Welcome to St. Michael's Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church
Divine Liturgy Every Sunday at 10:00am CLICK HERE to view the St. Michael's calander
...is to tend to the flock of our Lord Jesus Christ and to spread the Good News of Christ to those outside the flock. The mission is to be accomplished by:
Living a full and liturgical and sacramental life
Proclaiming the Orthodox Christian Faith to all people
Providing effective charitable and social programs
Establishing strong spiritual leadership and educational resources
To join the "Bell-ringer Team" pleasespeak to Lisa Tereshko
St. Michael's Life Cycle Presentation by Father Ken
Holy Orthodoxy: The Ancient Church of Acts in the 21st Century
Saturday, August 1 - 5:00 PM - GREAT VESPERS
Vespers will begin an hour early this evening because Bishop THOMASwill be with us and we want to have as much time with him as possible.
Plan on coming to Vespers and being with Bishop THOMAS as we discuss the efforts we will be making to reinvigorate our hearts toward God in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Take some time before this evening to think and pray about your soul and how it constitutes your part in the Body of Christ here at St. Michael’s.
Write down the results of your deliberative observations and make note of questions you want to ask Sayidna THOMAS. (There will be opportunities for people who would like to speak with him privately.)
If you do the activities suggested above you will be participating in a manner and level of stewardship (taking care) or our church in which but a small percentage of us are currently engaged. God bless us with zeal in this endeavor.
THE LEAF TREE....Each “Leaf” is a tag for an item needed to support the annual Feast. Choose a tag (or two), purchase the item listed-usually under $5 – and deposit your donations under the tree in the hallway. Buy when the item is on sale or shop the “Dollar” stores. Simple things such as sugar and flour to help with baking preparations, dish detergent for clean-up. For more details see Tree grower Mary Haiden.
Our “Used Book Store” is accepting gently used books to be resold to be reread. When you bring them in, place them by the Feast Tree also. Questions? See Mary Haiden.
Only 134 Days to Get Your Christmas Shopping Done!
Nativity of our Lord sale during July. All Christmas items 20 – 25%. off
New Books released:
1. Becoming a Healing Presence (the Sacrament of the Present moment, forward by Fr. Thomas Hopko)
2. Following Egeria(a visit to the Holy Land through time and space).
3. A Beginning Guide to Orthodox Spirituality (a path to a deeper relationship with GOD).
4. The Morning Offering(Daily thoughts for Orthodox Christians by Abbot Tryphons).
5. The Ancient Faith Prayer Book
6. Taste and See II(more American Orthodox cooking).
7. A Childs Guide to the Divine Liturgy by Ancient Faith Publishing
See Frank at the Bookstore for details.
Where is the New Directory?
Turns out there were a few bumps in the road with the directory company and the photographer in creating a new directory. Coming in September will be a new and more current directory in both electronic and paper format. We will need everybody’s help in making this the most current directory St. Michael’s has had. Please watch your bulletin for all of the details.
$42,000is the amount it will cost to repair and repave our parking lot. Having sent the contract out for bids, we found that to be a very reasonable amount. All “Treasure Hunt” gold proceeds will be applied to the parking lot fund.
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.
“Do you have a minute?”
“Never talk politics or religion.” So we were told, and so we followed. We obeyed that polite advice and it saved us from some uncomfortable encounters with each other. In light of recent events (check the weekly news), it is now time that we discarded such counsel and recognize it for what it has been — an excuse for hardly ever talking about things that matter, instead allowing ourselves to be drowned in a wave of meaningless, “entertaining” drivel of all mediums of our social exchange, to the point where we have not only lost our minds, but most certainly have lost touch with God’s mind, which is what our lives are created to be all about. Let us resolve to do better as we respond to the newly present political and religious reality.
“We need to talk.”
His Eminence the Most Reverend Metropolitan Joseph
Metropolitan Joseph was consecrated to the Holy Episcopacy on June 30, 1991 at the St. Mary Cathedral in Damascus, after many years of serving as a deacon and a priest. His Eminence was born in Damascus, Syria, in 1950. He completed his basic schooling at the St. John of Damascus and al-Alliyeh schools in Damascus and then at Our Lady of Balamand Monastery in Koura, Lebanon. He completed his undergraduate studies at Lebanese University in Beirut and then earned his Master of Theology (M.Th.) with special studies in music and languages from Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from St. Tikhon Seminary in South Canaan, Pennsylvania, in May, 2010.
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).
Print and Read July 19th 2015 Weekly Bulletin...CLICK HERE
Our “Antiochian Men,” the Men’s Fellowship, the Men’s Club, has had a few different names and many different stages and styles of activity during our church’s existence. As we continue to look forward regarding our return to a “growth” point in our church’s life-cycle, our Men’s leadership and example will be an essential part of such progress. Ed Sam has stepped up to initiate and lead the re-re-re-organizing of our Men’s Ministry. Men, watch the bulletin for upcoming planning and efforts.
February's "Food on the Hill" will be on February 3rd!
Anyone who would like to support “Food on the Hill” in whatever capacity you would like should contact Dan Davis (724-237-2064) or Gus Flizanes (724-863-4443).
"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!
Join us this summer for a week of learning and fun as we learn how to conquer challenges with God’s mighty power. Our students will learn biblical stories, make crafts, and learn exciting dances and songs about God’s love for us. It is going to be a great year!
August 1st from 9:00am to 2:00pm...Everybody Get Ready!!!
You also have the option of renting a table for a $10 donation and selling the items for your benefit. NO CLOTHING WILL BE ACCEPTED. Come and Help or just stop by to enjoy the fellowship.
Please see Valerie Flizanes or Mary Haiden if you have questions.
We have room in the basement to store your donated items!!
Calling all bakers:
All and any kind of baked goods are needed for our Flea Market Bake Sale on August 1.
The Antiochian Women are supplying school kits for orphans who are living in refuge camps in Syria. Connie Volchko has tote bags to be used to donate the necessary school items. See Connie for your bag and list of items needed for your kit.
Completed bags should be returned to Connie or to the church by August 16, 2015.
When we hear the words “movie night” here at St. Michael’s, we likely think of our Church School children and their families gathering for an evening of fun fellowship. Beginning on Monday, August 3 and continuing on most first and third Monday evenings of each month, we will seek to establish Monday Movie Night as a different kind of movie night — a source of educational, spiritual and social growth for grown up attendees.
On the first Monday of the month, the emphasis will be on education as we will view films inclined toward informing and teaching us, causing us to think, discuss and, at times, even disagree.
On the third Monday of the month, the lean will be toward movies of broad scope and more directly “spiritual” in orientation.
Watch upcoming bulletins for more information.
Father John\'s 25th Anniversary Luncheon - from our You Tube site
Blessing of the Bells from our You Tube site
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July 12th Attendance
It’s now a little less treacherous to navigate the Internet seas to our website and discover what’s happening at St. Michael’s! Set your course to a simplified ‘www.stmgbg.org’ and “Land-ho,” you are on our shores! “Argh,” to ’Skipper’ Ed Sam, Jr. for pacifying the web waters for us internet salty dogs, virgin voyagers and Landlubbers alike!
Vacation Bible School 2013
CLICK HERE for pictures from the last day of Vacation Bible School 2013
Check out the 2012 Vacation Bible School Album on Facebook