ST. GEORGE GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH
REV. FR. RICHARD DEMETRIUS ANDREWS, PRESBYTER
August 6, 2017 HOLY TRANSFIGURATION
TODAY’S EVENTS: Blessing of Fruits, Serve-a-Meal at FOCUS MN 4pm; Greek Dance Practice.
Epistle Reader: Stephen Kanavati Prosfora: Rita Kanavati
Fellowship: Tzenis Family Head Usher: Andrea Walkush
Monday 08-07 PARAKLESIS – 11:00AM
Loaves & Fishes at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church 4:30PM
Greek Festival Committee Meeting 6:00PM
Tuesday 08-08 PARAKLESIS – 11:00AM
Website Committee meeting 7:00PM
Wednesday 08-09 PARAKLESIS – 7:00PM
Thursday 08-10 PARAKLESIS – 9:00AM
Sunday 08-13 ORTHROS (8:15am) &DIVINELITURGY- 10th SUNDAY OF MATTHEW 9:30AM
Acolyte Training 12:00PM
Serve-a-Meal at FOCUS MN 4:00PM
Greek Dance Practice 6:30PM
Ipad training for festival 11:30AM
Fast of Dormition: August 1-15, is an excellent time to worship, fast, repent and confess. Paraklesis-Supplicatory Canon to the Theotokos services will be celebrated at various times throughout the fast. Please plan ahead for at least two to three services in your schedule. The Paraklesis is a beautifully melodic service the kids will enjoy. Please be sure to bring names of the living so priest can pray for them.
2017 Lenten Lectures and Lenten Retreat audios posted: please visit our website at http://stgeorgegoc.org/pastors-corner/lectures/ to hear 12 different lectures presented by speakers Fr. Richard Andrews, Fr. Marc Boulos, Dr. Eugenia Gavrilyuk, Fr. Ted Wojcik, Fr. Barnabas Powell and Michael Lotti.
Think About It: If you cannot find Christ in the beggar at your door, you will not find Him in the chalice. St. John Chrysostom (+407)
Greek Festival: Tickets are available for purchase in the social hall after liturgy, in the office from 9-4 on weekdays, and online at www.stgeorgegoc.org/greekfestival/ Volunteer for one or more shifts on the sign-up sheets in the social hall or online thru same website. Ipad Training: Sunday, August 13 after liturgy and Friday, August 18.
Thank you! from St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church: From the bottom of our hearts, we thank each and every one of you that came to support our Festival this year. Whether you came to eat, to help take a shift, to pack cookies or to help clean up, we are so very thankful for your kindness. The outpouring of love from your parishioners makes us proud to be a member of the Minnesota Orthodox World!
Feast Day Vespers of the Dormition at St Mary's Greek Orthodox Church.Everyone is invited for St. Mary Greek Parish Feast Day Vespers on Monday, August 14 at 6:00 PM. We will sing the Lamentations to the Virgin, have the Five Loaves Service, and refreshments/fellowship to follow.
Rochester Greekfest: parishioners are welcome to help our sister parish Holy Anargyroi in Rochester during their Greekfest Friday, August 25th to Sunday, August 27th. If interested in volunteering, please email Calli at email@example.com . Holy Anargyroi wishes Saint George a successful festival the weekend before.
Volunteer Opportunity: help the St. Paul Police Chaplains serve food at city employee picnic Tuesday, August 15th at Como Park from 4-9pm. Help needed with set-up and clean-up at the Picnic Pavilion as well as Sojourner’s Café on White Bear Ave before and after the event. For more info or to sign up, contact Fr. Rick.
Church Fathers Speak: Do not think about or do anything without a spiritual purpose, something that is done primarily for God. For if you travel without a destination, you will labor in vain. St. Mark the Ascetic (5th cent.)
FOCUS MN Annual Fundraiser: Tuesday, August 15 at 6pm, St. Mary’s GOC in Mpls. Proceeds directly support FOCUS MN programs. See insert for details; reserve your free spot by Thursday, August 10!
Bake Sale Help Needed: Attention all women of St George church! We will need help on Friday, August 18th cupping the pastries for the festival bake sale. Please schedule some time to come and help prepare for the upcoming sale. Many hands make lite the work. Contact Nanette Gomez for more information. Thank you
New Metropolitan of Chicago: the Trisopon (list of three candidates) selected by the Holy Eparchial Synod of America was forwarded to the Patriarchal Synod in Constantinople. Unofficially, it appears that the list has been rejected and a new list must be selected. Please continue to pray that God grant us a worthy successor and chief shepherd. Until then, Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit is serving as locum tenens.
Patristic Wisdom: Pray not to this end, that you own desires be fulfilled. You can be sure that they do not align with the will of God. Pray instead, “Your will be done.” In every matter ask Him for what is good and profitable for your soul, for you do not seek this as fully and perfectly as God does. Evagrius the Solitary (+399)
Lexington Parkway Improvements- starting early July, concrete and brick crosswalks will be replaced with blacktop along with new pedestrian accessible curbs at intersections. Watch for lane shifts and closures.
Rise and Shine! Orthros is the sunrise service in the Orthodox Church but probably one of the most neglected. Every individual and family should make an effort to participate periodically. At least, plan to arrive at the beginning of Divine Liturgy. Like Vespers, Orthros has many profound hymns about Jesus' Resurrection and the Saints or Feast of the Day along with petitions, prayers and readings. Orthros begins Sunday morning 8:15am.
Let Us Commit Ourselves and one Another: We cannot neglect the task of practical preparation to enhance our liturgical participation. Commitment to God and His family (the Church) requires advance planning and sacrifice. It behooves all of us to take seriously our Orthodox Christian Faith by participating the Sunday Divine Liturgy and weekday Lenten services. Let us commit ourselves and one another and our life to Christ our God!
Wisdom from the Church Fathers: Above all things, do not forget the poor, but support them to the extent of you means. Give to the orphan, protect the widow, and do not permit the powerful from destroying the weak. Do not destroy any Christian soul, even though he be guilty of murder. St. Vladimir of Russia (+1015)
Labor Day Weekend Family Retreat: Join other Orthodox families at the St. Iakovos Retreat Center in Wisconsin, Sept 1-3, 2017 for a fun-filled time reconnecting with your family and with God. Find more information on bulletin boards and at www.GOCFFamilySynaxis.org. Register online by August 18.
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).
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