Ss Peter and Paul Orthodox Church
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America
Ben Lomond, California

Sunday Bulletin for July 5, 2020


Please forgive the bulletin format this week, this is NOT the new normal, just wanted to make sure you got some updates.

Red, White and Blue Men’s Breakfast/1 hr. Work crew July 4, 8 a.m.
Come enjoy our first semi-normal Saturday Men’s breakfast in months! A little brief teaching, some good discussion and fellowship, Bring vine and weed trimming garden tools if you are able to stay for a one hour max work party. Red (or at least pink) pork sausage, white roasted potato with red bell pepper, blueberries in pancakes to celebrate the 4th. Eggs and coffee of the usual colors too!


Parish Council Snapshot
A socially-distanced, well-masked PC met July 1 in the hall after Vespers. The chief piece of news is a unanimous vote in favor of a compensation package for the Dillon family that seems to meet the Archdiocese’s new 2020 guidelines for churches of our size and location. (It will be reviewed by the Dillons and our Englewood, NJ headquarters in the coming weeks before it starts.). Careful attention was also given to a) the needs of the Thompsons as they prepare to move and b) getting the parsonage ready for new occupants. Next meeting set for Aug. 11.


In the Rearview Mirror
For our patronal feast Fr. George preached from the leading passages on Christian love in the letters of both Ss. Peter and Paul. Easy choice for St. Paul: I Cor. 13. He asked us to imagine I Cor. 13 as an ad in the Word magazine for ideal parishioners. On the one hand, kind people who put others first, believe and hope for the best, endure hardship. On the other, people who avoid pride, rudeness, criticism, falsehood, and self-promotion. Would I dare submit my resume? No! Which one would God ask me to work on most?

I Peter 4:8 is more brief and blunt: we must put warm, practical love for one another above all things. Above being right, important, liked or respected, above attending lots of services, having our own way, getting the reactions or behavior we want from others? Yes, above all things! How wonderful if we take this Covid transition period as an opportunity to treat our services and sacraments as what they are always meant to be: opportunities to refuel ourselves to the maximum with God’s love, so we have an abundance of that love from which we give to others.


Updated Covid Letter From Met. JOSEPH
On Friday eve. June 26 Met. JOSEPH sent out an updated Covid directive to clergy and Parish Councils instructing them to strongly encourage social distancing and mask wearing both in the church and during social times outdoors and in the hall. This matches latest instructions from both state and local government. Thankfully Santa Cruz County, and the SLV are not identified hotspots, but documented infections are rising. Out of loving respect for Christ’s representative, Sayidna JOSEPH, and the vulnerable in our locale, please be careful on this!

Dispatch from the Dillons:
“You are all in my daily prayers!” Fr. Christopher

Just Down the Road .....

  1. July 6 - July 20: submit 2020-21 budget ideas to George Saad, Phil Salibi, or Fr. Tom.
  2. Aug. 9 - farewell Sunday for the Thompson Family
  3. Aug. 9-15 - farewell week with packing and meal assistance for Thompson family
  4. Aug. 16-22 - house preparation and move in for Dillon family
  5. Aug. 23 - Fr. Christopher’s first Sunday
  6. Sept. 13 - Annual parish meeting for budget vote, ministry reports, selection of new PC

Help for the Thompsons-
If you are interested in helping the Thompsons is the next weeks, please contact Amanda Baillie at 831.713.7583 or

Fr. Christopher Dillon, Pastor
Ss Peter & Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church

P.O. Box 458       
(9980 Highway 9)
Ben Lomond, CA 95005

Office Phone: (831) 336-2228
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