New Happenings @ PTVM:

Calendar is UPDATED!

Please check the PTVM Calendar for updated service dates and times during the 2015 Paschal Cycle.  We look forward to seeing you at one of our beautiful services!

-Please note: Panikhidi are NOT to be served from Palm Sunday Through St. Thomas Sunday (April 5th through Aprin 19th).

Lazarus Saturday:

On April 4th Divine Liturgy will be held at 9a.m.* followed by doughnuts and hot chocolate for all who attend.  We will then be tying the willows and palms as well as packing all food goods for Project Mexico (those who participate will be provided a light Lenten lunch).

-Please feel free to donate drinks and fruit for the participants

On April 4th from 6-7pm* Children’s Confessions will be held.

*Please see calendar for more service dates and times.

Fashion Show and Luncheon: “Fire and Ice” is a success!  

Many thanks to Elizabeth Pederson, Nada Buczek, and the rest of their team for an amazing afternoon of fashion and fellowship. We would also like to thank the countless number of people that helped donate their talents and resources to make this event smolder. Looking forward to next year’s theme!

Welcome Father John Russin!

We welcome with open arms Father John, Matushka Catherine, and their children Stephan, Aleksy, Sarah, Madison Elizabeth and Mason Alexander! Father John is now our full-time parish priest at Protection of the Virgin Mary, Merrillville, IN.
Father John and his family come to us from Northwest Ohio. Father John has served as priest at parishes in Pennsylvania and West Virginia as well.
Father John received his Master of Divinity degree at St. Tikhon Seminary in 1996 and was ordained to the Holy Priesthood in 1997. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Science from Alderson-Broaddus College and is a licensed State Tested Nurse Aide.
Prior to being ordained, Father John served as choir director at parishes in Ohio, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, as well as serving as director of the Mission Choir at St. Tikhon while at seminary. Father John has also been active in various deanery and diocesan assignments, including work with Christian education.
We are blessed to welcome Father John, Matushka Catherine and their family into our family!

Glory to Jesus Christ!

If you need to contact Fr. John, his number is 419-308-1628 and his email address is

Scrip Shopping – Next Sunday is the Pascha Scrip Card Raffle!

There are many ways to incorporate Scrip into your Spring agenda – Spring cleaning, Spring yard work, and planting Spring flowers and plants in and around your home all provide opportunities to help your Church.  Just as with gas and groceries and restaurants and pharmacies and department stores, all of which are available in Scrip form, you can also plan your Spring around Scrip from places like Menards, Home Depot, Lowe’s, and elsewhere.  Just stop by the Scrip table, and if you don’t see what you’re looking for, please ask – in many cases it can be ordered.

Remember – every Scrip purchase you make, in turn, spends just like cash, and each purchase directly benefits the Church.

Scrip is still the most underused means of helping the Church.  The Church could be benefiting so much more if more were involved. Please consider seeing Lara Richards after Church.  If you’re new to Scrip, start small and find out how easy it is.  Thank you!

Add Your Voice to the Choir

Ever thought about joining the Choir? See Choir Director Rebecca Baskin.

Web/Email Adult Scripture and Study Program

We have started a web/email-based Adult Scripture and Study Program.  The goal is for those interested to be able to participate from home via the internet. If you are interested in joining the group, please submit your email address here: