St. Michael's Church
Orthodox Church in America
Jermyn, Pennsylvania
January 31, 2016
January 31, 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: Matt. 25:14-30


January 31, 2016

Epistle: Col. 3:12-16

  SS. Cyrus and John - Unmercenary



Schedule of Services


Sunday, January 31st, Matins 8:00 a.m., Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m. Parastas for Tillie, Yaroslav and John offered by Barbara Palubniak. Parastas for Martha Scopelliti offered by Debbie Bersnosky.


Monday, February 1st, Great Vespers 6:30 p.m. (Meeting of Christ in the Temple), Blessing of Wheat, Wine and Oil.


Tuesday, February 2nd, Divine Liturgy 9:00 a.m. Meeting of Christ in the Temple, followed by the blessing of Candles.


Saturday, February 6th, Great Vespers 4:00 p.m., Confession 3:30 p.m.


Sunday, February 7th, Matins 8:00 a.m., Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m.




First Ethnic Food sale to be held on Wednesday, February 10th at St. Michael’s Center from 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. Please call Ruthy Lasichak 876-1456 for advance orders. Factory orders are welcomed. Please mark your calendar and plan accordingly.


Special Thank You for the great turnout in the Pirogi Construction Project this past Tuesday at our St. Michael’s Center. The more volunteers we have the quicker we complete our project. God Bless you for your time and talent you give to the Church.


Please remember in your prayers Matushka Kathy who will be having surgery this Tuesday, morning at 8:00 a.m. at the Regional Hospital in Scranton, Pa. A Special thank you for the prayers you already have offered for her recovery. Please remember in your prayers Ronald Sernak who is in Allied Rehab Center.


Church School will resume on Sunday, February 7th at 9:00 a.m. underneath the Church. Please make every effort to bring your children to Church School.


Congratulations to John Lasichak in receiving the blessing from Archbishop Mark to be a Sub-Deacon in our Church. May our Lord Grant him Many Years !


The Take-Out Cabbage Roll Dinner held last week at our St. Michael’s Center was a tremendous success. We thank all of you for the support given to our Church.


The 53rd Diocesan Assembly, hosted this year by St. Michael’s Orthodox Church in Jermyn, was well received by our delegates and guests from our entire diocese. We are especially grateful to the crew at St. Michael’s Center and for all our choir members in Church who made this Assembly very successful.


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 $10,000.00 mark and still growing. We thank you for the support given!


Heat & Air collection: will be taken this morning during the second offering. Please use the envelopes distributed last week. We thank you in advance for the support given!


Special Donation of $25.00 in honor of the ordination of Fr. Vasili Dubee was offered by Vince O’Bell and family.


December, 2015, Income: $14,576.00; December Expense: $13,720.77 (+$855.23)


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.


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 Gardens of Green Ridge, 2751 Boulevard Ave., Scranton, PA 18509.


Hostesses: Sunday, January 31st: Victoria Kravetsky, Teresa Krenitksy & Irene Kiehart; February 7th: Mary Mathena, Jean Malec & Barbara Nayduch; February 14th: Ann Narcoonis, Melanie Wanas & Marilyn Petorak; February 21st: Maryann Serafini, Karen Wanas & Matushka Dolores Petorak; February 28th: Millie Telep, Debbie Bernsoky and Ann Butler.

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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