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.


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...

Reaching Out: Prison Ministry In The Parish

Volume III - 2006

“I, the Lord, have called You in righteousness, And will hold Your hand; I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people, As a light to the Gentiles, To open blind eyes, To bring out prisoners from the prison, Those who...

The Poor - Our Masters

Volume III - 2004

St. John the Compassionate Mission, 155 Broadview Ave., Toronto, CanadaIn January 1987, with no first and last rent money; no down payment to turn on the water or electricity; one old table and a few chairs; an icon, a Bible, and a used Horologion, St. John the...

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