June 2019 Announcements

Orphaned Children and North Texans

This summer through Opened Hearts and Homes for Children several North Texas Orthodox families will indeed open their homes for orphans from Ukraine.  A total of six children will benefit from this experience. They will arrive on June 28 in Austin and stay in the extended Dallas, Ft. Worth area until the first week of August.  Lena and Ryan Key will host fifteen year- old Nastya who was hosted by Lucie Muns last Christmas. Nastya is very excited for this opportunity and cannot wait to see everyone at our parish again. Jamie and Aaron Stepich will welcome fourteen-year-old Sasha. It will be the Stepich’s first time hosting and will be Sasha’s first time in the United States. We also have two additional Orthodox families welcoming children here in North Texas. A family from St Maximus Church in Denton will receive a sibling set of three: 2 sisters and a brother age seven, nine and ten. Also, a family from St. Sava Church in Allen will welcome a seventeen-year-old girl into their home during the summer break.  Due to her older age it will be her only time to participate in the program. Everyone is excited and cannot wait for the kids’ arrivals.  Please keep all the families together with children traveling in your prayers.  And please feel free to contact Lena Key, a regional director for the program, with further questions. Thank you. 


St. Vladimir Seminary Night on June 2

On Sunday, June 2, we will be blessed with a visit from Archpriest Chad Hatfield, President of St. Vladimir Orthodox Seminary in Crestwood, New York.  He will be accompanied by Matushka Robyn Hatrak, who coordinates Special Events at the Seminary and functions as the School’s Alumni Relations Officer.  Fr. Chad will be a keynote speaker at a special SVS Night: Big Hats and Cocktails from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on June 2.  The meal, entertainment and testimonies will take place at River Ranch in the Stockyards.  The venue provides an elegant western setting and is very close to many Stockyard attractions.

Along with Fr. Chad we will hear from Archpriest Philip LeMasters, Priest at St. Luke Orthodox Church in Abilene, and Professor at McMurry College; Archpriest Jason Foster, Dean and Priest at Nativity of our Lord Orthodox Church in Shreveport; and Fr. Photius Avant, Priest at St. Sava Orthodox Church in Plano/Allen.  Fr. Photius is known to all at St. Barbara’s, and will be our exuberant emcee for the night.  Live Country Music will be provided by a local band, Uptown Drifters.  We are planning as well to provide Childcare at St. Barbara’s, for members of St. Barbara’s, so that parents may enjoy an evening out without too many distractions.

Tickets for the event will be $35.00 a person. and may be purchased online through the Seminary website: www.svots.edu (see special events) or by calling Matushka Robyn at 914.961.8313 x330.  For those who wish to help further with Seminary support there are, and will be, plenty of opportunities.  St. Vladimir’s gratefully accepts any and all donations.  Please make your plans to join us for St. Vladimir Seminary Night.  It promises to be an enjoyable evening, and your participation will help with the education of future Church leaders. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Memory Eternal Diana

On April 8, Diana (Anna) Blickenstaff, mother of Syra Ruehle fell asleep in the Lord.  Memorial services were conducted at St. Peter Antiochian Church in Southwest Ft. Worth.  Our prayers for Diana and for her family.  May her memory be eternal!  “May the Lord God beatify her, give her rest in Abraham’s bosom and number her among the righteous!”


Music Rehearsals

We continue our Youth Choir Rehearsals with a gathering of children, 3rd grade to senior in High School, who have already participated in past sessions. Due to packed weekend schedules we will meet this month on Sunday, June 9 at 12:30 pm, during Coffee Hour. In addition, several men have expressed an interest in reviewing basics of choral singing.  We will have our second Male Singing Workshops on Thursday, June 20 at 6:30 pm.  If you are interested please see Fr. Basil and/or join us on June 20.


Picnic Thank You!

We would like to thank David and Darla Stepich for hosting the Archangel Gabriel Mission Picnic on Sunday, May 26.  By some counts, over 80 people were able to enjoy the afternoon, with 47 people participating in the Divine Liturgy that morning in Azle.  Friends and relatives of the Stepich family, and of Fr. Chrysostom and Matushka Katherine Arthur were also present adding to the great fellowship.  The food was amazing and the children seemed to enjoy swimming, even coming close to a non-poisonous water snake.  The brief encounter provided added excitement.  Again, thank you David, Darla and to all who helped out with this event!


Congratulations Graduates

We congratulate our 2019 Graduates: Antwian (Anthony) Davis, Esther Ruehle, Julia (Ann) Teinert and Allison (Justina) Williams.  Many blessed years to them and to their families!


Choir and General Confession

Please note that on Sunday, June 9, during Coffee Hour we will conduct a Youth Choir Rehearsal at approximately 12:30 pm, with Men of the parish reviewing the basics of choral singing on Thursday, June 20, at 6:30 pm.  General Confession is scheduled for Wednesday, June 19 at 6:00 pm just prior to Vespers.


Special Services in June

This month Orthodox Christians celebrate services for Ascension on June 5 and 6, Pentecost on June 15 and 16, and the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul on June 28 and 29. At St. Barbara’s we will celebrate the Baptisms of Michaela Nicole on June 8, Madison Neville on June 15, and Elizabeth and Emelia on June 22.  We invite everyone to join us for these special days in the life of the Church.

May 2019 Announcements

St. Vladimir Seminary Night, June 2

We extend an invitation to a special event on Sunday evening June 2, being hosted by St. Barbara Orthodox Church: Big Hats and Cocktails. Essentially this will be a multi-faceted fundraiser for St. Vladimir Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, New York. The night will feature unique, elegantly prepared Western cuisine such as bacon wrapped quail and jumbo stuffed shrimp, in addition to a number of other options.  A salad bar and thematic dessert along with a cash bar will also be provided.  Participants will hear live Texas Swing Music by a local band, the Uptown Drifters.  The venue is equally attractive, River Ranch in the Ft. Worth Stockyards, 500 NE 23rd Street.  

Archpriest Chad Hatfield, the President of St. Vladimir’s, will be a keynote speaker that night.  We will hear as well from Archpriest Philip LeMasters, Pastor at St. Luke Antiochian Orthodox Church in Abilene and Professor at McMurry College; Archpriest Jason Foster, Dean and Pastor at Nativity of our Lord Orthodox Church in Shreveport; and Fr. Photius Avant, Pastor at St. Sava Orthodox Church in Plano/Allen.    

Individual tickets for the event start at $35.00 a person with additional levels of sponsorship available. Tickets should be purchased no later than May 26 through the St. Vladimir Seminary website, www.svots.edu/events, or by calling 914.961.8313, x330 and speaking with Matushka Robyn Hatrak. Early ticket purchases by May 15 will be greatly appreciated and will help with preparations.  Please call St. Barbara’s if more information is needed: 817.294.0325.

Pysanky Festival Thank You!

On Friday and Saturday, April 5 & 6, St. Barbara hosted its 36th Annual Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Egg) Festival.  Just over 300 people attended the event, many for the first time responding to the wonderful publicity received in the newspaper and on social media.  We wish to thank our talented Pysanky makers, and everyone who helped out in any way prior, during and after the event. It is a labor of love and a wonderful fundraiser and community outreach. Thank you!

Archangel Gabriel Mission Picnic on May 26

On Sunday, May 26, after the Divine Liturgy, members of Archangel Gabriel in Azle will meet at the Lake Home of David and Darla Stepich for a Picnic.  Members of St. Barbara’s are invited as well, and are encouraged to bring their favorite drinks and beverages.  The Stepich’s have a dock off of which people may swim and/or fish.  Should you be so inclined you are further encouraged to bring swimming gear (remember life jackets), and/or fishing equipment.  Thank you, David and Darla, for graciously opening your home to everyone.  Members of St. Barbara’s please RSVP Fr. Basil by Sunday, May 19.  This will help with food and seating preparations. A sign-up sheet will also we available in the hall.

Church School, Council, General Confession

This month Church School will meet on the 3rd Saturday, May 18, at 4:00 pm (the last session of the school year); the Council will meet on Thursday, May 23, at 6:30 pm; and General Confession will be conducted on Wednesday, May 15 at 6:00 pm prior to Vespers.

Music Rehearsals

This month we will start again our Youth Choir Rehearsals with a gathering of children, 3rd grade to senior in High School, who have already participated in past sessions. We will meet on Saturday, May 11 at 5:00 pm, and will be glad to adjust future days and times as interest expands in order to accommodate family schedules as best we can.  In addition, several men have expressed an interest in reviewing basics of choral singing.  We will attempt to have monthly Male Singing Workshops for these individuals starting on Thursday, May 16 at 6:30 pm.  If you are interested please see Fr. Basil and/or join us on May 16.