"In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive."
— John 7:37-39
Brothers and sisters in Christ,
Christ is among us!
I wish you a wonderful Fourth of July and feast of All Saints of North America. This July we celebrate more than just our civil freedoms given by God and protected in our Constitution. We also give thanks for our freedom from the tyranny of sin, the devil, and death itself which was accomplished by Jesus Christ and is now manifested in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Church in this land. To celebrate, the Parish Council is pleased to announce the re-opening of after-liturgy fellowship this month starting July 11th. We know that many of you have thirsted for this good news. Rejoice!
Our plan is simple and humble. Council members will be responsible for preparing coffee and hot water for tea and will provide necessary cups and plasticware. Those who would like to bring food are welcome to do so and share as they wish, much like our Pascha Agape meals. We will not ask for general sign- ups or volunteer sponsors at this time. We do ask that you clean up whatever you bring. Help cleaning up the coffee pot and trash at the end is always welcome too. Space will be available both outside and inside in the Fellowship Hall after Liturgy.
If you have a special occasion for which you’d like to provide a meal event for the community, such as a birthday, memorial or baptism celebration, you are also welcome to do so. Please inform us ahead of time to make sure we can accommodate you. We look forward to increasing opportunities for us to gather and get to know each other once again, to laugh, cry, celebrate, and talk together as a family should.
It is time to let our hearts flow with the living water of fellowship and communion in the Holy Spirit, that God may be glorified in us, through Christ Jesus, our Lord. To Him belongs all honor, and glory, together with the Father and the Spirit, always and forever!
Your humble servant,
Fr. David Subu