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

Three Ways to Begin Preparing for the Buffet:

(The first two are real easy)

1) Start donating cases of 16 oz. bottled water — Thank you!

2) When you get your tickets in the mail, please respond to our request ASAP! (It’s good for cash flow.) Again — Thank you!

3) We ask that as a volunteer you be very flexible. There are “fun” jobs to be done and there are others that may be less enjoyable ways to work at the Buffet. But all the work is important and needs to be accomplished. So if you come expecting to be on the line dishing food and you’re asked to take out trash or unclog a toilet, we thank you in advance for your kind smile and “will-do” attitude.

* Buffet Tickets have been mailed out to everyone.
When you receive your tickets in the mail,
please respond to our request and return them (or their $ value) ASAP!

(It’s good for cash flow.) Again — Thank you!

 


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:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSegcGCvfd2SHBU1ko5Ys_IuOt3SO5_0vMGze8Qiz8BdeaRn2A/viewform

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  

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Tuesday, August 27 — 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm - Food on the Hill

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Sunday, September 8 (Great Feast of Nativity of the Theotokos)

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St. Michael’s Mediterranean Buffet (only 4weeks away)

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Saturday, Sept 14 — 9:00am Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Cross
10:30 AM - Post-Buffet Restoration Day

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Saturday, September 21 - Hike #5
RSVP Petros Papas; meet in parking lot at 8:00AM.


HERE’S TO PARISH COUNCILS
(and other such groups of humans)

Last Tuesday was the third Tuesday of the month. To most of us, a phrase like that means very little. To a small cadre of brave souls across the country, even around the world, ‘third Tuesday of the month’ and all the other variations on that theme, ie. ‘first Monday’ or ‘last Wednesday,’ means that it’s time to go to the monthly Parish Council Meeting. While many of us are running the kids to some school or athletic event, picking up a few items at the grocery store, getting some exercise at the gym, cutting the grass, or peacefully relaxing or getting some work done at home, the twelve elected members and ad hoc ministry team leaders gather together to do the ordinary, day-to-day business of our church.

Did I say “ordinary”? I guess I did. And that’s about the level of regard we have for Parish Council work when we are not the ones headed into the meeting room. As with most things in our lives, “out of sight — out of mind” often applies. However, for those of us who come to the monthly synaxis (a church word for ‘gathering’ or ‘coming together’), our experience will be one that is unique to church leadership and, quite frankly, one that will at times include boredom, frustration, misunderstanding, anger, hurt feelings and the sense that too little is being accomplished, often in a way too disorganized or hit-or-miss fashion.

While we may observe the paragraph above to hold some truth, which at times accounts for the reluctance of many to offer their time and energy for Parish Council service, let us be sure to likewise recognize the other side of this meeting coin. For if the Church is in truth the Body of Christ, and we its members, then the work being done by our Parish Councils is divine work. No kidding. Mystical work — as in our not easily recognizing and understanding the depth and importance of our endeavors.

It is unimaginably hard for us to realize that the work our Parish Council members agree to take on is holy work. It is the administration of the household of God for the salvation of the members of our church, Christ’s Church, here at St. Michael’s in Greensburg. So the next time you are speaking with someone from the Council or are yourself preparing for the work you do as a Parish Council Member, do your best to remember that the effort you put forth is indispensable and appreciated when we take the time to pay attention to more than the surface of the task at hand.

Thank you, Parish Council Members, for your courage, generosity, open-heartedness, forgiveness, honesty and willingness to participate in the satisfying, essential and sometime difficult work of guiding our church in the extraordinary, day-to-day business of our church.

WHAT DOES HOLY WORK TEACH US?

In the above paragraph's, the phrases “divine work” and “holy work” are used. The usage together of the words “holy” and “work” is in the title of our worship, the Divine Liturgy, which literally means “Holy Work (of the people)” Foundationally, all of our work in the church is holy — not of this world. Sometimes we recognize, in sight, smell, taste, touch and sound, the beauty of our divine efforts, especially in our worship. At other times, the work we may be doing for our church, like cleaning toilets, and scrubbing floors, may be less recognizable as holy, and yet, it is no less that.

In each moment of our life’s activity, we usually find ourselves happy and thankful with what we’re doing or disturbed, upset and dissatisfied. (Some things fall in the middle, but they are not our concern right now.) For the former, we thank God and are grateful. For the ladder, we moan, groan and complain about how those troublesome things should not be happening; how we don’t deserve them and how things should be different than they are.

It is in the distasteful people, places, things and circumstances that our holiest work is to be done. When we get what we want we are happy thanks-givers. That is as it should be. When we don’t get what we want or we get what we don’t want, we tell anyone who will listen about how wrong things are and even decide that we will discontinue our work in that arena. How upside down we have it. Our spiritual growth comes not from getting what we want, but in our growing to include as God’s providence, all those things which will work on our personal, egoic perspective and really struggle to see God’s hand in absolutely everything.

If we strive to see God working in absolutely everything, then we will discover the opportunity for spiritual growth — going to God, loving with all our heart — most profoundly in the aspects of life that we would rather avoid. Our growth can be described in many ways, but for Bulletin purposes we will consider these five different ways of anticipating that God will work in our lives through the unfolding of Life. Each of these five will be considered in particular in subsequent Sunday Bulletins —

1) Steadfastness

2) Clear seeing

3) Experiencing emotional distress

4) Attending to this very moment

5) No big deal

The holy work we do in church, worshipping God in the Divine Liturgy, is to be like a fire that spreads though every corner of our life, meaningful and menial (it’s all meaningful), devouring that which stands between us and Him and lifting us like sweet-smelling incense into the heavenly realms.

Next Week — Steadfastness

Food on the Hill

On Tuesday, August 27th the ANTIOCHIAN MEN will be providing a "Food on the Hill" lunch without charge for those in need. This will be the fifth monthly outreach to the community. 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).



SYRIAN CHRISTIAN RELIEF

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...

 

CALEB’S CUPBOARD

Caleb’s Cupboard is the large, tan plastic box at the front entrance to our church which is intended to be a collection bin in which we may leave canned goods and other non-perishable items for people in need.

Let us regularly fill it to the brim!

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

International Orthodox Christian Charities - Unique and Effective!

 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.

If you are CPR trained....

If you are CPR trained, please let someone on the Parish Council know.

 

Be Part of a Family Mission Team

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 teams@ocmc.org, for more information or to apply.

Upcoming Calendar
Sunday, August 25th
8:45 Matins
10:00 Divine Liturgy
11:20 Church School
Fr. Meletios Zafaran will be with us to discuss the logistics
of restarting periodic non-Sunday Divine Liturgies
in Arabic in our Western PA Deanery.
Tuesday, August 27th
12:00 to 1:00 PM - Food on the Hill
Thursday, August 29th
Beheading of the Baptist
7:00 PM - Choir Rehearsal
Saturday, August 31st
12:00 PM - Bell-ringing for Opioid Awareness
6:00 Great Vespers
Sunday, September 1st
The Church New Year
8:45 - ORTHROS
9:30 - Choir Rehearsal
10:00 AM - DIVINE LITURGY
Church School Teachers Meeting

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