The Moses Lake Orthodox Christian Fellowship is a satellite Christian fellowship of the Prophet Elijah Antiochian Orthodox Christian Mission in Ellensburg.
We are currently two families that live in Moses Lake that make the hour and ten minute drive most every Sunday to attend the Divine Liturgy there (Holy Communion worship service), and to fellowship with our Orthodox friends and family. We have now about 12 inquirers from the Moses Lake area.
As of September 30, 2018, we will begin meeting EVERY Sunday evening from 5-8 pm in Moses Lake, for Vespers (a simple, ancient, liturgical worship service that lasts about 1/2 hour) a short teaching about the Orthodox Church, and then a potluck with some warm fellowship together.
Fr. Paul Moses Jaroslaw, the Pastor of Prophet Elijah, and Dn. Vasily Hinkle, the Deacon, have begun to travel here weekly to lead our fellowship and to provide an opportunity for those who might be interested in the area to learn more about the Orthodox Church. (Both of them have been involved in missionary work for many years. Fr. Paul served in Alaska for almost 40 years, and has been in Ellensburg now for over 7 years). Dn. Vasily (known to many in Kittitas & Grant Counties as Bill Hinkle) will actually be living in Moses Lake 3-4 days a week, facilitating more opportunities to meet people and talk with them locally about Orthodoxy. We all warmly invite anyone in the community who would like to learn more to join us, and “Come and See!”
The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church (Antioch, the place where the disciples were first called Christians) has a great zeal for missionary work in this country. (Some say Orthodoxy is the best kept secret in America!). In fact, since 1987 when the Antiochian Church received over 2,000 former Protestant Evangelicals from 17 Parishes across the country..... in our Washington State alone, the Antiochians have grown from 2 original Parishes in Seattle and Yakima (former Evangelical Parishes) to now 11 Missions and Churches, in Arlington, Ellensburg, Everson, (Bellingham) Goldendale, Snohomish, Spokane, Spokane Valley, and Wenatchee... with the hopes of still many more!
It is our great desire and dream to see if there are other interested families and individuals in the Moses Lake and Columbia Basin area who are interested in learning more about the historic Orthodox Church. We again warmly invite you to join with us in our weekly gatherings here, or just to contact us for more information of any kind.
We are currently meeting at the home of the Wytko family (10333 Rd. 5.6 NE) former owners of the St. Brigid Brewery Tap Room in Moses Lake, who are members of the Prophet Elijah Mission. Attached you will find information about the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church in particular, as well as the entire Orthodox Church in general!
Please feel free to email us, or call with any questions you might have. Fr. Paul or Dn. Vasily would be glad to just meet you for a cup of coffee some time, and sit down with you informally.... and talk about Orthodoxy!
Thanking you in advance for your interest! With much love in Christ, the Moses Lake Orthodox Christian Fellowship.