He Stands at the Door

Prison Ministry Workshop 2019

The Promise of God

Thanksgiving Promise

I’ve been so busy with family, work, church, and planning a prison ministry workshop that I’ve been slack in my day to day prison ministry efforts, like letter writing. I was going to skip sending a Thanksgiving card this month and haven’t even started on the November December Good-Newsletter. Then I got this letter from Elijah and, well, I let you read it for yourself.

Sometimes we think what we do doesn’t matter, but it does. Every prayer, every pocket full of change tossed into our donation jar, every signature on a birthday card is, as Elijah says, “part of this promise from God” Thank you for your support!

Please visit our FaceBook page and promote our Prison Ministry Workshop to your Orthodox friends and family.

The Ultimate Test

Prison Ministry Good-Newsletter

Letter from Marvin

Marvin is new to the group. He started reading the GNL a good while back, getting copies from another participant. When his friend was relocated to another facility, Marvin wrote me and asked to be put on our list; he wanted to continue to get the Good-NewsLetter. We exchanged a few personal letters and I find him to be sincerely seeking truth and friendship.

Being new, he’s still worried about bothering me in my busy life and is apologetic for the intrusion. Nevertheless, he seizes the opportunity to ask for prayer for his daughter, ask burning questions about faith, and reach out for help getting information.   Reading his letter, can you see how it would be easy for anyone, even you, to answer him? this is how personal prison ministry begins!

Lives are changed (including our own) when we take a leap of faith and reach out to one person in prison! If you would like to write to Marvin, send him a book on the history of Christianity and perhaps do a little research on programs for people in prison, send me an email at [email protected] and let’s get you started!

Please add Marvin and Aleiya to your prayer list and remember them daily. Thank you!

Join us in prayer + action for Christ!

This Weekend: Hierarchical Services

This week was the start of the Diaconate Boot Camp hosted by our parish and we are concluding the conference with the Hierarchical services of All Night Vigil and Divine Liturgy this weekend.

Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, Archpriest Andre Papkov and Protodeacon Vadim Gan will be joined by our visiting clergy attending the conference.

Saturday evening, after the All Night Vigil, we will be hosting a banquette at 8:00PM to raise funds for the new temple for our parish. The cost is $10 a plate with both meat and vegetarian options.

Come and meet the Bishop, visiting clergy and students!




Here’s the schedule:

Saturday, May 5th, 5:00PM – Hierarchical All Night Vigil w/confessions. PLEASE NOTE EARLY TIME

Saturday, May 5th, 8:00PM – Banquette Fund-raiser Dinner.

Sunday, May 6th, 9:00AM – Hierarchical Divine Liturgy.

Sunday, May 6th, 12:30PM – Lunch

Prison Ministry Good-Newsletter

Letter from John

Now look what you’ve done! You made a grown man cry!

It may be hard for you to believe that one little birthday card can mean so much, but truly, I hear this all the time! Men who had sad childhoods and are long forgotten by family and friends are overwhelmed with emotion when strangers take the time to scribble “Happy Birthday” and sign their name to a card for them; to think about them for even a moment. Many list and thank everyone who signed by name. John sent two letters, one to the church and one to “Mama-Jo”,  and a card thanking us a total of a dozen times! I’ll post the one letter and the card on the bulletin board.

Last fall John found the church address on “A Timeline of Church History” brochure that he inherited from one of our participants at Alexander Correctional, where Fr. Onouphry holds monthly meetings. He wrote, but his letter got misplaced. Months later, when I finally  sent an introductory packet, he wrote me two 10+ page letters in a week! John, like many of the guys who write, has been seeking God and Studying the Bible for a long time. Finding Orthodoxy is like finding a treasure. Finding a community to pray for and who will pray for them is priceless!

New people ask a lot of questions and share  testimonies about God working in their lives. God is very present in prisons; He is working on men’s hearts! It’s wonderful to see how Orthodoxy can answer burning questions and give their time new purpose. It surely stimulates a lot of conversation!

Thank you for bringing John to tears on his birthday! Thank you for signing cards, for including John and our other participants when you pray for those in prison. Thank you for supporting this ministry with your prayers and donations.

The prayers of people like John are truly lifting our community up before God and we are truly being blessed by them.