Divine Liturgy Every Sunday at 10:00am CLICK HERE to view the St. Michael's calander
...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" pleasespeak to Lisa Tereshko
Holy Orthodoxy: The Ancient Church of Acts in the 21st Century
Christ is risen!Every Feast of the Church is by nature an opportunity for celebration, reflection and thanksgiving. In Holy Pascha, the Feast of feasts, celebration is the most obvious. Even in the dimly lit setting and somber melodies of Holy Week we feel the growing anticipation to celebrate which builds in a crescendo that can only be missed by a very dull heart. At the same time, such celebration is both the cause and result of reflection. We are on a journey that requires constant reflection in our attentiveness to the unbelievable story of our lives in Christ that reaches back to Adam and Eve in our history and extends forward to the end of each of our lives and to the very reality of Christ’s coming again. Our ability to reflect on such things fuels new life and vitality in our God intended travels “from glory to glory.” As each successive celebration moves us to reflection which circles back to deeper celebration, we are finally delivered to the place of union and love that we simply call thanksgiving. As the fullest expression of the Love that He is, God the Father and Son and Holy Spirit, in the work done by Christ through His Passion, Crucifixion, Rising, Ascending and Pouring out of the Spirit in His Church, grants us the fitting response to all He is and does — the Thanksgiving, the Eucharist. Glory to Christ God for all things! Truly, He is risen!
Things coming up soon for which to watch and prepare…
...Please return your Bakeless Bakesale Donations as soon as possible (and keep filling your Food for Hungry People boxes).
...If anyone has not registered for Antiochian Village Camp because of financial restraints, talk to Fr. John.
...Donations are being welcomed to replace our well-worn winding cloth for the Tomb of Christ. The replacement cost will be in the vicinity of $4,000; talk to Fr. John.
...To help support our Church School, participate in their Yankee Candle Fund Raiser. Contact Keira Conley for more info.
...If you are a woman, 26 years or older, and are heading back to school, you may qualify to apply for an Antiochian Women’s Scholarship. For more information, contact Sara Armanious.
It is good to note that we are learning to be quiet and attentive during the reading of the Post-Communion Prayers of Thanksgiving as we are departing the church.
Now, may that attentiveness be allowed to extend earlier into the Divine Liturgy when we are receiving Holy Communion by being patient and waiting for the ushers direction to move into the Communion line; and having arrived in line, that we may mindfully proceed in silent, prayerful awe to receive the Body and Blood of Christ Our God.
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.
SPRING CLEANING IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER!
Save your discarded treasures and bring them to the church for our annual Flea Market/Ethnic Food & Bake Sale/Used Book Sale on June 7th from 9 AM to 2 PM. We have room in the basement to store your donated items. You also have the option of renting a table for a $10 donation and selling the items for your benefit.
NO CLOTHING WILL BE ACCEPTED AS DONATIONS FOR THE CHURCH TABLE!
Come & Help or just stop by to enjoy the fellowship. Call Valerie Flizanes or Mary Haiden with your questions.
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.
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 Communionis 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).
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!
All of the men have fun serving the hungry...all of the time!
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!
THE ORTHODOX FAITH by Fr. Thomas Hopko; Volume 1 - Doctrine
Last week’s bulletin informed us that we were about to begin a series of catechetical sessions using as our basic text, The Faith, by Clark Carlton. While this book is “user friendly” and has been well used in the past, it was suggested that it might not be quite as simple as might be most advantageous to the range of people who will be participating and their diversely elementary background regarding the Orthodox Faith. Hence, the alternate choice of Fr. Thomas Hopko’s four book series entitled THE ORTHODOX FAITH was made. For this Spring’s gatherings, the first volume on “doctrine” will be used.
The participants will include a number of people who are part of our community and are not yet Orthodox Christians. We will also be inviting, through a little advertising, those in the general public who may have inquiring minds regarding Orthodox Christianity. We are also inviting YOU… anyone who recognizes that they have not been putting themselves in enough places where they may learn and grow in Christ.
The series will be held on Monday evenings beginning with an Overview and Introduction Session on March 2, which will help determine who wants to come on board for the book sessions. The series, which will include all the material in Volume I, Doctrine, will be completed on May 25, the Monday before the Great Feast of Pentecost.
April 13 — Chapter II: The Symbol of Faith (Nicene Creed, Faith, God,
April 20 — Creation, Angels, Evil Spirits, Man, Sin, Jesus Christ,
April 27 — Son of God, Incarnation, Redemption, Incarnation,
May 4 — Redemption,Resurrection, Ascension, Judgment, Kingdom of God, Holy Spirit, Church, Sacraments, Eternal Life)
May 11 — Chapter III: The Holy Trinity
May 18 —
May 25 — Conclusion and Review
Father John's 25th Anniversary Luncheon - from our You Tube site
Blessing of the Bells from our You Tube site
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March 22nd 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 ‘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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