Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Our Gospel reading this Sunday is the parable of the unforgiving servant.  Forgiven an enormous debt by his master and king, he leaves the Royal Chambers only to run into another servant who owes him a trifling sum.  You will remember that the story does not end well for the first servant, who acts unworthily in the gift the King has given him, but also abuses and is unloving to the servant that he meets.
On this weekend, celebrating not just the establishment, but the continuing vitality of St. Nicholas, we can take this parable a step farther.  We have received many, indeed, innumerable gifts, one of which is St. Nicholas Church itself.  In the face of this overwhelming blessing, we must in turn look to pass this bounty to others.  We must behave in such a way that people will see us, and know that we are the Body of Christ.  That is our next challenge - not only to be that Body among ourselves, but to cheerfully and unstintingly pass that gift of love to those around us.  We must begin to turn outward, to the communities in which we live.
1.  The coming week:  On Saturday afternoon, we will continue our study in which we are seeking Christ in the Old Testament.  We will complete our understanding of the First Adam, looking at Genesis 3:14-16.  We will start our class at 4:00 p.m., and will follow with Great Vespers at 5:00 p.m.  On Sunday morning, Divine Liturgy will begin at 10:00 a.m.  Following Liturgy we will have a covered dish lunch as we reflect on nine years in these mountains.
On Tuesday evening, we will serve a Vesperal Liturgy for the Feast of the Dormition, beginning at 6:30 p.m.  On Wednesday evening we will serve a molieben for the sick and the suffering at 6:00 p.m.
2.  Garage Sale:  Remember that our garage sale will be on Saturday, August 25.  This is not just an opportunity to raise money for the Church, but also a way for people to begin to get to know us.  If you can help, or have questions about contributions, see Anamay, Joyce, Van or Carolyn.
I hope to see everyone -- literally, EVERYONE -- this weekend!
In Christ,
Fr. James