Ministries

We must remember that we are warriors of Christ, that the Church is not to serve us,
but that we are servants of the Church and that, by the grace and mercy of God,
we are called to be coworkers of the Lord Himself.

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Ireney, 1965

Church School

St. Herman of Alaska's Orthodox Church School is a spiritual and caring community of children, their parents and our dedicated teachers.

Our church school is dedicated to the Holy Martyrs, Juvenaly the Hiermonk and Peter the Aleut, whose feast day is celebrated at the beginning of the school year usually around September 24th. We begin our church school at 9:45 on Sundays. However the first Sunday of each month is designated as "Family Sunday".  On this Sunday the children join their families for the entire service of Divine Liturgy.

There are presently five classes:

  • a Preschool Class
  • a Primary Class
  • an Elementary Class
  • a Middle School Class
  • and a Senior Class

The children's lessons, activities and discussions center around God's love for us, our duty to God, our beautiful Orthodox faith and living as an Orthodox Christian in our world today.

As a community we strive to show God's love through helping others.  The church school sponsors at least three service projects a year to help our less fortunate brothers and sisters, both near and far. Some of our service endeavors have been to support the OCMC, our soldiers in Iraq, a homeless shelter and the Emmaus House. Our Lenten Retreat, held on Lazarus Saturday, is always a time dedicated to learning about Holy Week, helping others, preparing the church for Pascha and also enjoying each other's fellowship.

Our church school community is also a vital part of all church services and events. Many boys serve on our altar and some children sing in the choir.

The children perform our traditional dances at our annual Christmas Festival, as well as work the entire weekend to help make this event so successful. They are also a vital part of our famous "Teas," helping with the preparation, serving or entertaining and even helping to clean up.

Our church school is a place where children can come to learn about God, live as an Orthodox Christian and be part of our wonderful parish, St. Herman's.

Please come visit us some Sunday.

Youth Program

St. Herman’s Youth program is designed to enrich and broaden the experiences of the children and teens of the parish. 

With a focus on cultivating long lasting relationships with both The Church and each other, St. Herman’s Youth Program facilitates activities that build on both the Big T and the Little T traditions of The Church.

Throughout the year, our youth are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities including our annual fund raisers, service projects, parish choir, and coffee hour.  Additionally the youth have several programs dedicated just for them including our Russian & Slavic Dance Group that performs at various church functions throughout the year, a full Sunday School curriculum, and also an altar server program.

St. Herman’s youth also participate in force in a variety of programs and events on a diocesan level such as the Novogodny Ball, The DCE Winter Teen Retreat, and for both the Children’s Camp Program and the Teen Camp Program at St. Tikhon’s Summer Camp.

For more information on any of these activities,
please contact our Parish Youth Director -
Nicholas Macura.

Teen Activities Committee of Eastern Pennsylvania

Coffee Hour

Every Sunday following Divine Liturgy, there is a coffee hour, a time to break bread together and socialize with St. Herman's parish family. 

It is hosted by volunteers on a rotating schedule who donate light refreshments, serve and clean-up.  Gathering in community is a vital part of our Orthodox Faith. We welcome you to join in this tradition that dates back since our parish began!

 

 

Sisterhood

The parish Sisterhood includes all the women of the parish 18 years and older.  The Sisterhood sponsors various fund raisers and service projects throughout the year, such as their annual formal tea in the spring. 

Membership is automatic to all women of the parish, with levels of participation at the discretion of each individual based on her desire and availability.  An additional mission of the Sisterhood is to foster mentoring and encourage involvement among the younger ladies and girls of the parish family.

Ilaasi

“Ilassi” Friends:        Coordinator: Frank Plasha  


The Ilassi of our parish are a group of dedicated individuals who make pierogies during the week and sell them along with other food items for the benefit of the Church.  Usually, the Ilassi start working on Monday mornings through Wednesday.  If you are interested in helping out please contact the Ilassi Coordinator. Also orders for ethnic food items such as kolbasi, bacon, horseradish, kolachiki (nut/poppyseed rolls) etc…are taken at Christmas and before Pascha. 

Charity

St. Herman’s of Alaska’s Charity Committee is dedicated to serving our Christian brothers and sisters in our own community as well as the community at large.

We believe it is our responsibility and honor to help those less fortunate. As a committee we sponsor many projects to help those who are experiencing a difficult time in their lives.

This year, by God’s grace, the parishioners of St. Herman’s donated over $6000.00 to charitable organizations, along with a very large donation of food and winter clothing for the very needy.


For I was hungry and you gave Me food;  I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; 
I was a stranger and you took Me in;  I was naked and you clothed Me; 
I was sick and you visited Me;  I was in prison and you came to Me.

And the King will answer and say to them,
"Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren,
you did it to Me."

Brotherhood

President:  Reader Gregory Hubiak

The St. Innocent of Alaska Brotherhood is composed of the men of the parish who are interested in volunteering their time, skills and services for the betterment of the church community.  During the year the Brotherhood sponsors various fund raisers as well as scheduling work projects on the grounds. 

If you are interested in joining this Brotherhood please contact the President of the Brotherhood.

Choir

The Church Choir at St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox church sings at all liturgical services, leading the congregation in the worship service. The Choir is composed of about eighteen parishioners of all ages who sing the responses to the Divine Services throughout the ecclesiastical year. On a rotational basis the choir has sung Nativity Hymns and Christmas Carols at Longwood Gardens. In addition, the choir sings both a Nativity and Lenten concert. Rehearsals generally follow after Divine Liturgy on Sunday and additional rehearsals are announced periodically by the Director. If you are interested in joining please see the Director.

Director:  Reader Gregory Hubiak

Choir rehearsals are held on Sunday following Divine Liturgy.

Altar Boys

Altar Servers: Coordinators: Peter Dirga, George Taylor

Any boy 6/7 years of age may serve in the Holy Altar as a server.  There are several Altar Server teams set up for each month.

Dress Code: 

  • Collared Dress Shirt and tie (white shirt preferred)
  • Black Shoes
  • Dress Pants
  • No Sneakers or T-Shirts please

Please report to the Church Vestry approximately 15 minutes before the start of services.



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