ST. GEORGE GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH
REV. FR. RICHARD DEMETRIUS ANDREWS, PRESBYTER
March 26, 2017 SUNDAY OF ST. JOHN CLIMACUS
TODAY’S EVENTS: Greek Independence Celebration, 12pm; Pan-Orthodox Lenten Vespers and reception at St. Elizabeth Orthodox Church at new church on 125 Congress Street E.; 4pm; Serve-a-Meal at FOCUS 4pm.
Epistle Reader: Stephen Kanavati Prosfora: Angie Cender
Memorial: Ringo Cender (9 months) Fellowship: AHEPA Luncheon
Head Usher: Bill Clemons
Monday 03-27 GREAT COMPLINE (by readers) 6:00PM
Catechism Class: The Goal- Second Coming & Living the Christian Life 7:00PM
Tuesday 03-28 Choir Practice 6:30PM
Wednesday 03-29 NINTH HOUR 5:30PM
PRESANCTIFIED LITURGY 6:00PM
Lenten Meal & Lecture on Modern Heresies with Fr. Richard Andrews 7:30PM
Thursday 03-30 OCF at University of St. Thomas 12:00PM
Friday 03-31 GREAT VESPERS with SALUTATIONS 6:00PM
Lenten Meal & Lecture on the Torah, aka the Pentateuch with Fr. Marc Boulos 7:30PM
Saturday 04-01- GREAT VESPERS 5:00PM
Sunday 04-02 ORTHROS (8:15 am) & DIVINE LITURGY – ST. MARY OF EGYPT 9:30AM
Greek School 12:00PM
Youth Ministry meeting 12:00PM
Serve-a-Meal at FOCUS 4:00PM
Pan-Orthodox Lenten Vespers & Reception at St. George Antiochian Orthodox 4:00PM
Memory Eternal! The servant of God Helen Zubulake fell asleep in the Lord on March 18th. Visitation is today from 3-7pm, with Trisagion Prayers at 6:30pm, at Willwerschied Mortuary. Funeral service is tomorrow, Monday, March 27th at 11am, with Burial service at Roselawn Cemetery and Makaria Luncheonat church.
The servant of God Spero Thomaidis reposed in the Lord on March 21st. Funeral was Friday, March 24th.
Hierarchical Visit: to our parish with Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos on Palm Sunday April 9th. Please come welcome him! The Ahepa will host their annual fish luncheon that day. Tickets available at door. See insert.
Think About It: Afflictions for God’s sake are dearer to Him than any prayer or sacrifice. St. Isaac the Syrian (+700AD)
Final Lenten Lectures: "Modern Heresies" on Wednesday Fr. Rick speaks on Phyletism. Friday on "The Torah-Pentateuch" with Fr. Marc Boulos speaking about Deuteronomy. Thanks to all who attended this year!
Loukoumades Fundraiser: next Sunday, April 2, 2017, after Liturgy. Sponsored by Daughters of Penelope.
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!
Parent Volunteers Needed: We are looking for a parent for both Saturday of Lazarus April 8th and Holy Friday April 14th to coordinate the potluck meals. The sign-up sheet is in the social hall. Thank you!
75th Anniversary Album Update: Thank you to everyone for their patience as the 75th Anniversary Commemorative Album is reaching its final stage of production. Thanks to all who submitted materials including family pages. Thanks also to Dawn Lampros, Denise Smith and Julie Delton for their tireless efforts to bring forth a top quality history of our parish. It is very typical for parish anniversary publications to take a year or more to complete. We anticipate a finished product by early summer--well within normal parameters.
The Church Fathers Speak: If you notice that your mind constantly wanders off to various chores that you have to do, you must realize that you are not doing well spiritually, and this should alarm you because you have distanced yourself from God. St. Paisios the Athonite (+1994)
Philoptochos: will hold a combined April/May meeting on Tuesday, April 25 at 1:30pm. 2017 memberships are now due. Payments can be placed in the Philoptochos mailbox outside the conference room, or mailed to Tina Sageotis, 1000 Forest Glen Court, Burnsville, MN 55337. A reminder that a total of $25 from each membership contribution goes to the national and diocesan Philoptochos.
Wisdom from the Church Fathers: Your name O Mary ever-virgin, is a precious ointment which breathes forth the scent of Divine Grace. Let this ointment of salvation enter the innermost recesses of our soul. St. Ambrose of Milan (+397)
Daughters of Penelope & AHEPA: will meet on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 7pm.
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 92 pledge cards for 2017 with a total of $149,886 and an average of $1,629. 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%.
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.
Patristic Wisdom: Do not allow human respect to get in your way when you hear someone slandering his neighbor. Instead, say to him, “Brother, stop it!” If you say, “I do worse things every day, how can I criticize him?” Remember, you accomplish two things when you tell him to stop: You heal yourself and you heal your neighbor with one bandage. St. John Climacus (+606)
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).
Greek Cookbooks: various vintage hardcover editions in Greek are available in the bookstore.
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 today and at the Festival of Nations in May. Practices are on Sundays after liturgy in the social hall starting at noon.
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 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