May 29, 2016
May 29, 2016
St. Michael’s Orthodox Church
308 Walnut St.
Jermyn, Pennsylvania 18433
Schedule of Services
Sunday, May 29th, Matins 8:00 a.m., Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m.
Saturday, June 4th, Great Vespers 6:30 p.m., Confession 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 5th, Matins 8:00 a.m., Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m., Baptism/Chrismation of Xenia Soroka 11:15 a.m.
The Chamber Choir of St. Tikhon’s Monastery, “Rejoice, O Mountains of Pennsylvania” will hold a concert of Orthodox Sacred Music by American Composers on Sunday, May 29th at 7:30 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, 35 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701. For tickets please see Matushka Kathy this morning.
The 112th Memorial Day Pilgrimage to St. Tikhon’s Monastery will begin with the 10:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy at the Bell Tower, with the Presence of the Iveron Miraculous Hawaiian Icon of the Mother of God. The Healing Service will begin at 2:30 p.m. with all pilgrims being anointed with the Holy Myrrh streaming from the Miraculous Icon of the Mother of God.
The Memorial Day Pilgrimage Collection will be taken by the men of our Parish. If you are interested in participating, please see Joseph Krenitsky this morning. Please meet near the Monastery Bell Tower by 10:00 a.m.
Wedding Banns: Tamara Fisher and Michael Blondell will be united in the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony on Saturday, June 11th at 2:30 p.m. at St. Michael’s Orthodox Church in Jermyn, Pa. (First Reading)
Chicken & Rib (Kundlas) BBQ will be held on Saturday, July 2nd from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. Tickets will go on sale this morning. Please see Mary Mathena. The Spring Raffle will be held on Saturday, July 2nd, 2016. Please return your tickets in a timely fashion.
Special Parish Meeting will be held on Sunday, June 5th, following the celebration of the Divine Liturgy. “The purpose of the meeting will be to authorize and ratify the sale of a vacant parcel of property owned by the Parish, commonly known as 534 Gravity St., Archbald, Lackawanna County, and Tax Parcel Identification # 07417030011 as described in Deed dated January 14, 1983. The proposed sale is to Salvatore A. Nestico, Jr., Diane M. Nestico and Anthony J. Nestico for the sum of $10,000.00” (First Reading)
Special Church Committee Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 31st at 6:00 p.m. We will be meeting with Fr. John Parsells, Director of Orthodox Web Solutions and developing a new Parish Web-Page. Please make every effort to attend.
The Stained Glass Door of Christ the Teacher has been installed in the Confessional entrance way to the Sanctuary. A special Thank You to Steve and Martha Myshak. May our Lord grant them Many Years!
St. Michael’s Center report on Easter & Ethnic Food Sales for 2016: Ash Wednesday - $2,071.00; Western Easter - $3,109.00; Ethnic Food Sale #1 - $2,031.00; Ethnic Food Sale #2 - $2,142.50; Ethnic Food Sale #3 - $1,700.00; Orthodox Easter - $3,211.29.
Total Sales - $14,264.79 Thank You for all your support!
Heat & Air Collection will be held this Sunday, May 29th during the second offering. Please use the special envelopes distributed last week. We thank you in advance for your support.
Church Donation $100.00 in memory of Michael Kitchura offered lovingly by his daughter Elizabeth Smith. May his memory be eternal!
The first Christmas in September Parish Festival Organizational Meeting will be held on Thursday, June 9th at 6:00 p.m. Please mark this date on your calendar and plan to attend!
Renovating Project Goal was set at $25,000 for the repair and replacement necessary at the Church Rectory and the Choir Director's Rectory. Please use the envelopes provided for you located in the Vestibule.
Please remember in your prayers: Olga Sviatko and Michael Klaptach who are guests at the Wayne Woodlands Manor, in Waymart. Ann Butler is a guest at Elm Croft Mid-Valley, 89 Sturges Rd., Peckville, PA 18452.
Hostesses: Sunday, May 29th: Theresa Krenitsky, Irene Kiehart, Mary Mathena; Sunday, June 5th: Jean Malec, Barbara Nayduch, Ann Narcoonis; Sunday, June 12th: Melanie Wanas, Marilyn Petorak, Maryann Serafini; Sunday, June 19th: Karen Wanas, Matushka Dolores Petorak, Millie Telep; Sunday, June 26th: Dorothy Allen, Debbie Bernosky, Ann Butler.
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.