Holy Trinity Cathedral in Diveevo
 


"Thou didst love Christ from thy youth, O blessed one and longing to work for Him along thou didst struggle in the wilderness with constant prayer and labor. With pertinent heart and love for Christ thou was favored by the Mother of God. Wherefore we cry to thee: save us by thy prayers, O Seraphim our righteous Father."

(Troparion to St. Seraphim of Sarov -- 2 / 15 of January,
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In the summer of the year 2004 Bishop Peter of Cleveland, Administrator of the Diocese of Chicago & Detroit, blessed the beginning of the new parish of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (RCOR) in Ingham County, Michigan. The first service (a Moleben) was held by the Priest Gregory Joyce, Rector of St. Vladimir Church in Dexter, Michigan. Fr. Gregory will oversee our Mission until a permanent Rector can be assigned. The service was held on the 1st of August, 2004 -- the day of the 250th anniversary of the birth of St. Seraphim of Sarov, and 101st anniversary since the His earthly glorification.

The services will be conducted according to the Old (Julian) Calendar and the traditional Russian (Jerusalem) Typikon in two languages -- Church-Slavonic and English.

One of the most important additional directions of the application of our efforts shall be a Church School in Russian and English languages for children.

We are in need for everything! First of all we are in need for your prayers. And also we ask for your help!

Please join our email list by contacting us at the email given on the page "How to find us". The email list will be used to let you know about upcoming events, services, and updates to our web site.

If you'd like to help us by making a donation please contact us by calling, emailing, or sending us mail at the address given on the page "How to find us". May God bless you for your generosity!


25 (old st. 12) of August 2004

Our church has just been born! Regular services are scheduled to start on the 18th of September, 2004, a Saturday. At the present time the church is seeking the possibility for regular services, first of all -- a place. All kinds of the church goods, special coverings, icons, etc are also needed.


26 (old st. 13) of August 2004

We have good news: The Episcopal Church in Lansing has preliminarily agreed to let us use their premises for our church services! The Episcopal Church occasionally has wedding services on Saturdays, so in this case we will have no service, but this will probably happen only occasionally. Please check the web site for a full schedule of services.


7 of September (old st. 25 of August) 2004

Fr. Gregory had a meeting with the Rev. Dr. Gordon F. Weller, priest of the St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Fr. Gordon confirmed the initial intention to host our church services. In the next week the schedule of out Saturday services is going to be prepared and given to Fr. Gordon and the church board.


15 (old st. 2) of September 2004

The schedule of the church services had been finalized for the coming months and sent to Fr. Gordon for the approval.


19 (old st. 6) of September 2004

Dear brothers and sisters! We all know about the most recent tragedy in the southern Russian (Osetian) town of Beslan. There is a web-site where anybody can make a donation towards the mourning families of this town. It is http://moscowhelp.org


2 of October (old st. 19 of September) 2004

"With the blessing of Bishop Peter, on Saturday morning, October 2nd, 2004 the first Divine Liturgy was served in the new Okemos, MI Mission of St. Seraphim of Sarov. Twenty people attend the Divine Liturgy, held in the side chapel of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. St. Paul's is generously donating space to the new Mission on Saturday mornings. At the first Divine Liturgy Rev. Fr. Victor Trotskyy (Holy Ghost Church, Sterling Heights, MI) and Rev. Fr. Gregory Joyce (St. Vladimir Church, Ann Arbor, MI) officiated. Following the Divine Liturgy a cup of tea and something sweet was offered to the worshipers, and a discussion about the establishment of a parish school was held." -- This is quoting from the Diocese of Chicago and Detroit news web page.

Please, visit our photo album to see some nice pictures of this wonderful service.

We want to say many thanks to Rev. Fr. Gregory Joyce and to the whole parish of St. Vladimir's for their time (that Fr. Gregory had to spend with us) and for their most valuable gifts of the Blessing Cross, Holy Gospels, candles, incense, notes, and most of all -- for their hearty prayers for us and our Mission.

We also wanted to thank all our parishioners who donated their time and helped to make this service possible, specially: Oleg Lesovoy, Vladimir and Olga Andreev, Sasha and Anatoly Kravchenko, Dan Zak, Dmitry and Svetlana Gorelov, and all others.


9 of October (old st. 26 of September) 2004

The second Divine Liturgy officiated by the Rev. Fr. Viktor Trotskyy was served. The discussion about the church school were held after the service at the coffee hour.


11 of October (old st. 28 of September) 2004

On the web-page of the Sretensky monastery in Moscow they have very interesting rubrics -- "Questions for the Priest". One of the recent questions/answers was the following:

Question: There are certain rules (for attire) for the church attendance. Why? Indeed, in the face of the God I am the same weather I wear a skirt or pants or even naked. My soul does not change with the change of the clothing?                                                                            (Irina)

Answer from the Igumen Amvrosius (Ermakov):

And why it is so? The Spirit creates the shapes for himself. Fro example, simply well behaved person would never go to the classic music concert in Conservatory in shorts and snickers. Intelligent person would wear formal suit, the suit shirt with tie.

The man who pays attention to the state of his soul will definitely notice that the clothing he wears influence his behavior, his thoughts, his wishes. The formal clothing changes the attitude towards "noble oblige". This was noticed by many Holy Fathers. Besides all your inappropriate looks can stipulate complains of others, temptation for them. And you aware that "pity is on those by whom the temptations come". At times we experience things which do not need to be proven, like an axioms in mathematics. However if you simply do not want to accept such an axiom, apparently there is no way to prove to you its correctness. And then the man will continue to convince himself that it is ok to go to the temple naked.


12 of October (old st. 29 of September) 2004

Today is the fortieth day after the Beslan tragedy. The panikhida was served in the Cathedral of George the Victory-Bearer in Vladikavkaz. The panikhida services were also held in many churches all around Russia. Let the souls of all the victims of this antihuman outrageous act be reposed in peace.


2 of November (old st. 20 of October) 2004

30th of October, Saturday priest Fr. Michael, pastor of the parish of St.Herman of Alaska in Grand Rapids, Michigan, served the scheduled Divine Liturgy in our parish. It was a beautiful service and we are very thankful to Fr. Michael, matushka Daria and the St. Herman's parishioners for their support and big help!

We have a very good news -- hieromonk Triphon, who is serving in the Holy Trinity St. Seraphim's monastery in Diveevo, when learned from the relative of one of our parishioners about our new church, donated to our parish a sensr, Apostol, Zhitie (Life) of St. Seraphim of Sarov, and his own book about Diveevo! He also promised to pray for our St. Seraphim's parish!


7 of November (old st. 25 of October) 2004

The Divine Liturgy on the 6th of November, Saturday, was served by priest Fr. Victor, pastor of the parish of Holy Ghost in Stirling Hieghts, Michigan. We are very grateful to Fr. Victor for his help and devotion.

We still do not have a choir, needed for the services. Please, if you have skills to sing, do not hesitate, participate for the Christ's sake and for the spiritual benefits for your self.


13 of November (old st. 31 of October) 2004

The Divine Liturgy on the 13th of November, Saturday, was served by priest Fr. Michael, pastor of the parish of St.Herman of Alaska in Grand Rapids, Michigan, served the scheduled Divine Liturgy in our parish.We are very thankful to Fr. Michael and matushka Daria for their help and devotion.

On the next Saturday, November 20th, we do not have the scheduled service.  Sunday, November 21st the pilgrimage to the Fr. Michael's mission in Grand Rapids will be organized.  All interested can get the details at (517) 351-4391.

The next Divine Liturgy shall take place on November 27th. After the Divine Liturgy Fr. Gregory Joyce will give a slide presentation about his trip to Russia this last May -- the first official ROCOR delegation visit to Russia and meeting with the ROC in the Motherland.  Under the Links topic on the left side of this page you can find some intersting publications concerning this historical event.


21 (old st. 8) of November 2004

The Third Joint Session of the Committees of the Russian Orthodox Curch Outside of Russia and the Moscow Patriarch Held.

The new rubrics, Guest book, became available on our web site! If you have questions, suggestions, comments, advises, we would be very thankful to you if you would leave them in our book.


27 (old st. 14) of November 2004

The Divine Liturgy on 27th of November was directed by the Rev. priest Fr. Gregory Joyce. We are very grateful to Fr. Gregory for his valuable gift -- the Gospels in the Church Slavonic language.

After the Liturgy at the coffee hour Fr. Gregory held a presentation with the slide show about his memorable trip to Russia as a member of the first official ROCOR delegation to Russia. Rev. priests Fr. Christopher Rodzilsky and Fr. Michael Bondar had vividly participated in the discussion that followed. This meeting had created a warm impression on all the participants. We are very thankful to Fr. Gregory for organizing this presentation with slides and to the priests Fr. Michael and Fr. Christopher for their support and participation! You can find a picture from this meeting in our photo album and read some relevant interesting publications in the links.


29 (old st. 16) of December 2004

by Fr. Gregory Joyce

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Although few of us have direct connections with the area of the world hit by the earthquake and tsunami on Sunday, we think that we nonetheless, as Christians, have the responsibility to pray for the tens of thousands who lost their lives and for the hundreds of thousands or millions who have lost their homes, all their meager belongings, or their loved ones. It may interest you to know that there is a very active Orthodox mission in Indonesia and in India, two of the countries hardest hit by this disaster. There is also a mission which is in its beginning stages in Thailand, another of the countries affected. Let us pray that God will have mercy on all those so devastatingly affected by this terrible tragedy, and if we are able, let us give to the Red Cross or Doctors without Borders to aid disaster relief.


3 of January 2005 (old st. 21 of December 2004)

by Fr. Gregory Joyce

HELP VICTIMS OF EARTHQUAKE IN ASIA

International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is joining with its partner Church World Service (CWS) to respond immediately to the massive earthquake disaster throughout Southern Asia. Together with CWS, IOCC is developing regional response to this crisis, focusing initially on hardest-hit areas in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, and elsewhere, and CWS assessment and relief teams are on their way to the region now. The joint relief effort may include an airlift of emergency relief supplies, including hygiene and emergency shelter supplies, from facilities in the US. IOCC was established a goal of $100,000 for the initial phase of its relief efforts. This appeal will be updated as response and recovery actions continue and expand in the coming days. Donations for IOCC's "Asia Disaster Response" may be sent to IOCC, P.O. Box 630225, Baltimore, MD 21263-0225. Donations may also be made online at "www.iocc.org" or by calling toll-free 1-877-803-IOCC (4622).


8 of January 2005 (old st. 26 of December 2004)

Yesterday on the day of Nativity of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ we had a short service with akathist and a pot-luck dinner afterwards. It was a joyful and nice celebration of the Birthday of our Lord! We thank everybody for participation and help, and for making this day special!


15 (old st.2) of January 2005

On this day of our heavenly protector, patron saint of our parish, St. Seraphim of Sarov the Divine Liturgy was served. Most reverend bishop Peter, administrator of the ROCOR parishes in our area had attended this service. After the Divine Liturgy at the coffee hour we had a very interesting spiritual conversation with vladyka. We put a few new photos in our photo album from this memorable event.


29 (old st.16) of January 2005

The Divine Liturgy was lead by Rev. Fr. Gregory Joyce. We especially would like to express our gratitude towards matushka Daria Carney and Zachary Martinchek for their substantial support of the choir!

After the service the first parish meeting was held where the Normal Parish Bylaws of the ROCOR was accepted and the key officials of the parish were appointed in accordance with the administering bishop's blessing for the next several months. The date of the parish council election was also tentatively assigned to May 2005.


14 (old st.1) of February 2005

After the last Divine Liturgy on the 12th of February Rev. Fr. Gregory Joyce announced that on the 1st of March in the evening we will have an honor of meeting the miracle-working Kursk Root icon of the Mother of God on its way to Grand Rapids! Short prayer service will be held in the St. Paul Episcopal Church, the main temple, at 7 p.m. All believers are welcome. More information could be found on the Links page of this web site, in the Icons and Holy Places link.


2 of March 2005 (Byz/Jul. st.17 of February, year of the world 7513)

Congratulations to all who had a blessing to venerate the Kursk Root miracle working icon of Theotokos visiting our parish yesterday!


19 of March 2005 (Byz/Jul. st.6 of March, year of the world 7513)

Congratulations to all with the beginning of the Great Lent! And our thanks to all who participated in the preparation of the "Maslenica" celebration last week. Especially we would like to thank Evgenia Shevchenko, Irina Balabina, Janna Khomenok, Olga Andreeva and Svetlana Kirillova for their efforts that let us all have such a beautiful and memorable festival!

When Rev. Fr. Gregory will confirm the upcoming months schedule for the divine services, it will be published on our web site.


27 of March 2005 (Byz/Jul. st.14 of March, year of the world 7513)

At the moment the consultations concerning the next period schedule of the Divine services are in progress. The new schedule will be published on our web site as soon as it will be ready.


22 of April 2005 (Byz/Jul. st.9 of April, year of the world 7513)

Dear brothers and sisters!  We would like to announce three upcoming events:

  1. We are planning a trip for the Paskha celebration to St.Vladimir's in Dexter. If you want to join us we can give you a ride or just "car-lead" there -- just contact us and we will make all necessary arrangements.

  2. On the Bright Sunday we are going to have a pot-luck party at the "John M. Patriarche" city park in East Lansing at 3 p.m. Everybody is welcomed to join us. Please, bring your own food/drink/plastic plates. If it is possible, please let us know in advance that you are coming, so we could have a better estimation for arrangements.

  3. As a fund-raising for the church our sisterhood is going to make a special traditional russian Paskha bread -- Kulich. If you would like to get one you need to order it in advance -- before Tuesday, the 26th of April. The suggested (not binding or limiting in any way) donation to the church for one Kulich is $10.


2 of May 2005 (Byz/Jul. st.19 of April, year of the world 7513)

Thanks to our Brotherhood and Sisterhood for the organizing of the Paskha celebration!  Special thanks to Evgenia, Svetlana and Irina for baking and selling of the Paskha bread -- Kulichi (very tasty!).


1 of July 2005 (Byz/Jul. st.19 of July, year of the world 7513)

On the day of our Patron Saint, Fr. Seraphim of Sarov, and on the first year anniversary of our mission, we had a short moleben with akathist.


8 of August 2005 (Byz/Jul. st.26 of July, year of the world 7513)

Yesterday, on the day of the righteous Anna, the mother of Theotokos, our parish received very nice iconostasis! For our deep regret the St.John's mission in Columbus, OH, whose members actually had built this beautiful disassembleble (!) iconostasis by themselves, had ceased to exist. We have inherited this iconostasis from them. We thank Oleg Lesovoy and Dmitry Gorelov for their help in transporting of this iconostasis from Columbus to Lansing.


19 of August 2005 (Byz/Jul. st.6 of August, year of the world 7513)

Congratulations to all with the feast of Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ!

We would like to thank Andrey Shevchenko for his help in bringing of the Plaschanica (Shroud) which was given to our parish from Diocese.


27 of August 2005 (Byz/Jul. st.14 of August, year of the world 7513)

Congratulations to all with the coming feast of Dormition of Most Holy Mother of God!

We would like to express our deep thanks to Rev. Fr. Michael Carney and m. Daria for their great humbleness -- despite of their tiredness they came to us today and served the Divine Liturgy, beautiful as always.

Tomorrow on the feast day of Dormition the pilgrimage to the Dormition Cathedral in Ferndale, where the bishop will serve, can be organized. Also tomorrow our parish is sponsoring the pot-luck BBQ in the Holt park. Please call +1-517-351-4391 with all questions.


29 of August 2005 (Byz/Jul. st.16 of August, year of the world 7513)

Congratulations to all with the feast of Dormition of Most Holy Mother of God!

And thank you to all, who participated in the parish BBQ pic-nick in the Holt park!


2 of September 2005 (Byz/Jul. st.20 of August, year of the world 7513)

Fr. Gregory

Hurricane Katrina - Our Response as Orthodox Christians

I would like to ask everyone to pray for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. It has become increasingly clear over the last 24 hours that the storm has devastated the communities and lives of over 1 million innocent people. As Orthodox Christians we have a responsibility to be more than awed by the destruction. We absolutely must pray for those who have died and those who continue to suffer. Please remember the victims in your daily morning and evening prayers. Further, if at all possible given your financial situation, please consider making a contribution to either the International Orthodox Christian Charities or the American Red Cross (web sites listed below). Many Orthodox Christians live in the effected area, especially those of Greek heritage. It may interest you to know that the first Orthodox Church in the lower 48 states was founded in New Orleans in 1864 in the midst of the Civil War. Certainly if the Civil War could not dissuade these pious people from glorifying God neither will this hurricane, but if we were in a similar situation here in Ann Arbor we would appreciate their prayers for us, just as they will appreciate our prayers for them.

IOCC web site: http://www.iocc.org/ Note: there's a link at the top of the home page for hurricane relief.

American Red Cross web site: http://www.redcross.org/

And yet enother tragedy is commemorated last week: the one-year anniversary of the terrible tragedy in Beslan where 331 people, predominantly children and their school teachers, died in the terrorist siege of their school. Please remember in your prayers those who perished, but also those who lived, for although those who died have gone on to their eternal reward, those who survived continue to struggle with significant physical and psychological scars. If you would like to make a donation to help the living recover, please see the link below to the Russian Embassys home page note the Beslan Appeal about half way down the page: http://www.russianembassy.org/


30 of September 2005 (Byz/Jul. st.17 of September, year of the world 7514)

On the 6th of October, Thursday, one of the most revered icons in North America, the Sitka icon of the Mother of God, will be visiting Dormition of the Mother of God Romanian monastery at Rives Junction! This icon was kept in Archangel Michael Cathedral in Sitka, Alaska. The icon will stay at the Dormition monastery till the morning Liturgy on Friday, October 7th. The address of the Dormition monasterey is: 3389 Rives Eaton Rd., Rives Junction, MI 49277, and phone: (517) 569-2873.


26 of December 2005 (Byz/Jul. st.13 of December, year of the world 7514)

on the 25th of December, the day of St.Herman of Alaska, the Holy Protector of our sister-mission in Grand Rapids, the archhierey service took place. Bishop Peter of Cleveland was serving. At the service Elias, the warden of the St.Herman mission, and Dmitry Gorelov, the warden of our mission, were tonsure the readers!

Special thanks to Oleg Lesovoy for his valuable help in driving vladyka back and forth from Chicago!


18 of February 2006 (Byz/Jul. st. 5 of February, year of the world 7514)

March 3rd (February 18th in the Byz/Jul. st.) the Butter-week festival "Maslenica" (Mardi Gras) is organized by our sisterhood as a fund-raiser for the church!  The location is the same as the last year's: Edgewood United Church Hall, address: 469 N Hagadorn St., East Lansing (SW corner of  Hagadorn + Beech Sts.). The beginning is at 6:00 pm.


7 of March 2006 (Byz/Jul. st. 22 of February, year of the world 7514)

We would like to thank our Sisterhood: Zhenia Shevchenko, Vika Pershina, Olga Andreeva, Sveta Kirillova for their efforts in preparation and conduction of the Maslenitsa (Mardi Gras) celebration!  Also we would like to express our gratitude to Oleg Tarasov, Tania Tarabara, Nadia Kostina, Xenia Tarasova and all who participated and helped us.  Our special thanks to our guests, outstanding comperes, Olga Agalakova and Will Gross.


17 of March 2006 (Byz/Jul. st. 4 of March, year of the world 7514)

We would like to start a new rubrics: at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays during Great Lent we would like to have a get-together and watch some documentaries about the Orthodox Church and Spirituality with the following discussion over a cup of tea.  All are welcome.  Please call us (517)351-4391 or e-mail: stseraphim@stseraphimmichigan.org.


10 of August 2006 (Byz/Jul. st. 28 of July, year of the world 7514)

Congratulations with the Day of "Umilenie" Icon of the Mother of God!  This is the very icon, which was especially honored by St. Seraphim of Sarov, and the one, that St. Seraphim was praying with kneeling when he had passed into Everlasting Life from this world.

Our brother parish of the St. Vladimir's in Dexter had finished the construction project of the addition to their temple.  This project was finished with God's help for the Day of St. Vladimir, the day of the 25th Anniversary of the parish!

On this day we had an organized pilgrimage trip for the Feast Day.  At the Divine Liturgy directed by the Metropolitan Laurus (the Head of the ROCOR) were present Archbishop Longin (the Head of the Serbian Orthodox Church parishes in North America), Bishop Peter (the Head of our Diocese), Antiochian Bishop Mark and more then ten priests and deacons.  Such a representative service is very memorable for all who were present there by its outstanding Spirit of the Church of Christ.

A few photos of this event can be found in our "Photoalbum", and more complete set can be found on the St. Vladimir's web site, http://www.flickr.com/photos/rublevpupil/sets/72157594221917807/, http://picasaweb.google.com/sasha.alexandrov/2006_07_28_StVladimirDay.

And the last announcement: we finally put a reference at our page "How to find us" to the site of the Fundraising Arm of the ROCOR where everybody can make a donation directly from their bank account or from the  credit card.


7 of October 2006 (Byz/Jul. st. 24 of September, year of the world 7515)

On the 2nd of October we had our second anniversary of our first Divine Liturgy at our Mission of St. Seraphim of Sarov! Congratulations to everybody who helped in one way or another during those two years. Save you Lord for your contributions given to the mission into the God's Glory! Lord grant you many years!

On the 30th of September we had very joyful event: whole American family had joined the Russian Orthodox Church in our Mission! The Baptism took place in the St. Vladimir's Church in Dexter, and yesterday at the Liturgy at our mission they had First Holy Communion! We heartily congratulate Ivan (John), Sofia (Linda), Elizabeth, Patrick, and James (Dylan) Tunney! Save you God and let the Lord help you in all your ways of your life!

Thank you very much to Olga Andreeva who brought for them silver baptismal crosses from Moscow just one day before!


29 of December 2006 (Byz/Jul. st. 16 of December, year of the world 7515)

Dear brothers and sisters!

The year 2006 comes to an end. Regardless or all the temptations during this year our St. Seraphim's Mission had survived with God's help, thanks to your prayers. And for a great joy it brought forth its First Fruits! At the end of September on the day of the grmyrs Faith, Hope, Love and their mother Sophia, our mission parish had accepted our new brothers and sisters in Christ. Whole Tunney family - Ivan, Sophia, and their children Elizabeth, Patrick, and James, - was baptized in the Orthodox Church in our mission! And for the 2nd anniversary of our First Liturgy they had their First Holy Communion! All of them immediately get very actively involved in our Parish Life and constantly give us very substantial support.

We continue to rely on the God's Leadership and your prayerful and other help in the next year also, and we hope to acquire with God's help our own place in the near future.

Congratulations to all of you with the coming Nativity of Christ and the New civil Year! Save you God and let Lord help you on your path of salvation and good deeds into the God's Glory!


8 of January 2007 (Byz./Jul. st. 26 of December, year of the world 7515)

On the 7th of January 2007 after Feast Day Moleben we had our Annual Nativity Yolka for kids and adults! We would like to thank Inna Quillien, Alla Smith, Evgenia Shevchenko, Annie Kitching, Dmitry and Svetlana Gorelov, - the organizers of this event. With their efforts this celebration was a great success and brought a lot of joy to kids and their parents. Here you can take a look at some of the pictures from our celebration.


3 of February 2007 (Byz./Jul. st. 21 of January, year of the world 7515)

On the 2nd of February we have our "Russian Cultural and Educational Center" started. All the information you can find in the flier.


4 of February 2007 (Byz./Jul. st. 22 of January, year of the world 7515)

On the 16th of February our St. Seraphim's Mission will host its third "Maslenitsa". This is our annual fundraising event. Please, come and enjoy this feast with us before the Great Lent is started.


5 of February 2007 (Byz./Jul. st. 23 of January, year of the world 7515)

This coming Saturday, February 10th, after the planned Divine Liturgy Fr. Gregory will be available for the blessing of your houses. If you would like to invite him, please, let us know in advance by phone 517-351-4391, or by e-mail stseraphim@stseraphimmichigan.org, so we could arrange the more effective trip for him.


17 of February 2007 (Byz./Jul. st. 4 of February, year of the world 7515)

Yesterday, February 16th, Friday, we had our Maslenitsa Celebration. Thank you very much to all the organizers and participants of this celebration! Especial gratitude to Inna Phelpf, Olena Klusinske, Svetlana Kirillova, and to all who helped to prepare, organize and conduct this event: Annie Kitching, Alla Smith, Karen, Claudia, Edita Herbstov, Olga Aleksandrovna Chulakova, Olga Andreeva, Olia Klusinske, Julia and Lilia Dammas, Natalie and Randy Smith, Maria Pearst, Oleg Tarasov, Dmitry Gorelov, Alexandra Kravhenko, Sally and Andy Stebbings, Evgenia Shevchenko, and our little participants: Nastia, Masha, Zoya, Julia, Nastia, Alina, Julia, Laine, Laine, Sveta, and Olya.

Also our thanks to Evgeny and Pavel Titov, owners of the "American Bulk Food" store, for their discount on hearings and red caviar for Maslenitsa. We would like to express our grattitude to Colombisky family for their generous donation towards our Mission building fund.

Some photos from this celebration you can find here.


18 of February 2007 (Byz./Jul. st. 5 of February, year of the world 7515)

Great Lent is coming. The first week is one of the most strict fasts. From Monday till Thursday every evening the special Canon of Andrew of Crete is read. The beginning is at 8 p.m. All who wants to join, please, call 517-351-4391.

On Fridays during the classes of the Church School the video sessions "Around the Holy Places" is planned, followed by the catechistical discussions with tea.


22 of April, 2007 (Byz./Jul. st. 9 of April, year of the world 7515)

THE RECONCILIATION OF THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

MOSCOW - & - MICHIGAN

ASCENSION OF THE LORD

Please, join clergy of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia and the Russian Orthodox Church Moscow Patriarchate at this Festive Celebration!

As our bishops serve together in Moscow, we too will celebrate this long-awaited day!

Services:
Vigil:                May 16, 2007, 7:00 pm
Divine Liturgy:  May 17, 2007, 9:30 am
Address:
St. Vladimir Russian Orthodox Church
9900 Jackson Rd.
Dexter, MI 48130


17 of May, 2007 (Byz./Jul. st. 4 of May, year of the world 7515)

Congratulations with such a great joy our Russian Church is celebrating these days -- the double celebration of the Ascension of our Lord and the long awaited Reconciliation of the two major parts after the split at the beginning of the 20th century! It was a great service in Moscow at the Temple of Christ the Savior and out local co-celebration in Dexter at St. Vladimir's on the 16th and 17th of May. You can see some pictures from these events in our Photoalbum.

Here you can see some video of this event from Moscow and read the articles:
http://www.vesti.ru/rvideo.html?vid=101761
http://www.mospat.ru/index.php?page=36266
http://www.russianorthodoxchurch.ws/synod/rt07/akt.html


4 of June, 2008 (Byz./Jul. st. 22 of May, year of the world 7515)

Our Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America organizes a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  The pilgrimage will take place from 12th till 29th of August.  The group will be headed by Bishop Peter.  Land arrangements only (without transportation) -- $1400.  More detailed information can be found here.


14 of April, 2009 (Byz./Jul. st. 1 of April, year of the world 7516)

You can find a very inspiring article of Elder Paisios of the Holy Mountain here.


1 of August, 2009 (Byz./Jul. st. 19 of July, Year of the World 7516)

Today, in the Day of St. Seraphim of Sarov, our Mission Patron Saint, we celebrated the 5th year anniversary since the First Devine Service in this Mission.  The Divine Liturgy was served by Rev. Fr. Paul Waters. We have a few pictures taken during and after the Liturgy, that you can find in our Photoalbum.


23 of December, 2009 (Byz./Jul. st. 10 of December, Year of the World 7516)

Historical announcement "Big Mission News".

 

Hello everybody,

First of all, we would like to thank those who have helped the Mission over all 5-and-a-half years of its existence. We have a big news. On the 16th of December St.Seraphim's Mission finally acquired a property! On that day, with Vladyka Peter's blessing, the preliminary Escrow Signing by priest Fr. Gregory Joyce and warden subdcn. Dmitry Gorelov took place at Forsberg's Real Estate Company Office. Today, Wednesday, December 23rd, we have gotten the papers back signed by the seller. The property is bought in the name of the Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America. Three-years-long search for the property came to an end!

The property's address is 2627 N.East St., Lansing, MI. The building there is pretty big: ~5600 sq.ft. main floor, plus ~3500 sq.ft. downstairs in the basement, big parking lot, commercial zoning (for offices, not industry). The seller put the property on the market for 60K. Actually only the land in this area would probably cost about 75K. We made an offer for 20K, and after some negotiations converged on 35K. Just because it was the church, the bank, who was selling the property, had agreed. The Mission had to borrow 10K to be able to pay the deed.

In 1998 the building was bought for $240K by the Total Health Education company (affiliated with some protestant church). Apparently they could not keep paying the mortgage, so the bank took the property from them about a year ago. There was a roof leaking and a damage was done to the building. The roof was fixed somehow, but eventually the new roof will be in order. We have almost 100 pictures of it inside-and-out -- we will put them on the web soon. For now we put just 3 of them in the attachment.

The building has a lot of potential. It can be used not only for the church services, but also for the school, library, different activities. Of course, a lot of work needs to be done there. We have consulted with several subcontractors about possible repairs. They all said that the building seems be "sound" (and some even advised us to go ahead and buy it, if we can). It seems the main single expense will be for the new 2- or 4-sided pitched roof. Inside -- the floors almost everywhere, and somewhere the ceilings need to be restored/rebuilt. But if the most of the "dirty" work inside will be done by ourselves, we can save half of the costs (tens of thousands) -- for the expence of longer time frame.

We ask all of you for any possible help -- by money, building material, your time and labour, and first of all -- by your prayers, of course. There are a lot of possibilities to participate for those who sincerely want to contribute for the Christ's Church and have the abilities to do so.

A bit later we will send the whole information about the restoration plans and possibilities for those who are interested in participating in the church reconstruction by donating time, labour, materials, or money. Also, everybody is welcome to help making those plans and estimations.

We are planning to have a small Moleben in the building on Friday, the 25th of December, for St.Herman of Alaska and St.Seraphim of Sarov at 1:00 pm (be warned -- there is no heat, electricity, and/or water turned-on yet, time could be corrected, so call for confirmation (517) 351-4391). St.Herman is historically the first Orthodox Saint of America, who's day is celebrated on the 25th of December. Also, on this day in 1990 the relics of our parish Patron Saint, St.Seraphim's of Sarov, were rediscovered in the Kazan Icon Cathedral in Saint Petersburg.

subdcn. Dmitry Gorelov

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St. Seraphim Russian Orthodox Church
P.O. Box 81, Okemos, Michigan, 48805-0081, USA
A Parish of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad (ROCOR)
Phone: (517)351-4391
URL: http://stseraphimmichigan.org
email: stseraphim@stseraphimmichigan.org
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25 of December, 2009 (Byz./Jul. st. 12 of December, Year of the World 7516)

The first service - Moleben in the honor of St. Herman of Alaska and St. Seraphim of Sarov was served in the newly acquired building of the mission.


23 of January, 2010 (Byz./Jul. st. 10 of January, Year of the World 7517)

On the 23rd of January Fr.Gregory came to Lansing with Vladyka Peter's blessing to serve a Moleben and bless the newly acquired building with Holy Water, so we can officially start working on the building. After the Moleben, Fr. Gregory also gave a special blessing to Alekander Karyagin to be a head of our St.Alexander Nevsky Brotherhood for St. Seraphim's Mission.  Photos - in Photoalbum.

The first working day in the building is scheduled for the Saturday, 30th of January, 11 a.m. We are planning to begin with removing all the junk from the building first. That would be very good if you could come to help, just do not forget to wear some warm clothing (we do not have the heating/water/electrical turned-on yet).


27 of January, 2010 (Byz./Jul. st. 14 of January, Year of the World 7517)

We have checked the functionality of the new Google-Checkout (page Commemoration) money donation mechanism - everything is functioning properly.


30 of January, 2010 (Byz./Jul. st. 17 of January, Year of the World 7517)

Inspite of the quite cold weather, we had first "Subbotnik" in the building.  Alexander and Anastasia Karyagin, Nikolay Kravchenko, Dmitry and Svetlana Gorelov came on that day to work for the Glory of God.  Together we were able to clean a couple of rooms, started disassembling the wall and the damaged hardwood floor. In the page Photoalbum some pictures can be seen.  The next session of the clean-up work is planned for the next Saturday, February 6, 10:00 am.


10 of February, 2010 (Byz./Jul. st. 28 of January, Year of the World 7517)

On the 6th of February the second "subbotnik" on the property took place.  A lot of thanks to all who participated in it: Alexander and George Karyagin, Nikolay Kravchenko, Tetyana Killey, Dmitry and Svetlana Gorelov.  The disassembly of the walls and the floors was continued, and significant amount of the paper waste was taken care of.  In the page Photoalbum some pictures can be seen.  The next session of the clean-up work is planned for the next Saturday, February 13, 10:00 am.


14 of February, 2010 (Byz./Jul. st. 1 of February, Year of the World 7517)

On the 13th of February the third "subbotnik" on the property took place.  Thanks to all who participated in it: Alexander Dmitry and Svetlana Gorelov.  In the page Photoalbum some pictures can be seen.  The next session of the clean-up work is planned for the next Sunday, February 21, 12:00 noon.  On Saturday, the 20th, the Divine Liturgy is scheduled at St.Paul's Episcopal Church at 9:30 am.


22 of February, 2010 (Byz./Jul. st. 9 of February, Year of the World 7517)

On the 21st of February the fourth "subbotnik" on the property took place.  Thanks to all who participated in it: Mike, Natalia, and Sonia Cannon, Tatiana Mauer, Alexander Karyagin, Dmitry and Svetlana Gorelov.  In the page Photoalbum some pictures can be seen.  The next session of the clean-up work is planned for the next Saturday, March 6, 10:00 a.m..  On Saturday, the 27th of February, the Divine Liturgy is scheduled at St.Paul's Episcopal Church at 9:00 am.


23 of February, 2010 (Byz./Jul. st. 10 of February, Year of the World 7517)

In the "Foma" magazine in Moscow, Russia, a small advertising article about our Mission was published in the February issue!  A lot of thanks to the head of the advertising department of the "Foma" publishing house Oksana Saprykina, who dedicated quite a bit of attention to our Mission!

     


25 of March, 2010 (Byz./Jul. st. 12 of March, Year of the World 7517)

On the 20th of March, there was a big working day at St.Seraphim's new acquired building. The brotherhood from St.Vladimir's church in Dexter came to help our mission! A lot of work had been done that day. A dumpster that was taken for one week was filled after a few hours of work and needs to be removed already.

May God bless everybody who helped to make the work on this day successful, providing either their work, money, materials or instrument and of course delicious food for lunch! The names of these people are: Konstantin and Eugeny Poplavsky, Vasily Krivcov, Dmitry Kashenko, Aleksandr and Anastasia Kariagin, Dmitry and Svetlana Gorelov, Nikolay Kravchenko, Andrey Mitchell, Dmitry Knysh, Natalia Cannon, Olga McDonna, Nadezhda Kostin, Will Gross, Levon Arakelov.  In the page Photoalbum some pictures can be seen. The next session of the clean-up work is planned for the next Saturday, March 27, 10:00a.m.

Our special thanks are also to the parishioners of the All Saints of America Orthodox Church and to Christopher and Melissa Allen for their donations to the St.Seraphim Mission!. May God bless them for their generosity!


2 of June, 2010 (Byz./Jul. st. 20 of May, Year of the World 7517)

During the last 8 weeks the works on the building had been continued and a lot had been done.  Alexander Kariagin and Dmitry Gorelov have installed the new sump-pump in the basement, Natalia and Michael Cannon recycled the rest of the paper from the basement and removed all the floor boards, that had been already disassembled, Valentina Kariagina, Svetlana Kirillova and Natalia Cannon continued cleaning around the building and planted some bushes and flowers.  The Mission got a material donation - the icons and other things for the church.  A generous monetary donation had been got from Joe Kemp.

May God bless everybody for their help!


23 of June, 2010 (Byz./Jul. st. 10 of June, Year of the World 7517)

For the last 3 weeks a huge amount of work had been done on the building. The city put a new valve and a new meter. At the same time, Joe Kemp did a great job! The system, even though it was proclaimed to be winterized, in reality was not, there was a huge leaking of water everywhere. Joe found some of these leaks - 12 holes in the pipes behind the walls, removed them and repaired the pipes! Most of the leaking was fixed, though we still have it in one room. Joe spent 2 days of his short vacation being here in Michigan. May God bless him and his 12 years son, Alexander, who came with him, for their hard
work for the sake of God!

May God also bless, Gennady Hirscht from Albion, who came to help us with the electricity. Now we have it almost everywhere! These two great professionals saved for the Mission a huge amount of money! A lot of thanks to Michael Cannon, Alexander Kariagin Dmitry Gorelov and Svetlana Kirillova for their help in repairing the electricity and plumbing.

Also, our special thanks to Vladimir Gurbolikov, the Deputy Editor of the 'Foma' magazine, and Ksenia Saprykina, the Head of the Adverticement Department of the 'Foma' magazine, for their help in publishing in the June's magazine another ad about the St.Seraphim's mission, and to Ruslan Loshak, from whom we got a donation by mail for the church library - 3 DVD - 'Seraphim...', Chudo Very', 'Tsar', and 2 books 'Zvezda utrennjaja', about the Mt.Athos' monks, and the 'Dary and Anaphemy', written by the diacon A.Kuraev

On the 17th, 19th, 20th and 21th of June the works on the building were continued. Thanks a lot to Natasha and Sonya Cannon, Svetlana Kirillova, Nadezhda Kostina and Dimitry Gorelov who did a great job fighting with weeds and landscaping!

May God bless all helpers of the St.Seraphim's church!


5 of October, 2010 (Byz./Jul. st. 22 of September, Year of the World 7517)

The Kursk-Root Icon will be here in Lansing on Tuesday, October 12th!  Fr.Gregory Joyce will bring it from Dexter around 6.30p.m.  The veneration will be at the St.Paul's Episcopal Church, just like the last time back in March 2005, with the short Prayer Service (Moleben).  It is a rare opportunity to venerate this miracle-giving icon! After the last time here the Icon was traveling all around the world - in Australia, in Russia, in Europe.

For those who doesn't know - this icon has miraculously cured our patron saint Fr.Seraphim of Sarov in Kursk in his childhood.  So, it is a special blessing for our Mission to have the opportunity to venerate this icon again!  Don't miss it, mark your calendar for that evening!

http://www.kurskroot.com/kursk_root_icon_home.html


28 of November, 2010 (Byz./Jul. st. 15 of November, Year of the World 7517)

17th of November the final Mold Remediation session was completed.  The remediation was done by company Enviro-Decon, who gave the mission a significant price break!  This company also provides the Guarantee of the harmlessness of the environment in the building after the remediation.  For the further improvement of the building we need to provide heating after installing the new thermal insulation on the ceilings.  For continuing the reconstruction works significant resources of both labor and investments are needed.  All who are willing to contribute in any way to the mission, please, contact us by e-mail: stseraphim@stseraphimmichigan.org

21st of November Bishop Peter have visited Lansing on his way back to Chicago from St.Vladimir's church in Dexter.  He inspected the building and the adjacent territory.  Some pictures can be seen in the Photoalbum.

Big thank you to Karyagin and to Kravchenko families for their monetary donations and help.  Also huge thanks to the Brotherhood of the St. Vladimir's parish - Curtis Johnson for very significant help in repairing of the water lines, and to Dmitry Kashchenko for disassembling of the racks and help in the preparation of the building for the Mold Remediation.


15 of February, 2011 (Byz./Jul. st. 2 of February, Year of the World 7517)

Congratulations to all with the Feast of the Meeting of the Lord!  A lot of thanks to our sister parish of St. Vladimir's in Dexter for their monetary donation collected last year!  Also thanks a lot to Nicholas Hantel who helps us to deal with the City.  In the rubrics "Building the Church" on our site we have published the Report on the works done on the building and the approximate estimates of works required for the immediate and distant future.

Since the weather is gradually improving we resume the Saturday's works in the building.  If you wish to participate in the restoration of the church building we would be glad to put you on the send-out list according to your request.
Contact phone: +1 (517) 351-4391
E-mail:
stseraphim@stseraphimmichigan.org


18 of February, 2011 (Byz./Jul. st. 5 of February, Year of the World 7517)

A very famous contemporary theologian, Metropolitan KALLISTOS (Ware) will be speaking in Ann Arbor this Friday.
Topic: "Why Follow Christ?"
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church (click for directions)
Friday, February 18th, 7:30-9:30pm

If you have a chance to go there, use it! The books he is writing are very inspiring, they are used for the education in the Orthodox seminaries, and are very interesting to read.

Additional information can be found here: http://www.orthodox.is/2009/05/15-17.html


3 of March, 2011 (Byz./Jul. st. 18 of February, Year of the World 7517)

On the 6th of March, 2011, there will be the first working day of this year, Subbotnik, will be started right after Typika at 11 AM.  Everybody is welcome to come and help!  Address: 2627 N.East, Lansing, MI


20 of April, 2011 (Byz./Jul. st. 7 of April, Year of the World 7517)

A few days ago we have received the notification from the City of Lansing Assessor's Office that the taxes on the property for this year are cancelled, so we have a chance to start the reconstruction without diverting thousands of dollars towards taxes.  Thanks a lot to Nicholas Hantel, one of the Diocesan attorneys, who came here from Chicago to help us with putting together the case in front of the City Board of Review in March.  We also express our gratitude to Fr. Paul Waters and Dr. Gordon Weller from Episcopal Church, who came there to support our case.


28 of June, 2011 (Byz./Jul. st. 15 of June, Year of the World 7517)

During the last 2 months the works on the building had been continued.  Special thanks to Vadim Alekseev and Alexander El'kin who did in May a great job, installing ceramic tiles in the entrance hall!  Thanks a lot to Alexeev's family for donating the ceramic tiles for this project!

Kolya Kravchenko and Pavel Alekseev continued to disassamble the damaged floor in R13, Sasha Karyagin, Nadya, Liza, Kolya Kostin, Sveta Kirillova continued to do landscaring works, fighting with weeds and mowing the lawn, Vadim Alkexseev continued fixing electrical in the building and moved forward in this direction a lot!  He restored the power practically everywhere, and tagged it too!  He also restored power to the local heater in R4.

Big work also was done to the floors preparation in R13, R6, and R9 - big thanks to Kolia Kravchenko. Also the sinks were installed in the bathroom B3 and B4 (Dima and Sveta Gorelov), the window in R3 was replaced (Vadim Alekseev and Dmitry Gorelov), and all the entrance door locks were restored (Dmitry Gorelov).

May God bless all helpers for their efforts!


7 of December, 2011 (Byz./Jul. st. 24 of November, Year of the World 7519)

City Council have approved our request for SPecial Land Use of the property for Church use.  This was needed to be able to have special tax privileges, etc., that church can have.

During the last year the works on the building though slowly, but had been continued. The delay was connected with the application to the city for a SLUP, and also with the beginning of installing a new roof on the main building.

A lot of thanks to the bishop Peter, Fr.Gregory Joyce, Nichilas Hantel, Gennadiy Hersht, Dan Scott, Olga Agalakova, Kolya Kravchanko, Nadezhda, Liza and Nikolas Kostin, Dmitry Gorelov and Svetlana Kirillova for their help and financial support of the Mission during this time.

At the Photoalbum can be found new pictures, taken during the last half year.

The page "Donate" had been updated.  Please, check it if you can help in some way.


31 of December, 2011 (Byz./Jul. st. 18 of December, Year of the World 7519)

On our site in the rubrics How to find us the next annual report for the year 2011 is published.


10 of September, 2012 (Byz./Jul. st. 28 of August, Year of the World 7519)

On the 12th of July the roof subcontractors finished the roof repair on the building extensions. Finaly time came for the interior works. Thanks a lot to Methoii, Nikolaj and Kiprian Chwastek, Vadim Alexseev, Dmitry Knysh, Arthur Kachur, Michael Trinkin, Nadezhda, Liza and Kolya Kostin, Elena and Julia Fox, Tatiana Mauer, Dan Scott, Dmitry and Svetlana Gorelov for coming and helping during the last 2 months. A big progress was done. Some pictures from that day can be seen in the page Photoalbum .


25 of September, 2012 (Byz./Jul. st. 12 of September, Year of the World 7519)

We would like to express our deep gratitude to Michael Moore, HomeDepot Store Manager, and Frank Belknap, HomeDepot Contractor Services Supervisor, for their big help in organizing the list and delivery of the needed construction materials.


25 of September, 2012 (Byz./Jul. st. 12 of September, Year of the World 7519)

On the 15th of September we had Big "Subbotnik" - Big Work Day at the church building.  This day turned out to be quite productive.  We had a large group of our brothers in Christ from our sister parish of St. Vladimir from Ann Arbor (Dexter) visiting on that day.  Large number of workers allowed to accomplish multiple tasks.  Some pictures from that day can be seen on the page Photoalbum .

May God Bless our brothers in Christ: Methoii, Nikolii and Kiprian Chwastek, John Hill, Curtis Johnson, Dmitry Kaschenko, Dmitry Knysh, Arthur Kachur, Nazar Stepanov, Nathan and Petr Longan, Andrew Mitchel, Philip Balayev, Kolya Kravchenko, Dmitry Gorelov for their hard work that day.

May God Bless also our sisters in Christ Elena Fox, Nadezhda Kostina, Svetlana Kirillova for providing delicious lunch and tea.

Thanks again to everybody for their hard work for Christ's sake!

Reconstruction works at the building will be continued.  Everybody is welcome to come and help.  You can contact us by the phone (517)351-4391, or by e-mail: stseraphim@stseraphimmichigan.org and confirm the date and time of the next Subbotnik.  Next Big Subbotnik is tentatively planned for October.  The date will be announced later.


18 of February, 2014 (Byz./Jul. st. 3 of February, Year of the World 7520)

Glory to God! On the 16th of February, St. Nicolas of Japan day, we finally had the first Sunday Liturgy. It was served in St.Seraphim's church building! Even though we still need to continue working hard to prepare the building for the consecration, this was a huge event in the St.Seraphim's Mission life. Congratulations and many thanks to all who had been helping the Mission during all these years. May God bless you for your prayers and sincere wish to help!

Following these links you can find some pictures from this happy event and some photos from the Mission's life (Photoalbum ):

http://www.stseraphimmichigan.org/big/photos/140215-16-1st-sunday-liturgy/DSCF7322.JPG
http://www.stseraphimmichigan.org/big/photos/140215-16-1st-sunday-liturgy/DSCF7331.JPG

On our website you can find the 3rd and 4th year annual reports about what had been done at the church building during the last 2 years, and also about Future plans. Looking back it can be seen what a huge amount of work was done since the building had been bought back in 2009. Electricity and plumbing system was fixed, all flooring, many drywalls, ceiling panels and insulation damaged by mold were removed and the professional mold remediation was fulfilled. All building had been covered with a new roof. After repairing the roof in Spring 2013 we finally could concentrate on the interior works. Some windows had been replaced, new drywalls, ceiling panels and insulation were put back instead of the removed ones, many rooms' walls were plastered and painted, the heat system was repaired and some landscaping works were done.

The temple's part of the building now is practically ready to begin regular services the altar area was made and the iconostasis was installed. All that we need to do there now is just to finish painting and put new flooring. During these 4 years the total monetary investment in this building, including its purchase was about ~$95K. Volunteers' work helped us to save a huge amount of money. But, we need to go forward and prepare the building for the consecration. It needs to be done as soon as possible.

In this regard, the parishioners are begging for any possible financial or physical help. They need to get $17K due to make a new siding, porch and put flooring around the whole building. After that, the building will be ready for the consecration. The volunteers' help can greatly reduce a needed sum.

In January 2014, we began 2014-2015 Project Fundraising campaign. To this moment, we have from needed 17K already $1,183.

If you have a wish and possibility to contribute financially towards this project, then you can do this in a few ways:

  1. You may send your check as a tax deductible gift to postal address:
    St Seraphim Russian Orthodox Church,
    P.O.Box 81,
    Okemos
    , MI 48805-0081
     

  2. Or you can give your donation through Google Checkout on our web page http://www.stseraphimmichigan.org/support.html

If you would like your name, or the name of your beloved ones to be commemorated at the church, there are a few ways to do this now:

  1. "To buy a Brick" - the name will be written on the 'brick' in the church building. The price for the brick is $100. The name will be commemorated on the Patron Saint days, and will be listed in the special "Book of brick donors".
     

  2. For the eternal commemoration during the Liturgy each name - $500. The name will be mentioned on every Liturgy, and will be listed in the special temple's "Eternal Commemoration Book".
     

  3. For the organizations we have an option to put their names on a special plaque.

If you are able to help the Mission with construction works or organizing fund raising events, please, contact us stseraphim@stseraphimmichigan.org or by phone 517-351-4391.


21 of March, 2014 (Byz./Jul. st. 8 of March, Year of the World 7520)

On the 14th of March 2014 our Mission had a great blessing - the Kursk-Root icon visit! Moleben and Akathist had been served by Fr.Nicolas Olhovsky.  You can see some pictures from this great event on our Photoalbum.

http://eadiocese.org/News/2014/march/bn.en.htm:

On the 19th of March, in the Danilov monastery in Moscow, Fr.Nicolas had been elected as a bishop of Manhattan, ,vicarious of the Eastern American Diocese., Our sincere congratulations to Fr. Nicolas! Axios! May God help him!


16 of August, 2015 (Byz./Jul. st. 8 of March, Year of the World 7522)

On the week of August 2nd, 2015 the RediMix Yard Cement Company in Lansing donated about 5 cubic yard of the cement, ~$1000 value, to our church! We had some water coming into the basement of the building because of the sloped parking lot pavement on the north side of the building. We very hope that this cement curb will seal the building basement.  You can see some pictures on our Photoalbum.