St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, McKinney, Texas
St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, McKinney (Dallas area) Texas
708 S Chestnut, McKinney, TX 75069-6503 Phone: 972 658-5433

Announcements for the 16th   Sunday after Pentecost, 2021

Oct 17 2021 ns

Updated: 10/20/2021 2:20:00 PM

Services and events this week – Oct 18-24 2021. 1


Fall Festival – Sun, Oct 30, 4pm.. 2

For New or Prospective members. 3

Home-School coop -every Wednesday! 3

Expanded Confession hours on Saturday. 3

Trapeza. 5

Audio-visual “minister”. 5

Saving Orthodox Piety. 5

Links to get involved. 6

Will you join our ministry?. 6

Miscellany. 7

Recent articles. 7


Services and events this week – Oct 18-24 2021

***NOTE! Sunday Liturgy is permanently set to an earlier time! ***

Date/Time                  Service

Mon/Oct 18/7pm                   Vespers

Mon/7:30pm              Akathist to the Theotokos

Tue/6am                     Divine Liturgy

Tue/6pm                     Paraclesis to St Nikiforos

Wed/9am                   Liturgy and home-school coop

Wed/6pm                   Moleben to St. Panteleimon

Wed/7pm                   Vespers

Thu/8:30am                Liturgy

Thu/7pm                     Symposium on Covid by Dr Robles and Marina Holland

Sat/2-5pm                   Confession by sign-up

Sat/5-8pm                   Vigil

Sun/8:30am                Confession by sign-up

Sun/9am                     Hours

Sun/9:20 AM               Liturgy

Sun/12:30pm              Sunday School for ages 6-99


We will have a symposium open to everyone regarding protocols to protect against getting infected with Covid, and also protocols during a Covid infection and protocols if a person has been vaccinated and wants to increase their immunity or has some concern about their vaccination. There will be an opportunity to ask medical and spiritual questions.

The parish has resources for contacting doctors to treat covid, and pharmacies who will provide some important medicines used for covid infections.  Contact Fr Nicholas or Fr Seraphim.  If you need help finding supplements and health recommendations to help prevent COVID or relieve symptoms, please ask.


Fall Festival – Sun, Oct 30, 4pm

Our parish is hosting a Fall Festival on Sunday, October 31st at the parish hall starting at 4:00. We will not be having Children’s Sunday School or Trapeza that day. It will be an opportunity to share a meal with your family allowing us to setup. Adult Sunday School and catechesis will be held at the church so the classes will not get in the way of setup.


Children can dress up as their saint and will have opportunity to share about the life of their saint if interested. (From Fr Seraphim: Please be interested and help your child to be interested! It is critical that we provide alternatives for our children rather than the sinful activities of the world.)


The kids will be able to paint and decorate small pumpkins, but we ask that parents would supply the pumpkins for their children. We will try our best to have a few available, but if you can bring your own, that would be very helpful.


We will be accepting $5 per family donations at the door following Liturgy to help with the festival.


We are in need of hoola hoops so if anyone has a hoola hoop we can borrow please let Monica know. Thank you.


For New or Prospective members

We have a lot of new members.  Welcome! If any of you would like information on how to get involved in our sisterhood or brotherhood, or any other needs, please see Reader Sergius (or most of the men) or MMarina (or  most of the women).  There are lots of ways to get to know people, and to be involved. If you are on the web, contact father Seraphim (972 658-5433 and he will put you in contact with anybody you need to know

Home-School coop -every Wednesday!  

Every Wednesday, after liturgy. We are starting a small, but with God’s help, and the active participation of our parish family, we will expand and eventually have an alternative or public school. Both Fr Seraphim and Fr Nicholas adamantly believe that if it is at all possible, the family should not have their children educated in public school. He is going to take some work to get there!


Expanded Confession hours on Saturday.

(Published 2021-10-20)

Because we need more time for confessions, I am adding an hour to my confession schedule on Saturday. It is in the link ( I will start at 1 o’clock now.


Starting with this coming Saturday, 10/23, I will have confession from 1:00 PM till 4:30 PM


Please note that next week (Sat, 10/30), that extra hour will not be scheduled because I will be driving back from North Padre Island on Saturday afternoon, but confession should begin at 2 o’clock on that day.


Please note that I am present and ready to hear confessions whether or not people come. I spend the time either saying my rule for communion, or saying the Jesus prayer, preparing my sermon, or doing some web work or reading.


There is no reason why you couldn’t do something similar. Confession slots are 15 minutes, and not everyone takes 15 minutes, and some people perhaps might take a little bit longer, but there is generally extra time available. It’s not easy to know when, but if you came to church to say your communion rule, pray for others, read the lives of the saints, or do some other reading, or even work on your notepad, you would be there when there is extra space.


We need to work together to have everyone confess at least every 2 to 3 weeks. It’s not always possible to have things be convenient. As a priest, I do not try to make things convenient for me. I think everyone should have that attitude. If you’re able to come around 1 o’clock and wait for a spot, then may God bless you. God will reward you for your prayer during that time in your reading and your patience.


I am often able to make appointments for confession before 1 o’clock. If you need a little extra time or more privacy, you can always ask me. Many times, I can come earlier. I can also hear confessions, preferably by appointment, before some evening services, such as Wednesday or after evening services.


If there are people who would regularly schedule confession on Monday evening, I can plan to come on Mondays when father Nicholas is serving in hear confessions during that time.


At this time, unless wild horses start dragging me somewhere, I do not plan to allow, as a rule, confessions during the vigil. Your priests are Christians and also sinners who need to pray just as much as you do. We try to pray during the vigil, and it’s essential for us. Everyone in a parish should want (and help) their priests to be prayerful during the vigil so that they can be prayerful during the Divine liturgy. It is very difficult and sometimes impossible to be prayerful during the vigil if we are constantly being called away to hear confessions. I understand that this is a tradition in some parishes, but it’s a tradition of convenience and certainly not to enhance pridefulness or compunction in anyone!


May God bless you and help you in all things. Priest Seraphim



We will eat something together after every Sunday liturgy.

Every Sunday, the sisterhood and/or Brotherhood will provide a full lunch, free to all. Ladies who wish to join the sisterhood, please talk to Matushka Marina (

Any member of the sisterhood may access our sisterhood Monthly Trapeza sign-up, and enter what they are bringing for the monthly meal. (You will need a password to access this page. Please contact Fr Nicholas, or Fr Seraphim ( , or any member of the sisterhood for this password):

Sisterhood Signup:

Anyone (1 person only) may SIGN UP to bring snacks for a particular Sunday here.


We will also have a donation box available at the meal if you wish to donate toward the cost of snacks or supplies.

Audio-visual “minister”


We could use someone with minor technical skills to take creating and maintaining a video montage of life at our parish to be displayed on a screen at the hall. Just using a thumb drive is all that is needed. Anyone interested please contact FS or FN or MM.

Saving Orthodox Piety

Please remember that it is not sufficient to just come to Sunday Liturgy! If you wish to find salvation, you must be pursuing a conscious Orthodox Life, centered around prayer and fulfillment of God's commandments. You must be fighting the passions of your soul and body with the aid of frequent confession, and communion as often as your confessor advises.

If you wish to receive communion regularly (you should!), you must confess every 2-3 weeks, fast and pray as recommended by your confessor, attend the evening services before communion, say the appointed preparation prayers and fast from midnight, and be on time for the Liturgy.



Links to get involved

Will you join our ministry?

We really mean that. It’s not just words. To donate to our building fund, and send us the names of your loved ones in your nuclear family, we will pray for them forever, at every liturgy. If you want we can keep you informed about things happening in our little country church in McKinney Texas. Just let us know your email address and your desire to be kept informed.

You can donate via PayPal, at: Donate to St Nicholas Orthodox Church


We are happy to accept checks which are even better because there’s no processing fee taken out. Mail to St Nicholas Orthodox Church, 708 S Chestnut, McKinney, TX 75069


Please, with your donation however you make it, send us the names of your nuclear family and who is Orthodox and who is not. Also, send us the names of your loved ones that have reposed. We will pray for them as long as the walls of our church are standing, in perpetuity.



Our Sisterhood helps with many things around the church, from cleaning to our weekly Trapeza. If you would like to join, please speak to Matushka Marina.

Our brotherhood helps with work around the property and meets for fellowship. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Rdr. Sergius Burns.

If you do not receive phone texts regarding updates, please send a text or email to Fr Seraphim or Fr Nicholas, stating your phone number, and we will add you to the distribution list.


Recent articles


Nativity of the Theotokos. Deliverance will always come quickly.


The Nativity of the Theotokos is the first feast of the church year, and her Dormition is the last. We reflect on how these “bookends” can point to the beginning and the end of our salvation. The “beginning” of the gospel began with Jesus Christ but Jesus Christ the man began with the Theotokos, and the Theotokos was born in time, an obscure holy girl, and only 15 years later, the Lord Jesus Christ would be born in only a short time after that He would select His disciples, and preach and heal, and die on the cross and resurrect Himself, and ascend to heaven and send the Holy Spirit to us. And we see the end result of all this in the Dormition of the Theotokos when a mere dead human being, is brought to heaven, with a perfected body and soul. We also reflect on how the deliverance of God will not be denied. Everything will happen in the right time, and will not be slow according to God’s plan although sometimes we think deliverance is coming slowly. It is not coming slowly, and it is coming



What is the fear of God and how do we obtain (and keep) it?


At the beginning of one of our catechesis classes (, we answer the question: “What is the fear of God”, and added words about how we can obtain and keep it. The photo is of me with the little Obowski, my grandson, who is no longer as little, and loved more and more every day. I made "axe-man" (another name for him) movies on various theological topics when he was a baby.





Beheading of the Baptist. A lesson about the way of life and death.


On the day we celebrate the beheading of St. John the Baptist with a mixture of joy and sorrow and all we consider a day that is a day of death and life and way of life that is of life and way of life that is of death. Because of the times we are in when people are calling death life and life death, we make comments about the pandemic and mandates and how we are to live in such times if we want to follow the way of life.


Remembering the past, being in the present, pondering the future: The Vespers Ectenia “Let us complete our evening prayer…”




Exegesis of last Vespers Ectenia which begins: “Let us complete our evening prayer unto the Lord.” These prayers are basically in the past, and the present and in eternity, all at once. The rest of the petitions that we talk about are:

Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and keep us, O God, by Thy grace.

That the whole evening may be perfect, holy, peaceful, and sinless, let us ask of the Lord.

An angel of peace, a faithful guide, a guardian of our souls and bodies, let us ask of the Lord.

Pardon and remission of our sins and offenses, let us ask the Lord.

Things good and profitable for our souls and bodies, and peace for the world, let us ask of the Lord.

That we may complete the remaining time of our life in peace and repentance let us ask of the Lord.  

 Christian ending to our life, painless, blameless, peaceful; and a good defense before the dread Judgment Seat of Christ, let us ask.



The answer to all questions: the “Eagles” are in malice as children, and in understanding as men.


A discussion of a difficult saying of Jesus: “for wheresoever the carcass is there will be the eagles gathered together.”, combined with something else we read today: “Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.” (1 Cor 14:20). Many are wondering "What to do" Christians always know what to do at least in a general way: we are to be in malice as children, and in understanding as men, and endure to the end. If we are always where the body is, we will be Eagles.



Welcome to St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, McKinney Texas, 20 miles N of Dallas!

We are diverse community of Orthodox Christians from all parts of the globe. Some of us are emigres from Russia, Ukraine, Greece, Bulgaria and other Orthodox nations, while others are American converts to Orthodoxy. We have all found the "Pearl of great price" in the Holy Catholic and Apostolic Eastern Orthodox Christian Church, and we hope that this web page will give you (in English and some Russian) a taste of our beliefs, dogmas, doctrines and way of life.

The Divine Liturgy and other services are performed 100% in English, with some things added in Church Slavonic. We gladly welcome visitors and inquirers and always have a complimentary meal on Sunday to get acquainted.

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