St. Michael's Church
Orthodox Church in America
Jermyn, Pennsylvania
December 27, 2015
December 27, 2015


St. Michael’s Orthodox Church

308 Walnut St.

Jermyn, Pennsylvania 18433


Very Rev. John Kowalczyk

Phone: 876-1241 – Cell: 561-8696

Protodeacon Gabriel Petorak

Phone: 876-0411 (Diocesan Website)

Sub-Deacon Vasili Gardecki: 209-6086

Reader Vasili Dubee: 254-9720

Church Website:




Joseph Krenitsky (President)

Phone: 876-2770


Prof. Oleg Beljaeff: 876-5236

 Reader Vladimir Kitchura: 903-3475

Reader Greg Bertholf: 282-6268

George Petorak Manager: 876-0377

St. Michael’s Center: 876-3454


Gospel: Matt. 2:13-23


December 27th, 2015

Epistle: Gal. 1:11-19


Sunday after the Nativity of Christ


Schedule of Services


Sunday, December 27th, Matins 8:00 a.m, Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m. Protomartyr Stephen, (9th Day) Parastas for Elizabeth Zrowka, offered by Anna Budwell.


Thursday, December 31st, Great Vespers 4:00 p.m. (Eve of the Circumcision of Christ) & prayers for the New Year!


Friday, January 1st Divine Liturgy 9:00 a.m. - St. Basil the Great & prayers for the New Year!


Saturday, January 2nd, Great Vespers 4:00 p.m.


Sunday, January 3rd, Matins 8:00 a.m., Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m.




Open House & Holiday Refreshments will be held this morning at the invitation of Fr. John and Matushka Kathy, following the celebration of the Divine Liturgy. Everyone is Welcome at the Church Rectory.


St. Michael’s Center Christmas Bread & Holiday Rolls & Pirogi Sale was a tremendous success. We thank you for the love and support you have given.


Theophany Eve Holy Supper will once again be held on Tuesday, January 5th at 5:00 p.m. at St. Michael’s Center. Please call Fr. Gabriel at 876-0411 for reservation. Please bring a dish or $5.00 offering per person.


Home Made Cabbage Roll Dinner will be held on Saturday, January 23rd, 2 Cabbage Rolls, Potato Salad, Roll, Veggie & Dessert - $12.00. Take Out Only, from NOON – 3:00 P.M. For advance orders call Ruthy at 876-1456, or St. Michael’s Center at 876-3454.


Christmas donation: $2,000.00 was given to the Church from St. Michael’s Center, $500.00 was given by St. Mary’s Altar Society.


Special Thank You: to Protodeacon Gabriel Petorak and John Lasichak in decorating our Church this past week and changing all the Altar Covers. May our Lord Grant them Many Years!


Church Offering Envelopes for 2016 are underneath the Church in alphabetical order. A special thank you to Gloria Shaw and Eva Demchak for all their work in organizing this project.


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.


Renovating Donation: $500.00 for the health of Millie Wanas, $300.00 Dr. T. Bekele and family, $250.00 John Krisa, $50.00 Andrea & David Lee, $25.00 Dolores Levine, $25.00 George Kitchura, $25.00 Jean Dzwonczyk.


Christmas Candles: $25.00 David & Barbara Essig, $10.00 Joseph Jubinski, $10.00 Millie Telep, $10.00 in memory of Joseph Mosley, $10.00 in memory of the Keklak, Mills, Chihon & Kutch families, $15.00 Dolores Levine, $10.00 for the health of Linda K. Smith and family, $10.00 Peter and Helen Senio, $10.00 for the health of Marie Derkasch and her family, $10.00 Joanne Yurchak for God’s blessing upon Nicholas, Jennifer and Justin.


Christmas Flowers: $100.00 for the health of Millie Wanas offered by Karen, Melanie and Al Wanas Jr., $50.00 Lasichak family, $25.00 Marie Derkasch for the health of her family, $25.00 for the health of Debbie Koval and family, $15.00 offered by Kathryn Fedirko for the health of the Fedirko and Mills families, $15.00 Rosalie Fives, $10.00 Delores Levine for the good health of the Kitchura families.


A special donation: $100.00 for Flour for St. Michael’s Center offered by Al and Millie Wanas.


We are in the process of up-dating our Parish membership. If you are in arrears in the Church dues, please make every effort to fulfill this basic financial obligation before the end of the year.


Church Calendars 2016 have arrived. A special thank you to Charles Battenberg for the Annual Donation. You may pick them up this morning.


We pray for the speedy recovery of Steve Malec who is receiving rehab at Allied, and for Peter and Helen Senio at the Lackawanna Rehab Center.


Please remember in your prayers: Olga Svatko 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, December 27th: (Open House - Church Rectory); Sunday, January 3rd: 2016 Millie Telep, Dorothy Allen, Debbie Bernosky.

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