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On Saturday, March 17, Drs. David and Mary Ford led a retreat at Holy Cross Orthodox Church (OCA) in Medford, New Jersey, pastored by Fr. John Shimchick.  Dr. Mary spoke on bearing trials and tribulations with encouragement from the Book of Revelation, and Dr. David approached this same theme giving many quotes from St. John Chrysostom’s letters to St. Olympia.  Then after Vespers at 3:30 PM, Dr. Mary led a session for ladies only on dealing with ungodly thoughts (logismoi), and Dr. David led one for men only on his hand-out called 26 Ways to Enhance the Glory of your Marriage.

Dr. David commented, “This was the first time ever visiting this parish.  And we would love to go back, as we enjoyed their great enthusiasm and wonderful hospitality very much!  Thank you, Fr. John, for inviting us!”

(Story and photos by Drs. David and Mary Ford)