St. Michael's Church
Orthodox Church in America
Jermyn, Pennsylvania
January 10, 2016
January 10, 2016


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: Mark 4:12-17


January 10, 2016

Epistle: Eph. 4:7-13

  Sunday after Theophany of Christ



Schedule of Services


Sunday, January 10th, Matins 8:00 a.m., Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m., Annual Parastas for the departed servant of God Anna Kravetsky, offered lovingly by the Kravetsky family.


Saturday, January 16th, Great Vespers 4:00 p.m.


Sunday, January 17th, Matins 8:00 a.m., Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m.




Blessing of Homes: starting at 1:00 pm - Pleasant Mt. & (Make-Up Day in afternoon). Wanas Family & Alexander’s Restaurant. A special thank you to Joseph Krenitsky for helping to organize the annual blessing of homes and for singing the responses. Thus far we have visited 98% of the official membership of our Church. We also thank you for the love and hospitality offered during the visit.


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. Please see Mary Mathena for Tickets this morning.


Pirogi Project for our Ethnic Food Sales will be held this afternoon at 3:00 p.m. at St. Michael’s Center when we will be making the potato balls, and Monday morning at 8:00 a.m. the construction of the Pirogi will take place. Please come out and give us your support of time and talent.


Church Bread (Prosphora) baking will take place on Monday, January 18th at 8:30 a.m. at St. Michael’s Center. A Special thank you to Eva Demchak and her faithful crew in making the Prosphora we use for our Divine Liturgy.


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. We have reached the $9,000.00 mark and still growing. We thank you for the support given.


Renovating Donations: $100.00 John and Patricia Pash, $100.00 Robert and Eileen Dance, $50.00 Adam and Marianne Serafini. May God Bless you for your donation!


The 53rd Diocesan Assembly will be hosted this year by St. Michael’s Orthodox Church in Jermyn, on Thursday, January 28th, beginning with registration to be held at the Church beginning at 3:00 p.m. This will be followed by Vespers and Dinner at St. Michael’s Center. The Divine Liturgy will be held on Friday, January 29 at 8:30 a.m. which will be followed by the formal Assembly at St. Michael’s Center. Archbishop Mark, and all the Clergy and delegates from our Diocese will be present. This is a historical event for our Church.



November, 2015, Income: Church $5,157.00, Dues $1,438.00, Candles $856.00, Donation $2,000.00, Christmas in September $23,796.00, St. Michael’s Day Dinner $1,233.00, Christmas Flowers $200.00, Heat & Air $245.00. Community Bank (borrowed) $10,000.00 Total: $44,925.00.  November Expense: $34,178.10 (+$10,746.90)


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


First Ethnic Food sale to be held on Wednesday, February 10th at St. Michael’s Center. Please mark your calendar and plan accordingly.


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. Peter and Helen Senio are at the Lackawanna Rehab Center.


Hostesses: Sunday, January 10th: Ann Butler, Eileen Brzuchalski, Maryann Dubee; January 17th: Kay Fedirko, Annabel Franchak, Helen Grancy; January 24th: Ruthann Lasichak, Joan Lasichak, Matushka Kathy Kowalczyk; January 31st: Victoria Kravetsky, Teresa Krenitksy.

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