WE KINDLY APPEAL TO YOU TO HELP OUR CHURCH
- WE KINDLY APPEAL TO YOU TO HELP OUR CHURCH (
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ!
With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus, we appeal to you
with a heartfelt request to help our small parish cope with the great
difficulty that has beset it.
Our church building – which houses our church and is the site of our entire
parish life – is over 100 years old. Besides the constant repairs that it
requires by virtue of its venerable age, several times it has demanded
“catastrophic” repairs from us due to the negligence to which the building
was subjected during a 12-year period in which the church had no rector.
Now we are faced with yet another catastrophic repair that surpasses all
previous ones. It turns out that there have long been leaks in the roof and
in the drainage system, which due to the ancient construction of the
building were not immediately apparent. Gradually water from snow and rain
poured under the roof and into two walls of the facade, until all the wood
rotted and the very brick began to crumble.
The cost of the necessary repairs far exceeds the very modest funds that
the church possesses. Moreover, our expenses for repairing the facade are
greatly complicated and increased by the fact that the church building has
been placed in the category of historic edifices, and city laws require all
restorations to be done in keeping with its original style.
We kindly ask you to help us, dear brothers and sisters, and may the
All-merciful Lord Himself reward you a hundredfold for your generosity and
concern for His abode! Please send all contributions to the church address,
marked for the “Renovation Fund.” Thank you and God bless you!
Transfiguration of our Lord Russian Orthodox Church
2201 E. Baltimore St.,
Baltimore, MD 21231 USA
With love in Christ,
Rector Ioann Barbus