Christ is Risen! Christos Anesti! Christos Voskrese!

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

I hope that your Bright Week has been restful and peaceful. We are greatly blessed by this time of feasting and joy following the Resurrection of our Lord.

This weekend we continue our joy, as we begin a series of Sundays connected with the Resurrection and its aftermath. This Sunday is that of Thomas. His hard-headedness poses the question: what is belief? We'll talk about that on Sunday. We will serve Great Vespers on Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m., and Divine Liturgy on Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

Next week will be somewhat odd. I will be away at a clergy convocation called by Metropolitan Gregory at Camp Nazareth in Pennsylvania. I will be leaving on Monday, and returning on Saturday. I will be available to you if the need arises. You might consider text messages as one option to contact me though. When I was last there, about 4 or 5 years ago, cell reception was spotty at best. It may be better now, but even if not text messages often come through, so try that. One way or another I will get back to you. 

However, this means that there will not be a Wednesday evening service on May 8 and, since I don't know when on Saturday I will get back to town, there will also not be Vespers on Saturday evening, May 11. We will have Divine Liturgy on May 12.

After that, we will return to a normal schedule. In addition, on May 15, following our Wednesday evening service, we will resume inquirers classes, to run from roughly 6:30 to 7:30 or so. If you know anyone who might be interested please invite them to attend.

In addition, on Saturday, May 18, we will have a church picnic/barbecue. For more information, talk to Joyce Young or Kathy Reymers.

I hope to see you all this weekend!

In Christ,

Fr. James