New Happenings @ PTVM:

15th Annual Golf Outing Saturday, June 6th 2015

Where: Summertree Golf Club  – 2323 E. 101st Street Crown Point

When: Registration 7am  – Tee Time 7:45 am

Entry Fee: $80.00 – Includes Green fees; Golf Cart; Breakfast and Beverages on the Course; Giveaways; Prizes and our SCRUMPTIONS BANQUET FEAST – featuring BBQ lamb, chicken, and more!

Banquet will be held at the Protection of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Center 8600 Grand Boulevard, Merrillville, IN.

To Register or for more information, contact Lara Richards 219.942.5196 or Rich Svihra 219.663.0916





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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 -

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: