January 2018 Announcements

2018 Pysanky Festival, 35th Anniversary

We are excited to announce that St. Barbara’s will hold its 35th ANNUAL PYSANKY (Ukrainian Easter Egg) FESTIVAL on Friday and Saturday, March 17 and 18.  The early date is due to  

Orthodox Easter (Pascha) being celebrated on Sunday, April 8, and Western Easter on Sunday, April 1.  Calling all Egg Decorators!!  We hope to have an excellent selection of beautifully decorated eggs, as well as a wide array of Pysanky related gift items. The parish would also greatly appreciate word of mouth and social media advertising.  Please mark your calendars and look for sign-up sheets in late February, marking days and times during which we can offer our presence, time and energy to help out with this milestone event in our community.     

2018 Calendars and Pocket Planners

The 2018 Orthodox Wall Calendars are in and available for $5.00 each.  Pocket Planners are also available for $4.00.  The Calendars as well as the Planners contain much helpful information for the year. Both include lists of fasts and feasts.  The Planners also provide future dates during the next few years for Pre-Lent, Lent, Pascha, Ascension and Pentecost. Both are available on a side table at the front of the Church.

Church School and General Confession

This month's Church School will meet on Saturday, January 13, at 4:00 pm.   General Confession will be conducted on Wednesday, January 17, at 6:00 pm.

General Parish Meeting, Sunday, January 21

St. Barbara's will convene its Annual Parish Meeting on Sunday, January 21, immediately following the Divine Liturgy.   All Church members, catechumens and inquirers are invited to participate. 

Annual Chili Cookoff, Sunday, January 28

On Sunday, January 28, immediately after the Divine Liturgy, St. Barbara's will hold its Annual Chili and Cornbread Competition.   A sheet will be placed in the hall for contestants to sign-up.  Prizes will be offered for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category.  You will not want to miss this popular event, that forms our Coffee Hour for that day.  Please see Mrs. Lynn Powers, our Chili Coordinator, for more details.


We want to congratulate Lanse Edwards, Amanda Nissen and Dennis Parish on their receptions into the Church.  Amanda (Michelle) was baptized on Saturday, December 23.  Lanse (Longinus) and Dennis (Dionysius) were Chrismated on Sunday, December 24.  Many Blessed Years to the newly illumined, as well as to their family and friends.

Mississippi Pastoral Conference

This year’s Diocesan-wide Pastoral Conference will be held Tuesday through Thursday, February 13-15.  Our host parish will be Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Jackson/Clinton, Mississippi.  With travel time, Fr. Basil will be gone from Monday morning February 12 through Friday night, February 16.  In case of an emergency during that period please notify Fr. Nicholas at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Ft. Worth, Fr. Vasile at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Euless, or Fr. Mark at St. Peter Antiochian Orthodox Church in Ft. Worth.