Greetings to everyone- I hope your holiday break went well, and that your new semester is off to a good start.
First, Thursday, January 15, Fr. Justin will be hosting an open house at his place, starting at 6:30, to kick off the spring semester. Everyone is encouraged to bring food and beverages, as well as, of course, themselves. Here is a map to his house; if anyone wants to carpool let me know and we can arrange something. We will resume regular Thursday evening meetings the week after the open house.
Second, Fr. Justin asked me to pass this message along to everyone:
The Christian music festival Ichthus is held just miles away from Nicholasville near Asbury College and Seminary in Wilmore, KY each June.
June is a long ways off but I thought perhaps our local OCF at UT might like to team up with the OCF students at Fr. Justin Patterson’s parish to pull together a booth and chapel for this event. Fr. Justin and I spoke today about his great idea and both of us think this would be something easy to pull off if people could volunteer their time.
I have worked on projects with the Death to the World Zine folks from CA to do the same thing at Cornerstone in IL in the past and it was a huge success.
I think St. Anne could perhaps provide bookstore materials, perhaps a large tent (if KY does not have one), designs for a series of cool flyers to pass out to advertise the chapel services and table/ Orthodoxy, I would provide Fullness of the Faith.com materials (perhaps a consignment table with t-shirts, Orthodox buttons and other gear), our time/ enthusiasm.
Perhaps we could also have an “open mic” time as well where I, Jonathan Bush and others play a few tunes during breaks in the music there- I want to see Fr. Justin P. play his accordion!
If this is to happen we need a student to take this on and organize it with another student from KY. Any takers?
“God is a fire that warms and kindles the heart and inward parts. Hence, if we feel in our hearts the cold which comes from the devil – for the devil is cold – let us call on the Lord. He will come to warm our hearts with perfect love, not only for Him but also for our neighbor, and the cold of him who hates the good will
flee before the heat of His countenance.”
St. Seraphim of Sarov