Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

St. Nicholas Bulletin - July 10, 2022

Christ is in our midst! Христос међу нама! Cristo está entre nosotros!

Homily on Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

by V. Rev. Fr. Anthony Hughes

The extreme case Jesus faced in today’s Gospel reading called for great compassion and courage. While I know it is tempting to focus on the drama and display of power, I think the point of the story leads us in a different direction.

It is counterproductive to focus our attention on evil especially if we consider the verse from Deuteronomy, “As a man thinks in his heart, so he is.” We surely do not want the contemplation of evil to darken our hearts. It is far better to focus on beautiful and holy things as St. Paul writes in Philippians, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” After all, if for no other reason, having heard thousands of confession, I can assure you that evil is boring. Holiness, on the other hand, is always interesting! So, let’s not focus on the demons today (or ever), but on Christ and the power of God’s love.

In Philippians 2 St. Paul quotes a hymn of the early church about the incarnation. The Son of God “made himself nothing by taking on the form of a servant…and humbled himself even unto death.” In today’s Gospel reading the Servanthood of God comes alive again. Christ reaches out to serve two untouchable men without any regard for his own safety or reputation. Here were two poor, dangerous men, labeled as demon possessed, isolated, persecuted, ostracized, cast out from any kind of human society and any compassionate support and Jesus became their servant, healer and friend.

It does not amaze me that Jesus had power over demons (why would that be such a big thing for the Son of God?). What never ceases to move me is the Lord’s never-ending display of compassion in the face of extreme human suffering. Jesus never turned away from suffering people. He never tried to protect himself from those who were despised and rejected the way we often do. He let nothing stand in the way of Love. This was how he fulfilled the will of his Father who is love. God is love is the Good News! This is the message the world longed to hear then and longs to hear now and in Christ we not only hear it, we see it in action. In us, too often, it is neither heard nor seen.

Those who truly love God are easy to find because they are full of love. Love is the one unmistakable sign of a disciple of Christ. Corinthians 13, “if I have not love, I am nothing.” Hatred may cross their minds, but, like a passing cloud, they have learned to let it come and let it go. And if we read the Gospels we discover something else surprising, it is often not the religious and the pious who get it, it is the ones who know they are nothing.

Yannaras writes of this:

"In the language of his place and time, Christ spoke of the mode of existence and life ‘according to truth’ as the ‘kingdom of heaven.’ He preached that those who guide us toward this ‘mode’ are not pious religious people, those who find satisfaction in being virtuous, those who shore up their ego by keeping some kind of law. Those who guide us are people who have lost all confidence in their own selves, people who expect no personal reward whatsoever, and only thirst to be loved even if they don't deserve it - despised sinners: tax collectors, robbers, prostitutes, and prodigals.”

Dostoevsky chimes in on the same theme from CRIME AND PUNISHMENT, “Then Christ will say to us, 'Come you also! Come you drunkards! Come you weaklings! Come you depraved!' And he will say to us, 'Vile creatures, you in the image of the beast and you who bear his mark. All the same, you come too!' And the wise and prudent will say, 'Lord, why are you welcoming them? And he will say, 'O wise and prudent, I am welcoming them because not one of them has ever judged himself worthy. And he will stretch out his arms to us, and we shall fall at his feet, and burst into sobs, and then we shall understand everything, everything! Lord, your kingdom come!”

How glorious is the grace of God! It makes one wonder where all this legalism we think of as “orthodox” comes from.

I heard about a man in Los Angeles (you may have as well) who lives the life of a true lover of God. He is a widower, alone in the world. When he discovered he had cancer, he had to face it alone, with no one to hold his hand, and no one to support him. He admits that he was terrified. When he recovered (thank God), he thought to himself, “If I, a grown man, was so terribly afraid, how much more frightened must children be when they are facing death alone?” So he began his life’s work. A work of great love, self-sacrifice, and humility. He takes in children who are alone and dying and cares for them until the end. Some of them live for only days after they are sent to him. Others live longer and he loves them all and suffers with them and mourns them when they die. He lives a life full of joy and tremendous sorrow and he does it willingly. 24/7 he does this work without pay, without time off. His name is Mohamed Bzeek and he is an immigrant from Libya. “Blessed are those,” Jesus says, “who hear my words and do them.”

St. Isaac of Syria tells us, “Wherever there is love, there is God.” Whenever and in whomever we find such ego-transcending compassion, we can be sure that we are looking at someone who has heard the voice of the Son of God and taken it to heart. "Love all God's creation,” writes Dostoevsky, “ the whole of it and every grain of sand. Love every leaf, every ray of God's light. Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things." 

My belief is that if all of us are called to discover and live this kind of life. The question then is: what is your calling and how will you live it out?

~Hymnography of the Day~

Commemorating St Andrew Archbishop of Crete, Hieromartyr Platon the Newmartyr of Banjaluka, Hieromartyr George, St Savva Bishop of Gornjikarlovci, Hieromartyr Theodore Bishop of Cyrene in Libya and those with him, Martyr Theodotus and Theodotia at Caesarea in Cappadocia, The Holy Royal Passionbearers: Nicholas, Alexandra, Olga, Tatyana, Maria, Anastasia and Alexis of Russia, Finding of the relics of Venerable Maximus the Greek, Venerable Andrew Rublev the Iconographer, Venerable Martha the mother of Venerable Simeon Stylites the Younger, Burial of St Andrew the Prince, Uncovering of the relics of Venerable Euthymius Archimandrite of Suzdal, Venerable Tikhon, Vasily and Nikon Monks of Solovki



When the women Disciples of the Lord learned from the Angel the joyous message of the Resurrection, they cast away the ancestral curse and elatedly told the Apostles: “Death is overthrown! Christ God is risen, granting the world great mercy!”


Truly you were revealed to your flock as a rule of faith, an image of humility and a teacher of abstinence; your humility exalted you; your poverty enriched you. Hierarch Father Nicholas, entreat Christ our God that our souls may be saved.


Emulating David you sang a new song in the assembly of the righteous. As an initiate of the Holy Spirit you guided us with hymns of grace and the word of righteousness for our salvation, O Andrew, glory of the Fathers.


By sharing in the ways of the Apostles, you became a successor to their throne. Through the practice of virtue, you found the way to divine contemplation, O inspired one of God; by teaching the word of truth without error, you defended the Faith, even to the shedding of your blood. Hieromartyr Platon, entreat Christ God to save our souls.


Most noble and sublime was your life and death, O Sovereigns; wise Nicholas and blest Alexandra, we praise you, acclaiming your piety, meekness, faith, and humility, whereby you attained to crowns of glory in Christ our God, with your five renowned and godly children of blessed fame. O passion-bearers decked in purple, intercede for us.


My Savior and Redeemer as God rose from the tomb and delivered the earth-born from their chains. He has shattered the gates of hell, and as Master, He has risen on the third day!


Steadfast Protectress of Christians and constant Advocate before the Creator; despise not the cry of us sinners, but in your goodness come speedily to help those who call on You in faith. Hasten to hear our petition and to intercede for us, O Theotokos, for You always protect those who honor You!

~Scripture Readings of the Day~


Matins: Lenny Tepsic Epistle: Dasha Gencturk

Matins Next Week: Nicholas Ressetar  Epistle Next Week: Natalija Gligorevic

EPISTLE: Romans 10: 1-10


DEACON:      Let us pay attention. 

PRIEST:        Peace be unto all!

READER:      And with your spirit!

DEACON:      Wisdom.

READER:      The Prokeimenon in the Fourth Tone: O Lord, how manifold are Your works; in wisdom have You made them all.

CHOIR: O Lord, how manifold are Your works; in wisdom have You made them all.

READER: v: Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, You are very great!

CHOIR: O Lord, how manifold are Your works; in wisdom have You made them all.

READER: O Lord, how manifold are Your works;

CHOIR: In wisdom have You made them all.

DEACON: Wisdom!

READER: The Reading is from the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Romans.

DEACON: Let us attend!

READER: Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved.  For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, “The man who does those things shall live by them.” But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down from above) or, “‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).  But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

PRIEST: Peace be unto you, reader!

READER: And with your spirit! Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

CHOIR: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

READER: Go forth, prosper and reign, for the sake of meekness, righteousness and truth!

CHOIR: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

READER: For You love righteousness, and hate iniquity.

CHOIR: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!



АПОСТОЛ:  Римљанима  10: 1-10

Ђакон:          Пазимо

Свештеник: Мир свима!

Читач:           I Духу Твоме!

Ђакон:           Премудрост

Читач : ПРОКИМЕН- глас 4 Како је много дјела Твојих, Господе! Све си премудро створио.

Хор: Како је много дјела Твојих, Господе! Све си премудро створио.

Читач: Благослови, душо моја Господа! Господе Боже мој, велик си веома.

Хор: Како је много дјела Твојих, Господе! Све си премудро створио.

Читач: Како је много дјела Твојих, Господе!  

Хор: Све си премудро створио.

Ђакон: Премудрост

Читач: Читање је од посланице Светог апостола Павла до Римљанима

Ђакон: Пазимо

Читач: Браћо, жеља је срца мога и молитва Богу за Израиљ да се спасе. Јер им свједочим да имају ревност за Бога, али не по разуму. Јер не познајући правде Божије и настојећи да своју правду утврде, не покорише се правди Божијој. Јер је Христос завршетак Закона за оправдање сваком који вјерује. Јер Мојсеј пише за праведност која је од закона: Човјек који то чини живјеће у томе. А праведност која је од вјере овако говори: Да не речеш у срцу своме: Ко ће се попети на небо? то јест да сведе Христа; Или: Ко ће сићи у бездан? то јест, да изведе Христа из мртвих. Али шта говори (Писмо)? Близу ти је ријеч у устима твојима и у срцу твоме, то јест ријеч вјере коју проповиједамо. Јер ако исповиједаш устима својим да је Исус Господ, и вјерујеш у срцу својему да га Бог подиже из мртвих, бићеш спасен. Јер се срцем вјерује за праведност, а устима се исповиједа за спасење.


Свештеник: Мир свима Читачу!

Читач: I Духом Твоме! Алилуиа, Алилуиа, Алилуиа

Хор: Алилуиа, Алилуиа, Алилуиа

Читач: Похитај, напредуј и владај, ради истине, кротости и правде.

Хор: Алилуиа, Алилуиа, Алилуиа

Читач: Љубиш правду и мрзиш безакоње.

Хор: Алилуиа, Алилуиа, Алилуиа




Matthew 8:28-9:1

When He had come to the other side, to the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two demon-possessed men, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass that way. And suddenly they cried out, saying, “What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?” Now a good way off from them there was a herd of many swine feeding. So the demons begged Him, saying, “If You cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of swine.” And He said to them, “Go.” So when they had come out, they went into the herd of swine. And suddenly the whole herd of swine ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and perished in the water. Then those who kept them fled; and they went away into the city and told everything, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus. And when they saw Him, they begged Him to depart from their region. So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city.



Матеј 8:28-9:1

У оно вријеме Исус дође на ону страну у земљу Гергесинску, сретоше га два бјесомучника, излазећи из гробова, тако опака да не могаше нико проћи путем оним. И гле, повикаше говорећи: Шта хоћеш од нас, Исусе, Сине Божији? Зар си дошао амо прије времена да нас мучиш? А далеко од њих пасијаше велико крдо свиња. И демони га мољаху говорећи: Ако нас изгониш, дозволи нам да идемо у крдо свиња. И рече им: Идите. И они изишавши отидоше у крдо свиња. И гле, навали све крдо свиња са бријега у море, и утопише се у води. А свињари побјегоше; и дошавши у град казаше све, и за бјесомучнике. И гле, сав град изиђе у сусрет Исусу; и видјевши га, молише да оде из њиховог краја. И ушавши у лађу, пређе и дође у свој град.



~ The Week Ahead: Scriptures and Services ~

5th Sunday after Pentecost

July 17, 2021

Romans 10: 1-10

Matthew 8: 28-9:1

8am Matins

9am Liturgy


July 18, 2022

Romans 16: 17-24

Matthew 13: 10-23


July 19, 2022

I Corinthians 1: 1-9

Matthew 13: 24-30


July 20, 2022

I Corinthians 2:9-3:8

Matthew 13: 31-36


July 21, 2022

I Corinthians 3: 18-23

Matthew 13: 36-43


July 22, 2022

I Corinthians 4: 5-8

Matthew 44-54

5:30pm Parastos for Sam Radanovic at Churchville Cemetery


July 23, 2022

Romans 9: 1-5

Matthew 9: 18-26

No Vespers

5th Sunday after Pentecost

July 24, 2021

Romans 12: 6-14

Matthew 9: 1-8

8am Matins

9am Liturgy

Father Chris Serving at Camp during the following week.

"Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete"

Choir: Archangel Voices

Composer: A. Archangelsky


Fifth Resurrection Gospel: Luke 24: 12-35

At that time, Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying by themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened. Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem.  And they talked together of all these things which had happened.  So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them.  But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him. And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?”   Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?” And He said to them, “What things?” So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him.  But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened.  Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us.  When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive.  And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see.” Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!  Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?”  And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself. Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther.  But they constrained Him, saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them. Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.  Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight. And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?”  So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!”  And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.


~Prayers for the Faithful~

In Our Prayers

Metropolitan Paul, Archbishop Youhanna, Protopresbyter Srboljub and Protinica Ljubica Jockovic, Protopresbyter Rodney Torbic, Popadija Sara Golic, Matushka Barbara Ealy, the child Katie Elizabeth and her parents Mileva and Michael Repasky, the child Metodija and his parents Fr. Dn. Milan and Mira Damljanovic, the child Danijela and her parents Mark and Jennifer Belo, Melissa Thomason and the child newly born of her, Clare Jurkovic and the child newly born of her, Lauren Spangler and the child to be born of her, Mara Bebeau and the child to be born of her, Addy Andy, Louise Bare, Dori Bert, Jonathan Bertsch, Darlene & Larry Black, Carole Blitva, Stephan and Barbara Blitva, Walter “Bud” Brown, Guiliana & Aleksandar Carricato, Leann Cox, Joseph Derk, Art Dils, Draga Donato, Tommy and Kara (Blitva) Dorsey, Anaya Garvin, Christian & Melanie Geib, Michael Geppert III, Dr Andrea Govelovich, Nick & Terry Govelovich, Kata Gruich, Dan Haizlett, Basil Havalchak, Travis Heilman, Adam Herigan, Edith Herigan, Nicole Stefan Imschweiler, Susan Jacobs, Tijana Jaksic, Slobodan Jovicic, Spencer Klinge, Ljuban Kosovac, Dorothy Krnjaich, Henry Laichak, Peter Lalic, Dragan Lalovic, Stella Wren Lappas, Catherine Lewis, Maggie Livingston, Stephen Lundingrin, Sandy Marijan, Dianne & Jim Martin, Rowan Martin, Jack McFall, Annabelle McLaughlin, Marija Miljkovic, Daria Milletics, Infant of God Ryan Leigh Moffitt, Peter Mrgich, George Myers, Patty Navarro, Bosiljka Ninkovic, Eva Orr, Lila Packer, Daniel Paddock, Ned Pantelich, Vid & Marica Pejcic, Hope Pesner, Tracy Petrovich, Logan Roszkowski, Greg Selman, Michael Schaffner, Michael Semic, Steven Semic, Benjamin Shaffer, Tessa Shaffer, Pat Shoemaker, Branko Smitran, Tracey Stanovich, Tim Stefan, Josephine Svitchan, Patricia & Joseph Sypniewski, Leonard Tepsich, Leroy Tepsich Jr, Edie & Michael “Bo” Venesevich, Rita Vorkapich, Kristina Vukalo, Steve Vulich, Paula Werner, Draga Worman, Dewey Yetter, Mileva “Millie” Yezdimir, Demetrios & Eleni Ziogas, Miriam “Mim” Codan Ziolkowski


Those Who Need Special Care 


Those to be Baptized

Sloane Ivey Semic, Emilia Renee Peterson, Barrett Scott, Divna and Danica Mitrovic, Nora Katherine Van Huysen, Sloane York, Logan Michael Livingston 

Our College Students

Anastasija Gligorevic, Cayden Healy, Matthew Hoover, Sophia Mummert, Kobe Petrovich, Christina Radanovic, Ioanna Radanovic, Kyranna Radanovic, Maxim Reznitchenko, Madison Vorkapich


Our Dearly Departed Loved Ones

Hieromonk Nektarios, Priest Ioan Comanescu, Protinica Miryana Trbuhovich, Protinica Donna Merick, Elizabeth Rupich, Margaret Radanovic, Frederick Miroslav Pantelich, Milan Martich


~Parastos Offered~

†SAMUEL RADANOVIC Offered by his beloved family in loving memory of the first anniversary of his repose at Churchville Cemetery on Friday, July 22 at 5:30pm. Memory Eternal! Vjecnaja Pamjat!


~Vigils Offered~

†HOLY ROYAL MARTYRS OF RUSSIA Offered in commemoration of the Holy Royal Martyrs of Russia, who were brutally murdered on July 17, 1918. O Holy Royal Martyrs Nicholas, Alexandra, Olga, Tatyana, Maria, Anastasia and Alexis pray to God for us! Given by Katya Kotchneva & Vasily Khomenko


PAULA WERNER Offered in celebration of our sister, Teti & Kuma’s birthday (July 11). May God grant you many more years! Ziveli! Mnogaja Ljeta! Love Nikki, Putz, Brian, Catherine, Chloe & Dennis.

JEVGENIJA RADANOVIC Offered in celebration of our Church School Director’s birthday (July 16). Ziveli! Mnogaja Ljeta! We appreciate all you do and we love you! From the teachers & Sunday school kids.

LENNY TEPSICH Offered in celebration of my Godson’s birthday (July 16). May God grant you many more years! Ziveli! Mnogaja Ljeta! Love Kuma Nikki and family.

CHLOE & DENNIS RUFF Offered in celebration of their first Wedding Anniversary (today). May God grant you many more years! Ziveli! Mnogaja Ljeta! Love mom, dad and family.

CHLOE & DENNIS RUFF Offered in joyous celebration of their 1st Wedding Anniversary (today, July 17). May God grant you Many Years! Mnogaja Ljeta! With love from Baba.

ALANA TEPSICH Offered in celebration of my Goddaughter’s birthday (July 17).   Ziveli! Mnogaja Ljeta! Love Kuma Nikki and family.

DARLENE BLACK Offered with love by the Barber & Geib Families for God’s Blessings during her recovery. We pray that He will bless her with good health. Our Love & Prayers are with her.

MICHAEL GEPPERT Offered prayerfully by Mom & Dad for improvement in health and God’s blessings and loving care during his recovery.

†DR LINDA WOLF Offered in loving memory of Kuma Linda whose 6-month Parastos was observed yesterday. We miss her vibrant presence and are grateful she “went home” to her Lord where there is no sickness, nor sorrow, nor sighing, but life everlasting. Memory Eternal! Vjecnaja Pamjat! Given by the Wolf, Yanich & Matich families.

PEOPLE OF UKRAINE – Offering prayers for all who are on the front lines defending the country, for those who are risking their lives to serve others, for those who are grieving, suffering and are victims of this war. For all who left as refugees and for those who stayed, living in war zones. May the Peace of Christ comfort them in this affliction. Praying for servicemen, civilians and children who have lost their lives because of the war in Ukraine. May God give them rest where there is neither sickness nor sorrow, but life everlasting. Especially praying for newly departed Yaroslav, father of two young children who died defending Ukraine. Memory Eternal!  

Please continue to pray for all of those currently being persecuted for Christ's sake in Kosovo, Metohija, Montenegro, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Ethiopia, the Sudan, China, North Korea, for all of our brothers and sisters in Christ suffering throughout the world, especially in Ukraine, that they might be comforted with the Joy of our Lord, and for all of those suffering from the pandemic, for those who minister, and for those who are unjustly persecuted that they may be strengthened by the love of Christ which knows no race.  


Stewardship Offering Information

Date 7/10/2022

Collection: $3,360.00

Date 7/3/2022

Collection: $3,305.00

Date 6/26/2022

Collection: $2,952.00

July Birthdays

Edie Venesevich (July 6), Jovanka Shaffer (July 7), Christian Gunther (July 8), Sloane Ivey Semic (July 8), Cindy Semic (July 10), Kyle Barber (July 10), Faith Kingsbury (July 10), Duke Petrovich (July 11), Paula Werner (July 11), Bo Hudson Paddock (July 11), Melania Skinder (July 12), Andrea Gunther (July 13), Jazmin Cruz (July 13), Pam Healy (July 14), Jevgenija Radanovic (July 16), Lenny Tepsich Jr (July 16), Alana Tepsich (July 17), Igor Skinder (July 18), Katya Kotchneva (July 18), Milan Radanovic (July 22), Paul Kessler (July 30), Erik Barber (July 31), Jovan Grujic, Bojan Lazarevic

July Anniversaries

Chloe & Dennis Ruff (July 17)

~Bulletin Board~


Please contact Proto Ilija Balach in case of a pastoral emergency Wednesday, July 20-Friday July 22: 425.736.3016.


If you are not receiving envelopes and wish to, receiving envelopes and no longer wish to, or you need to make an address change, please inform the office TODAY, July 17.


Our SOTAYA Group is once again selling frozen packs of cevapi at $15/pack (2 pounds, 32 pieces). To order see Dn. Bojan Gligorevic or call the office at 717-939-3872


Please bring any unwanted books to the Church for a book sale to take place during SerbFest to benefit the Seniors. Boxes will be on the table in the lobby for your books. You may take boxes home to pack up your books to bring to church. Please no romance novels. Children’s books, fiction and nonfiction, cookbooks, cocktail table books, self-improvement, DIY/how to books are welcome!


The next meeting of the Senior’s will be held in September. Anyone 50+ is invited to join. Monthly luncheon meetings are held. Dues are $5 per year. Please consider joining us… Come and see!


Thank you for all of your help! The flowerbeds look wonderful! Please keep up the good work this summer as needed.


Please look in the Coat Room for any personal items of yours that may have been left. Any items left after August 31 will be donated.

July 2022 Calendar

July Charity

Monastery New Marcha


On July 26, Monastery Marcha celebrates its Slava, the Synaxis of the Holy Archangel Gabriel, so it is fitting that the monastery is our Charity Sunday recipient this month. It is the first monastery established for Serbian Orthodox nuns in the United States and was begun in 1975 by His Grace, the late Bishop Dr. Sava. Its inspiration was the original 17th century Monastery Marcha of Serbia, destroyed by war twice in the 20th century. From modest beginnings, Monastery Marcha has grown. In addition to the new monastery church erected in 2001, there is a residence and lodgings for visiting monastics. The weekly Divine Liturgy is celebrated by nearby clergy. Mother Anna, of blessed memory, was the first American-born Serbian Orthodox nun who took residence at Monastery Marcha, and we, at St. Nicholas Church, counted Mother Anna as our dear friend. We have been blessed to have had her visit with us. Monastery Marcha’s main income is derived from the sale of candles, prayer ropes and other religious articles. If you travel to the Cleveland, Ohio area, plan to visit Monastery Marcha in nearby Richfield. It is a beautiful and uplifting spiritual site and visitors are welcomed with great warmth and hospitality. 


You can send an email to the Monastery at

Monastery Marcha, 5095 Broadview Road, Richfield, OH 44286, (330) 659-3809