Our next parish focus is on our co-hosting (with St. Mary Church, Johnstown) the 2016 Eastern Region Parish Life Conference (June 29-July 3). Please pray for the success of our efforts and be ready to be invited to work in behalf of those efforts.
Contact Chairperson Stephanie Zarras (724-989-7614) to volunteer and find out how you may serve.
The Final Countdown is Here!
“As for me and my house, We will serve the Lord!” - Joshua 24:15
Diocese of Charleston, Diocese of New York
Oakland and the Mid-Atlantic and Washington, D.C.
2016 Parish Life Conference
Wednesday, June 29 thru Sunday, July 3, 2016
140 Church Camp Trail
Bolivar, PA 15923
This year’s Parish Life Conference is all about service. Many of you are all about service.
This commercial is all about service. You can serve all the planners of this Conference
(AV staff and host church parishioners alike) by doing one thing this week —
(Pretty please, with a cherry on top.) — registering! at...
1) To register (everyone who participates is required to register, even commuters and people only attending a few services or workshops) go to antiochianevents.com/ny.html.
2) To participate in the souvenir journal/ad book, pick up a form as you exit church this morning, fill it out, and return it with your donation.
Both of these actions may be accomplished in “hard copy” format by picking up the appropriate forms as you leave church this morning or reporting to the office right after church!
We have a chairperson for our September fundraiser.
Thank you, Ed Sam, for stepping up and agreeing to lead this year’s event. May God grant us a successful season of preparation, full of good willed cooperation!
Anyone interested in purchasing a 3-volume set of the historical work of St. Raphael of Hawaweeny, compiled, edited and translated into Arabic by Adnan Trabulsi, we have a new set in our office for $115. Please see Fr. John or Debbie in church office.
“When Thou, O Lord, wast baptized in the Jordan, worship of the Trinity wast made manifest; for the voice of the Father bore witness to Thee, calling Thee His beloved Son. And the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the truth of His word. O Christ our God, Who hath appeared and enlightened the world, glory to Thee.” - Apolytikion of the Feast of Theophany of our Lord Jesus Christ
We greet you with love and joy on this holy Feast of the Theophany of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ. The Apolytikion of the feast which is quoted above transmits to us the essence of this feast. Our Lord and God Jesus Christ deigns to be baptized at the hands of John the Baptist, not because he is in need of cleansing of sin, for He is without sin, but so that He might reveal to us His true identity and at the same time, honor and affirm the new life that comes through baptism. In this feast we see the Holy Trinity, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, manifested to us in dramatic fashion. The voice of the Father expresses His pleasure with His Son, and the Holy Spirit descends upon the Son in the form of a dove which is also significant because the dove is a symbol of peace.
Our Lord reveals His true identity to us for the first time as He begins His earthly ministry, and immediately departs for a period of fasting into the wilderness where He utterly defeats the feeble efforts of Satan to tempt Him into sinfulness.
As our Lord Jesus Christ descends into the water, and rises from it, let us also rise up into a new and brilliant life in Jesus Christ.
Wishing you all a most blessed New Year, I remain
Yours in Christ,
+ JOSEPH, Metropolitan Archbishop of Antiochian Archdiocese of North America
(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).
Print and Read June 26th 2016 Weekly Bulletin...CLICK HERE
Food For Hungry People boxes are assembled and ready to be picked up at the office window in the main hallway. If you have not yet done so, take a box home, fill it, and return it to Joyce Eger, for the sake of hungry people around the world.
What a great day it was at the Irwin Ethnic Food Festival! Many many thanks to all that helped and stopped by the St. Michael's Middle Eastern Food tent!!
2016 Vacation Bible Camp
When: July 29th – 31st Friday & Saturday 9:00am-1:00pm
Sunday Show & Lunch following Divine Liturgy
Join us this summer for a weekend of faith-filled fun and show kids how Jesus cares for us! Our students will learn biblical stories, make crafts, and learn exciting dances and songs! It’s the summer camp you have been barking for!
The next meeting of AMEN will be Sunday, July 24th, immediately following church in the multi-purpose room. All AMEN Meetings will be on the fourth Sunday of each month following church. Hope to see you there!
If there are any Antiochian Womenwho are currently not receiving email notifications from Michelle Gajewski about upcoming Antiochian Women events, and you would like to receive them, please contact Debbie in the church office to be added to the email distribution list.
LUNCH AND ART
The Antiochian Women will gather at Panera Bread at Greengate (lunch on your own) following Divine Liturgy on Sunday, August 7. After we eat, we will travel to the Westmoreland Museum of Art where admission is FREE!
Please let Michelle Gajewski know by July 31 if you are interested in going.
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!
HELP! (contact a PC person of Fr. John to step up)
WEEDS are detracting from visual appeal of our church. Can you help? We can use someone to do a little organizing regarding the maintenance of a weed free entrance to our church for the duration of the Summer.
Spring cleaning is in full swing!
Bring the treasures you are discarding to church for our...
Annual Flea Market / Ethnic Food/Bake Sale /
Used Book Sale / Gyro (Meat or Fish) Sale
Saturday, August 6th from 9 AM to 2 PM
We have a lot of room downstairs to store your items. You may also want to rent a table for $10 to sell your things.
NO CLOTHING WILL BE ACCEPTED.
Come and help or just enjoy the day with us. Donations of baked goods will also be greatly appreciated.
Any questions please ask Mary Haiden or Valerie Flizanes.
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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