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e 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).
Lenten Potlucks after Presanctified Liturgies
Please join us for tasty lenten potluck suppers every Wednesday after the 7pm Presanctified Liturgy. Everyone is invited to enjoy this time of fellowship and food. Please bring a lenten dish to share (no meat, no dairy, no eggs). Lenten dessert, fruit, nuts or beverages are welcomed!
Christ House Outreach 2019
We would like to express our gratitude to all parishioners who have answered our requests and volunteered to prepare and serve lunch in our St. Nicholas Christ House Outreach Group! This year we have 19 people involved in our program! If you would ever like to join us to see Christ House, contact Claire Nobles at 571-882-3298.
Please take a look below at the graphic of 2018 Christ House accomplishments and be inspired by our participation in such a worthy program!
New - Parishioner Memorial Project
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and "add to prayer list please" in the subject line.
Potential Choir Members
St. Nicholas Cathedral Choir welcomes new singers. Please email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com, 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 - Saint Ambrose of Milan Study Group
In this new Adult Education Study Group at Saint Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral, we will learn about the Orthodox Tradition and the Holy Scriptures. The classes will be designed to introduce the teachings of Orthodox Christianity through the Church Fathers using Church Liturgical and Patristic literature. During these studies, we will be discussing both the Old Testament and the New Testament through select works and letters of Church Fathers and Christian theologians. We will look at their connection to Orthodox worship and Church sacraments. Our class will be meeting every Friday at 6:30 pm at Saint Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral. If you are interested in joining, please contact Father George Kokhno at firstname.lastname@example.org and Ioannis Gkigkitzis at email@example.com.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Fr. George (email@example.com) or Fr. Valery (firstname.lastname@example.org)