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St. Michaels Annual Mothers Day Banquet

St Michaels Annual Mothers Day Banquet - 05/14/17

St. Michael's held its annual Mother's Day Banquet in our resplendant Woodside Event Center following yesterday's Divine Liturgy. Co-chair persons, Debbie Ramsay and Sarah Mindala did a marvelous job of organizing this successful event and delicious meal of our famous signiture salad, glazed pork loin, garlick-smashed potatoes, breen beans, and fancy cheese cake dessert. Door prizes.and gift certificates were also given away to various lucky mothers.

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Bright Friday Basket Ball

Bright Friday Basket Ball - 04/21/17

On Bright Friday our Junior "R" Club sponsored a "Basket Ball."  All you could eat wings, hamburgers, and hot dogs plus loads of snacks and desserts. While the adults watched the Cleveland Indians on the big screen in the Shanty, the kids played "Bubble Soccer" and other games. A free-throw shooting contest also added to the fun and excitement.

 

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55 Plus Club Bright Tuesday Meeting

55 Plus Club Bright Tuesday Meeting - 04/18/17

The 55 Plus Club gathered together today to continue to share the zeal of the Paschal Spirit and to enjoy Christian fellowship and lunch.

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Great and Holy Pascha! Christ is Risen!

Great and Holy Pascha! Christ is Risen! - 04/16/17

Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

Xpuctoc Bockpece! Bouctiny Bockprece!

"Come, let us drink not miraculous water drawn forth from a barren stone, but a new vintage from the fount of incorruption springing from the tomb of Christ in Him we are established."

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Holy Saturday 2017

Holy Saturday 2017 - 04/15/17

"Let all mortal flesh keep silent, and in fear and trembling stand, pondering nothing earthly minded! For the King of kings, and the Lord of lords, comes to be slain::to give Himself as food to the faithful."

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Holy Friday 2017

Holy Friday 2017 - 04/14/17


"All of nature became confused at the sight of Thee hanging on the Cross: in the heavens the sun his its rays, the earth quaked, the veil of the Temple was torn in two, rocks were split asunder - and even Hell gave up her dead."

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Food Donations for St. Herman's

Food Donations for St. Herman's - 04/10/17

On Monday, April 10, the St. Herman's FOCUS van came by to pick up the non-perishable food items that were so generously donated by our parishioners during Great Lent.  Once again, our parish showed the love and support for the less fortunate.

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Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday & First Confession Class - 04/09/17

On Palm Sunday, we celebrated the Divine Liturgy and honored the children who made their first confession.  In addition, we blessed the pussy willow branches at the end of liturgy.

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Sunday of Orthodoxy

Sunday of Orthodoxy - 03/05/17

On Sunday, March 5, the youth of our parish held icons during the Gospel, in celebration of Orthodoxy Sunday.

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FOCA Gifts of Love Spaghetti Coffee Hour

FOCA Gifts of Love Spaghetti Coffee Hour - 02/12/17

On Sunday, February 12, the R Club hosted a Spaghetti Coffee Hour following Divine Liturgy, with ALL free-will donations benefiting the FOCA's Gifts of Love campaign.  During 2017, the FOCA Gifts of Love campaign will raise funds to repair and restore the St. Nicholas Chapel, which is part of the Holy Assumption Russian Orthodox Church complex in Kenai, Alaska. This church is one of the oldest in Alaska – completed in 1896 – and the entire complex (church, chapel, rectory and cemetery) was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1970. This church is a major link to western culture for the Kenaitze Indians who comprise a significant portion of the population. Unfortunately, the long-term preservation of the church with its rich collection of icons and historic objects is jeopardized due to lack of funding for conservation work, proper environmental controls and basic repairs.

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Sanctity of Life Sunday

Sanctity of Life Sunday - 01/22/17

On Sunday, January 22, the youth of our parish held candles during the Holy Gospel to celebrate Sanctity of Life Sunday.

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4th Annual Chili Cook-Off

4th Annual Chili Cook-Off - 01/22/17

On Sunday, January 22, the R Club hosted the 4th Annual Chili Cook-Off at Woodside!  We had a terrific turnout and 15 chili recipes were submitted into the three categories - Traditional, Non-Traditional & Hot and Spicy.  Congrats to our winners - Emily Gaborick (Traditional), Melissa Tesar (Non-Traditional) and Drew Ramsay (Hot and Spicy).

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Food Collection for St. Herman's FOCUS

Food Collection for St. Herman's FOCUS - 12/19/16

On Monday, December 19, the St. Herman's FOCUS van came by to pick up the non-perishable food items that were so generously donated by our parishioners over the past few weeks.  Once again, our parish showed the love and support for the less fortunate.

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Samaritan's Christmas Cookies

Samaritan's Christmas Cookies - 12/14/16

On Wednesday, December 14, the Samaritan's group gathered to package cookies for our parishioners 80+ and our shut-ins.  The cookies were baked by a number of parishioners, and we cannot thank you enough for your generosity and support of this special holiday project.  We know our shut-ins appreciate your efforts!

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Family Fun Night

Family Fun Night - 12/09/16

On Friday, December 12 we held a Family Fun Night for our parishioners. The church provided pizza, pop, popcorn, and cookies and had a company come in with gigantic bubbles that the kids and adults could go inside and smash into one another. Of course there were regular games using the bubbles also, like soccer and various relay races. About 70 people showed up to enjoy the food, fun, and festivities... as well as try their luck inside a large plastic bubble!

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7th Annual Fr. Prislopsky Lecture

7th Annual Fr. Prislopsky Lecture - 12/08/16

We held our 7th Annual Fr. Vladimir Prislopsky Lecture on December 8, which was postponed from September due to the Lower Level Renovation Project. Mr. Seraphim Danckaert, Director of Mission Advancement at St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary, was our guest lecturer and spoke on "Why our young people are leaving the Church."

Seraphim utilized a series of surveys of teens and young adults across the United States and made up of a huge cross-section of denominations and socio-economic backgrounds. The basic findings were that youth are not as interested in religion because adults are not that interested - and that those youth who do stay in the church are those who have:

A). a faith-based home in which religion is practiced and reinforced, and

B). a good interaction with the multigenerational population of the parish (meaning that the old and young work and interact together on projects and that the older generation actively mentors the younger).

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Sunday School Yolka

Sunday School Yolka - 12/04/16

Following Divine Services, our congregation went down to Woodside Event Center to share a meal and watch the Sunday School children perform in our Annual Christmas Yolka.

The meal consisted of various pastries, French Toast Sticks, Eggs, Potatoes, and crepes. After the meal the children put on skits which recalled the upcoming Nativity Feast, the meaning behind the Twelve Days of Christmas, and the Junior/Senior high class' self-written play about why we come to church.

Everyone did a great job and we ended the day with a visit from Santa who gave gifts to all the Sunday School kids!

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St. Michael's Day Hierarchical Liturgy and Banquet

St. Michael's Day Hierarchical Liturgy and Banquet - 11/13/16

On sunday, November 13, His Grace, Bishop Paul celebrated a Hierarchical Liturgy at our parish in honor of its Patronal Feast. At the conclusion of the Liturgy, His Grace presented Special Diocesan Awards (Gramota) to Michael Macko and Bob Macko for their many years of serving as greeters of our parish. 

After this presentation, our annual St. Michael's Day Banquet was held at Woodside Event Center where we honored Bill and Pauline Mehalik as a 50th anniversary couple. Much thanks to Natalie Boyd and Lisa Lyon - aka "The Sekerak Sisters" who again co-chaird this event and delighted us with their comedic stylings. A wonderful time was had be all!

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October Prosphora Baking

October Prosphora Baking - 10/17/16

Our intrepid group of prosphora bakers was at it again on Monday, October 17 as we made dough, shaped, and baked prosphora for services.

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Annual Browns Tailgate Party

Annual Browns Tailgate Party - 10/16/16

After liturgy on Sunday, October 16, the Senior "R" Club hosted its annual Cleveland Browns Tailgate Party in the Shanty. The price of the ticket got you a fun-filled, all-you-can-eat afternoon watching Cleveland take on the Titons on the Big Screen. Everyone enjoyed wings, hot dogs, hamburgers, chili - as well as a plethora of snacks and desserts. However, and despite Drew Ramsey wearing two, mis-matched right-footed sneakers for good luck, the Browns lost with a score of 26 to 28. Still, it was an exciting game and an obvious good time was had by all!

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Annual Parish Golf Outing

Annual Parish Golf Outing - 09/10/16

On Saturday, September 10, our parish held its annual gold outing at Hinkley Hills Golf Course. The day was great and the fellowship was phenominal! After a full day of swinging clubs, a steak dinner was held in the course pavilion. Prizes were awarded for various "skins," as well as door prizes for all who played. 

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September Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

September Volunteer Appreciation Dinner - 09/08/16

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55 Plus Picnic

55 Plus Picnic - 08/16/16

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Prosphora Baking - August

Prosphora Baking - August - 08/23/16

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R Club Steak Roast

R Club Steak Roast - 07/19/16

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Fr John's 20 Anniversary Brunch

Fr John's 20 Anniversary Brunch - 06/26/16

On Sunday, June 26 the parishioners of St. Michael's honored Fr. John and Matushka Jani and their family upon the 20th anniversary of Fr. John's pastorate at the parish. After the singing of Many Years and a few short speeches, a delicious brunch was served. Michael Herzak spoke about Fr. Prislopski's 37 year tenure and Fr. Gabora's pastorate lasting 25 years - thus showing that our parish is NOT the type to "chew-up and churn-out" its priests. Congratulations for Fr. John and his family on this momentous occasion!

 

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55 Plus Club June Meeting

55 Plus Club June Meeting - 06/21/16

The 55+ Club met today for their monthly meeting. After a quick meeting conducted by President Pat Patrick and singing Happy Birthday to longtime member Liz Spiwak, a delicious lunch was served. Members socialized and enjoyed the afternoon together.

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Parishioners gather to watch Game 7 of NBA Finals

Parishioners gather to watch game 7 of NBA finals - 06/19/16

On the evening of Father's Day, there was an impromtu gathering of parishioners in our Shanty to watch game 7 of the NBA finals and witness the historic come-from-behind-win of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The edge-of-our seat, nail-biting excitement of the came was only escalated by its consistant neck and neck score quarter after quarter. Yet in the end, the Cav's pulled ahead and won by four points! Amidst cheers and celebration, Champaigne was uncorked as those in attendance witnessed the impossible!

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Pentecost, Fathers Day and Honoring Graduates

Pentecost, Fathers Day and Honoring Graduates - 06/19/16

This year's celbration of Pentecost was something of a "perfoect sotrm." Not only did we clebrate this wondrous Feast of the Church, but we also celebrated Father's Day and honored all those graduating from Sunday School, High School, Colleges, and places of secondary learning. All the men of the parish were given carnations to wear and all ofthe graduates were given gifts from the parish. Following the service, our annual Father's Day Picnic was held in the shanty. Each father and graduate recieved a free kielasi sandwhich with sour kraut, potato salad, beans, chips, and beer or soda. Cakes were also cut and distributed for dessert.

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Camp Clean Up at St. Vladimir's Camp

Camp Clean Up at St. Vladimir's Camp - 06/18/16

All this week, but especially today, a general camp clean up took place to get St. Vladimir's Church Camp ready for the upcoming camping season. Parishioners from St. Michael's, aided by volunteers from some other parishes, dedicated a long, full day to clean cabins, scrub down floors and mattresses, change lightbulbs, vacuum, dust, scour the kitchen, paint, replace doors, windows, make repairs, etc. With a great lunch and lots, and lots of water, pretty much was accomplished. Thanks to all for volunteering and giving your time and stewardship to the camp!!! 

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Mothers Day

Mothers Day - 05/08/16

On Mothers Day our parish honored all of our living mothers, godmothers, grandmothers, as well as those who have reposed in the Lord. Mat. Jani and Mat. Catrina each held a troitsa during the gospel reading and Fr. John and Jani held their wedding candles during the singing of "The Angel cried..." in honor of their wedding anniversary. After liturgy, flowers were blessed and distributed to all of the woman of our pairhs. Following this, a wonderful Chicken Paprakosh dinner was held at Woodside. A photot booth was available for fun family pics with mom! Thanks to Paula Gaydos and Debbie Ramsay for co-chairing this event and doing such a fantastic job!

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Holy Week 2016 - Great & Holy Pascha

Great & Holy Pascha - 05/01/16

Photos captured by John Mindala II during Great & Holy Pascha.

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Holy Week 2016 - Great & Holy Saturday

Great & Holy Saturday - 04/30/16

Photos captured by John Mindala II during Great & Holy Saturday.

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Holy Week 2016 - Great & Holy Friday

Great & Holy Friday - 04/29/16

Photos by John Mindala II

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Palm Sunday Baptismal Liturgy

Palm Sunday Baptismal Liturgy - 04/24/16

During today's Festal Liturgy of the Entry of our Lord into Jerusalem, we baptized Malakai Tesar and honored seven Sunday school students who made their first confession. We also blessed and distributed pussy willows.

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Lazarus Saturday Church Cleaning

Lazarus Saturday Church Cleaning - 04/23/16

On Lazarus Saturday, the Junior "R" Club, their parents, and other volunteers helped to clean the church before Pascha. They spent most of their time polishing, dusting, hosing down screens, and other general clean-up of the church and its property. In the Afternoon Fr. John met and talked with the second grade Sunday school class prior to making their first confession.

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Lenten Retreat: Marriage as a Path to Holiness

Lenten Retreat: Marriage as a Path to Holiness - 04/16/16

Dr. David Ford, Professor of Church History at St. Tikhon's Orthodox theological Seminary, visited our parish and gave a wonderfully recieved retreat about married saints in the Church, entitled: "Marriage as a Path to Holiness." Dr. Ford gave two lectures, each delving into married saints through time as well as edifying advice from the Church Fathers regarding the sanctity of marriage and its unique place in the life of the Church and our own salvation.

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Junior R Club Meat Fair

Junior R Club Meat Fair - 02/26/16

On the Fast-Free Friday before Great Lent, the Junior "R" Club held its first annual Meat Fair. Set up like a carnival with games for both, young and old, participants enjoyed never ending hamburgers, bratwurst, chicken fillet sandwiches, chicken nuggets, french fries, and pizza. A vast assortment of cookies, brownies, and ice cream treats awaited those who could still find room for dessert! Over 150 people participated in the event and it was enjoyed by all.

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2016 Annual Parish Meeting

2016 Annual Parish Meeting - 02/21/16

Our Annual Parish Meeting took place following Sunday's liturgy. A luncheon was served at Woodside before the meeting. Various reports, business matters, and policies were addressed, andan election of church officers was conducted.

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Pre-Teen Glow in the Dark Party

Pre-Teen Glow in the Dark Party

February's Pre-Teen Club event was a Glow in the Dark Party in the gym. With lighted Baloons, Frizbees, and Basket Balls - not to mention Glow Sticks, Glow Rings, and Glow-in-the-dark slime - the kids and parents had a great evening! One might even say it was a "glowing success!" 

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Annual Chili Cook-off

Annual Chili Cook-off

Our Annual Chili Cook-off was another success this year. The competition was judged in three catagories: Conventional, Unconventional, and Hot. This year's winners were: John Mindala - Conventional; Jim Kormos - Hot; and Mat. Jani Memorich for her unconventional Morrocan Chili - which was also considered best over-all. Besides chili, hot dogs were served as well as an assortment of desserts. A special exhibit of Greg Hanchuk's award winning models and dioramas was also displayed and enjoyed by all.

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Women's Book Club Kicks Off New Year

Women's Book Club Kicks Off New Year - 01/15/16

Our Women's Book Club kicked off another year by gathering this evening to enjoy fellowship, snacks, and in depth discussion about the books the group reads. This is yet another social outlet for members of our community, but guests are always welcome!

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Volunteer Workers Appreciation Dinner

Volunteer Workers Appreciation Dinner - 01/14/16

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Nativity Feast and Christmas Social

Nativity Feast and Christmas Social - 12/25/15

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Christmas Decorations and Food Drive

Christmas Decorations and Food Drive - 12/20/15

Our church temple was fully adorned and beautifully decorated in readiment for the Feast of our Lord's Nativity. Yet the greatest "decoration" was the amount of food we collected as part of a Food Drive for St. Herman's House of Hospitality. A literal mountain of food was collected for distribution and it took two vehicles to carry everything to St. Herman's House. This charitable work during this holiday season fullfilled what  St. John Chrysostom said, "It is a greater work to feed the hungry than to raise the dead!"

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Samaritan Christmas Cookie Project

Samaritan Christmas Cookie Project - 12/09/15

After a special prayer service for the ailing and ill-afflicted of our parish, the Samaritans gathered to package up boxes of cookies that parishioners baked, which will then be delivered to the elderly of the parish, especially those in nursing homes or who are shut-ins. This service project is an annual event and well looked forward to by those who are unable to bake during this holiday season.

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Sunday School Yolka

Sunday School Yolka - 12/06/15

St. Micheal's held its annual Christmas Yolka on the Feast of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker. After a delicious brunch, the children put on four skits, one of which depicted the life of St. Nicholas! Various prizes and raffels were interspersed throughout the event and at the conclusion each child and teacher received a hooded sweatshirt as a gift from the parish.

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Zoe for Life Reteat and Training Seminar

Zoe for Life Reteat and Training Seminar - 12/05/15

Zoe for Life of Cleveland held its first ever retreat and training seminar with over thirty participants. The day long event was both, beneficial and beatifying to all who attended.

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St Micheals Day Banquet

St Michaels Day Banquet - 11/08/15

Today, on the Feast of the Holy Archangel Micheal and All of the Bodiless Hosts of Heaven, we gathered together for liturgy and then our Annual St Michaels Day Banquet in our resplendant Woodside Party Center. The "Sekerak Girls" (Natalie Boyd and Lisa Lyon) co-chaired this event, bringing together about 150 parishioners to break bread and enjoy fellowship. We also celebrated Deacon Danial's 6th anniversary of ordination to the Holy Diaconate. A good time was had by all - as the pictures will surely attest!

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2015 R Club Tailgate Party

2015 R Club Tailgate Party - 10/11/15

The Cleveland R Club held their annual Browns Tailgate Party at the Shanty after church. Over sixty people participated in this event and enjoyed all you can eat wings, hamburgers, hotdogs, beans, potato salad, chili, chips, and snacks. Food, fun, and fellowship abounded and there wereprizes drawn during each quarter.

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FOCA Ohio District Convention

FOCA Ohio District Convention - 10/03/15

The FOCA Ohio District Convention was held at St. Michael's this past Saturday with about 40 representitives from throughout Northeaster Ohio parishes. Besides routine business, much of our discussion revolved around St. Vladimir's Camp and various upgrades we need to accomplish as the camp continues to grow in number and popularity. We also discussed a number of sports and fellowship proposals for the coming years. All in all this was a very productive meeting and everyone walked away feeling with a positive, uplifted feeling!

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Sunday School Begins with Prayer

Sunday School Begins with Prayer - 09/27/15

We began our new Sunday School Year off with a prayer service for the beginning of instruction - asking God's blessings upon our program and to open the minds of our students so that they might grow and mature in the Faith.

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6th Annual Fr Prislopsky Dinner Lecture

6th Annual Fr Prislopsky Dinner Lecture - 09/22/15

Our 6th annual dinner lecture in honor of Protopresbytor Vladimir Prislopsky, long-time pastor of St. Michael's, was kicked off with a quintisential American meal: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans, and apple pie. Following dinner, Very Rev. Thomas Soroka, pastor of St. Nicholas Church, McKees Rocks, PA, and noted contributer to Ancient Faith Radio, gave a presentation entitled: An Orthodox Christian Perspective on Islam. This lecture was not only topical and relavent to what is happening around us today, but gave a detailed discription as to the history of Islam and how it affected Judhism, Christiantiy, and the governments of the Middle East.

For those of you who could not attend this event - or to those who would like to hear it again - this lecture is being made avialable on Ancient Faith Radio.

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Sunday School Picnic

Sunday School Picnic - 09/20/15

Our parish held its annual Sunday School Picnic in the Shanty to start off the new academic year. Parents registered their children and then everyone enjoyed a meal of fried chicken, Potato salad, pizza, and an assortment of homebaked cookies from our hall. As always, it was hard to tell whether the kids or the adults were having he most fun!

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Bingo Workers Fillet Mignon Dinner

Bingo Workers Fillet Mignon Dinner - 09/10/15

Bingo Workers Appreciation Dinner a Slam Dunk!

An appreciation dinner was held for all of our faithful Bingo workers. After cocktails and some zakuski (chicken wings, veggies, and eggs rolls), a wonderful Fillet Mignon dinner was served with all of the trimmings: Caprese salad, sea-salted baked potatoes, sauteed onions, mushrooms, vegetable medley - followed by ice cream and cherry pie.

The Bingo workers were thanked for volunteering their time and making the extra effort to help support the Church. If you would like to participate in worker Bingo and enjoy the comaraderie of your fellow parishioners, please see Tim Kormos, our Bingo Chairman.

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R Club Steak Roast

R Club Steak Roast - 09/01/15

The  "R" Club held its annual Steak Roast on September 1st. Over thirty members attended and enjoyed fellowship, good conversation, and a wonderful dinner. The steaks were grilled to perfection by our grill masters and served with sauteed mushrooms, grilled onions, au gratin potatoes, and broccoli salad. A short meeting was held at which we discussed business and honored those who had recently graduated from high school. Everyone also signed cards to be sent to those who were convalescing. All in all it was a fantastic event.

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Annual Parish Golf Tournament

Annual Parish Gold Tournament - 08/15/15

Golf Outing a Booming Success!

On Saturday, August 15 we held our Annual Parish Golf Tournament at Hinkley Hills Golf Course. Over fifty parishioners participated in this event and everyone had a wonderful time. After eighteen holes, we all gathered at the course's pavilion for a traditional steak dinner. Prizes were awarded for longest drive, longest putt, and closest to the pin - as well as a myriad of consolation prizes for those whose luck wasn't so good. Thanks go to Dennis Schlecki and Drew Ramsay for co-chairing this event - and to Mark and Gabe Ropchock as our grill-masters.

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St. Vladimir's Camp 2015

St. Vladimir's Camp 2015 - 07/15/15

During the third session of St. Vladimir's Church Camp, His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago visited and celebrated during the camp and chapel's patronal feast. Bishop Paul concelebrated liturgy with a number of the deanery clergy and praised the children for their singing and enthusiam. Following the services, we proceeded to go in procession to bless the camp and to hold services at our little Archbishop Job memorial. In addition to serving, His Grace also enjoyed time with the children and interacted with them by playing ping pong, watching their games, and by simply talking with them in a personable manner. He also praised the camp's directors, Dn. Daniel and Mat. Catrina for the phenominal job they have done over the last eight years of running the camp.

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Fathers Day 2015

Fathers Day 2015 - 06/21/15

On Sunday June 21 we honored all of our fathers, grandfathers, god-fathers, uncles, and pious men of our parish whose righteous life and humble example help to shape the youth of today. In addtion, we also honored our Sunday School graduates, as well as those from High School, College, and Universities. Following services, a picnic was held in the shanty.

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FOCA BB Tournament Liturgy and Championship Games

FOCA BB Tournament Liturgy and Championship Games - 05/17/15

The joy of this FOCA national Basketball weekend was fully revealed in the celebration of the Divine Liturgy. With visiting guest clergy Archpriest Daniel Ressetar and Fr. Benjamin Tucci (who gave a fabulous homily) and everyone else gathered together to offer our continued Paschal praise unto God, it was truly a wonderul experience. A brunch was held at Woodside Party Center following liturgy and then everyone had to suit-up for the championship matches at the Independence Fieldhouse.

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FOCA BB Tournament: Vespers, Banquet, and Dance

FOCA BB Tournament: Vespers, Banquet, and Dance - 05/16/15

This evening, following the basketball games, vespers was held at Archangel Michael parish. Afterwards a banquet for all of the tournament participants was held in our gym. During this banquet awards and trophies were distributed to both, teams and individual players. A dance began at the end of the banquet with Bob Spiwak playing traditional ethnic dances on his accordian. Then a DJ took over so the kids could dance to "more modern" music. A good time was had by all!

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FOCA BB Tournament Saturday Games

FOCA BB Tournament Saturday Games - 05/16/15

Today all of the teams competed in the National FOCA Basketball Tournament. Unfortunately, as in almost any game, there has to be a winner and loser. But as a famous priest once said, "How you play the game reveals something about your character. How you lose, reveals all of it." Today, whether the scoreboard revealed it or not, all of the times who competed were winners because they played their best and did so with Christian fellowship and good sportsmanship!

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FOCA Basketball Tournament / Friday Get-together

FOCA Basketball Tournament / Friday Get-together - 05/15/15

Today begins the National FOCA Basketball Tournament being hosted by the Columbus "R" Club at St. Michael's in Cleveland. Teams from across the country (New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Minnesota to name a few) have traveled to Cleveland in order to compete and enjoy Christian fellowship. On Friday everyone enjoyed a wonderful pasta dinner and couldn't wait to get started by getting a few pick-up games going.

 

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Mothers Day Celebration and Banquet

Mother's Day Celebration and Banquet - 05/10/15

Today in church we honored all of the mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, and pious women of our parish. All of the women in attendance were given a potted flower to take home. In addition, many attended our annual Mother's Day Banquet at our resplendent Woodside Party Center. We wish all of the women in our lives Many Years!

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Woodside Open House

Woodside Open House - 05/03/15

Following Sunday services, an Open House was held to show off our newly renovated Woodside Party Center. Everyone was encouraged to come down to see the end result of our remodling and to enjoy a light brunch. The new sleek, contempary style was accomplished after months of renovation and years or planning. With its new lighting, sound system, carpeting, wall coverings, ceiling, chandelers, and funriture, it was hard for many to believe they were in the same building. Of special note is the new artwork that is so prominately found within the foyer, especially the central focal piece by our very own renouned sculpter artest, Lauren Herzak-Bauman!

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Thomas Sunday with Bishop Paul

Thomas Sunday with Bishop Paul - 04/19/15

Christ is Risen!

Today we were blessed to have His Grace, Bishop Paul, with us to officiate over Divine Services. This was his first Archpastoral visit to our parish, but also something of a "homecoming" since he was elected to be put forward as Bishop of the Diocese of the Midwest within our very temple! During today's Hierarchical Liturgy, His Grace, elevated our beloved Deacon Dennis Lucak to the rank of Protodeacon. We congratulate he and his wife, Matushka Helen, on this wonderful occasion. Many Years!

 

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Leadership Dinner with Bishop Paul

Leadershi[p Dinner with Bishop Paul - 04/18/15

Following the celebration of Great Vespers, the clergy, parish council, and other lay leadership of our parish took His Grace, Bishop Paul, to the Shoreby Club on Lake Erie for a dinner to honor his first Archpastoral visit to our parish community. We were able to walk the grounds, enjoy a picturesque sunse, and meet with His Grace in a quiet, informal setting.

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Great & Holy Pascha

Great & Holy Pascha - 04/12/15

Christ is Risen!  Xpructoc Bockpece!

Enjoy this overview of this year's Paschal celebration!

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Holy Week 2015

Holy Week 2015 - 04/10/15

Here are some photos from Great & Holy Thursday and Friday

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Palm Sunday 2015

Palm Sunday 2015 - 04/05/15

Today we celebrated the Triumphal Entry of Christ into the Holy City of Jerusalem with a Festal Liturgy and the blessing of Pussy Willows. In additon, five of our children made their First Confession and were honored. We congratulate them and their families and wish them Many Years!

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55 Plus Club March Meeting

55 Plus Club March Meeting - 03/17/15

The 55 Plus Club gathered this morning for their montly meeting. After the opening prayer, Fr. John gave a presentation of St. Patrick of Ireland. Following their meeting a luncheon was served - at which the club honored those who were 90 years old!

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March Prosphora Baking

March Prosphora Baking - 03/16/15

Our faithful bakers gathered this morning for a long session of making prosphora. We worked hard, but enjoyed the stewardship, fellowship, and fun of working together.

 

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PreTeen make Lenten Pretzels

PreTeens Make Lenten Pretzels - 03/13/15

On Friday, following the Akathist to the Passion of Christ, our PreTeen Club families met for fun and fellowship. As a project, and a way to teach about Great Lent, we made pretzels - which originated as a type of Lenten snack. Derived from the German word "brezel" meaning "little arms," pretzels do look like two arms crossed over the chest in humility and prayer. Besides the fun of making pretzels, the kids also played together in the gym and had a wonderful time.

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Lenten Clergy Retreat

Lenten Clergy Retreat - 03/02/15

His Grace, Bishop Paul led area clergy from the greater Cleveland area in a Lenten Retreat about the "Peasce of Christ" within us and the world. This led to a broad discussion which focused around Orthodox unity in America and the strides we taken. A delicious Lenten meal of potato-mushroom soup, veggie wraps, and fruit cups was provided by Verba Catering.

 

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Triumph of Orthodoxy Vespers

Triumph of Orthodoxy Vespers - 03/01/15

This evening all of the churches of Greater Cleveland participated in the annual Orthodoxy Sunday Vespers. Holy Trinity Orthodox Church was the host parish for this service and His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Diocese of the Midwest was the main clebrant and speaker. Over twenty area clergy either served or attended this event, as well as faithful ffrom all of the area parishes - thus making this event truly a "Pan-Orthodox" event! St. Tikhon's seminary choir sang responses. along with a choir made up of members for various Orthodox parishes.

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St. Tikhon's Seminary Choir Mission Trip

St. Tikhon's Seminary Choir Mission Trip - 03/01/15

St. Tikhon's Seminary Choir traveled to St. Michael's to sing this weekends services. Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Dean of St. Tikhons, along with Dr. Harry Boosalis accompanied the strudents. Dr. Harry gave a lecture on St. Siloun of Mt. Athos after Saturday evening vespers and Fr. Steven gave the homily at the Divine Liturgy. The seminary choir consisted of Mikel Hill, director; Jonathan Lincoln; Andrew Nelko; Paul Kappanadze; J.J. Kotalik; and Joel Brody. Our parish donated over $12,000 to the seminary in collections, not to mention sizable bookstore sales. With the beautiful singing, lecture, homily, etc, this was a profitable weekend for all involved!

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Russian Maslenitsa Festival on the Sunday of Cheesefare

Russian Maslenitsa Festival on the Sunday of Cheesefare - 02/22/15

The Russian Orthodox Community of Greater Cleveland held a traditional Maslenitsa or "Butter Festival" to kick off the upcoming Great Lenten Fast. The event was held at the Russian Community Garden on MLK Blvd. in Cleveland and brought together people from all over to sample outdoor cooked blini (pancakes) smothered in sour cream and butter. Tea or "chi" was served directly from old fashioned samavars. There were songs, dancing, feats of strength, and various games for all ages. This was a wonderful way to enjoy a day of feasting on dairy before the start of Great Lent on Clean Monday.

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OCF

OCF - 02/16/15

On Monday evening Fr. John went to Kent State University to give a Lenten Lecture to OCF students from Akron and Kent. Fr. John's presentation compared the prophecy of Malachi (who lived 400 years before Christ) with the "cancer of complacency" which exists in our own time. He reminded the students that Great Lent was not a time of negativity or simply a period to "give up" food items, but an opertunity to make positive changes in ones life. To make themselves right with God by following His will and adhering to the greater commandment to "Love one another as I have loved you." Fr. John concluded by saying that if we all followed this way of thinking, living, and serving God we would be helping to bring the bottom up, which would strengthen the Church in our times.

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Annual Parish Meeting

Annual Parish Meeting - 02/15/15

Despite a low turnout due to extreme weather conditions, we held our Annual Parish Meeting at our newly renovated Woodside Party Center following Divine Services. A delicious lunch was served followed by the two hour meeting. besides routine business, there was a strong emphesis placed on keeping our youth involed and $10,000 was apportioned for youth mishionary work. We also authorized an additional $100,000 to complete the renovation of Woodside and to redo our parking lot.

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Prison Ministiries Conference

Prison Ministries Conference - 02/14/15

"I was in prison and you came to me." (Matt. 25:36)

Despite an unexpected morning blizzard, our parish hosted a very successful two-day Prison Ministry Conference (Feb. 13 & 14) with the hopes of planting the seeds for this ministry throughout Northeastern Ohio. Archpriest John Kowalczuk, rector of St. Michael's in Jermyn, PA, Chancellor of the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania, and Director of Field Education at St. Tikhon's Seminary spoke of his 27 year ministry as Chaplain at Waymart's Forensic Treatment Center.

Fr. John admitted his initial reluctance at getting involved in such a ministry, but soon realized that the broken, demoralized individual he was ministering to were no different than any of us, for we are all "broken" and imprisoned by our sins - some just worse off than others.

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Prosphora and Pizza

Prosphora and Pizza - 02/09/15

Our faithful volunteer bakers gathered this morning to make prosphora for church. As always, the last batch of dough is always turned into an assortment of delicious pizzas. Stewardship, fellowship, fun, and food....who could ask for anything more!

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Gifts of Love Spaghetti Dinner

Gifts of Love Spaghetti Dinner - 02/08/15

This morning following services the Senior "R" Club held a Spaghetti Dinner as part of the FOCA's "Gifts of Love" campaign. All proceeds from this event will be given to St. Vladimir's Camp to be used for its upkeep and during our three week camping season.

In addition to a tasty spaghetti dinner, the Pre-Teen Club held its annual Carnation Sale in anticipation of the upcoming Valentines Day.

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"Thou hast made summer and winter" (Psalm 74:17) - 02/03/15

Cleveland's most recent "snow-maggeden" has turned our parish's property into a virtual winter wonderland - reminding us that the "King is in His winterhouse" (Jeremiah 36:22). Enjoy the beauty of God's domain!

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2nd Annaul Chili Cook-Off

2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off - 01/25/15

St. Michael's "R" Club hosted the 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off for our parish. Sharon Glagola coordinated this effort and we had eight entries: four conventional and four spicey. Everyone was given small sampler cups and encouraged to try and rate each numbered entry. Then, votes were cast and counted to determine the winners. Sharon Glagola won for best conventional type chili and Drew Ramsay won for his hot & spicey chili. Of course, in a sense, everyone was a winner for enjoying a great meal and fellowship!

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Bingo Workers Appreciation Dinner

Bingo Workers Appreciation Dinner - 01/15/15

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55+ Club Christmas Luncheon

55+ Club Christmas Luncheon - 12/30/14

Our parish's 55+ Club held their annual Christmas Luncheon at St. Michael's Woodside today. After a short meeting, a delicious meal was served. It consisted of creamy chicken and dumpling soup, our classic signiture salad, city chicken, garlick smashed potatoes, vegitables, and cake for dessert. Fun and fellowship was the order of the day and a good time was had by all.

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McCartney Farewell Brunch

McCartney Farewell Brunch - 12/28/14

On December 28, Fr. Joseph McCartney served his last liturgy as our parish's Associate Priest. He and his family have accepted a position at Sts. Peter & Paul Orthodos Church in Lorain, Ohio. Although we are saddened to see the McCartney's go, Fr. Joseph's mentorship at Archangel Michael's has ended and it is time he had his own parish. In recognition of this fact, Fr. John presented Fr. Joseph with a staff, symbolizing his new role as shepherd of his own parish flock. A wonderful farewell brunch was held at Woodside Party Center, where Egg McVladimirs, bisquits and gravey, french toast, and fried potatoes were on the menu.

 

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Nativity 2014

Nativity 2014 - 12/25/14

Our parish culminated the arduous Advent Fast with the celebration of our Lord's Nativity. A festive liturgy was celebrated with a full church, followed by a Christmas Social sponsored by the "R" Club.

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Holiday Food Drive

Holiday Food Drive - 12/21/14

Over a three week period, St. michael's "R" Club sponsored a Holiday Food Drive to benefit St. Herman's House of Hospitality here in Cleveland. Parishioners responded with an outpouring of food and clothing to help this wonderful facility run by the Church. Much thank go to Steven and Monica Visocky for spearheading this effort.

 

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2014 Sunday School Christmas Yolka Program

2014 Sunday School Christmas Yolka Program - 12/21/14

St, Michael's Sunday School children put on their traditional Christmas Yolka after liturgy. Many people attended this wonderful event in which the children performed songs, skits, and culminated with a visit from Santa.

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Aannual St. Michael's Day Banquet

Annual St. Michael's Day Banquet - 11/09/14

On Sunday our parishioners enjoyed a wonderful fellowship banquet in honor of our parish's feast day. During the meal we honored three couples of the parish who were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary during this calendar year.

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R Club Steak Roast

"R" Club Steak Roast - 11/04/14

On Election night, St. Michael's "R" Club held its own election of club officers and did so in conjunction with a delicious, old time steak roast. John Mindala was elected as the new president. Here are some photos of this event. 

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Annual Woodside Craft Fair

Annual Woodside Craft Fair - 10/25/14

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Cleveland Browns Tailgate Party

Cleveland Browns Tailgate Party - 10/19/14

Cleveland R Club's Annual Browns Tailgate Party at the Shanty.

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St. Michael's Parishioners Serve Lunch at Monastery Feast Day

St. Michael's Parishioners Serve Lunch at Monastery Feast Day - 10/09/14

Today some of St. Michael's parishioners volunteered to serve lunch at the Skete of St. John the Theologian in Hiram, OH on the occasion of its feast day. Many Orthodox bishops, priests and laity traveled to the skete for the celebrations. Also present was the miraculous Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God.

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St. Michael's Hosts Diocesan Assembly of the Midwest

St. Michael's Hosts Diocesan Assembly of the Midwest - 10/07/14

Today clergy and lay delegates from all over the Diocese of the Midwest gathered at St. Michael's for the annual Diocesan Assembly. THe Assembly began with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy and was followed immediately by a special session, which nominated Fr. Paul Gassios as candidate for our diocesan bishop.

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Sunday School Fall Outing

Sunday School Fall Outing - 10/05/14

Today after the Divine Litrugy, a group of our Sunday School students and their parents attended the Sunday School Fall Outing. First the group went to Heavenly Hills Orachard for apple picking, hay rides, corn maze and pumpkin decorating. Aftewards, the students took apples and fresh cider to Monastery Marcha, a women's monastery near the parish. Sister Anastasia gave the group a tour of the church and the candle making room. Then the children were treated to sweets and refreshments.

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5th Annual Fr. Prislopsky Memorial Dinner Lecture

5th Annual Fr. Prislopsky Memorial Dinner Lecture - 09/23/14

Tonight, St Micheal's hosted its 5th Annual Fr. Prislopsky Memorial Dinner Lecture at Woodside Party Center. The gueast speaker was Mr. John MIndala, a son of St. Michael's and Graphic Designer for the Greek Archdiocese. Mr. Mindala offered a visual presentation with video-clips and photos showcasing  the historic nature of the visit of Pepe Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew to the Holy Land, and his role as the photographer and graphic designer for the trip.

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Bingo Workers Appreciation Dinner

Bingo Workers Appreciation Dinner - 09/18/14

Tonight at the Shanty, Bingo volunters gathers for a steak dinner. After dinner they were also treated to an ice cream bar with all of the fixings. Thank you to all of our hard workers.

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First Day of Sunday School

First Day of Sunday School - 09/14/14

Today St Michael's Sunday School Program started. Before classes, a moleben was served in church asking God's blessings upon the students, teachers and parents.

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Cemetery Cleanup

Cemetery Cleanup - 09/13/14

Today a small group of workers gathered at our parish section in Highland Park Cemetery for a much needed cleanup session. Many of the headstones are being covered by grass and the trees were in need of trimming. Thanks to all who showed up.

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Annual Sunday School Picnic

Annual Sunday School Picnic - 09/07/14

Today St. Michael's SUnday School held it's annual begining-of-the-year Sunday School Picnic and Registration. Students, teachers and their families enjoyed the afternoon on the church grounds and a pizza and sandwich lunch.

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St. Vladimir Camp 50th Anniversary Banquet

St. Vladimir Camp 50th Anniversary Banquet - 08/24/14

Today at Woodside Party Center was the St. Vladimir Camp 50th Anniversary Banquet. Campers, supporters, directors and counselors from the camp's history came to share memories and celebrate this auspicious occasion.

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Annual Parish Golf Outing

Annual Parish Golf Outing - 08/16/14

This past weekend parishioners hit the links at the Annual St Michael's Golf Outing. Over 40 parishioners participated in the event and cookout that followed.

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2014 Camping Season

2014 Camping Season - 07/19/14

Photo gallery from our 2014 camping season at St. Vladimir's Summer Camp.

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Fr John Awarded Jeweled Cross

Fr John Awarded Jeweled Cross - 06/01/14

This weekend our rector Archpriest John Memorich celebrated his 25th anniversary of ordination to the Holy Priesthood. To mark the occasion His Grace Bishop Alexander, locus tenens of the Diocese of the Midwest, served the Divine Liturgy and awarded Fr John with the Jeweled Cross. After the Liturgy a banquet was belt at Woodside Party Center in honor of Fr John’s service to the Church.

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