Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Future announcements

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

A few announcements:

Father Nicholas Hadzellis together with YAM: Young Adult Ministries( A Pan-Orthodox Ministry) has asked us to join the Ballapalooza! Basketball and Volleyball in an effort to help the Orthodox Churches in Galveston recovering after Hurricane Ike. The event will take place on October 23, 2008 between 6:30-8:30pm at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church Gym. Father Nick can be reached below.

Father Nicholas Hadzellis
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral
3511 Yoakum Blvd.Houston, Texas 77006
(713) 526-5377

Also on Sunday October 25th, 2008 following the Divine Liturgy we will have a special church meeting for all board members, family and friends of Sts. Constantine and Helen to discuss future plans in the reconstruction of our church hall and also in the effort of helping our fellow parishioners with any assistance they might need. Don't forget the day before on Saturday the 24th we will have another cleanup work day on our church hall

Church services have resumed at Sts. Constantine & Helen Church

Dear brothers and sisters,

Thank God we are now able to serve divine liturgy in our church and will do so going forward. We have the air conditioning working and lights as well. It is so good to see everyone back at home in our church where we all belong. We will still have to wait another month or so before we can sand and repolish the church floor and then to add the carpet again. Unfortunately we cannot enjoy each others company for fellowship post liturgy as the hall is still in need of major repair. Nevertheless we will make sure that we will triumph over this tragedy. Great news friends our sister parish of the Greek Orthodox church will be able to save their icons from the iconostas after all. There were initial worries that this would not be the case but thanks to the Good Lord above and His divine providence they will be spared. The icons were painted in the period between 1931-1934. The icon of the Mystical Supper above the Royal Doors was painted in 1966 while the deacons doors with Sts. Archangel Michael and Gabriel were painted in 1977. They were carefully removed from the church yesterday and placed in storage with the help of Jim Kyritsis and Barnabas Powell from the IOCC Team under the supervision of Tony Speakman. The church has been able to be aired out and the majority of pews and carpets have been taken out as they were destroyed.

Enclosed are some pictures prior to the removal of the icons from the church in order to give us a better understanding of the devastating affects the waters did have on both the church and hall


Monday, October 13, 2008

Church and Hall Cleanup

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

On October 4th at 9:00 am about 20 or so volunteers had gathered together at Sts. Constantine & Helen to help clean up the church as well as the Church Hall. What started out to be a routine cleanup turned into a mjor project and one that was truly beneficial to all involved. The floor in the hall had to pulled up after buckling beyond any hope of recovery. Next to go was the sheetrock on the walls that had to pulled down revealing the mold spots behind them. Almost everything in the hall needed to be thrown out. All the tables and chairs were ruined. We were fortunate enought to save some tables. The kitchen and restrooms were not spared the fury of Ike and needed to be cleaned from top to bottom. We were also able to trim bushes and cut down any branches hanging precarioulsy over our fence. It goes without saying that a good, honest, hard day's work does not go unrewarded. We were treated to a feast of sorts provided again by the generosity of the workers who had come to clean the church. Their love and support was shown most perfectly by their actions. God bless the workers, cleaners, cooks and everyone who helped, continues to help and who will help in the near future. A special thanks need to go out to the following people:

Slobodanka Matic, Ljubica Puskac, Mira Djujic, Aleksandar Savic, Natalija Hryshechko and John (Ilija), Joby and Colleen Erickson, Richard (Basil) and Mary Gustafson, Carl Northcutt, Irena Milosavljevic, Ross Leo, Gordan and Dijana Joncic, Branko Gligoric, Gordan and Mileva Heckner, Nada Grueneich, Zoran Milenkovic, David and Andrew Jarrett.

Enclosed are some pictures from that days labour which commenced at 9:00am and did not finish until 5:00pm. Don't worry brothers and sisters, there will be another cleanup scheduled for October the 25th for all those who missed the first one.