ST. GEORGE GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH
REV. FR. RICHARD DEMETRIUS ANDREWS, PRESBYTER
February 19, 2017 MEATFARE SUNDAY
TODAY’S EVENTS: Greek School 12pm; Serve-a-Meal at FOCUS 4pm; Greek Dance Practice 4:30pm.
Epistle Reader: Stephen Kanavati Prosfora: Irene Loudas
Fellowship: Irene Loudas Family Head Usher: Alexis Bighley
Monday 02-20 Catechism Class: Church II- Councils, Creeds, Bible, Tradition w/ Fr. Houck 7:00PM
Tuesday 02-21 Parish Council meeting 6:30PM
Thursday 02-23 Glad Tidings Mailing (volunteers needed) 10:00AM
OCF at University of St. Thomas 12:00PM
Saturday 02-25 VESPERS 5:00PM
Sunday 02-26 ORTHROS (8:15 am) & DIVINE LITURGY – CHEESEFARE SUNDAY 9:30AM
Oratorical Festival 11:30AM
Greek School 12:00PM
Serve-a-Meal at FOCUS MN 4:00PM
Greek Dance Practice 4:30PM
Monday 02-27 GREAT COMPLINE (by readers) 6:00PM
Meatfare Today: the last day to eat meat and meat products as we prepare to enter Great and Holy Lent next week on Clean/Pure Monday, February 27th. Thus, we should be preparing our schedule around worship services, getting ready for the Sacrament of Confession and fasting according to our Orthodox Tradition.
Thank you! To American Legion Hellenic Post 129 who donated $1,500 to St. George youth athletic programs. We appreciate their consistent support of our youth over the years.
Basketball Tournament: Congratulations to all the participants and thanks to Milam Paraschou for coaching the boys team and George Mastrogiorgis for coaching the JOY team which won third place. Thanks to our sister parish of Holy Anargyroi Church in Rochester, MN for hosting the tournament. Congrats also to them on the recent construction of their beautiful new social hall and classroom wing!
Think About It: There is no joy in this world without God. St. Justin Popovich of Chelije (+1979)
Lenten Retreat: Fr. Barnabas Powell will lead our 12th annual Lenten Retreat on March 10-11. The theme will be "Normal Orthodox--Healthy Church: Knowing the True Faith in Order to Practice it Truly." On Friday evening come and hear how a former Protestant Pentecostal pastor learned about and embraced the Orthodox Christian Faith. On Saturday, learn from his insights about how to help our parishes become healthier and grow and mature.
Lenten Lectures: Our 16th annual Lenten Lectures series' themes will be "Modern Heresies" on Wednesdays and "The Torah-Pentateuch" on Fridays. Fr. Rick will speak on Weds. about secularism, humanism, rationalism, pluralism and phyletism. On Fridays various presenters will speak about the first five books of the Old Testament, also known as the Law of Moses and their relevance for modern readers today.
Missions Sunday: Like parishes around the country, we will highlight the work of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) on Cheesefare Sunday, February 26th. The goal and purpose of Orthodox Missions is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Ladies of the Philoptochos will receive a special offering to benefit OCMC that day. Please support Orthodox missions, especially Nathan Hoppe and his family in Albania.
The Church Fathers Speak: If someone has repented of a sin, and again does the same sin, this is a sign that he or she has not been cleansed of the causes of the sin. As from a root, the shoot springs forth again. St. Basil the Great (+379)
Fresh Phyllo-for your holiday baking. Philoptochos is once again taking orders for FRESH phyllo following
liturgy todayand February 26. Fresh phyllo will be ready for pick up March 12. If you have any questions, please contact Presbytera Jane at email@example.com.
Youth: Our annual Oratorical Festival is next Sunday, February 26, after Divine Liturgy. Collection baskets have been placed in each Sunday School class for children's participation. Parents now have the option to donate after Divine Liturgy, or send their generous donations with their child to Sunday School, where their child can actively be involved in giving to the church.
Next Philoptochos Meeting: is scheduled for Sunday, March 5, following liturgy, in the conference room.
Wisdom from the Church Fathers: The fruits of the Holy Spirit are love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. In contrast to these dispositions are the vices or passions: pride, vanity, selfishness, anger, hatred, envy, idleness, sensuality, gloom and despair. These are the sources of the evil deeds that ruin us. And each person has at least one that all others entwine themselves. We must seek it out to understand the structure of our heart. It is easy to correct deeds. The heart however, cannot be transformed and corrected all at once. A struggle lies ahead. St. Theophan the Recluse (+1894)
Lenten Meals: please see sign-up sheet in social hall. You can volunteer individually or with a group.
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 78 pledge cards for 2017 with a total of $134,316 and an average of $1,722. 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: The soul that has come to know God fully no longer desires anything else, nor does it attach itself to anything on the earth. And if you put before it a kingdom, that soul would not desire it, for the love of God gives such sweetness and joy to the soul that even the life of a king can no longer give it any sweetness. St. Silouan the Athonite (+1938)
Holy Land/Russia Pilgrimage: Sept.27 – Oct.11 2017. Holy Land trip is first 9 days and costs $1,300/ person. Russian trip is afterwards for 6 days at $1,550/person. Prices do not include air, travel insurance and tips. Several options available. Next info meeting at St. Mary's OCA Feb. 26, 11am. Pilgrimage hosted by Icon Art Studios under the leadership of Tom Rudquist at firstname.lastname@example.org and Deb Korluka email@example.com.
Lost & Found Items: Please check the box near the coat rack, and the kitchen counter near the microwaves, for items that may belong to you. Items not claimed by March 1 will be donated.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Glad Tidings deadline: The 10th of each month. Glad Tidings email: email@example.com Sunday Bulletin Deadline: Wednesday Noon each week. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org