"Gracanica" Serbian Orthodox Church

1960 Meldrum Road ~  Windsor  Ontario 

SECOND QUARTERLY MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Tuesday August 20, 2019
at 6:30pm
in the Gracanica Church Lower Hall
GRACANICA CHURCH SLAVA
Dormition of the Holy Theotokos - August 28th

Hiearchal Liturgy 10:00am
Slava Banquet at the Serbian Centre 6:00pm

Seating Reservation can be made online at:  https://forms.gle/35mCgFGAEzriZgwC6

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,                                                          Прочитајте писмо на српском језику.

Peace and grace of God be upon us all.

This letter is to inform you that the Board of Directors of Gracanica Church has established a Plan for repairs and maintenance of the Church roof, masonry and windows. After a thorough inspection of the major leakage from the bell tower, with the help and expert knowledge of Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance, urgent repairs before winter were recommended. Attention is needed for the bell tower, water leaking inside and masonry crumbling that could result in major damage to the church structure and possibly create a safety issue as well.

Together, our community can reach our minimum goal of raising $52,167 for repairs. The urgent plan of action approved by the Board, and unanimously by members present at the special meeting held on July 9, 2019 is as follows:

  1. Bell Tower $27,667
  2. North & West Roof $13,000
  3. South & East Roof $11,500


We hope to continue with the building repairs diligently and timely. Thus, we have created a building maintenance account that will be used solely for this purpose in the future.

We’re looking forward to repairing and maintaining our beautiful Church for all of our members to use in love and with joy, and we would appreciate your support for this project benefiting our Church Community.

This year the Serbian Orthodox Church marks 800 years of her autocephaly. It was on the Feast of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God that St. Sava of Serbia received the letter from the Patriarch of Constantinople by which the autocephaly was granted to the Serbian Church. Our beautiful Church is dedicated to the feast of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God. Thus, for us gathered around Gracanica, this great jubilee carries even greater significance. We are blessed that our Church is dedicated to the Most Holy Mother of God because she, in a most unique way, is the temple of God on earth. She is beautiful. She is full of grace. She is transcendent and eternal because of the graces received from her Son. So too, an Orthodox Church should be a silent witness to these truths. Here our forefathers have built a temple that is beautiful and transcendent and full of God’s presence and grace. Here the Son of God dwells in his Sacramental presence. This beautiful church is therefore a reminder of the Most Holy Mother of God, and if a reminder of her, then a reminder that her destiny is the destiny of each one of us. We too are called to be temples of the Holy Spirit, by being recipients of the Son of God through the Sacramental life. We too are called to be transformed by hard work, sacrifice and God’s grace to become everlastingly beautiful. We too are called to an eternal destiny.

We are asking the faithful of goodwill around our Church to pray with us and also lend a helping hand as we move forward to completion of the re-construction.  

On behalf of our Church Community, we would like to thank you in advance for your support. We would like you to know that your contribution will go toward the most urgent repairs of Gracanica Church. You may give your offering online by pre-authorized payment or e transfer, or by contacting Mrs. Jelica Stevanov and Mr. Nikola Gacesa at [email protected] or during services at the church. 


Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver 2 Corinthians 9:7.

We pray that God keep you in perfect peace that is from above, as we join hands in making sure we today, are worthy of the efforts of our forefathers.
On Behalf of the Board of Directors of Gracanica Serbian Orthodox Church,

Yours in the love of the Lord,


Vladimir Pribojan, President                   Fr. Vladimir Vranic, Parish Priest


CHURCH BELL TOWER RENOVATIONS UNDERWAY 


Glory be to God, the necessary repairs on the church bell tower have begun. We are very grateful to Mirko Vranesevic, Stanko Bezarevic, Nikola Zubic, Milan Pecarski and Nikola Gacesa for dedicating their time and expertise today so that very important major work can begin faster than originally planned. May the blessing of the Lord be upon them and their loved ones through the prayers of Sts. Peter and Paul as we prayerfully celebrate their feast.


С Божјом помоћи, неопходне оправке на звонику цркве су отпочете. Веома смо захвални Мирку Вранешевићу, Станку Безаревићу, Николи Зубићу, Милану Пецарском и Николи Гаћеши што су посветилу своје време и умеће како би важан посао могао бити обављен данас, много брже од планираног. Нека би благослов Божји био на њима и њиховим највољенијима, молитвама светих апостола Петра и Павла чији и празник молитвено прослављамо.

CHURCH ENTRANCE DOOR & CARPET RENOVATIONS

It is our great joy to share with you that the replacement of the entire church carpeting, and at the same time, a rather complex process of refurbishing the main church doors have begun. We owe immense gratitude to our selfless and generous donors who made this possible. Glory be to God for all things!


Cа радошћу желимо да поделимо са вама да су отпочети процеси замене свих тепиха у нашем храму, и у исто време захтевне рестаурације главних улазних врата. Огромну захвалност дугујемо несебичним и великодушним приложницима који су ове подухвате и омогућили. Слава Богу за све!