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With the blessing of His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon, the St. Tikhon Seminary choir with be singing the Vigil and the single Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas Cathedral on the weekend of November 10-11, 2018. The choir will also be singing the responses at the Panikhida for the fallen soldiers of World War I at 11:45 am on Sunday, October 21st. Metropolitan Tikhon will preside at this service.
A big "thank you" to everyone who participated in the food drive, benefiting the food pantry/homeless shelter in Falls Church, Virginia. St. Nicholas collected 14 big (and heavy) bags of food. The food will be consolidated with collections from other metro area Orthodox parishes and delivered by members of the Mission and Outreach Committee. For more information about mission activities, contact Candice Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please Plan Ahead!
Please be aware that on Sunday, October 28th, the 43rd Marine Corps Marathon will be held on the streets of Arlington and Washington, DC. Please look at therace course map to determine how it might impact your commute to church!
Sunday School Pilgrimage to the Monastery of St. Tikhon of Zadonsk
The Sunday School will be coordinating a Family and Friends Adventure the weekend of November 17-18. Please join them for a pilgrimage to the Monastery of St. Tikhon of Zadonsk in Waymart, PA. Pick up a flier from the candle counter for specifics.
An Ordination to the Holy Diaconate
His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon announces the ordination of Sub-Deacon Luke (Pierce) Scantlin to the Holy Diaconate at the OCA Archdiocese of Washington D.C.'s Archdiocesan Assembly on Saturday, September 29 at St. Mark Orthodox Church in Bethesda, MD. The Hierarchical Divine Liturgy will begin at 9:00 a.m. All parishioners are welcome to participate. We congratulate Sub-Deacon Luke, his wife Camille, and their two daughters on this important event in their lives and the life of the St. Nicholas Cathedral community!
Pennies For Alaska
We have started off the New Liturgical Year with eight full canisters submitted for donation to St. Herman Seminary, Kodiak AK. This may well be a record collection! With about a year's experience of using individual canisters, it is time to review the donation collection process. The last Sunday of the month had been designated Pennies For Alaska Collection Day. The results showed that it took longer than a month to fully fill a canister and submitters might take a break before picking up an empty canister to fill.
Let's make a psychological adjustment. Rather than announcing a collection day every month, we will switch to an announced collection day per quarter of the year. Anyone who fills a canister sooner is welcome to turn it in any Sunday at the candle counter. At this time we are about to start the 4th quarter of year 2018. Please watch this space for a short note each month and a collection day reminder in late December. Thank you for your continued interest and support.
UPDATE: Coin counting is in progress. So far, the yield from four canisters is $168. Five more canisters to go! Thanks for the coins you empty from your pocket or lining of your purse, and for coins found in your car, on the sidewalk, deep in a drawer or sofa...They all add up. Please watch this space for updates. New procedure: Collection Day Reminders will come only at the end of each quarter of the year. Anyone who fills a canister sooner is welcome to turn it in any Sunday at the candle counter.
Kastalsky’s Requiem for Fallen Brothers
This concert will honor the 100th anniversary of the Armistice in 1918, ending WWI. It will be the first time ever that the full, 17-movement version of Kastalsky’s “Bratskoe pominovenie” — Requiem for Fallen Brothers — will be performed. It’s a magnificent work, which brings together solemn funereal melodies from the Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Anglican, and American Protestant traditions, into a poignant and moving collage. Musica Russica has been privileged to work on the preparation of the choral and orchestral score that will be used by the outstanding assembly of soloists, choristers, and orchestral musicians, under the direction of Maestro Leonard Slatkin. For more information, visit the website http://kastalskyrequiem.com/
The DC-area Missions and Outreach Committee, a project of the OCMC, has several volunteer projects planned for the rest of this year.
The group was initially organized by members of St. Katherine’s Church in Falls Church, Va., and includes people from Orthodox churches throughout our area. Everyone is invited to take part.
You don’t need to join the committee to help out with these projects:
food collection for a Fairfax County food pantry on October 28
obtaining supplies and filling hygiene survival kits for homeless persons, December 2
diaper collection, with diapers distributed to centers across our area, December 9
continuing support for the homeless shelter at Bailey’s Crossroads, including preparing and serving dinner once a month and supplying special needs.
Please see the article below for specific food products needed for the October 28 drive. For questions or more information about the OCMC committee, talk with Candice Johnson, email@example.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 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.
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.
Potential Choir Members
St. Nicholas Cathedral Choir welcomes new singers. Please firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in singing with us. Rehearsals are held on Wednesdays at 7PM in the church choir loft. 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.
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, November 4 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/.
Adult Education Classes by Reader John Slack on the Holy Scripture
The next St. Nicholas Cathedral adult education class will meet Sunday, October 7th, and begin a survey of 2 Kings.This class is primarily intended for Orthodox Christians who are interested in deepening their understanding of the faith, and non-Orthodox who wish to learn more about Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Church. However, anyone is welcome to join. We invite you to join us for worship at the Divine Liturgy, grab a cup of coffee and a bite to eat downstairs, and then head to the large room of the Annex for discussion and questions. Class will begin at 11:30 am. Please join us as we work to grow together in our faith in Jesus Christ. We hope to see you there! Here is the link to the Google Drive folder with past material for the Psalms and Epistles.
Choir rehearsals are held on Wednesdays at 7PM in the church choir loft.
Clergy are in the office on a daily basis and available for talk, confession, pastoral counseling, spiritual care, individual prayer, moleben and panikhida, as well as for meetings and tours of the Cathedral. If you want to set up an appointment, please call or e-mail:
Due to our busy summer schedules, we are discontinuing our potluck *schedule* for the summer. However, we would really appreciate, because of less help in the summer, if you can bring in a lenten-appropriate potluck item - such as side dish, fruit, or main dish - when you can over the summer. In the fall, we will pick up the potluck schedule again. Thank you.
Coffee hour volunteers needed - We are once again requesting people to volunteer to serve during coffee hour. Why not volunteer for one (or two) Sundays over the summer and see how you like it - before you commit to anything? Please contact the church office or Mark Naydan at email@example.com to volunteer or for more information.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO SUBMIT YOUR PLEDGE FOR 2018!!!
"O Lord, sanctify those, who love the beauty of Your house!
PLEDGE FORM in MS Word or PLEDGE FORM in PDF St. Nicholas Cathedral is grateful for every donation received throughout the year. Your generous support enables the Cathedral to spread the teaching of Our Lord Jesus Christ, serve regular Divine Liturgies and Sacraments and provide spiritual nourishment to our faithful, their families and those in need. Your pledge of support is a sign of your heartfelt participation in the life of our parish family and it plays a vital role in enabling us to meet our financial responsibilities. Please, download and read the letter, which explains the importance of the timely pledges.
We pray that everybody who attends St. Nicholas Cathedral and cares for it financial security will make a pledge for 2018! If you don’t have a pledge form, you can download it from the link bellow or pick up a hard copy either at the candle counter or by calling the office at 202-333-5060. Please take a few minutes to fill out the pledge form and submit it to either the candle counter or mail it to
St. Nicholas Cathedral
3500 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington DC 20007 Thank you for your support and keeping St. Nicholas strong and a place we can be proud of!
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)