On Monday 6 October we will have our customary Long Weekend BBQ at Heazlett Park, Avoca Beach. The first of these BBQs was held back in 2004, and over the years they have become an important part of parish life. All our parishioners and friends are invited to join us between 10.00am and 3.00pm for an opportunity to relax and socialise. We will be asking for a donation to cover costs of $25.00 per family or, alternatively, $10.00 per adult or $5.00 per child. If you are coming or would simply like more information, please contact Rick Golovin on 0402-631472 or by email. Please join us!
Watercolour painting class - Katerina Rubbo
On Saturday 11 October our parishioner and well-known Central Coast artist, writer and translator, Katerina Rubbo, will lead a class in watercolor painting between 10.00am and 12.00pm. Materials will be provided, but participants may also bring their own. Adults and children are welcome! Further information can be obtained from Katya by email.
Services on 20-21 September, the Great Feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God - 21/09/2014
On Saturday 20 September and Sunday 21 September we had services for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, the Sunday before the Exaltation of the Cross, and the Great Feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God. All-night Vigil with the blessing of wheat, wine, oil and five loaves was served on Saturday evening. It being a Great Feast, our full choir sang at the evening service under the direction of Olga Ivanovna Itsikson. A greater than usual number of parishioners were present for the All-night Vigil, with many confessing in preparation to receive Holy Communion on the day of the feast. The following morning our small church was full, with regular parishioners being joined by visitors from Sydney and one or two new faces. Following the Prayer before the Amvon, the parish rector blessed two new icons. The first, an icon of Saints Kyril and Mefody, Equals-to-the-Apostles and Enlighteners of the Slavs, was a gift from our parishioner Katerina Rubbo. The second, a copy of the "Feodorovskaya" icon of the Mother of God, was a gift from our parishioner Ekaterina Waters, and will be a blessing for young mothers in our parish, this icon being associated with the blessing of marriage and deliverance from difficulty in childbirth.
The September 2014 meeting of the Parish Council - 09/09/2014
The Parish Council met on Tuesday 9 September 2014. The rector gave his usual report on he life of the parish and the Diocese, giving particular attention to the celebration of the parish feast-day on 9 August 2014. The generous help of many friends of the parish in making the celebration a success was acknowledged. It was decided that the parish Annual General Meeting, previously scheduled for Sunday 21 August 2014, would be postponed to allow additional time for the external audit. The success of the parish website - with over 14,000 visits since work on the new site was commenced in mid-2014 - was discussed and consideration was given to better use of the website for Orthodox Christian education, fundraising, and other worthy activity. The generous donation of $3000.00 towards our new commemoration table from the Russian Relief Association of Saint Sergius of Radonezh was noted with gratitude. The Parish Council will next meet on Tuesday 14 October.
Services on 6-7 September - 08/09/2014
On 6-7 September we had services for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of the Apostle Bartholomew and the Apostle Titus of the Seventy. In his sermon the parish rector spoke about the Letter of the Apostle Paul to Titus, a portion of which (1:1-4, 2:15-3:3,12-13,15) formed the second appointed Apostol reading, and the instructions for Christian living set out therein.
Our Spring 2014 Schedule of Services - 05/09/2014
Our Spring 2014 Schedule of Services - covering September, October and November - is now available in PDF format. A copy of the English-language Spring 2014 Schedule of Services is available here, and a copy of the Russian-language Spring 2014 Schedule of Services is available here. Both can also be accessed on our Services page, and printed copies in both languages are available in church as of the weekend of 6-7 September.