ST. GEORGE GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH
REV. FR. RICHARD DEMETRIUS ANDREWS, PRESBYTER
March 19, 2017 VENERATION OF HOLY CROSS
TODAY’S EVENTS: Procession/Veneration of the Cross 11am; Greek School 12pm, Greek Dance Practice 1pm; Pan-Orthodox Lenten Vespers and reception at Holy Trinity Church in St. Paul 4pm; Serve-a-Meal at FOCUS on Lake Street, hosted by St. George 4pm.
Epistle Reader: Stephen Kanavati Prosfora: anonymous
Fellowship: Contolatis Family Head Usher: Jon Kennedy
Monday 03-20 GREAT COMPLINE (by readers) 6:00PM
Catechism Class: Sacraments III-Marriage & Monasticism with Fr. Morbey 7:00PM
Tuesday 03-21 Parish Council Meeting 6:30PM
Choir Practice 6:30PM
Wednesday 03-22 NINTH HOUR 5:30PM
PRESANCTIFIED LITURGY 6:00PM
Lenten Meal & Lecture on Modern Heresies with Fr. Richard Andrews 7:30PM
Thursday 03-23 Glad Tidings mailing (volunteers needed) 10:00AM
Friday 03-24 GREAT VESPERS with SALUTATIONS 6:00PM
Lenten Meal & Lecture on the Torah, aka the Pentateuch with Dcn. Gavrilyuk 7:30PM
Saturday 03-25 LITURGY- ANNUNCIATION & Greek Independence 9:00AM
GREAT VESPERS 5:00PM
Sunday 03-26 ORTHROS (8:15 am) & DIVINE LITURGY – ST. JOHN CLIMACUS 9:30AM
Greek Independence Celebration 12:00PM
Serve-a-Meal at FOCUS 4:00PM
Pan-Orthodox Lenten Vespers & Reception at St. Elizabeth Orthodox Church 4:00PM
The Gift of the Holy Spirit- was bestowed upon the servant of God Aida Gabriel Abebe in the Holy Sacrament of Chrismation on Sunday, March 12th. Welcome to the Orthodox Christian Church!
Sympathies & Condolences: to the Paraschou family, on the falling asleep of their uncle Fr. Athanasios Belantonas who reposed on March 1st in Greece, 65 years to the day of his ordination anniversary.
Hierarchical Visits: to our parish with Bishop Neofitos Kongai of Nyeri & Mt. Kenya on Saturday March 25th, and Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos on Palm Sunday April 9th. Please come welcome them!
Think About It: Repentance is the beginning, middle and end of the Christian way of life. Thus, it is sought and required before, during and after Holy Baptism. St. Gregory Palamas (+1359)
Greek Independence Day Lunch: the AHEPA will sponsor the annual Greek Independence Celebration lunch next Sunday, March 26th. Tickets available at the door. See insert for details.
Summer Camp Early Bird Registration: will open on April 18th at 10am. Registration fees are as follows: Early Bird Discount: $425 from April 18- May 5, 2017; Standard Fee: $475 from May 6-25, 2017 at 4:30pm. Please register at: www.stmaryscamp.com. Summer Camp dates are July 1-7, 2017.
Youth: On April 8th we have our annual Lazurus Saturday youth retreat from 10am-2pm, when we will clean the church in preparation for Great and Holy Pascha. We will have our Holy Friday youth retreat on April 14th from 11am-3pm. Please contact Nathaniel Kostick to RSVP for these events. We hope to see you there!
Wisdom from the Church Fathers: What we gain by fasting is not so great as the damage done by anger; nor is the profit from reading as great as the harm done when we scorn or grieve a brother. St. John Cassian (+435)
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!
Half Way thru Lenten Lectures: "Modern Heresies" on Wednesdays with Fr. Rick speaksa on pluralism this week and phyletism the last week. Fridays on "The Torah-Pentateuch" with Dr. Eugenia Gavrilyuk speaking about Leviticus & Numbers this week and Fr. Marc Boulos speaking about Deuteronomy the last week.
Greek Dancing: parents, if you would like your child to participate in Greek dancing lessons and performances organized by the Greek School, please contact Angela Mortari or Stella Hofrenning. Both a Children's group and a Teen group will perform at the Greek Independence Day Celebration next Sunday and at the Festival of Nations in May. Practices are on Sundays after liturgy in the social hall starting at noon.
The Church Fathers Speak: The Holy Fathers teach us that the one who forgives always wins. If you forgive, you immediately cleanse your soul and become fit for paradise. If you forgive those who plotted to murder you, you become equal to the martyrs. If you forgive an insult, you gain peace and won the Kingdom of Heaven. If you generously overlook rumors and slanders against you, you dull the sting of your foe. If you return good for evil, you shame your enemy. If you swallow a sarcastic insult, you become worth of heavenly honors. Archmandrite Seraphim Aleksiev (+1993)
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 89 pledge cards for 2017 with a total of $147,196 and an average of $1,654. 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: I arise today through God’s strength to pilot me, God’s might to uphold me, God’s wisdom to guide me, God’s eye to look before me, God’s ear to hear me, and God’s word to speak to me. St. Patrikios/Patrick of Ireland (+493)
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 email@example.com and Deb Korluka firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 available at the door.
Greek Cookbooks: various vintage hardcover editions in Greek are available in the bookstore.
Save the Date! The St. George Greek Festival will be August 19-20. 2017. More volunteers are 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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