Lenten Prayer Project Can you believe that in just a few weeks Great Lent will be here? To help us continue to love one another & draw closer to God, we will be having our annual Lenten Prayer Project. The Lenten Prayer Project is like a prayer exchange. You simply write down your name or the name of a loved one who you would like to be prayed for during the 40 days of Lent inside the prayer card. Once we receive cards from all those participating, you will pick someone else's card and pray for that person throughout Lent.. On Pascha, let the person know that you have been praying for him or her all 40 days of Lent (phone numbers will be inside so you can call the person). To participate, please visit our table before and after church services on Sunday. You can also contact Amanda Jacobs at (626) 222-6224 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. • Sunday, February 8th, or 15th fill out card • Sunday, February 22nd receive a card • Sunday, April 12th Pascha; reveal yourself to the person you’ve been praying for!

Message from Fr Gary

Fr Gary

God’s Holy Word


A great benefit of spending time at summer camp is the opportunity to disconnect from technology. Not having a phone or internet connection gets you excited to receive mail. A great joy is receiving a (good old fashioned) letter from home. The delight in holding an envelope with the familiar handwriting of a loved one is a highlight for all the staff, counselors and campers. Everyone gets electrified when they get mail (real, handwritten, stamped envelope mail).

One afternoon at St. Sophia Camp, the Director handed me a small envelope sent to me from Christie. I took it, looked at it and put it in my pocket. “You gonna read it?” He asked. I nodded, smiled and walked to the chapel to prepare for evening vespers. I placed it on the altar and put my vestments on for the service.

Vespers ended and the kids were excited to go up the hill to mail call, anticipating their own letters and packages. Prior to their leaving the chapel I shared with them the unopened envelope from my wife. I asked, “What if I just set this letter from my wife on my night stand and never opened or read it?” The responses were touching and hilarious.

One little guy said, “I think you should read it, it will make you happy!” Another jokingly said, “You might end up sleeping on the couch if you don’t.” An older teen girl said, “That’s just coldhearted, what if...

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