St. Michael's
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church
1182 Ashland St., Greensburg, PA 15601
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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


 

 

 

 


St. Michael's Life Cycle Presentation by Father Ken


Holy Orthodoxy: The Ancient Church of Acts in the 21st Century


Please read this letter from the Metropolitan concerning the 52nd Convention of the Archdiocese. Please CLICK HERE to read the letter.


 

For a less-than-5-minute history lesson of Old Testament Israel, search on youtube for “marching to zion official teaser” or go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7E0NeuSU8E8

 


THE LEAF TREE....Each “Leaf” is a tag for an item needed to support the annual Feast. Choose 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 is on sale or shop the “Dollar” stores. Simple things such as sugar and flour to help with baking preparations, dish detergent for clean-up. For more details see Tree grower Mary Haiden.


Our “Used Book Store” is accepting gently used books to be resold to be reread. When you bring them in, place them by the Feast Tree also. Questions? See Mary Haiden.


Only 148 Days to Get Your Christmas Shopping Done!

Nativity of our Lord sale during July. All Christmas items 20 – 25%. off

New Books released:

1. Becoming a Healing Presence (the Sacrament of the Present moment, forward by Fr. Thomas Hopko)

2. Following Egeria (a visit to the Holy Land through time and space).

3. A Beginning Guide to Orthodox Spirituality (a path to a deeper relationship with GOD).

4. The Morning Offering (Daily thoughts for Orthodox Christians by Abbot Tryphons).

5. The Ancient Faith Prayer Book

6. Taste and See II (more American Orthodox cooking).

See Frank at the Bookstore for details.


$42,000 is the amount it will cost to repair and repave our parking lot. Having sent the contract out for bids, we found that to be a very reasonable amount. All “Treasure Hunt” gold proceeds will be applied to the parking lot fund.


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


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.


2013 Assembly Statement on Marriage and Sexuality

From the Assembly of Bishops, to our Orthodox Faithful:

1. We, the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America, representing millions of Orthodox Christians in the United States of America, Canada and Central America, express our deep concern over recent actions on the part of our respective governments and certain societal trends concerning the status of marriage in our countries, in particular the legalization of same-sex unions.

2. The Orthodox Christian teaching on marriage and sexuality, firmly grounded in Holy Scripture, two millennia of Church Tradition, and Canon Law, holds that the sacrament of marriage consists in the union of a man and a woman, and that authentic marriage reflects the sacred unity that exists between Christ and His Bride, the Church.

3. Persons with homosexual orientation are to be cared for with the same mercy and love that is bestowed on all of humanity by our Lord Jesus Christ. Moreover, the Church is a spiritual hospital, where we all are called to find the healing of our fallen humanity through Jesus Christ, who assumed human nature in order to restore it. All of us struggle with various passions, and it is only within the Church that we find the means of overcoming these passions with the assistance of God’s grace. Acting upon any sexual attraction outside of sacramental marriage, whether the attraction is heterosexual or homosexual, alienates us from God.

4. We exhort the clergy and faithful of the Orthodox Church to bear witness to the timeless teachings of Christ by striving for purity and holiness in their own lives, by instructing their families and communities in the precepts of the Holy Gospel, and by placing their trust in our Lord, who “has overcome the world.” (Jn 16.33)

5. Finally, we encourage our faithful to approach their parish priest or spiritual father with any questions or concerns about this statement and its practical repercussions in their daily lives.


One way of framing the “baby boom” generation’s impact...

...on American and World history is with the year markers “1973” and “2015.” In 1973 we “silently” (many of us did not take particular notice) witnessed the seminal undermining of what is called the Judeo-Christian heritage of our civilization with the Supreme Court’s ruling on Roe v. Wade. That decision legalized the murder of unborn babies which to this day number more than fifty million. This week, in 2015, we have witnessed the accomplished dismantling of civilization as we thought we knew it with the Court’s declaration that we have been wrong for many thousands of years in believing that God’s design for us human beings is the family, consecrated in the union of a man and a woman in marriage. We will fall heir to the yet unknown consequences of such pride. Yet, as nothing that is falls outside God’s redemptive Grace, let us pray that even our present circumstance may serve to let each and everyone of us see the folly wrought when man decides to be God without God, and in so seeing we may find ourselves repenting and begging His forgiveness and mercy which He withholds from no one who so repents.

 


“Do you have a minute?”

“Never talk politics or religion.” So we were told, and so we followed. We obeyed that polite advice and it saved us from some uncomfortable encounters with each other. In light of recent events (check the weekly news), it is now time that we discarded such counsel and recognize it for what it has been — an excuse for hardly ever talking about things that matter, instead allowing ourselves to be drowned in a wave of meaningless, “entertaining” drivel of all mediums of our social exchange, to the point where we have not only lost our minds, but most certainly have lost touch with God’s mind, which is what our lives are created to be all about. Let us resolve to do better as we respond to the newly present political and religious reality.

“We need to talk.”


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.

Please read the entire article by CLICKING HERE


 

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

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

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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


Please Remember...

Please remember that ALL articles for inclusion in each Sunday’s bulletin MUST be received by NOON on Wednesday. Thank you for your cooperation!


Orthodox Books, Jewelry and other items

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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

Thursday, July 2nd
9:00am Women Cooking
Saturday, July 4th
NO Great Vespers
Sunday, July 5th
8:45 Matins
10:00 Divine Liturgy
11:20 Church School
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Print and Read June 28th 2015
Weekly Bulletin
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Our “Antiochian Men,” the Men’s Fellowship, the Men’s Club, has had a few different names and many different stages and styles of activity during our church’s existence. As we continue to look forward regarding our return to a “growth” point in our church’s life-cycle, our Men’s leadership and example will be an essential part of such progress. Ed Sam has stepped up to initiate and lead the re-re-re-organizing of our Men’s Ministry. Men, watch the bulletin for upcoming planning and efforts.


Church School Graduation 2015 Slideshow


On Tuesday, July 7th, 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!



REGISTER NOW...DON'T FORGET 

2015 Vacation

Bible School

August 3rd through the 7th

9:00am to 12:00pm

  Registration available online this year at: https://www.groupvbspro.com/vbs/ez/greensburg2015

Join us this summer for a week of learning and fun as we learn how to conquer challenges with God’s mighty power. Our students will learn biblical stories, make crafts, and learn exciting dances and songs about God’s love for us. It is going to be a great year!

Any questions please contact Keira Conley, Camp Director at 724-331-5947 or shuflute13@gmail.com 


St. Michael’s Annual

Pirate Baseball Game

PNC Park

Thursday, July 9 @ 7:05 PM

Fireworks Night.

SOLD OUT!!!


Our Annual Flea Market...has been RESCHEDULED....Yippee!!!....August 1st from 9:00am to 2:00pm...Everybody Get Ready!!!


Our Antiochian Women’s Bakeless Bakesale in support of “Nurturing Orthodoxy in North America” collected $1,400. Thank you. Our annual goal is to send in $2,000 to the Metropolitan’s appeal and that will be done. So, if you would still care to lessen the “shortfall” for this year’s Bakeless Bakesale, you may do so by giving your donation to one of our Antiochian Women Officers. (Sara Armanious or Carolyn Hill will gladly accept your donation).


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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June 14th attendance

98


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

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


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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