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Children's Church

Children's church is THE Church.  Children stay with their parents during the worship service, participating in ways that reflect their age.  Young children are welcome to bring quiet church toys such as doll babies and little cars, or things to draw and color with while they listen quietly.  

If the parent and child need to go out for a short break during the service, that is fine.  Everyone understands.  Children need to be in church in order to learn how to go to church.  Jesus said, "Let the little children come unto me, and
do not hinder them."

This is an evening worship service on Wednesdays during Lent, and some other special days as well.  Like the regular Liturgy, it is a service of Holy Communion, with the reading of the Gospel and Epistle. 

The priest and congregation sing antiphonally to each other as they work together in worshipping God, just as they do during the Divine Liturgy.  However, this service is done by candlelight and feels more pensive and mysterious.

The morning worship service of Holy Communion, with the reading of the

Gospel and Epistle.  The priest and the congregation sing hymns and prayers in response to each other, as they work together to worship God. 

This is a joyful and energetic service. 

Also called Mass.

Morning prayers, hymns, and readings from the Psalms and Old Testament. 

A quiet and meditative service.

Also called Matins.

This service prepares us for the Liturgy service, and flows seamlessly into it.


Types of Services


Normal Schedule

For Lenten and Holy Day Schedules, please see "Special Schedules" below. 
We hope you will join us!

9:00 AM


Come Let us Worship
our God and King!

9:00 Orthros Prayer Service

10:00 Divine Liturgy for all ages

  • Followed by Coffee Hour in the Social Hall. 

  • Children's and Teens' activities occur during Coffee Hour.

  • Choir Rehearsal, Parish Council Meetings, Ministry Team Meetings, etc., take place near the end of Coffee Hour.

7:00 PM


Education Night

  • Bible Study for Adults, Teens & Tweens
    We meet online every week except during major holiday weeks like Thanksgiving and Christmas. Every now and then, Father is called away for continuing education conferences or emergency hospital visits, so feel free to call or text him to verify the schedule.

  • Occasional Lecture Series.  Invite your neighbors!

6:00 PM


Parish Life Night

  • Shared Meal & Fun
    Once a month, Fall through Spring.  Potluck meal and a fun activity for all ages.


Special Schedules

For Holiday schedules, click on the images below, or scroll down the page.

Seasonal Events

Lecture Series for the General Public

Orthodoxy Q&A with the Priest

Special Feastday Services (9 AM or 6 PM)

For these and other seasonal events, check with Fr. Mark.

Call or text him at 717-919-3382.

Annual Church Fundraisers

Greek Food Festival  —  November

Gyro Sale  —  Super Bowl Sunday

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before Pascha (Easter)

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Holy Week &
Pascha (Easter)

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Dormition of the Theotokos

(Repose of the
Mother of God)

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Christmas & 
New Year's

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Lent before Pascha

(Pascha is Orthodox Christian Easter)

Sundays during Lent:

  • Orthros Prayer Service, 9 AM

  • Divine Liturgy, 10 AM
    Followed by Lenten Coffee Hour

First five weeks of Lent (March 2-April 4, 2020):

  • Wednesdays, 6 PM 
    Lenten Worship Service (Pre-Sanctified Liturgy/Mass), followed by Lenten Potluck

  • Fridays, 6 PM 
    Lenten Prayer Service Honoring the Mother of God (Akathist to the Theotokos)

Sixth week of Lent (April 5-11, 2020):

  • Wednesday, 6 PM 
    Lenten Worship Service (Pre-Sanctified Liturgy/Mass), followed by Lenten Potluck

  • Friday of the fifth week  
    **No services tonight.  See you at Lazarus Liturgy worship services at 9 AM tomorrow morning!**

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Holy Week & Pascha

(Pascha is Orthodox Christian Easter.  Also called Greek Orthodox Easter.)

For an explanation of each service, see “Holy Week” at this link . 

  • Lazarus Saturday, April 11, 2020
    9 AM  Orthros (Matins) & 10 AM Liturgy for the Raising of Lazarus from the Tomb, followed by Oatmeal & Grits Breakfast Buffet. 

  • Palm Sunday, April 12, 2020

    • 9 AM  Orthros & Liturgy for Palm Sunday

    • 6 PM   Christ the Bridegroom Service

  • Holy Monday, April 13, 2020, 6 PM  Christ the Bridegroom Service

  • Holy Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 6 PM  Christ the Bridegroom Service

  • Holy Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 6 PM  Holy Unction Service

  • Holy Thursday, April 16, 2020

    • 9 AM  Liturgy of St. Basil to commemorate Christ’s Meal with the Twelve Disciples in the Upper Room, followed by Lenten Potluck.

    • 6 pm  Twelve Passion Gospels Service

  • Holy Friday (Good Friday), April 17, 2020

    • 9 AM  Royal Hours Service.  Please stay after to help decorate the Epitaphios with flowers.

    • 4 PM  Un-nailing from the Cross Service

    • 6 PM  Lamentations at Christ’s Tomb Service

  • Holy Saturday, April 18, 2020

    • 9 AM  Vesperal Liturgy for Christ’s Harrowing of Hades (Tossing of Rose Petals & Bay Leaves, Knocking on Pews), followed by Lenten Potluck.

    • 11 PM  Anastasis Resurrection Service with Paschal Divine Liturgy (Hooray, it's Pascha!), followed by Festive Potluck (no more fasting!).  Bring your Pascha Basket to be blessed and share!

  • Pascha Sunday, April 19, 2020

    • **No 9:00 or 10:00 Service, because the midnight service counts as the morning service.**Be there Saturday night for the Anastasis Service!**

    • 4 PM  Paschal Agape Vespers & Egg Hunt.  Bring your Pascha Basket (with blessed leftovers) for Part 2 of the Festive Potluck!

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Dormition of the Theotokos

(Dormition is the Falling Asleep in Christ, or the Repose of someone.  The Theotokos is Mary, the Virgin Mother of Jesus.  Theo = God, tokos = Bearer of, or the Mother of)

Note:  This is our parish's special feastday.  Our parish is named after the Dormition of the Theotokos.

For Every Year:

Sundays during the Dormition Fast (August 1-15):

  • Orthros Prayer Service, 9 AM

  • Divine Liturgy, 10 AM
    Followed by a lenten Coffee Hour

August 1-13, Wednesdays & Fridays, 6 PM 
Paraklesis Services to the Theotokos.  Bible Study follows each of the Wednesday Paraklesis services.

August 14, 6 PM 
Vespers for the Dormition of the Theotokos

August 15, 9 AM 
9:00 Orthros (Matins) & 10:00 Liturgy for the Dormition of the Theotokos.  A festive potluck follows.


Christmas &  New Year's

Sundays during the Pre-Nativity Fast (November 15-December 24):

  • Orthros Prayer Service, 9 AM

  • Divine Liturgy, 10 AM
    Followed by a lenten Coffee Hour

Eve of the Nativity, December 24

  • 9 AM  Orthros (Matins) & Royal Hours

  • 10 AM  Divine Liturgy

Day of the Nativity, December 25

  • 9 AM Orthros

  • 10 AM Divine Liturgy

New Year's Day, January 1

  • 9 AM Orthros &

  • 10 AM Divine Liturgy


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