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Friday, August 18, 2017 (www.assemblyofbishops.org)
The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America Response to Racist Violence in Charlottesville, VA
The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America stands with all people of good will in condemning the hateful violence and lamenting the loss of life that resulted from the shameful efforts to promote racial bigotry and white supremacist ideology in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The Orthodox Church emphatically declares that it does not promote, protect or sanction participation in such reprehensible acts of hatred, racism, and discrimination, and proclaims that such beliefs and behaviors have no place in any community based in respect for the law and faith in a loving God.
The essence of the Christian Gospel and the spirit of the Orthodox Tradition are entirely and self-evidently incompatible with ideologies that declare the superiority of any race over another. Our God shows no partiality or favoritism (Deuteronomy 10:17, Romans 2:11). Our Lord Jesus Christ broke down the dividing wall of hostilitythat had separated God from humans and humans from each other (Ephesians 2:14). In Christ Jesus, the Church proclaims, there can be neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male or female, but all are one (Galatians 3:28). Furthermore, we call on one another to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather to expose them (Ephesians 5:11). And what is darkness if not hatred? The one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness. (1 John 2:11)
Furthermore, in 1872, Hierarchs from around the world assembled in Constantinople and denounced all forms of xenophobia and chauvinism (phyletism). They agreed that the promotion of racial or national supremacy and ethnic bias or dissension in the Church of Christ is to be censured as contrary to the sacred teachings of the Christian Gospel and the holy canons of the Church. It is formally condemned as heresy, the strongest category of false teaching.
Finally, such actions as we have witnessed in recent days, by self-proclaimed white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and various racists and fascists, betray the core human values of love and solidarity. In this, we pray wholeheartedly for the families of those who lost their lives or suffered in these tragic events. In like manner, we cannot condone any form of revenge or retaliation by any group or individual. Therefore, we fervently appeal to every person of good will, and especially the leaders of our great nation, to consider and adopt ways of reconciling differences in order to rise above any and all discrimination in our history, our present, and our future.
Our Parish Council Meeting Observed (Meeting of August 15, 2017; reported by Fr. John)
Our Parish Council gathered this past Tuesday evening, August 15, for our regular monthly meeting which, at least according to the clock, was rather irregular. First, I am thankful that we have leaders who we can trust to be attentively concerned for the good administration of our church. While long meetings are not an indication of effectiveness (in fact, the opposite is more often the case), they will sometimes occur, and last Tuesday was such a time. It was remarkable that the attendees equanimously maintained their focus for more than three hours of conversation and deliberation that covered the broad spectrum of our church life.
“Follow the money,” is a phrase that might apply, or perhaps more accurately, follow the lack of money, as our financial report revealed a shortfall to our budget. As may be noted in the Financial Summary below, there is a sizable difference between our income to date this year and that of last year’s income, or even to this year’s budgeted income. The good news is that at this point in time we have a reserve that will allow us to continue to pay our bills and maintain our facility in a timely and responsible manner until we can determine what action may be taken to reverse the trend of the Summary Report.
St. Michael’s Financial Summary Year to Date as of July 31, 2017
This Year Last Year Budget
Income $130,568.71 $150,285.75 $139,628.30
Expenses $153,488.24 $166,180.24 $168,128.45
Net Income/ (Loss) $(22,919.53) $(15,894.49) $(28,500.15)
(This report is a summary of our financial position through the month of July. Updated Monthly Financial Summary Reports will appear in the bulletin. Questions may be addressed to Treasurer Christian Sam or Assistant Treasurer Jeff Curry.)
Following the financial report, the meeting was cruising along rather nicely until we arrived at our facility maintenance report, the details of which required our extended time and attention. (Thank you to Gus Flizanes for leading this work.) While all aspects of the condition of our infrastructure are being addressed, how this fits into our financial planning will require our prayerful and wise attention. Here’s a brief, enumerated summary of Gus’ report:
1) All four of our facility electrical boxes were assessed as unsafe and in need of replacement at the cost of $1,100 per box. Two have been replaced to date.
2) Non-catastrophic termite damage has been discovered in the basement which will cost in the range of $3,000 to repair.
3) Our radon gas levels are higher than desirable (mostly in the basement which affects the rest of the building to a lesser degree). $1,500 has been spent for testing with resolution estimates forthcoming.
4) A less than alarming presence of mold has been discovered in the basement. Further testing will be done with recommendations forthcoming.
Recognizing that being alive means being challenged as to how best to live, let us thank God for His blessings, especially those that encourage us to grow in love for each other and trust in Him through Whom all things are possible.
Please do your best to keep your pledges up to date and, if possible, increase your generosity to God and His Church as we work together for His glory and our salvation.
Thank you to our new
“DOWN TO EARTH TEAM” Volunteers
Rock Zone—Jill & Anthony Crowe Bell Corner—Sara Armanious Hedge Wall— Main Entance Left—Christine Mansour, Carolyn Hill Main Entrance Right—Barli Ross “Cornerstone Sign Wall—Tom Sproch Holy Cross Wall—the Wetzel family Main Church Sign and Tree—Diana Lammert Fellowship Hall Entrance Left—Stephanie & Ted Zarras Fellowship Hall Entrance Right—Ted & Stephanie Zarras The Hedge Wall - Rick Shaheen Family
See Fr. John to claim your spot on the Team.
SEPTEMBER 10, 2017 is the date of our annual food fund-raiser
St. Michael’s Mediterranean Buffet
HAVE YOU NOTICED the TREE
with WHITE TAGS in the hallway?
Please stop by and take a tag (or two) as a reminder of what you can contribute as a way of supporting Saint Michael’s Mediterranean Buffet, which will be held on Sunday, September 10th.
It will be greatly appreciated by the wonderful cooks and bakers of St. Michael’s, as they are preparing the food for the community fundraising event. Bring your items and place them under the “Buffet Tree.”
Have you returned the money for your St. Michael’s Mediterranean Buffet tickets yet?
Do you need more tickets to sell? Call the office if you do and we will be glad to mail out more tickets for you to sell.
Are you telling your friends and neighbors about our September 10th St. Michael’s Mediterranean Buffet?
Church School “Welcome” Sunday Open House Registration will be held on Sunday, August 20.
First day of class is on August 27.
If you would serve on the Church School Team as a teacher, substitute or assistant, sign on with Keira Sisley or Fotini Wetzel.
PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)
Saturday, September 23 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Adults: $5 Children: $3
See Michele Gajewski or Paulette Sproch for tickets.
(Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United for Service)
FOCUS Pittsburgh is collecting clothes (clean and in good condition, please) for the very, very needy people (many homeless) in the Hill District neighborhood of the city. Clothing including coats, jackets, sweaters, trousers, shirts, blouses and other tops, shoes, handbags, gloves, scarves, etc., are all gratefully received and appreciated.
There is a drop-off area at the top of the stairs at the main entrance for those who would contribute. The contact people for this project are Marilyn Elias and Miriam Yazge.
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).
The next meeting of AMEN. Please watch here for our next date at Bean & Baguette at 250 W.Otterman Street, Greensburg, PA 15601 at 9:00am.
St. Michael’s parishioners volunteer their time and energy in the preparation, hosting and serving of a luncheon to help feed some hungry people at First Lutheran Church on South Main Streeton the second Wednesday of every other month. If you are interested in joining us in this worthwhile community effort, please contact Michele Murray at 724-837-2244.
The Volunteer sign-up sheet is posted in the Fellowship Hall. St. Michael’s next hosted meal is: Wednesday, June 14th from 11:30-1:00PM First Evangelical Lutheran Church 246 South Main St., Greensburg
Antiochian Women/Ladies’ Outing
Sand Hill Berries and Greendance Winery 306 Deer Field Drive, Mt. Pleasant
Sunday, August 27th 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Relax and enjoy Good Food (salads, sandwiches, homemade desserts)
Those who attend our “Food on the Hill” luncheon are also the same people who make use of the generous donations made to “Caleb’s Cupboard,” (which is located at the front entrance of the church). If everyone brought in one item of canned food, or a paper or hygiene product, it would keep Caleb’s Cupboard full so that there is something for those who attend “Food on the Hill” each month. The participants are most grateful for the continuous generosity of food, fellowship and donations. Thank you to the parishioners who consistently give of their time, their culinary skills, their financial and material donations to make these ministries possible.
"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!
We are seeking new members who would be interested in learning how to prepare the Memorial Wheat. We have a group of women who currently fulfill this important function and are willing to teach anyone who may be interested in becoming part of this ministry team. For more information, contact Val Flizanes or call the church office.
Church School Welcome / Open House / Registration will be held on Sunday, September 20.
If you would serve on the Church School Team as a teacher, substitute or assistant, sign on with Keira Sisley or Fotini Wetzel.
The big chest you see as you come through the main entrance of our church, is a simple way to help our hungry neighbors. Just bring in a few cans of food or other unperishables when you come to church and you will making a difference for someone.
Please check that the goods you bring are “reasonably” close in time to the expiration date. (While we know the food lasts longer than that date, it is not always easy to tell how much longer.)
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.
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