St. Barbara’s 34th Annual Pysanky Festival:
On Friday and Saturday, March 31 and April 1 our parish will host its 34th ANNUAL PYSANKY (Ukrainian Easter Egg) FESTIVAL. Hours of the sale are: Friday, 9 am to 6 pm; Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm.
The Festival features intricately decorated chicken, goose, and ostrich eggs with traditional Ukrainian Pysanky motifs: prices range from $10 to $850. In addition, skilled craftsmen demonstrate this wonderful and ancient folk art during this two day event. We also have available other Pysanky supplies and instructional books, as well as Pysanky related gift items.
Please plan now for this unique event. Pysanky Classes, open to the Public and to Church members, will take place at 7 pm on consecutive Thursdays, following Pascha (Easter). Classes will be held on April 20 and April 27 during the Orthodox Church’s Bright Week. Should you have any questions please contact Matushka Christine Zebrun our Festival Chairperson. Thank you.
Cheesecake Sunday! February 16:
Forgiveness Sunday (this year February 26) is also known as Cheesefare Sunday, the last day prior to Pascha on which Orthodox Christians consume dairy and egg products. At St. Barbara’s some affectionately refer to it as Cheesecake Sunday. For Coffee Hour that day we invite you to bring your favorite Cheesecake so that all may enjoy a sugar rush just prior to Forgiveness Vespers that afternoon. It is a fun and delicious tradition to which we look forward each year.
Chili Cookoff Results:
Congratulations to our award-winning 2017 Chili and Cornbread Chefs. And thanks to all who offered their talents and delicious recipes helping to make this year’s competition a great success. We express appreciation also to those who brought side dishes, to those who decorated the hall, and to Mrs. Lynn Powers for coordinating the event; choosing and purchasing the unique prizes; and providing customized Winner Medals. Place winners were:
Chili: Jeremy Miller (1st); Zach Lueth (2nd); Cecelia Lopez and Chance Mills (3rd).
Cornbread: Teira Lueth (1st); Michael, Gregory, and Max Tarpley (2nd); Anna, Nina and Amber Tarpley (3rd).
Pocket Planners & Wall Calendars:
The 2017 Orthodox Wall Calendars and Pocket Planners have arrived and are located in the Church’s Vesting/Confessional room. Orthodox Pocket Planners are $4.00; Wall Calendars are $5.00. Both have very useful information for Orthodox Christians including the dates for all feasts and fasts in 2017, and space for making personal notes to coincide with specific dates. The Calendars also provide daily appointed Gospel and Epistle readings and color coded, shaded days to help designate holidays and fasts. The Pocket Planners, as well, give useful key dates for the next few years and specific rubrical information to help with personal schedule planning. Please see Fr. Basil for more information and to obtain your Planners and Calendars.
2017 Pan Orthodox Vesper Schedule:
Each Lent, Orthodox Christians in DFW gather on Sunday evenings, 6 pm, at one location, to celebrate Pan Orthodox Vespers. At these gatherings a sermon follows the service as well as a common meal. We invite all to join us. This year the schedule is as follows:
March 5 – Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Dallas
March 12 – Sts. Constantine and Helen Antiochian Orthodox Church, Carrollton
March 19 – St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, Euless
March 26 – St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Ft. Worth
April 2 – St. Seraphim Cathedral, Orthodox Church in America, Dallas
Flowers for Pascha:
We are currently collecting donations for Paschal Flowers. Contributions will also help with flowers for the Sunday of the Cross and Palm Sunday. Thank you in advance for your generosity.