From December 26-29, 2013, our very own Claudia Bowser and Sasha Boyar, went on their very first Orthodox Youth Retreat. With chaperones Fr Gregory Joyce, SubDeacon Michael Boyar and about 25 folks from as far as the top of the Upper Peninsula to Cleveland and Cincinnati, Ohio; Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, as well as Ann Arbor and Battle Creek, Michigan, they had a Great Time - And Yes, we have pictures! Here is their report:
Time for a Prayer of Thanksgiving and a Moleben for a fruitful and successful pilgrimmage exploring and understanding our Holy Orthodoxy and all of the amazing Miracles it will bring us! After, we begin to meet each other and learn some cool things with an exciting Icebreaker.
PUTTING OUR FAITH TO ACTION: We went on a Road Trip to the Rockford Rescue Mission to tour the facility and understand their importance in the community, then on with the latex gloves and hair nets as we all worked really hard on projects they needed help with.
On Saturday morning, after morning prayers and breakfast, we all gathered in the common area to listen to Fr Peter and Matushka Jackson talk about their new mission project: Bringing Holy Orthodoxy to Guatemala. With very high aspirations, they are leaving their comfortable surroundings in Buffalo, New York to help establish an Orthodox Seminary in the High and Dry mountains of the northern region. These former Protestant missionaries are returning to her native lands to bolster a growing Orthodox Church. Please Pray for them.
And we are off! First, today's travels will bring us to the Freeport Museum to spend a couple of hours learning about Abraham Lincoln (and the Lincoln/Douglas Debates), Jayne Addams, and where hearses originated. Capping off the adventure, we saw many old time cast kitchen tools and toys, as well as touring a prominent home of a wealthy family in the area.
On to the Best Part of the Trip: St. Vladimir Vladimirovo - Lost Lake. A true hidden gem, this beautiful campground is designed, themed and operated by our own Russian Orthodox Church Abroad! Even in the middle of winter, the outside of the place has so much beauty to offer, whether you hike over the roads or plan to do some ice fishing. With the truly skilled woodworking in the little red chapel, or the russian themed warming area/banquet hall up the trail, we immediately felt at home.
Before we start on our 6 hour journey home, His Grace, Bishop Peter wanted to spend a little time with our dedicated pilgrims. Taking them into the chapel, they had a nice time asking him questions and listening to some of his fantastic stories. As difficult as it is to get some dedicated time from a very busy hierarch, everyone was appreciative for the experience.
From the bottom of our hearts, we would all like to Thank Vladyka PETER for blessing this wonderful pilgrimmage and watching us get a better understanding of Holy Orthodoxy at its best. Special Thank you to Fr Daniel Marshall and Fr Gregory Joyce for their hard work and dedication to this project; and to SubDeacon Michael Boyar (Papa), SubDeacon Raphael Scrocci and Leta Nikulshina for their dedication to this project and to the presenters, directors and clergy, who took the time to come and teach us our future.
Claudia and Sasha
On the Eve of The Theophany, Fr Gregory Joyce celebrated the Divine Liturgy with Blessing of the Waters at St Vladimir Orthodox Church in Dexter, Michigan - and for us, as well. We appreciate everything he is doing for our little mission and pray a Celebration Thanksgiving to him, his family and his flock at St. Vladimir - Thank you!
By direction of Fr Gregory to begin meeting again (after a series of issues) and an invitation of Fr Andrew Rogers to come and visit, we were recenty able to celebrate the Divine Liturgy with our brothers and sisters at Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church on Normile Street in Dearborn.
It was really nice to be able to gather as a group and enjoy partaking in the Holy Sacraments. The folks at Holy Trinity are really nice and were very hospitable. Fr Andrew spent a lot of time with us and everyone seemed to have a great time. Thank you so much to them and we hope that we can get together again soon.
We then left for our meeting at Gracie Sees Restaurant just down the road, and we had a great time, while making some key decisions and began paving the way to enhance our future. Here are some fun photos:
On March 9, 2014, we were able to visit Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church and celebrate the Divine Liturgy with Fr Andrew Rogers and the faithful there and to offer special prayers for the health of Sub Deacon Peter Boyar, who had suffered a major stroke a couple of weeks prior.
It was a nice showing and the prayers were strong as we all joined together for a little lenten soup and shared nice stories.
With the blessing of Bishop Peter, the Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God came to visit All Saints Mission Parish on Saturday, March 15, 2014, where we had a wonderful opportunity sharing it with our Orthodox neighbors from 4 different parishes in the Dearborn and Downriver Areas at the Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church in Ecorse, Michigan, by celebrating with an Akathyst, followed by a small reception.
Guidelines for Meeting/Hosting the Icon:
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On Sunday, May 11, 2014, Luis and Araceli Nino and their family opened up their home for us to celebrate our Reader's Service, with special prayers for our moms in commemoration of Mother's Day, followed up with a special barbecue only like the Nino's can do, with lots of great food and celebration. It was Great!
Congratulations to our Mothers, Grandmothers, Godmothers and Special Mothers. We will keep you appropriately in our prayers.
On Pentecost - The Birthday of the Orthodox Faith, and the beginning of our yearly cycle, we were honored and privileged to be guests at one of our favorite parishes: Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church in Ecorse, Michigan as the guest of Fr. Andrei Alexiev, Fr. Deacon Jerome Nietubicz and the wonderful people of the parish, including Reader Mark Alexiev, cantor at the church.
We all enjoyed a nice, inspirational Divine Liturgy on June 8, 2014, then prostrated and kneeled before our Lord as we humbly celebrated the start of a new cycle in our awesome Orthodox Faith. Afterwards, we all enjoyed the kind hospitality of our Serbian friends.
Pleased to welcome back to Ann Arbor, St. Vladimir Russian Orthodox Church, in concert with St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, the Konevets Quartet. This outstanding male quartet has visited several times in the past and all their performances have been simply wonderful! The performance was at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 10 at St. Nicholas Church.
For a preview of the performance please visit this link:
Admission was free, but they took up a free will offering at the end of the performance. If you could find in your heart to be generous in your support of these outstanding musicians, please feel free to send anything you can afford to St Vladimir Orthodox Church (9900 Jackson Avenue Dexter, MI 48130). There are also opportunities to purchase their CDs.
On June 11th, the Konevets Quartet sang for Liturgy at St. Vladimir’s. It was really wonderful to hear this group in concert, but most of what they sing in concert is pieces from the Divine Services. It was a special Divine Liturgy indeed!
What a Beautiful Day!
By the Grace of God, we enjoyed a beautiful day overlooking the Detroit River at Bishop Park in Wyandotte, Michigan to celebrate our Seventh Year as an organized mission parish in the Orthodox church.
Father Deacon Nicholas Olsen led an Inspirational Service that included beautiful music, readings and interaction with our youth and even lifelike Icon stands (which were really lives - our kids)! A truly appropriate ending to the day was trying to get Bruno to pose for a picture..
It has been a tremendous journey as we learned how to love and support each other, help and guide other parishes in need of our selfless services; and continue to now grow in a healthy and prosporous manner to share the Glory of God and to teach our children.
As we continue our journey into the wonderful world of Orthodoxy, I want to take a special moment to thank our Metropolitan Hilarion for all of his love and support; our Vladyka PETER, who supports us with everything we need as we continue strides into the future; our extra special rector, Fr. Gregory Joyce, who unselfishly and tirelessly plans and executes - working so hard for us and our future.
Please accept our love and gratitude as we move into what should be our best year yet!
OOPS - BLOOPERS!!!
A Special Congratulations to our Charles Bowser III, son of Charles and Patricia Bowser, grandson of SubDeacon Michael Boyar and Laurie Woods-Boyar, and Great Grandson of Sonia Boyar graduated from Wyandotte Roosevelt High School - Class of 2014, with commencements on June 12th. He is officially our first high school graduate from our mission parish.
Mnogalya Lyeta - God Grant Him Many Years!
In preparation and celebration of the Second Annual Russian Festival, All Saints parishioners were invited to the St. Vladimir Russian Orthodox Church White Party Event on September 14, 2014 at the beautiful home of Jack Savas in Ann Arbor. Not exclusive to just our families, they want it will become a fun annual activity, as they hope to expose others to Holy Orthodoxy and their parish family so they will get to know us (and hopefully join us!).
Dress code was ALL WHITE! Yes – that was the challenge, but that is part of the fun!
Some of the activities planned were kayaking, canoeing, and a great barbecue! Children are welcome and participating. Here are a few photos from there:
Our sister parish, St. Vladimir Russian Orthodox Church - Ann Arbor hosted their Second Annual RUSSIAN FESTIVAL on their grounds at 9900 Jackson Road in Dexter, Michigan on October 4-5, 2014.
It was a wonderful event that featured Full Entertainment by the Golden Gate performers, and several individual and local dance and music groups. There was an Incredible amount of Authentic Food and Drink, Special Contests and Kids Events (including puppet shows, chess competitions and jungle gyms/ bounce houses and russian kids' games. There was a lot of interest in Church Tours hosted by Fr. Gregory and don't forget Souvineers - Everywhere! It was truly a Wonderful Event!
We were so grateful to be a part of the whole thing. Below are some photos that we wanted to share. You can also go to their website at: www.stvladimiraami.org
The Kalamazoo Russian Cultural Association (KRCA) had invited St. Vladimir and us to participate in the 2014 Kalamazoo Russian Festival (A Celebration Russian Holidays Theme) on Saturday, November 15th, at Western Michigan University's Fetzer Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan. It was very exciting to participate with all of the wonderful Performers, Educators, Vendors and of course, the Russian Cuisine!
The festival was very successful, attracting preliminary numbers of approximately 2,000 visitors of all ages! The Kalamazoo Russian festival continues to grow and is fast becoming one of the major cultural events in Michigan!
On July 6, 2014, everyone gathered at the home of SubDeacon Michael and Tanya Boyar for a little trip back to the Basics - a very inspirational Reader's Service, with love and lessons throughout the day as we all prayed for the Holy Spirit to come and guide us into a new and fresh start during a time a turmoil and uncertainty for our little mission. With the Love of God and Absolute Faith that we are on the right track, we prayed hard, then enjoyed a little social time, while prepping and ultimately having a Mission Core Group meeting that was very positive, directed and structured to move us into an uncertain, but brave future.
Many topics were discussed and a lot of hard decisions were made, and we are all very confident (as a group) that we will represent our Faith, Family, Community and Future very proudly. Watch for special announcements, activities and opportunities to pray together.
Glory to Jesus Christ!