any relevant issues and questions.
We will begin with reading and discussing one of the classic works of C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity.
If you know any teenagers who would be interested in learning about Orthodox faith and worship, send them our way :)
On Sunday, May 14, we celebrated the Divine Liturgy during which we remembered all of our mothers, both for the repose of the departed and for the health of the living. At the end of the Liturgy we sang many years to them and handed out flowers. The Fellowship crew and Matushka prepared light brunch for everyone.
Happy Mother's Day to all our mothers!
On Sunday, April 9, we celebrated Christ's Entrance into Jerusalem, when people met Him as King, shouting, "Hosanna! Praise God!" only to change these shouts into screams of madness six days later with, "Crucify Him!" (You can read the sermon of this Sunday here).
At the end of the Liturgy we also had a Procession around the church, led by our children with willow branches, who like the children in Jerusalem some 2000 years ago, ran out to meet the Messiah with palm branches.
On Friday, March 24th, our own St Anna's Altar Society held its annual Salmon Dinner and Tricky Tray.
On Sunday, March 5, our parish hosted Lenten Mission Vespers and the first meeting of the year of the deanery of the Eastern states of the Patriarchal Parishes in the US. The chancellor of the Patriarchal Parishes, Fr George Konyev, presided during Vespers in concelebration with Frs Igor Tarasov, the dean, John Kassatkin, Michael Kapchits, Stephen Bushman, and Aleksey Paranyuk.
After the service everyone enjoyed a Lenten meal, prepared by Matushka Natallia, and a great fellowship.
Photos: George Konyev.