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Below a photo gallery from the trip.
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YES! Youth Equipped to Serve
Fortyeight Hours of My Life
In the very first book of the Bible we find out that we are made in God’s image and likeness. But what does this mean in practical terms – how can we learn to see God in the people we meet in our day-to-day life? What does it mean for us, who live in the present day and not 2,000 years ago in Palestine, to do the Gospel’s work? “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Imagine yourself in the biggest city near you. What draws your attention first – the flashing billboards, the shop windows, the restaurants? Take your eye down and see the different people crossing the street, those who sit motionless, those in need of help. God wants us to notice the people made in His image. YES North America offers to youth the chance to learn how to do this by actually going out and doing it. Read More
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 October 2010 15:23 Written by Administrator Wednesday, 27 October 2010 14:17
Starting in November every Sunday FOCUS Orange County will be serving meals at the Valencia Motel in Anaheim.
Visit the FOCUS Orange County Website at www.FOCUSOC.org to sign up to help or to find out more information on this new and exciting ministry.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 October 2010 16:48 Written by Administrator Tuesday, 26 October 2010 16:45
Our Seniors in the City work program at FOCUS Gateway City continues to thrive because of your generous gifts. Once a month we help seniors do much needed repairs on their homes. This allows them to stay independent and comfortable in familiar surroundings for as long as possible, even when age and illness would keep them from basic, though much needed, maintenance. Through the Seniors in the City program, we met Mr. Jones, a gentleman in his 80’s who was one of the first African Americans to move in to his neighborhood in the 1970s. At Mr. Jones’ house we were able to fix several broken windows that were exposing him to the elements. He told us how blessed he was to get such help.
Also we continue to reach out to people who come to our weekly meals. There we’ve met a boy, Jackson, who comes to the meals with his mother. Originally from Haiti, they have made their home in the St.Louis area, still dealing with the trauma and upheaval caused by the earthquake earlier this year. For Jackson and the other kids who attend our meals with their families, we have been able to provide them with school supplies to start them off with the tools they need to cope at school. Your gifts continue to allow FOCUS Gateway City to reach out and give hope to people like Mr. Jones and Jackson.
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 October 2010 10:47 Written by Administrator Tuesday, 26 October 2010 16:32
An unexpected, but welcome, development since FOCUS Minnesota moved into our space on E. Lake Street - the Orthodox community has begun to treat the Center as a destination spot! On Sunday October 3, 2010 about a dozen people from St. Mary's Cathedral (OCA), paid a visit to FOCUS Minnesota to learn more about our shared ministry and plans for the future. This was organized by the "O" Club from the parish who provided refreshments while I had the opportunity to raise awareness in a small-group setting. As this visit happened to coincide with the OCA Midwest Diocesan Assembly, we were very honored and pleasantly surprised to receive His Beatitude Metropolitan Jonah of the Orthodox Church in America and his deacon Fr. Gregory in our midst. We toured the space, spent a good hour together exchanging ideas and he is exceedingly supportive of our work. Glory to God for all good things!
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 October 2011 14:54 Written by Administrator Tuesday, 26 October 2010 16:29
On Saturday, Fr. Justin made a presentation to an attentive group in the parish hall on the necessity of working with and supporting the working poor. Fr. Justin served the Divine Liturgy with Fr. Peter Preble, pastor of the parish and preached the sermon continuing the theme he laid out on Saturday.
After Liturgy, Fr. Justin met with Mr. Walter Haddad, president of the Council of Eastern Orthodox Churches of Worcester for a tour of the Holy Trinity Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a project of the Council. After the tour Fr. Justin, Fr. Peter and Mr. Haddad had a discussion of how FOCUS could help support the existing programs of Council Churches.
On Monday a brief meeting with area clergy was held before Fr. Justin left to return to Kansas City.
When asked about the conference Fr. Peter had this to say, “We are very grateful for the work of FOCUS and thankful for Fr. Justin giving of his time to come and spread the good news of all that FOCUS is doing for the working poor.”
Visit Fr. Peter’s blog about Fr. Justin’s visit at http://www.frpeterpreble.com/2010/10/focus-north-america.html.
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