ST. GEORGE GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH
REV. FR. RICHARD DEMETRIUS ANDREWS, PRESBYTER
February 5, 2017 SUNDAY OF THE PUBLICAN & PHARISEE TRIODION BEGINS
TODAY’S EVENTS: Godparent & Godchild Sunday;Greek School, Youth Ministry meeting 12pm; Youth Bball Practice at SPA 12:30pm; Men’s Practice at St. Mary’s GOC 2:30pm;Serve-a-Meal at FOCUS 4pm.
Epistle Reader: Stephen Kanavati Prosfora: Krisandrea Ballas-Rylander
Fellowship: Anastasia & Jon Maier Family Head Usher: Bill Clemons
Monday 02-06 Loaves & Fishes at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church 4:30PM
Catechism Class: Christ II - His Work & Teachings w/ Fr. George Dokos 7:00PM
Tuesday 02-07 Philoptochos meeting 1:30PM
Thursday 02-09 MEOCCA meeting at St. Mary’s GOC 11:00AM
OCF at University of St. Thomas 12:00PM
Friday 02-10 GOYAL Basketball Tournament in Rochester, MN (through 02-12)
Saturday 02-11 VESPERS 5:00PM
Sunday 02-12 ORTHROS (8:15 am) & DIVINE LITURGY – PRODIGAL SON 9:30AM
Greek School, Choir Practice, Acolyte Training 12:00PM
Serve-a-Meal at FOCUS MN 4:00PM
Greek Dance Practice 4:30PM
Monday 02-13 Catechism Class: Church I-Birth, Mission, Structure w/ Fr. Ted Wojcik 7:00PM
Welcome! To all our godparents and godchildren today as we celebrate this most important spiritual relationship. Please gather in the social hall after liturgy for a group photo. God bless everyone!
Sympathies & Condolences to: Dimitra Kaniamos, whose mother, Ekaterini Papaconstantinou, fell asleep in the Lord January 21st in Tithorea, Greece. Ekaterina is also the sister of Fr. John Angelis. She was 93 years old.
And Maria Andrews, whose brother Lefteris Vasakis, fell asleep in the Lord on Jan. 4th in Heraklion, Crete.
Thank you! to everyone who expressed sympathies and condolences to Presvytera Jane for the passing of her mother. We appreciate the prayerful support given during this difficult time of loss.
Baptism Invitation: the Elioufamily would like to extend an open invitation to members of the parish for the baptism of Eleanore Pendeli Eliou on Saturday, February 18th at 11-1:00 pm. Food and drinks will be served in the social hall following the service. Please RSVP only if attending by calling Pendy & Jeanne at 651-245-0750 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Think About It: Guard your mind and you will not be harassed by temptations. But if you neglect to guard it, accept patiently whatever trial comes your way. St. Hesychius the Priest (+433)
Triodion Begins Today: This is a friendly liturgical notice from the Church to let us know that Great Lent is approaching in three weeks. Thus, we should start preparing by planning our schedule around worship services, getting ready for the Sacrament of Confession and fasting according to our Tradition.
Lost & Found Items: Please check the box near the coat rack, and also the kitchen counter near the microwaves, for items that may belong to you. Items not claimed by Feb. 10 will be donated.
Basketball Banquet: Everyone is encouraged to support our sister parish of Holy Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church in Rochester as they host the annual GOYAL Family Basketball tournament. Even if not playing, coaching or parenting, everyone can attend the Grand Banquet this Saturday Feb.11th
Tournament Time! The 2017 Western Region Family Basketball Tournament will be held next weekend, February 10-12, 2017, hosted by Holy Anargyroi Sts. Cosmas and Damianos Greek Orthodox Church in Rochester, MN. Players can register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-greek-bball-player-registration-registration-30563365850. Each player/coach must purchase a weekend meal package at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-greek-bball-meal-registration-registration-30647399196; Book your rooms now at Hilton Garden Inn, using discount code GOC. http://greekbball.org/upcoming_tournament.asp
The Church Fathers Speak: Why do you worry and grieve more than necessary for various incidents and trials? We are not outside of Divine Providence. Neither are we directed by mere chance. Therefore, whatever happens to us happens with God’s knowledge and thus is not beyond our strength. Elder Ephraim of Arizona
Basketball Scholarships: The parish council approved the family’s request to create the "Christ Kontenakos Memorial Basketball Scholarship Fund" to help needy kids and families participate in the basketball programs of St. George Greek Orthodox Church. The memorials given in his name will be placed in the fund. Christ was very dedicated to our basketball programs including serving as the girls’ team basketball coach for many years. Thank you to everyone who gave donations in his memory. May his memory be eternal!
Youth: GOYA will meet at the Depot in Minneapolis on Saturday, February 18 at 7pm, immediately following Vespers. Our annual Oratorical Festival is February 26, after Divine Liturgy. For materials or questions, please see your child's Sunday School teacher or Nathaniel Kostick.
Wisdom from the Church Fathers: I prefer a sinful man who knows he has sinned and repents, to a man who has not sinned and considers himself righteous. St. Sarmatas of Thebaid (+357)
Stewardship 2017: Our theme is You are the Voice of Christ in a Changing World: As the Father Has Sent Me, So I Send You (John 20:21). We have received 73 pledge cards for 2017 with a total of $127,761and an average of $1,750. When pledging be sure to increase your pledge, even if only a few dollars. This reflects spiritual growth and overcomes stagnation. We encourage everyone to give a minimum of 2% pledge of gross yearly income to become a self-sustaining community. This is far less than the biblical ideal of tithing, giving 10%.
Roselawn Cemetery Lots: are still available for parishioners at a 15% discount off list prices. 2017 discounted prices are: Monument Lot (2 graves) $5,865.00; Flat Lot A (2 graves) $3,485.00; Flat Lot B (1 grave-limited availability) $2,040.00. If interested in learning more or to purchase a lot, please contact the church office.
Patristic Wisdom: With the mental eyes of my heart I see how I mentally breathe Christ into my heart, how He enters into it, and suddenly tranquilizes and rejoices it. St. John of Kronstadt (+1908)
Holy Land/Russia Pilgrimage Fall 2017: next upcoming meeting at St. Mary's OCA Sunday February 26, 11:00am. Holy Land portion of the tour is 9 days and costs approximately $1,300.00 plus air, travel insurance and tips with a minimum of 20 participants. Russian portion of the pilgrimage is before Holy Land trip, cost TBA. Several options available. Pilgrimage hosted by Icon Art Studios under the leadership of Tom Rudquist at email@example.com and Deb Korluka firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration meeting in March of 2017.
Save the Date! The St. George Greek Festival will be August 19-20. 2017. A Festival Committee meeting date will be announced in the next few weeks. More volunteers are always needed to serve on committees; if you are interested, please contact Jon Kennedy, Phyllis Kapetanakis or Alexis Bighley.
Welcome Visitors Thank you for joining with us in prayer and fellowship. The worship of the Orthodox Church is deeply rooted in and very similar to that of the early Christian Church. Unique sensory stimuli and mystery are elements that go back even to the liturgy of the Jewish temple. Everything in an Orthodox Christian church communicates the majestic presence of God the Holy Trinity with His Saints. It is literally heaven on earth. It is a sad consequence of the divisions in Christianity that we cannot extend a general invitation to receive Holy Communion. Visitors are invited to receive the blessed bread (antithoron) at the conclusion of the liturgy. We pray and work for the reconciliation and unity of all Christians. If you are interested in learning more about Orthodoxy, please contact Fr. Rick at email@example.com. We are proud of our Greek heritage but one does not have to be of Greek descent, nor speak Greek to be a Greek Orthodox Christian.
Note to Orthodox about Holy Communion: Receiving the Body and Blood of Christ is one of the most Holy experiences for a Christian in order to be granted the forgiveness of sins and everlasting life. We are never worthy to partake of Divine Nature. Yet, it is essential that we prepare ourselves for this sacred Communion by constant prayer, reading the Scriptures, regular fasting and periodic Confession. At a minimum, we should fast all morning before Communion, arrive at the beginning of Liturgy, and come for Confession at least once a year. In addition, we should not have separated ourselves from the Church through serious sin. Otherwise, please refrain from Communion to avoid “judgment…not discerning the Lord’s body” (1Cor. 11:29). Contact Fr. Rick for pastoral guidance.
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