Quail Call

Hey… remember me??  OK, I am moved!  The church saw fit to move Annette and I into a mobile home.  Same place, different “digs”.  Stop by sometime…or maybe come to the open house this Sunday after church, approx 12:00 noon.  First we will have our worship service at 10:30AM.  Then immediately after, we will go to the fellowship hall for some light snacks (just enough to ruin your Sunday Meal!) Then drift over to the house, which is directly across the parking lot from the Church.  Awaiting you is an array of things the Church has been generous enough to give us; some “stuff” we moved from the 5th wheel home we had for 11 years; some things we purchased…all on display for you to see.  It is going to be a great time, one of enjoyment and also praise for what the Lord has done for CHURCH ON THE ARROYO. We sure hope to see you there.

Bob White

Bird of the week – 38

We have a repeat. For the last few days a pair of Harris’s Hawks have been hanging around the yard, much to the disgust of our resident Mockingbird. They must be too close to his nest – he kicks up a noisy fuss and pesters them continuously until they fly off to the safety of the neighbour’s lot. The brave little guy dive bombs the hawks as they perch in a mesquite, thumping into their backs. We love him and cheer him on in his parental protection. He’s aided in his onslaught by a pair of Greater Kiskadees when the hawks venture too close to the house and threaten their nesting site. We applaud them too, but can’t help feeling a little sorry for the hawks – they’re only doing what God created them to do.

Here’s one of the hawks before he was driven off – unfortunately I didn’t manage to catch the mockingbird attack.

Church bulletin – July 30, 2017

Don’t forget! Sunday is open house at Bob and Annette’s new home after the worship service. Join them to celebrate. May God bless their home. Remember as well Sunday School/Bible study at 9:00 where Turk will ably lead us in reading and understanding another of Jesus’ parables.


We have improved the quality of our image conversions and hope you like the new crisp look to the bulletin.

Here’s the PDF version: Bulletin_7_30_17


The first Russian martyrs

Today, July 24, we join the Russian Orthodox in celebrating the feast day of Saints Boris and Gleb, the Passion-bearers – the first Russian Martyrs.

Extract from the Synaxarion:  The holy Passion-bearers Boris and Gleb, named Romanus and David in sacred Baptism, were the pious sons of the holy Great Prince Vladimir. In 1015 they were slain at the command of their brother Svyatopolk – Saint Boris, on July 24 on the Alta River, near Pereyaslavl, and Saint Gleb, on September 5 on the bank of the Smyadinya River, near Smolensk. Although both had understood their brother’s designs against them, they refused to take up arms against him and bring civil war upon their land, preferring to fulfill the commandment, “Resist not evil” (Matt. 5:39). The holy relics of Saint Boris were then buried in Vyshgorod, to which the holy relics of his brother were transferred five years later. Miracles were worked through the holy relics of the meek and guileless brothers during the consecration in Vyshgorod of a church in their honor on this day in 1021.

Apolytikion:  O Righteous Passion-bearers and true fulfillers of the Gospel of Christ, Chaste Boris and guileless Gleb, ye did not oppose the onslaughts of your enemy, your brother, who though killing your bodies was unable to touch your souls. Let the evil lover of power mourn therefore, while ye rejoice with the angelic choirs; and as ye stand before the Holy Trinity, pray for the souls of them that honour your memory, that they may be pleasing to God: and by your intercessions, pray that all Orthodox people may be saved.

Kontakion:  On this day your memory hath shone forth, splendid with glory, O ye noble sufferers and Passion-bearers of Christ God. It hath called us to give glory to Christ our Saviour; wherefore those that draw nigh to the shrine of your relics, do ye swiftly heal as wise and divine physicians, O hallowed Boris and Gleb.

What’s in a name?

Sometime back the British navy conducted an online poll to pick a name for a polar research vessel under construction. The hands down winning name was “Boaty McBoatface”. Unfortunately, the government decided against popular opinion (surprise, surprise) and named the boat the “Richard Attenborough” after the well known actor and naturalist.

Boaty McBoatface … aka the Richard Attenborough

Fast forward to the present – the Swedish rail firm MTR Express held an online poll to name its new train running between Stockholm and Gothenburg. Guess what? the winning name was ….. wait for it ….. Trainy McTrainface!

Trainy McTrainface

MTR has vowed to name the train Trainy McTrainface, saying it would bring joy to people disappointed when Britain rejected the name Boaty McBoatface for its polar research ship. “[This is] news that will be received with joy by many, not just in Sweden,” MTR wrote in a statement.

Following the MTR statement, the British government announced, in a consolatory gesture, that the research ship’s remotely operated undersea vehicle, designed to collect samples from the deep waters of the Arctic and Antarctic, will be named Boaty McBoatface. A distinct case of ‘too little too late’ in our book!