Jacob's Well is the offical publication of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey of the Orthodox Church in America. In this issue see the interview with our own Reader Theogenes. To see the publication go here.
By popular request, St. Gregory's have created a YouTube Channel so that all classes and lectures can be found in one place. The services will still be live-streamed on the Facebook page. To go to the new YouTube Channel go to the top of homepage and click on the YouTube button. From Facebook, go to the left side of the Facebook page to the tab YouTube. Once you get the YouTube Channel you may be asked to subscribe which is perfectly safe and allows you to know when new videos are posted.
The news from the West has been practically apocalyptic of late with wildfires throughout the West, especially in California, Southern Oregon and Washington State. I am presently aware that several families have lost everything to these fires and others are threatened. Not only that, whole towns have gone up in flames affecting the lives of many with loss of homes and jobs. Yesterday the skies in San Francisco were dark orange – so dark that the streetlamps were still lit at noon. Thankfully, while threatened, no churches have been lost.
Fr. Matthew Tate of the Annunciation Orthodox Church, Milwaukie, OR wrote:
“Seven families are in the Red Zone (leave now) and have evacuated. At least two of the homes are likely to burn. The others are in the path of one of the fires.
Most of us are either in the Yellow (get ready now) or Green (be prepared to leave) Zones. This includes the whole area around the church property. The winds have abated but the fires are very active and close. From my office window I cannot see beyond about 100 feet due to smoke. It is eerie and worrisome for everyone.”
Fr. Andreas Blom, who lives in Talent, OR was evacuated with his family yesterday. There was really concern his home and church were lost to the flames. He was able to return home today to pick up a few things and found everything across the street from his house was totally lost to the fire. His home and the church have survived so far. At this writing, three families from his mission were burnt out though.
First of all, we ask for your prayers for everyone, Orthodox and non-Orthodox who have experienced loss. Secondly, should you wish to help, donations can be sent to:
Diocese of the West
attn: Fire Relief
806 Talent Ave.
Talent, OR 97540
Donations will be used to help not only our own parishioners, but also our neighbors in this time of crisis.
We thank you in advance.
Archbishop of San Francisco and the West
Many have seen the horrific explosion that happened in Beirut this last week. The damage is extensive with a loss of life and property including churches and homes. St. Gregory Orthodox Church is asking for people to donate to these organizations to assist the people of Lebanon.
The International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is one the leading charities world-wide and is very often the first chartable responder in such situations. Their record of charity is unapparelled throughout the world with 92% of the money raised going directly to help those in need. They are in 160 countries and provide over $179 Million in relief regardless of the people’s faith or location. Please go to the IOCC webpage to find out how you can donate online at https://iocc.org/
Glass for Lebanon
Glass for Lebanon (Go Fund Me) fundraiser is to purely help the 300,000 + homes damaged in Beirut that can accommodate window installations. New windows will not bring loved ones back home for some, but would mean the world to others. This organization is run by Khodor Salam who is a friend of our parishioners, the Najjar/Chlus family. His company, Go X is matching all donations (1:1) made to this fund. Go to https://www.gofundme.com/f/23id4j1vao to donate.
Lebanon has been in economic and social turmoil for the past 8 months as the country has descended into poverty, despair and chaos. They will be using all the funds raised to purchase 6mm Tampered Glass from SAINT-GOBAIN (https://www.saint-gobain.com) in Columbia and have it shipped to Lebanon ASAP.
Funds will be allocated to following tasks:
- Buy as much 6mm Tampered Glass as possible and have it shipped to Tripoli Port ASAP
- Cut glass to the standard size of each building and have aluminum frames fitted
- Work with local window installers to remodel homes that can accommodate them
Here is some math behind the process: Considering the average home uses 10m of Glass:
10m of glass ($12) + Shipping ($35) + Cutting/Installation ($100)= $147 per Home
With $50,000 we will help 340 families approximately.
Go X(goxapp.com) is helping with outreach/fundraising and working with a local independent NGO by the name Akkarouna (akkarouna.com) that will help with ground logistics like receiving the shipment, processing the glass and distributing it accordingly.
Thank you to all that donate.
Eva Czukkermann recently completed her Girl Scout Gold Award at St. Gregory The Theologian Orthodox Church in Wappingers Falls, NY. For her project she built four movable benches out of Philippine mahogany to place around the fire pit that Nick Metz had built for his Eagle Scout Project. Prior to the benches, church members either had to stand, bring their own chairs or sit on the bricks that are part of the fire pit design. Due to the age of many church members, standing or sitting on the bricks is not possible and bringing their own chairs is not always feasible. The benches will encourage church members to use and enjoy the fire pit.
In addition to having a bench building ‘party’ at the church, Eva organized a potluck dinner to celebrate the benches and the fire pit. She is very thankful for her church community who helped and supported her throughout the entire process.
Eva Czukkermann is working on her Girl Scout Gold Star project and will be hosting a bench assembly party on Sunday after Liturgy. If you would like to donate towards the project, send to St. Gregory's Orthodox Church and earmark Gold Star Project. The project will be assembling benches for the fire pit (a previous Eagle Scout project). Come and support Eva.
Once again we awaken to learn of yet more senseless loss of life due to gun violence. This morning we are reading of a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, and yesterday in El Paso, Texas. Last evening there also was loss of precious life due to gun violence in Chicago, New York, and Detroit.
We entreat our all merciful Lord to send his mercy on the victims and their families, on the first responders, on all who have suffered because of gun violence, wherever that may be.
I reiterate the message I wrote to President Trump last February: With increasing frequency we are confronted in our cities, towns, and neighborhoods by evil, conflict, sorrow, ignominy, and death. As Orthodox Christians, we understand that these are realities of human existence, and our communities are committed to maintaining the sanctity of all life through our efforts to reach out and minister to all, to bring healing, and to instill peace. But we also require the active contribution of our civil authorities in stemming the onslaught of tragedy that faces our nation.
May our Lord Jesus Christ continue to look favorably upon prayers and grant His peace and wisdom to all who struggle to make sense of the world in which we live. Lord have mercy. - Metropolitan Tikhon
Fr. Eric will be gone from the parish for two weeks as he will be serving as the Chief Chaplain at the World Scouting Jamboree at the Summit in West Virginia. He will be working with Scouts from around 80 countires and over 65 chaplains from many denominations. If you would like to learn more about Scouting and Orthodox Scouting awards, please see Fr. Eric on his return. Services will continue in his absence.
Join the Diocese of New York & New Jersey for Youth Day along with your friends and family for an outing to Yankee Stadium on Saturday, August 17th and watch the New York Yankees take on the Cleveland Indians! A portion of the ticket proceeds will be used as a fundraiser to benefit the Diocese of New York and New Jersey. For details go to:
Our annual Easter Bake Sale will be held Saturday April 20, 2019 from 12-3pm. Pirogi, nut and poppyseed rolls, babka breads and other baked goods will be available for sale. Credit cards accepted.
St. Gregory the Theologian Orthodox Church welcomes their new rector, Archpriest Eric George Tosi, DMin, and his wife Christina and two children Alexander and Kyra. Fr. Eric comes to St. Gregory's after spending eleven years as the Secretary of the Orthodox Church in America at the OCA Chancery on Long Island and teaching at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary. A son of the Diocese, Fr. Eric comes back with great joy. Prior to his time at the Chancery, Fr. Eric was the rector of St. Paul's Orthodox Church in Las Vegas, NV and St. Nicholas of South Canaan Orthodox Church in Billings, MT. He also served as the chair of the OCA's Department of Evangelization among other duties.
Fr. Eric and his family look forward to settling into the area and getting to know everyone in the parish. A brief biography of Fr. Eric can be found here: files/A-Brief-Biography-rev.pdf (123kb)
St. Gregory the Theologian Orthodox Church entered the season with charity with great joy. In cooperation with the Poughkeepsie United Methodist Church's Family Partnership Program, they provided 13 bags on non-perishable traditional Thanksgiving food as well as monetary contributions to the program. The parish also provided Christmas gifts for close to 25 at-risk youth at St. Basil Academy in Garrison, NY. The annual Christmas Fair https://stgregoryny.org/photos brought in close to $7,000 which will be donated to St. Basil Academy, the Lunchbox Program that feeds the needy in Dutchess County, and the Sparrow's Nest which works with at-risk families. For more information on these programs go to
Sparrow's Nest (https://sparrowsnestcharity.org/) provides 2 meals/week as well as other types of support to people in the community who have been diagnosed with cancer. Because of the pandemic, they'll be conducting their school supply drive via Amazon. The link below will access an Amazon Wish List with items they'll be providing to their recipients and their children. If you click on the link below, you can add some of these items to your cart and purchase directly through Amazon. IMPORTANT: Please select the Sparrow’s shipping address (it will come up as the first address), so that the items get shipped directly to them in order to minimize person to person contact. Just so you are aware, a lot of the items on the list are “bulk” items, meaning that they are larger packs of the items since those can be more easily purchased.
The deadline for purchasing is July 30th so that there is time to get the supplies to recipients. Here is the Amazon link for the items: https://a.co/3dkMOsa