To join the "Bell-ringer Team" pleasespeak to Lisa Tereshko
Palm Sunday April 9th 2017
Leave-taking of the Elevation of the Honorable and Life-giving Cross
Beloved in Christ,
With Archpastoral love, I embrace all of you – my brother hierarchs, reverend clergy, and Christ-loving faithful. Once again, I write to you in the midst of tragedy, witnessing the results of the devastating earthquake that struck our brothers and sisters in Mexico. As the Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians, when “one member suffers, all the members suffer with it.”
When I reflect on the heartrending disasters of the last several weeks, I take heart that we have been commemorating the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross. As we raise on high the Cross, we remember the sacrificial love of our Lord Jesus Christ. We remember how He transfigured that instrument of cruel torture and death into a “weapon of peace and trophy invincible.” We remember that the tears of mourning shed by the Ointment Bearing Women were transformed into inexpressible joy on the morning of Pascha.
As the Body of Christ, we do not lose hope in the face of suffering. Armed with the power of the Life-giving Cross, we follow the example of our Lord in our offering of sacrificial love to those in need, and in our co-working with Him, transfiguring life's crosses into moments of grace-filled reconciliation between God and humanity, humanity and creation.
With all of the images of human suffering we have seen, let us not become desensitized to yet one more tragedy. Let us, taking our strength from this Feast, renew our commitment to sacrificial and co-suffering love. Once again, I ask for your generosity towards our suffering brothers and sisters in Mexico. Once again, I ask you to offer fervent prayers on behalf of the suffering. We will have a special collection this Sunday – please mark the memo of your check with "Earthquake Appeal."
As your Father in Christ, I have every confidence we will share the love and peace, hope and joy of our Savior during these trying times. Please assured of my own fervent, heartfelt prayers on behalf of all of you.
Your Father in Christ,
+JOSEPH Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of all North America
OCTOBER is PLEDGE Month
This is the twelfth year of our formal (pledge card) Stewardship effort at St. Michael’s. Our pledges show commitment and help maintain our fiscal health. Through your generosity, we have been able to shrink our mortgage from $736,600 to $170,026.
Our pledges support the entire budget of our church which includes both day to day expenses (salaries, lights, heat, grass-mowing, etc.) and the mortgage payment. Our average monthly expenses are $23,000, which includes $4,400 for the Mortgage payment.
Pledge packets will be mailed next week. Please be generous and return your pledge card as soon as possible. Thank you.
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(A slightly deeper look into our score’s worth of Pledge Program years reveals some real changes over that time in the context of our giving. As is the cross-denominational national trend, participation in “organized” religion is decreasing. One way that trend is reflected here at Saint Michael’s is that when we first utilized the Pledge Card Program, 120 pledges were returned. For 2017 that number had shrunk to 70. One need not be a trained statistician to understand that that affects the financial management side of our church’s life. The term “sacrificial giving” takes on a different meaning than compared to those days. A simpler example could be that “back then” our budget was usually balanced (same ‘in’ as ‘out’). This year we are projecting the expending of $23,000 more than we will receive.)
St. Michael’s Financial Summary Year to Date as of August 31, 2017
This YearLast YearBudget
Income $143,448.82 $166,747.74 $166,796.64
Expenses $172,432.35 $181,963.46 $188,122.48
Net Income/ (Loss) $(28,983.53) $(15,215.72) $(21,325.84)
(This report is a summary of our financial position through the month of August. Updated Monthly Financial Summary Reports will appear in the bulletin. Questions may be addressed to Treasurer Christian Sam or Assistant Treasurer Jeff Curry.)
(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 September 24th 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
The next meeting of AMEN is Saturday, September 30th at Bean & Baguette, 250 W.Otterman Street, Greensburg, PA 15601 at 9:00am.
Ina Abraham Camp Scholarship Fund Card Party
11:00 AM, Wednesday, October 18
Mark Your Calendars. (More details later.)
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!
St. George Lamb Dinner—Saturday, Oct. 14, 12-5 PM
1150 Leishman Avenue, New Kensington
- Eat In or Take 0ut -
$17 Lamb Shish-Kabob Dinner includes: 1 skewer of lamb, rice & green beans, salad, pita bread, dessert, beverage (add an additional skewer of lamb for $5)
Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church, Belle Vernon
(Holy Resurrection is conveniently located off Route 201-South, just below Kmart Plaza. Turn onto Allen Street and continue three blocks to Mary Street.)
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).