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Phone: (734) 475-4590
Address: 9900 Jackson Rd., Dexter, MI 48130-9426
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Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God is August 27-28 – Bishop Peter to Preside in Ferndale 
22/8/14, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
Our sister parish, Dormition Cathedral in Ferndale, MI, celebrates its patronal feast day August 27-28. Vigil is set for 6:00 p.m. on August 27. The meeting of the bishop and Divine Liturgy will be at 9:00 a.m. on August 28. Bishop Peter will preside at both the Vigil and the Divine Liturgy. THERE WILL BE NO SERVICES AT ST. VLADIMIR'S FOR THE FEAST. Please plan to join us in Ferndale as your schedule allows. We congratulate all with the great feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos, and especially our brothers and sisters in Ferndale!
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St. Vladimir's Youth Fund 
21/8/14, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
We have established a Youth Fund for our parish so that we can support our young people in their travels to youth conferences, on parish pilgrimages, and in other ways that edify them and prepare them for life as adult Orthodox Christians and future leaders of our parishes. Please remember the Youth Fund in your will or otherwise support this worthy undertaking through your philanthropy. More information is available from our Starosta, Nathan Longan, or from Fr. Gregory. Thank you for your investment in the future generations of Orthodox Christians!
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Save the Date – Festival is October 4-5, 2014 
21/8/14, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
This year our parish festival is set for October 4-5, 2014. PLEASE SAVE THE DATE! We encourage ALL our parishioners to volunteer for this very important outreach to our community. Please contact Yuliya Rodzianko to learn more about volunteer opportunities. We have made a conscious decision to hold the festival this year despite the civil strife in Ukraine. And in fact, because of that civil strife we feel it is more important than ever for us to hold our festival. We intend to stress the brotherhood between the peoples of Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus: the people of historic Kievan Rus who came forth from the same Dnieper baptismal font, as well as all of us who have found the True Faith in the Orthodox Church of historic Rus. If the world insists on stressing division we insist all the more on stressing friendship, cooperation, and unity in Christ. Join us to provide an important example to all that today's news headlines do not and can not define the relationship between Orthodox brothers and sisters, but that the love of Christ will today, tomorrow, and forever unite as one spiritual family! Last year's festival was a resounding success – join us to make this year's even more successful!
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Brotherhood Work Evening August 21 
20/8/14, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
This Thursday evening at 6 or as soon as you can join us, please help pull up the pavers and dig out underneath east of the altar. This will allow our expert to reconstruct this path behind the church that is used for processions. This should take about 2-2 1/2 hours with enough men. Bring a shovel if you have one.

Let me know your availability, please

John Hill
Head of the Brotherhood of St. John of Shanghai & San Francisco
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Weekly Educational Offering 
20/8/14, 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: a short account of Sunday's sermon by Blessed Theophylact:


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

http://www.antiochian.org/sites/default ... 8-17-a.pdf
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Schedule of the Veneration of Relics of St. John of Shanghai & San Francisco 
19/8/14, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
This week the parish church will be open according to the following schedule to allow St. Vladimir's family and friends to venerate the relics of St. John of Shanghai & San Francisco. Molebens will be served during these times as well, according to request. We intend also to bring the icon with the relics of St. John to those who are unable to come to church due to illness. Please contact Fr. Gregory to alert him to those who you know are in this situation so that no one misses the opportunity to venerate the relics.

Wednesday, August 20: 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (weekly moleben for the ill at 6:00 p.m.)
Thursday, August 21: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Friday, August 22: 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (evening services at 6:00 p.m.)
Saturday, August 23: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (during Divine Liturgy)
Sunday, August 24: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (during Divine Liturgy)

During the week of August 25-31 the relics of St. John will be located at the Dormition Cathedral in Ferndale, MI, including during the Divine Services for the feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God (the cathedral patronal feast day) on August 27 and 28.
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Automatic Electronic Funds Transfer Available at St. Vladimir’s 
19/8/14, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
Our parish now offers the option of setting up an automatic monthly payment to the parish for parishioners that prefer to make their offering in this way. This is called an “Automated Clearing House” or ACH payment. To learn more please contact our Starosta, Nathan Longan, or simply print out the form at this link and provide a hard copy to Nathan. Thank you all for your support of our parish family!

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Better Understanding the Divine Services 
18/8/14, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
Recently several of our parishioners have asked about how they can better understand the Divine Services. This is an excellent question. We believe that the excerpt below, from Fr. Seraphim Slobodskoy’s “Law of God” is an excellent introduction to the Divine Services. Of course there are volumes and volumes written providing more detail, and those who are interested in learning even more are asked to contact Fr. Gregory. But for a good foundation we recommend the pamphlet below. As always, we encourage and urge you to contact Fr. Gregory or Fr. Michael with any questions about this or any other aspect of our faith.

http://www.stvladimiraami.org/pamphlets ... rvices.pdf
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Feast of the Transfiguration is Tonight & Tomorrow 
18/8/14, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
The great feast of the Lord's Transfiguration is celebrated tonight and tomorrow. This evening we hold Vigil at 6:00 p.m. If the weather cooperates we will also have a procession for the Litya during the Vigil. Tomorrow morning Divine Liturgy begins at 8:00 a.m. At this feast we bless the fruits that are being harvested at this time of year. Traditionally in Greece these fruits were mostly grapes, in Russia mostly apples. Parishioners are encouraged to bring any and all fruits for blessing on this day. We congratulate all on this great feast! Below please find additional information on the feast.


http://oca.org/saints/lives/2014/08/06/ ... sus-christ


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Scripture Reading for the Coming Week 
17/8/14, 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 2:4-15 & Matthew 23:13-22
Tuesday: II Corinthians 2:14-3:3 & Matthew 23:23-28
Wednesday: II Corinthians 3:4-11 & Matthew 23:29-39
Thursday: II Corinthians 4:1-6 & Matthew 24:13-28
Friday: II Corinthians 4:13-18 & Matthew 24:27-33, 42-51
Saturday: I Corinthians 1:3-9 & Matthew 19:3-12

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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