Saint George Norwood Elevator
Today we find our beautiful church in need of serious renovation. We also want to expand and make the building accessible.
We began a capital campaign in 2016 and have been working hard to meet our goal of $1.5 million. The elevator / lift alone will be $150,000. We are getting ever closer but still need your help.
Dear Family, Friends and Colleagues ---
Let’s go 98 for 98 — or more!
Our mother, Sadie Thomas, endearingly known as Sandy, will be celebrating her birthday on October 12th.
She turns 98. God bless her.
Sandy has unfailingly attended to the wants and needs of those she loves: her children, her husband, family, friends and neighbors — always putting them first.
She still works tirelessly with determination, without complaint or need for recognition. She never waivers nor abandons.
But most importantly, she has been a devoted and dedicated parishioner at Saint George Orthodox Church Norwood — a small Byzantine structure located right around the corner from where she grew up. The church has been her center ever since she was a little girl.
Sandy was baptized at Saint George and was 2 when the church first opened its doors for worship in 1921. One of the youngest original parishioners, today she is the oldest female.
Sandy’s parents and the many fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers and sons who first emigrated from Syria and Lebanon placed pennies in the foundation and helped to build the church with their own hands. In 1933, on Good Friday, a fire nearly destroyed the church. Once again, the forefathers came together to help rebuild the church, which continues to stand on the same sacred grounds.
Today, our parish is composed of second and third generation families from Lebanon and Syria. Our membership also includes Greeks, Russians, Romanians, Armenians and American born Orthodox Christians. We have a wonderful mix of cultures while still maintaining the community ethos — a hallmark of this parish since its founding.
After worshiping in this church for more than eighty years it has become evident that this sacred jewel is in need of significant updating, renovating and expanding. We see this work as our responsibility and have begun a capital campaign to take care of our church.
So, to celebrate and honor Sandy on her 98th birthday, we are asking if at least 98 people can give $98.00 (or more) to help fund the church that has been a place of worship for Sandy and her family and the Orthodox Christian community in Norwood and surrounding towns for nearly 100 years. It would be the best gift she could hope for.
Sandy continues to be an integral and vibrant part of family, church and community, and without her their lives would be less joyful, less complete.
Her youthful and positive attitude still radiates from her unlined face, which only wrinkles when she smiles. She has an infinite capacity to bounce back. No one would ever accuse her of slowing down. She inhales life in big, energetic drafts. Part of her inward beauty is keeping her mind active.
She’s a voracious reader, cooks dinner, knows all the regional and National news — and she’s a huge fan of the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots and Boston Celtics. Not many 90-year-olds stay up past 2:00 o’clock in the morning to watch the Sox in extra innings. Sandy doesn’t miss a beat.
In many ways Sandy is the quintessential young old woman.
Those who know Sandy know she is a visionary and a fierce advocate with strong faith that God will provide.
Her prayer is to see Saint George Orthodox Church Norwood return to its full glory and allow future generations to worship and carry out the ministry of the church.
So, dear family and friends, to celebrate and honor our mother, let’s go 98 for 98 — or more!
God bless you.
Linda and Bobby
We have a parish vote on May 31st to move ahead with the project. Pray for us and share this site with your friends!