St. Michael's
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church
1182 Ashland St., Greensburg, PA 15601
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Divine Liturgy Every Sunday at 10:00am
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Our mission...

...is to tend to the flock of our Lord Jesus Christ and to spread the Good News of Christ to those outside the flock.  The mission is to be accomplished by:

  • Living a full and liturgical and sacramental life
  • Proclaiming the Orthodox Christian Faith to all people
  • Providing effective charitable and social programs
  • Establishing strong spiritual leadership and educational resources


 

 

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Thank You to Everyone who helped make September 18th's St. Michael's Shish Kabob Dinner and rousing success. Thanks to all those who attended the Shish Kabob Dinner and enjoyed some of the best food on the planet! It was good to see so many people of St. Michael's being a part of the team that made the event so wonderful!!! Enjoy the short video below of this great day!







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Between a Rock and a Hard Place

The above headline phrase might be an apt description for today as the Sunday between the Great Feasts of the Nativity of the Theotokos and that of the Elevation of the Holy Cross. The messages of these two celebrations show us God’s miraculous power and love which we are more than happy to behold, and the way for us to live in that power and love, which we will generally find a little more problematic.

The Birth of the Theotokos is the completion of the “barren to fruitful” message that we see beginning with the Patriarch Abraham and his wife Sara. We discover in this ‘type’ that nothing grows without God and that with God everything can grow (even us).

In the Elevation of the Cross we find that not only are our crosses overcomable by the grace of God, but that it is only through The Cross that we are able to overcome those worldly crosses.

Unfortunately, here’s where our dilemma arises. None of this is possible without our assent and our ascent. Everything we do in the Church is about going to God. So, I must first take up my cross and follow Him if I am to find the barren deadness of my very human life infused with divine power, life and love.

If my prayer life is inconsistent and self-arranged, if my ‘spare time’ is filled with feel-good recreation, if my reading list has nothing soul-growing on it, if my worship is limited to rote Sunday participation, if my love of my neighbor is based on how much he deserves it and if my mind is filled with personal concerns and desires first, and later (and when it trouble) filled with God, then perhaps it is time for a change.

Here in these Feasts we are shown the Virgin (to emulate in her obedience to God’s Will) and the Cross (to take up in denying the death-dealing carnality that dominates everything that our world (culture) offers to us).

When we “come to our senses” it is obvious what we need to do: acknowledge, confess, repent and change. And the place we get to begin is right here and right now. This is hard stuff to consider. It goes against almost everything our mind tells us. But the Barrenness transformed and the Cross embraced are our only real choices.

May God grant us the desire to increase our focused attention on these eternal, other-worldly, spiritual and essential things.


FOCUS Pittsburgh

(Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United for Service)

FOCUS Pittsburgh is collecting clothes (clean and in good condition, please) for the very, very needy people (many homeless) in the Hill District neighborhood of the city. Clothing including coats, jackets, sweaters, trousers, shirts, blouses and other tops, shoes, handbags, gloves, scarves, etc., are all gratefully received and appreciated.  

There is a drop-off area at the top of the stairs at the main entrance for those who would contribute. The contact people for this project are Marilyn Elias and Miriam Yazge.


You May Find the Text of the Divine Liturgy beginning on the bottom page 91 of the Service Book (gold embossed cross on the reddish brown cover) or in the green-spiral-bound book; sheet music can be found in the 8.5” x 11” large, spiral-bound booklet.

At the Kiss of Peace,our practice is for each of us to greet the person to our right and left with the bowing of our head, hands held in a prayerful clasp or crossed on the chest, while offering each other the Christian greeting, “Christ is in our midst!” and responding, “He is and shall be!”

Please remember that Holy Communion is reserved for those Chrismated Orthodox Christians who have appropriately prepared themselves through prayer, fasting and Confession to receive the Holy Mysteries of the Church. The bread (anti’doron, which means ’in place’ of the gifts) which we share after Communion and at the end of the Liturgy is for all.

Being mindful we are in church, let us always remember to

...be quiet and attentive.Let us sing, pray, stand., sit, kneel and respond where responses are indicated. Let us not talk, look around, text message, play games, etc. Especially let us work at this in the Communion line and when in line to venerate the Cross and depart. If we cannot hear the post-Communion prayers being chanted during our departure, we are way too noisy.

...refrain from eating, drinking or chewing gum (most obviously and especially if you will be receiving Holy Communion).

...stay put. Except in rare cases, there are few of us who cannot stay in one location for two hours (usually less, for most of us).


The complete text of the Great Vespers and Matins services for each Sunday may be retrieved and printed from the Antiochian Archdiocese website at http://www.antiochian.org/content/online-liturgical-guide


ABOUT BISHOP THOMAS

His Grace, the Right Reverend Thomas (Joseph) is a bishop of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America, serving in the Diocese of Charleston, Oakland and the Mid-Atlantic. READ MORE


Dinner with Bishop Thomas, Father John and Deacon James - 10/25/13

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Blessing of the Bells

Blessing of the Bells - 10/27/13

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St. Michael's Antiochian Christian Orthodox Church Tour

Please click "View Slideshow" for the tour of the church of pictures from - 05/26/12

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3 DAY CALENDAR

Sunday, September 25th
8:45 Matins
10:00 Divine Liturgy
11:20 Church School
Saturday, October 1st
Protection of the Theotokos
6:00 Great Vespers
Sunday, October 2nd
8:45 Matins
10:00 Divine Liturgy
11:20 Church School
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NEW on our YouTube Channel
St. Michael's offering Middle Easter Food at the Irwin Ethnic Food Festival
 
Also on St. Michael's You Tube Channel:
St. Michael's Life Cycle presented by Father Ken
St. Michael's Church School Graduation 2015
Joe Gazel's St. George Speech
Father John's 25th Anniversary Slideshow
Blessing of the Bells at St. Michael's
 

 
 

Print and Read September 4th 2016
Weekly Bulletin
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http://www.beanandbaguette.com/

The next meeting of AMEN will be Saturday, October 22nd at Bean and Baguette at 250 W.Otterman Street, Greensburg, PA 15601 at 9:00am.

 


If there are any Antiochian Women who are currently not receiving email notifications from Michelle Gajewski about upcoming Antiochian Women events, and you would like to receive them, please contact Debbie in the church office to be added to the email distribution list.



O Lord our God,

We Thank You for all the blessings that you continue to pour out upon us in Your Church here in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and we ask that you be especially mindful of us as we prepare to open our doors to our neighbors in our upcoming Shish-Kabob Dinner.

Grant that we remember that when people come and visit us and partake of our food and hospitality that they will behold how much we love each other as a reflection of how much you love us, your people who call ourselves Christians. May our words and actions with each other and our friends flow from hearts in which you dwell, that our presence may reveal you to them through us. Amen.




On Tuesday, October 4th, the Antiochian MEN will prepare a free meal for the benefit of people in our community. There are at least two ways in which you may participate in this charitable activity. The first is to come and help with the planning and execution. The second is to support the event financially. Donation may be given to Dan Davis. CLICK HERE for all of the details!

Anyone who would like to support “Food on the Hill” in whatever capacity you would like should contact Dan Davis or Gus Flizanes.

"Food On The Hill" WEATHER CANCELLATION POLICY - When weather causes Hempfield or Greensburg Salem School District to close for the day; "Food On The Hill" will NOT serve lunch that day! Please refer to TV & Radio Newscasts when in doubt. Thank You!


CALEB’S CUPBOARD

The big chest you see as you come through the main entrance of our church, is a simple way to help our hungry neighbors. Just bring in a few cans of food or other unperishables when you come to church and you will making a difference for someone.

Please check that the goods you bring are “reasonably” close in time to the expiration date. (While we know the food lasts longer than that date, it is not always easy to tell how much longer.)


I.nternational O.rthodox C.hristian C.harities

It is unfortunate that IOCC is one among many charitable organizations that are never lacking for work. A glance around our globe supplies us with sufficient evidence of human beings who are suffering horrendously and are in dire need of help and aid in their affliction. IOCC has proven itself to be one of the most effective deliverers of that aid.

One statistical bit of evidence of IOCC’s efficiency is the fact that every $1 that is donated to IOCC in charitable contributions is leveraged and matched by $7 in funding from the governments, philanthropic foundations and other sources that support IOCC. That means your $1 becomes $8. Your $10 become $80. Your $100 become $800.

For information on IOCC and how to become part of the worthwhile work being done, visit www.iocc.org.


Please CLICK HERE for the form to provide us with your information. Or, see the form on the new back page of the weekly bulletin. We want to serve you better and we need your help. Please understand that we will protect yur privacy from the standpoint of the church. We will not show or distribute your email address!


 

 

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