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

Encounter Christ


Many Evangelical Christians can name the date in which they were “Born Again.” The day in which they made Christ a priority in their life. Many of us, as Orthodox Christians, make that commitment on the day of our Baptism and Christmation, as infants. Are we transformed by the love of Christ? Do we allow ourselves to be transformed by Christ? There is a common theme in the Sunday Gospel readings following Pascha (Easter). Each of these five Sunday Gospels after Pascha distinguish a person (or persons) transformed by Christ.

The Sunday following Pascha we hear of “Doubting” Thomas. Thomas is skeptical about the encounter his brother disciples have with the risen Lord and make a bold proclamation, “Unless I see and touch!” The Lord reveals himself to Thomas and Thomas is immediately transformed. Without having to touch, he exclaims, “My Lord and my God!” Thomas encounter’s Christ and his faith is renewed.

The second Sunday after Pascha, we learn of the Myrrh-Bearing Women. These brave women approach the tomb of Christ and find it empty. Having encountered Christ, they return and share the good news with the disciples. Then on the third Sunday after our Lord’s Resurrection the Church shares the story of the paralytic. Although this happens before the Lord’s crucifixion, it holds fast to the theme of “Encountering Christ.” The man has suffered with an infirmity for 38 years...

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