St. Thomas Centennial Meeting Tomorrow Night

This will be the first meeting for all committee members and those who would like to help; it will take place tomorrow night Dec. 16th at 7:00pm at the St. Thomas Orthodox Church in Sioux City. We need Volunteers to work on the various committees and if you’re interested in helping please contact Nick Corey.


Our annual parish meeting is this Sun, Dec 14


Call to Order and Opening Prayer:  Fr. Lucas Rice, Pastor

Presentation of Annual Report

Election of 2015 Parish Council

Presentation of nominees

Nominations from the floor

Vote by paper ballot

Tally of votes received



Ladies Club Report:  Judy Stevens

SOYO:  Kh. Nicole Rice

Cemetery Committee:  Pat Corey

Dinner Committee: Paul Lammers

Maintenance Committee: Nick Corey

Finance and Budget Committee:

Treasurer’s Report:  Stacia Stevenson

Chairman’s Report: George Stickney Sr.

Pastor’s Report:  Fr. Lucas Rice, Pastor


Old Business

Church Icons

Parish Health Survey (Time Line)



New Business

Church Centennial

Cemetery Endowment fund



Announcement of 2015 Parish Council

Open Floor:  Questions, Comments, and Concerns

Closing Prayer:  Fr. Lucas Rice, Pastor



What: Screening of the film,  The Mission

(PG, starring Robert DeNiro)

When: Saturday, December 13th at 7:30pm

Where:  The Virippil House



DECEMBER 7, 2014 FROM 4 PM TO 7:30 PM

Live Video Broadcast of the Enthronement of Metropolitan Joseph AFR_Enthronement

Ten Important Things To Do Before the End of Lent

The following 10 points are taken from a blog post of the same name written by Archpriest Alexander Iliashenko on the website

1. Offer a heartfelt confession to your spiritual father.  Pray first that God may help you to see your sins.

2. Attend the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts on Wednesday and Friday and receive Holy Communion.

3. Begin to read the morning and evening prayers in full or at least increase your prayer rule a bit and resolve to pray with greater attention than usual.

4. Read at least one Gospel in its entirety. During Great Lent the faithful try to read all four Gospels, but if you have not succeeded, then you should manage to read at least one.

5. Complete whatever pressing business you have kept putting off, so that you will be completely free on Great Thursday and Great Friday of Passion Week.

6. Visit your relatives and give some attention to your household: at least talk with them and listen to them lovingly and without haste.

7. Fulfill at least one long-standing promise: nail a picture to the wall, sort through the mess in the closet, or do whatever else you have been promising to do for weeks but have kept putting off.

8. Limit your online communication: using will power or a special program, control the amount of time you spend on a particular site; minimize your use of social sites and online diaries for at least these two weeks.

9. Ask forgiveness and be reconciled with whomever you have offended, either long ago or recently.

10. Take part in some act of charity, at least something within your powers or that does not take too much time; most importantly, take the first step towards someone who is having a hard time and stands in need of your help.

The original article was accessed at on Apr 02, 2012.

2012 Lenten Retreat

2012 Lenten Retreat

Flyer for our upcoming 2012 Lenten Retreat with Guest Speaker, Fr. Don Hock.

Radically Different

In the Orthodox Church, the first week of Great Lent (known as “Clean Week”)  is quite the workout.  We have services everyday.  In addition to standard Lenten services such as the Presanctified Liturgy and the Akathist, we celebrate the service of Great Compline with the Canon of St. Andrew of Crete.  Thus, from Monday afternoon to Sunday morning, the people of St. Thomas Orthodox Church gathered in prayer for over 11 hours last week!

As we celebrated Great Compline by candlelight, I was struck by how completely counter-cultural it was.  The iphones were turned off.    There were no televisions in sight.  The services were neither shortened nor rushed.  Instead, we prayed.  We prayed for Sioux City, for our country, but–more than anything–we prayed for our own souls.

It was something quite different. We asked God to remove our weaknesses, to soften our hearts, and to see our own shortcomings.  We didn’t advance political agendas.  We didn’t discuss the economy.  Instead, we asked for God to heal our heart and to mend our broken spirits.

To many, it may seem like a waste of time.  Almost no money was left in our collection trays.  Although we had double digit attendance to all of the services, it was nothing close to a usual Sunday morning.  But to the dozens of people that came to worship at St. Thomas during Clean Week, it was something different.

Our hope is that as God heals us, and the Light of Christ grows within us, we can radiate that Light to others.  St. Thomas can be that “city on a hill” for all of Sioux City.  We can be healing balm for all of Siouxland–but, it must start with the humble offering up of our brokenness.  It must begin in weakness and that . . . is something radically different.


Fr. Lucas Rice

Prayers Requested

St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ridgway, IL

Early this morning, a tornado ravaged through the Ohio Valley area of Southern Illinois, Southern Indiana, and Southeastern Missouri.  Saline and Gallatin counties in Southern Illinois were particularly affected.  Perhaps worst of all, Harrisburg, IL–the town right next to our hometown of Eldorado–is mourning the loss of 10 people.

Kh. Nicole’s paternal family is from Ridgway, another town devastated by the tornado.  We both used to work in Harrisburg.  The extent to which our friends and family have been affected by this tragedy remains to be seen.

Nevertheless, God is with us.  In Ridgway, although St. Joseph Catholic Church lay in ruins, the beautiful high altar remains a testament to God’s presence in the midst of destruction.

Your prayers are requested.

Fr. Lucas Rice


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