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Phone: (734) 475-4590
Address: 9900 Jackson Rd., Dexter, MI 48130-9426
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November Parish Council Meeting set for 11/29/14 
28/11/14, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
We were unable to hold our November Parish Council meeting as scheduled on November 16. The meeting has been rescheduled for November 29 at 1:00 p.m. at the church. As always, these meetings are open to all St. Vladimir parish family members, but you can't very well attend the meeting if we don't tell you when it will be held. Thus this announcement. Please join us if you like, and please pray for the Parish Council that the Lord will help and guide us in our duties.
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Greeter/Welcome Committee Meeting is November 30 
27/11/14, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
Thank you to all who have volunteered to join our Greeter Ministry. We will hold a meeting for all those interested in this very important ministry on Sunday, November 30 following the parish meal. We need English speakers and Russian speakers to help out. Please plan to join us – we appreciate your RSVP by visiting the Google doc below! We only have one chance to make a first impression when someone visits our parish. Let's make every effort to make that first impression so positive that our visitors will come back again and again! Please join us on November 30! If you would like to help with this ministry but cannot join us for this meeting please contact Fr. Gregory and/or note that in the Google doc below. Your help will still be most welcome!

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Happy Thanksgiving! 
27/11/14, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
We congratulate all our St. Vladimir's family and friends with the Thanksgiving Holiday. This civil holiday - very Christian in its character - reminds us of our need to thank God for His many blessings upon us. May we humbly suggest, before you sit down to your family dinner today, that you take a few minutes either privately or as a family to thank God for the many blessings He has given you this past year, and for the many blessings He has given to our parish family. We are privileged to call you all brothers and sisters in Christ, and we thank God for you and for our parish family. Happy Thanksgiving!
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Whoops! Diocesan Fund for those Those in Need of Assistance Collection is this Sunday – 11/30/14 (WE FORGOT LAST SUNDAY!) 
26/11/14, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
Last Sunday we forgot to take up this collection! Please forgive us! So this coming Sunday we will hold the annual collection for the diocesan fund for those in need of assistance. As the diocesan secretary I can tell you that this fund is one that we use often. In general we use this to help those who are not covered by the St. John Kochurov Fund (that fund covers Missions, Monasteries, and Youth), but who are nonetheless in great need. Your generosity at this time of thanks (Thanksgiving is just around the corner and this collection is timed to coincide with that holiday) is greatly appreciated by the diocese, and by those members of the diocese who find themselves in circumstances of privation. If you are unable to join us for this Sunday's liturgy please contact our Starosta to make a contribution to this fund before or after the fact. Thank you!
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Weekly Educational Offering 
26/11/14, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
We present here a short educational offering for both children and adults. Parents are asked to review the children’s portion with their children. It is very important for us to attend the Divine Services on Sundays and whenever else we are able, but in addition it is our spiritual responsibility to educate ourselves and our families in the faith. It is our hope that this mid-week offering will be an aid in this regard. Please contact Fr. Gregory with questions or suggestions.

For Adults: an explanation on last Sunday's Gospel reading by Blessed Theophylact:


For Children – an activity based on last Sunday's Gospel reading for various ages:

http://www.antiochian.org/sites/default ... 1-10-b.pdf
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Special College Age & Teen Youth Group Dinner 11/30/14 
25/11/14, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
Please join us at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 30 at Fr. Gregory's home for our monthly Young Adult/College Age dinner. This month we will invite our teens to join us too since they did not have an opportunity to gather this month AND since it is good for the future leaders of our parish to get to know each other – even if a few years separate them in age. The discussion will be a twofold one: Youth Gatherings – Spiritually Profitable? & Death and the Future Life. Perhaps not related – or perhaps these ARE related... You'll have to join us to find out! :) Please do – and please let us know you will be there by singing up at the link below. See you Sunday!

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Giving Thanks 
25/11/14, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
At St. Vladimir's we have much to be thankful for. The Thanksgiving holiday is perhaps the most Christian of all the civil holidays and it behooves us to take a moment at this time of year to reflect on God's blessings and thank Him for these. In fact, it is a pious practice to reflect on each day past before laying down to bed and thank God for all His blessings upon us during that day. Those who do this will never fall to envy, for they will realize that the Lord blesses us in many ways each and every day. At St. Vladimir's we have much to be thankful for, and for this reason we will serve a special moleben and akathist this Wednesday evening. This is a service of Thanksgiving, and although no doubt many of our parish family members will be traveling on Wednesday, many too will still be in town, and we invite all to be present for this special service. Let us always be thankful people – and in this way avoid the pitfall of envy that so pervades our society. Glory to God for all things!
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St. John Chrysostom Commemorated Tuesday & Wednesday 
24/11/14, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
St. John Chrysostom reposed on the feast of the Exultation of the Cross. Because of this, the commemoration of his repose is translated to November 13/26 each year. It goes without saying that St. John is one of the most significant saints of the Universal Church. His commentary on Holy Scripture is perhaps the most cited of any of the saints'. But his life is also really quite impressive for various other reasons. We will not tell you those here, but rather encourage you to read his life at the link below. At St. Vladimir's we will have evening services for St. John on Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m. and Divine Liturgy for St. John on Wednesday morning at 8:00 a.m. Please join us as your personal schedule allows!


http://oca.org/saints/lives/2014/11/13/ ... tantinople


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Time to Register for St. Herman's! 
24/11/14, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
It is time to register for the St. Herman's conference! This year's conference is PACKED with interesting lectures and activities! To learn more please visit this link and register today:




All those exclamation marks mean that this is real - we really need to hear from you. :) Please contact Fr. Gregory to affirm your participation ASAP.

Parents - let's make this the best attended St. Herman's from our diocese EVER!
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Scripture Reading for the Coming Week 
23/11/14, 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 Thess. 1:1-10 & Luke 14:12-15
Tuesday: II Thess. 1:10-2:2 & Luke 14:25-35
Wednesday: II Thess. 2:1-12 & Luke 15:1-10
Thursday: II Thess. 2:13-3:5 & Luke 16:1-9
Friday: II Thess. 3:6-18 & Luke 16:15-18; 17:1-4
Saturday: Galatians 3:1-10 & Luke 9:57-62

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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