Chapel Events

Join us for our Patronal Feast and Picnic01 Jun

The Chapel of the Holy Spirit ]celebrate its patronal feast (Feast of the Holy Spirit) on Sunday, June 11 (transferred from Monday, June 5).

The Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 10 a.m., followed by the annual picnic on the church lot. Meat and beverages will be provided by the Chapel; please bring a covered dish or dessert. Visitors are encouraged to come to the Chapel for this very wonderful time of celebration and fellowship. See you there.

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Family Fun Night Returns01 May

The Chapel of the Holy Spirit will host another “Family Fun Night” at the Middlecreek Area Community Center (MACC) on Elm St. in Beaver Springs this Sunday, May 7 from 5-7 p.m. This quarterly event keeps the MACC open for an extra two hours at a time convenient for friends and families. Games, activities, and a rousing match of kickball are always part of the festivities. Come one, come all!

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Women Spend Day Devoted to Prayer01 Apr

Women from the Chapel and our mother church, Holy Trinity, were blessed to spend March 11 with two nuns during a Lenten retreat on prayer and preparation for resurrection of Christ. Mothers Christophora and Seraphima of the Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration in Ellwood City, PA spent the day leading a two-part presentation designed to guide the women on their Lenten journeys.

Mother Seraphima spent the first session discussing the Bridegroom Matins of Holy Tuesday: it reminds us all to be watchful for Christ, and it is this watchfulness that leads to salvation. The session concluded with the wo-men signing together the hauntingly beautiful Hymn of Kassiani, one of the highlights of the evening service. Mother Christophora spent the second session on the life of Mother Alexandra, first abbess of the monastery, explaining how her story and that of other holy women can be applied to Christian women today. 

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Chapel Hosts Events in our Community01 Mar

On January 29, a dozen members of the Chapel traveled to Best Bowl in Selinsgrove for a couple hours of bowling and pizza. On February 12, the first quarterly Family Fun Night event of 2017 was held at the Middlecreek Area Community Center (MACC). More than 30 attendees enjoyed extra hours at the popular facility, participating in a fun game of kickball and in making Valentine crafts. There was plenty of food and fellowship around the table and many new faces. The next Family Fun Night will be in May.

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Chapel Joins 100,000s in Defense of Life01 Feb

Year after year every January hundreds of thousands come to the nation’s capital to give a voice to those who do not have one—the unborn. This year’s March for Life was historic, however, as for the first time ever, the sitting vice president appeared in-person. Quoting Phil. 4:5, Vice President Mike Pence shared his optimism for the pro-life cause, exhorting the crowd to “Let this movement be known for love, not anger; … compassion, not confrontation… [T]here is nothing stronger than gentleness.”

Following the rally, more than a dozen from Holy Trinity and the Chapel joined His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon, head of the Orthodox Church in America, and several Orthodox hierarchs, clergy, and laity in praying for the victims of abortion, before making the two-mile trek from the White House to the Supreme Court. 

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Join us for an Advent Open House06 Dec

Father David and Matushka Brenda Smith cordially invite you to an Advent open house at their residence (140 Old Orchard Dr., Beavertown) on December 18 from 3 to 7 p.m. Take some time out of your busy schedule to join the Chapel for fellowship and to relax during this Advent time as we prepare of the coming of “the little Lord Jesus.”

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Families Come Together for Sports, Food, and Fellowship01 Dec

The Chapel of the Holy Spirit sponsored “Family Fun Night” last month at the Middlecreek Area Community Center, enabling the facility to remain open for extra hours on a Sunday night.

The event was a huge success with 20 folks coming together. Hot dogs, snacks, and drinks were provided for all in attendance. The young and young at heart worked on a Thanksgiving-themed craft displaying what they were thankful for. There was lots of activity also going on in the gym including soccer and basketball, but the main event there is always the rousing game of kickball the Chapel organizes. Most in attendance join in, have lots of fun, and get some much needed exercise.

The Chapel looks forward to its next event, which will be held in the beginning of 2017.

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Hats and Blankets for Newborns01 Nov

The “Hats and Blankets” ministry of the Chapel has been very busy over the last few months. The work of many hands has enabled us to make deliveries to Lewistown Hospital and Evangelical Hospital in Lewisburg.

Each box contained 21 hats of various colors and sizes and 2-3 blankets which will be given to the new-borns to take home. The ministry has been very blessed with busy hands and have a number of hats and blankets ready for another delivery to be made to Geisinger Hospital.

Anyone interested in joining in this knitting and crocheting ministry may contact Mka. Brenda at (570) 765- 2202 or info@holyspirit-oca.org.

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First Picnic Held at the New Chapel01 Aug

On Sunday, July 10, the Chapel of the Holy Spirit hosted its annual picnic, but this year with a twist:  The event was held on the church lot. A tent was put up, and the Chapel community personally invited those living immediately around the church to attend.

All in all, more than 20 people gathered to enjoy a simple time of fellowship. It was a special joy for the faithful to have those who have frequent the Chapel’s quarterly Family Fun Fights at the Middlecreek Area Community Center join the group, as well as some from Holy Trinity. Overall, it was a gorgeous day and the food was definitely a bonus!

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Father David Ordained; Weekly Liturgies Begin01 Jul

Things were quite busy in the life of the Chapel this past month. First and foremost was the ordination to the Holy Priesthood of Deacon David Smith Pentecost weekend (June 18), by His Eminence, Archbishop Melchizedek. To say that the chapel was packed is putting it mildly. Nearly 100 souls attended and the line for Holy Communion extended through the narthex onto the porch. Concelebrating clergy were Fr. John Reeves of our mother church in State College, Fr. Mark Meholick, DuBois and Dean of the Eastern Deanery; Fr. Daniel Kovalak, Williamsport; and Fr. James Chuta, Lewisburg; as well as Deacons Alexander Cadman and Mark Oleynik.

Father David’s ordination was the first Hierarchical Divine Liturgy celebrated at the Chapel. And now because of his ordination, the Chapel’s faithful, many of whom live more than an hour away from the next-nearest Orthodox church, will be able to attend the Divine Liturgy each Sunday.

After the ordination, nearly all who attended the service packed the Beavertown Fire Hall for a delicious banquet in celebration. The Chapel presented Fr. David with his priest’s cross while parishioners from Holy Trinity gifted Father with his first set of vestments. (In fact, donors were so generous that he will be able to purchase a second set, too). An additional offering was also taken that day as well. Funds raised were designated for Fr. David’s discretionary fund, a total of $500.

Many thanks to all who prayed, gave, and attended to make this day possible, especially the Choir and the Men’s Chorus who sang the responses.