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February 13, 2009

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FEAST OF THE GREAT MARTYR THEODORE THE TYRON:  On February 17, the 
Orthodox Church commemorates the Feast of the Great Martyr Theodore the 
Tyron.  For the story of this saint and information on how he is 
commemorated visit this special site.

http://www.goarch.org/special/theodoretyre/index_html 


PREPARATIONS FOR GREAT AND HOLY LENT:  As we enter this  very sacred 
season of the year, use this special web site for guidance, reflection, 
and information on the commemorations of Great Lent.  The site provides 
articles, sermons, music, prayers, and much more to edify and strengthen 
you on your Lenten journey.

This Sunday will be the Sunday of the Prodigal Son, the second Sunday of 
the Triodion period.  Learn more about this feast, listen to hymns, read 
about the icon, and reflect on the meaning of this commemoration in 
preparation for Lent.

http://www.lent.goarch.org/ 


JANUARY ISSUE OF THE ORTHODOX OBSERVER ONLINE:  The January issue of the 
Orthodox Observer, the official newspaper of the Greek Orthodox 
Archdiocese of America, is now online.  Read the latest news, special 
features, and more at

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


NEW WEB SITE LAUNCHED BY NATIONAL FORUM OF CHURCH MUSICIANS:  The National 
Forum of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians has recently launched a new web 
site.  The site offers information on the programs and activities of the 
National Forum, and it also includes publications and resources, including 
the widely used Liturgical Guide.  The site has a special section with 
resources for choirs, chanters, youth choirs, and clergy.  Visit this new 
web site and discover how it will assist you in your service to the church 
and in parish ministry.

http://churchmusic.goarch.org/ 


2009-10 MALTA SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE:  The Office of the 
Chancellor has announced the availability of applications for the Malta 
Scholarship Program for the 2009-10 academic year. This scholarship 
program was established at and is administered by the Archdiocese by means 
of a generous gift from the estate of Katina John Malta.  The donation and 
the formation of the scholarship program has been done in recognition of 
the love Katina had for the Church and to honor her desire to help others, 
especially children and youth of the Orthodox Christian Faith. At least 
two scholarships of $2,000 each will be awarded for the 2009-2010 academic 
year.  Application criteria and forms are available through the web site 
of the Office of the Chancellor at

http://chancellor.goarch.org/scholarships 


NATIONAL YOUNG ADULT PILGRIMAGE TO RUSSIA: Registration is now open for 
the National Young Adult Pilgrimage to Russia!  Space is limited to 35 
young adults and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The 
registration package price of $3025.00 (plus $225.00 air taxes) includes 
round trip international airfare to/from New York's JFK Airport to Moscow, 
train from Moscow to St. Petersburg, airfare from St. Petersburg to 
Moscow, six full days of sightseeing, all bus trips, transfers, entrance 
fees, hotels (double occupancy), and daily breakfasts and lunches. Deposit 
must be received by February 13, 2009! For more information please visit 
www.youth.goarch.org  or contact us at 646-519-6180.

Join other young adults from across the country in this unique spiritual 
and educational journey! Stroll down timeless roads and explore ancient 
locales of Russia, land of striking beauty, diversity, and magnificent 
capitals.  The journey begins with the historic city of Moscow, the 
heartland of former Imperial Russia, ancient Russian churches and the 
beautiful Kremlin, and continues on to St. Petersburg, the most European 
of all Russian cities, today one of the most important cultural, 
scientific, and industrial cities in Russia.  Today Russia is a nation of 
diversity and tremendous vitality. Cultural traditions of a great country 
have re-awakened with a newfound strength. Ancient architectural monuments 
and cathedrals neglected and ruined in Soviet times are being rebuilt and 
restored. Come and see what this incredible country has to offer!


CROSSROAD APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE: The Office of Vocation & Ministry 
(OVM) at Hellenic College is now accepting applications from high school 
students in graduating classes 2009 and 2010 for its CrossRoad summer 
institute. Due to overwhelming interest from qualified candidates, 
CrossRoad will offer two sessions! Students from the United States and 
Canada are invited to take part in an exciting summer vocations 
exploration program designed to help them discern their life callings and 
match their God-given gifts with the needs of the world.  For more 
information and applications visit

http://crossroad.hchc.edu


SCOUTING SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE:  The Eastern Orthodox Committee on 
Scouting, an agency of SCOBA, offers two scholarships annually. The 
recipient for first place will receive $1,000 and the runner up will 
receive $500 upon acceptance to a four year accredited college or 
university. The candidates are evaluated on their involvement in their 
church, school, community, scholastic achievements, and Scouting. 
Applications are due by May 1, and guidelines and application information 
are available online at

http://eocs.org/?page_id=21 


METROPOLIS OF CHICAGO YAL CONFERENCE:  The 26th Annual Young Adult 
Ministries Conference of the Metropolis of Chicago will be held February 
13-16.   The conference theme will be “Heroes: Defending the Faith in the 
21st Century.”  For the conference schedule, hotel information, and 
registration visit

http://www.yalchicago.org 


2009-10 GIOLES SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE: Applications are now 
available for scholarships to be awarded for the 2009-2010 academic year 
from the George and Naouma (Gioule) Gioles Scholarship Fund, which is 
administered by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The Gioles 
Scholarship Fund was established in 1997 with a generous gift in memory of 
George and Naouma Gioles.  At least three scholarships of $1,500 each will 
be awarded for the 2009-2010 academic year.  For application criteria and 
requirements visit

http://www.goarch.org/news/giolesscholarship-02-04-2009 


OCMC to Dedicate New Florida Building May 21 -- The Orthodox Christian 
Mission Center (OCMC), the foreign mission and evangelism agency of the 
Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas(SCOBA), 
will dedicate its new Archbishop Anastasios and Archbishop Demetrios 
Missionary Training and Administration Building on Thursday, May 21, 2009 
in St. Augustine, Florida.

http://www.ocmc.org/resources/view_article.aspx?ArticleId=94 


ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM ORATORICAL FESTIVAL UPDATES: St John Chrysostom 
Oratorical Festival Updates - Information about schedules for District and 
Metropolis Oratorical Festivals has been placed on the web pages for the 
Festival. As more information from the Metropolises is received, 
information will be updated. Also, an entire new page of tips for 
organizing a Festival and for writing a speech has been created with 
information shared from the Resurrection Church in Brookville, NY.  Go to 
www.goarch.org/archdiocese/departments/religioused/sjcof   to see the 
latest.


OCMC MISSION TEAMS FOR 2009: The Orthodox Christian Mission Center is now 
accepting applications for 2009 Mission Teams! These teams will travel to 
nine different countries in Asia, North and Central America, Africa, and 
Europe. Team Members will perform ministries of healthcare, construction, 
youth outreach, and teaching.  For more information on these unique 
opportunities visit

http://www.ocmc.org/programs/teams_search.aspx?SearchBy=Year 


IONIAN VILLAGE ACCEPTING STAFF APPLICATIONS: Ionian Village, the travel 
abroad camping program of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, is 
now accepting volunteer staff applications for the summer of 2009. Ionian 
Village staff members play an important role in the spiritual, cultural 
and social development of Orthodox teenagers from across the United States 
of America, as they travel to the most significant and cultural sites in 
Greece.  For more information visit

www.ionianvillage.org 


2009 NATIONAL ORATORICAL FESTIVAL: The Twenty-sixth annual St. John 
Chrysostom Oratorical Festival will be hosted by the Metropolis of Chicago 
in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota on the weekend of 
June 12-14, 2009. The Rev. Paul Paris and The Rev. R. Demetrios Andrews 
host co-chairpersons, and members of the host committee recently met with 
Presvytera Margaret Orfanakos, Archdiocese Co-chairperson, to discuss the 
plans for the weekend.

The 2009 Topics and Topic Tips are posted on the Web-site of the 
Department of Religious Education at 

www.goarch.org/archdiocese/departments/religioused/sjcof 


NATIONAL ORTHODOX RADIO PROGRAM: Fr. Chris sat down with Metropolitan 
Jonah to talk about about Orthodoxy in America during His Beatitude's 
recent visit to Miami Lakes, Florida. Also, a short segment from Fr. Peter 
Propovski on "Daniel and the Three Youths" will be available this week.

Other programs on our Internet radio stations: On "Special Moments in 
Orthodoxy," the final part of Metropolitan Jonah's talk on how to prepare 
or Great Lent.  On "Theologically Thinking", Chuck Powell will present a 
program titled "Mother of God." A new episode of "Between Two Worlds" will 
continue with Dr. George Parsenios of Princeton Theological Seminary who 
discusses the Christian Converts of Ancient Corinth.

Look for new podcasts from OCN's partnership with Axion Estin and NY radio 
station Cosmos, a new series by Dr. Jeannie Constantinou titled "Beyond 
the Veil: An Orthodox Introduction to the Apocalypse", and a new series by 
Fr. David Smith on the great sermons of Orthodoxy titled "Harmony of 
Thunder".

All programs available on Internet Radio, Podcast and OnDemand at 
www.myocn.net 


ORTHODOX MARKETPLACE - www.orthodoxmarketplace.com 
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The official online store of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese

Free Shipping Offer Extended to 2009
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Due to the positive response, we have decided to continue offering UPS
ground shipping within the US for a $2 handling charge for any orders
that total $25 or more. No coupons are required - be sure to select UPS
Ground as the freight option when checking out.

New and Upcoming Releases
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We are also pleased to present the Children's Bible Reader - Spanish
Edition, which is available now, as well as a number of academic bible
study resources including the revised Septuaginta, a critical edition of
the Gospel of John according to the Byzantine Tradition and others.

http://www.orthodoxmarketplace.com/-pr-19241.html?MMCF_EB 

Soon we will release the new Orthodox Military New Testament, designed
to be small and portable while also including adequate devotional
references for Orthodox Christians who are deployed.

http://www.orthodoxmarketplace.com/-pr-19242.html?MMCF_EB 

Ecology Film Series – Featuring Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
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Documentary producer Jim Becket has released several films that document
the Symposium on Religion, Science and the Environment - a series of
gatherings that follow from a initiative from the Ecumenical Patriarch
to bring together experts from the field of ecological sciences, social
sciences and world religions together to discuss the impact of human
life on the environment and explore our obligations as people of faith
to sustain the created world. Join our waiting lists to be notified when
these products are available for sale.

http://www.orthodoxmarketplace.com/-pr-19273.html?MMCF_EB 


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:

http://www.goodsearch.com/?charityid=833607 

For online shopping visit

http://www.goodsearch.com/goodshop.aspx 


GAMES ONLINE TO EXPLORE AND LEARN THE ORTHODOX FAITH: The Department of 
Internet Ministries is pleased to announce an exciting new web site at 
http://games.goarch.org where kids and adults of all ages can explore, 
create, play, learn, discover, and grow in the Orthodox Faith. The site 
features online games and puzzles in a colorful, engaging environment, all 
with an Orthodox theme. The games are suitable for kids from ages 5 on up 
and currently features a coloring book, jigsaw puzzles, a memory game, a 
word finder, crossword puzzles, and more.

The online games are currently in beta and we encourage feedback so that 
we can further enhance this new online offering.  Click here to visit: 
http://games.goarch.org