2020 March for Life in Salem

The 2020 Oregon March for Life will be held at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem on Saturday, January 25th at 2:30pm. Every year are fortunate to have a dedicated group of Orthodox Christians who have attended similar events in Portland, Oregon, and this year we hope to have a strong turnout for the March for Life at the State Capitol. We invite all Orthodox Christians and friends in the area to come and pray for all those who have died and all those who are suffering and have suffered under the current laws of our land. Please bring an icon or a sign and help us carry the Orthodox Christians for Life banners and join us in solidarity as we take a stand for the sanctity of life! For more information about this event, please visit the Oregon Right To Life website.

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Orthodox Liturgical Singing Workshop, March 7

Orthodox Liturgical Singing Workshop
Saturday March 7, 2020 at Church of the Annunciation

Benedict & Maria Sheehan bring their uniquely complementary skill sets to a weekend workshop tailored to your choir’s needs and integrated into your church’s liturgical schedule. In intensive sessions they help church musicians of all abilities reach new levels of mastery, with emphasis on how to retain these skills and employ them in an everyday setting. They particularly emphasize the spiritual work of the sacred choral musician, and its connections to ensemble blend, musicianship, expressiveness, attentiveness, and a prayerful ethos.

For the singer

  • Develop and strengthen your individual voice
  • Maintain healthy technique in a choral setting
  • Increase your endurance and prevent vocal damage
  • Learn to warm-up and practice more effectively

For the conductor

  • Improve your conducting technique
  • Lead rehearsals in a more effective and engaging way
  • Deepen your knowledge of liturgical music
  • Diagnose and solve problems in your ensemble

For the choir

  • Convey sacred text with clarity and depth
  • Unify and develop your ensemble sound
  • Sing longer and stronger with less fatigue
  • Enhance ensemble “community” and connection

Download registration information and schedule here.

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Double your donation to Agia Sophia Academy!

Glory to God! Thanks to a group of generous donors, Agia Sophia Academy is now matching gifts up to $8,000!  All donations to our Annual Fund Drive will be matched, dollar for dollar.

Make a gift now to take advantage of this and support Oregon’s only Pan-Orthodox Christian School today!

Contact Christina (Bournelis) Blankenstein at christina@asapdx.org or 503-641-4600 with questions.

May it be blessed!

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The Ancient Church Reading Room Holiday Open House, December 7

You are all invited to the Holiday Open House at the Ancient Church reading room on Dec. 7th from 10am to 3pm. Our little ministry here will be participating in Forest Grove’s Holiday in the Grove that day and we will have St. Nicholas handing out treats, a priest to discuss Orthodoxy, Christmas cards, crafts, and hot tea and treats. All ages are welcome and there will be many other Holiday events taking place in the Grove, so please feel free to come down anytime!

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Logos Bookstore Annual Open House, November 15-17

Logos Bookstore at St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Beaverton offers 20% off everything in stock – once a year sale!

Friday, November 15th – 10am to 3pm
Saturday, November 16th – 10am to 7pm (except during Great Vespers)
Sunday, November 17th – after Divine Liturgy, noon to 2pm

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5th Annual Men’s Ministry Retreat, October 18-20

The Men’s Ministry of Holy Trinity invites men of all ages to its annual retreat, led by Fr. Deacon Dr. Euthym Kontaxis. The topic this year is:

Orthodox Spiritual Life: Finding Balance

Dates and times: October 18 (Friday) 5pm – October 20 (Sunday) 11am
Place: Beautiful Camp Angelos, 32149 SE Stevens Road, Corbett, OR 97019
Suggested contribution: Bring a friend, your son(s) and stories to share (there is no required registration fee this year!)

To sign-up for the retreat, send an e-mail to: Nicholas.D.Triantafillou@Outlook.com and/or Sphout@Comcast.net

See the attached flyer for the detailed schedule and more information

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Portland Greek Festival, October 4-6

Holy Trinity Cathedral invites you to the 68th Annual Portland Greek Festival

October 4, 5: 10am-10pm
October 6: 11am-8pm

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral
3131 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97232

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Serbian Fest, September 14-15

Please join us for the 13th Annual Serbian Festival on September 14th & 14th. This is a celebration of food, wine, dance and culture of the Serbian Orthodox people.

Delicious Serbian Food: BBQ, Roast Pig and Lamb, Desserts; Live Music, National Dance, Beer and Wine, Kid’s Activities…and much more.

Saint Stephen’s Serbian Orthodox Church
11447 SE 27th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97222

Saturday, September 14, 11am – 10pm
Sunday, September 15, 11am – 6pm

All ages / free event!

Taste. Experience. Discover. The culture of Serbia.

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Romanian Festival, August 31 – September 1

Come enjoy authentic Romanian cuisine, home made pastries, Romanian beer and wine, kids’ activities, live music and performances, face painting, traditional Romanian dancing, and so much more!

When: August 31 – September 1, 11:00am – 8:00pm
Where: Saint Mary’s Romanian Orthodox Church, 135th Stark St.
Admission: Free!

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Parallel Love film premiere at Hollywood Theatre, July 22 at 7:30pm

We have the rare opportunity to attend the local premiere of The Covellite International Film Festival winning documentary, Parallel Love: The Story of a Band Called Luxury, about the Indie-Christian-Punk band, Luxury, and three of it’s members who became Orthodox Christian Priests. The film director, Matt Hinton, will be at the premiere and available for Q&A.

Tickets are available from the Hollywood Theater Website and you can also view the trailer.

You can listen to the recent NPR interview on the film here where you can also sample songs from the band’s latest album.

This premiere presents a unique and fun opportunity for the local Orthodox Christian community to turn out for an “extracurricular” activity.

Parallel Love asks a question you don’t hear very often: What happens to a rock-and-roll band when three-fifths of its members become Eastern Orthodox priests? That’s what Luxury, a band from Athens, Georgia, had to deal with after a devastating auto wreck they suffered on tour in 1995 while just on the cusp of success. Best described as The Smiths-meet-Fugazi, Luxury’s hyper-articulate musicians tell their poignant story—and play their soaring melodies on top of wild post-punk instrumentation—in this vibrant, gripping film. “I couldn’t take my eyes off it,” says Paste Magazine.

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