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.

Providing Disaster Relief With Gift Of The Heart Kits

Volume III - 2001

Revised 2014 Gift of the Heart Kits assembly line at St. Luke-McLean, VAIn March of 2000, the Orthodox Church in America Office of Humanitarian Aid invited parishes and individuals to participate in an outreach program, called “Gift of the Heart” Kits. The program involves the assembling of...

St. Matthew House

Volume III - 2000

“I was a stranger and you welcomed me”┬ŚMatthew 25:35 The story of St. Matthew House, Columbia, Maryland On a bright, sunlit Sunday, April 25, 1999, His Beatitude, the Most Blessed THEODOSIUS, Archbishop of Washington, DC, Metropolitan of All America and Canada gathered together with members of his...

St. Michael’s Program of Social Outreach to the Criminally Insane

Volume II - 1999

For the past 12 years, the St. Michael’s Outreach Group of Jermyn, PA has been ministering at the Forensic Treatment Center in Waymart, PA. This outreach ministry has been a unique experience for us in that we serve a forensic (criminally insane) population of about 120...

Some words about the Cross of Christ in our lives

Volume II - 1999

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our...

IOCC: Setting Up A Metropolitan Area Committee

Volume II - 1999

YES! We are interested in the philanthropic work of International Orthodox Christian Charities. However, we are in need of some background, operational and practical information. HISTORY: Since its inception in 1992, by the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA), IOCC has administered...

A Thanksgiving Dinner Outreach

Volume II - 1998

The year 1997 marked the 5th anniversary of our annual Thanksgiving Dinner Outreach, held at our parish, Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church in Livonia, MI. The idea to hold this annual dinner as a parish event was initiated by the Good Samaritan Committee of the parish. One...

Outreach To Street Kids

Volume II - 1997

Portland, Oregon, is one of the places in the country which attracts lots of young people who live on the streets. Some come from families who live in the area. Most come from far way. This is an odd phenomenon because Portland’s weather and...

Working In A Russian Soup Kitchen

Volume II - 1995

At lunch time, during the summer of 1992, I frequently joined other volunteers at the Lubyianskaya Boulevard Soup Kitchen to help feed indigent Russians. Essentially, we served free meals to retired, disabled and orphaned Russians in an old stolovaya, or cafeteria. We regulated and distributed meal...

How to Visit a Nursing Home

Volume II - 1995

This little article adds some valuable tips for making a good visit to a relative or friend who is a shut-in or a nursing home resident. Maybe it has happened already, and maybe the day remains in your future. But eventually someone you care about...

Project Mexico

Volume II - 1994

What Is Project Mexico? Project Mexico is a rare partnership of Orthodox Christian Jurisdictions from both the United States and Mexico. Our very own people do the work of this charity. Their lives are changed in the process. What Do You Do? For nearly five...

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