St. George Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2017-06-25
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St. George Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (661) 325-8694
  • Fax:
  • (661)325-8694
  • Street Address:

  • 401 Truxtun Avenue

  • Bakersfield, CA 93301
  • Mailing Address:

  • 401 Truxtun Avenue

  • Bakersfield, CA 93301

Contact Information

Services Schedule


Orthros - 9:00 a.m.

Divine Liturgy - 10:00 a.m.


Evening Vespers - 6:30 p.m.


Past Bulletins

Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Second Mode

When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life Immortal, then didst Thou slay Hades with the lightning of Thy Divinity. And when Thou didst also raise the dead out of the nethermost depths, all the powers in the Heavens cried out: O Life-giver, Christ our God, glory be to Thee.

Apolytikion for the Church in the First Mode

As a liberator of prisoners, and as a guardian of the poor, a doctor of the sick, a defender of kings. Trophy bearer, O Great Martyr George. Intercede to Christ our God, and save our souls.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Second Mode

O Protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the creator most constant: O despise not the voices of those who have sinned; but be quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee: Hasten to intercession and speed thou to make supplication, O thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.

Saints and Feasts

June 25

The Righteous Martyr Febronia

This Martyr practiced the ascetic discipline in Nisibis of Mesopotamia; she was of such great beauty that the report of her came to the persecutor Selenus, and every attempt was made to make her deny Christ. After many horrible tortures, she was cruelly dismembered by the executioners, then beheaded, in the year 310 (or, according to some, in 302, during the reign of Diocletian).

June 25

Orentios, Pharmakios, Eros, Phirmos, Phirminos, Kyriakos, and Longinos the Martyrs and Brothers

June 25

3rd Sunday of Matthew


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Second Mode. Psalm 117.14,18.
The Lord is my strength and my song.
Verse: The Lord has chastened me sorely.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 5:1-10.

BRETHREN, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us. While we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Why, one will hardly die for a righteous man -- though perhaps for a good man one will dare even to die. But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we are now justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.

Gospel Reading

3rd Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 6:22-33

The Lord said, "The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is not sound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O men of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear? For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows you need them all. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well."


Wisdom of the Fathers

And let me beg you to consider how he everywhere sets down these two points;His part, and our part. On His part, however, there be things varied and numerous and diverse. For He died for us, and farther reconciled us, and brought us to Himself, and gave us grace unspeakable. But we brought faith only as our contribution. And so he says," "by faith, unto this grace"What grace is this? tell me. It is the being counted worthy of the knowledge of God, the being forced from error, the coming to a knowledge of the Truth, the obtaining of all the blessings that come through Baptism. For the end of His bringing us near was that we might receive these gifts. For it was not only that we might have simple remission of sins, that we were reconciled; but that we might receive also countless benefits...A person has acquired rule and glory and authority, yet he does not stand therein continuously, but is speedily cast out of it. Or if man take it not from him, death comes, and is sure to take it from him. But God's gifts are not of this kind; for neither man, nor occasion, nor crisis of affairs, nor even the Devil, nor death, can come and cast us. out of them. But when we are dead we then more strictly speaking have possession of them, and keep going on enjoying more and more.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 9 on Romans 4, 4th Century

Unless the grace of God comes to the help of our frailty, to protect and defend it, no man can withstand the insidious onslaughts of the enemy nor can he damp down or hold in check the fevers which burn in our flesh with nature's fire.
St. John Cassian
Conferences, Conference Two: On Discernment, Paulist Press pg. 74, 5th century


Parish News and Events

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There will be a memorial for Becky Valos this coming Sunday.  May her memory be eternal.

Imbibe/St. George Fundraiser

July 8th there will be a fundraiser at Imbibe Wine at 4140 Truxtun Avenue.  Tickets will be sold on June 25th and July 2nd in the hall.  Tickets are $40 per person.  

Drivers needed to take parishioners to church and return them home.  Fr. Joseph has contact information of our beloved shut-ins. 

Philoptochos Announcements

1) Please return your Mochas for Missions coffee cup as soon as possible to any Philoptochos board member. We are trying to collect it all quickly. Thank you for participating in raising funds for missions in our metropolis.

2) Congratulations to our new Philoptochos Board and Officers serving for 2017-2019: Elaine Dorlis-President, Kelly Demestihas-Vice-President, Georgia Drulias-Treasurer, Angela Becerra-Secretary, Erin Strategos-Advisor,Presbytera Despina Chaffee, Namaz Habroun-Pimentel, Olympia Hackleman and Pam Dorothea Jones, Board Members

Coffee Hour Opportunities

The calendar for coffee hour schedule is up in the hall. Each family please sign up for a Sunday. 

New Narthex Policy

Please enter the church and find a seat to hear the sermon rather than waiting in the Narthex.


Come by and check out the new merchandise that just arrived from the Holy Land.

Faith Tree Lion Heart

Mens focus group will be at Evangelos Demestihas’ house. Dates are TBA. Please RSVP in order to attend. Meetings will be at 1710 Greenhaven, 93312. Contact Evangelos if interested in attending.  

Parishioner Visits

Helen Kemper is currently at Hallmark Homes, 2001 Akers, Room 223. Please find some time to go and visit her. The facility number is 831-7147.

Bakersfield Homeless Center Volunteers

The third Monday of each month, we as a community under the direction of the Philoptochos, will be volunteering to serve on the dinner line at the Bakersfield Homeless Center. This will be a coordinated effort and we ask you to sign up with Elaine Dorlis so we know that enough volunteers will be there. We need 6-8 volunteers each month.
In order to serve, you will need to sign a liability form from BHC (Elaine will have these - 1 per family is all that is needed), volunteers must be 12 years of age or older and our service hours are 4:00-6:00.
We ask that you arrive between 3:45 and 4:00 if possible as the first service is at 4:00 for single men, followed by a 4:30 service for single women, a short 30 min break followed by the family service at 5:30.  This is a wonderful opportunity to show service to our greater community at large and help those who are less fortunate just down the street from our church. You can also email Elaine at Please sign up for July 17th & August 21st.

Dear Parishioners

Sundays should be set aside for quality time with God, our Church and Family.  This is true for the Priest, Parish Secretary and Parish Council.  Please let us try to address church business and make appointments during the week during office hours, and not wait until Sunday to address these matters.  For the generous providers of Coffee Hour, please arrange all meal preparation so that everyone is attending Divine Liturgy. The hall will always be open at least one hour before Divine Liturgy begins, as well as the evening before from 6:30 to 7:30.

Hall Reservation System

There will be a new system to reserve the hall for any church functions or activities. Everyone must communicate with Annette 599-5455 or Sahar if you will be using the hall anytime to be placed on the calendar. This includes groups that meet on a regular basis or for any event. Thank you for your cooperation.

Anyone using the hall during the week, please make sure you turn off all lights, coffee maker and the hall is left clean.

Prosphora Offering

When making the Prosphora, please make 1 large for the Sunday service and 2 small loaves for mid week. Please make arrangements with Sahar or Despina to bring the offering Saturday night.  We are looking for more people to make the blessed bread.  Please approach Father Joseph if interested.

Prosphora Schedule 

6/25 Sahar Ayoub, 7/2 Mary Mekhel, 7/9 Sahar Ayoub, 7/16 Sahar Ayoub, 7/23 Elaine Dorlis, 7/30 Olympia Hackleman, 8/6 Sahar Ayoub, 8/13 Elaine Dorlis, 8/20 Mary Mekhel, 8/27 Olympia Hackleman, 9/3 Sahar Ayoub, 9/10 Mary Mekhel, 9/17 Elaine Dorlis, 9/24 Olympia Hackleman.

Narthex Ushers

6/25 Vago & Annette, 7/2 Osama & Michael, 7/9 Manny & Michael Niz, 7/16 Danny & Ken, 7/23 James & Mary, 7/30 Tom. Thank you.

Coffee Hour

Given in memory of Becky Valos. May her memory be eternal.


Honor your loved ones birthday and or anniversary by making a contribution to the Endowment Fund in their name. Make checks payable to St. George Church and write Endowment Fund on the memo line. Distributions from the fund will benefit the youth and maintenance needs of the Parish. For more information contact a Parish Council Member. 
Thank you.

Services this Week

SUN- 8:30 a.m. Orthros, 9:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

MON  -Office Closed

TUES-6:30 p.m. Vespers

WED- 6:30 p.m.  Vespers, Faith Class immediately to follow.
THURS- 9:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy-Saints Peter & Paul, 6:30 p.m. Vespers

FRI- 6:30 p.m. Vespers

SAT-  6:30 p.m. Vespers


Father Joseph's Office Hours

Tuesday-Thursday from 1:30-7:30

About Communion

If you are a visitor and planning to take Holy Communion, please inform one of our ushers ahead of time. During Communion, parents with infants, and Sunday School Teachers should be first in line to receive Communion. All Christians Orthodox and Non-Orthodox are invited to come up to receive Blessed Bread (Antidoron) at the end of the service. However, present Church guidelines allow that only baptized and confirmed Eastern Orthodox Christians (who have properly prepared) may approach to receive Holy Communion. Thank you.

Religious Education

Sunday School

Will Resume in the Fall.

Youth Group/GOYA

If you have any questions about youth group please contact Stephen and Nicole Strategos.

Greek School

Greek School, with focus on conversational Greek, Greek orthodox hymns, and the Greek culture, held on Sundays will continue through the Summer.   Books endorsed by the Metropolis are available but not necessary.  Come and join us for fellowship while learning the Greek language.   Contact Olympia at 972-0411 with any questions. 

Friday Greek school hours are 4:30-6:30. Please contact Kathy Exarchoulakos if interested. 


Will resume in the fall.  Look for information on an upcomig Fiesta fundraiser. This group is for kindergartners (5 years old and up) to 6th graders. Contact Jenny or James Dean for more information.

Theft of Locks

To avoid ongoing theft of our locks on the gates and trash bins, please do not leave them in the unlocked open position hanging on the hook or gate.

Welcome New Parish Members


Glory to God for His Bountiful Blessings

Prayers needed.  Please add to your daily prayers for:

Our brothers & sisters unable to attend: 

Marika Psihoundas, Mary Valos, Maria Sporaa.Healing: Michael George, Marika, Victor, Helen K., Irene, Mary, Mary, Gus, Serephima, and others in our parish.

Those who are traveling

Orthodox-Nicholetta Y., Dan S., Monica, Yorgos K, Giorgos, Anna,Angela, Antonia, Stelios, Petros, Anne, Anna, Leonid, Mariyka, Archalia,Natalie, Eva,Eleni K.,Efstratios, Ourania, Christopher, Alice, Suha,Abla, Jennifer, Tom, Gabriela,Ion,Danny,Nadia, Niko, Musa Daoud, Vasiliki, Theodore, Achilles, Vasiliki, Elizabeth, Labrini, Bert & Louise Moosios,Olympia,Margarita, Seraphim, Mary, Tika,Maria Sporaa, Athina, Helen, Gerry Collis, Nektarios,Marika, Louis Strousos,Bessie Mattly, Noah A., Nick A.,Nick K., Kyriaki,Gus Huntalas, Fred, Hannah, Irene Sinopole, Helen Protopapas, Candess Strategos,Gene, Kathy, Sofia, Clemy (Clementina), Jane, and Matthew.

Non-Orthodox -Pamela Y., Debbie, Emmitt, Donna,Steve, Richard,Donald, Christina, Eva, Dominic,Gaby Garcia,Romona, Elea, Graysen Astumian, Marie,Michelle, Irma,  Julie, Greg, Allyson, Eric, Margaret, Valerie, Martha Rogers, Helen Kemper, Joseph, Stephen, Elizabeth,Ellen, Ling, Richard, Christine & David, Debby.

Catechumen: Paul & Kyriaki.

Financials               Budgeted                    Actual




Candles & Tray





  • 7/10  Michael & Anna Cornett
  • 7/25 Teddy & Lynn Budy 
  • 7/31 Jim & Candace Strategos


  • 6/26  Yemisrach Eshete
  • 6/26  Lukia Strategos
  • 6/26  Harry Chicklenis 
  • 7/3 Teddy Budy
  • 7/3 Savvas Chaffee
  • 7/5 Rebeca Asmerom
  • 7/5 Saba Asmerom
  • 7/4 Achilleas Hackleman
  • 7/8 Layth Dawood
  • 7/8 Elias Strategos
  • 7/8 Jose Pimentel
  • 7/9 Canon Hansen
  • 7/10 Hana Ayoub
  • 7/11 George Gebrewold
  • 7/15 Caitlyn Jennings
  • 7/19  Stacy Ryan
  • 7/19  Matthew Antonaros
  • 7/20 Jennifer Dean
  • 7/21 Matthew Andrews
  • 7/23 Timothy Haynes
  • 7/24 Genevieve Christensen
  • 7/25 Meqedes Mesfin
  • 7/29  Jared Ryan
  • 7/30 Zachary Dorlis
  • 7/30 Isaiah Dawood