The falling asleep in the Lord of + Father Michael Vanderhoef +
It is with deep sadness, yet with hope in the resurrection in our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ, that we share that our beloved priest, Father Michael Vanderhoef has fallen asleep. Our prayers and condolences go out to Presbytera Patricia and their families. Father Michael has served Assumption Greek Orthodox Church for the past twelve years.
May his memory be eternal.
The Parish Council
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church
About the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago
Tracing its roots back to 1923, the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago is the diocese of Greek Orthodox faithful in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, northern Indiana, and southeastern Missouri, consisting of 58 parishes and two monastic communities. The Metropolis is one of nine regions in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and is presided over by His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael. The general offices of the Metropolis are temporarily located in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. For more information and to get involved, visit our website, join a Strategic Planning Team, and sign up to receive Metropolis news.
AGOC Part of the East Side Community
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church is a small but thriving church near the center of Madison, located at 11 N. 7th Street, on the corner facing East Washington Avenue. Today, our church is, in reality a multi-ethnic community which proudly includes many traditionally Eastern Orthodox peoples and their traditions. These groups may include Russians, Serbs, Ukranians, Armenians, Romanians, Croatians, and Arabs. It is a close-knit community that is growing as many people in the Madison discover its rich history and moving services and contributing ministries. We invite you to come see our Church. The beautiful tradition of the Divine Liturgy, the icons that make the building a priceless work of art, the soaring angelic voices of the choir, the warm and hospitable people, will all welcome you with open arms to a truly holy experience.
A Brief Introduction to the Orthodox Church
If you are unfamiliar with Orthodox Christianity, here is a little background information.
The Orthodox Church has her origin with Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, not with a human teacher, or group, nor a code of conduct or religious philosophy. Orthodoxy believes that the Church has her origin in the Apostolic Community called into being by Jesus Christ, and enlivened by the Holy Spirit. The Feast of Pentecost, which is celebrated fifty days after Easter, commemorates the “outpouring” of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and marks the beginning of the mission of the Church to the world. We are Orthodox because our tradition of prayer and worship is rooted in the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic undivided Church. The Orthodox Church was founded by Christ through the Apostles and has maintained a living, historical connection with the Apostolic Church through the ordination of its clergy. The bishop that ordains an Orthodox priest today can trace his ordination historically all the way back to the Apostles, and through them to Christ. For this reason we are “apostolic” – rooted in the first Apostles – the disciples of Jesus. We are also apostolic because we believe our calling is to go out and share our faith with others. For this reason, we welcome you to visit the Orthodox Christian parish in your neighborhood or town. Although our parishes may carry a designation of Greek Orthodox or Russian Orthodox or some other ethnic identity, this does not imply that you need to be of a certain ethnic origin to join us in worship or to consider becoming an Orthodox Christian.
–Article from Greek Orthodox Diocese of America
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