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Thursday, April 22, 2010

A Blessed Pastoral Visit To Tennessee

From the GOCTN.org Website

It was with great joy that we welcomed Father Anastasios Hudson for his first pastoral visit to Tennessee on April 10-11, 2010. It hardly seems possible that it was less than one year ago when a family from the Middle Tennessee area contacted Father Anastasios about entering the Genuine Orthodox Church of America through baptism. Since that time, the family has entered the church, been joined by another faithful Orthodox family from another Genuine Orthodox jurisdiction, another family who is seriously inquiring, and has continued to receive inquiries from both local and neighboring cities.

Father Anastasios was welcomed by 4 families to the Genuine Orthodox Church Middle Tennessee Mission Community, or what we more simply refer to as "GOC Tennessee." Saturday afternoon was a Meet and Greet fellowship with a Question and Answer time. No question was left unasked or unanswered. There was an atmosphere of openness, honesty, and hope for the future of the Church in Tennessee. The time of fellowship and questions was followed by the GOC Tennessee's first Vespers led by a priest.

The Mission Community saw more history being made on Sunday Morning when Father Anastasios led the same group in its first Matins and Liturgy. On this Saint Thomas Sunday, the group of faithful Orthodox and Inquirers had no doubt that Christ was in their midst and that they were experiencing his promised blessings. The Mission Community spent the rest of the afternoon in an extended Coffee Hour, enjoying what they knew would be the first of many to come.

The Genuine Orthodox Mission Community of Tennessee holds regular Matins and Typica Reader's Services in the Franklin/Bentwood area which are opened to all. Father Anastasios, who lives in North Carolina, will visit as often as possible to serve the faithful in person. In the mean time, he is available by phone, e-mail or video conferencing. Mission Coordinator, Nathan Lee Lewis is also available locally in person, by phone, e-mail or video conferencing to answer any questions about how one may become a part of this growing GOC Mission Community. Please see the GOCTN Contact Page.

Christ is Risen!

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