St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church
A Parish of the Orthodox Church in America
2300 W. Huntington Drive, Wilmington, Delaware 19808 • (302) 995-6775
Thoughts for the Week

Wisdom of the Holy Fathers

"...the life of the parents is the only thing that makes good children.  Parents should be very patient and 'saint-like' to their children.  They should truly love their children.  And the children will share this love!  For the bad attitude of the children, the ones who are usually responsible for it are their parents themselves.  The parents don't help their children by lecturing them and repeating to the 'advices', or by making them obeying strict rules in order to impose discipline.  If the parents do not become 'saints' and truly love their children and if they don't struggle for it, then they make a huge mistake.  With their wrong and/or negative attitude the parents convey to their children their negative feelings.  Then their children become reactive and insecure not only to their home, but to the society as well..."
†St Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia
(1906 - 1991)

"Parents always want their children to be happy, content, and thankful to them for all their work and sacrifice.  So when they see their children in a bad mood and unthankful, they're saddened.  It's the same with our Heavenly Father.  He has given us everything, but we are unsatisfied and gloomy.  Instead of thanksgiving and praising God for everything, we only express our thankfulness with our lips, and our hearts remain cold.  Joy is thankfulness, and when we are joyful, that is the best expression of thanks we can offer the Lord, who delivers us from sorrow and sin."
Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives: The Life and Teachings of Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica
Upcoming Events
Next Week's Vespers at 6:00 p.m. - 08/24/19

Just a reminder our Vespers service will begin at 6:00 p.m. this Saturday (August 24th).  Confessions will be available at 5:00 p.m. and our Basics of Orthodoxy class will shift to 7:00 p.m.  Thanks for your cooperation.

Study Group Summer Break - June, July, August - 08/30/19

Our Study group will be taking a break for the Summer months of June, July, and August. We will resume once again in September. Thanks to all who continue to attend and participate in this parish education opportunity.

Inquirer’s / Basics of Orthodoxy Class - August 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st - 08/31/19

Fr. Barnabas will be offering an Inquirer’s/Basics of Orthodoxy Class on Saturday evenings in August. The first class will meet Saturday August 10th following Vespers at 6:00 p.m. Any an all who are interested in finding out more or who are interested in becoming Orthodox should try to attend.

Parish Picnic - September 1st - 09/01/19

We are planning to have our annual parish picnic on Sunday, September 1st.  There will be food, drinks, adn fun!  Please see Julianna Peck for ways to help.  We hope to see you all there!

Family Promise - September 2nd, 3rd, and 5th - 09/05/19

Saint Michael's volunteers will again serve meals to homeless families on:

 - Monday, September 2nd (Labor Day)

 - Tuesday, September 3rd

 - Thursday, September 5th


at St. Philip's Lutheran Church.  Please volunteer to share our Lord's compassion and love with them and sign up on the poster board in the narthex.  If you have any questions, please talk with Ellen Gundersen or email her at

Study Group to Resume - September 12th - 09/12/19

Please mark your calendars for the start of our Thursday Study Group.  Our Study group will resume on Thursday, September 12th at 10:00 a.m.  All are welcome to join us!

Other Announcements
Traveling this Summer? Try to Go to Church! - 06/09/19

Visit the “Orthodoxy in America” website to find an Orthodox Church wherever you are heading. All the canonical Orthodox jurisdictions (OCA, Greek, Antiochian, Serbian, etc.) are listed together on this one helpful site: - Check it out! Also, contact the priest ahead of time to inform him that you would like to come for Holy Communion at the Liturgy. May God bless your travels and come back safe and sound!

If you do travel, please do not take a vacation from your financial support of our parish! The Church is here working even when you are not. Thank you for your mindfulness and continued support!

Church Library Summer Reading - 06/02/19

Now that the nice weather is upon us, recharge your spiritual life by checking out one of the books at the library table, outside the Coffee Hour room. Our library team has set out a new selection of books, and there's something to inspire everyone: Saint's lives, books on the spiritual life, books on prayer, and books for the kiddos. Check it out today.

Reader Schedule


Date 3rd Hour 6th Hour Epistle
Aug 25 J. Peck Sulpizi Finck
Sep 1 Sulpizi D'Orazio Carey
Sep 8 Riley Riley Riley
Sep 14 Exaltation of the Cross  
Sep 15 Wales Wales Wales
Sep 22 Lewis Bunitsky Lewis
Service Schedule


Date Coffee Hour Service Duty Church Cleaner Library
Aug 18 Riley / Souder Hojnicki / Souder Farrell (Switch from Jul 28) Maloney
Aug 25 Pacienza / George / Grishin Telep / Baldytchev S. Peck Gundersen
Sep 1 J. Peck / Weins Bunitsky / Morjana N. Carey Farrell
Sep 8 Hojnicki / Flynn / Roberts Riley / Riley Hines Skomorucha
Sep 15 Gerassimakis / Bunitsky Sulpizi / Finck Baldytchev / Shatley / Sylvest Maloney
Sep 22 M. and S. Peck / Finck Hojnicki / Souder Sulpizi Gundersen


News from the Orthodox Church in America

Wednesday, 14 Aug 2019

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon meets with His Eminence, Archbishop Elpido...
14 Aug 2019 at 4:28pm

Online Choral Conducting Course filled; classes begin September 16
14 Aug 2019 at 5:46am

Tuesday, 13 Aug 2019

Metropolitan Tikhon, Archbishop David preside at Alaska’s 49th annual St. Her...
13 Aug 2019 at 10:10am

Friday, 9 Aug 2019

Treasurer’s report for quarter ending June 30, 2019 released
9 Aug 2019 at 9:20am

Tuesday, 6 Aug 2019

Beginners’ online Choral Conducting Course begins September 16
6 Aug 2019 at 6:55pm

Monday, 5 Aug 2019

Metropolitan Tikhon addresses tragic El Paso and Dayton shootings
5 Aug 2019 at 12:02pm

Thursday, 1 Aug 2019

Commitment vs. Convenience: The Dormition Fast
1 Aug 2019 at 7:38am

Tuesday, 30 Jul 2019

“Thy Will Be Done” theme of FOCA Leadership Conference in Cleveland October 1...
30 Jul 2019 at 7:49pm

Monday, 29 Jul 2019

Metropolitan Tikhon, Archbishop David to preside at Alaska’s 49th annual St. ...
29 Jul 2019 at 8:56pm




Wednesday, August 21st

Little Angels

at 9:30 a.m.


Saturday, August 24th


at 5:00 p.m.*

Great Vespers

at 6:00 p.m.*

Inquirer's Class /

Basics of Orthodoxy

at 7:00 p.m.*

* 1 hour later

     than normal


Sunday, August 25th

Divine Liturgy

at 9:00 a.m.

For details plus other news

see the Parish News page.