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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... 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






From Bishop Thomas...

Glory To Jesus Christ!

Welcome to "Ancient Faith Bible Study", a weekly commentary on the Wednesday Scripture Readings.

This Wedensday's scripture readings, Philippians 1:12-20 and Luke 12:8-12, share the theme of "boldly proclaiming Christ and His gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit while suffering persecution". Let us prayerfully meditate upon these sobering and humbling realities.


Please email questions and comments you may have to Fr. Stephen De Young, Fr. Bogdan Bucur, and Michael Simmons. Their Email Links are found at the bottom of the Bible Study. Thank you.

Yours in Christ,

Please note this email address bpthomasjoseph@gmail.comPlease do not send email to any other addresses.

14, that’s right, 14 of us attended Great Vespers Saturday, January 17th. In a post-Vespers conversation it was suggested by Fr. John that the revitalization of our parish can be energized by each and every one of us who decide to make this simple commitment and shift to our weekly schedule. There are few things more simple and more powerfully Orthodox than beginning the Lord’s Day at its beginning. Let us pray that God will inspire us, one by one, to grow and change ourselves and all the communities in which we live.

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

As I was reminded in a text message this week, the spiritual flare that Great Lent is approaching has been sighted. Sunday, January 25 is the Sunday of Zaccheus. That means that today we are 12 weeks from the Celebration of Great and Holy Pascha. It is not too early for us to anticipate the approaching Fast that can sensitize our spiritual eyes and ears to see and hear the mystery of God’s wondrous love for us. Our age in chronological years lets us know how many times we have passed through the cycles of the Church given to us for our souls growth and salvation. How much transformation have you allowed God to work in your life in that span of years? How are you different from the man or woman you used to be? Are you recognizable as a creature who has yielded and surrendered to God in His desire that you fulfill your destiny of becoming by grace all that He is by nature? If you and I are at all alike, then you may find yourself dropping your head with a slouch and a sigh, if you are even able to take the question seriously. There may be various ways to describe an approach to this year’s Great Lent. For the next twelve weeks you will hear the “what to do” put quite simply —- set aside Saturday night. More to come...

It is one of life’s challenges to know where we are at any moment in our journey through life. If we have not noticed this reality, then we are probably an example of it. This applies alike to people, relationships, communities, countries, even civilizations. As such, it also applies to our church. If you would like a heads-up on what will be part of our work at St. Michael’s in the coming year, check out the following internet location -

The complete text of the Great Vespers and Matins services for each Sunday may be retrieved and printed from the Antiochian Archdiocese website at

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

International Orthodox Christian Charities (cont'd)


Sunday, March 29, 2015 (Prayers-4:30 PM; Dinner-5:30 PM)

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church

123 Gilkeson Road (Mt. Lebanon)

Pittsburgh, PA 15228

On Sunday, February 8, in the Fellowship Hall following Divine Liturgy,
Zelfa Khalil, of St. George Cathedral, Pittsburgh, and IOCC,
will be here to share information about the situation in Syria
and what we can do to help alleviate some of the suffering.

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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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 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

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

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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

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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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Sunday, January 25th
8:30am Matins
9:30am Choir Rehearsal
10:00 Divine Liturgy
     Church School - Glad Tidings and Spaghetti Luncheon
Thursday, January 29th
6:00pm Vesper Divine Liturgy
    Three Holy Heirarchs
7:15pm Choir Rehearsal
Saturday, January 31st
9:00am Divine Liturgy
     Xenia of St. Petersburg
6:00pm Great Vespers
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Print and Read January 18th 2015
Weekly Bulletin

On Tuesday, February 3rd, 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!

February's "Food on the Hill" will be on February 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).

"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!

Church School Activity Calendar

Movie Night

Saturday, January 24th at 7:00pm

"Finding Nemo"

Winter Camp 2015 Registration is Now Open!!!

 February 13-16, 2015

For campers in grades 7-12

Guest Speaker: Dn. Nick Belcher

"Becoming soldiers for Christ"


Join us for a fun-filled spiritually rewarding weekend. Reconnect with friends and make many new ones too!

Register for Winter Camp 2015

Apply for staff or to volunteer

Learn more about our Winter Camp program

If you have any questions, please contact Chris Shadid at, or call the office at 724-238-9565, ext. 505


In Christ,
Chris Shadid
Antiochian Village AssistantCamp Director
Antiochian Village Camp 201 St. Ignatius Trail Bolivar, PA 15923
(724) 238-9565 


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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January 11th attendance



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  ‘’ 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

CLICK HERE for pictures from the last day of Vacation Bible School 2013

Check out the 2012 Vacation Bible School Album on Facebook
2011 Graduates
CLICK HERE to read about all of the Graduates NEW!!!

Son Harvest Bible School Slideshow
CLICK HERE to view a slide show of last years Vacation Bible School

NEW.....the stories of the Icons. CLICK HERE or on "Icons in Nick Papas's words" on the menu

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  • The Holy Gospel: This weeks reading
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  • Weekly Announcements: Keep in touch with all of the happenings of St. Michael's, the services, events and more
  • Votive Candles: Candle donations for Health, Welfare and Salvation for the week
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  • Church School: Orthodox Institute for Christian Education
  • Administration: Names, phone numbers and email addresses for Father and Parish Council
  • Stewards of St. Michael's: Here you can find the schedules of the stewards and how to serve as a steward
  • Illumination Project: Learn how you can be a part of beautifying St. Michaels and who to contact
  • Festival: Information about this years and next years festival
  • Photo Album: Pictures of Services and events at St. Michael's
  • About Orthodoxy: Articles about the faith
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  • History and Founders: The History and Founders of St. Michael's
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