I was very fortunate to attend St Nicholas Church in 2000, when I worked for Nortel Networks in Texas on secondment. It was a blessing to be there several weekends to participate in the Holy Liturgy, Vespers on the Saturday and much more. One of my colleagues, Efstratios, was generous enough to take me to services which were some way out of Plano, Richardson. I also managed to attend St Sophia in Texas where I met a beautiful community of Greek Orthodox Christians at the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Dallas. Holy Trinity also had an Orthodox College connected to it, similar to that of St Spyridon College, where I attended.
I will never forget the welcoming community at St Nicholas, Fr's 5 children, and the very warm Presvitera. At the time Fr worked for a telco also, and had already begun outreach on the Internet with Orthodox.net. For some time during those years inspired by Orthodox.net, I ran a blog called The Orthodox Page on YahooGroups!, which I discontinued once had my first child. I will try to amalgamate some of that early content on my Faith page, but it will take some time to migrate the data which was mostly excerpts of modern Eastern Orthodox books.
What are my memories of St Nicholas Church?
1. The chanting.
2. The humility of the people.
3. The reverence of the people toward God.
4. The welcoming nature toward families and outsiders.
5. The fact that Fr and Presvitera were converts.
6. The many little holy icons that graced the old church.
7. Vespers and confession, and Fr's guidance.
8. The lunch time meal we all shared.
9. The mix of English and Slavonic services.
10. The chanting (did I say this a second time?).
Here are some of Father Seraphim Holland's talks. I love their simplicity and I love their love for God and his children (big and small).
Fr has worked tirelessly to move into a new Church in McKinney. You can support his community's effort by visiting Orthodox.net. He has a great deal of his sermons available on mpg3 on his web site, and now quite a few YouTube clips on the church channel. Unbelievably after 16 years, I still remember many of the faces in these video recordings.