This page is still incomplete. It will have some basic information about our parish and Orthodox worship for people who don't have experience with it. Until we get all of the information posted here, we'd like for you to know at least this much:
- Please know that you are welcome at HTOC (that's what we call our parish). We are always honored to have guests to our church.
- We are here to be of service to you.
- You won't be asked to do anything you would be uncomfortable doing.
- We don't expect visitors to contribute anything to the financial support of our parish.
- Our children worship with us. If you have young children, they are welcome here, too. We have many young children, and we count them a joy and a blessing. (We provide changing tables in both restrooms, and a stock of diapers is on hand.)
- All parts of our facilities are handicap accessible.
- If you are an Orthodox Christian, and you have prepared yourself to receive Holy Communion according to your Spiritual Father's direction, you are welcome to approach the chalice.
There will also be links to helpful sites for those who would like to know about the Orthodox Faith.
This section will have some basic information about the Orthodox Faith for people who are interested in learning more. Until it is complete, please know that Fr Michael is always ready to sit down with you over a cup of coffee and talk about Orthodoxy. Really, there are few things give him more pleasure.
Persons who are interested in Orthodoxy are encouraged to come to the church, attend actual services, meet flesh-and-blood Orthodox Christians, and talk with Fr Michael. As St Andrew said to St Peter, "Come and see." Please do not rely exclusively on reading books or websites for information about the Faith; in every case it will be inadequate. Orthodoxy is life. We don't get it by reading about it. We get it by living it. Please come and let us help you to enter into the abundant life that Christ promises us.
We have worked very hard to make our parish the wonderful place that it is. Still, we are always humbled when someone chooses to become a part of our community. You are a blessing to us!
Whether you are an Orthodox Christian or not, if you want to join the parish, simply let Fr Michael know. He will arrange a time to discuss it with you, answer any questions you may have, go over our expectations for members, and tell you about all of the services that we are able to provide.
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