The fourth annual Community Pancake Breakfast to benefit area homeless veterans and needy families will be held Saturday August 24, from 8:00 – 11:00 am. at “The Presentation of Our Lord” Orthodox Church, 3365 Ridgewood Road, in Fairlawn.
The event is sponsored and hosted by the members of “The Presentation of Our Lord.”
In keeping with parish tradition, there is no charge for meals, which include pancakes, sausage and accompaniments. Instead, free will offerings are accepted.
All monies collected are distributed equally between Summit County Stand-Down and the Copley-Fairlawn Share a Christmas.
Over 450 homeless veterans are in Summit County, about ten percent of them women. Stand Down is an annual event at which these veterans are provided with basic necessities, medical attention and help with Veterans’ Administration paperwork.
Share a Christmas offers assistance to needy families during the Christmas season.
We’d like to invite you to our seventh annual Spring Festival, Saturday, May 18.
We think you’ll be impressed with the wide range of events that will take place on that day. We’ve worked to create an all-day celebration with something for everyone – food, drink, music and entertainment.
There’ll be displays to look at and things to take home. There’ll be tours of the church and activities for the kids. There’ll be time to play, and of course, time to pray.
And who knows whom you might meet! We’ll be welcoming friends new and old, from near and far for this first festival of the season. Join us!
The 10th annual Clergy Confertreat of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America was held at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, Arizona, February 11-14, 2013. The forty-eight participants included His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel and His Grace Bishop Irineu, together with priests, deacons and preotese of our Episcopate.
On Monday, an opening supper and welcome by Fr. Ian G. Pac-Urar was followed by an evening of fellowship, as clergy renewed acquaintances with their brothers and shared their experiences over the previous year.
Tuesday’s sessions included seminars on Sexual Misconduct and Clergy Professional Ethics, Healthy Boundaries and Boundary Violations, Power and Vulnerability, and Mandatory Reporting. Fathers Ian G. Pac-Urar and James Barkett presented the sessions. By attending Tuesday’s sessions, participants fulfilled the new 5-hour Continuing Education requirement in Professional, Legal and Ethical Issues adopted by the Holy Synod of Bishops on January 28, 2013.
On Tuesday evening, Dr. Stephen Muse presented a very interesting and informative lecture on the most recent research about the Shroud of Turin. Dr. Muse continued his presentations on Wednesday morning and afternoon, exploring clergy wellness, self-care and the relationships between Orthodox Christianity and modern psychology.
Wednesday evening’s program included a video presentation about the life of the renowned Romanian confessor, Father Arsenie Boca.
Participants at the Clergy Confertreat received seven additional hours of credit toward the general, 20-hour Continuing Clergy Development requirement. For more information about this requirement, visit the Orthodox Church in America Continuing Education website at http://oca.org/about/departments/department-of-continuing-education or the CCD FAQ page at http://oca.org/about/dept-cont-ed-faqs.
Photos of the Confertreat may be viewed here: http://roea.org/eventsgallery.html.
PHILADELPHIA, PA: Orthodox Prayerbook app for iPhone now available
The Orthodox Prayerbook app for iPhone, authored by Gabriel Otte, a MD, PhD Candidate at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, is now available from www.gabrielotte.com/prayerbook.
“I wrote the app because I wanted to be able to check whether today was a fast day or not or who the daily saints were,” says Otte. “The application works for the OCA and Greek and Antiochian Archdioceses. In addition to featuring prayers, app users will be able to maintain a list of people for whom they pray — living and departed — that automatically embeds the names into the prayers in the appropriate places.”
Proceeds from sale of the app — currently available for a mere $0.99 — will be used to initiate a FOCUS Philadelphia Center [Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United in Service], which Otte is spearheading.
Last week we said farewell to another of our brothers in Christ. Noel Leathers came into the Presentation family by his marriage to Violet (Panzer) Tomi. At the time he certainly could have preferred to hold himself apart from his new wife’s church, but instead he chose to embrace the Holy Orthodox Faith. He took the name of Cornelius, the centurion who is recorded in Acts as the first Gentile to be converted to Christianity.
Noel would go on to serve as President of Parish Council, and to offer his time, talent and resources – not only to Presentation but to St. Elia parish and to the Episcopate, especially as a member of the Camp Vatra staff. He taught, he led, he debated – and he planted trees. Many summers he could be seen with Emil Bologa at the pavilion, tending to whatever maintenance and grounds problem had come up.
We’ll miss Noel’s boyish smile and his unassuming manners. We mourn his passing, together with Vi and all of his extended family. But we rejoice in the firm conviction that this faithful servant has found rest and life in the light of Christ’s face. Memory eternal!