Christ the Savior Orthodox Church
All Saints Orthodox Church Ministries
A Dearborn/Downriver Orthodox Parish for Everyone
Welcome to Our Website!

 

With the Blessing of our Vladyka, Archbishop PETER,
we have been honored to grow into our new lives under our new name:

 

 

Christ the Savior Orthodox Church
All Saints Orthodox Ministries

 A Mission of ROCOR 

 
Office/Contact:
V. Rev. Gregory Joyce (Rector and Spiritual Advisor)
Sub-Deacon Michael Boyar (Administrator and Starosta)
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Service Address: 
10475 West Jefferson Avenue
River Rouge, Michigan  48218
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Business (Mailing) Address: 
30111 Marr Street Gibraltar, MI  4817
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Direct Line: 734/934-6337  (call/text)
Fax Line: 734/671-8337

Email: AllSaintsDownriver@gmail.com 
Facebook: (for our Church) - Christ the Savior Orthodox Mission Church
(for our Ministries) - All Saints Orthodox Mission
 
St. Hedwig Florist - All Saints Orthodox Flower & Gift Shop
Telephone (call/text): 
313/897-4880
Email: StHedwig@AllSaintsOrthodoxChurch.org
Facebook: St Hedwig Florist
Instagram:
St.Hedwig11
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This is YOUR Special Invitation!
Still Learning and Growing
Still Learning and Growing
Still Learning and Growing

Glory to Jesus Christ!
Welcome to our Christ the Savior Orthodox Mission Church Parish!

We are just south of Detroit in the community we affectionately call the Dearborn/Downriver area, and welcome everyone from Southeast Michigan & Northwest Ohio.

Exciting times are coming our Way! 

We have a nice small community who still feels that there is an excellent opportunity for growth in the teachings of Our Faith, and wants to spread the love and compassion of God's Will through prayer and celebration.  In fact, it's in our Mission Statement!

Our criteria isn't based on where you live or whether you are Russian, Ukrainian, Greek, Serbian, Mexican, Arabic or even Cherokee Indian - We want everyone to come and celebrate the True Word of our Holy Orthodox Christianity. We are the TRUE TRADITIONAL CHURCH!  Although many of may have never heard of us (especially without an ethnicity attached), we have been around since Jesus Christ Himself, and can show our ties without Ancestry.com (although that would be interesting to see).

A Brief History Lesson:  We actually know that the Christian Church had 5 Patriarchates (on of which was in Rome).  The schism that happened by 1054 was a gradually splitting apart that ended with Rome breaking away from the others (in an edict delivered to the Patriarch in Constantinople).  We are historically the True and Original (Orthodox) Christian Church!

Please come and check us out.  We really have something special and are very excited to talk about it:  In English, Russian, Ukrainian, Greek, Serbian, Mexican, Arabic or even Cherokee Indian!

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A Special Note from Our Rector/Spiritual Advisor
Fr. Gregory Joyce (This photo is an oldie, but goody)
Fr. Gregory Joyce (This photo is an oldie, but goody)
Fr. Gregory Joyce (This photo is an oldie, but goody)
Dear Downriver Mission Parishioners & Friends,
After several months of moving into a new facility at:
 
10475 W. Jefferson
River Rouge, MI 48218
 
We are ready for a full schedule of Divine Services! We invite everyone to join us every Sunday and Holy Days. Divine Liturgies will be at 10:30 a.m. and now we can schedule them to let you know well in advance of any changes so you can prepare yourself prayerfully to partake of the Holy Mysteries! 
 
More good news: Archbishop Peter has changed the name of our Mission to “Christ the Savior”. Our new feast day will be on August 16/29. This was done in order to facilitate the surrounding community understanding exactly who and what we are from their first introduction to us. The average American might not understand what “All Saints” is, but they understand completely who Christ the Savior is.
 
More good news: Archbishop Peter has blessed us with a candidate for our open Rector position. That is, Vladyka is blessing us with a permanent priest for the Mission. We are moving forward! Join us as we grow! Invite friends –This is the BEST way to bring new people to the Mission and to Christ: Simply invite them to join you for the Divine Services. 
 
A lot is happening – we are building much momentum with God’s blessing. Please pray that the Lord will bring the light of Christ to more and more people Downriver!
 
With Love in our Lord Jesus Christ,
Fr. Gregory
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Important Dates / Upcoming Events

Please refer to this area for everything upcoming in our Mission Parish.
(If you have any questions, please email or call anytime.)

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CHURCH HOLY DAYS AND SCHEDULED EVENTS
(Please watch here for all Updates)

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

No Services in River Rouge
Everything is at St. Vladimir Church - Ann Arbor
Divine Liturgy and Russian Festival

Friday, September 21, 2018 - Birth of the Theotokas

11am - Reader's Service in River Rouge

 

Sunday, September 23, 2018

11am - Reader's Service in River Rouge
(very informal as we are in Renovation Mode again)

 

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - Exaltation of the Cross

11am - Reader's Service in River Rouge

 

Sunday, September 30, 2018

11am - Reader's Service in River Rouge
(very informal as we are in Renovation Mode again)

 

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Please Contact our Office for Service Confirmation
(Visit our Website often - We are working on a Long Term Schedule Now)

If you need to see a Priest - or know someone who may enjoy a Home Visit,
Please Let Us Know

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All Saints Orthodox Mission Ministries

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Our Flower and Gift Shop is Now Open!

Welcome to the newest Ministry in our All Saints Orthodox Mission Parish Family!

Glory of God and with a Special Thank you for the generosity of the Turza Family, we are proud to announce that Archbishop PETER has given His Blessing for us to receive their donation of all Business and Assets of the St. Hedwig Flower and Gift Shop of Detroit, Michigan (effective February 29, 2016).

We have been working diligently on creating a fair and exciting business plan for the benefit of ALL as we solicit business to raise the necessary funding for Our Community and Neighborhood Programs and to promote Eastern Orthodox Christianity in our region into a special Action Plan.

Please think of us for your floral and gifting needs for all occations. It is our hope to provide the best products and services available to our Customers, but also it is important for us to be a real Resource to all those who may need us.

Please go back to the TOP of this page and find the link to the St. Hedwig Flower & Gift Shop, and click it to find our latest specials and for something you may like for you, too.

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Announcements

Please refer to this area for everything upcoming in our Mission Parish.
(If you have any questions, please email or call anytime.)

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Yes, It is True - We found a new Home!

After some intense bargaining with an awesome buiding owner and some really great meetings sharing project ideas with the City Administration, we have decided to pursue a nice 2 story building with almost 3000 square feet of open space right in the downtown area of River Rouge.  This will present some really great opportunities for our small mission parish to grow, while bringing some business and training opportunities to the area through our ministries.

Head over to our "PHOTOS - Our New Home" link and read more about it and enjoy some of the pictures of the challenges that face us there.  It truly is a Wonderful Opportunity!

Meanwhile, below is some photos of the completed work (to date) in our Chapel. 

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Officially started on Nativity of the Theotokas
Officially started on Nativity of the Theotokas
Officially started on Nativity of the Theotokas
And Bringing the Flame from the Holy Sepulcre
And Bringing the Flame from the Holy Sepulcre
And Bringing the Flame from the Holy Sepulcre
You can Always find it lit on Our Holy Altar
You can Always find it lit on Our Holy Altar
You can Always find it lit on Our Holy Altar

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We have the Flame from the Holy Sepelchre Church in Jerusalem

We are honored and privileged to be able to offer Orthodox Christians the opportunity to pray before the actual flame brought to us from the Church of the Holy Sepelchre in Jerusalem!

This special flame was brought to Canada by Greek Orthodox clergy and given to Sonia Boyar many years ago by Fr. Constantine Katsilas; and she has been generous to share it many Faithful Family and Friends in the Detroit Area, including our mission parish.

Please feel free to come by anytime and pray or light a candle at our church or take one home.

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Our Special Burning Candle!
Our Special Burning Candle!
Our Special Burning Candle!
Directly from Jerusalem!
Directly from Jerusalem!
Directly from Jerusalem!
Look to the Right - Positioned so Prominently in Our Chapel
Look to the Right - Positioned so Prominently in Our Chapel
Look to the Right - Positioned so Prominently in Our Chapel

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Here is a little history:
Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, known as the Church of the Resurrection (Anastasis) to Eastern Orthodox Christians, is a church in the Old City of Jerusalem that is the holiest Christian site in the world. It stands on a site that is believed to encompass both Golgotha, or Calvary, where Jesus was crucified, and the tomb (sepulchre) where he was buried. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre has been an important pilgrimage destination since the 4th century.

Authenticity
Although it is not certain, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre could be located over the actual tomb of Christ. The most important supporting evidence is as follows: Based on the above factors, the Oxford Archaeological Guide to the Holy Land concludes:  The Israeli scholar Dan Bahat, former City Archaeologist of Jerusalem, has said this of the church:

History of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
The early Christian community of Jerusalem appears to have held liturgical celebrations at Christ's tomb from the time of the resurrection until the city was taken by the Romans in 66 AD. Less than a century later, in 135 AD, Emperor Hadrian filled in the quarry to provide a level foundation for a temple to Aphrodite.

The site remained buried beneath the pagan temple until Emperor Constantine the Great converted to Christianity in 312 AD. He soon showed an interest in the holy places associated with his new faith, and commissioned numerous churches to be built throughout the Holy Land. The most important of these, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, was begun in 326 AD.

Constantine's builders dug away the hillside to leave the rock-hewn tomb of Christ isolated and with enough room to built a church around it. They also cleared away Hadrian's temple and the material with which an old quarry had been filled to provide the temple's foundations. In the process, according to contemporary Christian historians, the Rock of Golgotha was found. The Church was formally dedicated in 335 with an oration by Constantine's biographer, Eusebius of Caesarea.

In the course of the excavations, Constantine's mother St. Helena is said to have discovered the True Cross near the tomb. This is a relatively early legend, but was unknown by Eusebius, the historian and contemporary of Constantine. The legend says St. Helena actually discovered three crosses - those of the two thieves and that of Christ. To discern the one belonging to Christ, a sick man was brought to touch to each one, and he was miraculously healed by one of them.

The Constantinian church was much larger than the one that stands today, but had a simpler layout. It consisted of an atrium (which reused part of Hadrian's temenos wall), a covered basilica, an open courtyard with the stone of Golgotha in the southeast corner, and the tomb of Christ, enshrined in a small, circular edifice. The tomb of Christ was not completed until 384 AD, well after the dedication of the church, because of the immense labor involved in cutting away the rock cliff in order to isolate the tomb.

This building was severely damaged by fire in 614 AD when the Persians invaded Jerusalem. They also captured the True Cross, but in 630, Emperor Heraclius marched triumphantly into Jerusalem and restored the True Cross to the rebuilt Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The church was reconstructed under the patriarch Modestus with no major changes to the original plan.

In 638, the Christians were forced to surrender Jerusalem to Muslim control under caliph Omar. In a remarkable gesture for the time, Omar refused to pray in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, saying, "If I had prayed in the church it would have been lost to you, for the Believers [Muslims] would have taken it saying: Omar prayed here." This act of generosity would have unfortunate consequences, however.

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre continued to function as a Christian church under the protection of Omar and the early Muslim rulers, but this changed on October 18, 1009, when the "mad" Fatimid caliph Hakim brutally and systematically destroyed the great church.

The three primary custodians of the church, first appointed when Crusaders held Jerusalem, are the Greek Orthodox, the Armenian Apostolic and Roman Catholic churches. In the 19th century, the Coptic Orthodox, the Ethiopian Orthodox and the Syrian Orthodox acquired lesser responsibilities, which include shrines and other structures within and around the building. An agreement regulates times and places of worship for each Church.

Click on the link below to get the entire article.
http://www.sacred-destinations.com/israel/jerusalem-church-of-holy-sepulchre#1

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Your Donations Could Really Help and are Tax Deductible!

Your Donations Could Really Help and are Tax Deductible!

Dear Parishioners and Friends! We would like to ask you to consider making a

donation to the parish to help us work with our new community. Donations to

All Saints Orthodox Mission Church are deductible to the greatest extent allowable by law.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions in this regard. It is also

very important that your address be up to date in our parish database. If you have

moved, have a new email or cell phone, or other contact information, please visit

this link to update your information with the parish

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We Appreciate Anything You Could Afford - Thank You so much for Your Generosity

And You Can Simply Use This New Tab Below, too.

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A Special Thank you to these Generous People With Their Gifts to Our Mission!

Lisa Beldean and Family

Mayor Michael Bowdler and Family

Charles Jr. and Patricia Bowser

Sub-Deacon Michael and Tanya Boyar
 - For the Health of: mother, Sonia Boyar
 - For the Health of: mother, Svetlana Mitrofanova
 - For the Health of: father, Boris Mitrofanov
 - For the Health of: our children and grandchildren

 - In Memory of: Grandparents, V. Rev. Lukian and Matushka Pelagia Steciuk
 - In Memory of: Grandmother, Nina
 - In Memory of: father, Sub-Deacon Peter Boyar
 - In Memory of: Godfather Michael, Greg, Catherine, Vera
 - In Memory of: Aunt, Mary Grigorenko

Sonia Boyar

Jonathon Britt
 - For Health of: father, John
 - For Health of: Family

 - In Memory of: Grandfather, Stanley

The Dailov Family

Mary Gataiant
 - An Easter Donation

The Genig Family

Fiona Gray
 - For the Health of:  Fr Patrick, Fr Brendan, Moses, Lidiya
 - For the Health of:  Ellie, Olivia, Christopher

Charles Holbrook

Nicholas Jawaski

Fr. Gregory and Matushka Elizabeth Joyce and Family

Karl Laub and Family

Boris and Svetlana Mitrofanov

Sergei and Victoria Mitrofanov and son, Daniel

Timothy Mitrofanov

Seva Peshehonov

Chief Deborah Price

Edmund Keith Qualls
 - In Memory of:  James, Pearly, Samuel, Anne, Clarence. Doretha, Conova, Hallie, Herman, Wanda
 - In Memory of:  Price, James, Carrie, Jim, Pauline

Kevin and Janet Rathbun and Family

Pastor Russ Schaller

The Siepierski Family

John Sokol

St. Vladimir Orthodox Church - Dexter, Michigan

Constantine Turza

(Seminarian) Robert Vandergriff

Marilyn Zuro (Easter Donation)
 - In Memory of:  her Father, Stephen Zuro
 - In Memory of:  her Mother, Erma Zuro

Anonymous
 - For the Health of:  William John Luke Falconer, III

Anonymous
 - In Memory of:  Florica, Felix - Georgel

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Theophany Season is Here (and Passed)!
(January 19, 2018 - This is the Blessing of the Waters)

But there is still time to arrange a visit and get Your Home Blessed!

Here is your perfect opportunity to have a Priest to come visit and Bless Your Home.
A Wonderful Chance to meet him and find out why we are so excited to have him.

And now that we are after Holy Pascha, we are available for Blessing Gravesites, as well.
We can make appointments as needed.


Don't Delay - Call Now!

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The SIXTH ANNUAL Russian Festival in Ann Arbor!

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Special Ministries of Our Mission

Please read and help us Pray for these ministries and happenings of our Mission Parish.
(If you have any questions, please email or call anytime.).

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St. John Kochurov Society
St. John of Kochurov
St. John of Kochurov
St. John of Kochurov

 

The Michigan Deanery St. John Kochurov Society met on November 13, 2015 at St. Vladimir with a small reception (Lenten hors d'oeuvres).  It was well attended and Fr. Gregory and Karl Meyer spent some quality time presenting and answering questions.  For a nominal commitment, they pointed out just how important this program was to our entire diocese by how they have already helped in the past and some of the target areas we are working for in the near and far future.  Karl has also agreed to visit the other parishes in our deanery (including us), and present it again.  All Saints has made a commitment to this important project.

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St. John was the first priestly martyr of the Russian Revolution, but before that he had served for 10+ years in our diocese. And thus Bishop Peter blessed for St. John to be the patron of our diocesan fund for those in need of assistance. This fund focuses especially on Monasteries, Missions (and Mission Clergy), and Youth.

You can learn more about the St. John Kochurov Society (below) and how we can support this important ministry! 
To learn more about St. John please visit the links below.

English:

http://oca.org/saints/lives/2015/10/31/103122-priestmartyr-john-kochurov

Russian:
http://days.pravoslavie.ru/Life/life363.htm

Join the St. John Kochurov Society!

The St. John Kochurov Society supports:
Youth Ministry
Mission Parishes
Monastic Institutions

We are the youngest diocese in North America and we still have a lot of work to do in these areas! Your gift – large or small – to the St. John Kochurov Society will help – A LOT!  Our Michigan Deanery has traditionally had the most members in the St. John society and we would like to see that continue.

How can you help? See the links below and take action today!
St. John Kochurov Society Web Site:
http://www.sjksdcma.org/

Karl Meyer presents our opportunity to help
Karl Meyer presents our opportunity to help
Karl Meyer presents our opportunity to help
Fr. Gregory Joyce
Fr. Gregory Joyce
Fr. Gregory Joyce

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SubDeacon Peter Boyar Memorial Building Fund

On Wednesday, February 19, 2013 evening, one of our founders, SubDeacon Peter Boyar suffered a massive stroke, had since gone through several major surgeries at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn and remained in the Critical Care unit of the ICU until he reposed on April 2, 2014, calmly and quietly while his family was present.    

As Sub Deacon Peter was an advocate and inspiration to all Orthodox Christians with his hard work and dedication to our Faith, and in his vision for the future of Orthodoxy for his family and friends, and as an original Founding Member of the All Saints Orthodox Mission Parish, our family would like to ask that in lieu of cards, flowers or gifts, that you would instead contribute to the newly formed Sub-Deacon Peter Boyar Memorial Building Fund to help fulfill his shared dream dedicated to the Glory of God and to the future of our Holy Orthodox life.

May his Memory be Eternal!

 

Please mail to All Saints Orthodox Church 30111 Marr Street Gibraltar, MI 48173.
Include your Contact Information for proper acknowledgement and Tax Deductible information. 

Thank you

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Media Acknowledgements

Please refer to this area for published pieces about our Mission Parish.
(If you have any questions, please email or call anytime.)

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LIKE US - On our New Facebook Page

 

Thanks to Tiffany Morton-Slis, We have our own new Facebook Page.

All Saints Orthodox Mission

Please stop by: Check Us Out
LIKE US
Tell Your Friends

Here is the link:

https://www.facebook.com/AllSaintsOrthodoxMissionChurch/

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News/Features

Please refer to this area for everything going on in our Mission Parish
so far in 2018

(If you have any questions, please email or call anytime.)

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Ann Arbor Orthodox Classical Academy‎

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Michigan needs an Orthodox Christian K-12 School! And with God's help we aim to found this school and begin classes in the Fall of 2019, and has the full endorsement of Archbishop PETER.  This is a wonderful idea that needs our support, and we at Christ the Savior Orthodox Church want to do our best to help, as well!

Please visit their Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/a2oca/posts/?ref=page_internal

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UPDATE
It was a wonderful crowd from several churches represented from all over the state (including our mission) at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church on April 22! More information and an opportunity to donate will be coming up here shortly, but this day's event was a HUGE SUCCESS, and we were proud to be a part of it. Enjoy the photos, and please pray about how you could help make this a real Dream-Come-True!!!

St. Vladimir Youth String Symphony Performs
St. Vladimir Youth String Symphony Performs
St. Vladimir Youth String Symphony Performs
The St. Vladimir Orthodox Church Choir
The St. Vladimir Orthodox Church Choir
The St. Vladimir Orthodox Church Choir
Nativity Greek Church (Plymouth) Choir
Nativity Greek Church (Plymouth) Choir
Nativity Greek Church (Plymouth) Choir

 

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Special Prayer Requests

Please read and help us Pray for these interests of our Mission Parish.
(If you have any questions, please email or call anytime.)

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Please Pray for His Eminence, Archbishop Alypy

Statement from the Diocesan Chancery of the Diocese of Chicago & Mid-America

September 25/October 8, 2015

Venerable Sergius of Radonezh

On October 7, 2015 His Eminence Archbishop Alypy experienced a sudden bout of low blood pressure. His Eminence was transported to the hospital and after an examination it was determined that he was suffering from a pulmonary embolism. His Eminence is responding well to the prescribed medication and although his condition is serious, it is not life threatening. Nonetheless, we ask the prayers of the faithful for Archbishop Alypy during his convalescence. Updates will be provided if and when warranted. It is our hope and expectation that Vladyka will recover from this episode and be able to return to his activities in the near future.

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Birthdays and Anniversaries

Birthdays and Anniversaries - September


09/01 – Happy Birthday Tanya Streffon
09/01 – Happy Birthday Jean Sam
09/02 – Happy Birthday Fr. Laurence Lazar
09/02 – Happy Birthday Stacey Woods*
09/03 – Happy Birthday Tanya Sepell
09/04 – Happy Birthday Eric Lakeman
09/04 – Happy Birthday George Michael
09/10 – Happy Birthday Phyllis Lapko
09/16 – Happy Birthday Luis Nino
09/16 – Happy Birthday Fr. Michael Carney
09/16 – Happy Birthday Mary Read*
09/17 – Happy Birthday Judy Morton*
09/18 – Happy Birthday Andrew Scrochi
09/20 – Happy Birthday Lynn Morton*
09/21 – Happy Birthday Sub-Deacon Michael Boyar
09/21 – Happy Birthday Karl Laub*
09/23 – Happy Birthday Luba Race
09/24 – Happy Birthday Asma Tahmouch
09/25 – Happy Birthday Gerry Boyar
09/29 – Happy Birthday Ryliee Morton

09/10 – Happy Anniversary Sub-Deacon Michael and Tanya Boyar

 

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Orthodox Education: A Life Lesson

Please refer to this area to learn an Orthodox Lesson for Life!

(If you have any questions, please email or call anytime.)

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Special Thank you!

Please help us acknowledge and appreciate their kindness toward our Mission Parish.
(If you have any questions, please email or call anytime.)

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Thank you St. Joseph Caldean Church

We would like to express our most sincere gratitude to the St. Joseph Caldean Catholic Church in Troy, Michigan, who with love and respect donated 3 beautiful candle stands to our mission parish in July; and a sincere Thank you to the Antypas and Valijan family, for connecting us up with them.  Aren't they just so beautiful - Thank you so much!

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Parish Life

Please refer to this area for the Housekeeping Issues in our Mission Parish.
(If you have any questions, please email or call anytime.)

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Sign Up for Our Newsletter
Now that we have Our Blessing, a new Website, and are Creating a True Membership List, we want to get our word out, specifically reaching out and evangelizing our neighborhoods and communities, as well as to our Orthodox "lost sheep"
 
Experience has proven that our E-Newsletter campaign has been a tremendous success in getting attention and that there is still a need for a Snail-Mail Program, along with utilizing the several media avenues to help us to continue growing quickly.  Remember though:  That our best advertising is "By Word of Mouth" and we would like to let you know that we want you to come as often as you can, and bring your friends.
 
Please sign yourself and family members and friends up for our FREE Newsletters and pick up our Bulletins.  Stop by the table at our events, call or email us with the details and we will get them started right away. 
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Donations
As a mission parish family, we decided that we want people to come and celebrate with us first - to realize that their fortunes and challenges are part of their relationship with God, and we want to support each other.  We also want to be sure that money should not be a priority when coming here, so with that in mind, we decided NOT have collections during our services.
 
Instead, we graciously accept donations of support by providing a box near the rear of the church for people to give of their free will.  It is very important to note that even in the Bible, tithing was encouraged and everyone was asked to give a portion of their wealth, but they didn't pass a basket.  It is all left to the individual people.
 
We still have a mortgage payment, utilities and insurance, and of course, the best part is being able to help support a priest and his family.  We should see it as our responsibility to take care of them, especially since we know that they help take care of us, too!
 
We have provided forms and envelopes in the back of the building and in our bulletins, so that if you want to dedicate your donations or be acknowledged (and for tax purposes), just fill out the form, put everything together and drop it in and/or mail it to our office.
 
Your generosity is always appreciated and can be recognized in future publications with a special "Thank you" for your support.
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Youth Group/Church School

Since we all need to occasionally refresh ourselves spiritually, we thought that this might be a nice way to segway into a new-style Orthodox Christian Education Program.  We are working on a different kind of an idea for a Church School Program for KIDS and ADULTS. 

 

For the Kids:

We are currently organizing our new Children's Church School Program to start in September, and since there is no registration, all children are welcome anytime for this program.  Our younger ones will have a program that is being created to make it exciting and entertaining.  They will have many opportunities to learn, build, and/or sing each week.  They will also participate in Arts and Crafts, Music, Iconography, and Q&A sessions with the priest.
 
We will divide it into 3 basic groups determined by age: 
 - 5 - 7 year olds will have a more basic idea of who Jesus was, and what we do to honor and celebrate Him
 
 - 8-12 year olds will get a little more indepth with Jesus and his journeys and interactions with other Saints
 
 - 13-15 will get more philosophical and delve into the hows and whys of Jesus Christ
 
 
For the Adults:
We will look into the values of our Lessons and work at what we all should be doing to help celebrate and promote our Faith.  This would include:  Music, Reading/Chanting, Serving in the Altar, Celebrating, and how to bring this stuff home to continue living our lives.  There is nothing that should be overwelming.  We just need a way to be able to continue learning and living our lives in Christ until we can get back to church.
 
We will be using different forums to do this, including Questions/Answers for our adults after church, Visiting Speakers, and Field Trips.  This type of informal setting has proven to be very valuable, and is peaking the interest of our people.   With so much interest in adults wanting to learn (and become) Orthodox, and some of our men also expressing sincere interest wanting to become Tonsured Readers, we will all learn together.
 
Sometimes, the best experiences maybe not even necessarily church related events like:  bowling, a barbecue, theater or museum.  We will be doing this stuff, as well.
 
What a great way to learn - Please watch for announcements.
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Choir
We are proud that our Liturgies and Services are celebrated IN ENGLISH, and eventually we may sprinkle them with various languages to celebrate our various cultures.  We also will be very active with everyone trying to participate with congregational singing (especially with the kids).  Any plans that we have will still have a need for us to organize a choir. 
 
Please consider joining us, and encourage your family and friends.  We are in need of people with or without musical experience.  As we structure, we may also try to organize a Junion Choir.  This is all exciting, but there are no rehearsals planned yet. 
 
Maybe we should seriously look for a choir director to manage our many voices.  Any volunteers?
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Teen Youth Group
There are some really great programs for our Teens in the Orthodox Church, and with our influence and trust to teach and let them do important work in our community, we have found that they are responsible and capable.  They are Our Future! T
he various programs throughout the Diocese illustrate the support we have and as such, programs are being developed.  They have not only participated in religious forums (IE: Retreats, Bible Studies and Organized activities like the 30 mile Procession of the Cross), but have had fun bonding lifetime friendships across the country and beyond.
 
We have a great group of Teens in our Mission Parish.  Now all we have to do is organizing our new Church Teen/Youth Group.  Since there is no registration, all Teens are welcome anytime for this program.  There will be a lot of local things for them to do, as well; and we certainly could use their responsibility in the church.   Please encourage yours to join us.
 
NOTE:  We are always looking for good leaders to help teach and mentor them.  Please consider us.
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Pastoral Visits
Please let us know about anyone you know would like to be visited (including yourself), and we will contact you to make all of the arrangements.
 
We would like to find and visit our SHUT-INS, whether you are in a hospital, nursing center or just at home, we would like to visit you, and with the onset of our newly organized Orthodox Adult Day Care, please let us know what we can do for you.
 
We still have blessed water, and are able to Bless Homes and Graves by appointment.  Now is the time to get it done for you, too.  Please make sure you are on our list.
 
Again, please let us know if you, or someone you know, would like to be visited, and we will contact you to make it happen.  Let us know what we can do for you.
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Awesome Orthodox Works, Ideas and Websites

Please refer to this area for Great Ideas, Groups and Businesses that supportr our Mission Parish.
(If you have any questions, please email or call anytime.)

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The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia - Official Website

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Official website of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
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Republication or retransmission of materials must include the reference:
"The Official Website of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia."
75 East 93rd Street
New York NY 10128 U.S.A.
Tel: (212) 534-1601
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E-mail for technical information: webmaster@synod.com

 

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Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America

Sporting a Brand New Beautiful Design, the Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America has brought our information to the forefront and made it all Very Interesting, Quite Resourceful and Super User Friendly for Everytone!  Click on the Link below and take a look around.

http://chicagodiocese.org/

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Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Detroit
 

The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit is a cooperative organization of clergy and laity, established in 1957.

Our mission is to promote the Orthodox Christian Faith in the region through worship and fellowship, offering a variety of charitable, educational and outreach programs.  Additionally, we work with our parishes, across all canonical jurisdictions, striving to enhance and strengthen their efforts and ministries.  We invite and encourage you and your parish to become active in the COCC!  Help us better live the ancient Faith in a modern world, serving one another and our great city as a more vibrant and dynamic organization.

 
COCC Highlights

Welcome to the new COCC Website!          https://www.coccdetroit.org/

Next Monthly Meeting:  June 12 - St. Mary the Protectress Cathedral, Southfield

 

  Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit - COCC

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Orthodox Radio - Sunday Evenings
 
The Voice of the Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Detroit
 
 

Listen in each week on 690 AM.  If you miss the broadcast you can hear it at anytime by going to www.doorradio.org and selecting DOOR Podcast Archives.  You can then listen to or download or share any of our broadcasts.

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5/9/15

Detroit's Own Orthodox Radio

DETROIT, MI [COCC] -- The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit (COCC) has announced the launch of its latest media ministry effort – Detroit’s Own Orthodox Radio (DOOR) – on May 31, 2015, Pentecost Sunday. Its purpose is to promote Orthodox Christianity, connect local parishes, educate and entertain listeners.

The show will air on WNZK 690AM, Detroit’s Station of Nations, each Sunday 4:00-5:00 p.m. It will also be streamed live online at www.birach.com/wnzk.html. (We recommend using Winamp as the media player; download it free here.)

The first incarnation of “The Orthodox Hour” aired in the late 1980s into the early 1990s. It was a 30-minute program in the English language hosted by Fr. Leonte Copacia, and later for a short time by Fr. Dusan Koprivica. (A one hour time-slot was shared with the Romanian Orthodox Deanery of Michigan that had a 30-minute Romanian language program each week.) The show was well received by listeners, but due to financial challenges the program ceased to be broadcast.

Thanks to the initiative of several individuals working under the auspices of the COCC, a plan to bring an Orthodox Christian radio broadcast back the Detroit area was presented to the council and received its full endorsement, as well as the funds for its initial development.

Both Metropolitan Nicholas of The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Detroit and Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit and The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America have endorsed and given their blessing to this project.

Advertising available

Material support for this project will be vital to its continuation. Businesses, organizations and individuals are invited to advertise their business, publicize coming events, greet family and friends, or announce a family event (weddings, births, etc.). Advertising segments are available in 15-second ($25), 30-second ($50), 45-second ($75) and 60-second ($100) durations, as well as special show sponsorships.

For more information or to reserve your spot as a sponsor or advertiser, contact Sanya Milutinovic at (586) 770-3372 or advertising@DOORradio.org.

Executive Producer sought

In an effort to further establish the work that the committee has begun, the COCC is searching for an Executive Producer to coordinate various aspects of managing the show, including (but not limited to) production, advertising, promotion, communications and reporting. This will be a volunteer position at first, with the intention that a remuneration plan will be considered once there is sufficient regular funding for the project.

For more information or to apply to be considered by the committee for the Executive Producer position, contact COCC President Richard Shebib at (248) 345-9346 or president@coccdetroit.org.

More information on programming, and how you can participate, will be posted at www.DOORradio.org in the coming weeks.

Please pray for our success and be sure to tune in – the DOOR is open!

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FOCUS - Motor City

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 “Empowering Detroit Children Experiencing Poverty to Succeed in School”

IN DETROIT, 59% of children live in poverty. The highest rate of the 50 largest cities in the U.S. Some of the effects of poverty on children are poor academic achievement, under resourced schools, food insecurity, poor nutrition, substandard housing and lack of access to basic needs. By 4th grade minority children on avg. are already 3 years behind and have a greater chance of dropping out in H.S. and becoming the next generation of dependent families in poverty. By no fault of their own they are brought into this world with a great deal of challenges. We believe they can succeed in school and reach their potential with support. This must happen before they enter Secondary School.

FOCUS Motor City exists to empower them to have the skills and proficiency so that they can succeed, access opportunities and live future sustainable lives. We partner with Detroit Elementary schools, families and organizations to ensure K-5 students achieve their academic grade level in all subjects before entering Secondary school. We do this through addressing education needs (such as reading, tutoring, textbooks, school supplies), food insecurity (weekend food sacks, emergency pantry) and resource needs (emergency clothing, hygiene, and household items).

 

Contact Information
Eric Shanburn- Center Director

248-671-4483

4750 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

detroit@focusna.org

Website
For more information, visit the FOCUS Motor City website at www.focusmotorcity.org

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FOCUS Detroit Inaugural Golf Classic,
Saturday September, 22nd!
 
FOCUS Detroit is hosting our Inaugural Golf Classic at Bushwood Golf Club in Northville! Enjoy a day of golfing for a cause.
 
Golfers of all experience levels are welcome. In addition to a 9-hole course, we will also have an exciting putt-putt challenge. Coney dog lunch, open bar, banquet dinner, golf shirt and raffle ticket included in the $100 donation!
 
Registration for golfers is still open. Click below to see what option works best for you!
 
You can also just buy a ticket for the dinner banquet with open bar for $75 donation!
 
Proceeds benefit our mission in Detroit of helping children living in poverty succeed in school.
 
See you on the green!

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OCW 2018 Speaker Series
Next Event:  September 17, 2018
Next Event: September 17, 2018
Next Event: September 17, 2018

Here is the newly published Updated Schedule of the 2018 Speaker Series for the Orthodox Christian Women of Michigan.  They are very important for the fabulous work that our women do for us, and Mary Stanesa worked very hard to organize and present it.  Please watch for this and make a very true effort to attend,  We will be from our mission.,

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Introducing O.D.F. - Orthodox Detroit Foundation

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Narrator Jim Badeen
Richard Shebib 
  Executive Director 
 

I  served as a member of the Council of Orthodox Christian Churches 20 years as representative for my parish.  Through the years I volunteered  on various committees. I also served five years as Council president. As president, I began the radio program “Detroit’s Own Orthodox Radio” (DOOR) now in our 4th year. In order to obtain funding I was advised to incorporate the ODF as a 501 c 3 non-profit to raise funds to meet our on going expenses incurred by our weekly program. Corporate foundations will not grant funds to religious church organizations (COCC); but will to 501 c 3 non-profits. It is necessary that we pursue outside and local support as well; grant providers need to see we have community support, they will not agree being our only source of income.

Contact Information: 

C: 248-345-9346  

https://outreachdetroit.org

info@outreachdetroit.org

Outreach Detroit Foundation (ODF) was founded to finance Detroit’s Own Orthodox Radio (DOOR) program and to help other Christian Orthodox charities dedicated to serving the poor in metropolitan Detroit. DOOR broadcasts on WNZK  690 AM in Southfield, Michigan on Sundays from 4 to 5 pm and through podcasts on DOOR's website at https://www.doorradio.org. ODF is dedicated to raising funds for DOOR through foundation grants and contributions from Orthodox churches and businesses in the metropolitan area. 

All programming is also streamed live online. Simply click on the LISTEN LIVE link to start listening to WNZK live.   (You must have  Winamp or a similar media player installed in order to listen.

Did you miss a program?  Do you want to recommend a program to a friend? All programs can be found in our PODCAST ARCHIVED soon after their original air date.  Just follow the link and enjoy!  https://www.doorradio.org

  
                         WE NEED YOUR HELP!

We also have a vehicle donation program. If you have a car, Rv, boat or motorcycle please consider donating them to ODF and receive an income tax credit. 

Please share this message with a friend or family member. 

Click on this link to donate your vehicle 

            www.midwestautoauction.com/page47.html  

 
 
 
 
 

 

Please take a moment and support our dear friend, Richard Shebib, who diligently in the Orthodox community for so many years.  He is a totally great guy and we are lucky to have him advocating for us. 
Thank you so much Richard!!

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Fresh Start Detroit

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Sub-Deacon Jerome Fisher has been a family friend for many years and we have always tried to support each other.  He has taken on this ministry with a whole heart and unconditional love and we need to see how we can help him in this wonderful ministry.  Please reach out to him when you can, and make a difference!

 
   " For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink..."  
                                                                                             Matthew 25:35-40
 
         Jerome Fisher  
             Director 

         Fresh Start                      Detroit 

Jerome Fisher, Director for Fresh Start Detroit (FSD),    has been serving the homeless communities of Metropolitan Detroit for more than 10 Years. His journey to feed the needy started with the pastor of his church, Jerome has continued in his quest to feed homeless men and women after his pastor retired. He is very passionate about helping the disadvantaged. Because of Jerome's background, working in the field of human services for over 18 years, it is easy to see why it brings him joy to give back to his community. If you would like to know more about Fresh Start Detroit and how you can help make a difference, contact Jerome Fisher by email  

joinfreshstartdetroit@gmail.com 
or call at 
             313.213.7197   

The Mission of Fresh Start Detroit:

Provide the homeless and displaced of downtown Detroit with food and clothing to fulfill their basic needs. We deliver this assistance directly to the homeless including military veterans living on the streets and work to provide a way to transition to independence.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 39.3% of the population in Detroit, Michigan lives below poverty level. Detroit has more children living in extreme poverty than any of the other 50 largest cities in the United States.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 10% of Oakland County and 12% of Macomb County residents lived below the poverty level in 2013. These are areas we will target in addition to Detroit and Wayne County.

Over the course of 10 years, the amount of the following items has been delivered to the needy: 

  • 3 tons of food
  • 400 coats
  • 600 pairs of socks
  • 400 hats, gloves, and scarfs
  • Thousands of grooming and hygiene items


Thank you Heartland Markets!  Your generosity helped make lunches possible.


Prepared lunch to serve the homeless in Detroit.


These lunches represent your donation dollars at work. It would be most difficult to do without your generosity.

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Coffee With Sister Vassa

Give yourself about 10 minutes each week and watch this YouTube Video.  It is Sister Vassa as she takes an informal look at Orthodox topics each week and in a very comfortable and humorous way, describes and teaches.  We have subscribed to this and shall keep up to date, but we are also inviting you to do the same.

 

Coffee with Sister Vassa

 A must see - Click on the link above!

 

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Captions available in RUSSIAN, GREEK, SERBIAN, ROMANIAN, BULGARIAN, HUNGARIAN, ENGLISH. Also available in iTunes for iPhone and iPad! Theology with a bit of humor. A brief, weekly program discussing the Church calendar and liturgy. Hosted by Dr. Sr. Vassa Larin of the University of Vienna in Austria.

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Orthodox Christian Network (OCN)

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Ancient Faith Radio - An Orthodox Tradition
Ancient Faith Radio is a pan-Orthodox Internet based radio station on the air 24 hours a day. Choose a listen button from the top right of our page to tune in. We provide a steady stream of the rich, traditional music of the Orthodox faith as well as several daily and weekly programs and free downloadable Podcasts as part of our unique service. We encourage you to listen daily to this free, listener supported ministry and subscribe to our growing list of Podcasts!
 
IOCC - An International Orthodox Program

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More than 1,300 People Have Answered the Call

In recognition of National Preparedness Month, we would like to thank the 1,300 plus IOCC volunteers who have, throughout the years, dedicated over 40,000 hours of hard work to help more than 250 families rebuild after their homes were damaged by natural disasters.

Volunteers have served in places like Colorado, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and the Gulf Coast, putting their faith into action in a rewarding way.

IOCC programs for US-based volunteers include:

  • Emergency Action Teams: Help people clear debris and muck out their homes after flooding or other damage
  • The Orthodox Homefront: Orthodox parishes that have prepared for disasters and have graciously opened their doors to the community in times of disaster, acting as distribution centers, shelters, and soup kitchens
  • The Orthodox Frontline: Specially trained Orthodox clergy and lay responders who are on the "front line" when disaster strikes to provide comfort and hope, and to remind people that with God's grace they will be able to resume their lives
  • Home-Build Teams: Spearheaded by a specially trained team lead, these volunteers help neighbors in need by rebuilding their homes after disasters strike
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RussianFolk.com - Home of Golden Gates

 Golden Gates - Russian Instrumental/Dancing/Singing Company

Led by Vitaliy Bezrodnov, the group was initially formed under his direction in Kaluga, Russia in the late 1980’s.  After completing their Conservatory studies, they regrouped in 1996 in the United States.  Initially touring the Western states and the Hawaiian Islands, the group met with great acclaim due to their considerable talents and natural exuberance.  Their venues have been as varied as First Night New Year’s Eve Celebrations to the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.  They also initiated a charity program entitled Music in Mission and Rotary Children’s Fund which raises money for the orphans of Russia.

 

Their concerts feature traditional and classical Russian songs and instrumentals, audience participation, dance and humor.

"We found out that people associate this culture to our Holy Orthodoxy and we would like to bring awareness to our little mission group, who works hard to bring our very traditional faith in an English speaking based format, and want to attract our Lost Sheep, as well as others who may be looking for a deep, rich Christian Faith that can be tracked back to the original 12 Apostles," said Fr. Gregory Joyce.

 

Below are a couple of links to watch videos of past performances of Golden Gates, as well as we encourage you to click on the link to visit their website.
 
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For All of Your Real Estate Needs!
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On a personal note, I would like to Introduce myself as a State of Michigan Realtor, who has been working for a very reputable Brokerage in the Dearborn/Downriver area.

I have taken a lot of time and education to attain a tremendous amount of experience, and have successfully been helping many families for several years now throughout the Metro Detroit Area and around the entire state.  I enjoy helping all people and have been told that I am good at what I do!

If you are thinking about buying or selling, or maybe just want to get a "feel" for what is happening out in the Real Estate World right now, please give me a call anytime.  I promise to work very hard for YOU!
mike

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Mission Core Group - Mission Statement

We consider ourselves a Mission Group of dedicated and energetic Orthodox Christians who feel that there is an excellent opportunity for growth in the teachings of Our Faith, and want to spread the love and compassion of God’s Will through prayer and celebration.