Join us for one of the biggest Sunday's in the Church year. Each congregation can either send in their donations to the person listed below, or bring them to Diocesan Convention for collection. Click here to download a flier! This group provides life-sustaining formula, food, and diapers to babies and toddlers in times of crisis.
Your collections can be delivered either weekly or in one total shipment to the address below, or brought to Diocesan Convention for collection:. Kate Huston St. Paula Rule St. The Rt. Edward J. Konieczny Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma,. Saturday November 10, a. Admission is free. Shop handcrafted items, jewelry, and holiday gifts from our many vendors and homemade foods from our members. If you would like to know more about the Bazaar or the ministries of Good Shepherd, please contact the church at or goodshepherdsapulpa gmail.
Luke's, Tulsa has this annual event loaded with crafts, gifts and homemade goodies just in time for Christmas. Through this annual event, the proceeds go to support New Hope Children; this is to give kids a Christmas whose parents are incarcerated. We collect their Christmas list, shop, wrap and deliver these gifts in hope to make their Christmas a little brighter! Let God's light shine and may all enjoy the gift of Hope this Season. The early class is about the book of Esther and the evening class is titled Christians and Bioethical Questions. See the class descriptions below.
November 5th - 7th - p. Esther: The book of Esther tells a fascinating story of a Jewish woman who becomes the wife of the king and then uses her position to save her people from a genocide--on which the king has signed off, seemingly irreversibly. It is one of the few books of the Bible that does not speak of God. It raises deep questions about how a faithful minority of rather powerless people should relate to political and other power in the world around them.
For those who have heard of the "Benedict option," Esther presents a contrary view. Christians and Bioethical Questions: From the beginning of life to its end, medial technology has multiplied the options before us, and has at the same time multiplied ethical questions. Obviously, there is a difference between something being possible and it being a right thing for us to practice. Christianity does not leave us in the dark: our faith has ancient wisdom about the human being that has great relevance to the bioethical questions that face us today.
These talks will start on Monday by identifying some of those Christian insights and teasing out their implications. Then we will turn to more specific questions for instance, assistance in procreation, assistance in dying, refusal of treatment, organ donation. On Tuesday we will focus on matters related to the beginning of life, and on Wednesday, to its end.
O God, in the course of this busy life, give us times of refreshment and peace; and grant that we may so use our leisure to rebuild our bodies and renew our minds, that our spirits may be opened to the goodness of your creation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Book of Common Prayer, p. Join us for a celebration of the saints of the church, both historical and modern.
This is one of the biggest Sunday's in the Church year. Canon Dr. Helen Van Koevering Rector; St. Grand Ave. All Saints' Episcopal Church in Miami celebrates its th year in !
We invite our friends to come have fun with us. October 26th until 28th we will have opportunities for fellowship, a golf tournament on Saturday afternoon followed by a picnic, and joyous worship and birthday cake on Sunday. Open Houses are held in each of the Divisions during the year. Go to www. Join us at St. Mary's Episcopal School for our first Open House of the year! Mary's Way" for their children. Take the mystery out of planned giving for your parish.
Learn in easy to understand terms how planned giving differs from annual stewardship and capital campaigns, and how your parish can build endowments through wills and life income and other planned gifts. You will leave the workshop with a plan of action. We will also review how to create and sustain a Legacy Society to encourage giving to your parish for decades to come.
He works with congregations, dioceses, and other Episcopal organizations to enhance and develop their programs and resources. For more than 16 years he worked for a major international law firm in NYC, serving in a number of financial management roles. He has been an active volunteer leader in stewardship, parish administration, and Christian formation ministries in several Episcopal parishes in New York and New Jersey. Come have some fun with us during our annual Picnic in the Park and Pet Parade! We have lots of games to play, tables to just sit and visit with each other, or you can throw a horseshoe or two.
We will also have a pet parade, so please bring your pets! Want to RSVP? Have questions? Please contact Ms. Small group areas will be set-up on the grounds for open jamming. Visitors and spectators are welcomed. Proceeds will benefit the new Youth Music Program at St.
Andrew's, which will begin in , and will be open to all Grove youth musicians. This is an opportunity to play and fellowship or sit and listen.
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Small Jam Group areas will be set-up for individual jams. Players are encouraged to move around among the groups. All players and spectators are welcomed. Musicians of all skill levels will be included. Call Fr. David at for details, or write: frdavid standrewsgrove. Registration begins October 12th at a. You do not want to miss this one! Ministry, like much of the work Jesus Christ has given us to do, is a ministry of relationships.
Children, youth and adult supervisors, parents, clergy, and other volunteers come into contact with one another to share their lives, worship, have fun, and explore how their spiritual beliefs shape their lives. Jesus Christ calls us to loving relationships that are healthy and helpful to each other, not taking advantage of those who are weaker or putting people in situations that are inappropriate for their age or maturity. All persons involved in ministry with children and youth, whether child, youth or adult, deserve to be treated as Jesus Christ would treat them, with love, respect, and kindness.
All participants in ministry deserve to be in a safe environment; which includes, but is not limited to, an environment that is free from harassment, abuse, and misconduct. These policies are meant to help provide for such an environment. September 30th - p. Philip's Episcopal Church McLish Ardmore, OK All church employees and volunteers who work with children must complete this course every four years. The course is recommended for any parents or grandparents.
Please contact the Rev. Joyce Spurgin at spurgin cableone. October 11th p. Bring your leashed or contained companion animals for a blessing at the annual Blessing of the Animals. North Pavilion, Kiwanis Park S. Midwest Blvd. Saint Alexis visited many Uniate parishes, explaining the differences between Orthodoxy, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism and Uniatism, stressing that the true way to salvation is in Orthodoxy.
He was instrumental in the formation or return of seventeen parishes, planting a vineyard of Christ in America, and increasing its fruitful yield many times over. By , the time of his blessed repose, many thousands of Carpatho-Russian and Galician Uniates had returned to Orthodoxy.
This was a major event in the history of the North American Mission, which would continue to shape the future of Orthodoxy in this country for many generations to come. Who can speak of the prayers which his pious soul poured forth unto God? He did not make a public display of his piety, but prayed to God in secret with all modesty, with contrition and inward tears.
God, Who sees everything done in secret, openly rewarded the saint Mt. It is inconceivable that Saint Alexis could have accomplished his apostolic labors unless God had blessed and strengthened him for such work. Today the Church continues to reap the fruits of his teaching and preaching. In , he was considered as a candidate for the episcopal office.
He declined this honor, however, humbly pointing out that this responsibility should be given to a younger, healthier man. He went to the seashore in southern New Jersey in an attempt to regain his health, but soon returned to Wilkes-Barre, where he was confined to bed for two months.
Before closing the account of his life, it would be most appropriate to reveal but one example of his heavenly intercession: In January, a certain man prayed to Saint Alexis to help him obtain information about his son from whom he had been separated for twenty-eight years. It seems the young man was in church when he was suddenly filled with an overwhelming desire to contact his father.
He had been taken to another state by his mother, and she changed his name when he was a child. This is why his father was unable to locate him. As a result of that telephone call, the young man later visited his father, who rejoiced to see what sort of man his son had become.
The father gave thanks to God and to Saint Alexis for reuniting him with his son. Saint Alexis was a true man of God who guided many Carpatho-Russian and Galician immigrants through the dark confusion of religious challenges in the New World and back to the unity of the Orthodox Church through his grace-filled words and by his holy example.
The Holy Martyr Acacius, who lived mostly in the third century, was born at Cappadocia and was a centurion of the Martesian regiment under the military officer Firmus. When the persecution against Christians began on orders from the emperor Maximian Galerius , Firmus interrogated his soldiers one after the other about their faith. Saint Acacius firmly and openly confessed himself a Christian. Seeing the steadfastness of Saint Acacius, Firmus sent him to his superior officer, who was named Vivianus. Vivianus gave the saint over to fierce torture. After the tortures they put him in heavy chains and locked him up in prison.
A while later they led the martyr and other prisoners to Byzantium, to the prefect. The soldiers marched quickly, showing the prisoners no mercy. Saint Acacius weakened along the way from his wounds, from his chains, and from hunger and thirst. When finally they halted for the night, Saint Acacius offered thanks to God, for permitting him to suffer for His holy Name.
At Byzantium they placed the holy martyr in jail, while the other prisoners were held under less severe conditions. At night the other prisoners saw how radiant youths appeared to Saint Acacius and attended to him, washing his wounds and bringing him food. After seven days, Vivianus again summoned Saint Acacius before him and was struck by his fresh appearance. Supposing that the prison guard was bribed to give the prisoner both respite and food, he summoned the guard to question him.
Since he did not believe his answers, Vivianus had the guard severely beaten. Determined to intensify and prolong the torture of Saint Acacius, Vivianus sent him to the prefect Flaccinus with a letter. When he read the letter, Flaccinus became annoyed that Vivianus had tortured a centurion for so long and so cruelly, and he gave orders to behead the martyr without further delay. Then he bowed his head beneath the sword. This occurred in the year Under Constantine the Great the relics of the holy martyr Acacius rested at Constantinople in a church built in his honor, and later they were transferred to Calabria, to the city of Scillatio.
The holy martyr Acacius particularly helps those who struggle against temptations of the flesh, as attested by Saint Epiphanius, a disciple of Saint Andrew the Fool-for-Christ. Here he made use of the counsels of the pious Elder Paisius Yaroslavov, who was afterwards igumen of the Trinity-Sergiev Lavra. Saint Nilus journeyed much through the East, studying the monastic life in Palestine and on Mt.
Returning to Rus, he withdrew to the River Sora in the Vologda lands, and built a cell and a chapel, where there soon grew up a monastery with a new for that time in Rus skete Rule adopted by Saint Nilus from Mt.
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Following the command of Saint Nilus, the monks had to sustain themselves by the work of their own hands, to accept charity only in extreme need, and to shun the love of things and splendor even in church. Women were not permitted in the skete, monks was not allowed to leave the skete under any pretext, and the possession of lands or estates was forbidden. The monks lived in the forest around the small church in honor of the Meeting of the Lord, in separate cells of one or two but not more than three men. They gathered together in church for divine services.
Moreover, readings from the holy Fathers were prescribed at the All-Night Vigil, which actually lasted the whole night. On other days, each one prayed and worked in his own cell. The saint struggled constantly with his own thoughts and passions. Then peace would be born in his soul, clarity in his mind, contrition and love in his heart. The first step is renunciation of the world, particularly, from every worldly distraction. The second is unceasing prayer, accompanied by the remembrance of death. The saint was distinguished for his non-possessiveness and love for work.
He dug a pond and a well, whose water had healing power. For his sanctity of life the Elder Nilus was deeply venerated by the Russian hierarchs of his time. He participated in the Councils of and Disdaining the honors and glories of this world, he told his disciples before his death either to throw his body to be eaten by beasts and birds, or to bury it without honor at the place of his struggles. The saint died in his seventy-sixth year of life, on May 7, His relics, buried in the monastery he founded, were glorified by many miracles.
The Russian Church has numbered him among the saints. Saint John received his spiritual education in Antioch. Early in his youth he was tonsured a monk and withdrew to the wilderness. The Lord, recognizing his humility, diligence in fasting, and devout watchfulness, blessed His faithful servant with the gift of healing the sick and casting out demons.
Saint John was celebrated for his holy deeds and miracles. Curious crowds would swarm around him, and after some time he found it necessary to withdraw into even deeper seclusion. Taking with him several of his disciples, he chose a remote area, fashioned for himself a cell, and began to labor as a hermit. He left his remaining disciples in the wilderness in the care of the abbot, the blessed elder Euthymius, and set off for Georgia with the twelve he had chosen. By divine revelation the Georgian king Parsman and Catholicos Evlavios received the good news that the venerable fathers were in Mesopotamia, on their way to Georgia, and they hurried to greet them with the proper honors.
King Parsman and Catholicos Evlavios met the holy fathers as they were approaching Mtskheta. The holy fathers venerated the myrrh-streaming wood of the Living Pillar and the Robe of Christ at Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. From there Saint John and his disciples traveled throughout Georgia, visiting its many holy sites. With the blessing of Catholicos Evlavios, Saint John and his disciples settled on Zedazeni Mountain, where a pagan temple to the idol Zadeni had previously stood. The monks lived in wretched cells, eating only plants and praying ceaselessly.
Having heard of the spiritual endeavors of Saint John and his disciples, Christian believers began to flock to Zedazeni Mountain. Many burned with longing for the monastic life, and some abandoned the world to join the holy fathers at Zedazeni. In such a way, Zedazeni Mountain was transformed into an abode of hermits.
One night the Most Holy Theotokos appeared again to Saint John and instructed him to send his disciples throughout the country to preach the Word of God. Therefore, let us go forth, each in his own direction, to preach the Word of God! To this day, the beasts of Zedazeni forest have never disturbed a single soul. After earnestly serving God for many years, Saint John received a sign that his death was approaching. He called his disciples, blessed them, bade them farewell, and left them to bury him in the cave where he had dwelt.
After receiving Holy Communion, Saint John beheld the heavens open and the incorporeal powers with the armies of saints shining forth. Come and I will give you rest from your labors. But suddenly a violent earthquake shook the ground where they stood. So the disciples, a priest, and a deacon uncovered the holy relics and reburied Saint John according to his will. Filled with holy zeal, Bishop Abibus converted many pagans to the Christian Faith. In the 6th century the Persians forced many Georgians to deny Christ and worship fire in accordance with their own custom. By order of the marzban Persian viceroy , the holy relics of Martyr Abibus remained for three days under the open sky.
On the fourth night, monks from Rechi Monastery arrived and translated the holy relics to Samtavisi Monastery for proper burial. Later, by order of Stepanoz , the rightful ruler of Kartli, the holy relics of Saint Abibus were translated again, to Samtavro Monastery in Mtskheta, and buried in the sanctuary under the altar table. A lover of solitude, Saint Anthony settled in Lonoati Gorge, but the many curious Christians, drawn by his prayers and miracles, disturbed his seclusion.
So the holy father built a monastery for his faithful followers, withdrew in reclusion beyond the Alazani River, and later settled on Akriani Mountain. In his new hermitage, he ate mostly plants and the bark of trees, and God sent a bear to bring him food. Later Saint Anthony erected a pillar at the top of the mountain and dwelt upon it for eighteen years. The venerable father received a sign from God when his death was imminent, and at the moment of his repose he was kneeling in prayer before the icon of the Savior.
His disciples carried his holy relics down from the pillar and buried them in the monastery he had founded, in front of the icon of the Mother of God. Saint David of Gareji first settled in the outskirts of Tbilisi, the new capital of Georgia. Through his wondrous preaching, Saint David converted many fire-worshippers and brought people of many creeds to the Christian Faith. One day the fire-worshippers took revenge: they bribed a pregnant woman to agree to their scheme and accuse Saint David of adultery. The crowd of bystanders was outraged and began to stone the pagan slanderers. Deeply disturbed by the rioting and unable to stop the bloodshed, Saint David departed with his disciple Lukiane.
The Lord provided them with food in abundance: every day, except Wednesdays and Fridays, a herd of deer came to visit them. Lukiane milked the animals, and when David made the sign of the Cross over the milk, it was miraculously transformed into cheese.
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News of the wonders performed by the holy fathers spread quickly, and soon the Gareji Wilderness became a refuge for the many Christians who hungered to lead a true ascetic life. After some time a pious monk called Dodo came from Ninotsminda, a village in eastern Georgia, and, having received a blessing from his spiritual father, established the Monastery of the Most Holy Theotokos on the eastern side of the Gareji mountains. He prayed fervently before the city gates, then, in his profound humility, chose three stones to take with him as treasures and departed.
That same night an angel appeared to Patriarch Elias of Jerusalem and told him that a monk named David, who had arrived from Georgia, was taking away all the grace of the Holy Land. The third stone he carried back to Gareji Monastery. Having served the Lord his whole life, through much suffering and many tribulations, the God-pleasing Saint David reposed peacefully and was buried at David-Gareji Monastery.
The holy father preached to many crowds and converted many unbelievers. Before long, many followers had gathered around him. Once Saint John decided to test the faith of his disciples, and he required each of them to perform a miracle. Saint Isidore led the river to Tsilkani Monastery. Having witnessed this miracle, many people were converted to the true Faith.
Saint Isidore received a sign from heaven when his repose was near. He partook of the Holy Gifts and prayerfully gave up his soul to God. Saint Joseph of Alaverdi always carried with him a cross that had been formed from the wood of the Life-giving Cross of our Savior.
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With the blessing of his teacher, Saint Joseph preached the Gospel of Christ throughout the region of Kartli in eastern Georgia and later settled in the Alaverdi wilderness. Once Saint Joseph encountered a pagan nobleman and preached to him the Word of God. Deeply inspired by Fr. The number of ascetics in the region began to increase steadily from that time. When his long and labor-filled life was drawing to an end, Saint Joseph appointed a new abbot for the monastery and reposed peacefully in the Lord.
To this day many miracles have taken place over his grave at Alaverdi Monastery. Saint Shio settled in Sarkineti, a region northwest of Mtskheta. The Most Holy Theotokos blessed the monk, and he carried out his labors in accordance with her revelations. A dove would bring food to the blessed father, and Saint Evagre at that time the ruler of Tsikhedidi witnessed this miracle one day while hunting in the area. Saint Shio founded a monastery in Sarkineti, gathered nearly two thousand monks to labor there with him, and instructed them in a strict ascetic life.
Having performed countless miracles, Saint Shio finally vowed to God that he would spend the remainder of his life in a well that he had dug for himself. He appointed Evagre abbot of the monastery and went into reclusion at the bottom of the well. There he spent fifteen years and reposed peacefully in the Lord.
His holy relics are buried in the church at that monastery. Saint Thaddeus of Stepantsminda first preached in Mtskheta, and later he founded a monastery at the foot of Zedazeni Mountain. Among them, the Church of the Protomartyr Stephen in Urbnisi is a glorious example. Near the end of his life Saint Thaddeus withdrew to a cave at Tsleva Mountain not far from the city of Kaspi.
He reposed peacefully and is buried in that place. Saint Stephen of Khirsa and his companions preached throughout the region of Kakheti in eastern Georgia. He is buried in the sanctuary of the Church of the Protomartyr Stephen at Khirsa. He reposed peacefully, after accomplishing many good works on behalf of the true Faith. He founded a monastery in the Ulumbo area named after Mt. Olympus, a center of monasticism in Bythinia, Asia Minor , where his wonder-working relics were later buried. Many Georgian children have been raised at the monasteries founded by the Thirteen Syrian Fathers.
For centuries the Divine grace of the holy ascetics has spread among the Georgian people and throughout their land. These monasteries and the holy fathers who founded them continue to protect the Georgian people against all manner of sin and unbelief.
Today we commemorate the uncovering of the relics of Saint Nilus in On his deathbed, Saint Nilus told his disciples to bury his body in a small cave beneath the cave where he lived, sternly forbidding anyone to disturb his body. Although the saint did not seek human glory during his life or after his death, the Lord glorified him in the following way.
From his grave, a fragrant myrrh began to flow through a small opening in the cave and down the side of the cliff into the sea.