Monday, September 27, 2010

A Passion For Beards

Monday, September 20, 2010

Baby Shower for Baby Bishop

On Sunday, November 28th the church women will gather at Ana Wright's house at 2:00pm for a baby shower for the newest little Bishop. Robyn is due at at the end of October/beginning of November so by then the wee one will have arrived.

Robyn has advised that she and Ryan need a stroller. So if you would like to contribute towards the stroller please let me know. I'm away from church for the next 2 weeks but after that I will collect money for and then buy the stroller.

Feel free to do your own gift as well!

Feel free to bring some snacky foods for us all to share while we ooh and ahh over the baby!

Friday, September 17, 2010

I am part of a large family


Archdiocese of Canada BC Clergy have just received the following URGENT last minute notice about this historic event from Abp. Seraphim.

Please see the info on the archdiocesan website:  

(nb. the Holy Resurrection website says the service will be held at Saturdy vespers and at Sunday liturgy, but I gather from HE's message that perhaps there was some sort of delay, and now there will be a service held Sunday evening at 6 pm. I am also told that Fr. Michael hopes to have English as well as Slavonic used in the service.)  --- Mat. Donna 

Dear Brothers,

I am writing to tell you that the Relics of the Holy Prince Vladimir of Kyiv are in Holy Resurrection Sobor this week-end. An Akathist will be served there Sunday evening at 1800 hrs. You are all welcome.

I am sorry for short notice. We could not tell until the last minute when and how the Relics would come from the Kyiv Caves, and we had to devise our agenda at the last minute.

Love in Christ,


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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Christie's Goodbye Party!!!!

Hey everyone!

Don't forget that Christie's goodbye party is THIS FRIDAY at the Gascoigne residence. That's 9642 139th St in Surrey. She's away to Winnipeg indefinitely at the end of this month a deserves a proper send -off: so y'all turn up ok?

The festivities begin at 4-ish. I will provide calories in the form of flourless cake (Christie is gluten intolerant) and a few other snacks and drinks, but we'll appreciate any other contributions to the table.

Also, don't forget this is a FORMAL occasion-- which means it will be MUCH more fun if people turn up dressed the nines for a cocktail party. We won't turn anyone away for being underdressed of course, but we may have other "decorations" to utilize if your attire appears to need it. Trust me, it'll be terrific fun.

Looking forward to a stellar night. Contact Rhiannon if you have any questions about what you can bring!



Friday, September 10, 2010

Hierarchical Liturgy EARLY this Sunday Sept. 12th!

Vladika Seraphim will be with us to visit on Sunday, and one of our readers will be ordained to the subdiaconate. (I don't know if he wants a fuss made, so I am not posting his name just now. :-)

There will be NO matins, and instead we will formally greet the bishop upon his arrival at 9:30 AM  

It would be wise to arrive well -before- 9:30 if you can. Also, please remember to bring a little extra food as these visits always draw attendance from beyond the parish. As a monk of course Vladika does not eat meat, so cheese, eggs and fish will not go amiss. Plenty of green veggies are also good for his health.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Marriage Encounter

Dear brothers and sisters,

On Sunday September 26th a couple from Marriage Encounter will be visiting St. Herman’s to give us a presentation during coffee hour, regarding Marriage Encounter Weekends.

Marriage Encounter offers Christian married couples a unique tool to help grow communication in their marriages, in a private setting, during Marriage Encounter’s planned retreat weekends.

Marriage Encounter is a program which was founded by the Roman Catholic Church, however, it has been adapted and used by Orthodox and Protestant Denominations as well.  The closest Orthodox Marriage Encounter is in California, thus this Marriage Encounter will be presented by the Roman Catholic Church.  As the message in any Christian Marriage Encounter is the same as the Orthodox Marriage Encounter, namely growing communication and love in marriages, while recognizing Christ as the focal point in the Christian marriage, the upcoming Catholic Marriage Encounter will undoubtedly be useful to the married couples in our community.

I deeply encourage all of the married couples in our community to attend a marriage encounter weekend, as Marriage Encounter is a program designed for GOOD Marriages, to help good marriages grow stronger by encouraging communication and mutual love in Christ.

Please plan on hearing the upcoming presentation on Sunday September 26th. If you wish to look into Marriage Encounter in advance, their website is

Your servant in Christ,

Dn. Gregory

Monday, September 06, 2010

Women's Night - Sit 'n' Stich

There has been talk about starting up monthly women's nights, now that the summer is over and most people are back from their holidays. Because we are already hosting youth group in September, I would like to offer to host a women's night Chez Hall on Friday October 29th. We can make parking and car-pooling arrangements since our area isn't particularly favorable when it comes to parking!

Also, I was thinking of canvasing the community to see if anyone was likewise interested in putting together a regular Sit 'n' Stich. Imagine if you will, a cozy room with comfy chairs, fire roaring in the corner, steaming cups of tea and coffee and hot chocolate grouped on a coffee table, and mountains of yarn and fabric creations gracing the laps of a small collection of individuals who have gathere for a common interest: creating with their hands something not only functional, but beautiful! This kind of get-together would provide a neat opportunity for getting to know people with whom we might not otherwise socialize. Since there are a LOT of knitters and crocheters and quilters and other crafty gals in our ever growing community, this would be a great excuse to get together semi-regularly... not to mention get those projects done!!

For those who don't have specific projects in mind, there is also the possibility of gathering a collection of hand-made scarves, hats and mitts to contribute to the Diakonia, and keep warm the bodies of those who will suffer in the cold and wet this coming winter.

Friday, September 03, 2010

September events

Here are the September events from the newsletter-- hard copy available at church this weekend. Also, don't forget to update your info in the draft copy of the directory in the narthex. 

Wed.  Sept 8  7 pm.  Nativity of the Theotokos
                               Vesperal Liturgy  Fish allowed at meal after

Sun. Sept. 12   9:30 am     Greeting of Bishop
                        10:00 am Hierarchical Liturgy

Tues. Sept. 14  7 pm Vesperal Liturgy & Lenten Meal

Fri. Sept. 17     7 pm Farewell for Christie G at Gascoignes’

Fasting this month

Regular Wed & Fri fasts:  NO meat, fish, dairy or eggs

Wed. Sept. 8th Nativity of the Theotokos Fish permitted

Fri. Sept. 24th Holy New Martyrs of Alaska fish permitted.

*NB  Tues.  Sept. 14th Holy Cross Day is a strictly Lenten fast.  Please remember to bring NO meat, fish, dairy or eggs to the post-liturgy meal that evening.


A visit from our Archpastor

Sunday Sept.12th 10 AM
Hierarchical Liturgy served by
Archbishop Seraphim

Please arrive EARLY so that we may greet  our Vladyka
 Youth plans 2010-2011

First meeting of the New Church Year will be at the Halls’ in Langley on Fri. Sept. 24th 7 pm.

The traditional Pumpkin Patch outing will take place on Sun. Oct. 24th.

A Winter Youth Retreat is being planned for February. More info coming!