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 Bless you!
2. SUNDAY SCHOOL classes for the current scholastic year are in session. Sessions are held in the upper classrooms of
the Parish Hall each Sunday after Divine Liturgy. All students in grades Pre-K through 8 are expected to attend religious
education classes. Parents and grandparents are asked to encourage their (grand)children to be in class each Sunday.
Many thanks for your continued and important cooperation. God Bless!
3. THE ROOF on our church needs to be repaired/ replaced. This is an important and major project for us which must be
addressed. The estimate for the roof repair/ replacement, as accepted at the Special Parish Meeting held on 5 August, is
$43,445.00. We need your help; please, make an offering for the Roof Fund. Thanks! God Bless! In addition, a second
collection will be taken each Sunday to benefit the Roof Fund. Your understanding and consideration are very much
appreciated. Please, pray for the success of this important work. Initial repairs have begun! With the weather’s co-
operation, temporary patches have been applied to strategic areas on the church roof. This will prevent further damage,
with the completion of the roof project to happen after the winter. Thank you and God Bless!
4. CHURCH CLEANING for the week of 17 February: TEAM 3 – Sandra Wallick, Sonja Czachor, Mary Ann Hogan 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. Thank you and God Bless you!
HOW LOVELY IS THY DWELLING PLACE, O LORD OF HOSTS!
5. THE CLERGY of the Atlantic States Deanery, under the chairmanship of Archpriest John Vass, Dean of the Atlantic
States, met in Convocation yesterday, Saturday, 16 February 2019, at Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, Reading,
Pennsylvania, to discuss various topics concerning the activity of our Deanery, as well as other topics regarding the
upcoming scheduled Convocation of our Patriarchal Parishes which will be held later this year. The day began with Divine
Liturgy, followed by the deanery meeting which included much enlightened discussion and suggestions concerning the
future of our deanery and our Patriarchal Parishes. A delegation from our Parish and from Saint Nicholas Russian
Orthodox Church, Wilkes-Barre, participated in the deliberations at the deanery meeting. We express our gratitude to
Hieromonk Sylvester, Pastor, and to Protodeacon Gregory, the Parish Council and parishioners for their most gracious
hospitality. A full, complete and accurate report concerning the deanery meeting will be tendered at the next regularly
scheduled meeting of our Parish Council, which is scheduled to be held on Sunday,3 March, 2019. Our parishioners are
welcome to attend the Council meeting.
6. 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!
7. THE HOLY FIRE, 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
8. 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. God Bless! A “CATHEDRATICUM”
envelope is included in your February offering envelopes.
9. 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, for a serious reason, cannot come to church on Sunday for the celebration of the Divine
Liturgy. It is NOT a substitute for NOT attending Divine Liturgy in church on Sunday.
10. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY: The Parish Council has favourably considered a proposal to begin the process of securing a
Parish Veterans Memorial Plaque in our church vestibule. This plaque will contain the names (and other vital
information) of members of our Parish who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America during time
of war or peacetime, active service or reserve. We ask your help in finding their names, dates of service, branch of service,
medals awarded, engagement in major military campaigns and any other information you may provide. A sample plaque
will be available for inspection before the final plaque is fabricated. Your help is very much appreciated. Nomination
forms are available in the church vestibule. Completed forms may be returned to the candle-desk. Please, contact George
Kofira, Chairman, with any questions. God Bless America!
11. WINTER has officially arrived in NEPA! However, dear brothers and sisters, do not despair.
By God’s design, the vernal equinox (spring) arrives in Scranton on Wednesday, 20 March, 2019, at 5:59PM Eastern
Daylight Time! Its only 31 days until spring! We’re gettin’ there ! BUT don’t put those snow shovels away just yet!!! Be of
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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