St. Michael's Church
Orthodox Church in America
Jermyn, Pennsylvania
Centennial Newsletter #4
Centennial Newsletter #4


Vol. 1   No. 4       October 26, 2008

Send all correspondence to P.O. Box 115 Jermyn, PA 18433

We continue to have many exciting events to help us mark our 100th Anniversary.  We thank you for your participation and look forward to your continued support.  

Fundraising Events- 

The monthly breakfasts have been a huge success and many people are anticipating the next one as they’re enjoying the present one.  The dates for the remainder of the breakfasts this year are as follows:  October 26th and Nov. 23rd .  Please join us for camaraderie, a good meal, and a way to help us raise funds.  The cost of each of these breakfasts is $5.00!  Children under the age of 12 are free!


Kudos to Ann Narcoonis and Matushka Kathy for organizing a wonderful Flea Market event.  Many people volunteered to help, and the food was a super addition to the festivities of the day.  Thanks to Fr. Gabe and his crew, who in their usually outstanding manner, prepared and served all the delicacies.  This helped us raise over $1500.00 for the Centennial Fund!  Way to go, gang!  Thanks to everyone  who donated or purchased items, or bought food, too! 


Centennial Quilt Raffle – Joan Emswiler, a Blakeslee neighbor and friend of Diana Brotschul, made and donated a beautiful commemorative “Card Tricks pattern” quilt to be raffled off, with the proceeds going to St. Michael’s Centennial Fund.  The quilt measures 55” x 82” and can be seen in the church basement.  Many members of the Centennial Committee have raffle tickets.  The quilt will be raffled off on January 4, 2009.  Tickets are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00.   


The Spirit of Orthodoxy in Alaska CD's and jewelry made by Kathy Savo are still available in our display cases downstairs. 


Grandma & Joe Corbi are back with some wonderful additions to their pizzas and cookies.  A delicious chocolate cream pie beckons and there are five more savory ones t choose from.  There are cheesecakes (5 kinds), pumpkin rolls, cinnamon twists, buffalo chicken pizza, pretzel dogs, pretzel logs, and curros.  This is in addition to the products offered last time.  Brochures will be available from Sun., Nov. 16th on; orders will be due on Wed., Dec. 10th, and the pick-up date for the products is Dec. 20th.

Happenings –

On October 19th the Spirit of Orthodoxy Choir, superbly directed by Aleksei V. Shipovalnikov, presented an exhilarating, spiritually uplifting concert in commemoration of St. Michael’s 100th Anniversary.  The concert was enthusiastically received by all who attended, filling the church to capacity.  A culinary delight prepared by Fr. Gabe & his crew followed at St. Michael’s Center.  Merci beaucoup (thanks so much) to everyone.  To see some great photos of the concert, go to our website: and click the “Centennial News” and “Pictures from the Spirit of Orthodoxy Concert” buttons.


For help in setting up your commemorative book ads, please see Joanne Mattise or Diana Brotschul.  Remember, this is our 100th Anniversary, so you should think about including a congratulatory statement to our church in your ads.


The Centennial Committee is working on next year’s calendar of events and welcomes input from you as to what you’d like us to include.  Just to remind you, the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy and Grand Banquet will be on Saturday, November 7th, 2009!


On Sunday, December 7th, the Sunday School children will  go, present a Christmas Yolka.  We hope you can join us!


Christmas caroling will be on December 27th & 28th!


We are preparing for the trip on November 29th to see the “Miracle of Christmas”.  The bus will be at St. Michael’s Center at 7:30 A.M. It will depart by 8:00 AM, with a stop in Blakeslee to pick up a group of people and will then arrive at the Hershey Family Restaurant  (around 11:00 AM), where lunch will be on your own.  Diana will have some menus to look through before we arrive.  After lunch, you’ll be needed back on the bus at 12:15 P.M.  Tickets will NOT be handed out, but Diana will show you where the group is sitting and you can find a seat in that section.  The show will begin promptly at 1:00 PM.  It lasts about two and a half hours.  Afterwards, we’ll be having dinner at the Bird-in-Hand Restaurant (included).  The theatre is totally sold out, but you can still get your name placed on a waiting list for cancellations by contacting either Kay or Diana.


Meeting dates for Centennial Committee Chairpeople and anyone else who wishes to attend are Nov. 16th and Dec. 7th.

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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