St. Michael's Church
Orthodox Church in America
Jermyn, Pennsylvania
Centennial Newsletter #1


Vol 1   No. 1            March 9, 2008                               

Send all correspondence to P.O. Box 115 Jermyn, PA 18433                                                                             

We have begun making preparations for some activities during our 100th Anniversary Celebration.  On June 15th we’ll have the dedication of the newly crafted cemetery archway.  Please join us on that day to participate in the blessing of the archway, to pray for our departed, and to ask the Lord’s blessings as we enter our Centennial year.

Fundraising Events -

Beginning in July and going through 2009, we will be having a breakfast each month as one of our fundraising activities.  The dates for the breakfasts this year are as follows:  July 20, Aug. 17, Sept. 7, Oct. 26, and Nov. 23.  Please join us for camaraderie, a good meal, and a way to help us raise funds.  The cost of each of these breakfasts is $5.00!


The Spirit of Orthodoxy in Alaska CD's now 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.  This group has been in existence for 11 years has performed throughout NY, NJ, PA, MA, and for the Alaska.  These CD’s were donated by Diana Brotschul, a member of this church and also of the Spirit of Orthodoxy choir.  The CD’s are available in the display case.  Please see Fr. Gabe or Diana if interested.  The price of each is $15.00!


Jewelry crafted by Kathy Savo

Kathy has made some lovely jewelry displayed in our cases downstairs.  She will be donating the proceeds from the sale of this jewelry to St. Michael’s Centennial Fund.  Please stop by to see her beautiful creations and to purchase some for yourself or for someone special.  Look for the pieces with tags that have little butterflies on them and the prices listed.  Happy shopping!


Concert presented by the Spirit of Orthodoxy Choir

On Sunday, October 19th there will be a late afternoon concert given by the Spirit of Orthodoxy Choir followed by a buffet reception.  This group, directed by Aleksei Shipovalnikov, is in its 11th year of spreading the spirit and messages of Orthodoxy.  The choir consists of singers and choir directors from various Orthodox jurisdictions in the NJ-NY-PA area.

The choir was invited to sing during St. Herman’s Pilgrimage in Alaska in August of 2003.  The choir also sang in NYC at St. Malachy’s Church (the Actors’ Chapel) and at the Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Protection, where concert proceeds benefited IOCC’s Asia Disaster (Tsunami) Response.  On Sept. 11, 2005, the choir presented Orthodox Liturgical “Music of Remembrance and Hope” at Sts Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Jersey City.  This was the closest Orthodox Church to the site of the 2001 WTC tragedy.  This promises to be a spiritually uplifting and musically rewarding evening.  The cost of the concert/reception is $10.00!


Grandma Corbi's Pizza Sale -

A delicious way to support your church’s centennial fund!  Brochures can be obtained from either the church or Matushka Kathy.  These brochures contain all the information you need to order kinds and sizes of pizzas and other delicacies such as calzones, pretzels, etc. and desserts such as cinna-bread and Joe Jr.’s dessert delight kit with four different fruit fillings.  All orders must be submitted by March 24 to Matushka Kathy.  Any questions can be directed to her at 570-876-1241.  THE PICK-UP DATE IS SATURDAY, APRIL 12th IN THE CHURCH BASEMENT! 


Events -

Christmas Show

There is a trip scheduled to the Sight & Sound Millennium Theater in Lancaster County on November 29th to see the “Miracle of Christmas”.  We will be departing from Jermyn via bus at 8:00 AM and arriving in Lancaster County around 11:00 AM.  Lunch will be on your own at the Hershey Family Restaurant or at Kitchen Kettle Village.  There are some shops to peruse and you’ll be needed back on the bus at 12:15.  The show will begin promptly at 1:00 PM.  It lasts about two and a half hours.  Dinner at the Bird-in-Hand Restaurant is included.  We will then return to Jermyn.  The cost for the show, round trip bus fare, and meal is $85.00 for adults, $65.00 for youth (ages 13-18), and $40.00 for children (ages 4-12).  Please see Diana Brotschul or Kay Fedirko for information.  Full payment must be received to guarantee you a spot.


Meeting dates for the general Centennial Committee are as follows:  April 13, May 4, June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14, October 12, November 16, and December 7.

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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