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Christmas Eve Liturgy

Christmas Eve with our St. John's Family - 12/24/16

Family and friends gathered to celebrate the Divine Liturgy, led by Father Emmanuel, on Christmas Eve.  The Church and Liturgy were beautiful. Special thanks to Vlad,Susan, Julianna and Marinela for singing and to Father Emmanuel's brother Sub-Deacon George for serving!

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2016 Christmas Pageant

Sunday School Presents! - 12/18/16

Were you in church to see our beautiful Sunday school students (under the direction of Sandi Fiss) present the 2016 Christmas Pageant?  If not take a look at our photos. Special thanks to our photographer, Linda Biando for taking the photos.  Especiall the behind the scenes photos of the kids getting ready to perform!

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2016 Christmas Outing

Lunch and the Philly Pops - 12/10/16

We had 65 people attend the luncheon and 55 people attend the Christmas show at the Philly Pops.

It was a great afternoon.  Thank you Nilda for organizing the outing!

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Help the Homeless

High School Students - 12/10/16

Students from out high school class prepared gift bags containing the toiletries our parishioners donated to help the homeless.  Socks were also donated. All donations were taken to the Chosen 300 ministries for distribution to those in need.  Thank you for your donations and to our students!

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Albanian Thanksgiving

2016 Albanian Thanksgiving - 11/27/16

Our Sunday school students honor their relatives who immigrated to the United States. The children held flags representing the countries they came from.  The children said God Bless America in different languages.  God Bless our children!

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2016 Nameday Celebration

Our 85th Nameday - 11/20/16

His Eminence, Archbishop Nikon celebrated our 85th Nameday with our parishioners, parishioners from our sister church, Ss. Peter & Paul, and our friends. Chris and Zach were tonsured Readers. Bessie and Steve received the Herald of Constantine and Helena. Linda was recognized for her 34 plus years of service to our Sunday school.  Our Parish Council was sworn in by Archbishop Nikon. Father Nicholas (Ss Peter & Paul Albanian Orthodox Church) and Father Emmanuel joined as concelebrants. The Divine Liturgy and award presentations were followed by a delicious lunch- provided via our parishioners food, wine and desserts donations

What a day!

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Vespers with Archbishop Nikon

Saturday Night Vespers - 11/19/16

His Eminence, Archbishop Nikon joins Father Brooks and our parishioners for Vespers.

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2016 Sunday School Halloween Party

Halloween Party - 10/30/16

Following the Divine Liturgy and Sunday school our church hall was filled with super heros, princesses,

police officers, baseball players, ninja turtles, witches, pirates and more.  Truly a super great time.

Many thanks to Paula, Michele & Missy- you did a fantastic job organizing this party.

We also celebrated Father Brooks' birthday with Many Years and a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday!

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Niko's 60th Birthday

Many Years Niko - 10/23/16

We sang Many Years to Niko and Luiza!

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50 Years for Jim & Paula

Jim & Paula 50th Wedding Anniversary - 10/16/16

A prayer in church to commemorate the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Jim & Paula. A luncheon and celebration in the church hall with family and friends!

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Elvira, Erion & Sons churched

Elvira & Erion Churching - 10/09/16

Elvira, Erion and their sons are churched following the birth of Mario. Many Years!

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Gregory E Costa Golf Classic

9th Gregory E Costa Golf Classic - 10/02/16

Golf, Dinner, Family and Good Friends = a very nice evening.

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2016 Church Picnic

Mermaid Lake - 08/28/16

Our first Church Picnic in many, many years! A good time had by all, swimming, dancing, eating, drinking; what more can you ask for.  Many thanks to Nilda for organizing the picnic, to David for providing the great Albanian music, taking these photos and videos of the dancing and to those who attended. We look forward to next year!

Link for the videos

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Church Floor

A different look! - 08/07/16

Do you remember the black wrought iron railing and red carpet??? Well those days are gone.....

After nearly one year we have completed the installation of new flooring in our church.  Last August we installed marble in the Altar and Solea. This August we completed the project by installing marble in the center aisle and luxury vinyl tile (that looks like wood) throughout the church.

Let us know what you think!

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Nick Naum Scholarship

Nick Naum Scholarship Recipients - 07/17/16

The Nick Naum Scholarship Fund was created in memory of our beloved Nick. He had a profound love for the church and for children. Nick often spoke about how nice it would be if parishioners at St. John remembered the church in their wills.  He did just that bequeathing $119,000.00 to the church for the establishment of the Scholarship Fund. Memory Eternal!

Congratulations to our recipients of the Nick Naum Scholarship: Spartak, Dorela, Merna & MIchelle. Thanks to our hard working committee: Sandi, Reem, Diane, Nicole, Stephanie & Carolyn. We wish our recipientsthe best life has to offer in the years ahead!

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Archpriest Brooks Ledford

Archpriest Brooks - 06/26/16

Sunday, June 26, 2016, Father Brooks is elevated to Archpriest by Archbishop Nikon.

Many years Father Brooks!

Link for video

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Sunday School Pool Party

2016 Pool Party - 06/12/16

WE had a great group, beautiful day, food, swimming and fun! MAny Thanks to Miss Kathie for inviting us to her home. Director Steve cooked the burgers & dogs and all who attended had a wonderful time.

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Sunday school Graduation and a Baptism

Students graduate and a Baptism - 06/05/16

Our Sunday school graduated one student this year, Michelle D. The students will celebrate the end of the school year with a pool party. Thank you so very much to our teachers and our director extraordinare! The teachers and students had a very enjoyable year and look forward to September to begin anew.

We also had a baptism during the Divine Liturgy. Many Years Mirna!!

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Agape Vespers

Agape Vespers - 05/01/16

The celebration after the Pascal Service - Agape Vespers- the Gospel proclaiming Christ is Risen!  read in Greek, Albanian, Spanish, French and English. 

Thank you to the Readers of the Gospel; Father Emmanuel,Kevin, Elira, Caroline and Michelle and thank you to Chris and Taylor for reading during the Vesperal service!

 Links for videos of the Gospel in different languages:



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Pascha - 05/01/16

The Faithful celebrated Pascha with the Light, Prayers, Communion and the exclamation:

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Holy Friday

Holy Friday - 05/27/16

Holy Friday - the funeral for Jesus. Father Emmanuel lead us in a very solemn service. We came together, sang the Lamentations, processed around the block, returned to the church to walk under the Epitaphios, kiss the Gospel and complete our prayers.

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Deocrating the Epitaphios - 04/29/16

Friday morning parishioners gathered to decorate the Epitaphios for the funeral Friday evening.

It looked beautiful!  Thank you to all who came to the church to help.

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Holy Unction

Holy Unction with Father Emmanuel - 04/27/16

The parishioners at St. John's gathered on Holy Wednesday for the Sacrament of Holy Unction. Beautiful -- lights dimmed, our cantors Richard and Frank singing beautifully and Father Emmanuel anointing the faithful.

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Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday at St. John's - 04/24/16

The bells were ringing and the palms were waving during the procession commemorating Jesus' entry into Jerusalem. It was a joyous day at St. John's. Following the Divine Liturgy and procession we were treated to a pancake breakfast prepared by the family of Rose and +Charlie Adams. Many thanks to the Adams Family and to Tony Ngjila, owner of the Court Diner in Media, PA., who donates the pancakes and syrup for the breakfast. Holy Week begins culminating with our Paschal Celebration Saturday nigh.

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Lazarus Saturday

Lazarus Saturday Divine Liturgy & Retreat - 04/23/16

Our parishioners and Sunday school students gathered to celebrate the Divine Liturgy and hold a retreat.  The kids had a wonderful time making Meshe (mess) and various crafts. They also assisted the adults making sandwiches which will be donated to the Chosen 300 Ministry to feed the homeless.

We also made about 250 Palm Crosses to be distributed on Palm Sunday. Many thanks to those who gave their time and energy to make this a very successful retreat!


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Sunday of the Holy Cross

Sunday of the Holy Cross - 04/03/16

We celebrated the Veneration of the Holy Cross with a Sunday school procession. We also said goodbye to our good friend Tom Z., who moved to North Jersey. Thank you Tom for your love of our parish and your many years of service.

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Fr Emmanuel Visits & Parish Mtg

Father Emmanuel Visits St. John - 03/20/16

Father Emmanuel celebrated the Divine Liturgy with the faithful at St. John on Sunday, March 20, 2016. We also had our semi-annual parish meeting during coffee hour.

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Women's Day Dance

Celebrating Women - 03/05/16

Great music, lights, food. Dancing to Albanian music... a fabulous time was had by all. Thank you to all who attended and to those who put this event together!

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Annual Ice Skating

Sunday School Ice skating - 02/21/16

The annual Sunday school ice skating outing was a hugh success.  About 45 people went to the Penn Class of 1923 rink to enjoy pizza and skating. Thanks to Director Steve for setting up this wonderful event. Smiles all around!

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2016 Soup-er Bowl Sunday

Soup-er Bowl Sunday @ St. John Chrysostom - 02/07/16

What a day! What a day! What a day!

Soup-er Bowl Sunday Thank You! Thanks once again for making the third annual St. John’s Soup-er Bowl Sunday fund raiser a huge success! Many of our generous church family donated delicious homemade soups, set up, served and cleaned during coffee hour on Soup-er Bowl Sunday. As a result, St Johns collected and donated $500.00 to the Broad Street Mission! This year there were twenty-five different and wonderfully delicious soups to choose from including ethnic specialties, some good old American favorites, and a few newly crafted recipes that just had to be tried! At $1.00 a cup, it was great fun to be able to try several! And what a bonus, take home soup was available for just $4.00 for a pint container and $8.00 for quarts! What could have better to warm you up on a cold winter day than enjoying some really great homemade soup prepared by your friends? Knowing that the proceeds helped those in need!

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Bishop Seraphim Visits

Bishop Seraphim visits St. John's - 01/17/16

Bishop Seraphim celebrated the Divine Liturgy with the faithful at St. John's. After the Liturgy we had a wonderful coffee hour and part 2 of our annual Icon Auction.

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2016 Icon Auction

2016 Icon Auction - 01/10/16

Our Annual Icon Auction was held on January 10th & 17th. Photos of those who placed the high bid are included in this file.  We are thankful for our parishioners generosity.

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2016 - Theophany

Theophany - 2016 - 01/10/16

We were blessed to have Father Emmanuel Pratsinakis join Father Brooks to celebrate the Divine Liturgy and the blessing of the water. Our children squealed with delight as they were "sprinkled" with Holy Water!


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