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 Sunday Divine Liturgy: 10:00 a.m.

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Phone: (734) 475-4590
Address: 9900 Jackson Rd., Dexter, MI 48130-9426
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Help Fr. Gregory Serve our Russian Speaking Parishioners 
30/9/14, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
We would like to offer a weekly "mini-bulletin" with translations of the scriptures read on the weekend into Russian, as well as a short sermon on the theme of the Sunday Gospel reading in Russian. These would be available for distribution at our kiosk for those who do not understand English well. This is not a large population in our parish (almost all of our native Russian speakers also speak English fluently), but there are a few people that this mini-bulletin will benefit. If you would like to help Fr. Gregory prepare this mini-bulletin please contact him. No translation will be necessary, but a working knowledge of Russian and of MS Word or other similar word processor will be needed. Thank you in advance for assisting with this important ministry!
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NEW!!! Festival Volunteer Sign Up Available – SIGN UP NOW! 
30/9/14, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
Please visit these links to sign up for festival volunteer opportunities! The links below are NEW – these are Google Docs (folks had trouble with the other program we were using to sign up volunteers so please do visit these links if you had trouble with the other one!). Those who signed up on the old system have had their volunteer choices included in the links below. These volunteer slots are first come first served, so please sign up right away to reserve the volunteer activity that you are interested in. We need ALL HANDS ON DECK to make this year's festival even more successful than last year's. Last years festival saw us host approximately 4000 people at St. Vladimir's. This year's could be even bigger and likely will be. Be part of the team! Help us introduce our friends and neighbors to our parish, our faith, and our culture! Sign up now!

To sign up for sisterhood duties: serving food, cooking in the kitchen, tea tent and sweets please use this link:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/15DHkji_uywvxNHPDeFNKOQwfp_uL-EUaRuCido2I2qQ/edit

To sign up for all other duties: kids corner, parking, church tours, etc., please use this link:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kvOZ_huzzSisRQyjkcXSmdakbTnZUDBBFgu5yl-ZvFQ/edit?usp=sharing
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Festival Flyer to Share 
29/9/14, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
Please find our festival flyer for this year set up to print, cut in half, and share with others or post at the following link:

http://stvladimiraami.org/flyers/a2russ ... -twoup.pdf

Please print and share these! People can't attend the festival if they don't know about it, and the festival is the single best way that we introduce people to our parish and to Orthodox Christianity all year long. Please help – print and post or distribute today!!!
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Starosta's Corner 
29/9/14, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Congratulations on this most wonderful feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos!

Please read this short letter carefully and think and pray about what it means for you as a Christian and as a member of our parish.

Executive summary: As of today we do not have enough money in our basic operating expenses bank account to cover our most fundamental obligations in the coming weeks.

Executive analysis: The University of Michigan no longer “subsidizes” our parish by paying our priest. Our monthly obligations to Fr. Gregory have increased as of the middle of July. In addition, our monthly general collections have decreased every month since April--May was lower than April; June lower than May, July lower than June, August lower than July, and September lower than August.

Graph (see page 2): The graph shows the monthly balance in our basic operating expense bank account. As of this feast our operating expense account balance is $7,349. Our most basic obligations (clergy, utilities and property insurance) require approximately $12,000 a month.

Read the reminder of the Starosta's Corner and see the graph:

http://stvladimiraami.org/pamphlets/starostascorner.pdf
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Scripture Reading for the Coming Week 
28/9/14, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
"This is the cause of all evils: the ignorance of the Scriptures. We go into battle without arms, and how ought we to come off safe?" -St. John Chrysostom, Homily IX on Colossians.

In order to help increase the general knowledge of scripture in our parish family we present here for your edification the scripture readings for the coming week. At least one Gospel Reading and one Epistle reading are assigned for each day of the year (although during Great Lent the readings are from the Old Testament). Hearing or reading only those readings appointed for Sunday merely scratches the surface of the great spiritual wealth that the scriptures provide us. Some of the readings are easily understandable – others are less so. As Orthodox Christians we do not make private interpretation of scripture, but rather consult the fathers of the Church for their explanations to aid us in our understanding. Those wishing to have access to such explanations are asked to contact Fr. Gregory or inquire in the kiosk for further reading in this regard. Bibles may also be acquired in the kiosk.

Monday: Ephesians 1:22-2:3 & Luke 3:19-22
Tuesday: Ephesians 2:19-3:7 & Luke 3:23-4:1
Wednesday: Ephesians 3:8-21 & Luke 4:1-15
Thursday: Ephesians 4:14-19 & Luke 4:16-22
Friday: Ephesians 4:17-25 & Luke 4:22-30
Saturday: I Corinthians 14:20-25 & Luke 4:31-36

Please find below several very nice articles on how to read the scripture from an Orthodox point of view.

By St. Justin (Popovich):

http://www.orthodoxinfo.com/phronema/bible_how.aspx

By Bishop Kalistos (Ware):

http://www.orthodoxinfo.com/phronema/ware_howto.aspx

This short article explains to us not just HOW to read the scriptures, but also what our goal should be in reading the scriptures. A short read and well worth it:

http://www.chrysostompress.org/reading_scripture.html

As noted in the article above we need God's help and blessing to read and understand the scriptures correctly. What better way to entreat God's help in this regard than through prayer? Please find the prayer before reading the scriptures here:

http://www.chrysostompress.org/prayer_b ... pture.html
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Weekly Bulletin Posted 
28/9/14, 10:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
Our weekly bulletin, "Sunday Reading", has been posted at the following link:

http://www.stvladimiraami.org/SundayRea ... eading.pdf
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Weekly Parish Prayer List Posted 
28/9/14, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
Please keep our parishioners, friends, and those who have asked us in our unworthiness to pray for them in your prayers this coming week. Our parish prayer list can be found here:

http://www.stvladimiraami.org/SundayRea ... erlist.pdf

PLEASE NOTE! We have removed those from the list that we believe no longer should be present there. If you requested that someone be included in this list please review it carefully to make sure we have not removed someone erroneously. If we have, please contact Fr. Gregory to have your loved one again added to the list.
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Teen Russia Summer Trip Mass Meeting this Sunday 
27/9/14, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
This Sunday following the Divine Liturgy we will have our first meeting of our teens that would like to go to Russia next year to assist at the Church Camp for Special Needs Children in the village of Davydovo. This is a very important meeting since we will begin discussing how the kids can raise funds for their trip at our parish festival. The festival is October 4-5. IF WE DO NOT MEET THIS SUNDAY WE WILL MISS THIS HUGE OPPORTUNITY. RSVP to Fr. Gregory ASAP. This is a potential life-changing opportunity for our youth! Children with special needs are generally not “mainstreamed” in Russia as they are here. This is a completely unique camp – our kids will be working with others not for themselves, but as Christian servants. Thus, the potential for spiritual growth in our youth is very large here – and this opportunitiy to serve others selflessly is one we should not miss! Find pictures from this camp, which really needs and deserves our support, at this link:

http://stvladimirchurch.smugmug.com/Cat ... amp-for-s/
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Church School NEW TIME this Saturday and Onward 
27/9/14, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
Church School began last Saturday at St. Vladimir's. We had a marvelous turn out! Thank you all! But we learned a few things about how best to manage the school on Saturday and we have made a couple of small changes, as outlined below. PLEASE NOTE that start times have changed!

Youth Choir, Bell Ringing, and Altar Server Practices will begin at 4:00 p.m. sharp with a prayer. All students other than the youngest group are encouraged to participate in one of these groups. This will be followed by a short break. Children will be allowed to go outside if a parent is present to supervise the outside play. If not – the break will be inside. Classes begin at 5:10 p.m. sharp. The ending prayer will be at 5:50 p.m. A snack may be eaten at this time if sent with the child. Of course children may share. We strongly urge parents NOT to send sugary snacks as the children will be participating in the Vigil service which begins at 6:00 p.m. and if they are saturated with sugar it is difficult for them to behave appropriately. Please consider things like vegetables, fruit, yogurt, cheese sticks, etc. Thank you for your cooperation without Church School teachers and other volunteers as they labor to instruct our children in their faith!
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700th Anniversary of the Birth of St. Sergius is this October 
26/9/14, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
With the blessing of the Synod of Bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia the All-Abroad celebration of the 700th anniversary of the birth of St. Sergius of Radonezh will take place in Cleveland, Ohio October 7-9, 2014. All who are able are urged to attend! It would be wise to buy tickets for the festive banquet earlier rather than later. More information can be found here:

http://chicagodiocese.org/news_140728_2.html
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