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Welcome to St. Michael's Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church

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

 

 

 

 

 

 To join the "Bell-ringer Team" please speak to Lisa Tereshko


 

 

 

 


A CERTAIN BEGINNING (September 1)…

          ...We get to decide what’s in the middle...

                                                     ...(August 31) A CERTAIN END

 

If we are reading this Sunday bulletin, then it is almost certain that we will make it into the New Ecclesiastical (Church) Year which begins tomorrow, Labor Day, September 1.

 

      It is less certain whether we will be here at the end of the year on August 31. Some might think that to be a pessimistic statement but it really isn’t. It’s simply the kind of factual observation that we have trouble hearing objectively because it gives us a glimpse into the truth that our certainty about our tomorrows is not well grounded in anything except habit and wishful thinking.

 

Another accurate observation is that if we do make it to August 31, 2015, 365 days will have passed. That particular number of days will not mean much except as a measure of time lapsed, but the details of what will have happened in their course may matter well beyond any measurable span of time. In fact, from a Christian viewpoint, the details of the 365 days to come in this liturgical year will matter into eternity.

 

So, what will we do with them? How will we spend the time? No, not the particular details of each hour, day and month, but what will we do with the year to come as we create a goal, purpose or measure of our use of the time of our life in the year to come?

 

Well, one column of this page is almost filled so we’d better move from questions to suggestions of an answer before we run out of space. So here’s an answer — we should use the time to increase in holiness.

 

“Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” - 1Peter 1:13-16

 

That is one expression of the ideal for which we have all been created and toward which we human beings are naturally drawn as sin is overcome by God’s gracious power and our cooperation.   While there are many ways we may find ourselves living in this world, if they are not in a manner which allows us to increase in holiness, then they are a waste of our precious, finite time.

 

You may ask, “What about my favorite passtimes? What about recreation? What about hobbies? What about travel and education? What about sports? What about entertainment? What about fun?” If we may increase in holiness as we participate in these and any other areas of life, wonderful. But let us not be seduced by their fleeting allure.

 

Let us simply look with discerning eyes and see whether or not what we are planning on doing with the time of our lives in the coming year will bring us to a more evolved, transcendent, brighter, holier place by day 365 than where we are on this day one. If it does not look as though that will be the case, then let us repent and resolve to find and walk another path.

 

Brothers and sisters, may our Holy God, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, so bless us that we may enjoy many decades more of liturgical years in which to decide to increase in holiness and that the this New Year may bear witness to His power and love in every one of our lives.


Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

          At the Antiochian Women’s Meeting of this Summer’s Parish Life Conference, a suggestion was made for a good book to read to help enliven and deepen our participation in our worship of God in His Divine Services. The book is entitled, Help! I’m Bored in Church, by Father David Smith (available and reasonably priced in our Bookstore).

          The Antiochian Women of St. Michael’s are planning to host/sponsor gatherings where at each convening we will read through and discuss a chapter or two of Fr. David’s book, that God may help us grow and mature in understanding and experience of what we do as worshiping Orthodox Christians.

If you are interested, please help us with the logistics:

Would you participate? If “YES,” please CLICK HERE, print the form, complete and give it to Dianne Anton (724-691-0319) or Miriam Yazge (724-691-0197).


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


His Eminence the Most Reverend Metropolitan Joseph

Metropolitan Joseph was consecrated to the Holy Episcopacy on June 30, 1991 at the St. Mary Cathedral in Damascus, after many years of serving as a deacon and a priest. His Eminence was born in Damascus, Syria, in 1950. He completed his basic schooling at the St. John of Damascus and al-Alliyeh schools in Damascus and then at Our Lady of Balamand Monastery in Koura, Lebanon. He completed his undergraduate studies at Lebanese University in Beirut and then earned his Master of Theology (M.Th.) with special studies in music and languages from Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from St. Tikhon Seminary in South Canaan, Pennsylvania, in May, 2010.

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GET OUT YOUR DANCING SHOES...

and get ready to dance to the

   WAYNE MACUGA BAND’s

Big Band Sound!

   Saturday, October 4, 7:00 pm (following Vespers)

St. Michael’s Church Fellowship Hall

Admission: $10

Snacks included in admission

BYOB and table snacks, if you wish!


 

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).


Blessing of the Bells

Blessing of the Bells - 10/27/13

(6 images)


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

(9 images)


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.

Of Arab-American heritage, Thomas Joseph was born in Paterson, New Jersey, in 1953. He attended John F. Kennedy High School in Paterson, graduating in 1970. He went on to college at William Paterson College, graduating in 1974. After college, he worked in the Department of Community Improvements in Paterson, then served as a teacher for the Paterson Board of Education. When the Antiochian Village camp opened in the late 1970s, he was recruited by Fr. John Namie to serve as one of the original camp counselors from 1979 to 1982.

In the fall of 1979, Thomas began part-time study at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, and was made a subdeacon by Metropolitan Philip (Saliba) of New York in July of 1982. He continued his studies until the spring of 1983, when he was assigned to Virgin Mary Church in Yonkers, New York.

In 1984, Metr. Philip assigned him to St. George Church in Houston, Texas, where he served as Director of Christian Education and Youth Services. While in Texas, the Archdiocese also assigned him to oversee Christian Education and then later teen activities for the churches in the Southwest Region (now the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America). In July of 1988 Thomas was ordained to the diaconate by Archbishop Michael (Shaheen) of Toledo.

On August 28, 1994, Bishop Antoun (Khouri) ordained Dcn. Thomas to the priesthood, and Fr. Thomas served as assistant pastor at his parish in Houston until August of 1996, when he was appointed pastor of St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church in Pinellas Park, Florida (near St. Petersburg).

Between 1996 and his consecration to the episcopacy, Fr. Thomas served in multiple capacities aside from his work as a pastor. He was an appointed member of the Archdiocese Youth Department Board; Spiritual Advisor to the Teen SOYO (Society of Orthodox Youth Organization) Southeastern Region; Chairperson of the Tampa Bay Orthodox Clergy Association; Director of Programs in Pastoral Bioethics for the International Academy of Bioethics and Philosophy of Medicine in the United States; Speaker at Braunels, Germany, and at City University of Hong Kong on Bioethics; author of published articles on Christian Bioethics; Speaker at Antiochian Village and third session camp priest for many years; past President and Vice President of the Tampa Bay Council of Orthodox Churches. In July 2002, Fr. Thomas was granted a Master of Arts degree in Applied Orthodox Theology jointly from the Antiochian House of Studies and the St. John of Damascus School of Theology of the University of Balamand in Lebanon.

On February 15, 2004, Fr. Thomas was elevated to the rank of archimandrite by Bp. Antoun, and on December 5, 2004, he was consecrated to the episcopacy by Patriarch Ignatius IV (Hazim) of Antioch in Damascus, Syria.

Bp. Thomas was enthroned as Bishop of Oakland and the East at St. George Cathedral in Pittsburgh (Borough of Oakland), Pennsylvania, on May 6, 2005. In August of 2006, Bp. Thomas was awarded a Doctorate in Education from California Coast University.  His Grace also sits on the editorial board of the journal Christian Bioethics, which is published by Oxford University Press.

His Grace is also the author of several published articles, including Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Its Importance in the Culture Wars, Training Up a Child: Educational Options for Orthodox Christians and  An Orthodox University: Higher Education for Orthodox ChristiansHe also co-authored The Emergence of Local Orthodox Christian Societies in America.

In 2006, the Church of St. George in Charleston, West Virginia, purchased a chancery for the diocese, and in October of that year was elevated to a cathedral, thus adding another see to the diocese and renaming it to the Diocese of Charleston, Oakland and the Mid-Atlantic.

His Grace's residence is at the diocesan chancery in Charleston.

In addition to his duties in the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic, Bp. Thomas also served as the locum tenens of the Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest from December 2010 to December 2011.  Within the Archdiocese, His Grace assists Metropolitan Philip in overseeing the Antiochian Village, the Christian Education Department, the Youth Department and the Antiochian House of Studies.

Since 2011, he has also chaired the Committee for Youth of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America.

Bishop Thomas's namesday is October 6 (Thomas the Apostle of the Twelve).


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3 DAY CALENDAR
Saturday, August 30th
NO Great Vespers
Sunday, August 31st
8:45am Matins
9:30am Choir Rehearsal
10:00am Divine Liturgy
Monday, September 1st
The Ecclesiastical New Year Begins
9:00am Divine Liturgy
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Print and Read August 31st 2014
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St. Michael’s FEAST

Sunday, Sept. 7

11 AM - 4 PM

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FEAST TICKETS

Don’t forget to to return your payment for your Feast tickets. If you need MORE tickets, please ask Dolly Maruschock or call the Office.

 


FEAST TREE...Time is short!

 

Each “Leaf” is a tag for an item needed to support the annual Feast. Select a tag (or two), purchase the item listed-usually under $5 – and deposit your donations under the tree in the hallway. Buy when the item goes on sale or shop the “Dollar” stores. Simple things such as FLOUR and SUGAR to help with baking preparations, DISH DETERGENT for clean-up, VEGETABLE OIL and LEMON JUICE for salad, and pop (PEPSI PRODUCTS), water (16 oz. bottles), NAPKINS and ZIPLOC SLIDER BAGS are just some of the items needed. PLEASE CHECK TAGS FOR EXACT DESCRIPTION OF ITEMS!

 

If you have taken a “leaf”, please bring your donations to the church as soon as possible. See Treegrower Mary Haiden for more information.

 


School Kit Thanks

Thank you to those who completed school kits for children in need around the world through International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC). Thank you to Connie Volchko has tote bags to be used to donate the necessary school items. See Connie for your bag and list of items needed for your kit.

Completed bags should be returned to Connie or the church TODAY!


CHURCH SCHOOL TEACHER NEEDED!

Keira Conley, our Church School Director, is looking for one additional teacher for Sunday Church School. Requirements: love of children, willingness to prepare a short lesson (information provided), and patience.

Contact Keira at 724-331-5947 or shuflute13@gmail.com.

 

CLICK HERE for Church School Registration Form


Please Join Us on

Sunday, September 21st

For A Coffee Hour Luncheon Celebrating

Irene Papas’ 80th Birthday!

Hosted by The Papas Children


 

“JERUSALEM”

 A presentation at the Omni Max Theatre
Downtown Pittsburgh at the Science Center

 Thursday, September 25

Meet at St. Michael’s at 10:30 AM

Lunch at Kassab on the South Side

Presentation at 2:15 PM - Leaving Pittsburgh by 3:15 PM

$7.00 per person (if we have a group of at least 15)

 

Contact Michelle Gajewski
 for more information or to make your reservation.


On Tuesday, September 2nd, the Men’s Fellowship 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!

June's "Food on the Hill" will be on June 3rd !

Anyone who would like to support “Food on the Hill” in whatever capacity you would like should contact Dan Davis (724-237-2064) or Gus Flizanes (724-863-4443).

 


Can you kennel a dog or cat for a limited time while maintenance work is being accomplished at the Animal Friends of Westmoreland Shelter in Youngwood?

If you think you might be willing to do that, contact the shelter at 724-925-2555 for more information

http://animalfriendswestmoreland.org/


ANTIOCHIAN WOMEN’S NEWS

Our Feast Baking has resumed! We need any help you can offer. On most Thursdays you can find us baking at the church. Come and help! There is a job for you. Specifically, we can also use some one who can manage our e-mail list that we continue to compile. We can also use a couple people who can be “shoppers,” going to designated stores to pick up food and supplies that we have ordered. See Sara Armanious and Valerie Flizanes if you can do either of these jobs.


Father John's 25th Anniversary Luncheon - from our You Tube site

Blessing of the Bells from our You Tube site

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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August 24th Attendance

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AHOY, WEB-MATES!


It’s now a little less treacherous to navigate the Internet seas to our website and discover what’s happening at St. Michael’s! Set your course to a simplified  ‘www.stmgbg.org’ and “Land-ho,” you are on our shores! “Argh,” to ’Skipper’ Ed Sam, Jr. for pacifying the web waters for us internet salty dogs, virgin voyagers and Landlubbers alike!


Vacation Bible School 2013

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