The Priest is the head of the Parish, and is charged with the guidance of the total Parish program. The parish council consists of the Priest, and the elected lay members. The duties of a parish council member (UPR Ch 2, Article XII) include regular attendance at divine services and participation in the sacramental life of the Church, "thereby setting an example for the parish." In the Oath of Office, the parish council members affirm that they "will fulfill faithfully and sincerely the duties and obligations required of a member of the Parish Council." A promise is made which rests on the shared commitment of all council members to serve the Church, which the Body of Christ on earth. We are His hands, feet, eyes, and more. To serve on the council is a ministry and a mission.
2nd Thursday after Pascha; The Holy Hieromartyr Paphnutius; George the Confessor; Tryphon, Patriarch of Constantinople; Martyrs Emmanuel, Theodore, George, Michael and the other George of Samothrace; Aelphege the Hieromartyr of Canterbury