1. WE WELCOME YOU to Saints Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church! We are happy to have you visit and worship
the Lord God with us. If you would like more information about our Parish and, perhaps, becoming a member, please, see
Father Basil or visit our website: www.saintspeterandpaulscranton.com , or phone the rectory at 570 -343-8128. God
2. SUNDAY SCHOOL classes are held each Sunday following Divine Liturgy. All students (grades Pre-K through 8) are
expected to attend Orthodox education sessions to increase their knowledge of the Orthodox Faith and its practical
application in daily life. We thank parents and grandparents for their support of our Sunday School programme. God Bless
3. MANY THANKS to “everybody of you” who supported our Sunday School by participating in and attending the Annual
YOLKA presentation last Sunday! Our students did a phenomenal job and everyone helped in portraying the real meaning
of “Christmas”: The Nativity of our Lord and God and Saviour JESUS CHRIST! Saint Nicholas was welcomed as a special
guest, and he greeted everyone with the JOY of the FEAST: “CHRIST IS BORN! GLORIFY HIM!”
We sincerely thank Saint Nicholas for his blessings on this day of the Yolka! A festive luncheon was served to all
participants and guests! God Bless all of you who helped make this year’s YOLKA a very special event!
4. BLESSING OF HOMES begins on Tuesday, 23 January. Father Basil will gladly visit and bless your home with prayer
and the sprinkling of Holy Water, which is especially sanctified on the Great Feast of Holy Theophany – the Baptism of
Our Lord Jesus Christ. Please, telephone the rectory to arrange a convenient day and time for the Blessing of your home.
The rectory phone number is 570-343-8128. (If no answer, let phone ring 8 times and leave a message.)
AS MANY AS HAVE BEEN BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST,
HAVE PUT ON CHRIST! ALLELUIA!
It is important to have our homes blessed at the time of Holy Theophany. The prayers of the Priest and sprinkling with
Holy Water cleanses our homes from evil and the influence of the Evil One. They strengthen those who inhabit that home
to resist sin and to grow in Godly virtue. May the Lord God Bless you and your household at the season of Theophany and
throughout the year.
5. THE ROOF on our church is showing signs of needing to be replaced. This is an important and major project for us
which must be addressed very soon. Estimates for the roof repair/ replacement are being considered. We need your help;
please, make an offering for the Roof Fund. Thanks! God Bless!
5a. OUR FURNACE in church is showing signs of needing some repair. We are waiting for a replacement part to keep our
furnace working properly. If you can make an offering to help cover the cost of repairing the furnace in church, please, let
us know. Your donation is greatly needed and most appreciated. God Bless you!
6. CHURCH CLEANING this week, 21 January: TEAM 4 - Maria Lozada, Donna Ferkile, Stephen Dreater, Michael Senyk
and anyone else who can help. Please, remember to care for the Holy Icons and the main aisle before leaving church
today. Thank you. We respectfully remind our Cleaning Teams that the assigned Team make arrangements to clean the
church more thoroughly during the week (not only on Sunday, after Liturgy) If you can offer an hour or two each month
to help keep our church in proper condition, please, use the sign-up sheet at the candle-desk and let us know you are
willing to help our church. WE NEED YOUR HELP. Thank you and God Bless you!
7. VISIT OUR new and improved parish website www.saintspeterandpaulscranton.com Keep up with news and Divine
Services, photos, links to Orthodox sites and more. Be a website Sponsor for a donation of just $15 per month.
Sponsorship forms are available in the narthex. We need donations to keep our parish website on-line. PLEASE,
favourably consider sponsoring the website for a month or more. God Bless you!
8.. THE HOLY FIRE (vintage 2017, and previous) from the Church of the Resurrection in Jerusalem, burns brightly in the
lampadas in our church. If you wish to make a donation for the burning of the Holy Fire in the Altar (Sanctuary) or Nave
(main body) of our temple, please, stop at the candle-desk. Offering intentions may be made for the health and salvation
of family and friends, or for the blessed repose of departed Christians. A donation of $25 per month is requested to cover
the cost of candles. God Bless! [A “link” has been included on our website for more information about the HOLY FIRE.
Log-on to it when you have time.)
9. JUST A reminder: Our annual contribution for the Cathedraticum to the Patriarchal Parishes is fifty ($50.00) dollars
per parishioner per year. This is more than reasonable (only one dollar per week). Please, actively support our Russian
Orthodox Church in the USA by faithfully using your “Cathedraticum” envelopes. Try to give your fair share(and more, if
possible) to help the good work done by His Excellency Bishop JOHN throughout our Patriarchal Parishes in the United
States. Thank you and God Bless! Thank you for your faithful support of the Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox
Church in the United States. God Bless you!
10. LIVE-STREAMING, and encore viewing, of the Divine Liturgy is available at:
- www.stjohnsmayfield.org and in living colour on the radio at 94.3 FM from Saint John’s
Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Mayfield, - Sunday at 9:30AM.
- www.holytrinityorthodox.com from Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, Baltimore,
(Archpriest John Vass). – Sunday at 10:00AM
This is offered for those who cannot come to church for a serious reason. It is NOT a substitute for NOT attending Divine
Liturgy in church on Sunday.
WE OFFER our heartfelt condolences to John Poncavage and his family on the falling-asleep in the Lord of his dear
brother + JAMES PONCAVAGE, who entered into eternal life this past week. May the Lord God welcome His servant,
newly-departed + JAMES into the Kingdom of Heaven and give him rest with the saints!
Grant rest eternal in blessed repose, O Lord, to Thy servant newly-departed + JAMES who is fallen-asleep; and make his
memory eternal! MEMORY ETERNAL! VECHNAYA PAMYAT! MEMORY ETERNAL!
BE ENCOURAGED: You may have noticed that winter has officially come to NEPA! It’s getting a bit chilly outside. Be not
discouraged, O faithful parishioners! The vernal equinox arrives in 59 days - on Tuesday, 20 March, 2018, at 12:15PM
Eastern Daylight Time! Spring is on it’s way! (BUT keep those snow shovels handy, just in case!) God Bless!
[ NYY Pitchers&Catchers report to Tampa on 13 Feb.!]
WE ENCOURAGE our parishioners and friends to log on to the links below. They concern the pressing need for us, as
Christians, to support and encourage the proper training, both spiritual and theological, of our future clergy in the
Russian Orthodox Church in the United States. Please, spend just a few minutes of your time to view this video – then
follow your conscience. “Giving Tuesday” lasts all year! The need is always there. We know that the “Christmas season”
puts a strain on the family budget, BUT you can give a “Giving Tuesday” gift at any time during the year. God Bless you!
Forged in Fire. Holy Trinity Seminary
GLORY TO GOD FOR ALL THINGS!
[A word to our Parishioners and Friends: When making your Last Will and Testament, please, be sure to include Saints Peter and Paul
Russian Orthodox Church among your beneficiaries. The Church has helped, guided and nourished you throughout your entire life.
Making a final bequest to our Parish will help you and it will help your Parish. Pray and consider this. God Bless you!]
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