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St. Vladimirs Day Thank You! 

Thank you to all who made our patronal feast day such a huge success on Monday! Six priests and two deacons served the Divine Liturgy, the choir sang beautifully, the food was bountiful and delicious, and the play the young people put on was absolutely wonderful! And we know that many others worked quietly, behind the scenes, for God's glory. The church was absolutely full, with more than 110 people venerating the cross after Liturgy and nearly 60 people partaking of Holy Communion. Our parish family shone on Monday, serving our guests and glorifying the name of St. Vladimir, and even more so, the Lord Who blessed and guided St. Vladimir during his life. Thank you to ALL who made our feast day so special! Keep an eye on Face Book and our parish photo album for pictures from the feast coming soon!
Confession & Communion at St. Vladimirs + Rule to Prepare for Communion 

Confession and Communion are the two sacraments we most often partake of as Orthodox Christians and thus it behooves us to learn about these, how to prepare for these, and how to best take advantage of the Grace that our Lord freely gives us in these sacraments. At St. Vladimirs we have created a special web site for this purpose with much information in this regard. Please find the web site listed below and please contact Fr. Gregory with questions!

http://www.stvladimiraami.org/communion ... nion.shtml
Weekly Educational Offering 

We present here a short educational offering for both children and adults. Parents are asked to review the childrens portion with their children. It is very important for us to attend the Divine Services on Sundays and whenever else we are able, but in addition it is our spiritual responsibility to educate ourselves and our families in the faith. It is our hope that this mid-week offering will be an aid in this regard. Please contact Fr. Gregory with questions or suggestions.

For Adults: a short account of Sunday's sermon by Blessed Theophylact:

http://chrysostompress.org/c_7th_pentecost.html

For Children an activity based on last Sunday's gospel reading for various ages:

http://www.antiochian.org/sites/default ... 7-27-a.pdf
100% Participation in New Building Project Why? 

For the past year or so we have been stressing the need for 100% of our parishioners to participate in the fund-raising for our new parish church and social/educational center. But, being honest now, we have not been all that good about telling you WHY we need such a high level of participation. The answer is remarkably simple. We are asking for everyone to participate in this project because this is absolutely NOT the way these things are done in most of the Orthodox world, including Russia. In most of the world churches are built by one or two wealthy families or individuals as a sort of gift to a congregation. But that congregation doesnt really own their parish church. Rather, they have no sense of ownership because they did not pay for the church themselves. Someone else did that. And thus someone else will take care of the maintenance, and someone else will take care of the clergy, etc., etc. This is a mindset we want to completely avoid as it is completely unknown to our parish family.

Bishop Peter has blessed us to seek outside support for our building project only AFTER we have reached the 100% mark. We must pay for our own project if we hope that others will support it as well. And although we can raise a lot of the $4 million needed for the project we will probably need at least a little bit of outside help. Based on several conversations we have had with those outside the parish we believe that help is waiting for us but we cannot tap into that help until we have committed to this project as a parish family each and every one of us. We encourage all our parish family and friends to join us! Learn more at the page dedicated to our building project and join us as we build the new St. Vladimirs!

New Building Project Site:

http://stvladimiraami.org/newchurch/
Follow us on Twitter 

You can follow our parish on Twitter @stvladimiraami. Please join us on Twitter! Pass the word!
Construction on Jackson Rd. June-August 2014 DETOUR REQUIRED TO GET TO CHURCH 

Jackson Road will be closed east of St. Vladimirs from mid-June through sometime in August. This will affect most of our parishioners so we urge you to plan your travel accordingly. Planning ahead will make this a slight inconvenience. The official announcement can be found on the Washtenaw County Road Commission Site:

http://www.wcroads.org/node/2209

Unfortunately the detour map is not terribly helpful. Our map, centered on St. Vladimirs (and with simple directions), can be found here:

http://stvladimiraami.org/flyers/jackso ... detour.pdf

In short, if you come to St. Vladimirs using Jackson Road from the east you will need to go south on Parker to Jerusalem Road and take it west (this is the only direction you can choose) until Dancer Road. You will then go north (right) to Jackson, take a right on Jackson, and the church is on your left.

If you come to St. Vladimirs using Parker from the south turn left (west) on Jerusalem Road and take it west (this is the only direction you can choose) until Dancer Road. You will then go north (right) to Jackson, take a right on Jackson, and the church is on your left.

If you come to St. Vladimirs using I-94 from the east you may want to consider continuing west to Fletcher Road (that is, driving past the church) and circling back on Jackson Road (approaching the church from the west) rather than exiting on Baker Rd. This would allow you to avoid all construction on Jackson Rd.
Today is our Second Pascha! 

Congratulations to all St. Vladimir's friends and family both those living in our region as well as those far afield St. Vladimirians who have moved from us to all corners of the world! Today we celebrate our Second Pascha the patronal feast of our parish, the commemoration of the Holy Equal of the Apostles Great Prince Vladimir! Divine Liturgy begins at 9:00 a.m. today and will be followed by a procession as is the usual practice for the patronal feast of a temple. Please remember Jackson Road is closed east of St. Vladimir's the map linked here will guide you through the detour:

http://stvladimiraami.org/flyers/jackso ... detour.pdf

Please find the life of St. Vladimir at the links below. We ask the prayers of all our parish family and friends on this day that the Lord, through the prayers of St. Vladimir, will allow us to continue to serve our parishioners and neighbors in Washtenaw county and to provide a place of spiritual refuge to all. Congratulations to all with the feast!

English:

http://oca.org/saints/lives/2014/07/15/ ... ptism-basi

Russian:

http://days.pravoslavie.ru/Life/life4240.htm
Scripture Reading for the Coming Week 

"This is the cause of all evils: the ignorance of the Scriptures. We go into battle without arms, and how ought we to come off safe?" -St. John Chrysostom, Homily IX on Colossians.

In order to help increase the general knowledge of scripture in our parish family we present here for your edification the scripture readings for the coming week. At least one Gospel Reading and one Epistle reading are assigned for each day of the year (although during Great Lent the readings are from the Old Testament). Hearing or reading only those readings appointed for Sunday merely scratches the surface of the great spiritual wealth that the scriptures provide us. Some of the readings are easily understandable others are less so. As Orthodox Christians we do not make private interpretation of scripture, but rather consult the fathers of the Church for their explanations to aid us in our understanding. Those wishing to have access to such explanations are asked to contact Fr. Gregory or inquire in the kiosk for further reading in this regard. Bibles may also be acquired in the kiosk.

Monday: I Corinthians 9:13-18 & Matthew 16:1-6
Tuesday: I Corinthians 10:5-12 & Matthew 16:6-12
Wednesday: I Corinthians 10:12-22 & Matthew 16:20-24
Thursday: I Corinthians 10:28-11:7 & Matthew 16:24-28
Friday: I Corinthians 11:8-22 & Matthew 17:10-18
Saturday: Romans 13:1-10 & Matthew 12:30-37

Please find below several very nice articles on how to read the scripture from an Orthodox point of view.

By St. Justin (Popovich):

http://www.orthodoxinfo.com/phronema/bible_how.aspx

By Bishop Kalistos (Ware):

http://www.orthodoxinfo.com/phronema/ware_howto.aspx

This short article explains to us not just HOW to read the scriptures, but also what our goal should be in reading the scriptures. A short read and well worth it:

http://www.chrysostompress.org/reading_scripture.html

As noted in the article above we need God's help and blessing to read and understand the scriptures correctly. What better way to entreat God's help in this regard than through prayer? Please find the prayer before reading the scriptures here:

http://www.chrysostompress.org/prayer_b ... pture.html
Weekly Bulletin Posted 

Our weekly bulletin, "Sunday Reading", has been posted at the following link:

http://www.stvladimiraami.org/SundayRea ... eading.pdf
Weekly Parish Prayer List Posted 

Please keep our parishioners, friends, and those who have asked us in our unworthiness to pray for them in your prayers this coming week. Our parish prayer list can be found here:

http://www.stvladimiraami.org/SundayRea ... erlist.pdf

PLEASE NOTE! We have removed those from the list that we believe no longer should be present there. If you requested that someone be included in this list please review it carefully to make sure we have not removed someone erroneously. If we have, please contact Fr. Gregory to have your loved one again added to the list.
New Schedule Posted 

Please find our newest schedule of services and activities at the link below. Please join us as your schedule allows!

http://www.stvladimiraami.org/calendars ... lendar.pdf
Follow us on (and help us with) vKontakte! 

Follow us on vKontakte! Find us here:

http://vk.com/stvladimirchurchrocor

Are you on vKontakte? Would you be willing to help our parish establish a presence there? We want to help those seeking a church home to find us and we think in addition to our Facebook presence vKontakte will help us with this goal. Please help if you can! Contact Fr. Gregory to learn more.
St. Vladimir Day Service Information 

Services for our patronal feast of St. Vladimir have been set and will be according to the following schedule:

Sunday, July 27, 2014
Vigil with Litya Procession 6:00 p.m.

Monday, July 28, 2014
Lesser Blessing of the Waters 8:00 a.m.
Divine Liturgy with Procession 9:00 a.m.
After Divine Liturgy: festal meal

For visiting clergy: liturgical color is red.

Please invite friends, loved ones, and all who can join us for the "Second Pascha" or our parish - our patronal feast day!

PLEASE NOTE THE DETOUR REQUIRED FOR THOSE TRAVELING FROM THE EAST AND SOUTH:

http://stvladimiraami.org/flyers/jackso ... detour.pdf
Several Ways to Help Your Parish 

Did you know that some (in fact many) companies offer matching funds for donations made to non-profit organizations such as our parish? To find out more please contact your Human Resources department at you place of employment. Did you know that if you donate your used car to Charity Motors you can direct that the proceeds from the sale of the car go to our own St. Vladimir parish? You can find out more at their web site: http://www.charitymotors.org Please consider these options to support your parish!
No Evening Services Tonight 

Due to a previously scheduled wedding there will be no divine services tonight. We will hold Divine Liturgy tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m. as usual. Thank you for your understanding. Please spread the word to those you suspect or are certain intended to attend tonight's services.
The Fields are White for the Harvest 

We include here this very short advertisement for missionaries so that it is clear to all that the Lord continues to call more and more people to His service - to spread his word. May many be zealous to serve the Lord and to enlighten those in darkness!

http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/72470.htm
New Schedule Posted 

Our next schedule of services has been posted at this following link:

http://stvladimiraami.org/calendars/newschedule.pdf

We will post this at the usual calendar link on Saturday evening after vigil. Please join us for the Divine Services as your schedule allows!

For those who would like to volunteer to sing, read, or serve at non-Sunday services, please visit this link:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AjMLCBGdOs46dC1ZTDRYdXVyX3BsSHpRUXhmajhhWVE&usp=sharing
St. Olga Celebrated Today 

Today marks the feast of the Holy Equal to the Apostles St. Olga, Great Princess of Kiev. St. Olga was a truly pivotal individual in the transition in Kievan Rus from paganism to Christianity. She was also a true embodiment of the precept of "...wise as a servant but harmless as a dove...". Note please also that St. Olga was born in Pskov yet ruled in Kiev. This is an excellent example of the oneness of all those who come forth from the one baptismal font of the Church - that they are brothers and sisters in Christ - one Christian family - no matter where they are born or where they live out their lives. Perhaps the prayers of St. Olga, born in what in modern day Russia, and ruler in what is modern day Ukraine, can help the contemporary leaders of these two nations to overcome the strife between them today. St. Olga was a uniter - not a divider. May her intercessions before the throne of the Lord be sought in an effort to help the people of ancient Kievan Rus to overcome the present internecine war!

The life of St. Olga is provided below. We wish many years, much health, and salvation to all our parishioners and friends celebrating their name's days today!

English:

http://oca.org/saints/lives/2014/07/11/ ... lled-helen

Russian:

http://days.pravoslavie.ru/Life/life6777.htm
Automatic Electronic Funds Transfer Available at St. Vladimirs 

Our parish now offers the option of setting up an automatic monthly payment to the parish for parishioners that prefer to make their offering in this way. This is called an Automated Clearing House or ACH payment. To learn more please contact our Starosta, Nathan Longan, or simply print out the form at this link and provide a hard copy to Nathan. Thank you all for your support of our parish family!

http://www.stvladimiraami.org/flyers/stvladachform.pdf
Weekly Educational Offering 

We present here a short educational offering for both children and adults. Parents are asked to review the childrens portion with their children. It is very important for us to attend the Divine Services on Sundays and whenever else we are able, but in addition it is our spiritual responsibility to educate ourselves and our families in the faith. It is our hope that this mid-week offering will be an aid in this regard. Please contact Fr. Gregory with questions or suggestions.

For Adults: a short account of Sunday's sermon by Blessed Theophylact:

http://chrysostompress.org/c_6th_pentecost.html

For Children an activity based on last Sunday's gospel reading for various ages:

http://www.antiochian.org/sites/default ... 7-20-a.pdf
Celebrating the Life of Carl Rinne 

Carl Rinne was an enthusiastic member of St. Vladimirs before he became ill with Lewy body dementia. He fell asleep in the Lord last December and his family will be holding a celebration to remember Carl and his accomplishments through words, images, and song. Well savor his past and look to the future by launching the Carl Rinne Lewy Body Dementia Research Fund. All members of the St. Vladimirs family are invited to attend.

When: Sunday, August 3rd , 1:00 4:00pm

Where: Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48103

RSVP: July 25th to Tamara Real - tamara.getreal@gmail.com or 734-913-0952. Please RSVP so that well be ready to welcome you with ample refreshments!
Vacation Bible School Thank You! 

Thank you to all who worked so hard to make our Vacation Bible School such a success last week! In fact, the school was such a success that many of the parents have asked us to hold the VBS for two weeks instead of one next year! Thank you to all our tireless volunteers, but especially to those who planned and directed the camp: Fr. Joseph, Lauren Rogers, and Monica Olsen!
Welcome Students! 

St. Vladimir's warmly welcomes students from the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, and all our local institutions of higher education. Need a ride? Please let us know (info@stvladimiraami.org)! We will be happy to pick you up and bring you to church. Interested in spiritual growth? We have a college age youth group just for that. We realize you might not be here every Sunday. We are good with that! But we do hope you will join us as often as you can! Welcome to St. Vladimir's!
The Parable of the Prodigal Son 

The parable of the Prodigal Son is not just important as a preparation for Great Lent. In fact, many of the Fathers of the Church cite this parable as crucial in our understanding of God's love for man as the principle motivation for His creation of man and His incarnation for man's salvation. Thus, it behooves us to understand this parable very well, and the excerpt from the book at this link is indeed helpful in this regard. We recommend this to our readers.

http://orthodoxinfo.com/praxis/Excerpt- ... -Press.pdf
From "Everyday Saints": Archimandrite Seraphim - A Descendant of Prussian Barons 

We invite our readers to read this edifying account from the outstanding book "Everyday Saints". Many may not be aware that the English version of this book is printed just a few miles from our parish. This excerpt is quite helpful - the entire book even more so. This would be a GREAT book to read while on vacation this summer. Please considering picking up a copy at our parish kiosk, or if you are far from the parish, ordering from your favorite book seller. The book is available for Kindle and Nook as well. So there really are no excuses... :)

http://everyday-saints.com/seraphim.htm
"God is testing our Christianity" 

This is not a long article - it has many pictures. But is is powerful. The article shows exactly how the Orthodox Church is responding to the crisis in Ukraine. The Church's response is not political, it is not military, it is not nationalistic. The Church's response is to serve those in need and to urge those causing this need to stop the fighting. May the Lord grant it!

http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/72264.htm
Video - "Sacred Road" 

This link contains a very nice and not terribly long video about the oldest, longest, and most participated in Orthodox procession in Russia. Our young people saw this video at the St. Herman's conference this winter. We are very pleased that the video has been posted on-line and can now be viewed by all our readers. Of course, the logical question, having viewed this offering, is "when do we do something like this"? The answer is, almost certainly next summer - likely over the labor day weekend. Such a pilgrimage is being planned in our Michigan Deanery - please contact Fr. Gregory if you can help organize this procession.

http://www.pravmir.com/video-sacred-road/
On the Frequency of Partaking of Holy Communion 

"He that rarely approaches this saving Mystery is estranging himself from salvation..."

In a way we know - we even feel on a core level of our being - that we should partake of Holy Communion more regularly than we do. This article very succinctly points out WHY that is the case. We highly recommend this to all our readers for their edification!

http://www.pravmir.com/frequent-communion/

St. Vladimir's page on Confession & Communion:

http://stvladimiraami.org/communion/con ... nion.shtml
St. Vladimirs Services Set 

Services for our patronal feast of St. Vladimir have been set and will be according to the following schedule:

Sunday, July 27, 2014
Vigil with Litya Procession 6:00 p.m.

Monday, July 28, 2014
Lesser Blessing of the Waters 8:00 a.m.
Divine Liturgy with Procession 9:00 a.m.
After Divine Liturgy: festal meal

For visiting clergy: liturgical color is red.

Please invite friends, loved ones, and all who can join us for the "Second Pascha" or our parish - our patronal feast day!
English Liturgy & Work Day Set for July 19 

As most are aware, we have one all-English cycle of services at St. Vladimirs on a Friday and a Saturday each month. Beginning this month we will connect a parish workday with our monthly English Divine Liturgy. That is, after the monthly English Liturgy we will hold a work day. The church is cleaned beautifully each week and we are very appreciative of those who do this work. However, for instance, that weekly cleaning does not include the candle stands. They dont need work every week necessarily, but if they dont get some attention at least monthly they can become pretty unattractive. The same is true of the exterior of the church the grounds need a little sprucing up on a monthly basis despite the care they receive weekly when the grass is cut. Altar Servers: we will perform our deep cleaning of the altar area after the monthly English liturgies as well. Please plan to join us for the English Liturgy on Saturday, July 19 at 8:00 a.m. and please plan to stay afterwards to help with the cleaning! Many hands make light work so please join in if you can!
Vacation Bible School 2014 In Session You can still join us! 

Vacation Bible School is underway at St. Vladimir's daily from 9:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m., July 14-18. To register you child for the remaining days of the school please email info@stvladimiraami.org please join us! Check our Face Book page for some pictures from the first day's activities!
Welcoming Others to Church - Everyone's Job (You Too!) 

You can only make a first impression once. That is why it is so important, and the responsibility of EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US, to warmly welcome visitors to our parish. Is the visitor not acting appropriately? Assure them that all will be fine and lovingly help. Is the visitors child fussy? Assure them that we welcome children in the church and not to worry. If they ask for a place to go to quiet the child please point out the nursery do not push them out the door. Does the visitor have questions? Answer them if possible, and if not, refer them to someone who can. A smile and a welcoming word can make the difference in someones spiritual life both in this life and the next. Let us show love one to another so that people will know that we are Christs disciples! We want to be known for our warm hospitality as was Abraham but we all must work together to make our parish as welcoming as we possibly can!
Help Learning the Names of the 12 Apostles 

In that today marks the Synaxis of the 12 Apostles we thought it would be appropriate to include here a little rhyme about their names that will help everyone remember these very important saints of the Church. Congratulations to all with the feast!

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Peter, Andrew, James and John,
Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Tom*,
Simon, James, Judas, and Jude,
Last of all Matthias include!

*Abbreviated for the sake of the rhyme - of course this is Thomas

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Thank you to Reader Basil Wolff for providing this easy to remember rhyme for our parish family's edification!
Pious Behavior in Church + 3 Lampadas 

Of course we should behave appropriately in church and we believe that everyone WANTS to behave appropriately, but sometimes we dont know or we forget about the special times in the Divine Service when we should not move about or other important aspects of our worship. We include below a little pamphlet which reminds us of these things, and which also outlines the schema of the lights above the royal doors at St. Vladimirs (which the outside lamps are lit we should not move about unless it is a matter of life and death). Please review this pamphlet and please see Fr. Gregory with questions. We appreciate sincerely your efforts to behave appropriately in the parish church during the Divine Services!

http://www.stvladimiraami.org/pamphlets ... church.pdf
JUST A FEW DAYS LEFT REGISTER NOW!!! Vacation Bible School is July 14-18 

Register your children now at this link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1lhRaTUFle8vTD6eDnMPGw0o5tgU6NtUdFdDiVoPKNck/viewform?usp=send_form

Volunteer to help at this link:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AjMLCBGdOs46dEVsX3Vrd0pjMEdWU3VrWU5HUENSelE&usp=sharing

We realize it is tempting to put things off until the last minute, but the last minute is NOW! We really need to know how many young people will be attending and how many volunteers we will have for which days, thus we ask you to REGISTER NOW!!!
Visit the Sick and the Homebound 

Do you have 10 extra minutes per week? Could you put those ten extra minutes per week together once per month to visit one of our parishioners in the hospital or unable to leave their home? If so please contact Fr. Gregory! Your 30 to 40 minutes per month could make the difference in someones life! Members of our parish family deserve better than to be lonely! Train your children in the pious Christian virtue of caring for those less fortunate visit our parish family members in the hospital, nursing home, and at home this month! Those who are aware of parish family members who are in hospitals, nursing homes, or who are home-bound should contact Fr. Gregory so that these parishioners may be added to our list of those to be visited and spiritually cared for.
Coming Back to Church We Welcome You! 

Perhaps it has been some time since you came to Church maybe even since your childhood. Please know that we WELCOME you at St. Vladimirs. The Church is here for you our Lord became incarnate for the salvation of all. If you have been away for a while please consider this your invitation: we WELCOME you at St. Vladimirs! Please contact Fr. Gregory at 734-649-5746 or ogrisha@stvladimiraami.org with questions or concerns. Rest assured you will be welcome as a part of our parish family!
Starostas Corner 

volume 1, issue 2
Sunday, 6 July, 2014
Last Sunday of the Peter and Paul Fast

This coming Saturday we celebrate a wonderful day in the Church calendar--the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul.

This week we also celebrate as a parish a wonderful event as we welcome our rector, the Very Reverend Father Gregory Joyce as a full time priest, unsubsidised by his secular job.

I use the word unsubsidised intentionally. We usually understand a subsidy to be a form of aid, and Fr. Gregorys secular job was a form of aid for us as a parish. For many years this subsidy allowed us as a growing parish to afford a priest, and it allowed the priest to have a reasonable standard of living in our community. But somebody always pays for subsidies and in this case the toll was paid primarily by Fr. Gregory and his family. We know that Fr. Gregory is an exemplary priest, but even his energy and dedication are not infinite. A toll was paid, quite frankly, by our parish as well. Subsidies all too often have the unfortunate side effect of weakening rather than strengthening the supposed beneficiary. In our case the secular job subsidy for our priest meant that despite the parishs growing numbers, strength and activity, we, or at least many of us, Im afraid, felt we could not afford a full time priest. We became dependent on our priests secular job, accepting an image of our parish as much weaker than it really is. The subsidy produced a dependency, making us think we were not strong enough to support a full time priest

Read the complete Starostas Corner at this link:

http://stvladimiraami.org/pamphlets/starostascorner.pdf

A Russian version of the Starostas Corner will be released next week and will be announced via email and on our home page.
Sts. Peter & Paul Celebrated Tomorrow and Saturday 

The annual feast of Sts. Peter & Paul falls on July 11 and July 12 new style. At St. Vladimirs we will mark the feast (and the end of the fast that proceeds it) with Vigil on July 11 (with a LItya procession, weather permitting) and Divine Liturgy on July 12. This feast also marks the names day of our first Rector, Fr. Paul Karas, and we will prayerfully remember at the Divine Liturgy that day. Please plan to join us if you are at all able! For more information about this feast please visit the links below. Congratulations to all with the feast!

English:

http://oca.org/saints/lives/2014/06/29/ ... tles-peter

Russian:

http://days.pravoslavie.ru/Life/life1417.htm
Saturday Divine Liturgies this Summer - You Can Help! 

In order to help our new clergymen become more familiar with serving the Divine Liturgy we intend to serve the Divine Liturgy each Saturday through August. To do that, though, we will need a little help. Not a lot of help just a little. In order to practically serve Liturgy we will need one singer, one reader, and one altar server. To help facilitate our many willing volunteers and to help keep communication clear about who is serving which service we have created an on-line signup sheet for this effort you can find that here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AjMLCBGdOs46dGx6OW5yLUZwbzlQVWFKOTJCaDhhRGc&usp=sharing

You do not need to have a Google account to access or edit this document (edit = you sign up for open slots). Please take a few minutes now, examine your schedule, and sign up for as many times as you reasonably can to help. Spread the word this is a great opportunity for everyone to learn more about the Divine Liturgy by singing/reading/serving more often! And what better way is there really to begin a summer weekend than to participate in the Divine Liturgy? That is rhetorical there is no better way!
Spring and Summer Brings Missionaries to our Doors - Share the Orthodox Faith 

As the weather improves missionaries from various religions tend to appear at our homes. At St. Vladimir's we have many pamphlets and booklets on the Orthodox Faith that are free for anyone to take. These can be found at the back of the church near the main entrance doors. Please feel free to take information home with you to share with the missionaries that come to visit you. It seems only fair that if they want us to take their information that we offer them information about Orthodox Christianity. Many missionaries have found the Orthodox Church in this way. No one is mandated to do this, but if you would like to you are welcome to. Please feel free to contact Fr. Gregory with questions in this regard.
Everyone has a Name's Day - Do you know yours? 

Each of us has a patron saint, and thus a names day. On our names days we we honor our heavenly protector, that is, the saint for whom we are named. This we do by going to the parish church and partaking of the Mysteries of Confession and Communion, or if there is no service in our parish on that particular day, arranging for a Moleben to be served for our saint in the church on that day and Confessing and Communing on the nearest day possible to our namesday. It is also a pious tradition to invite our friends to our homes on our namesdays for a reception in honor of the saint for which we are named, to sing the saint's troparion, and to read the life of the saint. It is also very important to have an icon of our patron saint in our home icon corner. Some who read this may not know in honor of which saint they are named. For instance, there are at least 23 different saints with the name "John" on the Orthodox calendar. This is nothing to be ashamed of, but it is VERY important to learn about your heavenly patron, to make that saint a focus of daily prayer, and to keep that saint's commemoration (your namesday) in a pious manner. If you are not sure for whom you are named, and your parents also are not sure (this should be part of the baptismal record at the parish where you were baptized), please see Fr. Gregory for help in determining this important information!
English Liturgy & Work Day Set for July 19 

As most are aware, we have one all-English cycle of services at St. Vladimirs on a Friday and a Saturday each month. Beginning this month we will connect a parish workday with our monthly English Divine Liturgy. That is, after the monthly English Liturgy we will hold a work day. The church is cleaned beautifully each week and we are very appreciative of those who do this work. However, for instance, that weekly cleaning does not include the candle stands. They dont need work every week necessarily, but if they dont get some attention at least monthly they can become pretty unattractive. The same is true of the exterior of the church the grounds need a little sprucing up on a monthly basis despite the care they receive weekly when the grass is cut. Altar Servers: we will perform our deep cleaning of the altar area after the monthly English liturgies as well. Please plan to join us for the English Liturgy on Saturday, July 19 at 8:00 a.m. and please plan to stay afterwards to help with the cleaning! Many hands make light work so please join in if you can!
Last Week to Register Vacation Bible School 2014 

Registration is now open for our Vacation Bible School! The school will be held at St. Vladimirs and some off-site locations from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, July 14-18. Please visit this Google Doc to sign up your child for the school:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1lhRaTUFle8vTD6eDnMPGw0o5tgU6NtUdFdDiVoPKNck/viewform?usp=send_form

Questions can be directed to Fr. Gregory contact information is on the form.
St. Anna of Kashin 

Please find below the very interesting life of St. Anna of Kashin. A young widow of a prince who raised her sons and then became a great God-bearing Mother of the Church - a beautiful and edifying tale adn one we recommend to our readers.

http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/71767.htm
When two or three are gathered in My Name... 

We encourage our readers to spend a few minutes to read the article below. It is a story of Russian immigration to Paraguay. First flourishing, then dwindling, and now growing again. With the Church there is hope - and the priest who wrote this article, simply by serving in the old church, has re-invigorated the community. We are certainly our readers too will find hope in this article.

http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/71676.htm
A Word from Elder Paisios for Consideration 

I have realized that the destruction of man lies in the abundance of material goods, because it prevents him from experiencing the presence of God and appreciating His benevolence. If you want to take someone away from God, give him plenty of material goods. He will instantly forget Him forever.

Elder Paisios (Eznepidis)
Today is American Independence Day 

We congratulate our readers, parish family, and friends with the civil holiday on which we celebrate American Independence. This is an important day for all of us living in the United States, and perhaps most of all for Orthodox Christians. Why is this such an important day for Orthodox Christians? On this day we have the opportunity to reflect on what it means to be free. Free from what? Free from whom? First, we must be thankful that we live in a country that allows us to practice our faith without hindrance from the government. This is a great freedom perhaps the greatest of freedoms and for this we should thank the Lord. Many of our families fled governments which persecuted people of faith and thus the freedom to practice our faith is especially dear to us. We must also be thankful that the Lord has allowed us to be partakers of His Grace in His Church. The Church is a spiritual hospital, in which we can become more and more free from sin as we are transformed into children of our God as we train ourselves to be less and less influenced by sin and the virtues of this world, and to be more and more influenced by the virtues of the next world the virtues our Lord taught us through His life and His Gospel and which grant us true freedom. May all seek this true freedom the freedom from sin! And may the Lord bless the United States of America to forever be a country in which all find the worldly freedom to seek true spiritual freedom!
Ann Arbor Russian Festival 2014 - SAVE THE DATE! 

Our 2nd Annual Russian Festival dates have been set for Saturday, October 4th and Sunday, October 5th, 2014. Please save these dates and spread the word. More information soon to come!
Brotherhood Feast Day is July 5 

Please plan to join us for the annual feast of St. John of Shanghai & San Francisco. St. John is the patron of our hard-working brotherhood and we congratulate all those who serve the parish church as members of the brotherhood with their patronal feast! Vigil for St. John is set for July 4 at 6:00 p.m. with Divine Liturgy at 8:00 a.m. on July 5. Learn more about our brotherhood at their web site:

http://stvladimiraami.org/stjohnbrother ... hood.shtml
Vigil & Confession at Vigil: Pretty Much Obligatory Preparation for the Divine Liturgy 

Each Saturday evening and before each feast day evening services are held at St. Vladimirs. This is not a throwback to some bygone era or an exercise for the clergy. Rather, this is a virtually obligatory preparation for the Divine Liturgy especially for those who intend to partake of the Holy Mysteries on Sunday or the feast day on the next day (but really for ALL communicants or not for the Orthodox Church is very much NOT a Sunday morning club, but rather a way of life meant to transform us spiritually which means we try to be in Gods house whenever possible). The Vigil is also the most educational part of the Divine Services - the verses sung and chanted at this feast teach us much about the specific commemoration and our faith in general. Those who live more than one hour drive from Ann Arbor, who are elderly, sick, or quite young need not feel obligated to attend these services, although all are of course welcome! However, if you do not fall into one of those categories you really should attend the Vigil service before communing. This is true of Confession as well. It is completely improper for those who do not live far from Ann Arbor, or who are not elderly, sick, or quite young to come to Confession on Sunday morning or the morning of feast days. Yet quite often too often the Divine Liturgy starts late because those who could have come to Confession on Saturday evening or the eve of the feast did not do so, but rather seek to confess before the Divine Liturgy. This is not fair to anyone. If we consistently start Liturgy late this will train people to come later and later and this is wrong from an Orthodox point of view. We should come EARLY to Liturgy so we can light candles, buy prosphora, and otherwise arrange everything so that we are standing in our places when the Liturgy begins. Each person who plans to partake of Holy Communion should come to Vigil the evening before to confess and to attend as much of that service as possible.

Confessions are heard beginning at 5:00 p.m. every Saturday, during, and after Vigil. There are some parishes that do not allow Confession on Sunday mornings period. We have not gotten to that point yet, and we do not want to, but we are sadly moving in that direction. The guidelines above are really not optional and they are not for someone else they are for you. Of course there are always exceptions, and you should talk with Fr. Gregory if you feel an exception is warranted in this regard. As we grow as a parish family it is especially important that we be considerate of others by following these guidelines. Thank you for your attention to this important matter!
Diocesan Pastoral School is for Future Clergymen AND those Interested in their Faith 

Weve discussed our Diocese of Chicago & Mid-America Pastoral School extensively over the last few years at our parish. Please understand that the school is for those interested in serving the Holy Church as clergymen, BUT ALSO for those interested in learning more about their Orthodox faith - both men and women. You can learn more by visiting the Pastoral School web site please see Fr. Gregory with questions.:

http://www.orthodoxtheologicalschool.org/
Vacation Bible School 2014 Volunteer Sign Up Available! 

In order to make our Vacation Bible School a success each year we depend heavily on volunteers. Please examine the Google Doc found at the link below and sign up for as many of the activities as you possibly can. Please invite friends and loved ones to help as well! This is an outstanding opportunity to help the next generation of Orthodox Christians the future clergy and lay leaders of the Church to grow in their faith. MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE FUTURE TODAY sign up to volunteer for Vacation Bible School!

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AjMLCBGdOs46dEVsX3Vrd0pjMEdWU3VrWU5HUENSelE&usp=sharing
Apostles' Fast Began Monday, June 16 

The Apostles' Fast began Monday, June 16. This is an interesting Lenten period in that it varies in length every year. This is because the beginning of the fast is dependent on the date Pascha, while the end of the fast is always July 12 (the feast of Sts. Peter & Paul). Thus, when Pascha is early the fast is long, while when Pascha is late (as was the case last year) the fast is short. This year it is sort of medium in length - a little less than a month.

This fast is marked by less strict fasting than Great Lent or the Dormition Lent. Fish is allowed on many days of this fast, whereas during Great Lent and the Dormition Lent fish is almost not allowed at all. Please consult the full scheduled services at this link to see which days of the fast allow fish and which do not:

http://stvladimiraami.org/calendars/newschedule.pdf

As always we encourage our parish family to contact Fr. Gregory, Fr. Michael, or Fr. Joseph with questions about fasting or any other aspect of our Orthodox Christian life.
Construction on Jackson Rd. June-August 2014 DETOUR REQUIRED TO GET TO CHURCH 

Jackson Road will be closed east of St. Vladimirs from mid-June through sometime in August. This will affect most of our parishioners so we urge you to plan your travel accordingly. Planning ahead will make this a slight inconvenience. The official announcement can be found on the Washtenaw County Road Commission Site:

http://www.wcroads.org/node/2209

Unfortunately the detour map is not terribly helpful. Our map, centered on St. Vladimirs (and with simple directions), can be found here:

http://stvladimiraami.org/flyers/jackso ... detour.pdf

In short, if you come to St. Vladimirs using Jackson Road from the east you will need to go south on Parker to Jerusalem Road and take it west (this is the only direction you can choose) until Dancer Road. You will then go north (right) to Jackson, take a right on Jackson, and the church is on your left.

If you come to St. Vladimirs using Parker from the south turn left (west) on Jerusalem Road and take it west (this is the only direction you can choose) until Dancer Road. You will then go north (right) to Jackson, take a right on Jackson, and the church is on your left.

If you come to St. Vladimirs using I-94 from the east you may want to consider continuing west to Fletcher Road (that is, driving past the church) and circling back on Jackson Road (approaching the church from the west) rather than exiting on Baker Rd. This would allow you to avoid all construction on Jackson Rd.
No Cell Phones in Church Please 

Please be courteous to your fellow worshipers and be sure to turn off your cell phone when entering the church, or at the very least turn the ringer to the vibrate function. When traveling in Russia Fr. Gregory saw this sign: "Those cell phones that ring in church will be submerged in Holy Water!". We will not go that far, but we hope this helps you remember how important it is to turn off your phone...

Thank you for you attention to this important matter!
Saturday Divine Liturgies this Summer - You Can Help! 

In order to help our new clergymen become more familiar with serving the Divine Liturgy we intend to serve the Divine Liturgy each Saturday through August. To do that, though, we will need a little help. Not a lot of help just a little. In order to practically serve Liturgy we will need one singer, one reader, and one altar server. To help facilitate our many willing volunteers and to help keep communication clear about who is serving which service we have created an on-line signup sheet for this effort you can find that here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AjMLCBGdOs46dGx6OW5yLUZwbzlQVWFKOTJCaDhhRGc&usp=sharing

You do not need to have a Google account to access or edit this document (edit = you sign up for open slots). Please take a few minutes now, examine your schedule, and sign up for as many times as you reasonably can to help. Spread the word this is a great opportunity for everyone to learn more about the Divine Liturgy by singing/reading/serving more often! And what better way is there really to begin a summer weekend than to participate in the Divine Liturgy? That is rhetorical there is no better way!
Appropriate Attire in Church - Please be Attentive 

During the warm spring and summer months, just as during the cold winter months, we sometimes forget the necessity of dressing appropriately for church services. We include below a helpful guide for appropriate dress in church. Thank you very much for supporting our parish family by conforming to these important standards (which are applicable to all Divine Services not just Sunday Divine Liturgy)!

http://www.stvladimiraami.org/flyers/properattire.pdf

In the winter months we dont really have to think about things like dresses that do not cover the shoulder or short pants, but in the summer we do - and summer weather is already upon us. A few practical tips in this regard:

If you have a dress that does not cover your shoulders that you would like to wear to church that is just fine, but please cover your shoulders with a shawl or light sweater while in church
Shorts are not appropriate in church. Somehow we struggle with this every spring and summer as a parish family. This is likely because this has not been made clear in the past and we ask the forgiveness of all for not being as clear as we should have been. So, to be as clear as possible: shorts should not be worn in church by anyone of any age at any time.
JEANS and T-SHIRTS: too often gentlemen gloss over this sort of note as something that pertains only to women. NOT TRUE! We ask that parishioners come to church in dress casual clothes - not the clothes of the street or the garden. In some cases jeans could be appropriate - but that would be a very rare exception. T-shirts are never acceptable unless worn under a sports coat or sweater. It is not fair for us to ask our female parishioners to be attentive to the standard and for our gentlemen to not have to make an effort as well. We all stand before God in the parish church. If we keep this in mind we will make our best decisions regarding what we wear to God's house.
Do You Receive our Emails? 

Do you receive our weekly emails? If not you should! Lots of information comes out by email every Monday and Friday. This is also the timeliest way to receive updates on parish events, schedule changes, births, deaths, etc. To join our parish email list please send a note asking to be added to: stvladimiraami@yahoo.com. For those who use twitter you can also follow us @stvladimiraami. We urge all to take advantage of these opportunities to keep up to date with the life of our parish!
July English Cycle of Services Set 

Please join us Friday evening July 18 at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday morning July 19 at 8:00 a.m. for our monthly cycle of all English services. More than that - invite friends and loved ones! This is a missionary effort meant to introduce those outside the Church to the beauties of Orthodoxy as well as nourish our present parish family members.

If you had a good recipe for a tasty desert you wouldnt keep that from others. If you had the cure for a terrible disease of course you wouldnt keep that from others. But we have the cure for the most important problem plaguing mankind: spiritual sickness. Do not keep this from others! Invite them to the spiritual hospital which is the Holy Church!
Housing Student from Russia 

Russia with Love, of which St. Vladimirs is a member congregation, has been able to secure a visa for Andrey Terekhov, a very promising young man (17 years old) from Moscow. Andrey will be in Ann Arbor until September 6 to study English. This is the same arrangement we were able to secure with Liza Kiselev several years ago. Certainly our parishs experience with Liza has been quite positive. Given our vetting of candidates for these rare opportunities we have no reason to believe that the experience with Andrey will be any less remarkable. Andrey speaks English quite well already, and is likely to progress quickly in this regard as he continues his courses at the Michigan Language Academy. Please welcome Andrey when you see him at St. Vladimirs!

We need housing for Andrey during his time here in Ann Arbor. Russia with Love offers a stipend of $100 per week to the family that hosts Andrey. Please contact Fr. Gregory as soon as possible if you are interested in helping in this way. Thank you in advance for your hospitality!
Vacation Bible School 2014 Volunteer Sign Up Available! 

In order to make our Vacation Bible School a success each year we depend heavily on volunteers. Please examine the Google Doc found at the link below and sign up for as many of the activities as you possibly can. Please invite friends and loved ones to help as well! This is an outstanding opportunity to help the next generation of Orthodox Christians the future clergy and lay leaders of the Church to grow in their faith. MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE FUTURE TODAY sign up to volunteer for Vacation Bible School!

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AjMLCBGdOs46dEVsX3Vrd0pjMEdWU3VrWU5HUENSelE&usp=sharing
Registration Open Vacation Bible School 2014 

Registration is now open for our Vacation Bible School! The school will be held at St. Vladimirs and some off-site locations from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, July 14-18. Please visit this Google Doc to sign up your child for the school:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1lhRaTUFle8vTD6eDnMPGw0o5tgU6NtUdFdDiVoPKNck/viewform?usp=send_form

Questions can be directed to Fr. Gregory contact information is on the form.
Scripture Readings for the Coming Week 

"This is the cause of all evils: the ignorance of the Scriptures. We go into battle without arms, and how ought we to come off safe?" -St. John Chrysostom, Homily IX on Colossians.

In order to help increase the general knowledge of scripture in our parish family we present here for your edification the scripture readings for the coming week. At least one Gospel Reading and one Epistle reading are assigned for each day of the year (although during Great Lent the readings are from the Old Testament). Hearing or reading only those readings appointed for Sunday merely scratches the surface of the great spiritual wealth that the scriptures provide us. Some of the readings are easily understandable others are less so. As Orthodox Christians we do not make private interpretation of scripture, but rather consult the fathers of the Church for their explanations to aid us in our understanding. Those wishing to have access to such explanations are asked to contact Fr. Gregory or inquire in the kiosk for further reading in this regard. Bibles may also be acquired in the kiosk.

Monday: Romans 7:1-13 & Matthew 9:36-10:8
Tuesday: Romans 7:14-8:2 & Matthew 10:9-15
Wednesday: Romans 8:2-13 & Matthew 10:16-22
Thursday: Romans 8:22-27 & Matthew 10:23-31
Friday: Romans 9:6-19 & Matthew 10:32-36,11:1
Saturday: Romans 3:28-4:3 & Matthew 7:24-8:4

Please find below several very nice articles on how to read the scripture from an Orthodox point of view.

By St. Justin (Popovich):

http://www.orthodoxinfo.com/phronema/bible_how.aspx

By Bishop Kalistos (Ware):

http://www.orthodoxinfo.com/phronema/ware_howto.aspx

This short article explains to us not just HOW to read the scriptures, but also what our goal should be in reading the scriptures. A short read and well worth it:

http://www.chrysostompress.org/reading_scripture.html

As noted in the article above we need God's help and blessing to read and understand the scriptures correctly. What better way to entreat God's help in this regard than through prayer? Please find the prayer before reading the scriptures here:

http://www.chrysostompress.org/prayer_b ... pture.html
Weekly Parish Prayer List Posted 

Please keep our parishioners, friends, and those who have asked us in our unworthiness to pray for them in your prayers this coming week. Our parish prayer list can be found here:

http://www.stvladimiraami.org/SundayRea ... erlist.pdf

PLEASE NOTE! We have removed those from the list that we believe no longer should be present there. If you requested that someone be included in this list please review it carefully to make sure we have not removed someone erroneously. If we have, please contact Fr. Gregory to have your loved one again added to the list.
Fr. Seraphim Rose on the Apostles' Fast 

This article is a little bit about the Apostles' Fast, but a lot about humbling ourselves. As Orthodox Christians we embrace humility - theoretically. But how many of us embrace it fully? One can only answer this for himself, but reading this article may help our readers to understand that they may need to work on this virtue a bit more, then a bit more, then repeat ad infinitum...

http://www.pravmir.com/the-apostles-fast-and-theology/
"The law of fasting ... is essentially a law for the mind." 

This is an interesting exposition on fasting by St. Ignatius (Brianchaninov). How easy it is for us to forget that we are in the midst of the Apostles Fast! During the winter fasts we do not smell our neighbors' barbecues. It is easier to focus on the fast and its spiritual aspects. But somehow in the summer this is so much more difficult! We hope that St. Ignatius' words are a help to all our readers on the spiritual path which is the Apostles' Fast!

http://www.pravmir.com/concerning-fasting/
Photo Album of Obediences on Mount Athos 

We hope our readers enjoy this photo album of obediences from the monastic republic of Mount Athos. We often wonder what life in a monastery is like. Of course the greatest struggle is spiritual, but these pictures give us a little window into the external order of the monastery work day.

http://www.pravoslavie.ru/foto/set1168.htm
Mercy as a Way of Life 

This is a very interesting account of a group of Sisters of Mercy in Kiev. There is also a bit of history about how this movement in the Russian Orthodox Church started during World War I. This is well worth the read - lots of good pictures as well. We recommend it highly to our readers!

http://journeytoorthodoxy.com/2012/11/1 ... y-of-life/
Teens Killer Embraced by Victims Mother 

We speak a lot about forgiveness in our parish family. This is because the Lord calls us to forgive in His Gospel, but nowhere there does He say this will be easy. Often God challenges man to overcome natural inclinations and to rise above them in this case to forgive even those who have hurt us or those we love. We hope that the very remarkable act of forgiveness explained in the article below will motivate all our readers to reflect on this Christian obligation. If we are harboring grudges are they really as egregious as the horrible act this mother was able to forgive? And if they are not so egregious should we not immediately crush this demonic grudge beneath the love shown by forgiveness? If the Lord calls us to this, even if He does not promise it will be easy, we can be certain that He will bless us if we make a sincere effort in this regard. And if we do not harbor grudges can we not learn to be quick to forgive by the remarkable act of forgiveness by this grieving mother?

English:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/1 ... mg00000063

Russian:

http://www.pravmir.ru/urok-lyubvi-mat-p ... y-docheri/
Patriarch Kyrill's Encyclical for Peace in Ukraine in English 

As promised in yesterday's noon announcement, we are posting here Patriarch Kyrill's encyclical in English.

http://russianorthodoxchurch.ws/synod/e ... dress.html

There is also a prayer mentioned there which is in the process of being translated presently. This prayer will be used in all parishes and monasteries of our diocese beginning this Sunday.

We ask all our readers to pray fervently for peace in the Ukraine and, as the Patriarch asks of us, follow the present fast strictly. Prayer and fasting are the two swords of spiritual struggle the Lord notes in the gospel are most effective for fighting evil. Let us not discard fasting even as we engage in prayer, but rather combine the two so that we might be the most effective in our entreaties to the Lord for peace!
Weekly Educational Offering 

We present here a short educational offering for both children and adults. Parents are asked to review the childrens portion with their children. It is very important for us to attend the Divine Services on Sundays and whenever else we are able, but in addition it is our spiritual responsibility to educate ourselves and our families in the faith. It is our hope that this mid-week offering will be an aid in this regard. Please contact Fr. Gregory with questions or suggestions.

For Adults: an explanation on last Sunday's Gospel reading by Blessed Theophylact:

http://chrysostompress.org/c_first_pentecost.html

For Children an activity based on last Sunday's Gospel reading for various ages:

http://www.antiochian.org/sites/default ... 6-15-a.pdf
Patriarch Kyrill: I appeal to all who influence this decision: immediately stop the bloodshed 

Today His Holiness Patriarch Kyrill has published an important encyclical to all children of the Russian Orthodox Church throughout the world. As of now this has not been translated into English, but we will publish it here when it has been. Given the importance of his statement one would expect the translation to be forthcoming quite quickly.

In short the Patriarch entreats all who are fighting in Ukraine to stop immediately and to engage in real and consequential negotiations for peace. As he notes, the history of Rus (Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia) has shown time after time that internecine war war between brothers in faith has benefited only invaders and destroyers and as head of the Local Orthodox Church which encompasses both the countries of Russia and Ukraine he calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities and a halt to mindless and destructive fratricide. His Holiness states unequivocally that the people of Rus are one based on their shared spiritual birth from one in the same baptism lead by St. Vladimir in the Dnieper River over 1000 years ago. This is the latest in a series of statements by Patriarch Kyrill and Metropolitan Onuphry (acting Metropolitan of Kiev) calling for a ceasing of hostilities statements that date back to the very beginning of this crisis. May the Lord grant that those who are promoting this civil war finally head the Patriarchs counsel and seek a solution via peaceful means!

Read the original encyclical in Russian here:

http://www.patriarchia.ru/db/text/3675015.html
Non-Sunday Signup Sheet Available 

Please visit the link below to sign up to sing, read, or serve at any of the non-Sunday Divine Services at St. Vladimir's:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AjMLCBGdOs46dGx6OW5yLUZwbzlQVWFKOTJCaDhhRGc&usp=sharing

We thank our parish family for their continuous help and support with the Divine Services. These services are the "theology in action" of the Orthodox Church. Please join us as your schedule allows!
Apostles' Fast Begins Today 

We congratulate all our parish family with the beginning of Apostles' Fast today. This is an interesting Lenten period in that it varies in length every year. This is because the beginning of the fast is dependent on the date Pascha, while the end of the fast is always July 12 (the feast of Sts. Peter & Paul). Thus, when Pascha is early the fast is long, while when Pascha is late (as was the case last year) the fast is short. This year it is sort of medium in length - a little less than a month.

This fast is marked by less strict fasting than Great Lent or the Dormition Lent. Fish is allowed on many days of this fast, whereas during Great Lent and the Dormition Lent fish is almost not allowed at all. Please consult the full scheduled services at this link to see which days of the fast allow fish and which do not:

http://stvladimiraami.org/calendars/cur ... lendar.pdf

As always we encourage our parish family to contact Fr. Gregory, Fr. Michael, or Fr. Joseph with questions about fasting or any other aspect of our Orthodox Christian life.
Are you sick or homebound? Do you know someone who is? 

If you are sick or homebound or know a member of our parish family who is please be sure to let Fr. Gregory know as soon as you can! We want to minister to our ill and aging parish family members, but especially if someone is suddenly unable to come to church it may take a few weeks for Fr. Gregory to figure this out on his own. Much better is to let him know so the person who is unable to come to church (for whatever reason) does not have to wait for him to become aware of this. Thank you for your attention to this important matter!
St. Vladimirs is an Electronic Gaming Equipment Free Zone 

At the Parish Council meeting on Sunday, July 22 the proliferation of Nintendo DS, iPads, smart phones, and other similar portable electronic gaming equipment was discussed. The council decided to make our parish a game free zone during the times of the Divine Services. Thus, we ask all parents to see to it that ALL electronic gaming devices not be used during the Divine Services at St. Vladimirs. It is very important that all parents support this policy, since if just one child brings an electronic game to the church it will attract and distract others from prayer or their other spiritual duties (such as serving in the altar or ringing the bells).

We are aware that the Divine Services can be somewhat long. It is understood that children, especially young children, need a break from time to time. However, older children and teenagers should be able to participate in the Divine Services without nearly the number of breaks that young children need. Children from age 7 or so are invited to serve in the altar, help to ring the bells, or sing in the choir. Those much older than that who need breaks (and we trust parents to make the best decision in this regard for their children) are encouraged to walk along the sidewalk around the parish church and contemplate the natural beauty that our Lord has given to us as a sign for His love for us before returning quickly to the church to continue to participate in the Divine Services. Please contact Fr. Gregory with questions or concerns about this new policy.
After the Liturgy Our Responsibilities 

At Bishop Peters direction we ask each of our parishioners following the Divine Liturgy to listen to the Thanksgiving Prayers after Holy Communion as we come to kiss the cross and receive the blessed bread. Those who have not communed should listen to the prayers and thank God that others did have that opportunity while reflecting on when they themselves could next partake of the Holy Mysteries. Those who communed, of course, should listen very attentively to the prayers and thank God for the great gift which they have received at the Divine Liturgy. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD ANY CONVERSATIONS TAKE PLACE DURING THIS TIME except brief exchanges with the priest at the cross. The Divine Liturgy ends only when the curtain of the altar is closed after all parishioners have venerated the cross. Only after the curtain is closed should candles be blown out or conversations take place. We thank you for your attention to this important aspect of our worship. Questions in this regard should be directed to Fr. Gregory or our Starosta, Karl Meyer.
Better Understanding the Divine Services 

Recently several of our parishioners have asked about how they can better understand the Divine Services. This is an excellent question. We believe that the excerpt below, from Fr. Seraphim Slobodskoys Law of God is an excellent introduction to the Divine Services. Of course there are volumes and volumes written providing more detail, and those who are interested in learning even more are asked to contact Fr. Gregory. But for a good foundation we recommend the pamphlet below. As always, we encourage and urge you to contact Fr. Gregory or Fr. Michael with any questions about this or any other aspect of our faith.

http://www.stvladimiraami.org/pamphlets ... rvices.pdf
New Church Page on our Site 

Often people ask us to share the renderings of the new church, including the video rendering. For the convenience of all we have compiled all this information on one page on our parish web site. You can find that page here:

http://www.stvladimiraami.org/newchurch

Please spread the word! In one diocese during the times of Soviet persecution of the Church the local bishop used to send a coded telegraph to the Patriarch in Moscow on those rare occasions that a new church could be opened in his diocese. His words were: Your Holiness, a new candle has been lit in our diocese. Let us light another candle here in our own diocese from which the light of Christs love will shine forth and welcome all!
St. Vladimir's Youth Fund 

We have established a Youth Fund for our parish so that we can support our young people in their travels to youth conferences, on parish pilgrimages, and in other ways that edify them and prepare them for life as adult Orthodox Christians and future leaders of our parishes. Please remember the Youth Fund in your will or otherwise support this worthy undertaking through your philanthropy. More information is available from our Starosta, Nathan Longan, or from Fr. Gregory. Thank you for your investment in the future generations of Orthodox Christians!
Learning more about our Faith 

Our Orthodox Christian faith is a great gift given to us by our Lord and Savior Himself. As with any gift we should be grateful for this one, but realize also that it is our responsibility not just to be grateful in the abstract, but to delve into our faith, to lean about our faith, to know our faith not as an abstraction, but because it is helpful for our salvation to understand the gift that the Lord has given us. To learn more about your faith please visit the special web page we have created on our site for this express purpose. The address is found below. Please contact Fr. Gregory with questions regarding this or any spiritual topic.

http://www.stvladimiraami.org/orthodoxinfo.shtml
St. Vladimirian Offers Tutoring in Math and Science 

Our parish family member, Dmitri Apostolou, offers tutoring in math and science subjects via the organization he has co-founded called Teaching the World. Tutoring is free, but donations are accepted to support one scholarship awarded to a student at Washtenaw Community College each semester. Dimitri accepts students from 3:00-5:30 p.m. Mondays. Please contact him for more information: (734)-355-6981, or email: DimitriPA<AT>gmail.com.
Volunteers Needed Diocesan Youth Cross Procession 

The diocesan youth committee would like to hold a cross procession this coming Labor Day weekend that would end at St. Vladimirs. We are seeking volunteers to help with this procession. This is not yet a done deal if we can get a cadre of volunteers we will like do this. If we do not then we will put it off until next year. If you would like to help please email Fr. Gregory not later than June 2: ogrisha@stvladimiraami.org. On June 3 we will evaluate the response and decide whether this is a realistic project for this summer.
Help Fr. Gregory Serve our Russian Speaking Parishioners 

We would like to offer a weekly "mini-bulletin" with translations of the scriptures read on the weekend into Russian, as well as a short sermon on the theme of the Sunday Gospel reading in Russian. These would be available for distribution at our kiosk for those who do not understand English well. This is not a large population in our parish (almost all of our native Russian speakers also speak English fluently), but there are a few people that this mini-bulletin will benefit. If you would like to help Fr. Gregory prepare this mini-bulletin please contact him. No translation will be necessary, but a working knowledge of Russian and of MS Word or other similar word processor will be needed. Thank you in advance for assisting with this important ministry!
Rough Outline of New Church Project/Campus 

In response to a request at our parish meeting/brainstorm on Sunday, August 25 please find a rough outline of the new church, social/educational center, other structures, parking lots, etc., that will be located on our parish property once the future building project is fully executed at the link below. PLEASE NOTE! This is a DRAFT which is meant to give our parish family a general understanding of the vision of this project. This is not meant to be an exact representation of the final project. Such an exact representation will be completed as we rework our master plan for Lima Township and receive feedback from them. We hope you find this helpful. Please contact any member of our Building Team (Deacon Zacharias, Karl Meyer, Konstantin Poplavsky, Nathan Longan, Curtis Johnson, John Hill, Leta Nikulshina, Natalia Kondrashova, Igor Obertas) or Fr. Gregory with questions.

http://stvladimiraami.org/stewardship/s ... sdraft.pdf
Prophora: Best Practices + Food or Gum or Drink during Divine Services 

As most are aware, the best way to commemorate our friends and loved ones both the living and the reposed is by sending a prosphora to the altar at the Divine Liturgy with their names. This is quite efficacious as the anecdote at this link teaches us:

http://www.stvladimiraami.org/pamphlets ... hedead.pdf

Somehow we have developed an odd culture in our parish regarding prosphora. Often we see children eating the prophora in church during the Divine Services as a sort of after Communion snack. It is my fault that this has happened as I clearly have not provided enough information in this regard to our parish family. I ask your forgiveness. It is not proper for prophora to be consumed in this way. Prosphora should be eaten with prayer for those who have been commemorated never as a snack. This is practiced most often and most appropriately at home each morning of the week: a small amount of prophora is eaten on a fasting stomach (before breakfast) after morning prayers with prayerful remembrance of those for whom the prophora was sent into the altar at the Divine Liturgy. If the children need a snack after Communion that is perfectly fine and understandable but prosphora are not a snack. Further, the church is not the place to snack. Food should not be eaten during the Divine Services in the church proper. It is understood that this can be a little confusing since we are forced to use the church for our meals after the services. But the key word here is after never during. If children must have a snack or drink after Communion and before the parish meal parents are asked to bring the children to the kitchen or the childrens room and to be sure to clean up after their children. We have also noticed that children (and sometimes even adults) are chewing gum during the Divine Services. This is also improper as, whether we like this or not, chewing gum carries with it an aura of excessive informality that is inappropriate in the church. Just as we do not sit before God in worship we also do not chew gum, eat, or drink during worship. Again, no one is at fault that these things are happening except for me and I ask your forgiveness. Please work with me to help those who are not aware of these general guidelines to follow them but please do so with love and understanding. It is perfectly acceptable to cite me as the reason that food cannot be eaten or gum chewed in the church but please do so with love. It is not a sin to be ignorant, but it is a sin to drive someone from the church because they are ignorant. Let us educate each other and support each other with love as a parish family in this there is no sin.

Fr. Gregory
Prayer Request Fr. Gleb Grozovsky 

We are asking the prayers of our parishioners for our friend, Priest Gleb Grozovsky, from St. Petersburg. We also ask your prayers for Fr. Glebs wife Tatiana and their children Anastasia, Elena, Sophia, and Seraphim. The entire family is now trying to weather a very serious crisis and your prayers will be much appreciated.

As many of you know, Fr. Gleb was the head of the St. Petersburg diocesan Youth Department, very active on radio and television in spreading the faith, appointed the Rector of a new parish (and tasked with raising the funds and building a new church for this new parish), and the chaplain for the St. Petersburg professional soccer team Zenit. In other words, Fr. Gleb is one of the most recognizable priests in St. Petersburg. He has also been somewhat outspoken regarding the abuses of the juvenile justice system in Russia and the treatment of orphans in state orphanages.

Recently Fr. Gleb was accused of molesting children. Today the St. Petersburg Diocese came out with a very strong official statement supporting Fr. Gleb and stating that they hope for the restoration of Fr. Glebs good name and that the investigation be a fair one. Further the statement says that there have been many lies in this case already. Fr. Gleb has not been defrocked or even suspended, although he has been removed from his pastoral duties at his own request (this is normal and exactly what would happen abroad if such an accusation was made against one of our priests). The statement of the diocese and the fact that he has not been suspended show clearly that the diocese of St. Petersburg feels that these are trumped up charges meant only to undermine Fr. Glebs active and successful ministry.

The question of guilt or innocence is not the main thing at this point, although it does seem that Fr. Gleb has been targeted for his strong advocacy for children who cannot defend themselves in Russia. Now it is important for us to pray for Fr. Gleb and his family. The pain and stress they must be undergoing at this point are frankly unimaginable. We have every expectation that Fr. Gleb will be fully vindicated in this case. No matter what happens our prayers truly help. Please remember Fr. Gleb and his family in your prayers that the Lord will arrange all for their salvation and His glory.

Fr. Gregory
Gifts for St. Vladimir's 

We very much appreciate gifts that people give to our parish. Sometimes such a gift might be an old family heirloom, other times it might be something new purchased for the parish. We thank everyone for all their generous gifts! We ask, however, especially if you would like to donate something new, that you first talk to Fr. Gregory or Karl Meyer. We ask that only because, for instance, we happen to have several copies of some icons, but no copies of other icons. The gift is of course up to you! But knowing what the parish needs may be helpful and important to you as you decide on your gift. Thank you for your consideration, and thank you for your support of your parish family!
Drivers - Please SLOW DOWN! 

Please be aware of the many children who are playing outside at our parish at this time of year. Of course, we urge parents to have the children inside for the Divine Services, but we also realize that the services are long and children sometimes need a break. Drivers are driving into the driveway and towards the church ENTIRELY TOO FAST. Someone is going to get seriously hurt or killed if we do not begin to slow down. PLEASE, for the sake our children be careful! We appreciate your zeal to get to the Divine Services on time, but we would rather have you a minute or two late and everyone safe, then on time and a tragedy. Thank you for your attention to this matter.
If you don't know please ask! 

We have occassionally find things damaged in and around the church sometimes things that are somewhat expensive because someone didnt know how to use these things and subsequently destroyed them. Please, if you dont know how to use something or how to do something: ask! We VERY MUCH APPRECIATE everyones willingness to help, but we ask that if you get into a situation in which you arent sure how to run a piece of machinery or use a certain chemical or open a locked area, etc., that you call our Starosta at 734-945-0490 or Fr. Gregory at 734-649-5746. It is our Christian obligation to be good stewards of those things the Lord has given to us. Thank you for your attention to this important matter.
Young People belong in Church not outside and not in the Kitchen 

Of course we understand that our Divine Services are long and that everyone needs a little break occasionally. That being said, it is basically impossible to underestimate the spiritual importance of the Divine Liturgy and our participation in it. Please remember, we PARTICIPATE in the Divine Liturgy through our prayers, we do not approach it as a spectator would a sporting event. We are asking parents to supervise their children and assure that the children are in the church during the Divine Liturgy and other Divine Services and that if they absolutely must go out, that they return as quickly as possible. All those without children should be supportive of our parents and never shoo them out of the church if their child is a bit noisy. The noise of a fussy child is the voice of the future of our parish! Children will only learn to love the Divine Services if they are exposed to them and it is our responsibility as parents to assure that this happens, as well as assure that they understand the Divine Services and their significance by sending them to the parish Church School to be educated in their faith. Please contact Fr. Gregory with questions.
Confession ends at 9:45 a.m. every Sunday 

Confession on Sunday mornings is held from 9:00-9:45 a.m. It is important for us to remember that this time frame is reserved for those who are quite infirm, very young, or who live very far from St. Vladimirs. All others should attend Saturday evening services and partake of Confession then (either before the Saturday evening services every Saturday at 5:00 p.m. or during the Saturday service). Attendance at Saturday evening services is an important part of preparing to partake of the Holy Mysteries on Sunday.

At 9:45 a.m. sharp each Sunday the altar servers will place stanchions and a sign reminding us that Confessions end at 9:45 a.m. behind the last person in each confession line. Please respect your fellow parishioners and do not bypass these barriers if you are not in line by 9:45 a.m. By adhering to this simple courtesy we will be certain to begin the Divine Liturgy on time each Sunday. Thank you for your attention to this important matter.
Ways to Get Involved 

Parents Enroll Your Children in the Church School!
Youth Join the St. Herman of Alaska Youth Group!
Ladies Join the St. Xenia of St. Petersburg Sisterhood!
Gentlemen Join the St. John of Shanghai & San Francisco Brotherhood!
Adults Take Part in the Adult Group Discussions!

For more information please contact Fr. Gregory

Traveling to Russia or Ukraine? Your Help Needed! 

Are you traveling to Russia or Ukraine anytime this summer? If so, would you be willing to bring a few things back for sale in our kiosk? If so, please contact Fr. Gregory, Albina Poplavsky, or John Hill. Thank you for your consideration!
Human Trafficking - It Happens in Michigan - What Parents Need to Do 

This is an admittedly adult topic - but a topic that effects our children. Human trafficking happens in Michigan - probably much more often than you think it does. We can approach this with the ostrich tactic (put our heads in the sand and pretend it is not happening) - and frankly we often do. Or we can educate ourselves on how to protect our children. The choice is yours as a parent.

Find below a link to a short Michigan Radio story that ran on Monday's "State Side" program on this topic:

http://www.michiganradio.org/post/state ... -auto-show

There is a link from that story to the S.O.A.P. web site. You can also find it here:

http://www.traffickfree.com/

Please consider how you, as a believer, can help those suffering such a terrible fate - not in Africa or Asia - but HERE in our communities. Let us begin with prayer for the victims, but also let us consider how greater action might be taken. As our Lord taught His disciples, He was incarnate to serve - not to be served. As those who bear His honorable name we too have this responsibility. Perhaps this is an area where we can apply this edict given to us by our Savior? Please consider this, pray about this, and discuss with Fr. Gregory if you are interested in helping.

Catechists Needed 

Our parish is in need of several volunteer Catechists to help assist those preparing for baptism. Both men and women are welcome to take part in this work. A comprehensive knowledge of Orthodox Christianity is required training, preparation, and education will be provided as needed. Please contact Fr. Gregory to learn more about this important ministry and how you can assist others in preparation for their reception into the Church.
Help with Sunday Gospel Readings 

We would like to publish the weekly Saturday evening and Sunday morning gospel readings in Church Slavonic, Russian, and English to increase understanding of the scriptures and help those follow along who have difficulty doing so otherwise. But we need a little help. Could you lend a hand with this project? The benefits you would receive include a better understanding of the scriptures and the liturgical cycle of gospel readings. Just a little computer knowledge is necessary. Please contact Fr. Gregory if you can help!
Your Names Day Please Share Information 

We would like to know when each of our parishioners celebrates their names days (and for our Serbian parishioners your Slava). Please share that information with us so we can acknowledge you and see to it that you are appropriately commemorated at all services connected with your names day even if you cannot be in the church on that day. Please send information to info@stvladimiraami.org Thank you!

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