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Christmas Bake sale part 2 of 2

Sunday morning has arrived and it’s time for our bake sale! This year, the sale fell on November 11th,  the 24th Sunday after Pentecost. Today, in the Orthodox Church we commemorate the Martyrs Menas, Victor, Vincent, Stephanida and St. Theodore of the Studion.

Troparion - Martyrs (tone 4)
Thy holy martyrs Menas, Victor, Vincent, Stephanida, O Lord * through their sufferings have received incorruptible crowns from Thee our God * For having their strength they laid low their adversaries * and shattered the powerless boldness of demons.// Through their intercessions save our souls!

Troparion - St. Theodore (tone 8)
Champion of Orthodoxy and teacher of purity and true worship, * enlightener of the universe and adornment of hierarchs: * all-wise father Theodore, your teachings have gleamed with light upon all things. * Intercede before Christ God to save our souls!

You can read more about these precious saints and their lives here

Divine Liturgy begins at 9:00 am at St. Mary’s and at 8:0…

Christmas Bake sale part 1 of 2

It is baking day in the Saint Mary’s parish center!  We put out multiple communications asking for volunteers and boy did they show up!  We’re all here to have a lot of fun, bake some bread, and most importantly, have community with one another!

The master dough recipe is a sweet rich yeast dough, full of eggs, sugar, and fat. This is a sturdy dough, necessary to hold thick fillings and cheese.   I’ve placed it here in case your parish would like to use it.

3 c Milk
2 c Margarine
1 c Sugar
1 tbsp Salt
1/3 c Instant Yeast
1 tbsp Sugar
1 c Warm H2O
8 Eggs When liquid is luke warm & yeast has risen, add yeast to liquid, stir, add eggs, stir.
18 c Flour
Knead, let rise 30 minutes. Measure out 3/4 # balls, let rise 5 minutes. Roll out to about 14" square and 1/8" thick. Spread two level coffee cups of filling onto dough. Roll up and seal ends. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until done. Baste with melted ol…

Christmas Market prep and Holubki making!

The St. Mary’s Women’s Club Christmas market and Women’s Club sponsored coffee hour is just a few days away!  The sale will include assorted breads: cheese, poppyseed, nut, and apricot bread.  We will also have Christmas cookies, other assorted baked goods, perohi, holubki, Russian tea, and specialty coffees for sale.

Our parish kitchen has already been a flurry of excitement and activity as we start the prep work for the big baking day.  An email has been sent to all of our members with a timeline of baking activities, coffee hour needs and requests for volunteers. All of our members are asked to help bake bread on Saturday, bake on their own for the bake sale/coffee hour or pay the $20 donation stipulated by our club bylaws. We also placed a notice in the church bulletin asking anyone and all to come help us make bread! Skilled bakers, novice bakers, come and learn from those of us who have been doing this forever!

Does the thought of the holidays approaching give you anxiety? Mayb…