[Archived News] Wednesday August 13, 2008


Steelton, PA - The annual Vacation Church School was convened on August 5-7 with 29 children, aged 3-12, in attendance. Our children are such a precious blessing and they were so attentive to this year’s theme, “Love Your Neighbour” which was tied to Church School activities of raising money to help the St. Innocent Orphanage in Mexico (Project Mexico) . Thanks to God, our program was a success once again. Fr. Srboljub opened each session with a worship service in the church, the students responded to the litany with Lord Have Mercy, Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal & Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit etc. in Spanish. Then the teachers led the students to the church school area for lessons. Students viewed a DVD regarding Project Mexico and were able to see the work that their stewardship was accomplishing. Each student group also rotated to music, crafts, and outdoor recreational activities. The sessions concluded with prayers and refreshments.

The teachers were Maria Bowers, Arlene Barber, Andrea Gunther, Paula Werner and Jevgenija Radanovic. Additional classroom support was provided by Emily Fithian, and Jody Criswell. Michelle Kingsbury, Nikki Lewis, Angie Vorkapich, Jennie James, and Jody Criswell oversaw the children in their crafts activities. Nina Radanovic directed the children in their music activities. Nicholas Govelovich, Mitch Matovich, Lenny Tepsich, and Pete Barber were “coaches” for the outdoor exercises.

Special thanks to Mitch for bringing the go-kart which was a huge hit. We were delighted and thankful to have Lenny double as “Mr. Music” for a special performance on Tuesday evening. Patty Hernjak, Andrea Gunther, Mitch Matovich, Bojan and Sladjana Gligorevich, Milimirka Lojpur, Mickey Mazus, Rita Vorkapich, Tatiana Reznitchenko, Olga Klipa prepared the snacks. Mitch Matovich and Jody Criswell took pictures of the various events.Students participated in an obstacle course, Pinata braking, grafts including designing & making T-shirt, bookmarks, and picture frames.

The students also learned new music relating to Orthodox traditions within our country and Mexico. Finally, we are most appreciative for the support of the parents and congregation as a whole. Our VCS program has been growing each year and, by God’s grace, we will continue to offer our youngest stewards a meaningful and rewarding experience as they grow with us in our Orthodox Christian faith.

Thank You very much,
Fr. Srboljub Jockovich & Church School Staff

(Proverbs 16:32 KJV) He [that is] slow to anger [is] better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.