Stewardship December 2016 Update

Financial Contributions for 2016 Stewardship Our parish of Saint Spyridon relies on the income from our stewards to cover our operating expenses and to support our ministries, our philanthropy, and our outreach. We are very grateful for your stewardship contributions! As of November 20, we have received $220,476 of the $289,558 that was pledged by our 116 stewards. Please fulfill your pledge before the end of the year so that we will receive the $69,081 shortfall that’s needed to cover our … [Read more...]

Philoptochos December Updates

“Your congregation is generous and genuinely connected to one another. Thank you for everything you do for the community.” -- Erin Bergstrom, local organizer, Community-wide Shoe Drive   Thank You Indeed! Thank you to our generous community for providing enough food and Poor Box contributions to feed 35 families this Thanksgiving. Your donations support the House of Neighborly Service, the Loveland Community Kitchen and St. Spyridon families who need our help to enjoy this special … [Read more...]

The Beautiful Life

written by Corey Hatfield The ancient Greek philosophers, and later the early church fathers, stated that there were three prime virtues: goodness, truth and beauty. Most Christians would readily affirm this statement and even proclaim that they are trying to live a good and honest life. However, how many of us would honestly be able to say that we are actively pursuing a beautiful life? As Orthodox Christians we understand this to mean that we not only live our spiritual life in a beautiful … [Read more...]

Stewardship

The subject of stewardship is a difficult one for me to write about because I am often a very poor steward. Yet again and again the Gospel challenges us to improve in this area of our spiritual life. One text that highlights stewardship for me is the story of the rich man and poor Lazarus. The simple moral of the story is that the rich man is condemned not because he is rich but because he does not use his wealth to alleviate the sufferings of a man outside his own door. The rich man, like … [Read more...]

Reflection, Making Plans and our Community’s Strategic Plan

Making a plan and deciding how you are going to progress in your spiritual life and relationship with Jesus Christ may at first appear a bit unusual. However, making plans and setting goals is a natural part of how we go about our daily lives. The same is true in the Church. Our God created the world and the universe according to an incredible plan. One of the prayers of the Church calls our Creator the Great Architect of our Souls. Meaning not only did God create the universe according to a … [Read more...]

The Dormition of the Mother of God

Transcript from remarks given by Fr. Evan on the feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God. Sermon 8.15.14 – The Dormition of the Theotokos In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. Many years to all of you on this Great Feast Day, that of the Dormition or the Falling Asleep of the Mother of God. To many of you who celebrate your name day, we wish God’s blessings upon you. This morning, the Church assigns to the liturgy, a reading that may seem a bit … [Read more...]

Creamy Vegan Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes

Yields 4-6 servings 3 cups grape tomatoes, halved 1lb ounces penne grape seed or safflower oil 2 medium shallots, diced 8 large cloves of garlic, minced sea salt and black pepper 3-4 tablespoons of flour (or thickener of choice) 2 1/2 cups unsweetened plain almond milk 1/2 cup of sundried tomatoes 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced thick 1/2 to 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional) Vegan Parmesan (recipe below), as desired   Preheat oven to 400 … [Read more...]