St. Michael's Church
Orthodox Church in America
Jermyn, Pennsylvania
Centennial Newsletter #5


Vol. 1   No. 5   December 28, 2008  

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



It’s amazing to look back to the beginning of our Centennial Celebrations and see all the activities that have taken place so far!


Fundraising Events-


Culinary experts  Matushka Kathy, Matushka Dolores, Ann Narcoonis, Scott Melesky, Julie Speicher, & Marilyn and Jerry Soroka prepared a scrumptious Fourth Centennial Breakfast.  Among the many delicious choices were sausages, scrambled eggs, hash browns, blini, quiches, pagach, cakes, juice, fruits, bagels, and ambrosia salad.  Fr. Gabe tantalized everyone’s tastebuds with his famous "banik".  Thanks to all who prepared and served the feast and to those who at it.  We realized a profit of $263.00.


At our Fifth Centennial Breakfast (2nd Luncheon) we honored Kyle Miller, a young man from our community who lost his leg in a tractor accident.  The church took up a collection towards his expenses and the Centennial Committee matched the donation for a total of $1,400.00.  Two checks were presented to Kyle at the end of the Liturgy.  Kyle and his family were then our guests at our Lenten Centennial Luncheon which was prepared and served by Matushka Kathy, Delores Serniak, Ann Narcoonis, and Mary Mathena.  Delicious tuna and egg salads were available along with rolls, lettuce, and tomatoes.  There was a wonderful variety of desserts, too.  Many thanks to everyone for making this a successful event.


Centennial Quilt Raffle – the beautiful commemorative “Card Tricks pattern” quilt made by Joan Emswiler of Blakeslee will be raffled off on January 4, 2009, with the proceeds going to St. Michael’s Centennial Fund.  The quilt measures 55” x 82” and can be seen in the church basement.  Tickets are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00.  This is the first event to kick off our official Centennial Year’s celebration.  


The Spirit of Orthodoxy in Alaska CD’s and jewelry made by Kathy Savo are still available in our display cases downstairs. 


Grandma & Joe Corbi orders came in on Dec. 20th, and we took in a profit of around $340.00.  Thanks to all of you who purchased products.  Enjoy them!


Happenings –


On Nov. 29, we had a wonderful trip to the Millennium Theatre in Lancaster County to see “The Miracle of Christmas” show.  Drinks (water), cookies, crackers, and apples were available for the trip.  About 20 games of “Bingo” were played and “Christmas Theme” prizes were awarded to winners.  The show was beautiful and so moving.  We then proceeded to the Bird-in-Hand restaurant where we had a fabulous meal.  Our bus driver, Marcos, from J&J Transportation was wonderful, and all arrived home safely but tired.  Everyone had a great time!   


For help in setting up your commemorative book ads, please see Joanne Mattise or Diana Brotschul.  Remember, this is our 100th Anniversary, so you should think about including a congratulatory statement to our church in your ads.  The due date for ads is January 31, 2009!


The Centennial Committee is working on next year’s calendar of events and welcomes input from you as to what you’d like us to include.  A reminder - the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy and Grand Banquet will be on Saturday, November 7th, 2009!


Christmas caroling will take place on December 27th & 28th!


On Sunday, January 4, 2009, the Sunday School children will  present a Christmas Yolka and we will have the blessing of the 100th Anniversary banner.  We hope you can join us!  Thanks so much to Steve and Gary Franchak for hanging the banner on the front of the church.


Another Sight and Sound trip to the Millennium Theatre will be for the Easter show “Behold the Lamb” on Tuesday, April 7, 2009.  Flyers are available upstairs and downstairs in church.  You can sign up for this show with Diana Brotschul or call her at 646-8261 for more information.  Full payment must be received before being assigned a spot.  Due date for payment is March 15, 2009.


Schedule for full group Centennial Meetings for 2009:  Jan. 11 & 25, Feb. 8 & 22, March 8 & 22, April 5 & 26, May 17 & 31, June 14 & 28, July 13, Aug. 2 & 30, Sept. 13 & 27, Oct. 4 & 25.


The Centennial Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your support of our activities.  We wish all of you health and happiness in 2009 as we continue to celebrate our 100th Anniversary!

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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