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Holy Trinity Orthodox Church:
What’s Happening August 2020

"Let us not give up the habit of meeting together... Instead, let us encourage each other all the more,"
the earliest Christians said (Hebrews 10:25). So join us for worship and fellowship. To find us, click here: Find HTOC.
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Progress on Church Reopening

With an eye toward reopening our church, our parish council has researched safety guidelines for regathering. Volunteers have tidied up our house of worship and parish grounds. Professionals have worked on floor refinishing, pest control, air conditioning, and parish house repairs. We still await word about clergy assignment from our diocese, with whom our parish council has been in constant contact. And naturally we're keeping a wary eye on Florida's coronavirus surge, which is cause for deep concern. We all want to be back in church — but given the utter seriousness of this lethal disease with no vaccine or cure yet, it must be done as safely as possible, given the risk to health and life. Thank you for your patience, prayers, and support while we work and wait! "In God's peace, at God's pace..."

Calendar

Saturday, August 1 - Friday, August 14
Dormition Fast

Sunday, August 2
Eighth Sunday After Pentecost
Worship and fellowship temporarily postponed
at our bishop's direction as a precaution against
coronavirus (COVID-19).

Thursday, August 6
Transfiguration of Christ Jesus

Sunday, August 9
Ninth Sunday After Pentecost
Worship and fellowship temporarily postponed
at our bishop's direction as a precaution against
coronavirus (COVID-19).

Saturday, August 15
Dormition of the Virgin Mary

Sunday, August 16
Tenth Sunday After Pentecost
Worship and fellowship temporarily postponed
at our bishop's direction as a precaution against
coronavirus (COVID-19).

Sunday, August 23
Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost
Worship and fellowship temporarily postponed
at our bishop's direction as a precaution against
coronavirus (COVID-19).

Sunday, August 30
Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost
Worship and fellowship temporarily postponed
at our bishop's direction as a precaution against
coronavirus (COVID-19).

News

A Word of Thanks: Heartfelt thanks to all who have been investing their time, talent, and toil into caring for our church during coronavirus shutdown to move it closer towards eventual reopening. Some kept our finances flowing and our bills paid. Some kept up communications with clergy and our diocese. Some performed church maintenance and mowed our parish grounds. Some worked on safety guidelines for future regathering. Some kept us online and in touch via digital and postal media. Some offered prayers galore. Each made a positive difference — and all demonstrated teamwork in Christ, which is what keeps a church going through thick and thin! God bless you for your open hands, giving hearts, and willing work!

Go to Church Online: While we hunker down due to coronavirus precautions, church can come to us via the Internet. Watch worship services streaming live online from our diocese's cathedral by clicking this link: Live From Christ the Saviour Cathedral. Sunday Liturgy broadcasts at 9 a.m. Also broadcasting worship services online (both live and video) are the nuns at the Monastery of the Transfiguration in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania. To join them via YouTube in their lovely little chapel, click this link: Ellwood City Chapel on YouTube. For their worship schedule, click this link: Monastery of the Transfiguration Calendar.

In Case of Emergency: If an emergency puts you in immediate need of clergy on call while we are between permanent presbyters, please call our neighboring presbyter, Father John Lazarek, at 412 310 0608. Also, if you, a loved one, or a fellow parishioner are hospitalized, please let your church and available clergy know. HIPAA federal medical privacy laws do not allow hospitals to notify churches or clergy that parishioners are there.

Milestones

"Rejoice with those who rejoice" (Romans 12:15). Best wishes to our brothers and sisters in Christ who are celebrating special milestones this month. Birthdays: Russ Daniluk (August 12) and Julie Marie Shuster (August 30). God grant you many years!

Dormition Fast: August 1-14

Dormition

The Dormition Fast readies us for Dormition of the Virgin Mary Day (August 15), on which we honor how she died, rose, and was taken up into heavenly bliss, as the Church remembers it. Through two weeks of almsgiving, prayer, and fasting, the Dormition Fast encourages us to take stock of our lives and recommit to our life in Christ, mindful that Mary's fate is God's pledge of what awaits all who "look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come," as we affirm in the Creed. We too will share in her blessed destiny if we "listen to the word of God and put it into practice" (Luke 11:28) just as she, the mother of Christ Jesus, did.

Pray for A New Presbyter!

Pray

God, at the moment, our church is a family of faith in need of a steady father. Thank you for the ministry of our late longtime presbyter, Father Michael Shuster, and for all the visiting presbyters who have been taking care of us since his death. Please help a new permanent presbyter come our way and make his home among us soon, to lead us faithfully and help us grow in spirit and numbers. We trust that you know our needs and will provide what is best for us, in your love for us, for you take care of the fatherless and the widowed. Amen.

Keep Up With the Latest at HTOC

A lot is changing from day to day as we ride out these challenging times of coronavirus together. Our church wants to do its best to keep you informed and in touch as promptly as we can. To get the latest news about our worship schedule and church life, along with a dose of inspiration, sign up for our regular and special email updates by clicking this link: HTOC Updates.