Holy Protection Church is an Orthodox Church that is faithful to the ancient Christian doctrines, is a canonical Orthodox Church, and is comprised of many ethnicities.
Holy Protection is a parish of the Eastern Eparchy (Eastern Diocese) of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA. His Eminence Metropolitan Antony is the Archpastor of the Eastern Eparchy.
The Parish Priest of Holy Protection is the Very Rev. Fr. Harry Linsinbigler, and the Presbytera is Pani Matka Carrie Linsinbigler
The Liturgical Ministry, the most important ministry, as we pray for the life of the world and its salvation, consists of all of the following:
All of the faithful.
Every one of the faithful is part of the Liturgical Ministry of the Church, as everything is the prayer of the faithful.
The Parish Priest, by virtue of his hierarchical appointment to the parish and maintenance of good standing, determines the order of services for all offices (i.e. liturgical services) served in the parish, in accord with Orthodox standards. Subdeacon John renders all of his office.
The Liturgical supervisor of all internal liturgical ministries is Brian Delp, supervising the operation of the Altar operations at the direction of the Priest.
The Liturgical supervisor of external liturgical ministries is Michael Gursky, supervising the order of service in the external operation of Liturgical ministries in the nave and narthex.
The Liturgical supervisor of worship is PM Carrie Linsinbigler, who supervises the order of services with regard to the responses of the choir/people.
Liturgical Preparation Ministry (setup, ordering items, candles, etc.): Priest, Subdeacon John Juhasz, Brian and Rebecca Delp, Michael and Beverly Gursky
Liturgical Communication Ministry (Bulletin, social media, website, etc.): Pani & Fr., Brian Delp
*Note, if you are interested in being a part of any of the following, please let the Priest or one of the Parish Council know.
While the Priest leads the pastoral ministry, nevertheless, the entire parish by virtue of their Baptism, Chrismation, and perpetual Communion has a pastoral role, caring for one another and for others around us, all of us leading each other back to the Chief Shepherd (Pastor) of our souls, the Lord Jesus Christ.
External Prayer Ministry Cyntia Brown, leader. Participating members: the whole parish
Consolation Ministry: Svetlana Kouzmova
Church Grounds and Maintenance Ministry: Michael and Natalie Brennan, Sbdn. Peter Flynn, Harry Linsinbigler IV, Fr. Harry, others when group efforts are made.
Church Beautification--Barbara and Bod Johnson, the Brennans, Pani Carrie. Participating members: as many as possible
Family Ministry-- Participating members: those who get their families/youth involved.
Office Order Ministry--Svetlana Kouzmova and Nancy Collins
The General Parish Assembly is the highest Administrative body, consisting of all official members of the parish, and meets at least once at the annual meeting, and other times as needed. Functionaries of the General Parish Assembly include the Parish Priest as the Chair by virtue of his being Nastoyatel (Rector) of the Parish, the Parish Council, the Pastoral team, and the Ministry Leaders, with the Assembly consisting of all parishioners.
The Ministry Leadership Council includes the Parish Council and the Ministry Leaders.
The Parish Board of Administration, or Parish Council, is the regular administrative body for day to day operations, and has all regular administrative operations within its purview. Per Canon Law, the UOC Constitution, and the Parish Bylaws, the Priest has an ex officio role on the parish council (as chair of the general assembly, he is honorary chair of the council). P.M. Carrie is administrative liason. Per parish bylaws, a former Parish Council President is ex officio Staretz (PC President Emeritus).
President: Brian Delp
Vice President: Paula Karagounis
Secretary: Rebecca Delp
Treasurer: Tom Moore
Financial Secretary: Natalie Brennan
Council-Parish Coordinator: Ellen Flynn