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June 6, 2008

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FEAST OF HOLY PENTECOST – JUNE 15: The Feast of Holy Pentecost is celebrated each year on the fiftieth day after the Great and Holy Feast of Pascha (Easter) and ten days after the Feast of the Ascension of Christ. The Feast is always celebrated on a Sunday.  The Feast commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles on the day of Pentecost, a feast of the Jewish tradition. It also celebrates the establishment of the Church through the preaching of the Apostles and the baptism of the thousands who on that day believed in the Gospel message of salvation through Jesus Christ. The Feast is also seen as the culmination of the revelation of the Holy Trinity.  For more information on this feast, an explanation of the icon, to send an iconogram and more visit:

http://www.goarch.org/en/special/listen_learn_share/pentecost/learn/

GATHER MY PEOPLE TO MY HOME:  This is the theme for the 39th Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress which will be convened in Washington DC, July 13-17.  To read the first of a series of reflections on the theme by Archbishop Demetrios, visit the link below.  More information on the Congress and additional theme reflections will be available in the coming weeks at www.clergylaity.org.

 http://www.clergylaity.org/2008-theme_reflection.asp

CLERGY-LAITY REGISTRATION ONLINE: The 39th Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and National Philoptochos Convention will be held July 13-17 in Washington DC.  Registration materials are now available online and registration will continue through June.  Register early and make your plans now by visiting

http://www.clergylaity.org/  

NATIONAL YOUNG ADULT CONFERENCE IN DC: Young adults from the Washington-Baltimore Metropolitan area are working diligently to prepare for the 2008 Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America National Young Adult Conference, July 10-13, 2008 in Washington DC. This year’s conference will be held in conjunction with the 39th Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

http://www.yal2008.org  

ARCHBISHOP DEMETRIOS VISITS RUSSIA:  This past week His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios and a delegation from the Archdiocese has been in Russia.  The trip included services and meetings with Patriarch Alexy of Moscow and All Russia, and visits to churches and institutions of the Moscow Patriarchate and to the State Duma of the Russian Federation.

For news releases of the visit go to:

http://www.goarch.org/en/news/releases/

For photos go to:

http://photos.goarch.org/main.php?g2_itemId=21

OPPORTUNITIES ON 2008 OCMC MISSION TEAMS: Through work, witness, and worship, Orthodox Mission Teams become a visible expression of Christian love, unity, and support. The remaining fifteen 2008 Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) Mission Teams will serve in ten countries around the world. Several of these teams still need volunteers, and you could be the missing team member that Christ will send. Let your love for the Gospel and for others speak and work--share in a journey of faith!
*Since 1994, the OCMC has sent Teams to Western Tanzania to encourage the growth of Orthodoxy. The Tanzania Construction Team will help build a church in the newly elevated Metropolis of Mwanza. The Team will also visit, witness to, and encourage surrounding communities within the Metropolis. Dates are July 3 – 25, 2008.
*The India Teaching Team will offer catechism and outreach in Kolkata. Orthodox clergy and theologians are needed to preach, teach, baptize, and assist in the evangelical efforts of the Church in Kolkata. This small team will also offer a retreat for the local clergy of the area. This project will take place September 3-25, 2008.
*The Alaska Teaching Team to the Kenai Deanery will encourage and offer a living witness to different communities of the Kenai Peninsula, including Cordova, Valdez and Tatitlek. The Team will offer seminars, Vacation Bible Schools, retreats, counseling, evangelism, adult catechism, and bible studies in each of these communities. The dates are October 14 – 29, 2008.
*The Kenya Youth Team will join the youth of the Orthodox Church of Kenya to offer an annual youth retreat, which will draw participants from the Nyeri and Kasenge regions. Catechism and Orthodox renewal will take place during this event, which will reflect the transformation and joy that knowing Christ has meant to the youth of that region. The dates are December 28, 2008 – January 10, 2009.
*To participate on an OCMC Mission Team, you must be at least 18 years old and be an active member of the Church in good physical health. To apply, send in a completed Mission Team Application with reference form from an Orthodox Priest. OCMC is looking for spiritually mature individuals with good social skills who are motivated to learn and serve!
*If you would like to participate on one of these Orthodox Mission Teams in 2008, please contact the OCMC for additional information. Applications are available online at http://www.ocmc.org/teams.php . You can also contact the OCMC by Toll-Free Phone: 1-877-GO- FORTH (1-877-463-6784) or 1-904-829-5132, by e-mail [log in to unmask], or by mail: OCMC • P.O. Box 4319 • St. Augustine, FL 32085-4319.

ORTHODOX OBSERVER ONLINE: The May issue of the Orthodox Observer is now online.  Read the latest news from throughout the Archdiocese as well as special interest articles, information on resources and services and much more.

http://www.goarch.org/en/news/observer/

YOUNG ADULT SURVEY: In an effort to better understand and address the needs of young adults, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries has developed the Young Adult Survey. By listening to the voice of young adults living in our society, the Department is looking to create new, effective ministries for this demographic.  The Young Adult Survey is a short, online analysis that will help assess various aspects of young adult life.  To take the survey visit and for a chance to win an IPod Nano visit

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=VNxjzW_2fxtHXyvE0iF9U5Yw_3d_3d

NATIONAL ORTHODOX RADIO PROGRAM: This week's episode of Come Receive the Light, THE NATIONAL ORTHODOX RADIO PROGRAM, deals with the topic of gambling. Fr. Luke Veronis, Holy Cross professor and author of Missionaries, Monks, and Martyrs: Making Disciples of All Nations discusses the topic of gambling inside and outside of the church.

You can hear this program--and many others--by listening to our Internet radio stations, The ARK and The RUDDER, at http://www.myocn.net.  This week on "Special Moments in Orthodoxy," we feature Professor of Theology and former Dean at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology Fr. John Chryssavgis’ message on The Church and the Environment.  A Turning to the Fathers episode on St. the Text of Apothegmata and a Theologically Thinking episode from Fr. William Chiganos on Loving the Unlovable will also be available this week. Programs are also available on Podcast and OnDemand.

VACATION CHURCH SCHOOL RESOURCES: Our new Vacation Church School program is structured as a five-session day camp for elementary school students. A robust curriculum keeps children moving and engaged with hymns and camp songs, crafts, puppet theater, prayer services, classroom activities, daily full-group assemblies, spotlights on missions, and more. The comprehensive materials also provide suggestions for adapting VCS to a parish’s needs, such as alternative schedules and age groupings. This year’s VCS explores the four Great Feasts of the Church dedicated to the Theotokos, focusing on the theme of “Traveling on the Ark of Salvation.” Preorder and start planning now; kits will be shipped in late April.
 
For more information, call the Department of Religious Education (617-850-1218) or visit
 
http://www.goarch.org/en/archdiocese/departments/religioused/resources/

ENCOUNTERING THE MYSTERY – NEW BOOK BY ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW NOW AVAILABLE: Written with personal warmth and great erudition, ENCOUNTERING THE MYSTERY illuminates the rich culture and soul of Orthodox Christianity. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I traces the roots of Orthodox Christianity to its founding 2000 years ago, explores its spirituality and doctrine, and explains its liturgy and art. More especially, in a unique and unprecedented way, he relates Orthodox Christianity to contemporary issues, such as freedom and human rights, social justice and globalization, as well as nationalism and war.  Order your copy from Orthodox Marketplace at

http://www.orthodoxmarketplace.com/product.php?productid=19168

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Looking for music, icons or cards for Pascha this year? Take a look at our selection of traditional cards and icons for Great Lent and Holy Pascha:

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Has your child outgrown his or her children's bible? Are you looking for a book that will bring them more knowledge about the background of their faith in an easy to read format? This Pascha, consider giving them the Children's Bible Reader. You can view a portion of the Bible Reader online in English right now by visiting:

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You can purchase the Reader in either Greek or English versions for $19.99 for a single, for $159.99 for a case of 10. Use the button in the demo, or visit the Orthodox Marketplace product page at:

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Have you seen the new Orthodox Study Bible? Whether you have been waiting for this bible for years or are new to the faith and are looking for a bible with notes and commentary that will educate you about the Orthodox faith, this volume will not disappoint. Currently available in hardcover for $49.95 or in bonded leather for $79.95 - softcover edition available soon. Purchase it today at:

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This Pascha season we are expanding our catalog offerings and working hard to offer the best products for the season. To keep up to date on new products and service enhancements, be sure to sign up for our announcements email newsletter by visiting our homepage, scrolling down to the 'Announcements' section on the left-hand side, fill in your email address and click the subscribe button.

SUPPORT THE ARCHDIOCESE WHILE SEARCHING or SHOPPING ON THE WEB:    The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese has partnered with GoodSearch.com, a new search engine that donates half its revenue, about a penny per search, to the charities its users designate. You use it just as you would any search engine, and it's powered by Yahoo!, so you get great results. To use GoodSearch.com and support the ministries of the Archdiocese, simply go to:

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