The Orthodox Volunteer Day, which was established in Russian Orthodox Diocese of Berlin and Germany to be celebrated every year on the first Saturday in July, will take place this year on July 4th. It was planned to be in Hamburg. Yet it is not possible in current circumstances, and the event will be held online. Presumably, the online meetings take most of the day, from 9:00 till 16:00. Everybody who wants to participate in a super-motivating and unique event of the international scale, to wants help us and our care-receivers – you are welcome to join! The preliminary program (in Russian) is HERE.
To participate in the Day events, a registration is required: please do this HERE.
On Friday 13.12.2019, in Berlin, at the cultural centre Schwartzsche Villa, a charity concert of Yegor Yegorov has taken place. He performed works of Chopin for the audience of about a hundred. We have collected a sizeable sum for our care-receivers.
Many thanks to Yegor, the volonteers organizing the event, to all donators and attendees!
The charity is not so much a material help as a spiritual support of one’s neighbor. The spiritual support, first of all, is a non-condemnation of one’s neighbor and respect for their human dignity.
We want to be better, we want to be cleaner, we want to be happier. When we are full of happiness, we share it with others with joy. But when a trouble knocks on our door, the manifestation of virtue and charity help us, with a pure heart, to cope with an uninvited guest.
And we also want to believe in miracles. In December, before Christmas, the whole time period is shrouded in the lights of light, hope and love. This time also includes the Navity Fast. We clean ourselves physically and mentally. We try to support our soul and the souls of other people, in word and deed.
On November 24, in the parish hall at the church of St. Martyr Panteleimon in Cologne, we have held a charity concert “Children Help Children”. It was organized by the parents of the students of the Children’s Center at the church, to help sick children cared for by Diaconia “Good Deed”. And although the sum collected was not big, the benefits of the concert are enormous. The musicians of all ages learned mercy and enjoyed the opportunity to do good all together.
On November 24, in Baden-Baden, on the territory of the church of the Transfiguration of the Lord, a charity bazaar was held for the sake of the care-receivers of the Russian Orthodox Diaconia “Good Deed”. After the Sunday Divine Liturgy, fresh hot pastries, pumpkin soup, pancakes, pies, sweets and hot drinks had been served to everyone. And on the shelves, the handmade products were waiting for the visitors: knitted socks and hats, handmade soap, lavender sachets, Christmas gift boots, exclusive print bags, women’s jewellery, cookies, honey, jam, books, rag dolls, handmade angel figures made by our parish children at Sunday school.