This week we received names and addresses of four families in the Rolla area who are already Orthodox, and we also met a new couple this past weekend who also lives just 20 minutes from Rolla near Ft. Leonard Wood. Additionally, we received word from a priest in Kansas City that he has a few liturgical items for us, and a priest in St. Louis who has several icons to give to the mission – thank God!
I’ll be back in Kansas City this upcoming week for their area clergy brotherhood meeting where I’m looking forward to making a personal connection with other parishes. In early December, I’ll be traveling to St. Louis for their clergy brotherhood meeting, and will also be tagging along with Fr. Moses Berry when he goes to give a historical and cultural presentation at Waynesville High School (in the Rolla area).
In all of these meetings and presentations, we’re hoping to find parishes (or people) who are able to commit to a monthly stipend toward the mission ($100-$500/mo) for the first year or two so we can get our feet under us (we got word this week that we may have our first participating parish already…) If you or your parish are able to commit to something like this, you can do so by setting up an automatic recurring donation online here, or by just sending us a check every month. Either way, please get in touch first to let us know it’s something you’d like to do!
This past Saturday and Sunday we travelled to Holy Trinity Church in Overland Park, KS for a presentation about the Rolla mission effort. Fr. Tim (Sawchak) and everyone there were very welcoming, and we had several encouraging conversations with
This afternoon we are very grateful to have received the new chalice set from St. Tikhon’s Monastery and used censer from Fr. Elijah Bremer. These liturgical items were received thanks to the new and very necessary ministry of St. Tikhon’s seminarians Theophan Mackey and Gregory Levitsky called Elijah’s Mantle.
Got word that we’ll be receiving a new altar tabernacle (worth $2000+) from a parish in PA, and a new chalice set ($300+) and gently used censer through Elijah’s Mantle! Will post pics once we get them. Think you might have something to recycle to us? See our Recycle page for our wish-lists.
Though there are still many things to put into place throughout the site, we’ve decided to make it a work in progress. If there is anything you see that looks a little off, please let us know. We ask for your prayers and support as we embark on the journey toward establishing an Orthodox presence in Rolla, MO.
In honor of the day, here is a beautiful homily given in the early 1900’s by St. John Maximovitch, Wonderworker and Archbishop of San Francisco…
Well, after more than a month of research we finally decided on an online donation processing solution: WePay. They aren’t that new to the online donation market, but they’ve recently redesigned their system and have made themselves much easier to use than other solutions (not to mention they just lowered their card processing rates). We really think that the option of donating online will
Dn. Joel took a few minutes to record the scenery around Rolla and give a synopsis of what we’re hoping to do here in a couple years.