Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

With autumn finally upon us, I think we can all heave a sigh of relief as the heat starts to fade away. We can also be grateful that it appears that John will be released from the hospital today. Johannah deserves kudos as well. For the first couple of days it was not clear what was going on with John, and information was scarce. Johannah had to really press the issue, ultimately getting him transferred to Mission Memorial in Asheville where things moved much more quickly. Upon his release, they are planning to go to their daughter’s house in Arden, where John will continue to heal and, hopefully, Johannah can get some rest. May God bless them both!

1. This weekend: We will have adult education class on Saturday afternoon at 4 pm, followed by Great Vespers at 5:00 p.m. If you are planning on attending the class, but did not get the supplemental material that I sent out a day or two ago, let me know and I will email it to you.

We will serve Divine Liturgy on Sunday at 10:00 am..

On Wednesday evening we will serve a molieben for the sick and suffering at 6:00 pm.

There are some note worthy saints coming up this week who are patrons for some among us. These include St. Thekla and St. Silouan the Athonite on Monday, and the Apostle John on Wednesday. Many years to those who will celebrating their name day.

2. A little further out: On October 7, which is two weeks from Sunday, Pani and I will be gone. Subdeacon Maximus will serve a Reader’s service that day. Pani and I are steadfast in our determination to avoid hurricanes, so it should be trouble-free.

3. Parish annual meeting: As you know, our annual meeting will take place on October 28. As you also know, we need your pledges so we can finish preparations for the meeting. Keep in mind that under our bylaws, members (who alone can vote) are defined as those who make a pledge to support the Church. Finally, if you have something you want added to the agenda, let me know no later than October 14.

Enough of that! I hope to see you all this weekend!

In Christ,

Fr. James