ST. GEORGE GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH
REV. FR. RICHARD DEMETRIUS ANDREWS, PRESBYTER
March 5, 2017 SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY
TODAY’S EVENTS: Procession of Icons 11am; Greek School, Youth Ministry meeting; Philoptochos meeting 12pm; Pan-Orthodox Lenten Vespers at St. Mary OCA Cathedral; Serve-a-Meal at FOCUS 4pm.
Epistle Reader: Stephen Kanavati Prosfora: anonymous
Fellowship: Elizabeth & Paul Poulios Head Usher: Jim Theros
Monday 03-06 GREAT COMPLINE (by readers) 6:00PM
Catechism Class: Sacraments I-Baptism, Chrismation, Confession, Unction 7:00PM
Wednesday 03-08 NINTH HOUR 5:30PM
PRESANCTIFIED LITURGY 6:00PM
Lenten Meal & Lecture on Modern Heresies with Fr. Richard Andrews 7:30PM
Thursday 03-09 MEOCCA Meeting at FOCUS MN 12:00PM
OCF at University of St. Thomas 12:00PM
Friday 03-10 AKATHISTOS / SALUTATIONS 6:00PM
Lenten Retreat- Why Orthodoxy? with Fr. Barnabas Powell 7:30PM
Saturday 03-11 Lenten Retreat- Discussions with Fr. Barnabas Powell, Potluck Lunch 10:00AM
GREAT VESPERS 3:00PM
Sunday 03-12 ORTHROS (8:15 am) & DIVINE LITURGY – ST. GREGORY PALAMAS 9:30AM
Pan-Orthodox Lenten Vespers & Reception here at St. George Greek 4:00PM
May Her Memory Be Eternal: Nick & Katherine Boosalis ask that everyone please pray for their daughter, Kathleen Niki Boosalis Rogers, who passed away ten years ago today.
Lenten Retreat: this Friday & Saturday Fr. Barnabas Powell is our guest speaker. The theme will be "Normal Orthodox--Healthy Church: Knowing the True Faith in Order to Practice it Truly." On Friday evening come 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. Youth activities will be provided during the retreat so parents can attend the lectures. Saturday lunch is potluck.
Think About It: Whoever fears God doesn’t fear anything else. Elder Epiphanios of Athens (+1989)
Pan-Orthodox Vespers: our parish hosts next Sunday, March 12th. Service begins at 4pm. Volunteers needed to help host the meal afterwards. Please contact one of the parish council members.
Oratorical Festival: Congratulations to all who shared on February 26th. Andrew Hattling took first place in the Junior Speech division, followed by honorable mentions Jonathan Paraschou and Manoli Mastrogiorgis. In the Essay divisions, we congratulate first place finishers Parry Paraschou (Senior), and Dinah Lampros (Junior). All participants did exceptionally well, and we thank each one of them for participating.
St. Elizabeth Orthodox Church: is moving after fourteen years of service in the Eagan area to a property and building on St. Paul’s west side (125 Congress St. E, St. Paul, MN 55107). To see the full announcement or to donate to the renovation fund, visit http://www.seocc.org/announcement.html.
Greek Cookbooks: various vintage hardcover editions in Greek are available in the bookstore.
Be the Bee Retreat: On Saturday, March 18 all youth (k-12), parents, and youth workers are invited to join us at St. Mary's in Minneapolis for the Be The Bee BEETREAT, a day of engaging workshops, activities, and great opportunities to explore our faith. JOY, Jr. GOYA, and GOYA will be separated into their own retreats. Come see what all the fuss is about! Workshops are from 9:30 to 5:00. To register, go to BeTheBee.goarch.org/retreats
The Church Fathers Speak: If you ever want to be freed from all the vices simultaneously, renounce self-love, the mother of all evils. St. Thallasios of Libya (7th cent.)
Parent Volunteers Needed: We are looking for a parent for both Saturday of Lazarus and Holy Friday to coordinate the potluck meals. The sign-up sheet is located in the social hall. Thank you!
Daughters of Penelope: the Thursday, March 16th meeting has been cancelled.
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.
Philoptochos Meeting Today: following liturgy, in the conference room.
Wisdom from the Church Fathers: A holy person cares for his neighbor, where the homeless will spend the night, how the hungry will be fed, with what the naked will be clothed. He cares and prays for the salvation of his neighbors, that their hearts may be filled with love towards God, that their minds may be directed towards God, that the wicked may turn from the paths of wickedness, that the firm may persevere, that the departed may behold the face of God, and that the living may be written in the Book of Life in the Kingdom of Light. St. Nikolai Velimirovic (+1956)
Greek Independence Day Lunch: St. George AHEPA will sponsor the annual Greek Independence Celebration lunch on Sunday, March 26th. Tickets will be available at the door in the social hall following Divine Liturgy. See insert for details.
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 87 pledge cards for 2017 with a total of $145,696 and an average of $1,674. 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%.
Patristic Wisdom: Fasting is wonderful because it tramples our sins like a dirty weed, while it cultivates and raises truth like a flower. St. Basil the Great (+379)
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. Pilgrimage hosted by Icon Art Studios under the leadership of Tom Rudquist at firstname.lastname@example.org and Deb Korluka email@example.com.
Pictorial Directory 2015 is now available for $5 per copy. They can be purchased either from Julie in the office or in the bookstore (limit, one per family).
Palm Sunday Fish Lunch: on Sunday, April 9, following the Divine Liturgy. Tickets will be available at the door in the social hall.
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.
Summer Camp Dates: St. Mary’s summer church camp will be held this year on July 1-7. Future dates are as follows: June 30- July 6, 2018; June 29-July 5, 2019; June 27 – July 3, 2020; July 3-9, 2021.
Save the Date! The St. George Greek Festival will be August 19-20. 2017. More volunteers are always needed to serve on committees; if you are interested, please contact Jon Kennedy, Phyllis Kapetanakis or Alexis Bighley.
Giving Options w/ Tax Advantage: There are some simple ways to make stewardship contributions with significant tax savings. One is to transfer appreciated stock to the church claiming full value of donation and avoiding capital gains tax. 2016 has been a very good year in the market and this may be a simple, easy way to fulfill your stewardship pledge early in the year. Transfer forms are available by request. We recommend that everyone consult an accounting and/or tax professional for the best personal advice. Thank you!
Need Counseling? Fr. Rick is always available by appointment for pastoral counseling. He will soon become a Licensed Associate in Marriage & Family Therapy (LAMFT). To complete his doctoral internship, Father needs a certain number of hours counseling individuals, couples and families. His program allows pastoral counseling to count towards those hours. Fr. Rick has nearly 22 years of parish priest experience as well as doctoral training in MFT. Help him to help you. All counseling is strictly confidential. Fr. Rick is also a certified Seminar Director for the Prepare-Enrich program (www.prepare-enrich.com), the premier pre-marital and marital counseling assessment tool in the world. This enables him to train others to become facilitators, certified to use Prepare-Enrich as a tool in counseling with couples.
Recycle Icons- please do not throw icons, including printed Sunday Bulletins, in the trash. They are holy and sacred images of the saints. Please return them to the church office or social hall to be given to those in need.
Help us Go Green! Please let us know how you would like to receive our monthly newsletter Glad Tidings and other parish related communications: 1) printed copy by US mail; 2) digital copy by email listserv; 3) both. Call or email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org with your preference.
Original Materials: must stay on church premises. It is a policy of our parish that no original material (paper, photos, electronic, etc.) is to leave the church. If someone wants or needs something, a copy will have to be made if one does not already exist. This applies to bookkeeping documents, archives and all church records.
Wear the Faith! Visit OrthdoxRings.com (also on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest) to see a full line of high-quality Orthodox Christian rings with ancient Christian symbolism for wedding bands, promise rings, class rings, gifts for baptisms, chrismations and anniversaries.
Fr. Rick in Social Hall: The Parish Council is encouraging everyone to allow Father Rick to interact with all parishioners in the social hall after liturgy on Sundays. To accomplish this, if you have a serious or more involved issue, please call him or make an appointment with him during the week.
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.
Glad Tidings deadline: The 10th of each month. Glad Tidings email: firstname.lastname@example.org Sunday Bulletin Deadline: Wednesday Noon each week. Email: email@example.com