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- The St. Alexis Chapel
- The St.
Alexis Chapel Weekend, July 16-17 - blessing of the
- Camping for Teens 2005
- time to register!
- Call for
CHRIST IS RISEN!
We are glad you are
reading the spring e-letter from Ruskoka!
better weather arrives, so does the beginning of Ruskoka's most
active season. But winter hasn't been quiet - after the concert of the
Valaam Ensemble in November, many of you enjoyed The White, Blue
and Red Ball in February. This fundraiser attracted close to
270 people, raised several thousand dollars for the
camp, and also marked the official start of the campaign to raise
funds and construct the new St. Alexis Chapel at Ruskoka, many
months in the planning. In April, Fr. George Sachewsky served
the 'moleben before the start of a good deed' at Holy Resurrection
Church and Ruskoka supporters prayed for the Lord's blessing
for the chapel project.
The chapel project and the summer camp will be our main
efforts this spring and summer. Detailed information can be
found on our website, www.ruskoka.com (including great photos from the 2004 Summer Camp) and
the chapel site, www.ruskokachapel.com, but here are a few notes to
tell you about what lies in store!
The St. Alexis Chapel Project
blessing of the site on Saturday, May 7th at 2
Saturday, May 7th at approximately 2 pm, Fr. Vladimir Malchenko of Holy
Trinity Church in Toronto will visit Ruskoka and bless the site of the
new chapel. You are welcome to come up that day for the short
service and stay for at least part of weekend as we work on early
preparation of the
Chapel work weekends: June
3-5, June 24-26, June 30-July 4
There will be several work weekends to build the
chapel under the direction of our construction manager, Alex
Shishkov. We especially appeal to those with construction experience to
help out, but there will also be other camp preparation work
including cutting grass, trees and brush; improvement of
the summer kitchen, water and plumbing systems; getting sports
equipment and camping facilities ready for summer; and lots of
other thrilling jobs!
The dates of the work weekends
- June 3rd-5th - chapel
work weekend, building the floor
24th-26th - chapel work weekend, construction of the spire
- July 30th-July 4th -
mega chapel-raising weekend: this is the main effort where the beams,
posts and roof will be erected and, if all goes well,
the spire and domes will be raised atop the
the weather and the turnout, we may sleep inside or in tents. A
little advice - depending on rain, June and early July can
bring bugs so it is always wise to bring long-sleeved shirts,
hats and bug screens and repellent! While you should be ready to roll up
your sleeves and work hard, you can also count on a lot of fun
through camaraderie, campfires and great cooking! We have to know how
many people will be coming so we can plan accordingly, so please
contact [email protected] or [email protected] to let us know if you are
Alexis Chapel Weekend, July
16-17 - blessing of
all the hard work of building the St. Alexis Chapel, everyone is
invited to help celebrate the patronal Feast of St. Alexis the
Royal Martyr and participate in the first services in the new chapel.
His Grace, Bishop Gabriel of Manhattan, will celebrate the divine
services with other visiting clergy, dedicate the foundation stone
and bless the new chapel. The full schedule of services
and times will be announced soon. Clergy will be accommodated in the
Families, singles and
children are welcome to come for the weekend and camp in
the beautiful wilds of Ruskoka, starting 10:00 am on
Saturday, July 16th, 2005 – 8:00 pm Sunday July 17th, 2005.
Pre-registration for overnight camping is required. The cost is a
modest $40/person or $100/family, campsite and meals included.
You may also choose to come for the Liturgy and blessing on Sunday.
Information is here.
Camping for teens 2005
- time to register!
RUSKOKA CAMPING FOR TEENS
Sunday, July 31st, 2005 – Saturday, August
13th, 2005, limit of 45 children. Pre-registration required!
Campers: ages 12 to 16 – $450/2
Help build the St. Alexis
Ruskoka would like to invite you to
be a part of Russian Orthodox history in Canada.
In Spring of 2005, construction will begin on the summer chapel
dedicated to St. Alexis, the Royal Child Martyr, the first church
in North America to bear the Saint's name.
A gold dome and
cross, now in transit from Russia to Canada, will crown the chapel
and rise high above the banks of the Muskoka River. The natural pine exterior
shell is scheduled to be completed in July 2005, with Bishop Gabriel
celebrating the first Liturgy and laying the foundation stone on July
17th, 2005, the feast day of St. Alexis.
We appeal to you to
help finance the purchase of building materials to realize this
important goal. The estimated costs for completion of the chapel are
$90,000 for materials,
$30,000 for skilled trades
and $30,000 for icons and
interior furnishings. Most of the construction will be carried out by
young volunteers, saving us labour valued at $60,000. Fees for professional services including design,
engineering and construction management, valued at $40,000, have been
We have already raised over $25,000 (donors are
listed on the chapel website) but we hope you can make a gift to
support this worthy project. Donations can be made by cash, cheque
or Visa, through one-time gifts or monthly pledges. Even a small monthly
pledge will make an immeasurable contribution to Russian Orthodox youth.
donations are: Founder – from $3000 / Builder – $2000-$2999 / Supporter – $1000-$1999 /
In memoriam – from
$1000 / Donor –
Contact George Skok at 416-483-2441 or [email protected] to make a
donation. All donors will be acknowledged through plaques, announcements
and commemorative lists and will be our guests at the St. Alexis Feast
Day on July 17th, 2005.
Jr. Counsellors: age
17 (subject to Camp Director's approval; camp experience necessary! )
- $450/2 wks.
Sr. Counsellors: age
18 (subject to Camp Director's approval; camp experience necessary!) -
Teens are asked to
bring their own tents, sleeping bags, locks (for individual locker
racks) and, where possible, their own mountain bikes, cycling helmets
Further info and
registration forms may be found here.
Space is limited so
hurry and get in your application. Call George at 416-483-2441 if you
have any questions.
Ruskoka needs volunteers for all its
includes sports leadership where people have appropriate qualifications,
helping in set-up of activities, kitchen work, etc. Volunteers do not
get paid, live in the same conditions as campers (food, drink and tent
space is provided!) and usually make a donation towards the camp as
well. At the same time, they make a priceless contribution to the
formation of Russian Orthodox youth. If you are interested, contact our
volunteer coordinator, Alexandra Easson at [email protected]
We invite clergy of the Canadian (and other)
Diocese to visit and stay with and will send a separate appeal
See you in
Spring and Summer
Blessing of chapel
Chapel Work Weekend
Chapel Work Weekend
St. Alexis Chapel
|July 31 -
Fifth Annual Camping for teens