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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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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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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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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.

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Deacon David Smith to be Ordained June 1801 Jun

Deacon David and Matushka Brenda Smith.

Deacon David and Matushka Brenda Smith.

By the Grace of God, Dn. David Smith will be ordained to Holy Priesthood by His Eminence Archbishop Melchisedek the week-end of Pentecost—the patronal feast of both Holy Trinity and its mission outreach, the Chapel of the Holy Spirit.

Providentially and fittingly, the event will take place at the Chapel (145 North Kern Street, in Beavertown) where Dn. David has faithfully served as co-founder and administrator for several years. It will occur during the Saturday, June 18 Memorial Lit-urgy at 9 a.m., with a celebratory reception to follow at the Beavertown Firehall on 222 South Sassafras Street.

Reservations are required for the meal only by calling (814) 231-2855 or emailing ordination@holyspirit-oca.org.

There is no charge to attend the formal reception, but a freewill offering is being collected in honor of Deacon David and Mka. Brenda for the Chapel of the Holy Spirit Fund. Your generous gifts memoed “Smith Ordination” will help the Chapel and their newly ordained priest continue their ministry to the people of the central Susquehanna Valley. Thank you.

Before being received into Orthodoxy, Dn. David served as a Lutheran pastor for 20 years. He helped to establish the Chapel in 2008, and hosted services in his home while the community prepared to build its new temple. To further the Chapel’s apostolic work, he was ordained to the diaconate on the Feast of Ss. Peter and Paul (June 29) in 2013. Father’s first full liturgy as priest will be Pentecost at Holy Trinity (June 19, 10 a.m.). He will also serve the Holy Spirit Day (June 20, 9 a.m.) and Nativity of St. John liturgies (June 24, 8 a.m.) here at Holy Trinity before commencing weekly Sunday services at the Chapel.

Your prayers and presence are requested.

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New Ministry: Hats and Blankets for Babies01 May

13241413_1143032052398165_4423038436126097298_nThe women of the Chapel of the Holy Spirit will be starting a new outreach of crafting hats and blankets for babies. It will be a time of getting together, not only for fellowship, but to crochet or knit hats and sew or tie blankets for newborns at the local hospitals. We will be opening our doors to all in our community to participate in this ministry to introduce others to us and our church. The first meeting will be Monday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m.

We have been blessed to have been given two large bags of yarn for our crocheting needs but are seeking donations of material for blankets. If you would like to donate any of these items, please contact Matushka Brenda at (570) 765-2202 or brenda.smith0826@gmail.com.

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Family Fun Night Scheduled for April 1027 Mar

Family Fun Night at MACC center

Family Fun Night at MACC center

Join us at
Family Fun Night

Middlecreek Area Community Center
Sunday, April 10; 5-7 pm

Kickball   Basketball   Crafts

we provide snacks and drinks

 

Sponsored by the Chapel of the Holy Spirit Orthodox Church; 570-658-7403

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GRAND OPENING WEEKEND CELEBRATION — October 31-November 115 Oct

Join members of the Chapel of the Holy Spirit for our official grand opening the weekend of October 31 and November 1!

On Saturday the 31st at 4:00 p.m., there will be a brief door opening ceremony and the celebration of Orthodox vespers, an ancient evening prayer. The 45-minute service concludes with an informal time for refreshments and fellowship.

On Sunday the 1st at 10:00 a.m. (the regular time for weekly worship at the Chapel), we will celebrate the first Divine Liturgy in the new church. Please stay for coffee and homemade dishes and desserts during the Fellowship Hour that follows (starting at approx. 11:30 a.m.).

All services are in English and open to everyone.

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You’re Invited to our Building’s Groundbreaking on June 28!05 Jun

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Clergy and Chapel faithful gather in 2014 to plant a cross on the lot. Construction of the building will begin June 28, 2015.

Be a part of history as construction begins on Snyder County’s first Orthodox church!

All are invited to join Fr. John Reeves of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church and the faithful of the Chapel of the Holy Spirit in breaking ground at our new temple’s location on N. Kern St. in Beavertown this Sunday, June 28 at 12:15 p.m.

The ceremony follows the 10 a.m. Divine Liturgy at the MACC (67 Elm St., Beaver Springs) and continues with a light lunch reception a block away at Dn. David Smith’s home (350 Old Orchard Dr.), which served for many years as the community’s original meeting location.

For more building updates and photographs, click here. For more information about the day’s events or any aspect of Orthodox Christianity, contact us at info@holyspirit-oca.org.