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
3. THE ANNUAL Parish Meeting of Saints Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church, Scranton, is scheduled to be held
today, Sunday, 22 October, 2017. The session will be convened in the Parish Hall after Divine Liturgy. All parishioners are
encouraged to attend. God Bless!
3a. THE PARISH COUNCIL (2017-2018), elected at today’s Annual Parish Meeting, will be admitted to office on Sunday, 5
November, 2017. Council members are reminded to prepare themselves for the reception of the Holy Mysteries
(Sacraments) of Confession and Holy Communion, which they will receive at Divine Liturgy that Sunday. The Council, by
receiving the Holy Sacraments together, expresses their unity with Christ and the Church, and thereby their desire to
fulfill their holy office in accordance with the life of the Orthodox Church. May the Lord God Bless and prosper the work
of our Parish Council!
4. SAINTS MARTHA AND MARY SISTERHOOD offers an heartfelt “SPASEEBOH!”/
“THANK YOU!” to everybody of you who helped make last Sunday’s Holupki Dinner a sterling success. God Bless you all!
5. PARISH CALENDARS for Anno Domini (Year of the Lord) 2018 are available in the narthex. These annual guides
contain information about seasons and days of fasting, seasons and days of not fasting, holydays, Scripture readings for
each day of the year (which is an excellent practice for us to follow), important parish contact information and an aid in
reminding us that each day of the year is dedicated to a particular Saint or Saints (or an event in the life of our Lord, the
Most Holy Theotokos, or the history of the Church) which are important in our Orthodox Life.
We express our gratitude to the SEMIAN FUNERAL HOME, 704 UNION STREET, TAYLOR, PENNSYLVANIA 18517
(570- 562-3530), and to Tamara Semian and John Souter in particular, for their care and concern in providing these
calendars for our parishioners.
“THANK YOU, JOHN AND TAMARA, - GOD BLESS YOU!”
6. HOLD THE DATE: Sunday, 12 November, is the day of our annual ALL-PARISH THANKSGIVING TURKEY DINNER!
Come and enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast which, of course, features oven roasted turkey as the main attraction!
Vegetables accompanied by savoury dressing will compliment the indyk (turkey). Tickets for this popular feast are being
distributed to all parishioners. Additional tickets may be obtained for a donation of $10 per dinner (a real bargain!). Join
together with our parishioners and friends as we celebrate this day when we, as Americans, GIVE THANKS to the Lord
GOD for the Blessings He bestows upon our nation. “Let us give thanks to the Lord!” God Bless America!
7. 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. This will be discussed at the Annual Parish Meeting today. Please, attend. God
8. CHURCH CLEANING this week, 22 October: 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. WE NEED YOUR HELP. Thank you and God Bless you!
HOLINESS BEFITS THY HOUSE, O LORD, FOREVERMORE!
9. 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!
10. 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.)
11. 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!
12. 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 available via internet: www.
talker943.com and live-streaming on www.stjohnsmayfield.org . This radio-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, Scranton.
- 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.
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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