As Fr. Gregory and Our Mission Core Group continue the journey of growth and presence of the Holy Orthodox Faith Downriver, we not only pray a lot for strength and guidance, but for patience, as well. We want to be certain that as we structure this wonderful project, we would make smart decisions and be sure to be the Home-Based Parish that we are all looking for. As much as we have enjoyed helping out other Orthodox parish families - and we all did some excellent work in the name of our Lord, we also know that it is our time now!
Our primary objective is to keep assembling everyone together as often as possible. We need renew our commitment to each other, as well as finding and welcoming new and exciting people looking for something special; and of course, to all work diligently for the future of our children.
It is so important to find that place - Clean and Safe - Our Place to Grow. We truly want place that would make people want to join us in our community, ministries and to enjoy that Great Life Available to All of Us. The following are the questions we are asking:
Can you envision our Orthodox Dream here?
Would you be willing to invest in us - even a little bit?
Would you Pray for us?
Will you Help?
Would You Come and Join Us!
Please watch us carefully and listen to the great ministries we are planning in the name of Holy Orthodoxy.
Yes, It is True - We found a new Home!
After some intense bargaining with an awesome buiding owner and some really great meetings and projects 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.
After structuring an affordable Purchase Agreement, we sent it to Archbishop PETER, who gave his blessing, then on to the Listing Agent, who presented it to the Sellers, who after reviewing the whole package, indeed signed and agreed to our Offer to Purchase, and pending some final inspections of the facility, research/clearing the title work and formally put it all together, we are optimistic that we can Close on the property soon!
We have decided to make it "Work in Progress" facility progress by cleaning up and preparing the entire second floor as our chapel (with some really great surprises coming here, too), and to sort out and create 3 main areas of the first floor: The front third will host our Flower and Gift Shop; most of the back two thirds will be a social area (with a classroom setting and kitchette); and an exclusive place for a satellite Real Estate Office (to be the only one in River Rouge).
Many details have yet to be finalized, however "With God, All Things are Possible" and we have a solid Business Plan to complete projects completely and with class. As always, donations would be so appreciated. We were able to fundraise a significant portion of the Down Payment and received a generous grant from our Diocese, but renovations could to be costly, too. Please consider an End of the Year - Tax Deductible Gift to our Mission Parish. It would be so appreciated and used wisely. (We are even willing to accept gifts with recognition plaques).
We want to pay special attention and extend our deepest appreciation to the very nice folks at St. Mary Rockwood, who under Fr. James Rafferty and their Church Administration Secretary, Mrs. Beth Herzog, found generosity in their hearts to allow us to claim the old St. Victor Church (in Gibraltar) for a considerably long time. We were able to grow and continue to identify ourselves while enjoying the comfort and security of a physical home.
Please go to our YEAR IN REVIEW 2016 tab (at the top of this home page) to witness many photos of how we enjoyed our our Life in Christ and how we adorned the Sanctuary with our Our Orthodox touches.
Thank you so much!
We want to express our appreciation to Fr. Ilia Marzev and the generous communities of St. Sergius Cathedral (Parma) and St. Tikhon Mission Parish (Sandusky) for their generosity giving/loaning several items to our mission parish to enhance the surroundings of our beautiful facility. On our one day road trip, Claudia, Sasha and I were able to fill the back of our Odyssey and excitedly return to Gibraltar and set much of it up.
Please share a special prayer of Thanksgiving and Mnogalya Leta to our wonderful new friends there.
We wanted to take a special moment to thank the many generous parishioners of the former St. Catherine Orthodox Mission Parish of Ann Arbor and Fr. George Shalhoub (of St. Mary Basilica in Livonia and current Dean of the Michigan Antiochian Orthodox Churches), who have generously donated so much of their treasures from the old parish.
There are so many wonderful and useful items, from Liturgicals to Music to Icons and even Altar Boy robes. Please share our joy in the photos below and keep Fr. George and especially Fiona Gray and Eric Shanburn of FOCUS - Motor City. May God Bless you for all of your hard work in Holy Orthodoxy and for being a hero to our parish group.
We wanted to take a special moment to thank the many generous parishioners of the former St. Nicholas Orthodox Parish of Hobart, Indiana and Fr. Sergei Alexseev and Warden/Cantor Michael Petyo, who have generously donated so much of their treasures from the old parish.
There are so many wonderful and useful items, from Liturgical Funiture to Music to Icons, but the most generous beautiful piece is the gorgeous Iconostas that they disassembled and even brought to us (left). Please share our joy in the photos below and keep the all in your prayers. I am sure that it was a very difficult situation to make these tough decisions, and we appreciate everything you have done for us. May God Bless you for all of your hard work in Holy Orthodoxy and for being a hero to our parish group.