Save Our Sacred-Space (SOS) Mortgage Annihilation Program (MAP)

“Save Our Sacred-space (SOS)” “Mortgage Annihilation Program” (MAP) June 26, 2016 Dear friends and families of Holy Cross; It is with great excitement and eager anticipation that I would like to introduce you to our “Save Our Sacred-space (SOS)” “Mortgage Annihilation Program” (MAP).  The program will start officially on July 1 and end on Dec. 31, 2016.  We have, through some extraordinary circumstances, a quite large mortgage for such a small parish.  As a result, we have a wonderful “Sacred-space” that serves our small but growing parish.  It is with this in mind that we are attempting to annihilate our debt as a parish in order to be free to give to the community.  The goal of this program is to raise $490,000 and annihilate our mortgage! What you may or may not know is that we are one of only a few English speaking Orthodox parishes in Phoenix, AZ, and one of only a few English speaking parishes in the entire Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America (ROEA).  We are in a unique position to reach out to the greater Phoenix community with the “Good News” of Jesus Christ as taught by the Orthodox Church.  Thanks be to God, we have had over a dozen baptisms in the last year and a half and most of those were adults.  We are, again, thanks be to God, reaching the lost and those who are looking for the fullness of the Orthodox faith! In order to continue this vital ministry, we need your help.  As a small but growing parish we are constantly under financial pressure.  In fact, I will be taking employment in the fall and Fr. Nicholas receives his salary from being a chaplain at a local hospital.  We are doing what we can to minimize costs but we need …

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Welcome to Exaltation of the Holy Cross: Attending an Orthodox Church Service

Welcome to Exaltation of the Holy Cross Orthodox Church We are blessed you are worshipping with us this morning,  If you are unfamiliar with Orthodox practice we would like to provide some simple instructions. Prayers upon Entering Church: When you enter into the holy church, cross yourself and consciously drive away all of your cares and worries, and silently or quietly say this prayer: “I rejoiced when they said to me: Let us go to the house of the Lord.  I enter your house with thanksgiving, O Lord, and worship in your holy temple in fear of you.  Guide me, Lord, in your righteousness; direct your path before me, that unhindered, with a pure heart and an upright spirit, I may glorify one Godhead: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Amen.” You will see the faithful going before the icon of Christ and the icon of the Birth-giver of Christ to venerate them.  The practice is to cross yourself twice while reading the prayers on the Christ icon stand, cross yourself  again when done and then go to the Birth-giver of God icon stand doing likewise. You are free to sit at different times during the Divine Liturgy.  However, out of respect to God, we ask that you stand  during the following: censing, entrance with the Gospel, reading of the Gospel, when the priest gives a blessing, during the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer (Our Father), during the pre-communion prayers, and during Communion/Eucharist.  When in doubt, ask the priest! Prayers upon Leaving Church:  After venerating the icons and the cross, as you exit the church, turn towards the altar, cross yourself and quietly or silently say this prayer: “Lord my God, I entrust my entire life to You and I pray: Help me, save me and show Your loving-kindness to me; grant …

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Sunday of Orthodoxy

Please bring an icon of your patron Saint to Divine Liturgy with you tomorrow! If you don’t have an icon of your patron saint bring an icon of Christ or the Birthgiver of God please.

Bulletin 03/01/15 and a few things

The bulletin for this weekend is attached. Thank you all for your kind words and prayers as we said goodbye to my father, William Frisby. Preoteasa and I appreciate your concern. Please pray for my mother, Wanda, who is adjusting to life without her companion of 58 years! Please note that you will see some changes in the nave when you come in on Sunday. We are rearranging some chairs to highlight the time of Great Lent. It is my hope that the changes will help foster the reality that we have entered into a time of prayer and fasting. *Grace and peace be unto you! Sláinte,* *Fr. Thomas Frisby, Preot Paroh*

Fundraising / Community Yard Sale

*Dear parish family, * We will be having a *community yard/parking lot sale.* Father will sort through items in the gathering room that can be sold. Also, please *donate any unwanted items* in the next few weeks by bringing them to the church and letting *Danielle* or *Milica *know. *Saturday February 28th* will be a pick up day for large items that you cannot bring on your own. Thomas and Jadon will be available to help move the items. We will run the sale from* 7am – 3pm *(in time to clean up for Vespers). Please sign up for any jobs by clicking the respective links below. For safety reasons we would like two people running the sale at all times. Danielle will be at the event the whole day. Feel free to call her for any questions: 602-373-9633. Thank you for helping our parish community, Milica (480-862-4787) General Parish Membres Sign Up Here <http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4aa8a92ba0fe3-community> Ladies Auxiliary Members Sign Up Here <http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4AA8A92BA0FE3-community1>

Is this easier?

*Dear parish family, * We will be having a *community yard/parking lot sale.* Father will sort through items in the gathering room that can be sold. Also, please *donate any unwanted items* in the next few weeks by bringing them to the church and letting *Danielle* or *Milica *know. *Saturday February 28th* will be a pick up day for large items that you cannot bring on your own. Thomas and Jadon will be available to help move the items. We will run the sale from* 7am – 3pm *(in time to clean up for Vespers). Please sign up for any jobs by clicking the respective links below. For safety reasons we would like two people running the sale at all times. Danielle will be at the event the whole day. Feel free to call her for any questions: 602-373-9633. Thank you for helping our parish community, Milica (480-862-4787) General Parish Membres Sign Up Here <http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4aa8a92ba0fe3-community> Ladies Auxiliary Members Sign Up Here <http://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0D4AA8A92BA0FE3-community1> ©2015 SignUpGenius. All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy <http://www.signupgenius.com/about/privacy.cfm> | Home <http://www.signupgenius.com/> parish sign up http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4aa8a92ba0fe3-community ladies auxiliary www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0D4AA8A92BA0FE3-community1 <http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4AA8A92BA0FE3-community1>

02/22/15 Bulletin

BULLETIN Here is the weekly bulletin a bit early due to the fact that we will be flying out to Illinois on Friday for my father’s funeral. If there are any additions or changes I will send you an update. Please plan on being at Exaltation this Sunday for Forgiveness Sunday. It will be an especially blessed service. Fr. John Peck will celebrate Divine Liturgy with us. He is an excellent preacher so you won’t want to miss what he has to say! No Great Vespers this week BUT please plan on being here for Clean Comedy USA on Saturday at 7 pm! LOTS OF FUN!!! *Grace and peace be unto you! Sláinte,* *Fr. Thomas Frisby, Preot Paroh* *Exaltation of the Holy Cross: http://www.holycrossaz.org/ <http://www.holycrossaz.org/>* *Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HolyCrossOrthodox/ <https://www.facebook.com/groups/HolyCrossOrthodox/>* *10030 N 32nd St.* *Phoenix, AZ 85028* *602-867-6025*  

Update

I am sad to inform you that my Father passed away today in the early morning hours. Preoteasa and I will be leaving for Illinois later this week for a funeral on Saturday. We will still have Clean Comedy USA this Saturday at 7 pm. Please come for a great evening of fun! We will NOT have Great Vespers this week. Fr John Peck will celebrate Divine Liturgy on Sunday with Matins and the Forgiveness Prayers. We will NOT have Canons of St Andrew next week. Please plan on attending these blessed services at one of our sister Orthodox Churches in the area. I will return in time for Great Vespers on Feb 21st. Please pray for my family at this difficult time. Also, please pray for my daughter Meagan who has some serious difficulties with her pregnancy! The prognosis for the baby is grim. We are asking for a miracle! Let me conclude by saying we will dearly miss being with you this Sunday! May God richly bless you all! At this time and at all times we must remember Christ is Risen. Truly, He is risen!

Sun Bulletin 2-15-15

Also, don’t forget we have our Valentine’s Fundraiser Dinner tomorrow. Reminder: Confession is available before and after each service! *Grace and peace be unto you! Sláinte,* *Fr. Thomas Frisby, Preot Paroh* *Exaltation of the Holy Cross: http://www.holycrossaz.org/ <http://www.holycrossaz.org/>* *Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HolyCrossOrthodox/ <https://www.facebook.com/groups/HolyCrossOrthodox/>* *10030 N 32nd St.* *Phoenix, AZ 85028* *602-867-6025* 02-15-15.pdf

Memorial Service Saturday at 10 am

We will have a Saturday of Souls memorial service this Saturday at Exaltation at 10 am. Please bring Coliva or Colac, if you are able, for your departed loved ones. We will go into the hall to enjoy fellowship afterwards. Also, I will be available for confession following the service. *Grace and peace be unto you! Sláinte,* *Fr. Thomas Frisby, Preot Paroh* *Exaltation of the Holy Cross: http://www.holycrossaz.org/ <http://www.holycrossaz.org/>* *Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HolyCrossOrthodox/ <https://www.facebook.com/groups/HolyCrossOrthodox/>* *10030 N 32nd St.* *Phoenix, AZ 85028* *602-867-6025*