Orthodox Christian Mission Center 2014 Teams Opportunities Available Now!

Happy Maslenitsa!


2014   Orthodox Christian Mission CenterOCMC  Mission Team Opportunities Now Available!!!

OCMC’s 2014 Short-Term Mission Team opportunities are now available! All Orthodox 2014_Teams_MedallionChristians seeking to share in a journey of faith and fulfill the mandate of our Lord Jesus Christ are invited to participate on OCMC Orthodox Mission Teams. The upcoming year’s teams are:

Alaska - Youth ministry (Ouzinkie) July 18 – July 27
Albania - Mission Institute (Tirana) (TBD)
Albania - Children’s Home of Hope youth ministry June 16 – July 1
Albania - Womens’ retreats (Tirana) August 11 – August 24
Ghana - Teaching; celebrate the 25-year anniversary Aug. 2 – 16
Guatemala - Hogar Rafael Ayau youth ministry  July 10 -July 21,
Kenya - Teaching (Nairobi) June 4 – June 14
Kenya - Construction, catechism, & health care June 17 – July 1 & June 24 – July 11
Moldova - Womens’ retreats (Orhei) April 28 – May 6
Moldova - Youth camp (Orhei) July 12 – July 23
Tanzania - Health care outreach (Bukoba) May 12 – 23
Tanzania - Clergy retreats (Bukoba) October 27 – November 8
Uganda - Stewardship training (Kampala) October 27 – November 8
Uganda - Health care & education (Gulu) Aug. 1

(OrthodoxNorthwest asks all to pray for peace in the Ukraine and Russia, for all those suffering throughout the world for the sake of the Gospel, and for our world leaders for wisdom in these difficult times.)

For the peace from above, and the salvation of our souls, let us pray to the Lord.  Lord have mercy.

For the peace of the whole world, the good estate of the holy churches of God, and the union of all, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

That we may be delivered from all tribulation, wrath, and necessity, let us pray to the Lord.  Lord have mercy.

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Composition Master Class with Artist Saro Galentz Sponsored by the Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief – Portland Chapter March 9th, 2014

Happy Maslenitsa!!!

Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief-Portland Chapter

 “On March 9, from 11-2 we are hosting a Composition Master Class Workshop with Master Artist Saro Galentz. Saro Galentz is one of Armenia’s premiere artists and art teachers, the current head of the drawing, painting and sculpture department at the Yerevan Art Academy. Please see the attached flyer for more information and feel free to share this with others!

 Շնորհակալություն Thank you!  Master class invite

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“Praying the Book of the Revelation” A Lenten Retreat at St John the Baptist in Post Falls, Idaho March 14-16th, 2014

Happy Maslenitsa!!!

St John the Baptist in Post Falls, Idaho is hosting a retreat: St. John Lenten Retreat – Praying the Book of Revelationpdf.

“The theme of the retreat is “Praying the Book of Revelation” and we’ll look at worship as ordained by our Lord in both the Old and New Testament. This is an excellent topic which may interest friends and family from outside the Church, and Fr. Michael has schedule much time for Q+A, plus discussion.”


St. John Lenten Retreat - Praying the Book of Revelation

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Cappella Romana and the Portland Baroque Orchestra Present Venetian Baroque March 22nd, 2014

Happy Maslenitsa!  Hieromartyr Blaise, bishop of Sebaste (316).

Cappella Romana, the Portland Baroque Orchestra and the Portland Art Museum presents:

 unnamed (1)VENETIAN BAROQUE:   Galuppi + Vivaldi + Bortniansky TICKETS


Grand scale and rarely heard sacred choral works by Baldassare Galuppi, who was Maestro di Cappella at San Marco in Venice as well as at Catherine the Great’s Imperial Chapel in St. Petersburg.

Includes instrumental music by Vivaldi and Russian Orthodox works by Dmitri Bortniansky, who studied in Venice with Galuppi.

This is the largest concert to be performed during the Portland Art Museum exhibition “Venice: The Golden Age of Art and Music.

7pm, Sat., Mar. 22, Portland Art Museum


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Women’s Retreat March 14-16th, 2014 Hosted by St John the Forerunner Monastery in Goldendale, WA

 St John the Forerunner Monastery is hosting a Women’s Lenten Retreat with Fr Gregory Horton of Holy Myrrhbearing Women in Bonners Ferry, Idaho.  He is an excellent and inspiring speaker!  Brochure2014



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Balkan Night at St Demetrios in Seattle the Last Night of “Carnival” March 1st, 2014

St Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Seattle, WA (FB)  is holding their Annual Balkan  Night Northwest-Saturday March 1st!     

The Balkan Night Northwest is on March 1st at Saint Demetrios this year, in both halls. Over 20 bands representing music from all over the Balkans will play for dancing, and a percentage of the proceeds goes to the dance program. Please come support our dancers and enjoy the event! Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for youth 10-18 and free for kids under 10.


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The Pacific Northwest GOYA Lenten Retreat for Grades 8-12 in Canby, OR March 14-16 , 2014

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral and the Greek parishes of the NW presents the annual GOYA Retreat!   2014-NW-GOYA-Lenten-Retreat-Liability-Release-form2014-NW-GOYA-Lenten-Retreat-Registration-Form  Thank you to St Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Seattle, WA (FB) for the info!


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“Taste of Russia” Sponsored by Holy Protection of the Theotokos Parish Seattle, Feb 23rd, 2014

Forefeast of the Meeting of Our Lord

Holy Protection of the Theotokos Orthodox Church presents: ( Please note that the event will take place at Bethany Presbyterian Church.


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Basics of Orthodoxy Lectures at St John’s in Beaverton, Oregon Feb 13-May 19th, 2014

Forefeast of the Meeting of Our Lord
St John the Baptist in Beaverton, Oregon is hosting their annual “Basics of Orthodoxy” an introduction to Orthodox Christianity class series.

“This series begins February 13, 2013 and runs thru May.  The first few classes are generally offered on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. Then on Mondays during Great Lent, we have Great Compline at 6:00 p.m., followed by 7:00 p.m. class. A specific schedule is usually available by January 1st of each  year. You can also check the online parish calendar to see if classes have been scheduled.   2014 basics class

All are invited to attend!

2014 basics class 

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Icon Workshop with Deacon Matthew Garrett in Billings, Montana August 11-15th, 2014

Icon Workshop with the NW’s own  Deacon Matthew Garrett at St Nicholas of South Canaan, in Billings Montana.

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From a Previous Post:  The Idaho Statesman had a front page article on Nov 5, 2011 about the Northwest’s own Boise Iconographer Deacon Matthew Garrett entitled; “Faces of faith: Orthodox Christian iconographer in Boise is part of an ancient tradition.”  More of his work can be seen by visiting his website Holy Icons, and his blog-Holy Icons an Iconographers blog.  He also just published a book “Sanctify those Who Love the Beauty of Thy House” image on the right.  “More than a Piece of Art” is another article on Mr. Garrett and his Iconography that was done for a Church in West Virginia by the  Register Herald in Beckley, WV.

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PATRAM: Uniting Musical Excellence with Orthodox Worship – A Wonderful New Opportunity for Choirs, Chanters, Priests, Missions and all Parishes of the Slavonic Tradition!


PaTRAM -Patriarch Tikhon Russian-American Music Institute.  This class which predominantly online with one on one training via Skype allows people to train from home and get professional feedback.  A truly wonderful opportunity for Parishes and Missions in the NW of Slavonic heritage.   Please watch the video below and look at the website to learn more. (OrthodoxNorthwest has posted on learning the Tones according to Russian tradition via CD’s here)

“The foundational purpose of PaTRAM is

  • to promote prayerful and professionally executed Russian Orthodox church singing in North America (in both English and Church Slavonic);
  • to establish the process and infrastructure for Maestro Vladimir Gorbik and other Orthodox conductors to instruct and influence the dynamic beauty of Eastern Orthodox conducting and singing in America and Canada.

Our intent is to positively improve the prayerful sound and quality of Orthodox church singing through

  • training a new generation of master conductors
  • growing the ranks of professionally trained singers in church choirs
  • significantly increasing the musical collaboration among members of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR), the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), and the faculty of the Moscow Representation Church of the Holy Trinity–Saint Sergius Lavra.

A Tradition of Orthodox Church Singing
Orthodox Christian liturgical worship cannot take place without singing. In the Russian Church, a glorious tradition of church singing dates back at least a thousand years. Even in the smallest towns and villages of Russia the standard “staff” of a church included an ordained priest and a tonsured psalm chanter whose responsibility was to organize and lead the choir and teach the children.”

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WOCA PreLenten Retreat – Seattle, WA Feb 21-22nd 2014


 The Washington Orthodox Clergy Association (WOCA) presents:

WOCA PreLenten Retreat – Feb 21-22, 2014  at Holy Assumption Church, Seattle.

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Crab Feed Sponsored by Holy Apostles at St Demetrios in Seattle WA Feb 22nd, 2014

Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church (FB) in Shoreline, Washington  Annual Crab Feed!


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Divine Liturgy at Historic Holy Trinity Church Feb 27th 2014 at, Wilkeson, WA

Holy Trinity Orthodox Church Wilkeson WA. The first Parish in NW United States and one of the oldest in the country. This parish was founded as part of the Russian Orthodox Church to serve all local Orthodox. (photo from OCA website)

There will be a Divine Liturgy at Historic Holy Trinity Parish in Wilkeson, Washington Feb 27th, for St Raphael of Brooklyn.  This Parish celebrated it’s 11oth Anniversary of it’s consecration on Sept 22, 2012, and is the oldest Orthodox Church building in the NW.  OrthodoxNorthwest posted pictures of the event and some history of this multiethnic founded parish at the time of the Anniversary.

 A more complete history is available here on the Holy Resurrection Parish Website .   Holy Resurrection in Tacoma is the active “daughter Parish” in  the Tacoma area.  

I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.  Ps 122:


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“Jerusalem” the Movie Now Showing at the OMSI in Portland Feb-April 20th 2014

Jerusalem the movie (FB) is now showing  Feb-April 20′th at the Oregon Museum Science and Industry (OMSI) in Portland.   There are supposed to be some wonderful shots of historic sites, and ancient Churches in the movie.  Click for Showtime information at the Empirical Theatre. 

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Filmed for the first time on Giant Screen theatres, JERUSALEM immerses audiences into one of the world’s most beloved cities. Discover why this tiny piece of land is sacred to three major religions through the stories of Jewish, Christian and Muslim families who call Jerusalem home. Join renowned archaeologist, Dr. Jodi Magness, as she travels underground to solve some of this city’s greatest mysteries. Find out why, after thousands of years, Jerusalem and the Holy Land continue to stir the imagination of billions of people. Unprecedented access to the city’s holiest sites, as well as rare and breathtaking aerial footage of the Old City and the Holy Land, combine to make JERUSALEM a unique and stunning cinematic experience.

Our website, www.jerusalemthemovie.com, will give you some high level information on the project. The film has taken 5 years to make with the support of many leading institutions and foundations, as well as the blessing of all the communities in Jerusalem and the Holy Land.

Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch (“Star Trek into the Darkness,” PBS’s “Sherlock”), JERUSALEM gives audiences a rare glimpse of the storied city, as well as exclusive access to iconic holy sites—including the Western Wall, the Dome of the Rock, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Jordan River, the Sea of Galilee, and the mountain fortress of Masada—and to little-known parts of the region. The 43-minute large format film was executive produced by the late Jake Eberts, legendary producer of movies such as “Gandhi,” “Chariots of Fire,” and “Dances with Wolves”; produced by Taran Davies, George Duffield and Daniel Ferguson; and written and directed by Daniel Ferguson. Large format industry veteran Reed Smoot, ASC, is Director of Photography.”

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Additional Teacher Needed for Expanding Agia Sophia Academy in Beaverton, OR for Fall 2014

Agia Sophia Academy (Friends of Agia Sophia Academy FB-ed) is expanding and needs an additional teacher for the fall of 2014 Application Dealine is Feb 28th.  Full details are here:  Elementary Teaching Position Ad 2014

Elementary Teaching Position Ad 2014


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2014 Pan-Orthodox Liturgical Music Symposium June 12-15, in Kentucky Plan Now!


“Orthodox Liturgical Music Composition:(FB)  Fostering a Living Creative Tradition in the English-Speaking World”  (Click banner or flier to go to website)


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St Nicholas’ Garden Has Spring 2014 Openings for Homeschooling Orthodox Families in Milwaukie, Oregon

St. Nicholas’ Garden is a new Language Arts program for homeschooling Orthodox Christian families. Its’ focus is the Riggs method of instruction, otherwise known as The Writing Road to Reading. The program offers a one or two day per week option and includes instruction in the Orthodox Faith. Our property is a one acre urban farm in Milwaukie complete with swings, treehouse, sandbox, working garden, apiary and chickens.

Lots of room for little legs to stretch during recess as well as an opportunity for social time with other homeschooled children.

The program is taught by certified teacher and master teacher of Riggs, Brigid Gerard.
For further information please contact her @ 971-678-9550 or visit her website brigidtutors.com

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St John the WonderWorker Orthodox Family Camp Dates Announced; Plan Now! (Aug 17-22, 2014)

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St John the Wonderworker Family Camp (FB)Families and singles alike, you are invited to attend Pan-Orthodox Family Camp, August 17 (Sunday afternoon) to Aug. 22 (Friday morning). We will celebrate the Divine Liturgy for Transfiguration on Tuesday, August 19. The location is the same as last year (Sky Camp near Eugene, OR). Stay tuned for more information.2014 Family Camp Save

Below is pictures from last years flier.  The info is not current but the pictures give you an idea of what it is like.


What is Family camp?

Family camp is an Orthodox camp for the whole family. It is an opportunity to gather with other Orthodox Christians of the Northwest and pray, learn, play, and fellowship together. There are activities for everyone: for the kids of all ages, talks for the adults, and an opportunity to make new friends and renew old friendships for all: There are fun activities for children, teens, young adults, parents, and grandparents.

Where is family camp?

The Family camp is located near Eugene Oregon at a beautiful lakeside Kiwanis camp.

Why go to family camp?

The St. John the Wonderworker Family Camp offers the opportunity to retreat from the world and set aside time for prayer, fellowship, classes, and other ways of building the Faith for those who may not have the resources or time to travel to a monastery or other place of pilgrimage. World-class speakers and teachers and helpers experienced with working with children contribute to a full experience of the Church in a beautiful wilderness setting. Every day we gather together to pray Matins, Vespers, and Compline and we always have a mid-week Divine Liturgy. We also have a special children’s Vespers, where the kids get a hands-on opportunity to participate in a service.

Family camp is also a fun place for children of all ages.  Children, teens and adults will have age appropriate seminars, activities and crafts in an environment that will build their understanding of the Orthodox faith.


Cesar Hadrian listening to the Charges against the Christians Family Camp From the Production of St Eustathios Placidas.  All the sets were painted by the performers.  2010 All Rights Reserved

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Registration Opens Feb 1, 2014 for Camp St Mary in July, in Post Falls, ID


Camp St. Mary Registration opens for Camp St Mary of Egypt Feb 1st!

Calling all campers! Camp St Mary of Egypt  St. Mary of Egypt Summer Camp will open registration on February 1, 2014. Camp will be held this year July 14-19 at Ross Point Camp in Post Falls, ID for campers ages 9-17. In order to secure a spot at camp, campers need to submit all their registration forms along with a $75 deposit as soon as possible. Our facility limits us to 110 campers and we expect to be at capacity this year–registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. (The balance of camp fees is due by April 1st for the Early Bird discount rate of $275, or June 1st for the regular rate  of $300). If you need scholarship assistance, please contact your priest as soon as possible, as the Order of St Ignatius scholarship applications must be submitted by March 1. Come join us for a beautiful and blessed week of camp!
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