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We are building a deck because our trapeza is too small.

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011


We have a good "problem". We built a small temple with an even smaller hall because that was all we could afford, and started worshipping in it June 2011. We have grown enough to make it impossible to fit everybody in our tiny trapeza (church hall).

We have decided to build a covered deck outside the hall, since adding to the building is way out of our means right now. This will more than double our usable dining space. It is important to have more dining space, since a very important part of our community life is that we always eat a meal (not just donuts and coffee!) together after liturgy.

We plan to add fans, heaters, misters and plastic sheeting, like you see in some restaurants, so we can use the deck year round. 

We have a donation to build the deck, but will need to raise funds for the absolutely necessary roof, tables, etc. The deck will be about 7 or 8 thousand, and a shingled roof will be about 9 thousand (we are exploring a canvas roof to reduce costs). We will also need to get fans, tables, etc.

Would you help us? See our Building Fund page to make a donation online or.

Donate to the Building Fund using PayPal.
You may also send funds to: St Nicholas Orthodox Church
memo "Building Fund"
P.O. Box 37, McKinney TX. 75070

OF COURSE, as before, we will consider all donators to be founding benefactors of our parish. As with all our founding benefactors, we promise to you that we will pray for your loved ones perpetually in the Divine Liturgy. We written into our by-laws that all benefactors should be prayed for in the liturgy by all rectors. and will commemorate their loved ones forever.

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Fall Stewardship Campaign, Part 3. Giving our fruits must happen to increase our faith.

Monday, November 8th, 2010


Synopsis: What I want as your pastor is that everyone gives to the church. The amount is not a critical thing to me. What is critical to me, as your pastor, is that you give of your fruits to God and it will increase your faith. I know this to be true in my own lie and the lives of many I have counseled…

2Corinthians 8:12 "For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not."

Deuteronomy 14:22-23 "Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year. (23) And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always."

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Sponsor a Tree. A Fundraising Drive for St. Nicholas Church in McKinney, TX

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010



Our new church is nearly complete, but the cost for landscaping is much higher than we expected or than we can afford.

Can you help us by sponsoring a tree or bush?


ALL the trees are REQUIRED by the City of McKinney, and the prices we've found are extremely good.

Benefactors will be commemorated at every Liturgy in perpetuity, and a plaque will be placed on the tree if the donations are made in somebody's memory.


Live Oak

(5 needed) $597 ea.

Cedar Elm

(4 needed) $616 ea.

Bald Cypress

(7 needed) $680 ea.


(8 needed) $426.50 ea



Burford Holly (8 needed) $157 ea.

Burford Holly Dwarf (12 needed) $51 ea.

Japanese Barberry Purple Leaf (23 needed) $45 ea.

Wax Myrtle Dwarf (18 needed) $61 ea.

Nandina Momestica (16 needed) $48 ea.

Yaupon Hollies Dwarf (4 needed) $43 ea.

Grass: (entire lot) $3977

Please send donations to: St Nicholas Orthodox Church, PO 37, McKinney TX 75070.

Our parish will still be praying for your loved ones well past when all the trees are full grown!


Fr. Seraphim Holland, Rector, 972-658-5433,

Deacon Nicholas Park, Treasurer, 972-422-2092,


Take a look at our: “Sponsor a Tree” Real-Time Progress



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Haiti Earthquake relief – Medical relief, FFA news

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Jan 8/21 2010

Fr. Matthew Williams is en route to King’s Hospital in Port au Prince, where IOCC has delivered $1m in medical supplies.  It is one of the few functioning hospitals in Port au Prince and while there are many doctors, there exists a great need for experienced medical personnel to support the doctors in operating rooms and with follow up care. 

Also, later this afternoon, another convoy of supplies will be arriving in Port au Prince that contains food and water purification equipment. IOCC has  made arrangements for Fr. Matthew and Fr. Gregoire to meet the coordinators of this shipment so that they can link the Orthodox communities to distributions of these items.  

The Fund for Assistance to ROCOR has donated 10,000 to the IOCC and 6,000 directly to our team on the ground.

Fr. Victor Potapov

FFA Executive Director

Personal note:

I am a registered nurse, but not highly trained in trauma. I have contacted the IOCC but will most likely get some trauma training and become a first responder at a later date. I have no idea where all this will lead. At this point, I am itching to get there and help with my two "skills" – nursing and the priesthood. In the meantime, as I get word of Orthodox victims, living or reposed, I will pass them on. An IOCC representative has told me that they will publish names of reposed when they get confirmation. We are obligated to pray fervently for Haiti, and especially for our suffering brethren there. In my church, this will be happening for a very long time. Priest Seraphim.

Haiti Earthquake relief/Fund for Assistance News

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Just received from the Executive director of the FFA, Archpriest Victor Patapov:

Another 6.0 earthquake struck Haiti today. The situation in that poor country is dire.

As of today the Fund for Assistance to the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia has collected over $50,000 and disbursed $16,000 of aid to the suffering people of Haiti through trusted clergymen on the ground there. This is an ongoing fundraising effort.

We are working towards opening a clinic on the grounds of one of our five parishes in Haiti. Please pray for Fr. Gregoire, Fr. Jean, their long-suffering parishioners and for Deacon Matthew Williams of House Springs, MO. He is doing a magnificent job in Haiti, negotiated with the United Nations, the Red Cross, IOCC and other organizations to get aid to our people.

Please support our fundraising effort. If have yet to give, or would like to donate more, please send your checks to

Fund for Assistance/Haiti
c/o Synod of Bishops
75 East 93rd St.
New York, N.Y. 10128

I want to emphasize that every single penny donated to this project is spent on this project. None of the money earmarked for Haiti is being used for administrative costs or overhead. When the dust settles and we catch our breath, a full accounting of how our donors money was spent will be published on the FFA’s website:

Earthquake in Haiti: Statement of the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

Metropolitan Hilarion

NEW YORK: January 16, 2010

Statement by the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad 

It was with pain in my heart that I learned of the terrible catastrophe that has befallen the people of Haiti, and wish to express my profound empathy with the anguish felt by all the island’s occupants, and especially our brothers and sisters carrying on their service to God and man within the Orthodox Mission of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. I pray for the repose of the souls of those who died during the earthquake, I pray for those who survived, that the Lord bless them with His consolation and heavenly aid. May the Lord bless the rescuers and all those who are going to that country with the aim of helping its occupants!  

Brothers and sisters, let us not forget that the poor and unfortunate are our joy, for they edify our character, and such tragedies give us the opportunity to be Christians not only in name, but in deed. Let us remember the words of the Gospel, how many images, parables and calls by the Lord in which He says that we must pray for each other, help and serve our neighbor. Much can be said about this, much can be understood, but the most important thing, my beloved, is to act and live in accordance with our faith. That is why I ask all of you, dear brother archpastors, reverend fathers, brothers and sisters, to help the Fund for Assistance to the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia in its effort to provide necessary aid to our brothers and sisters in Haiti.  

With love in the Lord and a plea for prayers, 

Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York
First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. 

January 16, 2010


Haiti earthquake relief from the Fund for Assistance

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

A letter from Fr. Victor Potapov, Executive Director of the (ROCOR) Fund for Assistance.

Dear Fathers and Brethren,

As all of you have heard by now, a very powerful earthquake has devastated Haiti, the poorest country in our hemisphere. The media reports that up to 3,000,000 Haitians have been affected by this calamity. Life in Haiti is
very difficult under normal circumstances. Now it on the brink of becoming unbearable.

Officials fear thousands – perhaps more than 100,000 have perished. Death is everywhere in Port-au-Prince. Bodies of tiny children were piled next to schools. Corpses of women lay on the street with stunned expressions frozen on their faces as flies began to gather. Bodies of men were covered with plastic tarps or cotton sheets. The  international Red Cross said a third of Haiti’s 9 million people may need emergency aid and that it would take a day or two for a clear picture of the damage to emerge.

ROCOR’s mission in Haiti has nearly 2000 members. We have been trying to reach our priests there, but so far no luck. Most of the telephone towers in Haiti have been destroyed or damaged.

Folks there need our help.

Please pass this on to your parishioners.

The Fund for Assistance has been reaching out to parishes to get at least 10-20 of our communities to pledge 100-200 dollars a month for our mission in Haiti. Our Haitian Orthodox community needs only 2000 per month to survive. To date the response to FFA’s plea has been lukewarm…

Now the need in Haiti is greater than ever and now may be the time to speak to your parish councils to pledge any monthly you can muster to help our poor brothers and sisters in Haiti.

If you have any questions, please contact my assistant Alena Plavsic at

Any pledges or collections on behalf of the Orthodox community in Haiti should be sent to the following address:

Fund for Assistance
c/o Synod of Bishops
75 East 93rd Street
New York, New York 10128

Thank you.

Fr. Victor Potapov
Executive Director/FFA