St. Michael's
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church
1182 Ashland St., Greensburg, PA 15601
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Divine Liturgy Every Sunday at 10:00am
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His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH, Archbishop of New York

and Metropolitan of all North America

His Grace Bishop THOMAS, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of

Charleston, Oakland and the Middle Atlantic

Archpriest John Nosal, Pastor

Our mission... to tend to the flock of our Lord Jesus Christ and to spread the Good News of Christ to those outside the flock.  The mission is to be accomplished by:

  • Living a full and liturgical and sacramental life
  • Proclaiming the Orthodox Christian Faith to all people
  • Providing effective charitable and social programs
  • Establishing strong spiritual leadership and educational resources

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 ”The Mission

of St Michael’s Orthodox Church members

is to become completely loving people.”

“Jesus answered and said, ’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’” - Luke 10:27

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” — Jn 13:33

Most mission statements are created on behalf of the whole group as the owner of the statement. In our case this would be “St. Michael’s Orthodox Church.” So we might say “The Mission of St. Michael’s Orthodox Church is to become a completely loving church.” As simply stated and as obvious as this sounds, it leaves each of us an ‘out.’ We might have a loophole or blind spot in our thinking of what it means for us to be a member of the church. Perhaps I can be a member without having to take too personally this notion of becoming “completely loving” myself. So this may not be the clearest phrasing we can use for our statement of purpose or mission.

There is a saying that well transmits the spirit of the interplay between the church and each member of the church — “For a forest to be green, each tree must be green.” Hence, for a church to become loving, every member of the church must become loving. In the old days (loosely speaking up to the 1960’s), membership “in good standing” in Orthodox Churches was very often a matter of paying your dues. If you were a dues-paying member you enjoyed the benefits of such

commitment — you could be baptized, married, buried (hatched, matched, dispatched) — because your annual dues were up to date. The practicality of such an approach is obvious. It defines membership in a black and white manner that is easy to understand, and it addresses most matter-of-factly how the church will manage the payment of her expenses.

During the 1970’s a gradual shift began to occur as parishes deepened their understanding of what it means to be part of the Body of Christ. Many began to recognize that participation in the Divine Services and the saving sacraments of the church constituted a more substantial reference point, with “sacrificial giving,” “tithing,” and “pledging” beginning to be central words.

Now, in the 21st century, we find ourselves in an increasingly fragmented and alienating culture. The word ‘love,’ that in earlier times might go unnoticed or simply be taken for granted, needs to stated, however obvious we might think it is to Christian life. Christ comes to restore our love for God and our love for each other; each of us, personally, as people; and all of us, communally, as His Church, His Body. We must, one and all, personally be at work continually in striving to grow in Him Who is Love.

Paying attention is never easy. From the first time our parents caught our attention by saying our name or teachers beckoned us saying, “Class, pay attention,” we are called to awaken from a world that is dark and Godless to a life that is full of His Light shining through us. We are called back to these basics in a way that most of us have never experienced before, desiring that the ever present Grace of God inspire and encourage us to restore His image in us by striving to become, moment by moment, as people and as the people, bearers of the Light and Love of Christ.

This week, continue to pay attention to the phrase, “completely loving people” or just “completely loving” and see if there is ever a moment when you do that, that these words do not offer a measuring stick for what we are thinking, saying or doing in that moment, enabling us to “let our (His) light shine before men.”



After nearly a 20 year absence from the mission field, Fr. Sam Smolcic, with God's help and the blessing of Archbishop MELCHISEDEK, is offering his services to the Orthodox Christian Mission Center as a Team Member of a Mission to Pilot Station, Alaska in July 2018. The Pilot Station Mission on the Yukon River will participate in the Annual Deanery Youth Camp for young people from rural villages in remote areas of Orthodox Alaska.

You can support 'our Missionary' by logging onto the OCMC link that specifies Fr. Sam's trip,, and then clicking on Open Mission Teams. The Pilot Station Mission is at the very bottom of the list. Be sure you check Fr. Sam's name box on the donation form so that your donation will be credited to his account.

Or, you can mail your donation to Orthodox Christian Mission Center, 220 Mason Manatee Way, St. Augustine, FL 32086

Father Sam and the youth of Orthodox Alaska
Thank You in advance for your support!

On a personal note . . .

Last fall, Fr. Sam described his entrance into retirement from parochial pastorship as an "exciting opportunity of manifesting ministry in a different way, limited only by a person's imagination and creativity." Fr. Sam's ministry this summer will strike out in a 'different' and 'creative' way when he serves the youth of Alaska as a Mission Team Member at an annual Deanery Youth Camp in a remote area on the Yukon Delta. Father has long been inspired by two things: 

The historic mission of American Saints Herman, Juvenaly, Innocent and others to bring the 'light of Christ' to Alaska, and the remarkable impact of the Church Camp experience on the spirituality of young people. His own children spent a total of 14 Seasons at Western PA's premier Orthodox Church Camp, Antiochian Village. Fr. Sam states that the Church Camp experience deepened, solidified and personalized his children's faith in Christ and fidelity to the Church. So, for Fr. Smolcic, as an avid outdoorsman and wilderness backpacker, the opportunity to serve as a camp worker in Orthodox Alaska is a natural coincidence of his interests, abilities and spiritual goals. You can be a part of helping Fr. Sam's opportunity to serve by contributing to the support of his mission through the path described in the paragraph above through the OCMC website.

Thanks and God Bless!

On Tuesday, July 3rd the Antiochian MEN will prepare a free meal for the benefit of people in our community. There are at least two ways in which you may participate in this charitable activity. The first is to come and help with the planning and execution. The second is to support the event financially. Donation may be given to Gus Flizanes. Anyone who would like to support “Food on the Hill” in whatever capacity you would like should contact Gus Flizanes.

Those who attend our “Food on the Hill” luncheon are also the same people who make use of the generous donations made to “Caleb’s Cupboard,” (which is located at the front entrance of the church). If everyone brought in one item of canned food, or a paper or hygiene product, it would keep Caleb’s Cupboard full so that there is something for those who attend “Food on the Hill” each month. The participants are most grateful for the continuous generosity of food, fellowship and donations. Thank you to the parishioners who consistently give of their time, their culinary skills, their financial and material donations to make these ministries possible.

"Food On The Hill" WEATHER CANCELLATION POLICY - When weather causes Hempfield or Greensburg Salem School District to close for the day; "Food On The Hill" will NOT serve lunch that day! Please refer to TV & Radio Newscasts when in doubt. Thank You!

                     St. Michael’s Financial Summary

                    Year to Date as of February 28, 2018

                                     This Year       Last Year        Budget

Income                        $38,283.98     $41,779.07     $34,679.90

Expenses                    $43,342.78     $37,420.32     $43,704.23

Net Income/ (Loss)     $(5,058.80)     $(4,358.75)    $(9,024.33)

  Questions may be addressed to Christian Sam or Jeff Curry.


His Grace, the Right Reverend Thomas (Joseph) is a bishop of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America, serving in the Diocese of Charleston, Oakland and the Mid-Atlantic. READ MORE

Blessing of the Bells

Blessing of the Bells - 10/27/13

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St. Michael's Antiochian Christian Orthodox Church Tour

Please click "View Slideshow" for the tour of the church of pictures from - 05/26/12

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You May Find the Text of the Divine Liturgy beginning on the bottom page 91 of the Service Book (gold embossed cross on the reddish brown cover) or in the green-spiral-bound book; sheet music can be found in the 8.5” x 11” large, spiral-bound booklet.

At the Kiss of Peace,our practice is for each of us to greet the person to our right and left with the bowing of our head, hands held in a prayerful clasp or crossed on the chest, while offering each other the Christian greeting, “Christ is in our midst!” and responding, “He is and shall be!”

Please remember that Holy Communion is reserved for those Chrismated Orthodox Christians who have appropriately prepared themselves through prayer, fasting and Confession to receive the Holy Mysteries of the Church. The bread (anti’doron, which means ’in place’ of the gifts) which we share after Communion and at the end of the Liturgy is for all.

Being mindful we are in church, let us always remember to quiet and attentive.Let us sing, pray, stand., sit, kneel and respond where responses are indicated. Let us not talk, look around, text message, play games, etc. Especially let us work at this in the Communion line and when in line to venerate the Cross and depart. If we cannot hear the post-Communion prayers being chanted during our departure, we are way too noisy.

...refrain from eating, drinking or chewing gum (most obviously and especially if you will be receiving Holy Communion).

...stay put. Except in rare cases, there are few of us who cannot stay in one location for two hours (usually less, for most of us).

The complete text of the Great Vespers and Matins services for each Sunday may be retrieved and printed from the Antiochian Archdiocese website at


Thursday, June 21st
9:00 AM - Ladies Cooking
Saturday, June 23rd
6:00 Great Vespers
Sunday, June 24th
Nativity of the Baptist
8:45 Matins
10:00 Divine Liturgy
11:20 Church School

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CLICK HERE for January 23rd 2018 Parish Council Minutes

CLICK HERE for January 28th 2018 Parish Council Minutes 

CLICK HERE for March 1st February Parish Council Minutes

Please watch here for the next date of the AMEN meeting at Bean & Baguette!

The Antiochian Women invite the ladies of Saint Michael’s to spend an afternoon with us at Sand Hill Berries in Mount Pleasant, on Saturday, July 7, 2018 from 1pm-4pm. The Bernie Mac Band will be playing that afternoon and they play Oldies and Classic Rock. Everyone is responsible for their own lunch. They have incredibly delicious foods all for around $10 a person. Come, enjoy the fun, the food, the entertainment and make forever friends.

Jillian Crowe, Director of Social and Spiritual Events for AW.

When you’re grocery shopping,
you can make an immediate,

momentum building donation
to our September
Mediterranean Buffet
by picking up and delivering
to the church
any of the following items:

- Bottled water (16 oz.)
- Sugar (4 lb. bags)
- Robin Hood Flour (5 lb. bags)
- Vegetable oil
- Lemon Juice


Thursday, August 16, vs. the Cubs
$30 (includes $10 food voucher)




Tuesday, June 19 - Parish Council Meeting - 7:00 PM

Discussion topics -
1) Parish Life Conference,
2) our internet video presence on our website and Facebook.
If you would have anything to offer to the formulating of a parish ‘policy,’
you are encouraged to come and share your thoughts.
 3) The mission of our church (members).


Wednesday to Sunday, June 27 to July 1

Parish Life Conference at Antiochian Village

(St. Michael’s will be OPEN for Divine Liturgy on Sunday, July 1)

Metropolitan JOSEPH will preside over this gathering.

Registration forms are available at the Ushers’ Station.


Wednesday, June 13 - Feed the Hungry at 1st Lutheran


Thursday, August 16

Pirates vs. Cubs at PNC Park

7:05 PM — $30 (includes a $10 meal ticket)

Get tickets from Michelle Gajewski; sign up in Fellowship Hall.


Sunday, August 19

St. Michael’s Family Picnic

Travel to Twin Lakes Park following Divine Liturgy

Please sign up at our main church entrance.


Sunday, September 9

St. Michael’s Mediterranean Buffet (11am to 4pm)

Sign up to volunteer on the sheet in the… ?????


Friday thru Sunday, September 14-17

Antiochian Village Adult Camp

Registration is open online:

2018 Parish Life Conference

June 27 through July 1
Antiochian Village Heritage and
Conference Center

The Fellowship Hour Schedule
is posted on the bulletin board in the
Fellowship Hall and we are in need of volunteers
to sign up to take a turn to provide refreshments
following Divine Liturgy each week.

We provide the coffee and you provide
whatever you feel you want to contribute
to St. Michael’s community.

      Please sign up to host Fellowship Hour.

sitting on your desk at home or work?
It’s not too late to make your donation to this
annual project of our Antiochian Women.
Thank you.

FOCUS Pittsburgh

(Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United for Service)

FOCUS Pittsburgh is collecting clothes (clean and in good condition, please) for the very, very needy people (many homeless) in the Hill District neighborhood of the city. Clothing including coats, jackets, sweaters, trousers, shirts, blouses and other tops, shoes, handbags, gloves, scarves, etc., are all gratefully received and appreciated.  

There is a drop-off area at the top of the stairs at the main entrance for those who would contribute. The contact person for this project are Marilyn Elias.

We are seeking new members who would be interested in learning how to prepare the Memorial Wheat. We have a group of women who currently fulfill this important function and are willing to teach anyone who may be interested in becoming part of this ministry team. For more information, contact Val Flizanes or call the church office.


The big chest you see as you come through the main entrance of our church, is a simple way to help our hungry neighbors. Just bring in a few cans of food or other unperishables when you come to church and you will making a difference for someone.

Please check that the goods you bring are “reasonably” close in time to the expiration date. (While we know the food lasts longer than that date, it is not always easy to tell how much longer.)




Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of this year’s Syrian Relief Dinner back on March 4.   Net proceeds of $37,129 were sent to IOCC which mean the Syrian people received $260,000 in leveraged aid through this effort.

For information on IOCC and how to become part of the worthwhile work being done, visit

Please CLICK HERE for the form to provide us with your information. Or, see the form on the new back page of the weekly bulletin. We want to serve you better and we need your help. Please understand that we will protect yur privacy from the standpoint of the church. We will not show or distribute your email address!



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