Many thanks to all who worked to host the Pan-Orthodox Vespers this past Sunday. Many hands worked at cleaning the church and hall, cooking, and decorating, all in the service of hospitality. Thanks especially to Kathy Barker for her work painting hallways and bathrooms.
There will be a collection basket out after Liturgy this Sunday if anyone would like to contribute toward the purchase of Pascha flowers. Flowers themselves can also be brought to the church on Holy Thursday morning.
Prayer Vigil Holy Friday/Holy Saturday
"Could you not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation."
~ Matthew 26: 40-41
This year, along with Orthodox Christians around the world, we will "watch and pray" by keeping a vigil at the tomb between the end of Matins for Holy Saturday (i.e. Friday night) and the beginning of the Vesperal Liturgy at 10 am on Holy Saturday.
The vigil involves nothing more than reading the Psalms out loud by the tomb. We will start with Psalm 1 after Matins, continue in order through Psalm 150, begin again with Psalm 1, and so on until the beginning of the Vesperal Liturgy.
The vigil can be kept by individuals, pairs, or larger groups -- but in the interests of fellowship and safety, we prefer that there be at least two people signed up for each one-hour slot. If you are interested in keeping part of the vigil, please sign up for one or more of the 13 one-hour slots.
For safety, we will follow the following procedures:
- Doors will be kept locked.
- When it comes time to switch, the incoming pair will phone the vigil-keepers from their vehicle. Phone contact will be maintained until the outgoing pair is safely in their vehicle(s).
- After 10 pm on Friday and before 9 am on Saturday, all participants will enter and exit through the elevator door.
East Side News ...
Eric Saathoff was interviewed by the East Side Review, and Holy Trinity gets a shout-out alongside new life in the neighborhood.
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Church School and Adult Education Notes
All classes normally meet at 9 am on Sunday mornings; this is the schedule for the next few weeks. There will be no church school or adult education classes on April 12 (Pascha) or April 19; the next Saturday church school class will be April 18 at 4 pm, followed by Vespers and the monthly potluck.
*Children and youth meet in church basement
*Adults meet in Archangel Michael Hall
Sunday, March 29 - "Stories of Chaplaincy"
Having spent a decade as a chaplain for the FBI, Fr Andrew Jaye will share his observations and impressions of this very legendary organization. He will explain what law enforcement chaplaincy is ... and share some entertaining anecdotes.
Sunday, April 5 - "Into the Heart of Monasticism"
Tim Lindwall invites you to join in the journey of exploring the life of monks and nuns of Orthodox monasticism. After 2 years of being closely connected to the Monastery of St John in California, Tim moved to that monastery and lived there for a year and half before returning back to "the world." By setting the social framework in the monastery rule, explaining what constitutes monastic work, explaining the four monastic vows, and the necessary geographical (and spiritual) departure from the world, Tim will lead us on a journey into the very heart of a monk. Why do people leave their loved ones, successful careers, the comforts of home, and every worldly attachment to sit in the silence? We know monks pray; so do pilgrims and they run to the desert and ask like the disciples, "Teach us how to pray." Tim would like to share their answers.
Note: No class on April 12 or April 19
(Do you have an idea or an interest in presenting a topic or leading a discussion for the adult class? )