In July we collected $382 for the monasteries of the Diocese of the West.  Thank you to everyone who contributed!  

    In August we will be collecting for the Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry.  Our Divine Liturgy begins with the great litany, which includes the petition "...for captives and for their salvation, let us pray to the Lord...."  Let us put these words into action by giving generously to this Orthodox charity.

    We will also resume our practice of assembling backpacks for needy children.  For elementary students we need: backpacks, wide ruled paper, #2 pencils, rulers, crayons (24 color boxes), glue sticks, Post It Notes, erasers, highlighters (2+ colors), and loose leaf binders (1 1/2 inch).  For secondary students we need: backpacks, college ruled paper, pens, protractors, compasses, calculators, Post It Notes, thumb drives, colored pencils, highlighters (3+ colors), loose leaf binders (2 inch), and ruled index cards.  Whether you can provide an entire backpack or just furnish a few items, please assist your parish in this endeavor. A box for donations will be located in the parish hall annex. Our goal is to provide at least six elementary and six secondary student backpacks.

                          Marie McEntire, Chairman