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Services:
Saturday Vigil: 6:00 p.m.
Sunday Divine Liturgy: 10:00 a.m.

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Phone: (734) 475-4590
Address: 9900 Jackson Rd., Dexter, MI 48130-9426
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Festival Meeting Thank You! 
29/6/15, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
Yesterday during our monthly building fund dinner we held a parish-wide festival preparation meeting. At this meeting we clarified the reason for our festival (this is a missionary effort to bring those outside the Church to the Church and a great opportunity to build the bonds within our parish family by working together to accomplish something significant for God's glory), and how we can execute the festival in a financially stable way (see links below). This was a great meeting! We received feedback from many and some really great ideas were brought forth. Have ideas? Reach out and share them! Want to volunteer? We know you do Ц fill out the google doc today!

Sponsorship Pamphlet - print out and bring to businesses you frequent:

http://stvladimiraami.org/flyers/2015fe ... ochure.pdf

Volunteer for the Festival:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1LiLL9esKU3ZpsV8NZZXRPdIui7gu93Q-Kr1z5y6dGHg/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link
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BIG, BIG Thursday at St. Vladimir's! 
29/6/15, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
This week Thursday is a really big day for us at St. Vladimir's!

1. This is our brotherhood feast day and we encourage all the men of our parish to attend the Divine Services (Wednesday 6:00 p.m., Thursday 8:00 a.m.) as their schedule allows. And for those who can Ц please prepare to partake of Holy Communion on Thursday!

2. Thursday evening we welcome two seminarians from Sretensky Seminary in Moscow. This is a rare treat for us! We meet at 7:00 p.m. at the Poplavsky residence (email info@stvladimiraami.org for the address). We will have a short film about the monastery and seminary with a spiritual discussion to follow. A pot luck reception will take place Ц please contact our Head Sister, Leta Nikulshina, to let her know what you can bring to the reception. Please join us!
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Scripture Reading for the Coming Week 
28/6/15, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
"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 Ц 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 12:4-5,15-21 & Matthew 12:9-13
Tuesday: Romans 14:9-18 & Matthew 12:14-16,22-30
Wednesday: Romans 15:7-16 & Matthew 12:38-45
Thursday: Romans 15:17-29 & Matthew 12:46-13:3
Friday: Romans 16:1-16 & Matthew 13:4-9
Saturday: Romans 8:14-21 & Matthew 9:9-13

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
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Weekly Bulletin Posted 
28/6/15, 10:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
Our weekly bulletin, "Sunday Reading", has been posted at the following link:

http://www.stvladimiraami.org/SundayRea ... eading.pdf
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Weekly Parish Prayer List Posted  
28/6/15, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
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.
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July English Cycle - New Dates 
27/6/15, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
Please note that the all-English cycle of Divine Services for July will be Friday, July 24 at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, July 25 at 9:00 a.m. This is a NEW DATE. Please disregard the old date!
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Parish Festival Meeting this Sunday 
27/6/15, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
Please join us during the monthly building fund dinner for a brief meeting regarding our annual festival. Why do we hold the festival? How can you help? These are the two main issues we need to refocus on and these are the two topics we will discuss. Plan to join us and plan to be ready to sign up to volunteer! Our shared struggle to introduce new people to Orthodox Christianity through our festival helps strengthen the bonds of our parish family Ц don't miss this great opportunity!
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Divine Liturgy Explained 
26/6/15, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
The Divine Service we attend most often is the Divine Liturgy. We know it, but do we know it? The better we understand the Divine Liturgy the more we will engage in this "work of the people", and the more we will get from it. Or perhaps better put, the more it will transform us. And since we are seeking to be transformed into the children of God, should we not take the time to delve more deeply into the Divine Liturgy - the most theologically significant Divine Service? That is a purely rhetorical question of course, since the answer must be "yes"! The article below is a classic of the 20th century, written by one of the most influential theologians of that time. That time was not that long ago - and this article is well, well worth the read!

http://orthodoxinfo.com/general/pomaz_lit.aspx
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Forming an Orthodox Conscience 
26/6/15, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
Very few of us really want to be children of the world. Almost to a person we say we want to form an Orthodox Conscience - to be truly Churched. Although it is true that the Holy Fathers often say that it is the desire of one's heart that is important - where one wants to be even if one is not there yet - they also say that desire is not enough. One must act. If we want to be truly Churched, if we want to form an Orthodox Conscience - an Orthodox World View, to be truly transormed, then we have to act! It does us little good to bemoan our lack of progress and then jump right back into secular life with both feet. Rather - let us indeed act. A good beginning would be to read this article (which is only about 4 times longer than the note we have posted here). Put these guidelines into action and ask God's help and blessing on your work. You will be amazed at the progress you can make when you struggle sincerely and God, through your entreaties to Him, blesses your intent!

http://www.pravmir.com/how-to-form-an-o ... onscience/
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Important Article: For those who have been in Church for a Long Time 
25/6/15, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
The temptation of the older brother in the parable of the Prodigal Son is a strong one. We need regualr reminders not to fall into this temptation. This is your reminder for today! A good read - and very spiritually helpful. Take the 10 minutes today to help yourself spiritually by reading this article!

English:

http://www.pravmir.com/archpriest-dmitr ... long-time/

Russian:

http://www.pravmir.ru/protoierey-dimitr ... dnevnosti/
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