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Welcome to St. Michael's Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church

Divine Liturgy Every Sunday at 10:00am
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Our mission...

...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"
please
speak to Lisa Tereshko


The complete text of the Great Vespers and Matins services for each Sunday may be retrieved and printed from the Antiochian Archdiocese website at http://www.antiochian.org/content/online-liturgical-guide


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.

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Can You Relate?

At the beginning of each celebration of the Lord’s day on Saturday evening, toward the conclusion of Great Vespers the Church sings St. Simeon’s Prayer in which we hear the words — “Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace… for my eyes have seen Thy salvation… a light to lighten the gentiles and the glory of Thy people, Israel.” This moving hymn is not there simply to remind us of a 2000-years-past event in Christ’s life and the sentiment of an old man who beheld the event. It is given for us to sing as yearning participants in the now fulfilled reality of what the aged priest saw, God Incarnate, coming for the salvation of His creation. Can you relate?

Righteous Simeon could not know the rest of what was coming. We do know because, “We have seen the True Light, we have received the Heavenly Spirit, we have found the True Faith…” There is no question that the worshiping Church enters each week into the priestly prophet Simeon’s spirit and sings his words. The question to ponder is, why is it so difficult for us to sing those words with him (in spirit and/or in person)?


How beautiful was our forty-plus gathering of lovers of the Feast for the Dormition of the Theotokos last Thursday evening. May God inspire us to celebrate in like fashion the memory of the Forerunner and Baptist John this coming Thursday night, August 28.


Thank you to librarian Diana Lammert who this week put back together our “stacks” which have been in great disorder since our Winter flooding.

What? You didn’t know we have a library of Orthodox Christian books (and a smattering on other topics) that may be borrowed? Well, now that you do, stop in and peruse the shelves. No doubt you will find something worth checking out.


Church School Activity Calendar

Monday thru Friday August 4th thru 8th - VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Church School Meeting...Tuesday, August 12

Movie Night...Saturday, August 16


 

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 Communion is 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).


Blessing of the Bells

Blessing of the Bells - 10/27/13

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Dinner with Bishop Thomas, Father John and Deacon James - 10/25/13

(9 images)


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.

Of Arab-American heritage, Thomas Joseph was born in Paterson, New Jersey, in 1953. He attended John F. Kennedy High School in Paterson, graduating in 1970. He went on to college at William Paterson College, graduating in 1974. After college, he worked in the Department of Community Improvements in Paterson, then served as a teacher for the Paterson Board of Education. When the Antiochian Village camp opened in the late 1970s, he was recruited by Fr. John Namie to serve as one of the original camp counselors from 1979 to 1982.

In the fall of 1979, Thomas began part-time study at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, and was made a subdeacon by Metropolitan Philip (Saliba) of New York in July of 1982. He continued his studies until the spring of 1983, when he was assigned to Virgin Mary Church in Yonkers, New York.

In 1984, Metr. Philip assigned him to St. George Church in Houston, Texas, where he served as Director of Christian Education and Youth Services. While in Texas, the Archdiocese also assigned him to oversee Christian Education and then later teen activities for the churches in the Southwest Region (now the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America). In July of 1988 Thomas was ordained to the diaconate by Archbishop Michael (Shaheen) of Toledo.

On August 28, 1994, Bishop Antoun (Khouri) ordained Dcn. Thomas to the priesthood, and Fr. Thomas served as assistant pastor at his parish in Houston until August of 1996, when he was appointed pastor of St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church in Pinellas Park, Florida (near St. Petersburg).

Between 1996 and his consecration to the episcopacy, Fr. Thomas served in multiple capacities aside from his work as a pastor. He was an appointed member of the Archdiocese Youth Department Board; Spiritual Advisor to the Teen SOYO (Society of Orthodox Youth Organization) Southeastern Region; Chairperson of the Tampa Bay Orthodox Clergy Association; Director of Programs in Pastoral Bioethics for the International Academy of Bioethics and Philosophy of Medicine in the United States; Speaker at Braunels, Germany, and at City University of Hong Kong on Bioethics; author of published articles on Christian Bioethics; Speaker at Antiochian Village and third session camp priest for many years; past President and Vice President of the Tampa Bay Council of Orthodox Churches. In July 2002, Fr. Thomas was granted a Master of Arts degree in Applied Orthodox Theology jointly from the Antiochian House of Studies and the St. John of Damascus School of Theology of the University of Balamand in Lebanon.

On February 15, 2004, Fr. Thomas was elevated to the rank of archimandrite by Bp. Antoun, and on December 5, 2004, he was consecrated to the episcopacy by Patriarch Ignatius IV (Hazim) of Antioch in Damascus, Syria.

Bp. Thomas was enthroned as Bishop of Oakland and the East at St. George Cathedral in Pittsburgh (Borough of Oakland), Pennsylvania, on May 6, 2005. In August of 2006, Bp. Thomas was awarded a Doctorate in Education from California Coast University.  His Grace also sits on the editorial board of the journal Christian Bioethics, which is published by Oxford University Press.

His Grace is also the author of several published articles, including Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Its Importance in the Culture Wars, Training Up a Child: Educational Options for Orthodox Christians and  An Orthodox University: Higher Education for Orthodox ChristiansHe also co-authored The Emergence of Local Orthodox Christian Societies in America.

In 2006, the Church of St. George in Charleston, West Virginia, purchased a chancery for the diocese, and in October of that year was elevated to a cathedral, thus adding another see to the diocese and renaming it to the Diocese of Charleston, Oakland and the Mid-Atlantic.

His Grace's residence is at the diocesan chancery in Charleston.

In addition to his duties in the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic, Bp. Thomas also served as the locum tenens of the Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest from December 2010 to December 2011.  Within the Archdiocese, His Grace assists Metropolitan Philip in overseeing the Antiochian Village, the Christian Education Department, the Youth Department and the Antiochian House of Studies.

Since 2011, he has also chaired the Committee for Youth of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America.

Bishop Thomas's namesday is October 6 (Thomas the Apostle of the Twelve).


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St. Michael's Antiochian Christian Orthodox Church Tour

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3 DAY CALENDAR
Saturday, August 23rd
2:30pm Mansour Wedding
NO Great Vespers
Sunday, August 24th
8:45am Matins
9:30am Choir Rehearsal
10:00am Divine Liturgy
Tuesday, August 26th
7:00pm Church School Meeting
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Print and Read August 17th 2014
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St. Michael’s FEAST

Sunday, Sept. 7

11 AM - 4 PM

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School Kit Thanks

Thank you to those who completed school kits for children in need around the world through International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC). Thank you to 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 the church TODAY!


CHURCH SCHOOL TEACHER NEEDED!

Keira Conley, our Church School Director, is looking for one additional teacher for Sunday Church School. Requirements: love of children, willingness to prepare a short lesson (information provided), and patience.

Contact Keira at 724-331-5947 or shuflute13@gmail.com.

 

CLICK HERE for Church School Registration Form


“We never hold a service without candles, yet we use them not just to dispel night’s gloom… we also hold our services in daylight… but in order to represent by this Christ, the Uncreated Light, without Whom we would in broad daylight wander as if lost in darkness.” - Tertullian, 2nd century AD


On Tuesday, September 2nd, the Men’s Fellowship will prepare a free meal for the benefit of people in our community. There are at least two ways in which you may participate in this charitable activity. The first is to come and help with the planning and execution. The second is to support the event financially. Donation may be given to Dan Davis. CLICK HERE for all of the details!

June's "Food on the Hill" will be on June 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).

 


FEAST TREE

Each “Leaf” is a tag for an item needed to support the annual Feast. Select 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 goes on sale or shop the “Dollar” stores. Simple things such as flour and sugar to help with baking preparations, dish detergent for clean-up, and pop and water are just some of the items needed. See Treegrower Mary Haiden for more details.


Can you kennel a dog or cat for a limited time while maintenance work is being accomplished at the Animal Friends of Westmoreland Shelter in Youngwood?

If you think you might be willing to do that, contact the shelter at 724-925-2555 for more information

http://animalfriendswestmoreland.org/


ANTIOCHIAN WOMEN’S NEWS

Our Feast Baking has resumed! We need any help you can offer. On most Thursdays you can find us baking at the church. Come and help! There is a job for you. Specifically, we can also use some one who can manage our e-mail list that we continue to compile. We can also use a couple people who can be “shoppers,” going to designated stores to pick up food and supplies that we have ordered. See Sara Armanious and Valerie Flizanes if you can do either of these jobs.


Father John's 25th Anniversary Luncheon - from our You Tube site

Blessing of the Bells from our You Tube site

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August 10th Attendance

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AHOY, WEB-MATES!


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

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2011 Graduates
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