Christ the Savior Church|
10315 Carey Road
Berlin, MD 21811
2009 Annual Meeting
On Sunday, January 18th, Christ the Savior Mission gathered for its Annual Meeting with nearly 30 members present. Reports were heard, the 2009 budget was passed, and a list of names for service on the Parish Council was gathered for submission to the diocese. Highlighting the meeting was discussion on the possible acquisition of an 18-acre estate. This led to the Finance Committee being commissioned to conduct a feasibility investigation. Many thanks to all who participated in the meeting!
March For Life
On Thursday, January 22nd, members of Christ the Savior journeyed to the nation's capital to participate in the March For Life. The March for Life is an annual pro-life rally protesting abortion, held in Washington D.C. on the anniversary of the decision in the United States Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade. This year marks the 35th occurrence of the March.
Installation of Parish Council
On Sunday, March 8th, with the blessing of our diocesan hierarch, Metropolitan Jonah, the 2009 Parish Council members were installed into office. During the first meeting of the 2009 Council, George Hamaty was elected Junior Warden, Michael McFarland was elected Treasurer, and Jen Alexion was elected Secretary. May the Lord bless them all!
Sunday of the Cross
On Sunday, March 22nd, the faithful of Christ the Savior gathered for the celebration of the Divine Liturgy during which were sung special hymns in honor of the Precious and Life-creating Cross of the Lord. "Before Thy Cross, we bow down in worship, O Master! And Thy holy Resurrection, we glorify!"
Memory Eternal: Carole Boris
On Monday, March 23rd, Carole Boris departed this life after fighting a long and valiant battle against cancer. Now her sufferings are over and her soul is commended into the Lord's hands. We ask your prayers for the newly departed Carole, her husband Mickey, and their entire family. May her memory be eternal! May her soul dwell among the Righteous!
Inquirers Trip to DC
On Thursday, April 2nd, the Inquirers Class, as part of a general introduction to Orthodox Christianity, took a field trip to Washington DC and Baltimore to visit various Orthodox churches.
Preparations for Holy Week
On Thursday, April 9th, members of the parish gathered at the church to prepare for Palm Sunday and Holy Week. In addition to cleaning, palms and pussy willows were prepared for the faithful to hold on Palm Sunday. Many thanks to those who helped!
On Palm Sunday, April 12th, the faithful gathered to celebrated the Lord's Entrance into Jerusalem. On this day, we also formally welcomed Bruce Eckerd into our community by enrolling him in the catechumenate. May the Lord bless him and all those seeking entrance into the Heavenly Jerusalem!
During the week of April 12-18, the faithful gathered in church for the liturgical commemorations of Christ's Passion: His voluntary sufferings, crucifixion, and burial.
On Sunday, April 19th, the faithful of Christ the Savior Mission celebrated the Lord's Resurrection from the dead. Following the Midnight Service (Nocturns, Matins, and Divine Liturgy) everyone shared in a festal meal. We at Christ the Savior greet you all with the joyous proclamation from the empty tomb: Christ is Risen!
Churching / Egg Hunt
On Thomas Sunday, April 26th, members of Christ the Savior welcomed baby Constantine, newly born child to Michael and Katherine Cook, to the church family. Following the Divine Liturgy, we had the customary egg hunt for the children. All the cameras were out for this great event!
Memorial Day Pilgrimage
On Monday, May 25th, members of the Mission traveled to St. Tikhon's Orthodox Monastery in South Canaan, PA, for the 105th annual Memorial Day Pilgrimage.
New Green Liturgical Covers
On Monday, June 1st, our excellent seamstresses from our parish, Diane Evanusa, Alice Peters, Nada McFarland, and Mat. Emily sewed new green liturgical covers which we will use for Pentecost this coming Sunday. May the Lord reward them for their efforts!
On Sunday, June 7, the faithful gathered to celebrate the feast of Pentecost. During the Vespers which followed the Divine Liturgy, the faithful held flowers, reminding them of the new life that has blossomed forth with the descent of the Holy Spirit. Special prayers were offered while we knelt and beseeched the Holy Spirit to renew Himself within us.
Baptism of Constantine Michael Cook
On Sunday, June 14th, Constantine Michael, son of Michael and Katherine Cook, was baptized into the Orthodox Church. May God grant Constantine Michael, his parents, and his sponsors, Peter and Helen, many blessed years!
Honoring of Graduates
On Sunday, July 12th, we congratulated those who graduated this year and we offered prayers of thanksgiving to God for the completion of the academic year. Visiting the Mission this Sunday and serving with Fr. John was Archpriest Samuel Kedala from Holy Spirit Orthodox Church in Wantage, NJ.
Annual Parish Picnic
Following the Blessing of Automobiles, the parish gathered together at the Boris residence for the Annual Picnic. The weather was cool, the food excellent, the kayaks in the water, and a great time was had by all. Many thanks to the Boris family, who hosted, and all who participated!
Blessing of Autos
On Sunday, July 19th, we had the annual blessing of automobiles, which occurs on the Sunday closest to the feast of the Prophet Elias (who ascended as if into heaven in a fiery chariot). We were pleased to welcome Fr. Thomas Soroka who gave an excellent homily on chapter 12 of St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans.
Feast of St. Jacob of Alaska
On Sunday, July 26th, we celebrated the feast of St. Jacob of Alaska, among those visiting were Fr. Daniel Kovalak, Fr. Barnabas Fravel, and Dn. Mark Oleynik. Fr. Daniel offered an inspiring homily on the life of St. Jacob as a example for all Orthodox Christians in North America.
On Sunday, August 16th, the faithful of Christ the Savior celebrated the feast of their parish with the commemoration of the Icon Not-Made-By-Hands. We extend to all of our members, visitors, and supporters our best wishes on this special day. May God grant you all many blessed years!
Baptism of Christiana Josephine
On Sunday, August 23rd, Christiana Josephine, daughter of Gerald and Camelia Milite, was baptized into the Orthodox Church. May God grant Christiana Josephine, her parents, and her sponsors, Lucian and Gabriela, many blessed years! Serving with Fr. John was Fr. Andrew Anderson, who delivered an excellent homily on forgiveness.
Archpastoral Visit of Metropolitan Jonah
On the weekend of August 29-30, Christ the Savior Orthodox Church welcomed its diocesan hierarch, Metropolitan Jonah for his first archpastoral visit to the Mission.
Baptism of Bruce John Eckerd
On Saturday evening Bruce John Eckerd was welcomed into the Orthodox Church through the Mysteries of Holy Baptism and Chrismation. Bruce assumed the name of John in honor of his patron Saint, the Holy Apostle and Evangelist John whose feast is celebrated on this day. May God grant His newly-illumined servant John many blessed years!
Church Yard Sale
On Saturday, October 31st, after twice being postponed due to adverse weather conditions, our fall yard sale was finally held in the church parking lot.
St. Michael's Party
On November 1st, the Sunday between Halloween and the Feast of Archangel Michael and the Bodiless Powers, a St. Michael's Party was held for the children of the parish.
Today the faithful gathered at the Mission to glorify the God who out of His infinite love took flesh for us men and our salvation. We extend to you our festal greetings, wishing you all the blessings that come from the super-abundance of God's goodness. Christ is born! Glorify Him!