"There is the case of a man minding his own business, sitting at peace and quiet; and when a brother comes up and says an annoying word to him, he is put out by it. And from the circumstances he thinks that he is justifiably angered, and he speaks against the one who troubled him, saying, "If he had not come and spoken to me and annoyed me I should not have been at fault." This is a delusion: this is false reasoning! It was not the one who spoke that put him in a bad mood. He only showed that it already existed in him; so that he could, if he chose, make reparation for his fault. But the man referred to above is like clean-looking winter wheat, externally good and ready to use; but when someone crushes it, its corruption is revealed. He was sitting at peace but he had this anger inside him and he did not know it. One word to him from the other and the corruption hidden inside him leapt out."
†St. Dorotheos of Gaza
Volunteers are needed to cook for 2 homeless families and deliver meals (no contact) to 2501 Milltown Rd (across from St Michaels) on Monday, August 2nd, Tuesday, August 3rd and Thursday, August 5th at 6:00 p.m. Please sign up in the Narthex. See Ellen Gundersen or Susan D'Orazio with questions.
The liturgical calendar once again comes to its close in August with the fourth and final fasting season of the Church year as well as two major feasts. Every year the Orthodox Church sets aside the first fourteen days of August in honor of the Virgin Mary. This fast period begins on August 1st and peaks on August 15th, when the Church gathers to celebrate the great feast of the Dormition (Falling Asleep) of the Theotokos.
On Friday, August 6th, the Church celebrates the feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord. This feast commemorates our Lord's transfiguration before his disciples on Mt. Tabor. In His Transfiguration He reveals His glory to the disciples. In Him they (and we) now see for themselves the glory of God present in the person of Christ. Please plan to join us for these major feasts as we make our way to the end of yet another liturgical year.
Now that the nice weather is upon us, recharge your spiritual life by checking out one of the books at the library table in the Church hall. There's something to inspire everyone: Saint's lives, books on the spiritual life, books on prayer, and books for the kiddos. Check it out today!
The Summer is just beginning but we are already looking at our ministry needs for the Fall. We are planning on a robust return to our normal Fall activities which include Church School for our youth and our All Parish Meeting. St. Michael’s needs volunteers to serve as teachers for our Church School and as Council members to serve in parish administration. One particular need that will be coming available is our parish treasurer’s position. Please prayerfully consider serving in either or both of these parish ministries. If interested in teaching or helping with Church School, please see Fr. Barnabas. If you would like to serve on parish council, please see Mark Bunitsky or Jeff Kendall. Thanks to all who continue to serve Christ’s Holy Church.
Our Study group will be taking a break for the Summer months of June /July/August. Thanks to all who participate in this parish education opportunity.
|Date||3rd Hour||6th Hour||Epistle|
|Date||Coffee Hour||Service Duty||Church Cleaners|
|Aug 8||Whalen||Riley / Riley||Hines|
|Aug 15||Grishin / Pacienza||Sulpizi||Bunitsky / Finck|
|Aug 22||Wojciechowski / D'Orazio||Hojnicki / Najemy||Farrell|
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