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Welcome to Our Parish!

Glory to Jesus Christ!

The Dormition of the Mother of God Orthodox Christian Church (Saint Mary's) is a parish of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of Johnstown, PA. It was founded over 100 years ago in the Southern Coalfields of West Virginia. The parish was located at Elkhorn, in McDowell County. Organized in 1895, the church building (which still stands) was built in 1912. Immigrant coal-miners from the Carpathian mountain region of Eastern Europe were the founding fathers of the parish. The old church was sold and a new church built in Bluefield, West Virginia in the year 2000. Since then, the church has experienced new growth, with Orthodox Christians from many different ethnic backgrounds becoming members, along with a number of American converts to Orthodoxy. Our parish is known for its warm, welcoming atmosphere. You are cordially invited to join us as we worship the One God in Trinity at the Sunday Divine Liturgy, celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Other services are as scheduled. Please see the monthly calendar on this website for more information and a detailed list of events .

Come and share our fellowship in the Lord Jesus Christ!


PYSANKY (Colored Eggs) CLASS

A pysanky class and demonstration will be offered by Mrs. Ranae Semonco Bailey on March 7, 2015 from 1:00 to 5:00 PM.  

This will be an introductory class for people 12 years of age and older.  Cost is $40.00 and all materials will be provided; a kit can be taken home afterward for use there.  Please arrive at 12:45 PM on the day of the class to register.  Please dress appropriately for working with permanent dyes and hot wax.  There are 20 available seats which are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Church tours will be offered and a lenten luncheon provided.  Please contact Ranae at 304-320-0066 or at  THANK YOU!