St. John the Divine Orthodox Church
Canadian Archdiocese of the Orthodox Church in America
2013 Nativity

Nativity Service 2013 - 12/24/13

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Celebrating St. Nicholas Sunday

Photos from Sunday, December 8th 2013 - 12/08/13

We continued our pre-Nativity celebrations on Sunday, December 8th.  A special basket arrived on our doorstep, full of St. Nicholas stockings for the children.   Fr. Constantine told us the story of St. Nicholas.

Downstairs, we shared food, decorated the tree there.

Outside, we admired our newly installed Nativity icon.   Decorations hung.  Snow began to fall.   Christmas is in the air!

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Celebrating St. Nicholas, Preparing for Nativity

Nativity Decorating Party - 12/06/13

On Friday, December 6th, we began our Nativity (Christmas) season, with the celebration of Vespers, and Litiya, for the Feast of St. Nicholas.  (Sorry, no pictures.)

Following the service, we met downstairs for a 'Lenten' potluck.   It was fabulous!  I overheard someone say, "This is like a Vegetarian Smorgasbord at the Casino".  Thanks to everyone for sharing your culinary skills.

Upstairs again, to decorate!   One is taken back to the Christmases of their youth when they decorate a tree with children.   Thank you, to all who participated!

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Operation Christmas Child 2013

Operation Christmas Child a Smashing Success!

Since Christmas 2008, yearly, we have participated in Operation Christmas Child, an outreach of Samaritan's Purse.   We've put together 'Shoeboxes' full of gifts and essentials for children, living in the 3rd world.  

This year, we broke out record.  Ninety-one (91!)  Christmas Shoeboxes were purchased, assembled, and sent by the community of St. John the Divine.  

Praying that those children who receive them learn to love our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ.   And, grow in His wisdom & knowledge.

Thanks to Kim K. for chairing this event, this year!

A New Roof!

Installation of Our New Roof - 11/19/13

After much research, discussion, and waiting, the new roof was installed at St. John the Divine on November 19, 2013.  The weather, on the two preceeding days was terrible -- windy, winter-like -- but that Tuesday was a perfect day to install a roof -- sunny & mild.   A crew of 18 men from Elite Roofing worked all day.  Take a look! 

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September 2013

September Celebrations

Happy 98th birthday to St. John the Divine Orthodox Church!

Thank you to everyone who made this special event possible for us to celebrate!

Also, congratulations to the newly illumined Dorotheus & Veronica!  God grant you many years! 

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Farewell Party for Ray & Peggy

A Loving Farewell to Subdeacon Ray & Peggy Reimer

We greatly appreciate your service at our church these past few years. We wish you well on your new journey. You will always be in our hearts. 

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Pentecost 2013

Descent of the Holy Spirit Day - 06/23/13

Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God, who hast revealed the fishermen as most wise by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit: through them Thou didst draw the world into Thy net. O Lover of Man, Glory to Thee! 

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Blessed Pascha 2013

Glorious Feast of the Resurrection - 05/05/13

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life! 

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Holy Week 2013

Passion Week - 04/29/13

Behold, the Bridegroom comes in the middle of the night, and blessed is the servant whom He shall find watching. 

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Palm Sunday 2013

The Feast of the Entrance of our Lord Jesus Christ into Jerusalem - 04/28/13

Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest! 

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Mike & Heather Wedding 2013

Holy Matrimony - 03/10/13

May God grant you many blessed years together! 

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Our New Chandelier - From Purchase to Light

Our New Chandelier - 01/31/13

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Herman Baptism 2013

Baptism - 02/02/13

The Newly-Illumined Servant of God, Herman

May he grow in wisdom to love and serve the Lord.

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