Let me share with you a story. A story about a tea cup and a church. A year or so ago, a small mission church was looking for a permanent home. This mission has a special place in my heart because my husband and I were there when a small group of people started saying prayers together, hoping that God would help establish an Orthodox church in that area. While we were not around to be a part of the fruition of this mission, they are always in my heart. This mission got its name in a most un-orthodox manner. After several months of meetings, several saints were put to the group along with a careful look at the lives of these men and women. When no agreement could be made, my husband suggested that each of the names be scrawled on a piece of paper and placed in a hat. A child was selected to reach in and draw a name. From that drawing, St. Elizabeth the New Martyr was embraced. It seemed so random. And it certainly didn't follow protocol. Fortunately, after His Grace Metropolitan Philip heard the Akathist to Elizabeth prayed, a blessing was given, and somehow this little group got to name their own church! They found a commercial building and began to grow their little community. Soon, a priest was found,one who had a deep heart for Russia, so it only seemed natural that he would serve at St. Elizabeth. Quickly they outgrew their little space and began the search for a more permanent home. A year ago a piece of property was considered. About the same time another priest dear to my heart contacted the parish to say he had found an authentic tea cup belonging to St. Elizabeth through an antiques dealer and his church wished to gift it to the mission. The tea cup which had travelled half way around the world now was driven across the state to be delivered to Fr. John, who at the time just happened to be standing on that little piece of property they wished to buy.
The tea cup was handed over on that land. Unfortunately the price of the land was too high, and the search continued. A year passed, and the parish continued to grow. Then a call came, from the property owners of that bit of land. They had heard through mutual contacts that a church was interested in the property, and offered the land at half the original asking price. The land was purchased, but it stands empty until the funds can be raised to build a temple. The ladies of St. Elizabeth, many of whom were the original coordinators of the first Taste and See Cookbook, have now created a second cookbook with the goal of raising money to build that temple. The cookbook is full of all new recipes and will make a great addition to any Orthodox home. The cookbook includes a large number of gluten-free recipes, all clearly marked!
To help support St. Elizabeth Orthodox Church in their journey to build a temple on this property blessed by St. Elizabeth herself, I am giving away one copy of the cookbook. Leave a comment to be entered to win, and then if you don't - go buy a copy!
"Behold, the Lord will pass by, and before the Lord, a great and powerful wind will be rending the mountains and shattering the rocks; but the Lord will not be in the wind. After the wind, an earthquake, but the Lord will not be in the earthquake. After the earthquake, there will be a fire, but the Lord will not be in the fire. After the fire, there will be a sound of a gentle breeze, and the Lord will be there."
But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? Bid her therefore that she may help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful; and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. Luke 10:40-42