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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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Chapel to Help Provide Meals for Kids01 Apr

Synder Co Coalition for KidsMeals for Mustangs is a program sponsored by the Snyder County Coalition for Kids. Under this program the Midd-West School District provides bags of food for approximately 30 elementary children every Friday so that they will have some food for the weekend. The school highly depends upon donations.

As an almsgiving project during Lent, parishioners of the Chapel of the Holy Spirit will be collecting non-perishable items such as individual soups, peanut butter and cheese crackers, individual peanut butter packages, and individual Jell-O and puddings. Items should be collected and brought to the church by April 20.

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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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Men’s Quartet to Sing Service at Chapel10 Mar

The traveling Orthodox Men’s Quartet of State College, Pa. announced today that they will sing the worship hymns and responses here at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit on Sunday, March 20 at 10:00 am. The quartet will perform English translations of ancient (4th century and earlier) compositions in their original settings, based entirely on the Christian Old and New Testament canons of scripture. In particular, Znamenny, Kievan, and Byzantine chants will be featured.

“An important prayer [said during the service is] ‘God will sanctify those who love the beauty of His house,'” said choirmaster Benedict Sheehan who compiled the music that will be sung at the Chapel. ”How do we love the beauty of God’s house? We do it by beautifying God’s house. That could be done through architecture, … through iconography, … but also through beautiful singing.” Though less than a year old, the Chapel’s simple, but beautiful, architecture and artwork have become known throughout the Orthodox world for its excellent acoustics and faithfulness to traditional Christian design. 

Guest celebrant and homilist Archpriest John Reeves, also of State College, will preside at the service. Coffee and fellowship will follow. For more information, contact Rev. Deacon David Smith, Chapel administrator, at ‭(570) 541-8594‬.

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Now That Was a Grand Opening!01 Nov

by Dn. David Smith

After nearly seven years of praying, worshipping, catechizing, planning, envisioning, and dreaming, a new Temple has been raised to the glory of God! And above it, a golden Cross has taken its place amidst the skyline of Beavertown.

The Chapel of the Holy Spirit was packed full of worshippers and well-wishers on the weekend of October 31-November 1. Sixty souls crammed into the 24-foot by 24-foot nave on Saturday evening to experience that which can only be experienced once in the life of a parish community—a service for the Opening of the Doors (Thyranoixia). Presiding were Fr. Mark Meholick, Dean of the Eastern Deanery, along with Fr. John and the Deacons of Holy Trinity.

Related: Coverage of the Chapel’s grand opening on oca.org.

The service of Great Vespers followed immediately thereafter with the evening being capped off by a fellowship hour. On Sunday morning, the first Divine Liturgy was served in the new Temple by Fr. John, along with Fr. James Chuta, a member o our extended parish family who has served and continues to serve both the Chapel and Holy Trinity from time to time.

Great support was once more abundantly evident by the attendance of parishioners from Holy Trinity! We here at the Chapel have been and are certainly blessed by all the love and support we have received over these years and know we will continue to receive from our mother church.

See More: View pictures of the event on the Chapel’s Facebook page.

We thank all who supported this great undertaking and all who have continually bolstered this missionary endeavor in a multitude of ways.

The work before us has just begun, to be sure, and at times seems daunting, but with your continued prayers and love and by the great mercies of God Who has called us to these efforts the seed of the Kingdom of Heaven will be planted and the sheaves of the harvest will be reaped.

Blessed be the Name of the Lord henceforth and forevermore!

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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.

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Chapel’s Latest Catechumen Received into the Orthodox Faith04 Apr

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On March 29, Faye (Monica) was received into the Orthodox Faith through Chrismation, which is the receiving of the gift of the Holy Spirit through the anointing of a special oil. This ancient practice was introduced and blessed by the Apostles as a way for local communities to continue the tradition of “laying on of hands” (Acts 6:5-6, 8:14-19). She was the first to become a member of the Chapel of the Holy Spirit since we moved to our temporary location in the MACC.

May God grant the newly-illuminated Monica many years!

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Join us at Family Fun Night at the MACC22 Jan

Family Fun Night at MACC center

Family Fun Night at MACC

Join us at
Family Fun Night

Middlecreek Area Community Center
January 25th; 5-7 pm

Kickball Basketball Crafts

we provide snacks and drinks

 

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