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 parishioner, 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 are held each Sunday in the Center classroom following Divine Liturgy. All
students, grades pre-school through 8, are expected to faithfully attend these Orthodox religious education
classes. Parents and grandparents are asked to encourage their (grand)children to attend classes and to
supplement their religious education in the home-life with traditional, Orthodox practices of prayer and piety.
Our teachers welcome all students!
God Bless!

3. CHURCH CLEANING for the week of   15 December: TEAM  4:  Maria Lozada, Donna Ferkile, Barbara
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. Thank you
and God Bless you!              HOW LOVELY IS THY DWELLING PLACE, O LORD OF HOSTS!

4. SAINTS MARTHA and MARY Sisterhood announces that it will hold a meeting on Sunday,  29 December,
2019, in the Parish Center following Divine Liturgy. The purpose of the session is to welcome new members and
discuss future plans. All women of the Parish are encouraged to attend this meeting and learn more about our
great Sisterhood and their important work in our Parish. Plan to attend. God Bless!

5. HIS EXCELLENCY  BISHOP MATTHEW will celebrate the Divine Liturgy at Saint Nicholas Cathedral,
New York City, this Thursday, 19 December. That is the Feast of Saint Nicholas, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia
(the Altar Feast of our Cathedral). Also, His Excellency has summoned a MEETING OF THE BISHOP’S
COUNCIL to be held following Divine Liturgy that day. Father Basil, a member of the Bishop’s Council, will
travel to our Cathedral that morning (weather permitting!). Therefore, THERE WILL NOT BE DIVINE
LITURGY IN OUR CHURCH ON THURSDAY, 19 DECEMBER – SAINT NICHOLAS DAY. Please, pray that
the Lord God bless and prosper His Excellency Bishop MATTHEW and the workings of the Bishop’s Council.

6. CHRISTMAS COOKIES! Our 10th annual CHRISTMAS COOKIES AND TREATS SALE will be held at our
Parish Center TODAY and next Sunday,22nd December. Homemade cookies and other treats will be available.
The sale runs from High Noon until 2:00PM both Sundays. Come early for the best selection! God Bless us,
everyone!
- YOU ARE WELCOME to come and enjoy some Coffee/Tea while making your cookie selections and
delighting in pleasant fellowship. God Bless!

7. THE NOVEMBER/DECEMBER  50/50 drawing took place at Coffee Hour last Sunday.
A total of 40 “shares” was available, making the winner’s “share” 20. And the most fortunate, although
unexpected, winner of the 50/50 is ……….(drum roll, please)……..Father Basil!
How ‘bout dat! Many thanks to all who help support our parish fundraisers. God Bless you!

8. 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, 2018, 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. The completion of the roof project is to begin very soon(???) .
Thank you and God Bless!
Roofing materials have been delivered. Work on replacing the roof will begin very soon!

9. UPCOMING HAPPENINGS:
- Saturday, 4 January, 2020:  Come and help decorate our church for the Holyday of the NATIVITY OF
CHRIST. You are welcome. We’ll begin at 10:00AM.
- Sunday, 5 January:  After Divine Liturgy -  Coffee Hour, January 50/50, Parish Council meeting. Please, come
and spend a few minutes in fellowship.
- Tuesday, 7 January:  GREAT FEAST OF THE NATIVITY OF CHRIST!  Vigil on Monday at 6:00PM; Divine
Liturgy on Tuesday at 10:00AM. Come to church! Keep “CHRIST” in “CHRIST”MAS!
- Sunday, 12 January:  Parish YOLKA after Divine Liturgy.  Enjoy our Sunday School students’ portrayal of the
Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ; sing carols, enjoy fellowship and maybe welcome a “Special Visitor!”. Perhaps we
can showcase some local parish talent, as well?!!

10. 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!

11. 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 have time.)

12. 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!

13. 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. God Bless!

14. 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!
*The proposed plaque is available for inspection in the vestibule. If you have any questions or any additional
information concerning the names on the plaque, please, see George Kofira.
Can you help with information about these veterans?: Charles Bullick,jr.,  George Cherbenco,  Joseph
Dzierkowski,  John Kleha,  George Papach,  Benny Scherbenko,  John Smedana.  Please, see George Kofira with
any information you might have to offer. Thanks for your help!

Pilgrimages in 2020
From ancient times, Christians went on pilgrimages to see places connected to our Savior’s earthly life, to pray at
the Holy Sepulchre. Also, from the first centuries of Christianity, monasteries of Palestine, Egypt, Syria were
born and became places of pilgrimage for believers. As a part of the celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of the
Founding of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, we will conduct pilgrimages to the Holy Land in March 2020
and to St. Petersburg Russia in July 2020. The itineraries are posted on https://www.orthodoxpilgrimagetours.
com/. RSVP to Irina Pakhomova 215-816-8132 or info@orthodoxpilgrimagetours.com.
Informational flyers are available in the narthex.



                                                            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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