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November 9, 2015

Nektarios of Aegina


To the Parishioners of St. Paul Orthodox Mission:


Greetings in the name of our Lord!


I am very delinquent in posting a new message here on the website!  Please forgive me.  However, since that last posting 11 months ago, MUCH has happened.  Fr. Don Berge is now celebrating the Divine Liturgy weekly on Sunday at the mission, and he is also coming weekly on Wednesdays to conduct catechetical instruction for the growing number of inquirers, catechumens, and faithful.  We now have 63 members officially on our rolls!  Our giving has increased substantially.  Thanks be to God and to each of the faithful who have made this a reality!


We are headed into a new year, and we must again consider our financial commitment to the work of the mission.  This year, that request takes on more importance than ever.  While our giving has increased, we still have major goals to meet.  First, we are still receiving support from St. John Orthodox Church in Memphis to cover our monthly costs.  Secondly, we would like to get to the place where we can ask the archdiocese to send a full time priest.  To address both of those ends, we need everyone’s serious support.


Soon, our members and serious inquirers will receive communication from Fr. Don and the mission council asking that they prayerfully consider what they will be able to pledge financially for the coming year.  Coupled with that commitment, I am asking on their behalf that each of you also make a serious commitment to come to the Sunday Divine Liturgy each week!  You will profit immensely if you can do this for yourself and your family.  God has blessed us richly, and those blessings will continue.  Let us be faithful in offering our prayers and worship so that we will be strengthened and that the Light of Christ will shine in our community!


May God richly bless all of you!


Fr John Mashburn, Pastor

St. John Orthodox Church, Memphis, TN