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By God’s grace, the Skete is mortgage-free. This was a priority in its purchase so that concerns would not be how to pay the monthly mortgage, but rather, a focus on prayer. What this also means is that 100% of your gift goes directly towards restoration of the structures, beautification of the magnificent property, construction of the chapel to house the Skete’s holy relics, and other projects that will help make the Skete more of a resource. The Skete is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) religious organization. May God bless your generosity! 

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Help Us Rebuild

“And thou say in thine heart, my power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth. But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is He that giveth thee power to get wealth…” Deut. 8:17-18

Our List of Wishes and Needs 

Most likely other things will come up as we progress with construction, but here are some of our present needs. The treatment for the chapel ceiling is as yet undecided, whether it will be barrel vault or cathedral, beaded birch or drywall or something else, the reason being that the HVAC people had to put ducts on one side and it is no longer perpendicular, so it’s treatment is something that is still uncertain.

Our Updated List September 2022

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$649CRAFTSMAN Front-Tine Forward-rotating Tiller, from Lowe’s.
This would be helpful not just for the vegetable garden, but for working towards beautifying other areas of the property, making an orchard, flower beds, a basil circle around the holy Cross, and so much more.
View at lowes.com

Item #1144043, Model #CMXGVAM1144043
CRAFTSMAN front tine tiller. Powered by a 208cc oh engine and heavy-duty chain drive transmission. Four forward rotating 12" steel tines. Equipped with an adjustable tilling width and depth stake. Conveniently arriving fully assembled. Protected by a two-year warranty.
$570.04Teak Wood El Mar Outdoor Bench, 5 Foot
There is nowhere outside for pilgrims to sit and read, quietly pray the Jesus Prayer, or to have outside spiritual talks. After researching various woods that are long-lasting and impervious to borers and to mold/mildew, it seems that a wood called ipe is the best (75+ years), however, it is impossibly expensive. The next best is teak, which is more reasonably priced and will last more than 30 years if cared for properly.
View at sevenseasteak.com

SST32-SS
Hand-made from solid weather and pest resistant teak wood, this bench has durable construction and is made to last. It can be used outdoors year round. Its design is perfect for commercial use, with its fine-sanded finish. We manufacture this bench in 4, 5 and 6 foot lengths and assembly is quick and easy.
$400Paint-Gift card to Sherwin-Williams, for Trapeza, kitchen, hallway to chapel, confession room.
$2600Supplies and labor for backsplash around kitchen cabinets, sink, stove & hood.
$200Chimney sweep to clean the wood stove pipes before December.
$250 eachTwo exterior lights at main entrance. Approximately $200 for an electrician to install.
$35Metal Bow Rake with Non-Slip Grip Handle.

View at homedepot.com
A.A. Vasiliev, History of the Byzantine Empire, The University of Wisconsin Press, OUT OF PRINT, would be helpful to have all three volumes for the Skete’s reference library.
$6001,000 2-oz. plastic bottles for holy oil from the vigil lamp of the Queen of All, the Healer of Cancer, for distribution to the faithful. Color labels for oil bottles. 100 boxes (plus delivery costs) in which to mail holy oil to those in need (with cancer).
$339.90Twenty (20) Green Giant Arborvitae trees for a wind break (the winds can be very high coming off the Blue Ridge Mountains):
View at fast-growing-trees.com
Approximately $25-$30,000Tractor with various attachments: bush hog, front end loader, back hoe, rotary tiller, front mount snow blower
View at kubotausa.com
$1800Flush-handle French Door Refrigerator/Freezer, no ice maker (We will purchase the refrigerator, stove and other appliances from Home Depot to receive a discount. A gift card to Home Depot would be helpful)

Thank You!

$3300Propane Stove/Oven
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Thank You!


$400 Paint-Gift card to Sherwin-Williams, for Trapeza, kitchen and office 2 top coats (NOTE: WE NEED THIS BEFORE OCTOBER!)

$1900Approximate cost for tile and installation for trapeza, kitchen, office, Confessional room, hallway to chapel (NOTE: WE NEED TO INSTALL THE TILE IN OCTOBER BEFORE THE WOOD STOVE IS INSTALLED IN EARLY NOVEMBER)
$2000 Labor - 2 men, 5 days, to complete interior of gift shop (NOTE: THE GIFT SHOP IS IMPORTANT– THIS IS A GIFT THAT WILL GO A LONG WAY FOR FUTURE SELF-SUFFICIENCY OF THE SKETE!)
$800Installation/flue parts, wood stove (the stove is already paid for and the exterior chimney is installed)
$26Grab bars for pilgrim’s restroom:
ONE GRAB BAR: 24 in. x 1-1/2 in. Concealed Screw Grab Bar in Brushed Stainless Steel by ARISTA, Internet #205161306, Model #GB-2450-SS-CS
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$22.99Grab bars for pilgrim’s restroom:
TWO GRAB BARS: 16 in. x 1-1/2 in. Concealed Screw Grab Bar in Brushed Stainless Steel by ARISTA, Internet #205161297, Model #GB-1650-SS-CS
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$5000Tile, thinset/mortar, installation for Pilgrim's restroom walls/floor/shower (approximate cost)
$2000Electrician service (we still have a good deal of electrical work to be done in the chapel, hallway, barn, exterior lighting, lamp post, gift shop, etc.)

Please donate directly to the Queen of All Skete, or if you prefer, it is payable to the Queen of All Skete account at W.A. Sherman and Sons, 229 E Church St, Orange, VA 22960
(540) 672-1411 (Rick Sherman)
Visit washermanco.com

$300Kitchen sink
2-compartment, 10” deep
$120Accessible sink (ADA compliant) for the Pilgrim’s restroom (approximate cost)
$120Reading lamp for second nun’s cell (approximate cost)
$248.80 eachTwo exterior lights at main entrance

View at https://nancybshouseoflights.com

$199 eachTwo lights for exterior of gift shop,
View at https://nancybshouseoflights.com
$90 eachFour lights for gift shop interior
$199 eachTwo smaller lights for kitchen/gift shop/patio/walkway side of Skete

View at https://nancybshouseoflights.com

$25.98Long-handle flat head shovel

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$49Pitchfork

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$34.99Metal Bow Rake with Non-Slip Grip Handle by Hooyman, Internet #312514197, Model #1116246

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A.A. Vasiliev, History of the Byzantine Empire, The University of Wisconsin Press, OUT OF PRINT, would be helpful to have all three volumes for the Skete’s reference library
$1200Labor to complete installation (mudding/sanding) of trapeza walls
$1800Proskimidi Table: This is not the exact one we will be purchasing as this one is $1900 plus $1800 to ship from Greece. We will have one similar in style made by a domestic Orthodox craftsman
$800Light over proskimidi table
$5001,000 2-oz. plastic bottles for holy oil from the vigil lamp of the Queen of All, the Healer of Cancer, for distribution to the faithful. Color labels for oil bottles. 100 boxes (plus delivery costs) in which to mail holy oil to those in need (with cancer).
$84.98Metal Landscape Edging
8 ft. x 14-Gauge x 4 in. Green Steel Landscape Edging (5-Pack)
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Craftsman Tiller
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Teak Outdoor Bench
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Rake 
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History of the Byzantine Empire 
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Proskimidi Table
A SINGLE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION COULD COVER ALL OF THE ABOVE EXPENSES!

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Many Thanks!

These are some of the items that you have made possible for the Skete:

  • Holy Table (Altar Table)

  • 8' high x 300' length Maximum Strength Deer Fence Kit with rodent protection, tension kit and double gate

  • Tow behind cart for Cub Cadet

  • Trapeza lighting

  • Kitchen lighting: 2-light pendant and 3-light pendant

  • Confessional room lighting

  • Office lighting

  • Seven-branched candlestick for the Holy Table

  • Sheet rock (drywall) for the trapeza

  • Timberwolf 2100 Wood Stove

  • Kitchen Lighting
  • Kitchen Lighting
  • Wood Stove
  • Tow Behind Cub Cart
  • Deer Fence (Will be installed by Volunteers on the next workday in September or October)
  • Confessional Room Lighting
  • Trapeza Lighting
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Rochelle, Virginia 22738

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