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Starosta's Newsletter - HVC - October 7, 2013
Starosta's Blog - Newsletter from the Church Warden
October 7, 2013
Daily Moleben at the Relics of St John the Wonderworker
After the morning Liturgy, Monday through Friday for the entire month of October, a moleben will be served for the health,salvation and a full and speedy recovery of our brethren in Russia’s Far East suffering from the devastating FLOOD 2013
Russian Far East Devastated by Flooding - The Secret Flood
Over the past few weeks, the Russian Far East has been devastated by the worst flooding in 120 years. According to the latest reports, rising waters have flooded 400,000 square miles in the Khabarovsk, Amur and Jewish Autonomous regions, as well as the Southern Urals. This is an area well over twice the size of California. More than 100,000 people from 185 towns have had their homes damaged or destroyed. Almost half the local crops are lost, leading to rising food prices. The flood has completely destroyed more than 280 km of roads and 71 bridges. Many people are suffering, especially the most vulnerable: the elderly, invalids, large families, and women with new born infants. Secret Flood? Because there is no coverage on American mainstream media.
The flood waters are forecast to recede as winter sets in, compounding the problems. Many flood victims are left without warm clothing, food, and are living in shelters. With the approach of cold weather it will be impossible to build new homes in time to protect the dispossessed from the effects of Russia's notoriously cold winter months.
Our own Archbishop Kyrill is going to the stricken areas with the Kursk Root Icon in November. He will deliver whatever funds we combine for humanitarian aid. We turn to you now and ask you: will you please help the victims of this terrible natural disaster? Every little bit helps - your donation will bring food and clothing to people desperately in need. May God bless you for your generosity!
Checks Please make checks out to "HVC" (Memo "Flood") Send to: HVC, Attn: Church Warden, 6210 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121
Online donations also accepted via PayPal through Russian American Community Services at www.racssf.org
100% of donations will be delivered to those in need through reliable parties. Money is what we can send. Donate today so our Rector can deliver our combined gift. Thank you, God Bless you.
It is an honor to be the Starosta- Parish Warden of our active parish, home of the Relics of St John the Wonderworker of Shanghai and San Francisco. In my other job, that of Executive Director of Russian American Community Services we provide nutritional Meals on Wheels to 300 seniors and disabled adults daily. We also sponsor several programs in Russia such as Bestow Mercy see http://sotvorimilost.ru/. This program serves 400+ meals daily to the neediest in the most miserable of Siberian conditions. Our Russian experience permits RACS to provide relief directly with 100% of the donations reaching the target. You are welcome to ask questions on any topic at Starosta@SFSobor.com