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Address: 9900 Jackson Rd., Dexter, MI 48130-9426
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Prosphora Baking Workshop is September 13 
2/9/14, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
One of our St. Vladimir's prosphora bakers, Panagioti Apostolou, has kindly agreed to head up a workshop for those wishing to learn to bake prosphora. We thank him and all our prosphora bakers for their efforts! WE NEED MORE PROSPHORA BAKERS! Please see Fr. Gregory if you would like to participate in this workshop and learn to make prosphora, without which we cannot serve the Divine Liturgy.
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Youth Choir, Bell Ringers, and Altar Servers Practice Every Saturday at 3:30 p.m. 
2/9/14, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
This year as part of our Church School curriculum we strongly urge all parents and their children to stay with us for the evening services which begin right after Church School every Saturday. We participate in the Divine Services we are not spectators. Those young people who participate in the evening services tend to persist in their faith more consistently as they age than that those who do not participate in these services. To help facilitate the participation of our young people in the services we offer three options. For girls: participating in our Youth Choir or ringing bells. For boys: participating in our Youth Choir, ringing bells, or serving in the altar. The Youth Choir, Bell Ringers, and Altar Servers hold practices each Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. WE WOULD LIKE TO BEGIN WORKING WITH THOSE WHO WILL SING IN THE YOUTH CHOIR ASAP! Please contact Fr. Gregory (ogrisha@stvladimiraami.org) or Liza Kiseleva (info@stvladimiraami.org) to volunteer to participate in the Youth Choir. Ideally we will begin rehearsals on Saturday, September 6. The Youth Choir will sing selections of the Divine Services in both English and Church Slavonic. Those who cannot read Church Slavonic/Russian will be taught to do this so that they can fully participate in the choir.

To learn more about and to participate in bell ringing, please contact John Hill (headbrother@stvladimiraami.org). Rehearsals begin September 27 for this group.

To learn more about and to participate in serving in the altar please contact Fr. Gregory (ogrisha@stvladimiraami.org) or Subdeacon John Zroika (info@stvladimiraami.org). Practices begin September 27 for this group. Those who already serve in the altar will learn MORE, while those who do not yet serve in the altar will learn how to do so appropriately.
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Special Needs Folks Welcome at St. Vladimir's 
2/9/14, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
Those with special needs, especially families with special needs children, are most welcome at St. Vladimir's! What this means is that sometimes there is a little noise or commotion during the Divine Services but this is simply part of being a welcoming community. However, we have to back up our words with actions! So please, EVERYONE, reach out to your friends with special needs children and invite them to St. Vladimir's. But not just that when they visit we all each and every one of us need to be tolerant, helpful, loving, and supportive. It is wrong and just not possible for us to alienate those with special needs children. WE MUST WELCOME THEM WARMLY! Please contact Fr. Gregory with questions, concerns, or to join our greeter ministry. We need your help to make St. Vladimir's a welcoming place for ALL!
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You Tube Crew we need You! 
1/9/14, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
Our video ministry is weaker than it needs to be. We need help! Can you take videos? Do you LIKE to take videos? You can help introduce others to St. Vladimir's and the Orthodox Church by helping us take videos of Divine Services, sermons, lectures, and other parish activities. Please help! See Fr. Gregory for more information!
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Today is Labor Day - what does that mean to us? 
1/9/14, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
Today marks the civil holiday of Labor Day. On this day we remember those who fought for workers' rights in America and founded the first labor unions to protect workers and organize to collectively negotiate with management to increase workers' pay, increase safety in the work place, and other similar labor advances. Although no doubt there is much debate among our parish family members about the efficacy of unions in our days this is not the point of this post. Rather, it is informative for us to understand that the nascent labor movement practically got its start here in Michigan in the auto plants of Flint and Detroit. There is no doubt that workers' rights especially safety were sorely lacking in those days. As Orthodox Christians we thank God for the life He has given us. We must be lovers of labor and work diligently and sincerely as a Christian duty. This is not to say we should accept abuse not by any means. But the Lord has kindly arranged the world that we would work for our daily bread. Let us thank God that He has given us this order, and that he has provided us the opportunity to work and to support our families in peace here in America. We are people of hope, people of love, and people of thankfulness. We have much to thank God for as regards our ability to work safely here in America. Today is a day that allows us to concentrate on that thankfulness. Let us take a moment today to do that and not forget that this is not just a day off of work, but a day to thank God for His love and mercy towards us.
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Scripture Reading for the Coming Week 
31/8/14, 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: II Corinthians 8:7-15 & Mark 3:6-12
Tuesday: II Corinthians 8:16-9:5 & Mark 3:13-19
Wednesday: I Corinthians 9:12-10:7 & Mark 3:20-27
Thursday: II Corinthians 10:7-18 & Mark 3:28-35
Friday: II Corinthians 11:5-21 & Mark 4:1-9
Saturday: I Corinthians 2:6-9 & Matthew 22:15-22

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

By St. Justin (Popovich):


By Bishop Kalistos (Ware):


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:


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 
31/8/14, 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 
31/8/14, 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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St. Vladimir's Youth in Davydovo Summer 2015 
30/8/14, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
We would like to send several (hopefully 3 to 5) of our young people aged 14+ to the Davydovo summer camp for special needs youth in Yaroslavl as helpers next summer. Next summer seems so far away this summer isn't even over yet! That is true, but in order to prepare our young people we need to start early. Zhanna Skalitzky will be heading up this effort. Our friends at First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor sent several volunteers to help at Davydovo this summer and they had a simply outstanding experience. Camps for special needs children in Russia are very rare, and this one is run by an Orthodox priest in an Orthodox atmosphere. Parents please talk to Fr. Gregory Zhanna about this as soon as possible! This will be an outstanding opportunity for our young people to live their faith in a very active way. Their participation will help the campers, the campers' families, and frankly speaking, will also help themselves to grow in Christ. More to come...
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Moleben for the beginning of the School Year is August 31 
30/8/14, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
This Sunday following the Divine Liturgy we will serve the molben for the beginning of instruction of children according to our usual practice - on the Sunday that is closest to the beginning of public school instruction in Michigan. Please plan to join us for the moleben - all children and teachers are warmly invited, including all St. Vladimir's Church School pupils and instructors!
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