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Offline homedad76

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Moving to Ohio
« on: April 26, 2015, 06:35:44 PM »
As many know we are moving to the Toledo (Perrysburg) area in June. We have been attending an OCA church in Pittsburgh since before we converted and would love to find a good church home there as well.  I know the OCA church would be the most familiar but it seems at first glance the Greek Orthodox church in Toledo has a lot more families.  Does anybody have any experience with the churches in that area?  We are not Greek or Slovak in heritage so would like a church where we won't be treated like we have no business being there.
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Re: Moving to Ohio
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2015, 11:11:33 PM »
I'm not in that area of Ohio, but I am in Ohio! Early welcome to the state. :)
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Re: Moving to Ohio
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2015, 10:17:31 AM »
I also can't help with the churches in that area, but from this Ohioan I bid you a warm early welcome! 

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Re: Moving to Ohio
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2015, 12:27:22 AM »
I'm from Toledo.  My family goes  to both St. George  and St. Elias Antiochian Churches.  It's predominantly  a Syrian / Lebanese  Church, but most of the service is in English (minus the chanting).  If I remember correctly the Greek Church has a lot of English too - but I only attended liturgy there for weddings and stuff like that, so I can't voucher for that. 

I'm not too sure of any Eastern Europe Churches, I think there is a Bulgarian  one around there , but my guess is their services  are more in the "Byzantine" style, so if that isn't your thing I think you'll have to make a 45 min. drive to Ann Arbor or Detroit.  I think those are where the closest  Russian  / Romanian  churches are.  I have the reverse problem, I miss the Antiochian services and have to attend OCA services.  Toledo is a big Greek / Syrian / Lebanese  center (and has some of the best food in the country  for those cusines), I had no experience  with Russian Orthodoxy until I moved to Chicago 4 years ago.  The services are beautiful, but I still miss the services I grew up with.

St. George is the bigger (and prettier) of the two Antiochian Churches   (it's the cathedral  for the dioceses  of the Midwest).  I think the Greek Church  (Holy Trinity  Cathedral) is bigger than St. George, but I can't say for sure.  Holy Trinity does have the best festival in Toledo though (it happens around mid September), unfortunately  they don't sell ouzo at the festival  anymore.

Hopefully  that helps.  If you have any questions  let me know.
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Re: Moving to Ohio
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2015, 12:36:44 AM »

I'm from Toledo.  My family goes  to both St. George  and St. Elias Antiochian Churches.  It's predominantly  a Syrian / Lebanese  Church, but most of the service is in English (minus the chanting).  If I remember correctly the Greek Church has a lot of English too - but I only attended liturgy there for weddings and stuff like that, so I can't voucher for that. 

I'm not too sure of any Eastern Europe Churches, I think there is a Bulgarian  one around there , but my guess is their services  are more in the "Byzantine" style, so if that isn't your thing I think you'll have to make a 45 min. drive to Ann Arbor or Detroit.  I think those are where the closest  Russian  / Romanian  churches are.  I have the reverse problem, I miss the Antiochian services and have to attend OCA services.  Toledo is a big Greek / Syrian / Lebanese  center (and has some of the best food in the country  for those cusines), I had no experience  with Russian Orthodoxy until I moved to Chicago 4 years ago.  The services are beautiful, but I still miss the services I grew up with.

St. George is the bigger (and prettier) of the two Antiochian Churches   (it's the cathedral  for the dioceses  of the Midwest).  I think the Greek Church  (Holy Trinity  Cathedral) is bigger than St. George, but I can't say for sure.  Holy Trinity does have the best festival in Toledo though (it happens around mid September), unfortunately  they don't sell ouzo at the festival  anymore.  As far as people at St George   (or St Elias) are concerned, most don't care what nationality you are, it's mostly  2nd generation Syrians  by now anyway.  We have had Russians, Ethiopians, etc belong to the parish.  It would be more difficult  to be a U of M fan than a Russian  or whatever  you are.

Hopefully  that helps.  If you have any questions  let me know.
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Re: Moving to Ohio
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2015, 12:36:55 AM »
I'm So sorry to hear that you will living in Ohio soon, but at least Michigan is close by so you can escape purgatory any time you want. ;D

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Re: Moving to Ohio
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2015, 12:49:14 AM »
I recommend making the drive to Dayton and attending St Paul's OCA.
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Re: Moving to Ohio
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2015, 01:00:44 AM »
I recommend making the drive to Dayton and attending St Paul's OCA.

I've been to the Greek Church there a few times, it was nice.  But Dayton is a good hour and a half drive from Toledo...assuming I-75 is playing nice on your drive there.

Also, if Ohio is Purgatory :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hell,_Michigan


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Re: Moving to Ohio
« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2015, 01:02:12 AM »
I recommend making the drive to Dayton and attending St Paul's OCA.

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Re: Moving to Ohio
« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2015, 01:07:20 AM »
I recommend making the drive to Dayton and attending St Paul's OCA.

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I haven't the faintest idea what you're talking about.
You sound like a professional who knows what he's talking about.  That's because you are.

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Re: Moving to Ohio
« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2015, 01:16:09 AM »
I recommend making the drive to Dayton and attending St Paul's OCA.

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Re: Moving to Ohio
« Reply #11 on: June 15, 2015, 01:43:55 AM »
I'm So sorry to hear that you will living in Ohio soon, but at least Michigan is close by so you can escape purgatory any time you want. ;D
If Toledo is purgatory, then what is Detroit?


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Re: Moving to Ohio
« Reply #12 on: June 15, 2015, 01:47:25 AM »
I recommend making the drive to Dayton and attending St Paul's OCA.

I've been to the Greek Church there a few times, it was nice.  But Dayton is a good hour and a half drive from Toledo...assuming I-75 is playing nice on your drive there.

Also, if Ohio is Purgatory :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hell,_Michigan


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Re: Moving to Ohio
« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2015, 11:08:51 AM »
Toledo is a fine little city. I am biased because i have spent a lot of time there and Findlay (1 hr south on I-75).  I have visited St. George cathedral there several times.  The services are English but much of the chanting at Orthros is in Arabic (it is pretty good, nonetheless).

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Re: Moving to Ohio
« Reply #14 on: June 15, 2015, 11:22:45 AM »
Toledo is a fine little city. I am biased because i have spent a lot of time there and Findlay (1 hr south on I-75).  I have visited St. George cathedral there several times.  The services are English but much of the chanting at Orthros is in Arabic (it is pretty good, nonetheless).

I'm not Arab, I'm not Greek, but I have to ask. Was your parenthetical comment really necessary?

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Re: Moving to Ohio
« Reply #15 on: June 15, 2015, 11:30:33 AM »
Toledo is a fine little city. I am biased because i have spent a lot of time there and Findlay (1 hr south on I-75).  I have visited St. George cathedral there several times.  The services are English but much of the chanting at Orthros is in Arabic (it is pretty good, nonetheless).

I'm not Arab, I'm not Greek, but I have to ask. Was your parenthetical comment really necessary?
I am a Greek under the primacy of HAH VARTHOLOMAIOS A' and I think it's funny.
You sound like a professional who knows what he's talking about.  That's because you are.

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Re: Moving to Ohio
« Reply #16 on: June 15, 2015, 01:49:18 PM »
Toledo is a fine little city. I am biased because i have spent a lot of time there and Findlay (1 hr south on I-75).  I have visited St. George cathedral there several times.  The services are English but much of the chanting at Orthros is in Arabic (it is pretty good, nonetheless).

I'm not Arab, I'm not Greek, but I have to ask. Was your parenthetical comment really necessary?
I am a Greek under the primacy of HAH VARTHOLOMAIOS A' and I think it's funny.

He sings well.  Of course he usually does so in Greek, but his smooth, deep voice makes that mumbo jumbo tolerable. 
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Re: Moving to Ohio
« Reply #17 on: June 15, 2015, 04:42:15 PM »
Toledo is a fine little city. I am biased because i have spent a lot of time there and Findlay (1 hr south on I-75).  I have visited St. George cathedral there several times.  The services are English but much of the chanting at Orthros is in Arabic (it is pretty good, nonetheless).

I'm not Arab, I'm not Greek, but I have to ask. Was your parenthetical comment really necessary?

Some people are turned off by good chanting if it is not in their native tongue.  My point was not to dissuade him from attending there because of the language used for Orthros.

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Re: Moving to Ohio
« Reply #18 on: June 16, 2015, 12:18:28 AM »
Ok, I get it. Sorry for that.

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Re: Moving to Ohio
« Reply #19 on: June 16, 2015, 12:20:58 AM »
Ok, I get it. Sorry for that.

It's cool. Just don't let it happen again! ;)