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.


The Other Six and a Half Days

Volume I - 1986

Using Church Facilities for Community Programs On virtually any evening of the week, you can drive by St. Michael’s Orthodox Church in Van Nuys, California, and see the parking lot filled and the lights in the Hall burning. These are the indications that something...

Eyeglass Ministry

Volume I - 1985

If you have eyeglasses - in good condition - that you’re ready to discard —- DON’T! Through the services of Medical Group Mission, hundreds of doctors and volunteers receive used eyeglasses from donors throughout the United States and Canada, and with the aid...

Setting Up A Food Pantry For The Needy

Volume I - 1985

“For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you made me welcome….” (Matt. 25:35-36) Sometimes people find themselves in need of food or the money to buy it. While welfare and...

A Ministry To Orthodox Inmates

Volume I - 1985

Oxford Federal Correctional Institution is a medium-to-heavy security prison located in a very rural area in Central Wisconsin. Several years ago, David Giffey, an iconographer and parishioner of the Greek Orthodox Church in Madison, Wisconsin, had the inspiration to call the Roman Catholic chaplain at...

Ministry To Shut-Ins and Hospital Patients

Volume I - 1985

This guide is intended for laypeople who want their service in Christ’s Church to include visitation with those confined to home, elderly housing facilities, or hospitals. (For a Biblical reflection on this, see Matthew 25:31-46.) Lay involvement in this ministry is vitally important. While...

Military Lay Leadership Program

Volume I - 1985

Orthodox can be proud and reassured to know that today Orthodox chaplains are well represented in the Chaplaincy in the Armed Forces of our country. Currently there are 28 Orthodox chaplains on active duty and approximately 10 in the Reserves. There is a role in this program...

A Ministry Of Listening

Volume II - 1984

A brother asked a certain old man, saying, “There be two brothers, and one of them is quiet in his cell, and prolongs his fast for six days, and lays much burden on himself; but the other tends the sick. Whose work is the more...

A Training Program For Visitation Groups

Volume I - 1984

This is a follow-up to the article “LOVES” by Emilie D. Lisenko, found in the Community Service section of the Resource Handbook. Its purpose is to offer suggestions for the training of those parishioners who wish to become involved with visitations to the elderly and...

A Home for the Homeless

Volume I - 1984

Oh, brother, man, fold to thy heart thy brother; Where pity dwells, the peace of God is there. To worship rightly is to love each other, Each smile a hymn, each kindly deed a prayer. This short anonymous poem exemplifies the basic philosophy practiced daily...

Prison Ministry

Volume I - 1984

A Way To Reach Out Today we are faced with what would seem to many as an insurmountable problem: incarceration; there is no room in our prisons for those who have been convicted of crimes. Some say the problem is easily solved by building new...

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