St. Michael's Church
Orthodox Church in America
Jermyn, Pennsylvania
January 3, 2016
January 3, 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 1:1-8


January 3, 2016

Epistle: 2 Tim. 4:5-8

  Sunday before the Theophany of Christ


Schedule of Services


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


Tuesday, January 5th, 4:00 p.m. (Eve of Theophany) Great Complines & Blessing of Water (Strict Fast)


Wednesday, January 6th, Divine Liturgy 9:00 a.m. (Feast of Theophany) & Great Blessing of Water


Saturday, January 9th, Great Vespers 4:00 p.m.


Sunday, January 10th, Matins 8:00 a.m., Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m.




Blessing of Home Schedule


Wednesday, January 6th: 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm East side Jermyn, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm West side Jermyn.

Thursday, January 7th: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm Mayfield, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm Carbondale & Simpson.

Friday, January 8th: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Vandling, Richmondale, Uniondale, Forest City & Dundaff,

2:00 pm - 5:30 pm Dickson City, Peckville, Olyphant, Eynon, Archbald.

Saturday, January 9th: 10:30 am – 3:00 pm Waymart, Seelyville, Beach Lake, Honesdale, Moscow, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 pm Clifford, Greenfield, Chapman Lake & Clarks Summit.

Sunday, January 10th: 1:00 pm Pleasant Mt. & Make-Up Day (in afternoon). Wanas Family & Alexander’s Restaurant.


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.


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: $200.00 anonymous, $50.00 Eva M. Demchak, $50.00 John Pash III.


Christmas Candles & Flowers Donation: $15.00 & $10.00 in loving memory of Bob Telep, Nikita & Mary Hrichuk, offered by Millie Telep.


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


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 3rd, 2016: Millie Telep, Dorothy Allen, Debbie Bernosky. 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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