Holy Bread Baking Tutorial

Thanks to Annie Boruch for leading an amazing Prosphora baking tutorial. Thanks yo everyone who came out to be part of this important ministry.

Order Baklawa and Support Women’s Group Projects

Middle Eastern-Style Baklawa (Baklava). All proceeds benefit St Michael Orthodox Church Women Group outreach programs:

5 pieces – $7 (about 6-7 Oz)
Tray 25 – $30 ( about 30-32 Oz)
Special orders accepted.

Ingredients: phyllo dough, walnuts, butter, sugar, cinnamon, rose water

To order, please contact womensgroup@stmichaelcapecod.org. Thanks for your support!

Cancer Care Bags 2023 – THANK YOU!

Thirty care bags were assembled and donated to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, and fifteen nurse appreciation bags were assembled and donated to nurses at the cancer center at Cape Cod Hospital. The care bags included a handmade card (made by the children at the St. Nicholas Homeschool Community), a prayer book, a hat, warm socks, a box of tea, unscented lotion, a puzzle book, ginger chews, peppermints, a high protein snack, a pack of pens, a pack of tissues, and a t-shirt. The nurse appreciation bags included a handmade thank you card (made by the children at the St. Nicholas Homeschool Community), a prayer book, a Dunkin’ Donuts gift card, lotion, snacks, pens, tissues, chocolate, compression socks, and a t-shirt. Thank you to everyone who donated items and who helped assemble the bags. A special thank you to the Chatelains for delivering the bags to Cape Cod Hospital!

Scarfs Tying & Care Bag Distribution 2023

Thanks to a few friends of St. Michael, we were able to hang over fifty handmade (and a few more store-bought) scarves, hats, and mittens along Main Street in downtown Hyannis. In addition to the knit items, we distributed twenty-five “care bags”, which were filled with items such as socks, personal care items, snacks, and a Dunkin’ Donuts gift card. The care bags had been assembled on Friday by St. Michael’s homeschool meet-up group, and a crew of nineteen were gifted a balmy day on Sunday, February 5 to spread warmth to those stuck out in the cold. Thank you to all who made this project possible!

“On the coldest of days in the midst of winter, I walked out of our office on Main Street in Hyannis and found this lovely, handknit scarf – patiently waiting for the right person to come claim it, wrap up, and be that much warmer. This was placed by St Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church. What a gesture of love, understanding and hope.”
– Edye Nesmith, Executive Director, Cape Cod Council of Churches

His Eminence Metropolitan Antonios, Patriarchal Vicar – November 22, 2022

On November 22, His Eminence Metropolitan Antonios, Patriarchal Vicar visited St. Michael the Archangel Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church of Cotuit, Mass. Welcoming him were the pastor, Fr. Ben Kjendal, and members of the congregation.

Fr. Milad Selim, Dean of St. George Cathedral of Worcester, Mass., and Mr. Fawaz El Khoury, Vice Chairman of the Archdiocesan Board of Trustees, accompanied His Eminence.

Thanksgiving Meals 2022

Thank you to everyone who gave time, talent, and treasure to make possible our donation of 50 Thanksgiving meals! This year might have been a record for the number of parishioners who helped purchase, deliver, and pack the meals. Many hands are truly made for light work! Thank you for sharing your blessings with 50 families who will now have the opportunity to enjoy a bountiful meal on Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Meals 2021 – Thank You and Photos

Thank you to everyone who helped make our delivery of 50 Thanksgiving meals to Faith Family Kitchen, Hyannis possible! Thank you for donating food, donating money, making phone calls, picking up needed items, and helping deliver and pack the meals for each family! Thank you for your generosity and your time!

Prosforon (Altar Bread) Baking Tutorial

Thank you to Electra Savas for holding a Prosphora Baking tutorial on Saturday, August 21.
Electra has been baking Holy Bread for St. Michael for many years. It was an opportunity for her to share her talent with others.
Thanks to Carole Kanavos for taking pictures and to Yury Klokov for taking video.
An icon of “Prophora Bakers” was presented to Electra as a small token of thanks for her many years of stewardship to St Michael.

This is a lesson for all of us to share our talents and be good stewards of St Michael. If there is any way you can volunteer, please let Joe Rahal know stmichael@stmichaelcapecod.org. Stewardship is a combination of sharing time, talent and treasure. There are so many opportunities for us to be active. Nothing is too small!

The Star Spangled Banner

By David Easa

On Father’s day this year some of our choir members sang the Star Spangled Banner at the Cotuit
Kettleer’s home opener. I have to say, I was nervous. It is something I’ve always wanted to do – Sing
the National Anthem at an event – so this was very exciting for me, and I didn’t want to do a bad job
of it. As soon as we started practicing the nervousness went away. Anders, Anna, Anastasia and
myself were intending to do a four part harmonized version of the song and I found a video that
explained the story behind Francis Scott Key’s inspiration to write it during the war of 1812. Francis
Scott Key and other Americans were aboard a boat in the Chesapeake Bay watching the bombing of
Fort McHenry and given the scale of the attack, he was certain the British would win, but in the
clearing smoke of “the dawn’s early light” he saw the American flag, not the British Union Jack flying
over the fort, announcing an American victory. After watching this video together, we began our
rehearsal with a better and a more personal understanding of the lyrics. We were joined by Father
Ben and Erika for our performance at the game and did a fine job with many compliments and
congratulations! …Oh, and the Kettleer’s won!

Photo: Alysa Rubin, Cotuit Kettleers, Photographer