St. George Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2017-08-13
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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 First Mode

When the stone had been sealed by the Jews and the soldiers were guarding Thine immaculate Body, Thou didst arise on the third day, O Saviour, granting life unto the world. Wherefore, the powers of the Heavens cried out to Thee, O Lifegiver: Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ. Glory to Thy Kingdom. Glory to Thy dispensation, O only Friend of man.

Apolytikion for Apodosis of Transfiguration in the Grave Mode

Thou wast transfigured on the mountain, O Christ our God, showing to Thy disciples Thy glory as each one could endure. Shine forth Thou on us, who are sinners all, Thy light ever-unending, through the prayers of the Theotokos. Light-bestower, 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 Grave Mode

You were transfigured upon the mount, O Christ our God, and Your disciples, in so far as they could bear, beheld Your glory. Thus, when they see You crucified, they may understand Your voluntary passion, and proclaim to the world that You are truly the effulgence of the Father.

Saints and Feasts

August 13

Dorotheus, Abba of Gaza

Saint Dorotheos was born in Antioch, Syria, in the year 506 or 508 A.D. He began his education very early in life and profited from the social statusof his parents. He received a classical education in the Greco-Roman world, which included medical studies, thus allowing him to work as a physician. Despite his great mind, Dorotheos yearned for a life of seclusion in the monastery. He inquired through letters with the holy men Barsanuphius and John (see February 6th) as how to begin the process towards monasticism. Many of these letters exist to this day and provide insight to the life of Dorotheos and his relationship with his mentors.

Dorotheos entered the monastery of Thawatha where Barsanuphius and John lived. His quick mind and advanced education made life in the monastery difficult as he struggled with social encounters and even challenged his abbot when he knew of better ways to run the monastery. This struggle against pride lasted a great while and served as an ongoing lesson for Dorotheos. He worked as assistant to the holy father John and enjoyed this position of communication between John and the rest of the community.

As he progressed in the spiritual life, Dorotheos was given spiritual charge over younger monks to which he was hesitant to accept as he struggled with interactions with others. Despite his reservations, Dorotheos took charge over a young man named Dositheos and taught him the monastic life, a relationship which proved to be difficult but beneficial for both. When John died, Dorotheos left the monastery of Thawatha and founded his own monastery where he took charge of many young monks, training them in the spiritual art.

August 13

10th Sunday of Matthew

August 13

Apodosis of the Transfiguration


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. First Mode. Psalm 32.22,1.
Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us.
Verse: Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous.

The reading is from St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 4:9-16.

Brethren, God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels and to men. We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor, but we in disrepute. To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are ill-clad and buffeted and homeless, and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; when slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become, and are now, as the refuse of the world, the off-scouring of all things. I do not write this to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel. I urge you, then, be imitators of me.

Gospel Reading

10th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 17:14-23

At that time, a man came up to Jesus and kneeling before him said, "Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly; for often he falls into the fire, and often into the water. And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not heal him." And Jesus answered, "O faithless and perverse generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me." And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured instantly. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, "Why could we not cast it out?" He said to them, "Because of your little faith. For truly I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move hence to yonder place,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. But this kind never comes out except by prayer and fasting." As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, "The Son of man is to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day."


Wisdom of the Fathers

Yet if his unbelief was the cause ... why does He blame the disciples? Signifying, that even without persons to bring the sick in faith, they might in many instances work a cure.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 57 on Matthew 17, 4th Century

For as the faith of the person presenting oftentimes availed for receiving the cure, even from inferior ministers; so the power of the doers oftentimes sufficed, even without belief in those who came to work the miracle.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 57 on Matthew 17, 4th Century


Parish News and Events

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Conference with all Department Heads

There is a meeting Thursday, August 17th after Vespers to set up the new Calendar year for all department heads. Please contact Father Joseph for any questions.

Uber Available

Uber is now available for parishioners needing rides to services.  Please contact Sahar Ayoub in the office at 325-8694 to be put on the list.

Parish Council

Next meeting is August 24th at 7 p.m.


Next meeting is August 20th.

Hope/Joy Fundraiser

We will be having a Fiesta Luncheon Fundraiser August 27th to benefit the   

Hope/Joy group.  Please come support our kids!


Next Philoptochos General Meeting will be September 10 immediately after Divine Liturgy in the hall - please join us!

Save the date! Sunday September 17 Health and Wellness Fundraiser to benefit the Metropolis Emergency Relief Fund and Health and Wellness Ministries - more details coming soon!

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.

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

Volunteers Needed-If you would like to be a part of our Homeless Shelter Ministry the third Monday of each month, please contact Namaz Habroun-Pimentel or after Sunday church services.

Our next dates will be August 21st and September 18th.

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 

 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. Thank you.

Narthex Ushers

8/13 Osama & Michael Ryan, 8/20 Manny & Michael Niz, 8/27 Danny & Ken, 9/3 James & Mary, 9/10 Tom, 9/17 Youth Group, 9/24 Vago & Annette.  Thank you.

Coffee Hour

Hosted by the Yoahannes Family.


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-9:30 a.m. Dormition of the Theotokos, 6:30 p.m. Vespers

WED- 6:30 p.m.  Vespers, Faith Class immediately to follow.
THURS- 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

Will resume in the fall

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.  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 -Julie, 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





  • 8/12     Ken & Olympia Hackleman           
  • 8/23     Nathan & Amy Murray
  • 8/26     Brandon & Michelle Bychek   
  • 8/30     Ted & Kathy Exarchoulakos  


  • 8/1       Isaiah Strategos
  • 8/02     Mary Valos
  • 8/02     Helen Huntalas
  • 8/04     Evangeline Copeland
  • 8/4       John Strategos
  • 8/5       Zaina Madain
  • 8/5       Michael Antonaros
  • 8/6       Tom Drulias
  • 8/8       Anthony Becerra
  • 8/10      Justin Dorlis           
  • 8/12      Katherine Chaffee
  • 8/13      Brandon Bychek           
  • 8/14      Christina Vlahos           
  • 8/16      Bessie Mattly            
  • 8/23       Joyce Cisneros
  • 8/23       Marianna Strategos
  • 8/25       Namaz Pimentel
  • 8/26       Ted Exarchoulakos