Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America, February 19, 2013
His Grace Bishop Peter of Cleveland, Administrator of the Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America, flew to Cincinnati to lead the service; he was joined by the clergy of St George Russian Orthodox Church: Protopriest Paul Bassett (Rector Emeritus); Priest Daniel Marshall (Rector); and Priest Pavel Akmolin. The parish choir sang the responses under the direction of Reader Lawrence Sander. A multitude of parishioners, both young and old, took time off work and school to participate in this joyous event. Though February in Cincinnati often means cold and snow, or at least wind and rain, the Lord blessed the day with sun, temperatures comfortably above freezing, and light wind – which made it possible to safely lift and place the 800-lb cross and cupola.
Though the parish has raised the necessary funds and obtained a loan to cover the construction costs of the $1.15-million complex, more support is needed. Occupancy permits will not be issued until $15,000 worth of landscaping has been completed. Flooring, cabinetry in the altar and church, as well as kitchen appliances and finishes are not fully funded. Prayers and financial support of this project are greatly appreciated.
Donations made be made via PayPal through the parish website: www.stgeorgeroc.org/donate
Donations can also be mailed directly to the Church at:
St. George Russian Orthodox Church
4905 Myrtle Avenue Blue Ash, OH 45242