Today is the beginning of our salvation
and the manifestation of the mystery
which is from eternity.
The Son of God becomes the Son of the Virgin,
and Gabriel announces grace.
So, with him, let us also cry
to the Mother of God:
'Rejoice, thou who art full of grace!
The Lord is with thee.'
-- Troparion of the church
About five weeks before his death, Hieromonk Andrew (Letten) of blessed memory shared with us some edifying writings of the Optina Elders on gratitude to God for all things, which you may read here.
Construction for our church building remodel is continuing. The areas of work are blocked off by barriers or fencing, and it is extremely important for parishioners and visitors not to cross these barriers (even when the construction workers are absent). It will be important for parents to watch their children carefully during this phase in order to avoid any unnecessary accidents.
At our annual members' meeting on January 25, 2015, we approved an expansion project for our church building. Click this YouTube link for a conceptual video showing proposed changes:
Donation checks are welcome also! Write Building Fund on the check memo line. Giving by check allows us to avoid online payment processing charges.