Over three years ago, our community “cast our nets,” beginning our capital campaign to purchase a property and build a new sanctuary to further witness our faith – and our capital campaign continues to build momentum. We currently have $3,036,350 pledged by 43 families for our building project, with roughly $1.34 million on hand. This milestone was reached after a feasibility study in 2014 estimated that the church was capable of raising roughly $1 million.
By God’s grace, that number has been surpassed and we are on our way to achieving our goal of $4 million for Phase I, which will include acquiring a property in the Tri-Valley.
Having raised $3 million in three years, can we endeavor in 2019 to raise $4 million in four?
We believe we can, and that the Lord’s plan is to offer us as much support as is needed to build His temple! We prayerfully invite you to help us reach our $4 million goal for the first phase of our project. All contributions are equally needed and appreciated. We realize this initiative is a very personal commitment, so please do not hesitate to reach out to Fr. Niko or Justin Bosl, who would be happy to visit you to discuss the project in person.
By God’s grace, this dream will soon become a reality.
Pictured (l to r): Eleni Dimitrakos and Stavroula Psefteas, Junior Division; and Judi Bosl, Senior Division.
What Does it Mean to Carry the Light? To Eleni, Stavroula and Judi, they carried the Light of Christ by sharing their thoughts through words and expression on two different topics last month at the District Oratorical Festival at Holy Cross in Belmont.
Eleni and Stavroula spoke on the significance of water within the Church, and Judi discussed the importance of being biblically literate today. All three did a beautiful job professing their faith to an audience of many, including those from the parish who went to support them—and for those who may not have been in attendance, read about each of their presentations here.
About The Oratorical Festival Finding one’s voice in our Christian Orthodox Faith and daring to stand and speak is no small endeavor! The Oratorical Festival offers our youth the opportunity to do just this. By reading about their Faith, learning, writing, and sharing their heartfelt thoughts and findings, this festival allows youth to gain a deeper connection to their heritage, their Christian Orthodox Faith, and ultimately, self.
The festival program begins at the parish level and is divided in three Divisions: Elementary, (grades 4-6), Junior (grades 7-9), and Senior (grades 10-12). Top Junior and Senior Division speakers advance to district level, from which two finalists then advance to the Metropolis Oratorical Festival. The top two Metropolis division speakers participate in the Archdiocese Finals – where generous scholarship opportunities for Hellenic College are offered. While the Elementary Level offers younger children to think about and speak on topics such as Jesus Christ, love, lighting a candle, being kind, the cross, my church, the Junior and Senior Divisions are given pre-set topics from the Archdiocese to choose from.
Resurrection Parish Oratorical Festival
This year’s Parish Oratorical Festival was held on March 10th and was an inspiring, emotional event! In total, there were 10 participants: 4 Elementary speakers, 4 Junior Division participants, and 2 Senior Division participants.
The prayer for this year’s festival was that our children might find intrinsic value in this event – and understand that it is not simply an external demand to take on yet another “task” or do more “homework.” This festival is a journey of exploration and discovery that requires courage, self-reflection and faith!
We’re just three months away from sending nine of our parishioners to Project Mexico to build a house for a family in need. Join us for dinner on “Uno de Mayo” at El Nido Restaurant in Danville as we raise funds to help cover our volunteer’s transportation costs!
As we journey through Great Lent on our way to Holy Pascha, we have many events planned for the entire parish! As Father Niko shares in his April message, “This Pascha, let us remember to take every opportunity to celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection.”
In appreciation for all of our Resurrection stewards, the Parish Council invites everyone (stewards and those who would like to become stewards) to attend our annual luncheon on the Sunday of Orthodoxy following the Divine Liturgy.
Please join us – no reservations needed, no charge!