Well said, Vicki. Well, Fr. did get up here this weekend. We had Vespers last night and have liturgy this morning. As much as I would love to have a resident priest so that we could have liturgy every week, I'm thankful to have what we do have. When I first started looking into Orthodoxy, we didn't have any Orthodox presence here in Helena. We have typica services the weeks we don't have a priest to serve liturgy.
The hardest time for me to not have the services is Lent. We don't get the pre-sanctifieds and we may only get Liturgy once or twice during Lent. Fr. works a full-time job on top of being a priest, so he is not able to come here during Lent. The retired priest (who is attached to the church there) from Billings comes up to serve if he can come. He is in his 70's, not in the best of health, and usually comes by bus, so we are thankful when he can come.
Orthodox churches have to start somewhere. It takes a lot to get a mission going, and hopefully, we'll start to get this mission established enough that we can get our own priest. It will happen in God's own time.
To all the Orthodox on this list, have a blessed feast day for St. Herman of Alaska. I am off to Hours and Liturgy (yes!)