ST. GEORGE GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH
REV. FR. RICHARD DEMETRIUS ANDREWS, PRESBYTER
June 11, 2017 ALL SAINTS
TODAY’S EVENTS: Serve-a-Meal at FOCUS MN 4pm; Greek Dance Practice 6:30pm.
Memorial: Nick Leaskas (40 days) Prosfora: anonymous
Epistle Reader: Stephen Kanavati Fellowship: Joanne & Demetri Halatsis
Head Usher: Bill Clemons
Monday 06-12 Vacation Church School (9am – 12 noon, through Thursday, June 15) 9:00AM
Tuesday 06-13 Website Committee meeting 7:00PM
Wednesday 06-14 Spring Cleaning II 5:30PM
Thursday 06-15 FOCUS MN Craft Nightin Minneapolis 6:00PM
AHEPA meeting 7:00PM
Sunday 06-18 ORTHROS (8:15am) &DIVINELITURGY- 2nd SUNDAY OF MATTHEW 9:30AM
Serve-a-Meal at FOCUS MN 4:00PM
Monday 06-19 Parish Council meeting 6:30PM
Memory Eternal: The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is mourning the passing of Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago, 89, who fell asleep in the Lord on June 2, 2017, at Chicago’s Weiss Memorial Hospital following a short illness. The funeral was held Friday, June 9 in Chicago. May the Lord our God remember his archpriesthood in His Kingdom unto the ages. Please pray for the synod of bishops who will elect a successor.
Vacation Church School: starts tomorrow! See Nathaniel to register. The program will run Monday through Thursday from 9am-noon.
Think About It: The easiest, quickest way and safest path to Heaven is humility. Philotheos Zervakos (+1980)
Spring Cleaning II: this Wednesday, June 14 at 5:30pm to complete the many items not finished at the first church cleaning including storage areas, windows, and the kitchen.
IOCC Summer Internship: for student or graduate in social sciences; based in Twin Cities with periodic travel throughout US managing home builds; coordinating Youth ServExtreme and grant writing. For more info, www.iocc.org/take-action/internship-program or contact Dan Christopulos firstname.lastname@example.org
Greek Festival: August 19-20. 2017; save the dates! Advance Sale tickets will be sold in the social hall on Sundays after liturgy, ticket price is $10 for $12 of food & beverages. Yard signs will be available in the social hall beginning today. If you are interested in serving on the Clean-up Committee or any other, please contact Jon Kennedy, Phyllis Kapetanakis or Alexis Bighley.
Mural Icons- Thank you to all for designating memorials of departed loved ones and making additional significant personal contributions: Resurrection Icon - Presvytera Miriam Paraschou in memory of Fr. Parry, Crucifixion Icon - Angie & Tia Kontenakos in memory of Christ Kontenakos, Nativity Icon - Irene Loudas in memory of Basil Loudas, and Pentecost Icon - Mary Arvanitis in memory of Loucas Arvanitis, Nick and Frances Arvanitis, Michael Eric, and Aphrodite Arvanitis.
FOCUS MN Craft Night: Thursday, June 15, 6-8pm at FOCUS Minnesota, 1600 E Lake St, Minneapolis, 55407. Plastic grocery bags are needed to crochet waterproof sleeping mats for the homeless. It takes 500 bags to make a single mat. Visit http://www.focusmn.org for more information.
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: A Christian receives divine wisdom in three ways: 1) by the commandments, 2) by the teachings, and 3) by the faith. The commandments free the mind from passions. Teachings lead it to true knowledge of nature. And faith leads to contemplation of the Holy Trinity. St. Maximos the Confessor (+662)
Middle Eastern Festival: July 14-16 at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church. For details, see flyer in social hall or visit www.mideastfest.com.
St. Mardarije of Libertyville Glorification: pan-orthodox celebration July 14-16 in Libertyville IL His relics have been found incorrupt and the diocese is having a pan-orthodox celebration at Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral and St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Monastery. See flyer in social hall or visit www.stsavamonastery.org
Wisdom from the Church Fathers: Why is it that much is said and written about the sufferings of the Saints? Because these holy persons are considered victors. Can anyone be a victor in a battle without conflict, pain and suffering? If a person does not engage in combat with the world, with the devil or with one’s self, for the sake of Christ, how can he/she be counted among the soldiers of Christ? St. Nikolai Velimerovic (+1956)
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 106 pledge cards for 2017 with a total of $166,290 and an average of $1,569. 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%.
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.
Church Fathers Speak: Humans fear emptiness. Thus, if we evict a good spirit, its place will be taken by the evil one because a heart cannot stay empty. Nature abhors a vacuum. St. John of Kronstadt +(1908)
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.
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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