June 17th, 2012 - The Warren Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood has sponsored this year's 28th Annual Vacation Church School here at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Warren. It was a fantastic week of fun, making friends and Christian fellowship.
This year's theme was “Discovering the Awesome Power of the Son of God in this World”
- The Healing of the Paralytic
- The Wedding of Cana
- The Feeding of the Multitude
- The Healing of the Man Born Blind at the Pool of Siloam
Here is a slideshow of all the decorations, scenery and fun the kids had this year.
There is also the slideshow put to video on YouTube
Here is a video of the children's musical performance
February 27th, 2011 - The Very Reverend, Protopresbyter Father Kenneth Bachofsky, gives a sermon on the the Mother of God, the Most Holy Theotokos at Camp Nazareth, during the summer of 2010.
Thank you to Michael Stan for the video!
December 11th, 2011 - We honor our patron saint today, Saint Nicholas!
It has become tradition at our church to have our parish children put on a small performance for everyone. Thank you to the Falibota and Choma families for putting it all together every year.
After the lunch and kid's play, and if we are lucky... St. Nicholas comes and gives all the boys and girls a bag filled with toys and goodies.
Also, there was a free-will offering taken at the lunch too. There was over $600 in the basket after the collection, which was donated to Holy Trinity Orthodox Christian Academy & Preschool. The school certainly appreciates the generosity of the parishioners of St. Nicholas Church!
November 4th, 2011 - St. Nicholas Orthodox Church has the very first LIVE WEBCAST of an Orthodox Scripture Study on the Internet! These events will be live every Saturday at 4:45 PM, beginning November 5th, 2011.
All are welcome to join, attend and ask questions during these events.
Sign up today on the ACROD.org website here...
The class is called "Orthodox Scripture Study: The Gospel According To St. Matthew".
A special thank you to Fr. Peter Paproski from St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Stratford, CT, and Fr. Ken Bachofsky from our parish here at St. Nicholas for making this all possible to share with the world!
Sunday, September 11, 2011 - St. Nicholas Orthodox Church's Garden Angels held their 5th annual church picnic. All morning they prepared for the lunch and they served hot dogs, hamburgers, sauerkraut, sweet corn, macaroni salad, cookie, chips and all the fixings for a good ol’ American summer picnic.
Everyone had a good time. We were blessed to have Tammy Johns, daughter of Kathy Clark, with us this afternoon to join us in celebration and the good Christian fellowship that makes St. Nicholas Church so special.
And what summer picnic would be complete without someone having to go to the emergency room? One of our beloved Garden Angels, Mark is highly allergic to bee stings and fell victim to a sting shortly after preparing lunch. Luckily, he went to the emergency room and came out just fine. Luckier still were the rest of us who were able to benefit from the fruits of his labor that afternoon. I sure hope someone saved Mark a hotdog for all his troubles.
The 5th annual picnic coincidentally fell on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001. During and after Divine Liturgy, several prayers were held for the victims, heroes, and all of their families of that horrific day. At the picnic, all in attendance proudly sang “God Bless America”, in remembrance of the fallen, in praise of our beloved country, and in honor of our heroes and soldiers.
A sincere thank you goes out to our St. Nicholas Garden Angels for yet another delicious and successful church picnic!
Thank you and may God grant you many years!
Welcome to our first day of school !!
A special thank you to Father Ken Bachofsky, Father Andrew Gall, and Father Jonathan Cholcher, for blessing our school to begin our school's open house on Saturday.
It's finally begun! Holy Trinity begins another thankful and blessed year. Our 9th Year!
Here are some of the pictures of our first days of this year...
Friday, August 26th - This past Sunday, St. Nicholas Orthodox Church held its first summer barbeque fundraiser.
There was slow roasted chicken and, pulled pork from the Mediterranean Grill restaurant, Uncle Pete’s famous coleslaw, sweet corn, parsley potatoes and real Italian bread that made for a very tasty and successful lunch.
Throughout the afternoon, the crew served almost 300 dinners to the hungry public. With plenty of food to spare, the St. Nicholas Society generously donated the leftover food to be used at the Orthodox Outreach dinner this past Tuesday at the American Legion in Windham.
A huge thank you to everyone involved! All the time and energy that was put into this barbeque was well worth it on many levels. Not only did the church earn a few dollars from the fundraising event, but more importantly, we were able to spend the lovely Sunday afternoon together.
We worked hard together; we ate together, and enjoyed each other’s company. That to me is the Christian fellowship that makes St. Nicholas a very special place to be.
Can't wait for next year's!
August 12, 2011 - Mrs. Anzivino wrote an article about her Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Her brilliantly written story was recently published in the American Carpatho-Russian Church Diocese newspaper "The Church Messenger".
Her story, as written, is below...
"How can one describe the Holy Land? There are not enough beautiful words to describe the place where God gave His only Son the land to dwell. The Holy Land was a place for Christ to teach others about God, pray, work, eat and rest for He was human like you and I. As Orthodox Christians we believe that Christ is always with us: but in the Holy Land I felt like I was with Christ… a guest in His home, on His land getting to visit the most magnificent of holy sites; St Peter’s home, where St John the Baptist lived and baptized Jesus in the Jordan River, Mary, Martha & Lazarus’ home, Lazarus’ tomb, Christ tomb at the Holy Sepulcher Church, the Theotokos’ tomb, Joseph and Anna’s tombs and many other saints relics and tombs to name just a few. Who is blessed to dip their toes in the Sea of Galilee as Christ once did or see the sun rising and setting over the mountains like He once did? Who is so very blessed to see all of Nazareth from the peak of Mount Tabor as He did prior to Transfiguring before Peter, James and John? We, the pilgrims, were blessed the opportunity to visit the Holy Land by God and the blessing of our dear beloved Metropolitan Nicholas. If you ever get the blessing to go to the Holy Land or there is an opportunity to take your children/grandchildren consider the opportunity as a gift from God Himself and GO! What was so special about the Holy Land?
First, one must understand the Holy Land is not just a piece of land, a place to start a family, a nice place to go to church, to visit a monastery or start a business…oh no! The Holy Land holds an omnipresence of Christ unlike any other place on earth. Everything had the presence of God. The soft breeze, palm trees and desert floor, the light and gentle warmth of the sun, cool turquoise, blue and gray waters, and the star lit night sky or sometimes cloudy night skies are all wonders Christ and the pilgrims experienced in the Holy Land. Christ in those moments became very human to me. At last I could relate to Him and His everyday needs as a man. Throughout my life I have always struggled to know the spiritual side of Christ through the sacraments, prayer, and fasting but on this pilgrimage I got to know Christ as a real Man. As the Man I will be fervent in trying to emulate. There is definitely something to be said about walking on the same ground that Christ, the Theotokos and His disciples did. Simply taking off my shoes and standing in the Sea of Galilee brought me closer to God just knowing Christ spent many hours of many days near the Sea of Galilee. To help me stay true to Christ I will remember those moments I felt closet to Him on the pilgrimage.
The times when I felt closest to God happened when I freed myself of random thoughts to concentrate on the moment at hand in the same way a child might watch a butterfly breaking free from its cocoon and fluttering away into the distance. That child can’t see anything but the amazement of the butterfly. I couldn’t see anything but the amazement of God! Our senses naturally overload in the presence of God …now try to imagine this happening day after day on the pilgrimage. One can emotionally, spiritually, and physically feel God molding them into a new person and believe me it was exhausting. Imagine walking into a church where the Holy Spirit impales the soul as an awakening and a welcoming at the same time or flooding ones eyes with the divine beauty of icons written on every single inch of the church-- so much so that it sends shivers down the spine in a paralyzing way. Was God saying; “Stand still for a moment”? Imagine walking into and touching the tomb of Christ and His most sweet Mother the Theotokos’ tomb to find one gasping for breath because the human heart simply couldn’t bare the presence of Their intense love. Try to imagine yourself walking to venerate an icon of the Theotokos and having your eyes well with tears into a blur until the sweet Theotokos is no longer visible through the eyes but now is only clearly visible through the heart! For some of our pilgrims there is no need to imagine for they experienced miracles daily.
Several pilgrims were either healed or had miraculous accounts while venerating icons of the Theotokos. One pilgrim was venerating an icon of the Theotokos and knew at that very moment a lump in her breast, which the doctors had been watching very closely for a year, was no longer a worry. Calmness, for lack of a deserving word, came over her and she truly new that a miracle had just come upon her. When she returned to Ohio and went for a mammogram the results came back normal for the first time! I personally experienced a life changing miraculous event while approaching an icon of our beautiful Theotokos which sat behind Her tomb. I can only hold this memory close to my heart, not able to share because I simply cannot put into words what and certainly why the miracle happened to me. Only the poetic saints can explain the wonder that comes over a person when the Holy Spirit touches their heart with such love and compassion. “With my whole heart I cried to the all-compassionate God: and He heard me from the lowest depths of hell, and brought my life out of corruption.” (Canon of St. Andrew) We can all experience the same love and compassion when we take of the Eucharist for this is a miracle too!
May 12th 2011 Father Deacon Ed also experienced a beautiful gift from God. “Even before we left on this Holy Pilgrimage I knew that our encounters on this journey would be unforgettable. On Thursday morning May 12th, we travelled to the Jordan River and at each holy site all of us would prepare to listen to the Gospel reading according to that miraculous event. Fr. Nicholas Wyborski read the Gospel from St. Matthew 3:13-17 (The Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ). We gathered together to listen to the Holy Gospel facing the Jordan River. Fr. Nicholas facing us began chanting this reading and I witnessed a dove float down on to a branch behind Father on the bank of the Jordan. At first I could not believe it was real, it was surreal, the dove looked at all of us, then to Fr. Nicholas and before Father finished, the dove flew sharply upward and disappeared just as it had arrived. A moment in time I’ll never forget and thanking the Holy Spirit for allowing all of us to experience an incomprehensible journey to the Holy Land. “O Christ God, Who appeared and enlightened the world, Glory to You”. These are just a few miracles from our journey: I’m sure throughout our lives ongoing miracles will be revealed to us at the appropriate times.
In closing, I want to thank God, our beloved Metropolitan Nicholas, Father Edward Pehanich, Father Kenneth Bachofsky, Father Myron Zuder, Father Nicholas Wyborski, Father Deacon Ed Brisbine and all my fellow pilgrims for their guidance & love! We couldn’t have had a better group of pilgrims! I also must say thank you to our tour guide Tanas Baddour. We all have Guardian Angels but he was certainly our Guiding Angel taking us through Christ life bringing the Bible to life! God brought us together in a way that will bond us for eternity! Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory Forever!
Your sister in Christ,
Every year in August at the Newton Falls American Legion, the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church Outreach gives away school supplies to needy families. This year was the biggest year yet.
With over 300 children, our Outreach had enough supplies and book bags to give to everyone, with only a few left to spare. Each book bag is tailored for student grade levels, and contains supplies suitable for their grades. Supplies like penciles, pens, folders, glue, rullers and notebooks were inside each book bag.
Parents waited patiently with their children in the hot August sun as early as 7:00 in the morning. Generous volunteers of our Outreach and members of the Legion hall opened the doors at 3:00 PM to let families in a few at a time to claim their new book bags.
The parents and children were very grateful, and the volunteers very gracious. It was a lot of hard work, but turned out to be a wonderful day for everyone. We will certainly be doing it again next year.
Thank you to the parents and children who waited patiently in the late-summer heat. And of course, thank you to all the volunteers and donors who selflessly gave their time and money who made this event possible. What a blessing!
Beyond the pictures and video clips is the journey that has changed the lives of many good people. Millions have gone to the Holy Land of Israel, but these few pilgrims are who I know and are special to me.
Finally... we were able to put together a movie presentation with animated, captioned photographs, complete with the beautiful choral prayers of Saint Seraphim Orthodox Choir that will take you along on their journey.
The video has now been uploaded to YouTube for anyone in the world to enjoy. Which can be found here... Holy Land Pilgrimage.
The embedded video can be played here and is best seen on a full screen with good speakers.