FELLOWSHIP HOUR UPDATE & REQUEST
Many thanks to those in our community who have already offered hospitality to us in the form of Sunday Fellowship Hour refreshment in our 2019-2020 Church year!
Included in this bulletin, is the schedule for hosting through May. We are still in need of a few more hosts in June, July, and August to complete our cycle. By Sunday, March 1st, please let Barli Ross know (410.924.6284—text message is preferred) if you would be able to help with any of the following dates:
June 7 — 1 host needed
July 19 — 3 hosts needed
August 16 — 3 hosts needed
August 23 — 3 hosts needed
August 30 — 3 hosts needed
By the beginning of Great Lent, any blank spaces on the hosting schedule will mean that there is no coffee hour planned for that Sunday. It’s ok. No one will starve here for lack of nutrition on those days, but this is a great opportunity for us to love our neighbors as ourselves (and, yes, even work together with someone we don’t, yet, know!). So let’s see if we can get this thing complete and start the Fast with our hospitality ducks in a row!
We are looking for a successor to our current Head Usher, Gust Flizanes.
If you wonder at all what the job entails, talk to Gust and Fr. John.
A note of thanks was received from Church World Service Global (CWS) for the generous donation of School Kits that were made in September by our parishioners — “They have helped individuals and families touched by disaster feel a little more “normal” - and a lot less alone - by providing some of the basic essentials for everyday living.”
Learn more about the power of your compassion at cwskits.org.
Sunday Evening (Monday) Divine Liturgies that will be celebrated in Arabic here at St. Michael’s at 4:00 PM.
Please sign up for Fellowship Hour for this new Church Year. A 2019-2020 schedule has recently been mailed to everyone.
Contact Debbie in the Church Office if you have any questions.
The only thing that is constant is change.”
Heraclitus (500 BC)
Welcome to 2020. The above quote is particularly true for us here at St. Michael’s. Recently, we’ve had some financial blessings and adventures, we’re entering the final whole year of mortgage payments, we’ve begun hosting weekly Divine Liturgies in Arabic, and the culture at large presents us with challenges that have not been encountered before, from significant technological distractions to religious, moral and ethical matters that render meaningless the word “normal.” In other words, we have a wonderful opportunity to grow in Christ as human beings in a most remarkable time in history. Now, more than ever before, we need to be sitting and talking to each other. On February 2, 2020, we will start doing that (again) when we gather during Fellowship Hour. Let’s all plan on being there.
REGARDING “THE WORD” Magazine...
In order to update their subscription database, the Archdiocese Registrar has asked that we notify all parishioners that...
...YOU MUST RESUBSCRIBE by submitting a new application to “The Word,” if you want to continue receiving it.
The Archdiocesan Registrar has provided a link to the new subscription form for THE WORD publication, so that you can complete it online:
Please note that if you are unable to complete the form online,
there are (green) copies at the entrance to the church for you to complete,
return to the office and we can submit them for you.
Any questions, please call the office. Thank you for your cooperation with this Archdiocesan request.
HIGHLIGHTS of UPCOMING EVENTS
Saturday, Feb. 29 - 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM — Red Cross Blood Drive in Multi-Purpose Room
Saturday, April 25 - 9:00 AM to 2:00PM — Red Cross Blood Drive
Tuesday, June 16 - Pittsburgh Pirates @ PNC Park
We’ve been invited to help Christopher Fekos, a recently and early-released participant in our federal prison system, to establish some financial support to get him through the next four to six months. If you think you would be able to contribute toward his challenge, speak with Fr. John.
“Food on the Hill” Lunch Ministry
“Food on the Hill” is the name of a ministry that has prepared and served free of charge a lunch to whomever attends on the last Tuesday of each month . Our Men’s Fellowship has continued to lead this work of providing a bit of “daily bread” to those who can benefit from it.
Anyone who would like to support “Food on the Hill” in any capacity, should contact Gus Flizanes (724-863-4443). Please make checks out to “St. Michael’s Church” with “Food on the Hill” on the memo line. If you can possibly also help provide transportation on the day of the luncheon, please contact Gus.
The next Food On The Hill is on Tuesday February 25th. The ANTIOCHIAN MEN will be providing a "Food on the Hill" lunch without charge for those in need. The Men's Fellowship hope to contniue this on a monthly basis.
We are in need of a person to manage the space outside our parking lot — in some places that is a narrow strip with grass or trees and shrubs, in some place it is a larger ‘bank’ area (Wirsing Ave.). Let Julia Ritter (PC Chair) or Don Yoder (PC ViceChair) know if you would take this on (this is not doing the work but getting the work done).
As the Syrian crisis continues with little change, we continue to accept donations to do what we can to help ease the suffering there. Checks may be written to “St. Michael’s” with the note “Syrian Relief.” The following link to a CBS 60 Minutes program will offer some deeper understanding of what is transpiring:
We will be accepting donations to help do what we can to help ease the suffering there. The following link to a CBS 60 Minutes program will offer some deeper understanding of what is transpiring: CLICK HERE for the 60 Minutes Story...
For some remarkable Orthodox Christian educational listening, visit the Orthodox Revolutionary blog at orthorev.net. These podcasts may also be accessed on You Tube by by clicking this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRkjC8SImNU
The assistance is unique. IOCC does not just give aid, but provides the means for people to continue the help themselves. For example, IOCC gives plows and seeds so that a farmer can keep on providing for his family.
· IOCC is helping everywhere – from rebuilding hurricane damages homes in the Southwest U.S to Haiti, many places in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
· 93 Cents ($0.93) of every dollar gets used, because of volunteers
· Each donated dollar is multiplied 7 times through matching funds from many sources
· All Orthodox jurisdictions in the U.S. are involved in the work of IOCC.
For more information on IOCC, see Fr. John or Pete Papas.
This year the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) is proud to announce a collaboration with the Center for Family Care (of the Greek Archdiocese) by offering a Family Mission Team. Families from North America, along with Albanian families, will participate in this outreach assisted by OCMC missionaries and Albanian church leaders. The primary focus is to offer a “family witness” while sharing the faith and growing as a family in Christ. Consider being part of this first OCMC and Center for Family Care collaboration and family mission witness! Visit http://teams.ocmc.org, or
e-mail email@example.com, for more information or to apply.