St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church
Archdiocese of Western Pennsylvania
Orthodox Church in America
Archbishop Melchizedek visit on July 12, 2020

Archbishop Melchizedek Visit - 07/12/20

On July 12, 2020, Archbishop Melchizedek made a pastoral visit and presented Diane Yarosh and Ilariana Galis with awards for their dedicated service during the pandemic as cantors/singers.  Many Years to them!! and thank you.

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Pentecost 2020

Pentecost 2020 - 06/07/20

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Christmas 2012

- 12/25/12

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Time Capsule Found

- 12/23/12

During work with the cornerstone construction of the new entrance to the church, workers discovered a time capsule placed in it when the church was built in 1963.  It was opened after the liturgy in the presence of the congregation.  In it was found a letter from Fr. Dimitri Ermakov, church membership roster, new church plans and information, Forerunner pamphlets, and a copy of "The Light of Orthodoxy", a diocese newspaper.  It was exciting to be a part of this and catch a glimpse of the past. 

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Family Night-Making Gingerbread Houses

- 12/16/12

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Christmas Caroling

- 12/16/12

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Christmas 2012 Kolbassa Making

- 12/11/12

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Choir Sings At THEOS Christmas Concert

- 12/09/12

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Bishop Melchisedek visits Canonsburg

- 12/09/12

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Christmas Bake Sale 2012

- 12/05/12

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Thanksgiving Toy Sale 2012

- 11/24/12

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Thanksgiving 2012

- 11/22/12

Give Thanks to God For All Our Blessing!

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Basket Party 2012

- 11/10/12

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Jr "O" Club Bonfire

- 11/03/12

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Jr's Have Fun at the Strennen Home

- 10/13/12

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Met. Theodosius Presents Icon

- 10/13/12

Metropolitan Theodosius presented an icon of the Theotokos to Mother Christophora of Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Ellwood City, PA on the occasion of her 25th Anniversary of being the Abbess of the monastery.

Archbishop Nathaniel also presented her with a cross that he made himself.

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2012 "JT" Golf Outing

- 09/29/12

Nearly 100 golfers hit the course at Village Green Golf Course, Hickory, PA  in the 2012 John "JT" Telesko Golf Outing.  Thanks to everyone participated and volunteered.

More pictures in "photos" on the left column.

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Candles Lit For Supportors of Phase II

- 09/23/12

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2012 Fall Clothing Sale

- 09/22/12

Thanks to everyone who contributed and helped at the Fall Clothing Sale.

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Fr. Hubiak Celebrates 60th Anniversary of Ordination

Fr. Daniel Hubiak (Matushka Annice's father) will celebrate 60 years of Priesthood soon.  We often see Fr. Dan and Matushka Dunia when they visit Canonsburg and Western PA.  Many Years to both Father and Matushka and thank you for all your labors in the Church.

Read more about Fr. Dan at

"Tea for Tikhon's"

- 09/09/12

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Church School Begins

- 09/09/12

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Women's Bible/Book Study

- 09/09/12

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Women's Bible Study Group

Our Women's Bible Study Group has selected "Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World" which is available at Barnes & Noble ($10.98 paperback, $9.99 Nook).

...a short synopsis
The life of a woman today isn’t really all that different from that of Mary and Martha in the New Testament. Like Mary, you long to set at the Lord’s feet...but the daily demands of a busy world just won’t leave you alone. Like Martha, you love Jesus and really want to serve him...yet you struggle with weariness, resentment, and feelings of inadequacy.

Then comes Jesus, into the midst of your busy life, to extend the same invitation he issued long ago to the two sisters from Bethany. Tenderly, he invites you to choose ’’the better part’’--a joyful life of intimacy with Him that flows naturally into loving service.

With her fresh approach to the familiar Bible story, Joanna Weaver shows how all of us--Marys and Marthas alike--can draw closer to our Lord: deepening our devotion, strengthening our service, and doing both with less stress and greater joy. Paperback, 241 pages.

If you are interested in joining in the discussion or just reading and listening, please join us on the folowing Sundays after Liturgy. Grab a cup of coffee at coffee hour and bring it on over to the parish house.  The schedule, til January at least, is: 9/9, 10/14, 11/18, 12/9, and 1/14.

Parish Picnic 2012

- 08/26/12

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225 Dinner 2012

- 08/18/12

Good "fellowship" and fun at this year's 225 Dinner.

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- 08/15/12

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OCMC Visiting Missionaries
On Sunday, August 5, 2012, we met Nathan and Gabriella Hoppe and theri family who serve with the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) as missionaries in Albania.  Nathan spoke and presented a slide show of their work and the need for more missionaries and support throughout the world.  May God bless them.
Canonsburg July 4th Parade

- 07/04/12

Great Fun with a Great Tradition-50th Anniversary of the Parade

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VCS 2012 Swim Party

- 06/29/12

Cool Fun in the Sun! (and in the 90's)

Some of the students went swimming at Angel's Acres.  Many thanks to the Kusturiss' for sharing again their facility.  And thanks to everyone who helped make this year's church school camp another successful one.

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VCS 2012-Day III "Daniel's Courage in Captivity

- 06/28/12

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VCS 2012-Day II "Daniel's Courage in Captivity"

- 06/27/12

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VCS 2012 "Daniel's Courage in Captivity"

- 06/26/12

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Pentecost "O" Club Cookout/Jr's Walk

- 06/03/12

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Junior O Club Fun and Games

- 05/06/12

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Holy Week-Pascha

- 04/12/12

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Palm Sunday Celebration

- 04/08/12

The Lord's Entry Into Jerusalem is Celebrated in Canonsburg!!!

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Chandelier Cleaning

- 04/02/12

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Spring Cleaning

- 04/02/12

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Spring Clothing Sale Concludes

- 03/31/12

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Junior O Club Spring Cleaning

- 03/25/12

The Junior "O" Club recently did some "spring cleaning" in the field adjacent to the church.  Good Job Gang!!!  Thanks.

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Church School Annunciation Tea

- 03/24/12

Enjoy watching the slideshow at the "Church School Annunciation Tea" with author Elizabeth Crispina Johnson.

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2012 Pascha Bake Sale

- 03/15/12

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Meatfare Dinner

Meatfare Dinner - 02/19/12

Great Fellowship and Great Food!

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Blood Drive

Thanks to Diane Yarosh for coordinating this life saving event and to everyone who gave or tried to give.

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"Super Bowl"

"Super Bowl" - 02/05/12

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Cereal Breakfast

Enjoying and Relaxing on Saturday Morning!!

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Theophany/Great Blessing of Water

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Christmas Eve/Christmas Day 2011 Slideshow

Christmas Eve/Christmas 2011 Slideshow - 12/25/11

Enjoy images of our Christmas celebration!

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Christmas 2011
Christmas Schedule
Christmas Caroling

Singing Christmas Carols At Area Care Facilities - 12/18/11

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Men's Club Prepare Kolbassa

Men's Club Prepare Kolbassa - 12/13/11

The Men's Club prepared over 700 pounds of lean pork, seasoned with fresh garlic and savory spices for their Christmas sale recently.  Three different kinds of kolbassa were offered; Fresh, Hot, and Smoked.

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Church Choir Sings at "THEOS" Christmas Concert

Choir sings at "THEOS" Christmas Concert - 12/11/11

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Christmas Baking

Christmas Baking - 12/08/11

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Family Night

Family Night-Making Gingerbread Houses - 12/04/11

Making Gingerbread Houses on Family Night

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Altar Servers Retreat

Altar Server Retreat - 12/03/11

Altar Servers Retreat
Over forty altar servers from the Archdiocese attended a retreat at
St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Allison Park, PA
Fr. Demetrios Carellas, Chaplain, Nativity of the Theotokos Convent, Saxonburg, PA spoke.
Bishop Melchisedek followed with a Q&A session.
Five of our servers attended (Gregory, Michael, Roberto, Aiden, and Stephen).  Pdcn John and Deacon Trevor also attended

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Met. Theodosius Celebrates 50 Years of Priesthood

Metropolitan Theodosius Celebrates 50 Years of Priesthood - 10/23/11

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Spring 2008 Parish Cleanup
Holy Thursday - April 24, 2008
Holy Friday - April 25, 2008

Holy Friday

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Pascha - April 27, 2008

Pascha 2008

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Family Night - Spring 2008
Good Friday 2007

Good Friday - 04/06/07

Photos from the Procession on Good Friday

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Holy Saturday 2007

Holy Saturday - 04/07/07

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Pascha 2007

Basket Blessing on Pascha - 04/08/07

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North Strabane Spring Fling 2007

Got Halushki? WE DO!

Pocket Flag Project - Family Night - 3/18/07

Pocket Flag Project - 03/18/07

The pocket flag project was conceived in Oct.2001 for the sole purpose of
getting as many American flags into the pockets of military personnel serving on
the front lines. You purchased pre-cut American flags from the P.F.Foundation,
and fold them into a triangle flag that fits into a shirt pocket. We put them
into a clear 3x2 plastic bag with a card that says, "A flag for your pocket so
you can always carry a little piec e of home. We are praying for you and are
proud of you. Thank you for defending our country and our freedom."

We had a nice turnout -- about 42 parishioners including the kids, their
parents, grandparents, friends, and veterans who came and folded our 300
American Flags in about an hour. We're sending the flags to three different units of troops serving in
Iraq.: 165 & 30 flags going to (2) army units AG CO and TC CO in Iraq; the remaining
100 flags are going to wounded soldiers in 13th SC(E) recovering in a hospital
in Iraq. Hopefully, they will brighten someone's day.

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601 Boone Ave. Canonsburg, PA 15317 – Phone: 724-745-8216 (Rectory)– Email:
Rector, Fr. John Joseph Kotalik – Phone: 425-503-2891 – Email:
Saturday Vespers: 6:00 PM – Sunday Divine Liturgy: 9:30 AM – Weekday Evening Services: 6:30 PM – Weekday Divine Liturgy: 9:00 AM
Services in English – Ample Parking & Handicap Access


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