St. Anthony the Great Orthodox Mission in Bozeman, MT experienced a great joy on November 5th, shared by all who love Christ and His Church. A crane lifted up their large cupola and placed it on top of their new building, with the sun lighting up the golden cross as it made its way to the top.
The parish community of St. Anthony's owns about 12 acres of great Montana land, and has been building since this summer, with the hopes to have their first service at the pictured site for Nativity of our Lord. The volunteer labor for this building project has been massive for this parish, that worships around 70 on a Sunday. They regularly see 15-20 volunteers out every Saturday, in addition to smaller teams that come out during the week. The parish committed to a "bare bones" structure, based on their financial realities earlier this year, and created a substantial "wish list" (which included the large and 3 smaller cupolas). Many of the wish list items have been paid for, and the journey of generosity and hard work continues for this young parish. "It is our prayer that many more will 'come home' to Christ and His Church here in the Bozeman area", says Fr. David Morrison. "That we will have more space soon, and a beautiful place to worship and grow, is truly a gift from our God."
The parish looks forward to having His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin with them for the Feast of St. Anthony on Saturday, January 17, 2015--it will truly be a celebration of all God is doing in Montana, through prayers of St. Anthony and all the saints. All are invited to celebrate with them.