This Thursday is the deadline for parents to register their children for two summer youth retreats. Elementary and middle-school-aged kids will attend this year’s Archdiocesan Youth Retreat, “Icons: Windows to Heaven,” taking place on Thursday the 18th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Pittsburgh; high school students will depart on an overnight camping excursion with the Orthodox Youth Association the next evening. Both events are free and will include prayer services, presentations, meals, and plenty of fun and fellowship. Holy Trinity will provide group transportation to both outings. To register or learn more, simply reply to this email.
At a special called meeting of the parish yesterday, Holy Trinity voting members authorized the Parish Council to purchase a half-acre tract of land in Beavertown to be used by the Chapel of the Holy Spirit. The vote was 63 in favor, none against, with 1 abstention. Look in your copy of the August Trisagion this week for more information on this milestone in the life of our Snyder County Outreach. Not yet a member of our mailing list? Contact the Parish Office today!
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Parents: Mark your calendars! August will feature two retreats for youth of all ages. On Thursday, August 18, our elementary and middle-school-aged kids will attend this year’s Archdiocesan Youth Retreat, “Icons: Windows to Heaven,” taking place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Pittsburgh. The next day (August 19), high school students will go on an overnight camping excursion with the Orthodox Youth Association. Both events are free and will include prayer services, presentations, meals, and plenty of fun and fellowship. Holy Trinity is providing group transportation to both outings. For questions or reservations (no later than August 4, please), email Dn. Alexander.
Thanks to your generosity yesterday, the Chapel of the Holy Spirit is now another $2,200 closer to its goal of raising funds to buy land in Beavertown. (To learn how you can help contribute, click here.) A special meeting of the entire parish is called for Sunday, July 31 to discuss and approve the purchase of this 0.55-acre tract of land. Quorum is required; please make every effort to attend.
Men’s Fellowship Breakfast returns this month this Saturday (June 16). It is a terrific opportunity for men–young and old–to gather for breakfast and spiritual reflection. Members of the group will also help return the church to normal for Great Vespers that evening. Thank you in advance!
Daily Vespers is canceled this Wednesday (June 13) so the altar and nave can be repainted this week. The soot buildup that has accumulated in the past few years will be removed and an oil-based primer will be applied to significantly limit future soot accumulation.
The Chapel of the Holy Spirit has a new mailing list for communicating events and other Chapel news. Messages will typically be sent once or twice per week. To subscribe, send an email to email@example.com and follow the instructions in the confirmation email. You can also complete the form on the brand new holyspirit-oca.org.
Watch the Pirates take on the Cincinnati Reds with fellow Orthodox Christians from the Archdiocese on Monday, July 18, at 7:05 p.m. The cost is only $19 and includes a Pirates Ball Cap! To order tickets or learn more, contact John Schultz at (304) 479-5071 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by July 11. The event is being co-sponsored by the Archdiocesan Youth Committee and F.O.C.A.
Please note the following schedule changes and additions to the following ministries this summer:
- To accommodate our growing group of new catechumens now preparing for Holy Illumination, Orthodoxy 2.0 will join forces with Orthodoxy 101 this summer to offer specialized instruction. The combined group will meet on the second and fourth Saturdays in July and August at 4 p.m. All are welcome.
- The Junior Orthodox Youth Association (Jr.OYA) for children in grades 5-8 will meet on July 24 this month; the high school group (OYA) is postponing its July meeting to plan an overnight August retreat.
- Vespers is canceled on Wednesday, June 13 so the altar and nave can be repainted. An oil-based primer will be applied to remove and limit future soot buildup.