Greetings in the Lord,
Oratorical Festival 2017
On March 12, we will have our parish presentations following Divine Liturgy. This year, we will also have one or two presentations by our younger group. These presentations do not get judged, but they are wonderful opportunities in giving the youth practice and experience in expressing themselves. Since we are hosting the district presentations on April 1st, we need help preparing a Lenten luncheon for all the participants and their families. As we get closer to the date, we will know the number. This is a great time to visit with our fellow Orthodox, and to learn from the youth how they experience the Lord.
KOSMOS Gatherings #3
March 18 – 10: 00AM
Topic: A Favorite Saint
Our March gathering will focus on our talking about a favorite Saint. We didn’t discuss a time (the past two gatherings followed a Divine Liturgy); however, if this time doesn’t work for folks, please let me know. Over coffee and breakfast/brunch, we look forward to spending time together again. The past two months, a lunch side dish was brought, but not eaten, so this is why we are suggesting breakfast food unless we meet at a different time.
During our February gathering, we had three people participate. The discussion was lively, and we learned work is stressful and difficult, but necessary as it is what makes us get out of bed each morning. It gives us purpose, service, and meaning. The Greek word “askesis” (ἂσκησις) – training – obedience is a good synonym for work. It is through this training, we learn to practice obedience. With all, most liked their first jobs, albeit, they were stressful at times. Some first jobs were: cashier, nutritionist aide, band music librarian, farm worker (picking strawberries and apples, and working in the hay fields), and a candy worker. Someone (we won’t mention names) went to work at age 12 to get out of household chores. In addition, the refrigerator got cleaned and organized.
Honoring our Youngest in June
Our next group that we will honor is the youngest in our Church – up to 25 years old
Similar to the celebration we enjoyed with the leaders – our archons on February 26th, we look forward to celebrating our youth – the newcomers to leadership in June.
We had a wonderful time last Sunday during Fellowship honoring our leaders – 80-106 year old parishioners. We enjoyed a wonderful time together. Thank you to all who were present and who helped. We look forward to wonderful times with all. Take care.
Greetings in the Lord,
District Oratorical Festival – May 6, 2017
Metropolis Oratorical Festival – May 13, 2017
We had four wonderful presentations at our District Oratorical Festival on May 6th. Karina Nichols and Alex Wahl from St. Nicholas Parish in Portsmouth, and Alexander (Gordon) and Tikhon (Oliver) Fisher from our parish participated. The judges: Attorney Ann Robinson, Mr. Paul MacDowell, and Mr. Lee Morest had a difficult task before them. Tikhon and Alex were the two finalists who advanced to the Metropolis Festival the following Saturday. Here again, both students performed well, and they made us proud. Overall, Alex earned third place, and Tikhon earned honorable mention. “AXIOI!”
We thank the judges, the presenters, the priests and parishioners from St Nicholas (Portsmouth), and from St Demetrios (Saco), for joining us for a great get together. Thank you to Fr. Peter for all his help behind the scenes. Thank you also to all who helped with morning refreshments and lunch. Take care.
With love in Christ,
Dormition of St. Anna, mother of the Theotokos; Olympias the Deaconess; Eupraxia & Julia the Righteous of Tabenna; Gregory Kallidis, Metropolitan of Heraclea; Memory of the Fifth Ecumenical Council in Constantinople (553)