St. Thomas the Apostle
Orthodox Church
Waldorf, MD

September 19, 2021

See Announcements below (8/13/21) regarding mandatory masks for indoor gatherings

 

Welcome!

 

 

 

Welcome to Saint Thomas the Apostle

Orthodox Christian Church!

We are a Christ-centered church who loves to have visitors, and you are welcome to visit or join us for a service anytime! All services are conducted in English. While our church was founded by immigrants from Slovakia, Poland and Western Ukraine, today we are comprised of peoples of all ethnic backgrounds, most of whom are American converts to the ancient Orthodox Christian faith.

 

If you have questions or would like to visit when there isn't a service, please use the email contact form on the bottom of this page to contact our priest, Fr. Joseph Edgington.

A Word from the Holy Fathers

Whoever loves according to God, "dwells in God, and God in him", as Christ's beloved Theologian tells us (1 John 4:16). So he who truly loves God has God dwelling in him, and naturally confesses his faith in God. On the other hand, as he dwells in God, God too will acknowledge him. The words, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me, him will I confess also" (cf. Matt. 10:32), demonstrate the unbroken union between God and those who acknowledge Him, from which he who denies Him has distanced himself. These mutual exchanges between God and man are divinely just, arid fairly reward like with like.

Passage taken from 6/27/21 Sobornost 

-St. Gregory Palamas

 

 

 

 

4419 Leonardtown Rd  Waldorf, MD  20601

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Services & Announcements
Upcoming Services
Sunday, September 19th
8:45am Matins/Orthros
10:00am Divine Liturgy
Wednesday, September 22nd
6:00am Moleben to the Theotokos
Friday, September 24th
6:00am Moleben to the Cross
Saturday, September 25th
4:30pm Confession
5:00pm Great Vespers
Announcements
  • (8/13/21) Indoor Mask Mandate - Charles County, MD
    As of 5:00 Friday the 13th, Charles County re-instituted an indoor mask mandate for everybody over the age of five, vaccinated or unvaccinated. So, plan on wearing a mask in church. Lunch on Sundays will be served and we'll have more outdoor seating available.

  • (8/27/21) Ancient Faith Radio Podcast
    We are pleased to inform you that His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory recently was invited to take part in an Ancient Faith Radio Podcast - "Healthy Minds Healthy Souls"  The topic is "Faith and Science". Please take a moment to listen to this informative presentation.
    Link to Podcast

  • (9/5/21) OCMC Trek For Missions Campaign
    With the Blessing of Metropolitan Gregory, the National Sr. ACRY is leading a Diocesan Effort to support OCMC'S Trek For Missions Campaign to Raise Funds for Orthodox Missionaries throughout the world at the upcoming Convention in Binghamton, NY. All are invited (you need not be an ACRY member)  to join the ACRY Convention 21 Team and walk, run, or cycle on Sunday Sept 5th at 1:00 pm at Otsiningo park in Binghamton, NY along the banks of the Chenango River. Trek Poster and info located here

    To Register For the Team and offer financial support please click here

  • (9/25/21) Diocesan Parenting Workshop Series
    The series of Workshops began in 2019, continued in online form in 2020, and are now beginning again.  Metropolitan Gregory continues to ask all of us to support our parents in their God-given vocation as parents.  This series of Workshops is being offered as part of that support.

    1.       Saturday, September 25, 2021 from 10:30am - 4:30pm at St. Michael’s Church in Binghamton, NY.

    2.       Saturday, October 16, 2021 from 10:30am - 4:30pm at St. John’s Church in East Pittsburgh, PA., and

    3.       Saturday, November 6, 2021 from 10:30am - 4:30pm at Holy Resurrection Church in Potomac, MD.


    Learn More And Register


  • (10/2-5/21) 10th Annual Assembly of Bishops Meeting
    For the last decade, members of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America have gathered annually to discuss and decide important matters affecting the life, growth, and unity of the Orthodox Church, its ministries, finances, and philanthropic concerns. The Assembly Meetings also offer excellent networking opportunities with the Bishops through receptions and other public events. Below is a schedule of this year’s services and events that will be open to the public.

    More Information

    Register



SPF 50 - Scripture Prayer Family

Updated for July 7, 2021!!!

Earlier, our Diocese started a new ministry for families: SPF50.

Thank you to all our families who have participated in the SPF50 Ministry. Together we have completed 6 of the SPF50 publications!!

The Seventh edition of SPF50 is now available. The reading schedule begins on July 7, 2021.

We are excited to continue the NEW reading program in the sixth edition!! The NEW reading program highlights many ESSENTIAL Biblical Stories like Creation, Noah and the Ark, the Exodus, the call of the Prophet Samuel, and many others throughout the Old and New Testaments.

If you haven’t joined SPF50 yet, now is a great time to start! Make a commitment to reading Scripture and praying together with your family. Even the busiest of families can make a commitment to read from the Bible and pray together for 50 minutes a month. Don’t forget to fill out the Commitment Card which is available in the SPF50 Section of the Diocesan Website, and then return the Card to your parish priest.

Orthodox Christian families face many challenges.  Engaging children with their faith both in church and at home and helping parents keep Christ as Head of their household present ongoing difficulties. Far too often, what is experienced at church on Sundays is not brought back into the home. When that disconnect remains, as youth leave home to begin a new life on their own, they will often leave the Church behind as well.

Follow this link to the Diocessan website for more information on how you and your family can participate in this campaign.

Click To Download- Seventh Issue (Jul 7 - Oct 2, 2021)

Click To Download  Sixth Issue   (Apr 4 - Jul 3, 2021)

Click To Download Fifth Issue 

Click To Download  Fourth Issue

Click To Download Third Issue

Click To Download Second Issue

Click To Download First Issue 


We encourage you to be a part of the SPF50 Ministry.  If you missed the first few Issues of reading Scripture and Praying together as a family, you can join now. This Ministry is meant to be ongoing as Scripture reading and praying together as a family are meant to be an ongoing part of your family’s life in Christ.

 


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