St. Michael's Church
Orthodox Church in America
Jermyn, Pennsylvania
July 3, 2016
July 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: 267-6239

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. 4:18-23


Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

Epistle: Rom. 2:10-16

  Metropolitan Philip of Moscow



Schedule of Services


Sunday, July 3rd, Matins 8:00 a.m., Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m. Special Prayers for our Country - God Bless America!


Saturday, July 9th, Great Vespers 6:30 p.m., Confession 6:00 p.m.


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





Chicken & Rib (Kundlas) BBQ, held this past Saturday, was a complete sell-out. A special thank you to Alexander’s Restaurant and the Wanas family for providing the coleslaw. We thank you for your love and support of our fund-raising projects.


Christmas in September Raffle Tickets have been sent out to all as a means of raising seed money for our Parish Festival. Please take time out this week and return them back to our Church. May our Lord bless you for your good works and generosity.


The Next Perogie Construction Project will be held on Monday, July 18th and Tuesday July 19th. These perogies are being made in preparation for the Christmas in September Festival. Help is greatly needed and appreciated. Please mark these important dates on your calendar of events.


The next Christmas in September Parish Festival Organizational Meeting will be held on Thursday, July 14th at 6:00 p.m. During this meeting a group committee photo will be taken for the newspaper. Please mark this date on your calendar and plan to attend! Our Annual Parish Festival will be held on Friday, September 23rd, Saturday, 24th, and Sunday, September 25th will be the Classic Car Show. More information will be forthcoming as it develops.


Theme Baskets for our Parish Festival are being accepted underneath the Church. Please take time out and begin planning your theme basket and bring it to Church. We thank you in advance! Last year we had over 110 theme baskets!


2016 Christmas in September Donation List: Tent $600.00, Advertisement - see Fr. John, Band for Saturday evening $300.00, Potato Pancake mix $45.00 per bucket (10 buckets), French Fries (5 cases - $200.00), Propane for Fryers $150.00, Oil for Fryers $150.00, Kitchen Supplies $150.00, Paper Products $150.00, Coffee, Creamers & Sugars $100.00, All Bread Products $150.00, and Garbage Bags $100.00. For donations please see George Petorak.


The New Stained Glass WindowsLower-Level of the new addition will be installed on the third and fourth week of July. They will include: St. Stephen the Protomartyr, SS. Martha & Mary the sisters of Lazarus, and the Protomartyr George. A Special Thank you to our donors: Steve and Martha Myshak.


Protodeacon Gabriel Petorak will be traveling to St. Mary’s Orthodox Church in Dubranich, Western Ukraine to visit our Sister Church at the end of July. A Special collection will be held on Sunday, July 17th during the second offering to provide aid in the refurbishing of the Church.


A special thank you to Marie Derkash for graciously donating the $150.00 for the perogie project in preparation for our Christmas in September Parish Festival. 30 boxes of Potatoes at $5.00 a box. May our Lord grant her Many Years.


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.


Please remember in your prayers: Olga Sviatko 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, July 3rd: Eileen Bruzchalski, Maryann Dubee, Kay Fedirko; July 10th: Annabell Franchak, Helen Grancey, Matushka Kathy Kowalczyk; July 17th: Ruth Lasichak, Joan Lasichak, Victoria Kravitsky; July 24th: Theresa Krenitsky, Irene Kiehart, Mary Mathena; July 31st: Jean Malec, Barbara Nayduch, Ann Narcoonis.

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