2148 Michelson Dr, Irvine, CA 92612

Important Survey

Important Survey

Dear Parish­ioners,

On behalf of the board, I would like to give you an overview of three inter­wo­ven ini­tia­tives that are under­way to ensure the health and longevi­ty of our church com­mu­ni­ty. Many of you have been involved in sus­tain­ing our place of wor­ship, our com­mu­ni­ty, and our unique cul­tur­al lin­eages. Some of you have joined us recent­ly, and some of have per­se­vered since the incep­tion almost 19 years ago. We are grate­ful for all that each of you has done. The time has come, through the grace of God and gen­eros­i­ty of Mr. Milan Pan­ic, for us to make more sub­stan­tial progress toward ensur­ing that we, and those that fol­low, will have a per­ma­nent struc­ture in Orange Coun­ty to wor­ship togeth­er, to inter­act as a sup­port­ive com­mu­ni­ty, and to con­tin­ue the unique iden­ti­ties of our Ortho­dox Faith and our cul­tur­al lineages.

Along with man­ag­ing the day to day oper­a­tions of our parish, the three inter­laced ini­tia­tives include a sur­vey, the devel­op­ment of our purpose/vision/values guid­ing doc­u­ment, and the nec­es­sary fund­ing to secure a per­ma­nent struc­ture. This sur­vey will pro­vide cru­cial infor­ma­tion about our hopes and dreams for this parish. It will also pro­vide insight into what we envi­sion for this parish’s per­ma­nent struc­ture. The infor­ma­tion from the sur­vey will be foun­da­tion­al for the oth­er two ini­tia­tives and will guide our future actions on these ini­tia­tives. Please take the time to share your expe­ri­ences and views through this sur­vey. As you will see in the intro­duc­tion of the sur­vey, your indi­vid­ual respons­es will be held con­fi­den­tial. The com­piled data will first be shared with the board and then with the whole parish. Narand­ja Milanovich, BSME, MME, MA Coun­sel­ing, MA Psy­chol­o­gy, Ph.D. Psy­chol­o­gy along with her hus­band Gary Eagle­son, will com­pile the results of the sur­vey and present this data to the church board and parish.

The purpose/vision/values doc­u­ment will ini­tial­ly be draft­ed by a small­er group of parish­ioners, for prac­ti­cal pur­pos­es, fol­lowed by the engage­ment of the whole parish. For clar­i­ty, below are some thoughts on what this doc­u­ment is about.

Our pur­pose (or mis­sion) state­ment will answer the ques­tion ‘Why does this parish exist?’ in the larg­er con­text of the Church as a liv­ing man­i­fes­ta­tion of our spir­i­tu­al beliefs. A pur­pose state­ment (or mis­sion state­ment) is some­thing that will direc­tion­al­ly guide those that fol­low us for decades to come. The vision answers the ques­tion, ‘What will be accom­plished?’ in the next 5–10 years in pur­suit of our purpose/mission. The vision state­ment speaks to spe­cif­ic, con­crete objec­tives and goals that we can mea­sure. The val­ues or rules of engagement/conduct pro­vide guid­ance of how we are to act and be as we move toward our vision. All three ele­ments: purpose/vision/values give direc­tion to our deci­sions as we search for fund­ing, secur­ing a per­ma­nent struc­ture, and how we con­duct our day to day oper­a­tions in the parish.

We will ensure align­ment of the con­tents of purpose/vision/values to coin­cide and align with our Ser­bian Ortho­dox Church’s West­ern Diocese’s mis­sion. It will be the pri­ma­ry guid­ing doc­u­ment for a future deci­sion regard­ing secur­ing our per­ma­nent struc­ture and our day ‑to- day oper­a­tions. Narand­ja Milanovich, Gary Eagle­son, and Mila Evanovich will pro­vide facil­i­ta­tion for the devel­op­ment of our guid­ing document.

The ongo­ing search for fund­ing and secur­ing of our per­ma­nent struc­ture has entered a unique six-month phase. Mr. Milan Panic’s gen­er­ous offer to match up to one mil­lion dol­lars will expire Novem­ber 13, 2017, so there is much to accom­plish giv­en this unique oppor­tu­ni­ty. Spear­head­ing the match­ing fund’s effort is John Vukaso­vich, and he will be look­ing for exper­tise and help. Our vision of what we fore­see for our future parish facil­i­ty must be clear and con­cise because it will guide our imple­men­ta­tion strat­e­gy. The imple­men­ta­tion strat­e­gy will in turn set pri­or­i­ty and tim­ing for which struc­tures (cul­tur­al cen­ter, hall, sanc­tu­ary, et al.) will be secured and made oper­a­tional first. Please make sure you answer the last ques­tion in the sur­vey per­tain­ing to the area where you want to get involved, using your unique skills and experiences.

I am hope­ful that we are enter­ing a more secure and sus­tain­able phase of our parish where we can con­tin­ue our spir­i­tu­al devel­op­ment, get and give sup­port as a com­mu­ni­ty, and ensure the longevi­ty of our unique Ortho­dox Chris­t­ian and cul­tur­al lineages.

The sur­vey is avail­able here (or https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/58P27R2).

Bless­ings to each of you,

Father Blasko on behalf of
Nativ­i­ty of The Most Holy Theotokos Ser­bian Ortho­dox Church of Orange County

Orig­i­nal Let­ter from Father Blasko