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2018 Christmas Pageant

Annual Sunday School Pageant - 12/23/18

Our Sunday school students were in fine form as they presented the story of the birth of Jesus Christ.  Simply Beautiful!  Sandi Fiss and her assistant directors, Nicole Farrere and Kym Haberman did an excellent job getting the children ready for their annual pageant.  Everything was perfect!

Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

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Christmas outing

Christmas Outing - 12/08/18

Annual Christmas Outing.  Ladies got together at Barra Rossa Restaurant located at 929 Walnut Street, Philadelphia PA.  Everyone had a great time and enjoyed the party.  Thanks to Nilda for organizing this event!

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Decorating the Church

For the Nativity - 12/01/18

Our thanks to Jamie, Linda, Greta, Melissa, Janice, Laura, Josh, Eli, Donna - for making out church look soooooo beautiful!

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Christmas Pageant

Thanksgiving Pageant - 11/18/18

Sunday school presented "Thanksgiving Pageant".  Everyone had a great time and enjoyed the show.  Here are some pics from the event.

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Church's 87th Nameday

St. John's Nameday - 11/11/18

We celebrated today our Church's Nameday where parishioners brought various food to share with each-other.  We also did the Annual 50/50 Fundraiser and Gift Baskets.

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Halloween Party

Halloween Party - 10/28/18

We had a great Halloween Party today where little ghosts and goblins had fun with games, music, painting and other activities. Food was very good too.  Thanks to all those helping on this event.

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Charity & Benevolence

Helping the Homeless - 09/16/18

Our Charity & Benevolence Committee organized an event to give clothing, toiletries and food the the homeless in the area. Many thanks to those who donated items for this event.

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Elevation of the Holy Cross

Procession of the Holy Cross - 09/16/18

Our Sunday school students and Altar servers celebrated the Elevation of the Holy Cross with a procession around the church.  Many Thanks to Linda K. for donating the flowers and making the tray with the cross look so beautiful.

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Church Clean-up Day

Making our church sparkle - 09/15/18

What a super productive day. Many thanks to Alex, Barbara, Marion, Marge, our painters - John & Debbie, Sophia, Andrew, Laura, Jerry, Sergio, Colleen, Janice, Linda B., Paula, Christine, Gregory, Linda N., Fiori, Elisabeth, Jamie, Tatjana, Arsi, Donna. All of our volunteers did a fabulous job and the church sure looks great!

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Blessing of the Backpacks

Students receive a blessing - 09/09/18

Our Sunday school students brought their backpacks to church and received a blessing from Father Brooks.  All are looking forward to a tremendous school year!

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Window Project

New Windows - 09/07/18

All of the verrrrry old rectangular windows have been replaced with vinyl windows. New trim installed on the inside and all of the windows capped with aluminum on the outside.  They look great!

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Liturgy in the Park

Liturgy & Picnic - 08/26/18

At 12:00 we celebrated the Divine Liturgy. At 1:00 the picnicking began! Thanks to Father Brooks for the Divine Liturgy and to those who came and shared their delicious food. Special thanks to Sergio for the great sound system and music

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Nick Naum Scholarship

Scholarship Presentation - 07/29/18

The Annual Nick Naum Scholarships were presented to Kevin, Adam and Caroline by the Reem, of the scholarship committee.

Congratulations to all!

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Our First Paint Event

FAB-U-LOUS - 04/28/18

What a wonderful time. We painted a bicycle, had great fellowship, good food and WINE! Thank you so very much to Fiori P and Michele L for organizing this fun event.  Thank you to those who attended.  If you were not able to make it this time we are planning another Paint Event in the fall - hopefully you can join us then!

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Krishti u Ngjall! - 04/08/18

Vertet u Ngjall!  

Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

The faithful receive the light.  A beautiful Liturgy as we celebrate the Ressurection of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ.


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Friday Night

The Funeral & Lamentations - 04/06/18

Holy Friday evening - Jesus is taken down from the Cross.  A funeral service, lamentations and procession of the faithful follow.

On Great and Holy Friday the Orthodox Church commemorates the death of Christ on the Cross. This is the culmination of the observance of His Passion by which our Lord suffered and died for our sins. This commemoration begins on Thursday evening with the Matins of Holy Friday and concludes with a Vespers on Friday afternoon that observes the unnailing of Christ from the Cross and the placement of His body in the tomb.


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Decorating the Tomb

Friday morning - 04/06/18

A group of parishioners decorated the tomb in preparation for the eveing services - Taking down from the Cross followed by the Funeral and Lamantations. Many thanks to a great group who arrive at 10ish to help place the flowers on the tomb.  It looked spectacular when you were done! 

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Holy Thursday

The reading of the 12 Gospels - 04/05/18

We gathered to hear the the 12 Gospels.    Actually, there ARE only FOUR Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. "The 12 Gospels" is what we call our evening service on Great and Holy Thursday because Orthodox believers gather to read the entire account of Christ's betrayal and crucifixion from all four gospels, and they are divided into 12 readings. 12 Gospels -

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Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday - 04/01/18

The Entrance of our Lord into Jerusalem - Palm Sunday. The Divine Liturgy, a procession, pancake breakfast and many parishioners in attendance. We have much to be thankful for!

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Lazarus Saturday

Lazarus Saturday Liturgy - 03/31/18

Father Brooks began explaining the preparation and prayers (Proskomide) prior to the beginning of the Liturgy. The children were on the Solea. As the Liturgy progressed Father Brooks stopped and explained the various parts. At the conclusion of the Liturgy those in attendance went upstairs to the annual making of the Meshe, the creative crafts and pizza! All in all a good day. Manurgy and those who thanks to those who attended the Liturgy and those who helped!

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Ice Skating

Some time on the ice - 03/25/18

Our Sunday school students, families and teachers were on the ice for a little over an hour.  They were excellent skaters!  Pizza after the Divine Liturgy, skating after pizza - a great time!

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Veneration of Holy Cross

Veneration of Holy Cross - 03/11/18

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Women's Day Party

Women's Day Party - 03/03/18

It was a Great Party!  - 03/03/2018 We had a crowd of over 100 people that joined from our parish and friends. Many thanks to those who helped make this a memorable event. Special thanks to Donna and her daughters for the excellent food they prepared and the efforts they put to serve it. We had a great atmosphere and dancing continued till midnight.  Thanks to Nilda for organizing the whole thing.  Some pictures from the event are posted here.  We look forward to see you again on our future events.

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Soup-er Bowl Sunday - 02/04/18

The homemade soups were DELICIOUS and we raised $476.00 for charity! Thanks to all who helped, those who donated soup, and those who purchased soup.  We look forward to next year.

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Icon Auction Part II

Icon Auction Part II - 01/14/18



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Holy Epiphany

Blessing of the Water - 01/07/2018

It was a very cold day but the church was full celebrating the blessing of the water. We then did the Icon Auction and a hot dog sale in the fellowship hall. Sharing here some photos taken from Colleen.

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