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Monthly Message from Father Niko – July 2021

So [Elijah] went and did according to the word of the Lord, for he
went and stayed by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. 
The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread
and meat in the evening; and he drank from the brook.”
– 3 Kingdoms 17:5-6

Beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord,

Arguably the most beautiful state in the country in which to take a road trip is the state of California. For those of us who will be taking some time to travel this summer for vacation, we will occasionally find ourselves in areas we have never been. In these times, we have our phones to locate places for us to eat, or we can go what is now the old fashioned way and follow signs that say, “food next right.” Either way, we will need direction, as we are in a place which we do not know.

This month, the Orthodox Church celebrates the prophet Elijah (Elias), who is famous for working many miracles, but there is one which is my favorite. When Elijah predicted that Israel would go through a famine because of their sins, the Lord told Elijah to go to a brook, where ravens would bring him food each day. Elijah did not know what was to transpire and when, but he did put his faith in God to tell him.  Elijah listened, and God directed him and sustained him in a very difficult and challenging time.

Let us allow this beautiful story to serve as a lesson for each of us and for our parish. We are preparing to embark on a journey through a place we have never been, in soon building a brand new church to move into. If we believe this to be God’s will, then our first responsibility is to listen to Him, knowing full well that He will guide us to the “sustenance” which we will need as well. 

With love Christ,

Father Niko Bekris
Proistamenos

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This month’s edition is all about Resurrection being Better Together – because church is not a place to go, it’s a family where you belong!

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Figure Out Your Foursome Fast! The Resurrection Golf Tournament Early Registration Pricing Ends Saturday, July 31!

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Save the Date! Resurrection Greek Festival 2021

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AXIOS! Please join us as we celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Father Niko Bekris’ Ordination to the Priesthood with a parish-sponsored luncheon (free of charge).

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The July Monthly Bulletin is on the way to parishioner’s mailboxes in beautiful, glossy print – but the digital edition is available now for viewing online.

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We’ve Missed YOU! Here’s Fr. Niko’s Top Ten Reasons to Come to Church.

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Our “Spring” General Assembly was held on Sunday, June 27 – presentation materials are now available for viewing.

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The Ecumenical Patriarchate established the fifteenth Orthodox independent Church by granting autocephaly to the Ukrainian Church; however, the Russian Church has refused to recognize the new Autocephalous Church of Ukraine…

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Now that the state has reopened, so has our parish. Our Reopening and Reconnect teams have made the following updates to help you come back where you belong!

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Support the Missions and Evangelism Ministry – make a general donation to this year’s Mission to America 2021 campaign online.

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It’s time for us to come together where we belong, and to share the Light of Christ that lives within us with the entire Resurrection family!

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Together! Finally! We are now able to experience the joys of being back at church in the presence of one another.

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From the Fathers

Spiritual Sayings

A protection and shelter, I have with you in my life.

You brought forth the Light, the Divine, which was before all time.

How mistaken are those people who seek happiness outside of themselves, in foreign lands and journeys, in riches and glory, in great possessions and pleasures, in diversions and vain things, which have a bitter end! . . . Happiness is found within ourselves, and blessed is the man who has understood this. Happiness is a pure heart, for such a heart becomes the throne of God. Thus says Christ of those who have pure hearts: “I will visit them, and will walk in them, and I will be a God to them, and they will be my people.” (II Cor. 6:16) What can be lacking to them? Nothing, nothing at all! For they have the greatest good in their hearts: God Himself!

God loves us more than a father, mother, friend, or any else could love, and even more than we are able to love ourselves.

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