Holy Fire - 04/29/17
Right before vigil for the 3rd Sunday of Pascha we received the Holy Fire. Original from Jerusalem brought to New York it made its way via the help of many volunteers to Ann Arbor. Then two parishioners of Ann Arbor were so nice to bring to the Maciknac Bridge where we picked it up in a day trip and brought it safely to the UP.
New Flooring - 08/13/14
The project for a new floor in the church started. Watch our progress.
As a reminder why we want to do this: Our mortgage for the church is almost paid off and God willing we should be ready to have a Great Consecration of the Church in fall 2015. The final altar table will be consecrated during that services and should not be moved anymore. And in general we would like to have the temple of God presented at the consecration at its best as we can.
We still are in need for the final amount. So far we about $6,000 that stil have to be raised. If you are able to donate to this cause please use the Donate button on our home page.
It was a gracious offer of the owner Roman Krayevskyy of "The Flooring Ninja" to start the work, and get paid partially over time. Roman is a parishioner of our cathedral in Chicago and with that set an example how we all work for the Glory of God. But of course we want to pay him for his great and beautiful work as soon as we can. He and his wife have also bills to pay, and the workers that are working for him have to be paid too. So please let us make good on our leap of faith that we took, because we know that everyone loves to see a beautiful church that invites to prayer.
Blessing of Portage Lake.
The day before Theophany we cleared the lake by beautiful sun shine. The next day weather changed dramatically and we had to ride it out.
Theophany 2013 - 01/19/13
On the feast of Theophany the parish of SS Sergius & Herman of Valaam in Houghton, MI blessed Portage Lake after the Divine Liturgy for the feast. Assisting next to the choir and altar servers of the parish Subdeacon Benjamin Bryant was visiting from Holy Transfiguration Mission in Peroria, IL. It was somewhat of a historical event because to our knowledge this was the first blessing of open waters in this area that the parish celebrated at a feast of Theophany. It was gorgeous and blessed and a joyus. Some interested local visitors joined us too, and an article in a finnish newspaper is announced about this event.
Photo credit: Timothy E Bryant
Josh & Nicole's Wedding - 08/05/12On Sunday August 5th 2012 Josh & Nicole were united in Holy Matrimony. The Very Reverend Archpriest Gregory Joyce was officiating the wedding.
Holy Unction Service for Alexander - 05/12/12We celebrated a Holy Unction service for Alexander on Saturday, May 12th.