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November 21, 2017 Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple
Beloved brother Hierarchs, Reverend Clergy, God-fearing Monastics, and all my Brothers and Sisters in Jesus Christ our True God:
May God be with you all!
I greet you on this most joyous occasion, one of the twelve major church feasts numbered among those that affect our salvation. The Most Holy Theotokos’ entry into the temple mirrors our own entrance into the heavenly kingdom. As the holy and righteous ancestors of God, Joachim and Anna, prepared the holy Virgin, so too we must prepare for our entrance into the Kingdom of God.
Upon arriving at the temple, the 3-year-old infant Mary had to make an effort to ascend 15 high steps in order to enter the temple. So should we, in order to enter the Heavenly Realm, make the effort to ascend the ladder of virtues, to labor at fasting and prayer. The Holy Virgin went up the steps by herself, without any help from others, but with the miraculous help of God. So should we, in our attempt to attain the Heavenly Realm, make the effort ourselves, but constantly asking God for help along the journey.
Saint Germanus reminds us concerning this feast, “Today she who will receive the Holy of Holies, that is the Christ, through the sanctification of the Holy Spirit is, through an even greater sanctification, placed in the Holy of Holies with holiness and majesty.”
Today we magnify the Most Holy Theotokos and cry out to her, “Rejoice, O Fulfillment of the Creator's dispensation." Most Holy Theotokos save us!
Yours in Christ,
Rt. Rev. Bishop THOMAS (Joseph) Auxiliary Bishop,
Diocese of Oakland, Charleston, and the Mid-Atlantic
On Sunday, December 3, we will call to order our annual General Parish Meeting and conduct the elections for Parish Council 2018.
We are making a special appeal this year for all eligible parishioners to consider service on the Parish Council. The upcoming year will not be an easy one as we will be working with a budget deficit and a heavy dose of infrastructure upgrades.
Please speak with Nominating Committee members Don Yoder or Fr. John if you have questions about some details of what the coming year may hold for our Council.
While the meeting will begin on December 3, the bulk of the meeting will take place some time in January or early February so that we may have a full report on Fiscal Year 2017 and a budget to be approved for 2018.
Please mark your calendars for December 3’s election.
TODAY SCRIP Gift Card Program TODAY
‘Easy’ Money for Our Church
Thinking of buying gift cards for your Black Friday shopping? Or to give as Christmas gifts? Why not purchase them through St. Michael’s? Our Church earns money on every gift card purchased. You can purchase gift cards for your everyday shopping like gas, groceries and eating out; as well as giving the cards as birthday or Christmas gifts. Some of the gift cards available are: Giant Eagle, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Macy's, Texas Road House, Panera Bread, Sheetz, Dunkin Donuts, Starbuck’s, Old Navy, Chipotle, Red Robin, Eat ‘n Park, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Wendy’s, Subway, Olive Garden, Denny’s, IHOP, GFS, Visa Gift Card, Sam’s Club, Walmart, and many more! Go to http://www.shopwithscrip.com to review the complete list of retailers.
We submit everyone’s orders together to Great Lakes. The gift cards will arrive at the Church anywhere from 7-10 days after an order is placed. We will notify you when they are available for pick-up in the office. You do not have to order each time. You choose the order dates that work best for you.
Our next gift card order will be placed TODAY after Divine Liturgy. Bring your check book to pay for your gift cards — checks need to be made out to St. Michael’s; payment must be made when you order. Thank you for supporting St. Michael’s through the SCRIP Program and Happy Shopping!.
(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.
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
Dinner with Bishop Thomas, Father John and Deacon James - 10/25/13
Print and Read November 19th 2017 Bulletin...CLICK HERE
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
Next meeting of AMEN is Saturday, November 25th at Bean & Baguette, 250 W.Otterman Street, Greensburg, PA 15601 at 9:00am.
Gratitude Graffiti Wall—What are you grateful for?
The Gratitude Graffiti Wall project is a 30 day (November) practice of purposeful appreciation of one’s loife thru interactive art. The project is to engage parishioners anhd visitors to contemplate a source of gratitude in their lives and provide an outlet to express that thought of thanbkfulness in an open setting. When parishioners and visitors participate they are no longer “spectators” of art, they become fully engaged in creating art that expresses their gratitude.
Washable paint markers will be abailable close to the interactive art display in the front entrance of the church at the glass windows and door. This accessible outlet acts as a reminder or a “gratitude stop,” where anyone walking by can mentally note something they are grateful for or to take it a step further and write on the wall (window) what they are grateful for that day.
Antiochian Village Camp Dates to Note —
Winter Family Camp Registration opened this week.
Winter Camp Registration opened this week.
Summer Camp Registration opens the week of Dec. 11-15.
Family Camp Registration opens the week of Jan. 8-12.
Thanks for noticing the large, goldenrod, “Fellowship Hour” sign-up sheets...
Please take a moment and sign up for a future coffee hour date (and mark it in your calendar). Fellowship Hour is an important time for us to get together each week after Divine Liturgy to socialize and get to know each other better.
Coffee is provided. You provide the refreshments, such as fruit, pastries, nuts, candy, etc., and, very importantly, the clean-up afterwards. Thank you for your participation. We appreciate all those who have just signed up!
For the Benefit of the Ina Abraham Camp Scholarship Fund
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.
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.
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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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).