December 25, 2016
St. Michael’s Orthodox Church
308 Walnut St.
Jermyn, Pennsylvania 18433
Christ is Born! Glorify Him!
Sunday, December 25th, Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great 9:30 a.m. followed by the singing of
Monday, December 26th, Divine Liturgy 9:00 a.m. 2nd Day of the Nativity (Synaxis of the Theotokos)
Tuesday, December 27th, Divine Liturgy 9:00 a.m. 3rd Day of the Nativity (Protomartyr Stephen)
Saturday, December 31st, Great Vespers 4:00 p.m. (Prayers for the New Year)
Sunday, January 1st 2017 Matins 8:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy of St. Basil 9:30 a.m. (Prayers for the New Year)
St. Michael’s Center Christmas Sale: homemade by our bakers; was a complete sell-out. A special thank you to everyone who worked tirelessly and supported this sale. May our Lord bless all of you for your time, talent and grant your many blessed years!
A Special Thank you to Protodeacon Gabriel and Sub-deacon John Lasichak for spending many hours in decorating our Church for Christmas.
Christmas out-reach for the low-income and homeless families’ in partnership with Sue Schlasta for the 5th year in a row with donations of food, blankets, bedding, clothes, coats, hats, gloves, shoes, sneakers, boots and toys. Thank you for making Christmas special for many children in our area!
Archangel Michael – Stained Glass Window and Heavenly Patron of our Church, is needed to complete our project. This will be the elongated window on the second level of our new addition. If anyone is interested in making this donation to our church, please contact Fr. John.
Christmas Flower & Candle offerings: $25.00 poinsettia in memory of Michael Kitchura offered by Dorothy Hanchak, $25.00 poinsettia in memory of Andrew Hanchak, offered by his wife Dorothy, $15.00 poinsettia plant and $10.00 candles in memory of Robert Telep and parents Mary and Nikita Hrichuk, $15.00 poinsettia for living members of family and $10.00 candles offered for the deceased members of family, given by Kay Fedirko, $15.00 poinsettia and $10.00 candles for the good health of the Kitchura family, given by Delores Levine, $10.00 Candles from Paul Kostiak for his health, $10.00 Candles for the health of Delores, Stephen, Ellen, William and Megan Brophy, $10.00 Candles in memory of Stehen and Mary Kostiak, Helen Wahal and Mary Kostiak, offered by Delores Brophy and Paul Kostiak.
Church Offering Envelopes for 2017 are in alphabetical order in the Church Parlor. Please pick-up your envelopes this morning! A special thank you to Gloria Shaw and Eva Demchak in organizing our envelopes.
Church Wine Donation $50.00 offered by Matushka Elizabeth Geeza for the continued good health of the Geeza and Chup families. $100.00 donation in loving memory of Eva Whitiak, offered by James J. Zeleniak.$50.00 in loving memory of Olga Sviatko offered by Aleksa Tomanek.
Church Dues before the end of the year are being accepted $160.00 per member. If you are in the arrears and want to reconcile your balance, please contact Ann Narcoonis any Monday evening in the Church Parlor.
Please remember in your prayers: Michael Klaptach a guest at the Wayne Woodlands Manor, in Waymart. Ann Butler is a guest at the Lackawanna Health and Rehab Center, 108 Terrace Dr. Olyphant, Pa. Ann Ferenchak and Pauline Frenchko are in the Rehab Center in the Carbondale Nursing Home Rm. 406
Sunday Hostesses:. December 25th – No Coffee Hour. Sunday, January 1st, 2017 – Melanie Wanas, Marilyn Petorak and Maryann Serafini
Wednesday of the 13th Week
The Mission of The Orthodox Church in America, the local autocephalous Orthodox Christian Church, is to be faithful in fulfilling the commandment of Christ to “Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”
St. Michael Orthodox Church is part of the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania, which is presided over by The Most Reverend Mark (Maymon), Archbishop of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania. Our mission is bringing the joy of Christ's resurrection to those who have never heard the Good News, and to strengthen and encourage the faithful who reside within Jermyn and the local area.
The Holy Scripture is a collection of books written over multiple centuries by those inspired by God to do so. It is the primary witness to the Orthodox Christian faith, within Holy Tradition and often described as its highest point. It was written by the prophets and apostles in human language, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and collected, edited, and canonized by the Church.
Holiness or sainthood is a gift (charisma) given by God to man, through the Holy Spirit. Man's effort to become a participant in the life of divine holiness is indispensable, but sanctification itself is the work of the Holy Trinity, especially through the sanctifying power of Jesus Christ, who was incarnate, suffered crucifixion, and rose from the dead, in order to lead us to the life of holiness, through the communion with the Holy Spirit.