Centennial News #3
Vol. 1 No. 3 August 10, 2008
We started off our Centennial Celebration with the blessing and of the newly crafted cemetery archway on June 15th - Pentecost. His Grace, Bishop Tikhon was there to help dedicate this archway to the blessed memory of those who repose there.
Centennial Breakfast - We had our first Centennial breakfast on July 27th. It was a huge success and we thank our hostesses - Maryann, Valentina, and Lydia and our host - John for an excellent meal. We had a terrific showing and we’re hoping even more people will show up for the next one. The dates for the remaining breakfasts/lunches this year are as follows: Aug. 17, Sept. 7, Oct. 26, and Nov. 23. Please join us! The cost of each of these breakfasts/lunches is $5.00 for adults!
Centennial Quilt Raffle – Joan Emswiler, a Blakeslee neighbor and friend of Diana Brotschul, made and donated a beautiful commemorative “Card Tricks pattern” quilt to be raffled off, with the proceeds going to St. Michael’s Centennial Fund. The quilt measures 55” x 82” and can be seen in the church basement. Many members of the Centennial Committee have raffle tickets. The quilt will be raffled off on January 4, 2009. Tickets are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00.
Flea Market – St. Michael's Centennial Committee will be sponsoring an Indoor/Outdoor Flea Market on Saturday, September 20th, 2008 from 9:00 A.M. until 3:00 P.M. at St. Michael's Center (403 Delaware St.) Tables are available for $15 for vendors. Or, you may donate items to the church. You can bring your items to St. Michael's Center on September 7, 10, 13, 17, & 20 between 12:00 and 3:00 P.M. or to church on Sundays. This is a good way to clean out your unwanted items and raise money for our church's Centennial Fund.
Christmas show on Nov. 29th, 2008 - is totally sold out!You may contact Kay or Diana about having your name placed on a waiting list for cancellations!
Sale of items
CD’s - Just a few of The Spirit of Orthodoxy in Alaska CD’s are still available. The group, directed by Aleksei V. Shipovalnikov, will be performing in our church on Sunday, October 19, 2008, as part of our planned Centennial Celebration activities. Many of you have already purchased your CD and have commented on how beautiful and prayerful the choir sounds. The CD’s are available in the display case. Please see Fr. Gabe or Diana if interested. The price of each is $15.00!
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.