Food For Thought 01: Great Lent – February 25, 2023

Thanks to all who attended our first Food for Thought on Saturday, Feb 25. It was a wonderful evening of discussion about Great Lent led by Fr. Ben. Here is the audio presentation.

In anticipation of our next session on Saturday, March 25, Fr. Ben asked that we prepare by reading the Didache. Here is the link for you or you can purchase the Didache at the bookstore for only $7.

Stay tuned for the schedule for that day as it will include Liturgy for the Feast of the Annunciation, our annual Fish Feast to support Zoe House crisis pregnancy center, followed by our discussion in the church. We will plan to have activities for the kids in the hall while the adults are in class.

Special thanks to Fr. Ben for offering this informative program to all parish members, catechumens, and friends who are curious about the Faith.

St. Michael Pascha Card 2023

The Pascha Card order form has been mailed out. If you would like your name on St. Michael Pascha Card, please fill out the form and return it by April 9, 2023.
A portion of the proceeds of this year’s Pascha card will be going to Archdiocese 2023 Earthquake Disaster Relief Fund. We thank you for your continued generosity. You can also download Pascha Card 2023 Order Form.

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 Thanks for your support!

Food For Thought Adult Education Program

We are excited to announce that our Food for Thought Program is coming back and will be an adult education program as part of the mission of the Women’s Group. It will be open to all parish members, friends, and anyone inquiring about the Faith.

Saturday, February 25, 2023 Topic – Great Lent. Bring your questions and misconceptions

  • Vespers 5pm
  • Dinner and lesson 6-8pm
  • Potluck – please bring a dish to share.

This is an adult education program. This may be a great time for the kids to spend time with grandparents or friends, so the adults can enjoy this educational opportunity. If you would like to attend but have a difficult time finding child care, please let Soraya Bandeli know. We look forward to seeing as many as possible as we grow together in the Faith.

International Fall Food Fest – November 12, 2022

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Every year in the fall our church holds an International Food Fest where the entire parish comes together to cook authentic items from around the world. Everyone participates in planning, shopping, preparing, cooking, baking, setting up, selling, and cleaning up afterward. The International Food Fest proceeds benefit the entire church.

This year the International Food Fest is planned for Saturday, November 12th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in the church fellowship hall. We have many volunteers but could still use more. There are lots of things to do including shopping, washing pans, pots, bowls, and utensils used in preparation which is vital and important parts of the process and crucial to the event’s success.

We will be making and selling many favorites again like Spanakopita, Stuffed Cabbage, Kibbee, Baklava, Stuffed Grape Leaves, Spaghetti Sauce, and Meatballs, Koulourakia, Biscotti, Pizzelles, and many other items including baked goods.

St. Michael Pascha Card 2022

In the tradition of the Myrrh-bearing women who were the first to see the empty tomb and to proclaim the news of the Resurrection, the Women’s Group is recognized as the cornerstone of every parish. This is why our Archdiocese shines a spotlight on Antiochian Women Groups and all their efforts during March every year! Just as we commemorate the Theotokos during the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25 who proclaimed “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be according to your word” (Luke 1:38), so must all of us be prepared to answer His call.

Antiochian Women chapters in our parishes are vital to their churches and to the Archdiocese. Every woman of the parish is a member of Antiochian Women. Since 1975, the Women’s groups have raised over $4 million in support of charitable projects supporting the Archdiocese, not to mention the tireless efforts they put in to raise funds and to nurture their own parishes and communities.

This year’s national project is to support the Cathedral, the Monastery & Cemetery, the Episcopal Retirement Residence and an Independent/Assisted Living Facility for retired hierarchs – all at the Antiochian Village in Bolivar PA. To that end, the Women’s group of St Michael has pledged part of the proceeds from the annual Pascha card to this effort. You will soon be receiving your sign-up form. Please complete it and return to the Women’s Group by April 10 so your name can be included in the Pascha card. If you prefer, a link to the form is here: Pascha Card 2022 Order Form.

As always, we thank you for your generosity and your unwavering commitment to St Michael. May God keep you strong during the upcoming Lenten season.

Christmas Meals 2021

We will be delivering 50 Christmas meals to Faith Family Kitchen on Monday 12/20, and each meal will include a tin of (mostly) homemade cookies…which adds up to 200 dozen cookies! Please consider baking a few dozen (or more) cookies! All cookies need to be at the church by Sunday 12/19 so we can package them and have them ready for delivery the next day. Please speak to Kh. Alyssa if you plan to bake. Thank you!!!

In addition to homemade cookies, we are in need of monetary donations to cover the cost of the grocery store gift cards and the hams that are being given to each family as part of our Christmas meal donation. We are providing 50 families with meals, and your generosity is greatly appreciated! Please give your checks (made out to St. Michael with “Christmas Meals” in the memo) to Kh. Alyssa. Thank you for sharing the light of Christ this Nativity season!