You are invited to take a nice one and a half hour country drive, walk in fresh country air, pray, and break bread together
Lexington) at 2:30 PM, to car pool or get a map for directions (if needed) to St. James Hermitage near Prairie Farm, WI.
Please RSVP to Rita Kanavati at 651-292-8304 or Presvytera Miriam Paraschou at 651-452-5289.
Why go to Church?
A Church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained
"I've gone for 30 years now," he wrote, "and in that time I have heard
single one of them. So, I think I'm wasting my time and the pastors are
wasting theirs by giving sermons at all."
This started a real controversy in the "Letters to the Editor" column, much
"I've been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some
single one of those meals. But I do know this...They all nourished me and
gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given
me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not
gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!"
When you are DOWN to nothing...God is UP to something!
discovered that it was about to be retired
from circulation. As it slowly moved along
the conveyor belt to the shredder, it
became acquainted and struck up a
conversation with a fifty-dollar bill that
was meeting the same fate.
The fifty began reminiscing about its
travels all over the country. "Life has been
good," the fifty exclaimed. "Why, I've
been to Las Vegas, the finest restaurants in
New York, political fund raisers, and just
returned from a cruise on the Caribbean."
"Wow," said the one-dollar bill, "you're
fortunate to have been able to visit all
"So where have you been in your
lifetime, my little friend," says the fifty?"
"Well, I've been to…
the Methodist Church,
the Baptist Church,
the Presbyterian Church,
the Episcopal Church
the Lutheran Church,
the Catholic Church,
the Orthodox Church,
the Assembly of God Church,
the Brethren Church,
the Quaker Church,
the Pentecostal Church,
the Charismatic Church,
the Mennonite Church,
the United Church of Christ..."
"Excuse me," says the fifty, "but what's a
Theoni Giannakis, Athena Keifer, Athena Priest
Stavros Haidos, Steve Zeece Jr., Steve Zeece Sr.,
Sophia Frances Boosalis, Sophia Bowman,
Sophie Canelake, Sofia Creamer, Sophia Demonakos,
Sophia Flumerfelt, Sophia Mallouk, Sally Pathos,
Sophia Pathos, Sofia Pitsavas
Steve Hatzis, Stathis Papaconstantinou,
Presvytera Jane Andrews
Marisa Mortari, Dean Tsantir
Lani Hattling, George Taratsas, Germai Weldu
Reva Adkins, Justin Dalaska, Fiona Eustathiades,
Paul Hatjistilianos, Robert Hattling, Michael Tzenis
Melinda Pappas, Elena Pliakas, Tessa Pliakas
John Georgiades, Hazel Leaskas,
Tina Marie Willenbring
Mathew Kritikos, Andrea Smith
Kari Kalogerson, George Tortorelis
Richard Jensen, Andreas Petanitis
Kimberly Gounaikis, Stavros Haidos,
John Manesis, Stella Treiber
Andrew Nicholas Hattling
John Antoniou, Katherine Daltas,
George Antoniou, Mary Makredes
Alexandros Balasis, Michelle Kritikos Berge
Matthew Balasis, Michael Mihailidis
Americo Lopez, Jr., Al Mann, Debra Vrohidis
Dionesia Bardwell, Alexander Bisch, Melinda Petrellis,
Lula Valek, Kleio Vrohidis
Pendelis Eliou, Joe Weiser
Soule and Vicky Paraschou
Iakovos and Kimberly Tsoukalas
Georgia and Kyle Bruer-Panopoulos
Ringo and Angie Cender
Anastasia and George Mastrogiorgis
Jim and Liz Georgantones
Michael and Connie Tzenis
George and Jo Ann Leckas
William and Dennis Spell
When Summit-Hill resident, Doug Trail-Johnson answers the
he usually tells what he doesn't do. He doesn't carve duck decoys or
chainsaw carvings from trees. Such are the images that people often
initially think of when they hear the word "woodcarving." Trail-
Johnson however, has found his life's work producing the classical
woodcarving primarily found in Orthodox Churches around the
world; and preserving the craftsmanship of older homes.
The tradition of art in Orthodox Churches harkens back
centuries, to a time when most people were illiterate. Thus, the rich
visual depiction of symbols, stories, and theology are found in the
surroundings of the church. Each piece, such as an iconostasis,
chanter stand etc. is
for a particular
church. There is no
standard pattern or
The purpose of the
art in Orthodox
C h u r c h e s i s
practical on one
level—a visual reminder of the stories and symbols of
Christianity—but Trail-Johnson says it also serves as an
enhancement of the worship experience itself. In addition, the art
provides historic continuity and context, giving both the artist and
the worshipper a sense of belonging to something bigger than the
present. In fact, this sense of transcendence between the immediate
appreciation for the art and the vitality of its historic connection is
part of the reason Trail-Johnson finds his work so fulfilling.
When people see his ornate pieces, or his St. Clair Avenue
studio smattered with sawdust and over 200 different hand carving
tools, Trail-Johnson is often asked how he got into this work. There
is no school one can attend to become a master woodcarver. To
learn the skills needed to carve, he spent over 20 years learning
from a Greek master woodcarver. First he took carving lessons, and
then he became an apprentice and then a journeyman before starting
his own business in Summit-Hill three years ago. Trail-Johnson's
BA in history and his coursework in studio art and art history,
however, have been invaluable for developing his strong design
skills and understanding of the historical context of the work.
After finishing college, Trail-Johnson worked as a general
decided to invest in becoming a master carver he thought he would
primarily use his skills for residential restoration work. He has
worked on many Summit-Hill homes designing columns, spindles,
fireplace mantels, and replicating damaged or missing carved pieces
in older homes. While he still welcomes this work, he found that he
has become enamored with the carvings of the Orthodox tradition.
Trail-Johnson is a 2004 recipient of a prestigious Bush Artist's
Fellowship from the St. Paul based Bush Foundation. He was one
of three people chosen in the traditional and folk arts category.
Trail-Johnson's work can be viewed at his web site: www.
tjwoodcarving.corn and he can be reached at 651-228-1332.