Dear Brothers and Sisters,
This past weekend we celebrated our Ukrainian Orthodox heritage amongst ourselves and
the broader community. The day could not have been better – even the weather
cooperated, delivering perfect temperatures and shielding us from the sun that had baked
us over the previous days. Whether measured in terms of the numbers of children
playing, meals served, desserts and drinks sold, tours given, volunteers participating,
overall organization, or money raised, the festival was a tremendous success! This
speaks volumes about the commitment and capability of our Christian community.
As your pastor, it moved me tremendously to see how much of yourselves so many of
our forefathers exerted when first building St. Michael’s; it is this kind of individual and
communal self-sacrifice that our forefathers exerted when first building up the Orthodox
Church in Ukraine; it is this kind of individual and communal self-sacrifice that will
allow us to grow our community here; and (most importantly) it is this kind of individual
and communal self-sacrifice that sanctifies us and those around us.
And so I thank each of you for all of your efforts. I would like to give special thanks to
organizing the event and preparing the many freezers full of food: dujhe dyakuyu. Your
faithful service is inspiring to all of us.