11th Annual Bible Bowl – Congratulations !!!

Our parish hosted the 11th Annual Baltimore Orthodox Bible Bowl on Saturday, February 10. Orthodox youth in the Baltimore area gather for a friendly competition testing their knowledge of the New Testament. Participating parishes take their turn each year in hosting the event. At this year’s Bible Bowl, ten teams, representing four Orthodox parishes – Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, Holy Cross Antiochian Orthodox Church, St. Andrew Orthodox Church and St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church – participated in the friendly competition. Teams from the middle school and high school levels answered many difficult questions taken from the Book of Acts. All ten teams impressively answered the questions, making their parents proud.

For the first time, both the middle school and high school teams from Holy Trinity won first place! On the middle school level, the competition was especially tense. Only one point separated first and second place. The kids were genuinely excited, because they won the honor to bring the trophies to be housed at Holy Trinity for the year. At the awards ceremony, all participants received an icon of Sts. Peter and Paul, and teams finishing first, second and third place also received gift cards as prizes. At the conclusion of the event, everyone proceeded to the church for the Great Vespers service, led by Fr. John with clergy from the participating parishes.

We congratulate our Middle School Team: Julia Hidar, Margarita Akinina and Katherine Hansen; and our High School Team: Ana Maria Frujinoiu, Fyodor Merzliakov and Dmitriy Shustov for doing a terrific job representing our parish and our church Sunday School. We offer our sincere thanks to Dr. Pat Disharoon for composing and reading the questions and to Catalin Frujinoiu for his untiring efforts coaching this year’s victorious teams. He created so many helpful study guides. Also, we thank Natallia Makarava for coordinating the refreshments. And we are very grateful to all the parents who supported their kids’ participation and who coordinated all the logistics of the event. We couldn’t have conducted this yearly event without your help. May God bless you.

O Most Holy Trinity, Our God, Glory to Thee!