1. WE WELCOME YOU to Saints Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church! We are happy to have you visit and worship
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 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 you!
3. OUR SUNDAY SCHOOLYOLKA will be presented on Sunday, 14 January, 2018. This annual Nativity pageant recalls the
Birth of our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ through Scripture readings, hymns, narration and acting. All Sunday
School students and guest children are most welcome to participate (as are adults who manage the production of this
event!). The YOLKA will take place in the Parish Hall after Divine Liturgy. Please, see Sunday School staff members
Maryann Capwell and Elena Shurdom to offer your help with the Yolka. Everybody of you is invited to attend this year’s
Nativity Yolka! Come see the re-enactment of the Birth of our Lord, sing traditional carols and recall the true meaning of
this season of “peace to men of good will”. Fellowship and refreshments will accompany the Yolka! Come! God Bless!
4. THE DECEMBER 50/50 was held last Sunday during Coffee Hour. A total of 36 shares was available, making the
winner’s share 18. And the most fortunate winner of the December 50/50 is ………..(drum roll, please)…….. Barbara
Togher! Congratulations! Many thanks to all who support our various parish fundraisers. God Bless!
5. OUR ADULT Religious Education Seminar continues during the Nativity Fast. On Tuesdays, 12th and 19th December,
we will gather in the upper classroom at the Parish Hall to discuss various aspects of our Orthodox Christian Faith. We
will begin at 7:00PM. Plan on enjoying an hour of presentation and discussions. Bring your own questions, too!
Everybody of you is welcome! God Bless!
6. WE ARE NOW in the sacred time of the Nativity Fast. This is a period of preparation for the approaching great feast of
the Nativity of Christ. Try to observe this fast as best as you can – do not simply disregard it. It is important for the correct
Orthodox understanding of just what it is we celebrate during “the holidays” (OY!). – What we celebrate is THE
NATIVITY (BIRTH) IN THE FLESH OF OUR LORD AND GOD AND SAVIOUR, JESUS CHRIST – THE SON OF GOD!
During this time we are encouraged to approach the Holy Mysteries of Confession and Holy Communion. If you are
unable to come to church, please, telephone the rectory to arrange a convenient time for Father Basil to visit you and
administer the Holy Mysteries. The rectory phone number is 570-343-8128 (if no answer, let phone ring eight (yes, 8)
times; then leave a message – you will receive a call back.) Receive Holy Communion worthily and often. God Bless!
7. OUR PARISH is sponsoring a CHRISTMAS COOKIE SALE today and next Sunday, 17 December, in the Parish Hall after
Divine Liturgy. Please, be sure to stop-in at the Parish Hall after Liturgy today and make your selections. More
information is available in the vestibule. We ask your support in making this Christmas Cookie Sale a success. Thank you
and God Bless!
8. 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!
9. CHURCH CLEANING this week, 10 December: TEAM 4 – Maria Lozada, Donna Ferkile, Michael Senyk, Stephen
Dreater 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!
HOW LOVELY IS THY DWELLING PLACE, O LORD OF HOSTS!
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 (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.)
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. 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!
13. THE DIVINE LITURGY is now broadcast live and in living colour on the radio each Sunday from Saint John’s Russian
Orthodox Cathedral, Mayfield. Tune in to 94.3FM Sunday morning at 9:30AM. Also, live-streaming on www.
stjohnsmayfield.org . This media-broadcast is for the benefit of those who are unable to come to church for Divine
Liturgy. It is NOT a substitute for not attending Divine Liturgy here at Saints Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church,
- The Divine Liturgy is, “live-streamed” on Sunday at 10:00AM from Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, Baltimore,
Maryland (Archpriest John Vass, pastor) via their website at www.holytrinityorthodox.com On the “home page” look for
live streamed Divine Services in the left-hand column, and click on the proper place.
SSPPPSBB: Saint Stephen Russian Orthodox Church, Old Forge, is sponsoring a Clam Chowder Sale this Friday, 15
December. Made from fresh-shucked clams, this tasty Manhattan style chowder is great for a Nativity Fast meal.
Donation - $7/quart. Call Catherine at 570-457-9607 to order. Pick-up at Saint Stephen Church Hall on Friday between 4:
00PM and 6:00PM. Njoy!
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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