Church Renovation Project
Parishioner Vote Results:
Option B – Full repair (all A plus full excavation,reconstructing walls, sidewalks) 5
Option C – will not support either 7
Two votes for option A but suggest we also fix the cross and dome.
Update: The refinishing of the rectory basement has been cancelled, reducing the project cost by $30.000.
Please see Janice Kavounas to join the finance committee to help develop the plan to raise funds for the project.
A donor who wishes to remain anonymous contributed $10,000 to the construction needed on the church.
Parish and Eparchy News
Recent Baptism (Mysteries of Initiation) We congratulate Myla Ann Parker who is receiving the sacraments of initiation on August 12th in Allentown! May God grant His newly enlightened servant Myla many happy and blessed years!
Eparchial Wedding Jubilarian Celebration: There will be a Hierarchial Divine Liturgy and dinner with Bishop Kurt on Sunday August 19th at Ss. Peter & Paul Church Minersville, PA.
+ Father Yuri Vischak, who was to be the pastor at our parishes, passed away in Ukraine. We pray for his soul and for his family at this time of grief and great loss. Fr. Frank will remain as pastor until another priest can be appointed.
Grant, O Lord, eternal rest to your departed priest servant Father Yuri and remember him forever. Vicnaja jemu pamjat!
Our parish family offers condolences to the family of Stephen Wursta Sr. Eternal Memory! Vincnaja jemu pamjat!
Cake and Coffee Fellowship was held July 22. Thanks to everyone who attended and donated refreshments.
Congratulations to Megan Dano upon her graduation from the Saint Michael’s Eastern Christian Foundation education program.
ECF Easter Egg Huntwas held at 9:00 AM on Palm Sunday.
Family or Individual Portraits A photo backdrop has been set up in the Parish Center for anyone wishing to have complimentary family, group or individual pictures taken on Sundays before or after the Liturgy, on weekends or evenings by appointment. Pictures can be added to a private section of the website for an online Parish Directory. Files will be available free to have prints made. Please see our Cantor Will Komnath for more information.
Saint Nicholas Breakfast was held this past Sunday with a visit from Saint Nicholas!
Charity Fund – We are going to be setting up a fund to help those in need.
For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me. (Matthew 25: 36-37)
Gift Cards Fundraiser – Retailers where you shop donate money to our church! We have begun a new program with a great opportunity to help our parish simply by shopping with Gift Cards purchased through our church. ANYBODY can join our scrip program simply by going to the website www.shopwithscrip.com, click enroll, and entering our enrollment code 4E85BLFF48759. If you link up to prestopay, the money will come directly out of your bank account instead of having to bring a check or cash to church. See Janice Kavounas, Sandra Brink or Jennie Komnath for details.
Volunteers and Parish Action Committees:
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. (Colossians 3:16)
Rosary Society – Volunteers needed to lead the praying the Rosary before the Liturgy on Sundays. Just come to church 20-30 minutes before the Liturgy to pray the Rosary out loud for the intention that God would bless our parish, bring about a renewal at Saint Michael’s, and help us meet the challenges ahead according to His will. Rosary booklets are available for everyone.
The foundation of every good work is prayer. Jesus said, “Without me you can do nothing.” Jesus acts in our lives and inspires us to do good largely through an active life of prayer.
Altar Servers – Fr. Frank is looking for any male who would be willing to help as an altar server with preparing the censor and opening and closing the side doors of the icon screen during the Liturgy.
We want to hear from you!
Parish Survey – There’s still time to fill out this short survey and email it back, or print out a copy and give it to the one of the ushers, the cantor, or Fr. Frank. Please return it as soon as you can so results can be compiled and we can better serve our parish and parishioners.
Please take time to fill out this survey for Metropolitan William in preparation of the 2018 Synod.
Thanks to the Kushner and Hoffman families for their donation of a new Altar Gospel Book for use during the Divine Liturgy and other services. It is donated in memory of Rose Hoffman.
We also have a new cadillo (censer) for use in the Divine Liturgy for burning incense. It was purchased by an offering from Lois Brink and family. They offer it in memory of Lois’s husband Harold R. Brink Jr. We thank them for their generosity in memorializing this liturgical item. May the memory of the servants of God, Rose and Harold, be eternal