This Week’s Events:
- Saturday, 5 p.m.: Great Vespers and Confessions
- Sunday, 9:10 a.m. Hours; 9:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy
- See the Parish Calendar for information on additional services and/or events
The 60th Annual Diocesan Conference of the Bulgarian Diocese of Toledo of the Orthodox Church in America took place Saturday, October 7, and Sunday, October 8, 2023, hosted by St Nicholas Cathedral in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Father Don Anthony Freude and representatives from St. Elia were in attendance.
This year, participants were honored to welcome as a special guest the Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon. The conference concluded on Sunday with a primatial Divine Liturgy.
Bring your friends and a charitable spirit. All proceeds from this fundraiser benefit our parish!
Support the projects of the Sisterhood of St. Juliana and get a jump start on your holiday shopping at the same time! Shop at St. Elia’s special fundraising website for St. Elia Christmas Ornaments, gifts, teas, candies, snacks, cookie dough, candles, magazines, home decor, holiday items, kitchen items, and more!
Items can be shipped directly to your home or choose to have your items shipped to the church at no additional charge. Items delivered to the church will be available for pick up starting Sunday, December 4.
St. Elia will receive a large percentage of your purchase as a donation. The fundraising website will remain open through November 28.
We appreciate your support!
Shop online at: https://bit.ly/stelia-fundraiser
The youth of the Orthodox Church in America played a vibrant part at the 20th All-American Council held in Baltimore, Maryland, from July 18 through 22, 2022. Watch the video below.
Do you feel stuck? Do you want to make a change but don’t know where to start? Wellness and nutrition specialist Rita Madden is here to help!
Join us at St. Elia at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22, for a special webinar focused on guiding you through successful change utilizing the Holy Orthodox Tradition as the foundation.
We all have different areas that we need to work on; however, we can all utilize a behavior modification strategy that incorporates our faith and has been shown to help people make lasting change to address personal needs. Participants will be encouraged to participate in implementing processes into their day during the Nativity Fast (or at a different time if they choose) to help make sustainable and lasting habits to benefit their daily living. A bonus resource guide will be included that complements the workshop.
There are two different options for participation:
Cost: To watch at home there is suggested minimum donation of $6, to be paid when you register online. We request that you make a similar donation if you attend in-person. Proceeds cover Rita’s operating expenses and the remainder goes toward Orthodox Christian charities and mission projects.
About the host: Rita Madden (MPH, RDN) lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is the nutrition director for Mediterranean Wellness, a company that focuses on sensible weight loss/management and chronic disease prevention/management. She is the author of “Food, Faith, and Fasting: A Sacred Journey to Better Health” and hosts a podcast of the same name on Ancient Faith Radio.
Questions about the webinar? Contact Aaron Gray via email. See you on Monday!
Dearly Beloved in Christ,
Christ is risen!
Since the beginning of the Covid-19 Pandemic, we have been taking every precaution to protect the health and well-being of all of our people. In accordance with the CDC, the State of Ohio, and our Diocesan Directives, St. Elia Parish will follow the re-opening plan:
1) If you are sick and/or exhibit coronavirus symptoms, you must refrain from attending Services.
2) While the CDC and the State of Ohio have lifted the mask mandate, the social distancing and capacity restrictions, the State officials recommend that unvaccinated people continue to wear the mask indoors. The Diocesan Directives stress that everyone is welcome to continue wearing face coverings if there is any level of discomfort with this new guidance.
3) The kissing of Icons, the Cross, the Gospel Book and the priest’s hand when receiving the blessing is permitted if you are comfortable doing so.
4) The sanitizer and masks will be in the vestibule for your convenience.
5) Coffee Hour will resume following the Divine Liturgy.
Love in our Risen Lord,
Fr. Don Anthony Freude
June 2, 2021
During Great Lent we are called upon to fast not only for reasons of self-control and prayer, but also for reasons of love: to deny ourselves something that we may share what we have saved with someone else who is in need. This Lent, our parish family will be collecting items for the Peter Maurin Center. Located just 5 minutes north of St. Elia at 1096 N. Main St., the Center serves unsheltered and marginalized individuals and families in the Greater Akron area by offering prepared meals, warm clothing and friendship at their facilities and in the community.
Look for the bin located near the entrance of church, and drop off your items as you come in each week. If you are not currently attending services, contact Aaron Gray to pick up your donations. Below is a list of ideas of items that are currently in need at the Center:
Thank you for doing your part to help those in need!
To join the Zoom Meeting, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84874233013?pwd=dGlVa1A2NjVlbmZCZ2xqTTJIWjRQZz09
Meeting ID: 848 7423 3013
We look forward to sharing an evening filled with Scripture!
The Twelve Passion Gospels read by Fr. Don, Deacon James and members of the St. Elia Parish.
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Unable to make it to services? Watch live services on the St. Elia YouTube channel!