Remember the days when it was common practice to send Christmas Cards to friends, relatives and acquaintances (whether we wanted to or not)? Remember how relieved some of us felt that the tradition of doing so fell out of cultural vogue? After all, why waste time and money on a practice that came to at times feel like such a chore?
Of course, what began as a matter of personal convenience now stands amidst so many other indicators of just how much our culture has changed. The wide-spread discontinuance of card-sending lines up with “Happy Holidays” replacing “Merry Christmas” and Frosty replacing Jesus as seasonal characteristics.
There is a small way in which we can hold some ground personally on our culture’s spiritual decay — participate in greeting one another using the St. Michael’s Community Christmas Card. In addition to someone receiving your Nativity greeting as they read your name, you will be helping to support our Church School Program which is sponsoring this year’s Community Card.
Questions may be addressed to Keira Sisley or Fotini Wetzel.
Thank you for your $10 donation
per name/family listing.
Please make your check out to St. Michael’s Church School.
October 30 at St. Michael’s
(October 16 in other places)
For more than 35 years Antiochian Village has been the site for a wondrous gathering of Pennsylvania athletes — Special Olympics Sports Camp. Since its founding more than three decades ago under then Teen SOYO President Anthony Yazge (our current Summer Camp Director) and through a number of years when Fr. John Nosal was the Archdiocesan Coordinator for the event, your generosity has made possible a unique gathering of Special Olympians at no expense to them or their families.
Next Sunday, October 30, we will once again be given an opportunity to financially support the continuance of this most beautiful and worthwhile program. Please bring your check books or foldable money and a generous heart next week as our Teens will accept your donation at the end of Divine Liturgy.
EXPECTATIONS OF PARISH COUNCIL MEMBERS AND PARISH LEADERS
Prepared by the Workshop for Parish Leaders Western Pennsylvania Deanery, February 24, 1990
STRIVE neither to take offense nor to give offense.
EQUIP myself for leadership by reading the Parish Constitution and learning to apply it in a proper Christian spirit.
SUPPORT and EMPOWER others for the betterment of the Church and to the glory of God.
PREPARE through prayer and ATTEND with attentiveness all parish and parish council meetings and ACCEPT a fair share of the work load.
SUPPORT the parish financially in proportion to the gifts that God has given.
RESPOND to all concerns of parish life and attend and support all parish events and activities.
ATTEND faithfully all church services and regularly participate in the sacraments of Confession and Communion.
UNDERTAKE, guided by the parish priest, those activities which will foster spiritual growth.
ACT with integrity to fulfill all commitments undertaken.
BE RESPONSIBLE in fulfilling regularly scheduled assignments of locking church doors and counting the collection on assigned Sundays.
It will not be long until Parish Council elections. Please consider serving.
The Importance of Fellowship (Hour)
Each Sunday after Divine Liturgy we have an opportunity to go into the Fellowship Hall to break the Communion Fast (break-fast) that we have participated in as part of our preparation to receive Holy Communion. Hence, this post-liturgical gathering is the denouement to the climax of the Divine Liturgy in which we receive physically and mystically the Body and Blood of Christ our God.
As a church family, then, each of our coming into the Fellowship Hall, including that of the priest, is the natural extension of the worship we have offered to God that unites us, making us One in Christ. It is a place we get to look each other in the eye and get to know one another. This is not always easy to do. Almost all of us experience at least a little discomfort when in groups of people we do not know very well. And sometimes there are meetings we go to right after church that prevent our hall fellowshipping (perhaps we can do something about that). Let us all try a little harder to express our love for each other in an enhanced willingness to come into the Fellowship Hall following Divine Liturgy (even if only for a few minutes).
(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).
Thursday, October 27th “Arabesque Dinner” Thursday, October 27 (6:00 to 8:00 PM; Museum tour at 5:00 PM) at Antiochian Village Museum $26 (Includes tax and gratuities; beverages extra) This is a stupendous deal. We need 24 reservations
Saturday, October 29th 9:00 AM - AntiochianMEN Meeting at Bean and Baguette, W. Otterman 6:00 PM - GREAT VESPERS 7:00 PM - Fall Dance with the Wayne Macuga Band
Sunday, October 30th 10:00 AM - DIVINE LITURGY Church School (All Saints/Hallloween Theme) 1:00 PM - The Faith Book Study
The next meeting of AMEN will be Saturday, October 29th at Bean and Baguette at 250 W.Otterman Street, Greensburg, PA 15601 at 9:00am.
Fall Festival Dance
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29TH 7:00PM-10:00PM Dance to the Big Band Sound of the Wayne Macuga Orchestra $10 per person (includes light ‘luncheon’) BYOB and table snacks (if you wish)
AMY HAMWEY Chairperson (contact Amy724-493-5200 to offer a helping hand)
Save the Date:
We’ve Reserved Thursday, October 27 (6:00 to 8:00 PM) to go to Antiochian Village for an
$36 (Includes tax and gratuities; beverages extra)
More details in a future bulletin
IT’S IN THE MAIL
Please note that the Contributions Statements for contributions made through 8/28/16 have recently been mailed to all parishioners. There is an error for the entry for 6/5/16: “Children’s Envelopes” should have been “General Fund.” The account number was erroneously transposed during data entry; but be assured the amount has been included in your contributions towards your pledge.
Also, the 2017 Stewardship letter and pledge information have been mailed this week. We hope that you will take the time to consider this important information when making your 2017 pledge.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the church office.
Please JOIN US!
The ladies will be cooking every Thursday at 9 AM in preparation for the Christmas Bake Sale. Additional dates and times will be added in the future, including evening sessions. Please join us for this important ongoing project in support of our church.
Mark your calendars!
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE at St. Michael’s Saturday, December 10 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM Bring your friends.
Anyone who would like to support “Food on the Hill” in whatever capacity you would like should contact Dan Davis or Gus Flizanes.
"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!
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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