In absolute cooperation between Mayor Michael D. Bowdler and the City of River Rouge, along with All Saints Orthodox Mission Church, we were pleased to welcome the outstanding Michigan Deanery Choir for a one time performance on Friday, December 16, 2016 at the River Rouge Municipal Complex in River Rouge, Michigan.
Led by Anastasia Klimzo, the Michigan Deanery Choir (out of Ann Arbor) is a group of very talented musicians and performers, originally from Eastern Europe who provide very festive acapella choir singing and dancing entertainment for everyone to experience an exciting culture and in traditional genre by performing all over the Metropolitan Detroit area.
Our rector, V. Rev Gregory Joyce, who was instrumental in getting the group here was an informative and entertaining Emcee. He commented, "This is not a Fund-Raiser, however should be considered a Friend-Raiser as we wanted to bring the Deanery Choir to the Downriver Communities for those people who may be trying to find this wonderful culture. We found out that people associate this culture to our Holy Orthodoxy and we would like to bring awareness to our little mission group, who works hard to bring our very traditional faith in an English speaking based format, and want to attract our Lost Sheep, as well as others who may be looking for a deep, rich Christian Faith that can be tracked back to the original 12 Apostles."
He also made a Major Announcement that All Saints Orthodox Church has made a commitment to move to River Rouge, (and responsible for opening 3 other businesses onto West Jefferson), with a signed Executed Purchase Agreement, and a hopeful Closing date before the end of this year, as this wonderful little community of River Rouge returns to a well deserved prosperity.
A Meet and Greet that started around 6pm as everyone was arriving to interact with our special VIP guests and performers. There was a beautiful display of Russian and Orthodox items organized and displayed by Sonia Boyar, and another table full of Russian souvenirs (for display and purchase). We also presented a table of чай (Russian tea) and various types of traditional cookies handmade by people, including some from the Women's Group of St. Vladimir Orthodox Church in Ann Arbor and Bartz Bakery in Dearborn, for all to enjoy.
At 7pm, the wonderful performance began with traditional Christmas Carols in Russian and English, followed by interactive Christmas Greetings and Dancing. Almost the entire room participated - even the Children!
Everyone had a wonderful time, and we are all looking forward to our next event.
Thank you to Mayor Michael Bowdler, Police Chief Deborah Price, and Community Director, Karl Laub, who attended the event and for bringing this all together.
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