St. Michael's Church
Orthodox Church in America
Jermyn, Pennsylvania
December 18, 2016

St. Michael’s Orthodox Church

308 Walnut St.

Jermyn, Pennsylvania 18433










Very Rev. John Kowalczyk


Joseph Krenitsky (President)

Phone: 876-1241 – Cell: 561-8696


Phone: 876-2770

Protodeacon Gabriel Petorak

Phone: 876-0411


Prof. Oleg Beljaeff: 876-5236 (Diocesan Website)


Reader Vladimir Kitchura: 903-3475

Sub-Deacon Vasili Gardecki: 209-6086


Reader Greg Bertholf: 282-6268

Reader: Vasili Dubee: 254-9720


George Petorak Manager: 876-0377

Church Website:

& 360 virtual tour and 4 part welcome

Webmaster: Jeremy Soroka 862-0576


St. Michael’s Center: 876-3454




Gospel: Matt.1:1-25


             December 18th, 2016

Epistle: Heb.11:9-10,17-23,32-40


               Sunday Before Nativity




                                                                 Schedule of Services

Sunday, December 18th, Matins 8:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m. Parastas for Elizabeth Zrowka, offered by Yvonne Wargo, Parastas for Barbara Franchak offered by Anthony Franchak, Parastas for John Franchak offered by Steve and Rose Franchak.


Saturday, December 24th, Christmas Eve – Complines & Matins 6:30 p.m. –Strict Fast Day!


Sunday, December 25th, Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m. Christmas – Nativity of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ- followed by the singing of Christmas Carols


A warm welcome this morning to Fr. Stephen Kopestonsky and Matushka Sandra. We thank Fr. Stephen for celebrating Matins and Divine Liturgy this morning. Fr. John and Matushka Kathy have been invited to St. Georges Antiochian Orthodox Church’ in St. Paul, Minnesota. Fr. John has been asked to speak this afternoon at the 25th Anniversary of Archimandrite Duane Pederson to the Holy Priesthood. Please pray for safe travels!


Home-Made Bread Project will take place on Tuesday, December 20th at 8:00 a.m. at St. Michel’s Center. Please mark these dates on your calendar of events and come-out to help us.


St. Michael’s Christmas Sale: homemade by our bakers; All Rolls $10.00: Nut, Poppy, Lekvar, Apricot, Pineapple Coconut, Home Made Bread; Plain $5.00, Raisin $6.00, Homemade Horseradish (Red or White) $5.00, Fresh Baked 10” Apple or Pumpkin Pies $10.00 Perogies (Frozen only) $7.00 doz. Pick-up date Wednesday, December 21 from Noon order call Ruth at 570-876-1456, 570-876-3454 Fax. Cut-off date is Sunday, December 18th. We thank you in advance for your continued support!  


Holy Confession & Communion to our shut-ins will be completed this week for the advent season. Fr. John will call the evening before his visit.


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. Thus far we have reached over $600.00. in the special offering held last Sunday. You can see Susan this morning directly if you would like to add to the offering.  


Christmas Poinsettia -Large $25.00, $15.00 Small, and Christmas Candles $10.00 – are being accepted. You can make the offering in loving memory of your loved ones or for the continued health of your family.


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: Three $25.00 Poinsettia and three $10.00 candlesoffered by Peter Senio in memory of dearly departed (Kym) Daniel P. Kitchura, wife Mary and daughter Barbara.$25.00 Poinsettia and $10.00 candle offered in loving memory of son Allan, by parents Peter and Helen Senio.$100.00 star offering from Sam Mattise offered by brother Nicholas Mattise, $15.00 Poinsettia and $10.00 candle offered by Joanne Mattise, $15.00 Poinsettia and $10.00 candles in memory of the Mensky and Essig family, offered by Barbara and David Essig, $25.00 Poinsettia and $25.00 Christmas Candles offered by John & Yvonne Wargo.$50.00 Poinsettia and Candles for the continued good health of the Lasichak family. Christmas $50.00 offering for the continued good health of George, Marilyn and Josh Petorak.


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 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.

St. Michael’s Gift Shop will have a special sale on new Christmas Gifts on many new items this Sunday during Coffee hour. Please see Protodeacon Gabriel this morning..

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 18, Jean Malec, Barbara Nayduch, Ann Narcoonis, December 25th – No Coffee Hour.


Thank you for all the support everyone has given during the COVID -19 Virus Pandemic. When you are not in Church for the services, please send in your weekly envelopes on a timely basis or please use the above donation button. Your donations are sincerely appreciated, as we have routine expenses that must be met. May God protect you during this difficult time.

St. Michael Orthodox Church
305 Walnut Street; Jermyn, PA 18433
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