Organizing For Liturgy at St Thekla!

Fr Basil is in talks for a space for regular liturgy. In the coming weeks dates will be posted. The hope is to have liturgies weekly or twice a month. The best way to stay up to date on dates times and ways to get involved is to sign up for the news letter. HERE.

Other events for connection, service, and fellowship are also being planned.

Link to a video of Fr Basil serving Proskomedia at the Eastern Liturgy at General Assembly.

Counting down to Liturgy

In any Orthodox Church the Eucharist is the central liturgical and communal activity and a center of faith and practice. In the coming weeks more items needed to celebrate the Divine Liturgy are in the works. Items are being checked off the list for scheduling a first community Liturgy.

In order to have Liturgy the Church has to have :

The appropriate clergy, – We now have a Priest

Permission/Licensure of the Bishop – We have that in the Antimins

Space – St Francis ECC has graciously given St Thekla use of their space

Liturgical items – The Chalice set and other small items are on their way

Iconostasis – We have a workable solution

Finally – A schedule of chanters and altar servers – We need to make sure we have a few people willing to be organizers and able to work together to make sure we are able to have at least one chanter and or altar server each week so we can have Liturgy.

Covid-19 Update

We are well into October and it is time to start thinking about Advent and the Nativity season. This year is looking like it will also be affected heavily by the pandemic. Currently, Florida as a whole, the Tampa Bay area, and Pinellas county still have relatively high daily numbers when it comes to new cases. At this point, activities of St Thekla UOC will remain online for the time being and mostly likley into and past Nativity.

Part of this is due to the basic wisdom of staying home and not gathering as much as possible. The spaces that STUOC would use have also decided to only/primarily do virtual meetings. Depending on the situation, numbers, and participation we may plan an outdoor activity/service.

Second, as on Orthodox Christian community, without an ordained priest we are only really able to do reader services. Once it is safe for travel, the plan is for the Bishop to come and ordain Sdn Basil. Given the numbers and trends it is not clear when that will happen.

In the interim a coffee hour/intro to Orthodoxy will be held Sundays at 4pm via Zoom link. This will be geared for new comers with discussion and information that will engage those who have been Orthodox for a while as well. For those who are new and are looking for catechism or to talk with the rector, meetings will be available via zoom.

My prayers and thoughts are with you all.

In Christ,

Sdn Basil

St Thekla UOC is Organizing

St Thekla UOC is a new mission of the Universalist Orthodox Church. Although still new, our Proistamenos began organizing last year. A number of setbacks, including Codiv 19 meant things had to be put off a bit.

Over the next few weeks there will be opportunities to connect and chat and learn more about inclusive Eastern Orthodox Christianity as well as the UOC. We are a church committed to expressing the fullness of the Eastern Orthodox traditions, but doing so in ways that are as inclusive as possible. If that peaks your interest check out our Facebook page, sign up for the email list, and join us for a coffee hour or service.