Dome replaced & Saturday clean-up

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
May the Lord bless you!
Thanks be to God, the dome for the apse has been replaced today; the plan is to finish the flashing tomorrow. Weather earlier in the week slowed this process and, as a result, interior repairs will begin next week. This work will also include repairs in the hallway connecting the Church to the parish hall, where there has been water damage which many of you may have noticed. Please continue your prayers that these repairs be executed properly and fully!
As many of you are aware, our parish will be hosting a choir conference from Nov. 3-5. Organized by our Diocesan Liturgical Music Committee, under the leadership of Larissa Sander along with Fr. Alexander Petrovsky and Kurt Sander, it is an honor for our parish to host this valuable event! Let us all warmly welcome these visitors!
It is just for events like this that we built our new parish and hall — and now we need to polish up our buildings! Join us this Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon to clean the interior of the Church and the Hall. Volunteers have long cleaned these spaces, but since one regular cleaner has moved away, our facility now needs freshening up! Offer a few hours of your time as a gift to God — many hands make light work!
This Saturday is St. Demetrios Saturday; we will serve a general pannykhida at 4:30 p.m. Confession will follow at 5:30 p.m. and then Vigil at 6 p.m. Divine Liturgy is on Sunday at 10 a.m. as usual.
At the instruction of Archbishop Peter, we will be making a special collection at the end of liturgy for those affected by the fires in California, which includes a number of our fellow Orthodox.
Sincerely in Christ,
priest Daniel

Repair work & services

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
May the Lord bless you!
Thanks be to God, our contractor, Bruns, has successfully removed the leaking dome over the apse and replaced it with a new water-tight sub-roof. However, they have not yet replaced the dome and still have two large lifts parked behind the Church over the sidewalk. Please be careful as you drive and walk this weekend! Bruns intends to replace the dome next week and commence interior repairs. May God help all of this to be successfully completed!
Services this weekend are as usual: Confession today at 5:30 p.m., followed by Vigil at 6 p.m. Divine Liturgy tomorrow at 10 a.m., followed by lunch and Church School.
Mark your calendars: we will gather next Saturday morning, Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to noon to clean the Church and hall. Please join us.
Our parish needs your loving care!
Sincerely in Christ,
priest Daniel

California Fires & services

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
May the Lord bless you!
The Lord is once again humbling us through a natural disaster: wild fires in California. May the Lord protect His people and comfort those who are suffering!
The fires are very near one of our ROCOR parishes, Saints Peter and Paul in Santa Rosa, CA. Four parishioners there have lost their homes to the fires, though the parish is safe and no one has been injured. Please pray for all those affected by the fires and if you are able, make a donation to this local Russian charity which is helping those in need: http://racssf.org/index.php/donate
I will be in Chicago by this evening for diocesan meetings on Friday and the Cathedral Feast Day (Pokrov) on Saturday. We will have a service Saturday night at 6 p.m. as usual, though it will be served without a priest, since I will not arrive back in Cincinnati until late Saturday night. Sunday morning Liturgy will begin at 10 a.m. as usual. To help those who would like to confess, I will begin hearing confession on Sunday at 9:15 a.m.
Sincerely in Christ,
priest Daniel

Parking lot use on Saturday, Oct. 14

To let everyone know, on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. a group of volunteers with Nest Community Learning Center will be using our parking lot.
This local non-profit which helps tutor Loveland-area youth who are struggling in school is holding a fundraiser at Symmes park and the Home of the Brave at that time. The volunteers will park in our lot, walk to Symmes Park and then leave by 4:30 p.m.
I am unaware of anything happening at Church during this time; if this is a conflict please let me know ASAP.
I will be in Chicago that day. If there is an issue which anyone notices, the event contact is Evangelique DeVal: (513) 582-0673.
In Christ,
pD

Moleben for the sick, Las Vegas epistle & more

Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,
May the Lord bless you!
Join us tonight (Wednesday) at 6:30 p.m. for a moleben to the Mother of God, the Queen of All, for the sick. O Most Holy Theotokos, save us!
Archbishop Peter wrote an epistle to all of us in response to the shooting in Las Vegas. We should all read it and take action based on it:
Services this weekend are as usual: Confession on Saturday at 5:30 p.m., followed by Vigil at 6:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy on Sunday at 10 a.m. with Church School after lunch.
Sincerely in Christ,
priest Daniel

Exaltation of the Cross & Pictorial Directory

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
May the Lord bless you!
Tonight at 6:30 p.m. we celebration the Great Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. This is a moving, spiritual rich service, well worth your effort to attend. The peak occurs near the end when the Life-Giving Cross of the Lord is brought out of the altar to the center of the Church, reminding us of its Exaltation by Patriarch Macarius in the year 326.
Follow this link for a detailed explanation of this blessed event: http://orthochristian.com/64410.html
Confession begins tonight at 5:30 p.m.
Divine Liturgy is tomorrow at 9 a.m.
Also, thanks to the wonderful labors of our parishioner Katie Schneider, we now have a beautiful pictorial directory of many of our parishioners.
May this help all of us pray for each other and learn to call each other by our names!
We are very grateful to Katie and encourage everyone to support her business: http://www.katieschneiderphotography.com/
The directory can be downloaded for free here: https://stgeorgeroc.org/photodirectory/
To respect the privacy of our parishioners, please do not share this link outside of our parish.
Sincerely in Christ,
priest Daniel

Pilgrimage to Hermitage of the Holy Cross & other opportunities

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
May the Lord bless you!
As always our beloved monastery, the Hermitage of the Holy Cross, will hold it’s annual pilgrimage on the weekend after the Exaltation of the Cross — Sept. 30-Oct. 1 this year.
We will only have a reader’s service next Sunday, Oct. 1 at St. George, since many of our parishioners join in this pilgrimage. Look here for more information about the pilgrimage: https://www.holycross-hermitage.com/blogs/news/pilgrimage-weekend-2017
One of our parishioners has rented a cabin at the State Park nearby and is looking for others with whom to share it. Please contact Stephen & Helen Eble at (513) 417-9264 if you are interested.
Another parishioner is looking to share a ride, please let me know if you can help out with transportation.
To help support the monastery, we will be making a special collection tomorrow, Sunday, Sept. 24. Please be generous in your support of these monastics who pray for us regularly and offer the whole world a place of spiritual refuge!
If you do not join the pilgrimage, you may be interested in a talk being given at Christ the Savior parish next Saturday night when we will not have services: https://www.christthesavioroca.org/news_170915_1.html
Dr. Kizenko was one of my professors in seminary! Please greet her warmly.
 
Finally, as a reminder for parishioners who are not members of Facebook, note that our parish Facebook page is public. That is, you can see it even if you are not a member of Facebook. Look here for a recent video from our Russian Festival: https://www.facebook.com/pg/StGeorgeCincinnati/videos/
Enjoy!
 
Sincerely in Christ,
priest Daniel

 

Nativity of the Mother of God, Russian Fest and news!

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
May the Lord bless you!
What a wonderful blessing our Festival was this past Saturday! May God richly bless all of you who labored for the success of the event — and it was successful! We’ll have detailed figures available soon.
Tonight and tomorrow we celebrate the birth of the Virgin Mary — the nativity of the Most Pure One! Join us tonight for vigil at 6:30 p.m.(confession at 6 p.m.) and tomorrow for liturgy at 9 a.m.
O Most Holy Theotokos, save us!
Enjoy this wonderful article about the premier of Kurt Sander’s new composition of the Divine Liturgy: http://eadiocese.org/news_170916_1.html
Congratulations, Kurt!
And look here to learn more about our diocese’s pilgrimage walk: http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_170917_1.html
I pray that our parishioners will join in next year!
Services this weekend are as usual: Confession at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday followed by Vigil. Liturgy on Sunday at 10 a.m.
Sincerely in Christ,
priest Daniel

Russian Festival! & more…

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Our festival is tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.!
Please join us and bring your friends along for a great day.
May God bless all of you who have labored and will labor for this important fundraiser!
If you are able to help, but have not yet signed up to volunteer, please do so here:
We still have a number of positions unfilled and need your assistance so that everything goes smoothly.
During the festival, remember that each one of you will become the example of the ONLY ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN many of our guests have ever met! If you are kind and attentive, then they will associate that with Orthodoxy. Let us strive to love our neighbors and see the image of Christ in each one of them.
As in previous years, our neighbors at the Loveland Heights Church of Christ (1566 W Loveland Ave, Loveland, OH 45140) have graciously offered to allow us to park in their lot on Saturday. There will only be handicapped parking at our Church since the tent covers much of our lot. Of course, there is also street parking and many spots at the parks near us.
As we did last year, we will serve Vespers during the festival at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Confession will be at 7 p.m. on Saturday, though I may be able to hear a few confessions immediately after Vespers. We will serve Matins on Sunday morning at 9 a.m. and then go straight into Liturgy after that.
Sincerely in Christ,
priest Daniel