Community Service

Identifying the community and its needs.
Serving the hungry, the homeless, the naked, the imprisoned - locally, internationally.
Visiting the sick, the shut-ins.


Where is your Jerusalem?

Volume IV - 2015

“A five minute drive and I was at the shelter and saw firsthand what our county was doing to help the homeless.  But what made a bigger impression on me was that I saw a list of Catholic and Protestant Churches that would go...

Unbind Him

Volume IV - 2013

John was coming home after being away for the past five years.  You might think the family would be planning a great party and feast to celebrate the return of their son.  Instead the family was in turmoil about how to handle his...

Helping the Hungry with a Church World Service CROP Hunger Walk

Volume IV - 2013

(CROP – Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) What is a Church World Service CROP Hunger Walk? It is neighbors, walking together, to take a stand against hunger in our world.  Together we raise awareness and funds for international relief and development, as well as local...

A Parish Prison Ministry

Volume IV - 2012

Our parish prison ministry began some twelve years ago.  I got a call from the Chaplain of a nearby prison facility, letting me know that there were some Orthodox inmates there.  I went to the prison to meet with the Chaplain and to...

St. Seraphim Fellowship

Volume IV - 2011

In 1996, I started to think seriously about my life and responsibility as a Christian and became aware that I was a taker and not a giver. My thinking was distorted because I only thought about what God and the Church could do for me. The...

A Mission in Urban America

Volume IV - 2011

The Commission “Then Gideon said to God, “Do not be angry with me. Let me make just one more request. Allow me one more test…” the bible story goes (Judges 6:39-40). God and Gideon were in a debate and in another test perhaps there might...

A Short Term Youth Mission Trip to Appalachia: High Impact, Low Cost

Volume III - 2009

Seeking respite from the hot noonday Appalachian sun, a group of teens and adult leaders lunch on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches while chugging down water in the shade. In June 2007, this group of unskilled volunteers set out from St. Joseph’s Church in Wheaton,...

A Work Week in Louisiana: An Outreach Experience

Volume III - 2009

Most anyone will tell you life is a series of peaks and valleys. I was in a small valley when I received the IOCC newsletter offering work weeks in Katrina-devastated areas of the Gulf coast. As a busy home schooling mother of four, I had...

Our Parish Youth at Project Mexico

Volume III - 2009

The week of June 20, 2008 a group from Holy Trinity Eastern Orthodox Church, Stroudsburg, PA met up with other Orthodox parish groups from around the US in Tijuana, Mexico. We spent the week at St. Innocent Ranch, an orphanage for boys. It works in partnership with...

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