Please note that Fr. Gregory will be away during July 20-28. Reader’s Vespers and Typika will be held on Sat/Sun during this time. Check the church website calendar for exact times. Thanks!
Parish members and friends of 4EOC, mark your calendars! Our monthly food ministry to the Welcome One Emergency Shelter is next month on Tuesday, August 6th. See Pani Chris or Fr. Gregory for details about participating … or just show up!
Mark your calendar for Saturday, August 24th! We will be holding our annual parish trip to watch the Aberdeen Ironbirds play at Ripken Stadium. Fr. Gregory and Pani Chris will host a pre-game cookout (with swimming for the kids) beforehand at their home. See Pani Chris for details!
See here for the Encyclical of the Permanent Conference of Ukrainian Orthodox Bishops Beyond the Borders of Ukraine on the occasion of the 1025th Anniversary of the Baptism of Kyivan Rus’-Ukraine as well as details about the celebrations for this historic event to be held at the St. Andrew Memorial Church in South Bound Brook, NJ.
Please note that on May 18 and June 8, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA will remember the 1st anniversary of the repose of Metropolitan Constantine and the 20th anniversary of the repose of Patriarch/Metropolitan Mstyslav. More information, including memorial locations, may be found at the UOCofUSA website.
Please note that our parish, as with all UOCofUSA parishes, will also hold memorial services (Panakhyda) after the Divine Liturgy on May 19 and June 9.
This year three Orthodox churches in the Baltimore area will host pan-Orthodox Passion Vespers services on Sunday evenings during the Great Fast. Come to these very unique and beautiful services. All Baltimore area Orthodox parishes are invited. Don’t mis these special uplifting services.
- Sunday, 5:00pm, on April 7th at Holy Cross Antiochian Orthodox Church, 105 N. Camp Meade Rd., Linthicum, MD 21090
- Sunday, 6:00pm, on April 14th at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 1723 East Fairmount Avenue, Baltimore MD 2123. After the service we will conduct a light Lenten reception. We will need volunteers to bring in Lenten dishes to share at the potluck.
- Sunday, 4:00pm, on April 21st at St. Andrew Orthodox Church, 2028 E Lombard St, Baltimore, MD 21231
Congratulations to friend of Four Evangelists Orthodox Church, Subdeacon Philip Harendza, who was ordained to the Holy Deaconate on May 10, 2013 by Bishop Daniel, the Ruling Hierarch of the Western Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the USA. News release and photos can be viewed here.
Don’t miss these great opportunities to reach out to those in need as we begin the new year!
Baltimore Orthodox Prison Ministry
The Baltimore County Detention Center has a need for men’s coats, sweaters, scarves and hats for the men there, and Four Evangelists is assisting other local Orthodox parishes in meeting this need. The Prison Ministry is also collecting art supplies to encourage the artists behind bars to develop their talents for good causes. Father Deacon Michael Bishop of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church is coordinating this collection. We will have a donation station set up at Four Evangelists over the next several weeks to collect any items you wish to donate to this very worthy ministry.
15th Annual IOCC Souper Bowl of Caring
Souper Bowl Sunday 2013 is coming! Four Evangelists is teaming up with International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) in the annual Souper Bowl of Caring to feed the poor and caring for those in need around the world. Four Evangelists will collect donations up to February 3, 2013 and direct the collected donations to IOCC (and/or a local charity). Planning guidelines available here. You may also choose to make a monetary donation by visiting the Maryland Food Bank.
2013 College Age Mission Trip to Ukrainian Orphanages
Please pass the word: The UOC of the USA has announced the dates for the College Age Mission Trip to Ukraine 2013. The 2013 trip will take place May 30 – June 16th, which includes a training day in South Bound Brook, NJ.This ministry aids the orphanages and orphans that our Church has sponsored in Znamyanka, Zaluchya and Puhachiv. The children at these orphanages are special needs and are believed to be products of the Chornobyl nuclear disaster of 1986. The cost for the trip is $2500 plus transportation to and from South Bound Brook, NJ and personal expenses. The deadline for applications is January 11, 2013. Additional details here.
As a reminder, our next Homeless Shelter meal is on the Feast of the Theophany, 6 January! Four Evangelists partners with the Welcome One Emergency Shelter in Belcamp, Maryland to provide prepared meals and meal service to the shelter community. Please join our parish in this important ministry to the most vulnerable in our community. The rewards are heavenly! Chefs and servers are needed. Please e-mail Pani Chris Czumak, or use our parish contact page to join in this important ministry.
The Feast of the Theophany of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – Sunday 6 January
A reminder that the Great Blessing of the Waters will take place immediately after the Prayer Behind the Amvon, at the end of the Divine Liturgy. Please don’t forget to bring containers for Holy Water. House blessings will be scheduled in the weeks immediately following Theophany.
Theophany is the Feast which reveals the Most Holy Trinity to the world through the Baptism of the Lord (Mt.3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22). God the Father spoke from Heaven about the Son, the Son was baptized by the St John the Forerunner, and the Holy Spirit descended upon the Son in the form of a dove. From ancient times this Feast was called the Day of Illumination and the Feast of Lights, since God is Light and has appeared to illumine “those who sat in darkness,” and “in the region of the shadow of death” (Mt.4:16), and to save the fallen race of mankind by grace.
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