May 8, 2016
May 8, 2016
St. Michael’s Orthodox Church
308 Walnut St.
Jermyn, Pennsylvania 18433
Schedule of Services
Sunday, May 8th, Matins 8:00 a.m., Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m. (Mother’s Day)
Saturday, May 14th, Parastas 9:00 a.m. (40th Day) Irene Swirdovich offered by family members.
Great Vespers 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 15th, Matins 8:00 a.m., Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m.
Mother’s Day Corsages presented this morning to all the women of our Parish have been donated by St. Mary’s Altar Society. Have a happy Mother’s Day!
The Oath of Office for the Church and St. Michael’s Center Committee and St. Mary’s Altar Society will be administered next Sunday, following the reading of the Holy Gospel. Please make every effort to be present!
Church Committee Meeting will be held this Monday, May 9th at 6:00 p.m. Please make every effort to attend.
A Special Easter donation of $2,000.00 was offered to our Church from St. Michael’s Center as a result of the proceeds from the ethnic food and Easter Sales. May our Risen Lord grant all the hard workers many years for their donation.
A Special Easter donation of $500.00 was offered to our Church from St. Mary’s Altar Society as a result of all their hard work this past year. They also donate all the wine used in our services. May our Risen Lord grant them many years.
A Memorial of $340.00 was presented to the Church in loving memory of Stephen Malec on behalf of the Malec family. May his memory be eternal!
St. Michael’s Cemetery Mapping Meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 18th at 6:00 p.m. underneath the Church. This is a kick off meeting to get the cemetery lots in order and computerized. If you are interested please attend this important meeting.
Memorial Day Pilgrimage to St. Tikhon’s Monastery special collection to help offset many of the expenses will be held next Sunday, May 15th during the second offering. We thank you in advance for your support of our beloved Monastery.
Pennsylvanians for Human Life (Scranton Chapter) are selling Mother’s Day Carnations this morning, as a major fundraiser. Please show them your support and purchase a carnation for the gift of life.
Wednesday, May 11th, Resurrection Healing Service will be held at St. George’s Orthodox Church, Keyser Ave. in Taylor, PA at 6:00 p.m.
Special Donations: $15.00 Easter Flowers for the good health of Eva Demchak and family, $10.00 Candles for the departed member of the Wyziak and Demchak families. $15.00 for Easter Flowers and $10.00 for candles for the continued good health of the Kitchura family, offered by Delores Levine. $15.00 Easter Flowers for the deceased Mills, Fedirko, Keklak and Kutch families, and $10.00 candles for all our living family, offered by Kay Fedirko. $10.00 Easter Candles offered by Paul Kostiak for his health, $10.00 Easter Candles for the health of Delores, Stephen, Ellen, William and Megan Brophy. $10.00 in memory of Stephen and Mary Kostiak and Helen Wahal, offered from Paul Kostiak and Delores Brophy.
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.
Hospitality a la Russe featuring Traditional Russian Cuisine, with the Kauriga Balalaika Orchestra, will be held on Sunday, May 15th at St. John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Mayfield. 3:30 p.m. Reception & Russian Table, and Theme Basket Drawing. Please contact Kay Fedirko for the RSVP.
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 8th: Eileen Brzuchalski, Maryann Dubee Kay Fedirko; May 15th: Annabel Franchak, Helen Grancey, Matushka Kathy Kowalczyk; May 22nd: Ruth Lasichak, Joan Lasichak, Vicky Kravetsky; May 29th: Theresa Krenitsky, Irene Kiehart, Mary Mathena.
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.