St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Choir Slava in Carmichaels, Pennsylvania
November 19, 2006

The St. George Church Choir of Carmichaels, Pennsylvania is directed by Sonia Janson and is committed to serving the St.George Church faithfully throughout the year.

The Choir sings responses at the Divine Liturgies on Sundays and feast days throughout the year. The Choir sings at baptisms and weddings, funerals and memorial services.

The St. George Choir can be heard weekly on the parish radio broadcast and on the internet throughout the year on the parish website. The St. George Choir is small in size but faithful in membership and dedication.

Visitors to the St. George Church commonly compliment the Choir. The Choir celebrates November 16, the Dedication of the St. George Church in Lydda as the Choir Slava.

In addition to Divine services on November 15 and 16, this year the Slava celebration included the blessing of the Kolach and Kolijvo at the Divine Liturgy on Sunday November 19 with prayers for living and departed Choir members.

Choir member Susan Ralich Quick was the Kuma for the celebration. The Slava dinner was held in the church hall. Director Janson welcomed and greeted the attendees and recognized Kuma Susan as being a welcome new addition to the Choir. Susan's family and friends were on hand for the honor. Director Janson presented Kuma Susan with a plaque in recognition of her serving as Kuma.

Susan, from St. Elijah Chuch of Aliquippa, married John Quick two years ago and moved to Morgantown, West Virginia where John works for Mylan Laboratories. At that time John and Susan began their involvement with the St. George Church and Choir.

Executive Board President Stan Brozik expressed greetings in behalf of the Executive Board and noted in an aside that his Kum was Dan Raljich, Susan's uncle. Parish Nurse Practioner Millicent Mitzie Hunchuck offered joyful greetings in behalf of the Parish Nurses' Office.

Assistant Choir Director Andrea Janson and Choir members Djelosh Milosevich, Aaron Carson and Susan Ralich Quick (with niece Elena accompanying Susan) read excerpts from St. Nikolai's Prologue from Ohrid. St. Nikolai's thoughts regarding St.George, the transfer of his relics and the building of the church in St. George's honor at Lydda served to put the feast into perspective.

Director Sonia Janson and the St. George Choir members work throughout the year to faithfully serve the parish. Their contributions are far reaching regularly. The Choir touches the hearts of the St.George Church faithful throughout the year as well as visitors and listeners far distant "Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth; Oh, sing praises to the Lord." (Ps. 68:32)

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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