On 28th August, the feast of the Dormition of the Holy Theotokos this Sunday, the Holy Hierarchical Liturgy in the church of St. Petka was served by His Grace Mitrofan, Bishop of Eastern-Ameirican Diocese. On this occasion we celebrate the start of raising the roof construction on our new church.
Our goal was to gather as many parishioners to introduce them in all the previous works. We also had the intention to collect donations for the continuation of work on the building.
After the Liturgy, there was a luncheon, during which we were entertained by children from Serbian folklore group from St. Petersburg Serbian Pearl, and the Serbian Crown, folklore group from Orlando. With music, dance, food and drink, friendship lasted until late afternoon.
At the end of the day, when we gathered the collected donations toward church construction, we calculated that during the day we collected about $40,000, which will greatly help the work to be completed.
We would like to thank everyone who participated in this event. Many people had the opportunity to assist in the organization of the gathering, by inviting parishioners, preparing food, doing the landworks to prepare the part of the land by the lake for such exciting day.
With the desire and hope in the new similar gatherings, we will continue to work to raise a new temple, and to raise funds for new ventures.