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On February 24, 2019 at noon, Saint Nicholas Cathedral will hold its Annual Parish Meeting and, according to the St. Nicholas Parish Bylaws, will elect new members of the Parish Council. This year we will be electing three Parish Council Members for three-year terms and two alternates/deputies, each for a one-year term.
The purpose of the Parish Council is to assist His Beatitude and the clergy of St. Nicholas in fulfilling the task entrusted to the Church by our Lord Jesus Christ: "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you" (Matthew 28.19-20).
Serving on the Parish Council requires dedication, time and energy. The Parish Council is under the spiritual guidance and authority of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, assisted by Father George, and Father Valery. "No activities in the parish can be initiated without [the Rector's] knowledge, approval, and blessing" (OCA Statute, Article 10, section 4).
As president of St Nicholas Cathedral, let me encourage you to consider becoming a candidate for the Parish Council this year. I would ask those parishioners in good standing, who are considering the position of Parish Council member or deputy of the Parish Council, to contact the Chairperson of the Nominating Committee, Katya Haines, to request a “candidate” form. You may also contact the church office at email@example.com receive a form either by mail or email, or pick one up from the candle counter. Please fill out and send this form to Katya at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 15, 2019 so we can set up an appointment to discuss your interest in this important service to the Church.
For the last twenty years Malenitsa has been held at the Russian embassy to raise money for our Benevolent Fund. This year is no different. This fund is used for many charitable projects to help the needy. This includes people who suffer from tragedies such as earthquakes and hurricanes; individuals who need medical assistance; those who have a difficult time financially in their lives. Our own parishioners have benefitted from the money we raise.
Some may find it difficult to attend the event, but please remember charity begins at home and St. Nicholas needs help in helping others. If you cannot attend, please think about donating financially to the Benevolent Fund. This year, Maslenitsa will be at the embassy on March 1 and invitations were mailed early February. If you cannot join the celebration, please buy some raffle tickets or send a donation in the return envelope. Remember, your donation is tax deductible and if you are willing to underwrite part of the expense, we would be very grateful. No donation is too small! Any donations made should be in an envelope marked Benevolent Fund and given to the Candle Counter or to Suzanne Tolstoy at the Gift Corner. Please consider attending and invite your friends! This charitable event is sponsored by the St. Nicholas and St. John the Baptist Cathedrals. If you would like an invitation, or have any questions, please contact by email: email@example.com
Thank you for your support! Fr. George & the Maslenitsa Committee
We need your help for Maslenitsa 2019
We are looking for volunteers to assist in the preparations for Maslenitsa, and would be grateful for any help that you might be able to give! If you would like to volunteer, please follow this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f4aaca72ba46-maslenitsa to a Sign-Up Genius page where you can indicate how you might be able to lend a hand. Please note that those who volunteer on the evening of the event do not need to have purchased a ticket. Thank you so much in advance!
A Concert by St. Vladimir's Seminary Chorale
Under the direction of Robin Freeman, the St. Vladimir's Seminary Chorale presents Tenebrae - Music of Holy Week from East and West. A reception with wine and light hors d'oeuvres will follow the concert with items from SVS press for sale. Admission is by donation, but advanced tickets are required.
When: Friday, February 22, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Where: St. Nicholas Cathedral, 3500 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC
Beginning this month, we are including a new feature in the bulletin and the newsletter. Once a month we hope to highlight the memory of a departed parishioner or friend of St. Nicholas Cathedral. If you have a loved one or friend that you would like to have highlighted, please send your information (with a digital photo if available), along with the date of death to Lisamik56@gmail.com with the words "Memory Eternal" in the subject line. Please include the year of death, as we will try to highlight the departed around an anniversary.
Remembering Dee Krisa
Dolores “Dee” Krisa (Nadezhda) was born June 27, 1930. She came to St. Nicholas shortly after graduating business school and joining the CIA in 1949. At the time she came to the DC area, she lived with the Danilucks (Helen and Serge of blessed memory). In 1952 she married Walter Krisa. The two of them attended St. Nicholas whenever in the DC area. Both were employed by the CIA and served many overseas stations while raising three children, Stephen, Keith and Claudia. Upon their retirement from the CIA, Walt was awarded the Silver Medal for Intelligence and Dee the Bronze. At the Cathedral, they were known for their pierogie workshops, contributions to many bazaars and as members of the Dormition Guild. Dee was originally from Pennsylvania and is buried at St. Tikhon’s Monastery next to her beloved husband Walter. Dee passed away January 18, 2014. May her memory be eternal.
Remembering Olga Lyerly
Olga Lyerly was born on December 24, 1925, the granddaughter of Russian immigrants. She joined St. Nicholas during Lent in 1980. At the Cathedral, she was well-known for her participation in the choir, her work selling used books at the bazaars with Anna Yaremko, and for her "from scratch" borsch recipe. Her son, John Christopher (Chris) Lyerly, taught Sunday School at St. Nicholas for many years and now attends St. Matthew Church in Columbia Md. In 1996, Olga suffered a cerebral aneurysm which left her incapacitated for the next 18 years, until her death in February of 2014. Her funeral was held at the Cathedral, and she is interred at St. Paul's Rock Creek Cemetery, next to her parents.
Remembering David Burwell
David Burwell (1947-2017) will be remembered as a visionary, a passionate environmentalist, and a tireless advocate and strategist for transportation and climate policy reform, whose mission was to improve the world. After graduation from Dartmouth College he attended the University of Virginia School of Law. In 1986, David co-founded Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), a nonprofit organization that led nationwide efforts to convert unused railroad corridors into public trails and parks. By this vision and transformative work, he left behind a legacy of 22 thousand miles of rail-trails benefiting thousands of communities throughout our country and laid a foundation of support for converting greenways in other countries.
David was baptized into the Orthodox Faith after his marriage to Irene Ovchinnikova Burwell. It was a deep friendship with Archbishop Anthony (Cheremisov) of Oryol which had a major influence on his decision to convert to Orthodoxy. Fr. Valery Shemchuk performed the sacrament of chrismation and became David's spiritual guide and confessor. David fell asleep in the Lord in his home on February 1, 2017, after a three-year battle with acute myeloid leukemia. He is remembered by his wife, son, a sister and a brother, and three granddaughters, as well as many friends and colleagues whom he mentored to established outstanding careers in public service.
Children's Choir with Anastasia Tsyganok
This choir will help your children to learn the prayers which we sing together at the Liturgy, as well as to take part in musical acts at holiday performances. Rehearsals will be held on Sundays from 10 am -10:45 am in the Annex. For children who attend the English Liturgy, please join us right after Communion at about 10:15am -10:20 am. Rehearsals of the children's choir will take place every Sunday. All children ages 6 to 15 years old are welcome! If you have any questions, please contact Anastasia at Anastasiatsyganok@gmail.com.
FOCA Gifts of Love
The Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America (F.O.C.A.), a nationwide organization of Orthodox Christians, has designated St. Tabitha’s Orphanage and Monastery in Kenya as the recipient of its Gifts Of Love Collection for 2019. We will have collection baskets available at the end of Liturgy throughout the month of February. If you prefer to write a check, please make it out either to "FOCA" or to "St. Nicholas Cathedral". Recently, we have provided support for hurricane victims, religious materials in the Native Alaskan Language, Military Chaplain religious items to be distributed to service personnel, and the Orthodox Christian Fellowship on college campuses. We have donated more than $75,000 to those causes. We hope you will be generous again this year.
Please Help Temour Nizharadze
Our parishioner Alla Nizharadze’s son Temour Nizharadze suffers from liver disease - cirrhosis - and is in urgent need of a liver transplant for which he is on a waiting list. His insurance, though, covers only 70% of the cost of the surgery and comes $60,000 short of the total amount needed.
Friends and supporters opened a special account for his medical bills in order to raise money so that when he is called for surgery, he is able to cover the financial costs; otherwise, he will not be taken in. Please, help as much as you can to save his life (see the link below)!
Сын нашей прихожанки Аллы Нижарадзе, Темур Нижарадзе, страдает циррозом - болезнью печени - и нуждается в скорейшем пересадке печени, для чего он уже состоит в списке ожидания. Однако его медицинская страховка покрывает только 70% стоимости операции и недостает сумма в размере $60,000.
Друзья и доброжелатели Аллы и Темура открыли специальный фонд/счет для его медицинских расходов, чтобы к моменту, когда его позовут на операцию, он смог бы покрыть стоимость операции, иначе его не примут. Будьте добры, окажите помощь, как можете, чтобы спасти его жизнь:
St. Nicholas has an online prayer group. You don't have to meet anywhere, you just send your email to Peter and Helen Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be put on the list to pray for others. Of course, if you or someone you know is in need of prayers (they do not have to beOrthodox or members of St. Nicholas, but we do ask that you know them personally; otherwise, the list might become much too large and people might not respond well to it), send in the request to the above email address. You may include the nature of the request and can be specific as to the name or affiliation, or just name the first name of the person to be prayed for. We pray for 30 days for the living and 40 days for the reposed. Of course, if the need is still there, ask for the prayer request to be renewed. All recipients and requests are kept confidential if you so desire.
It is up to you as to how many times a day you pray for the list, there is no specific time, but many on the list find that they feel a very special connection to others on the list even though they might not know them personally.
Join the list by sending your email to email@example.com and "add to prayer list please" in the subject line.
Potential Choir Members
St. Nicholas Cathedral Choir welcomes new singers. Please firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in singing with us. Rehearsals will be held on Sundays after the first Liturgy. There will be a 30 minute break for coffee and snack before rehearsal begins. You are welcome to come and observe a rehearsal if you would like before you commit. Please introduce yourself to Choir Director Serge Romanchak so you can meet other choir directors and singers. Our schedule of services is demanding so we always need singers of all voice parts. When you make the commitment to join the choir please give your name and email address to a choir director to add you to the choir email list so you can fully participate. Thank you.
Parish Visitation Ministry
“I [Lord Jesus] was sick and you visited me…” Matthew 25:36
Our parish has a number of elderly, homebound, and ailing parishioners who could benefit from visitation and assistance. For decades, clergy and individual parishioners have reached out to parishioners, who could not participate in the liturgical life and fellowship of the parish. The Cathedral is consolidating all visits of ill and homebound parishioners under a single Parish Visitation Ministry coordinated by Father Deacon Igor Panyutin. He is compiling a list of the parishioners who require assistance to better match them with volunteers who can visit them. The new Parish Visitation Ministry will track the existing efforts and enhance them, when necessary, to provide comprehensive coverage. If you would like to be a visitor or want to add the name of a homebound parishioner to the list, please contact Father Igor at email@example.com or 301-367-3851.
With love in Christ,
Fr. George, Fr. Valery
Christ House Ministry
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in…" Matthew 25:34-36
Many thanks to our Christ House donors and volunteers, through whose efforts more than 11,000 people have been served delicious and healthy homemade meals over St. Nicholas Cathedral’s 17 years of service!
We need more volunteers! All it takes are a few hours twice or three times per year on the second Sunday of the month. Each team buys and brings healthy ingredients—fish or meat, vegetables, salad, and fruit for dessert—and carpools to Christ House to spend about an hour and a half after liturgy preparing the meal and serving an average of 45-55 individuals.
Volunteering is a “win” for St. Nicholas and a “win” for Christ House! Volunteers enjoy getting better acquainted with their St. Nicholas teammates, serving their community in DC, and sharing the feeling of fulfillment that results from serving those who are less fortunate. Christ House is grateful for our service because our volunteers always prepare delicious and healthy lunches. Please, contact Claire Nobles to learn more firstname.lastname@example.org, or 571.882.3298
Christ House (www.christhouse.org), in the Adams-Morgan neighborhood of DC, is the only facility in the District of Columbia that offers comprehensive and compassionate health care to homeless men and women.
Key Events and Fellowship & Education Classes
NEW - St Nicholas Sunday School classes for students ages 16 and up
This High School level class will be overseen and taught by Father George with the assistance of Anne Rowe. The students will explore and discuss the challenges of Christianity looking at everyday and current events, Church history and culture through Scripture and the Orthodox Faith. The class will begin on Sunday, December 16 at 12:00 noon on the second floor of the Annex building.
Adult Education class by Father George via Skype on the Liturgy and Scripture
Let's learn about our Faith! Join Father George online from 7:00 PM till 8:00 PM bi-weekly on Wednesdays to learn about the Liturgy and Scripture. Download (or UPDATE) the free Skype application at https://www.skype.com/en/.
Gift Corner: Please come and easily find something for everyone on your gift list. There are books for children as well as adults, a new collection of amber, honey and beautiful new icons painted by our very own master iconographer Alexander Moskalionov. Our book room in the annex has hundreds of new volumes that are $1 each unless marked otherwise.
We encourage everyone to register with Amazon Smile which will donate 0.5% of your purchase price to our Cathedral. Please designate our church - "Russian Orthodox Church of St Nicholas" (legal name of our Cathedral) - as your charity of choice. Instructions on how to join can be found here. Thank you for your help!
If you are aware of a parishioner who is ill or for some reason can not attend church services regularly, it is possible they might benefit from a card sent by our Dormition Guild or a phone call or visit from clergy. In such case, please notify Andrea Lutov for the Dormition Guild (email@example.com), Fr. George (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Fr. Valery (email@example.com)