St Nicholas Orthodox Church, Pella, Iowa, celebrated the Great Vespers for their Patronal Feast on Tuesday, December 5. Fr Bartholomew Wojcik is the priest-in-charge.
The new mission, and the only OCA parish in Iowa, had a full house of more than 40 for the celebration. Local area Protestant pastors also attended. Fr Basil Hickman, St George Greek Orthodox Church in Des Moines concelebrated with Fr Bartholemew.
At the conclusion of the service the parish offered a free spaghetti dinner, only asking that people bring a non-perishable food item for the local food pantry.
On December 2nd and 3rd His Eminence, Archbishop JOB paid an Archpastoral visit to St Nicholas Orthodox Church in Mentor, Ohio. During the Divine Liturgy Archbishop JOB, on behalf of the Holy Synod of Bishops, bestowed the Jeweled Cross on Archpriest Andrew Clements. His Eminence also blessed server Gregory Walker to wear the subdiaconal orarion. His Eminence was also treated to the Sunday School 'Yolka' or Christmas play which highlighted the life of St Nicholas.
On the Feast of the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple, His Eminence celebrated the Divine Liturgy at St Gregorgy of Nyssa Orthodox Church, Columbus, Ohio. During the Divine Liturgy Subdeacon James Sizemore was ordained to the Holy Diaconate.
Archpastoral Visit to Archangel Michael Orthodox Church, Burbank, Illinois
His Eminence Archbishop JOB celebrated the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at St Raphael Orthodox Church for the first time in the missions existence.