ST. GEORGE GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH
REV. FR. RICHARD DEMETRIUS ANDREWS, PRESBYTER
August 27, 2017 12th SUNDAY OF MATTHEW
TODAY’S EVENTS: Greek Festival in Rochester; Serve-a-Meal at FOCUS MN 4pm.
Epistle Reader: Stephen Kanavati Prosfora: anonymous
Fellowship: Lana Kartak Head Usher: Bill Clemons
Tuesday 08-29 ORTHROS (8am) &DIVINELITURGY- BEHEADING OF FORERUNNER 9:00AM
Friday 09-01 ORTHROS (8am) & LITURGY- INDICTION: (CHURCH YEAR BEGINS) 9:00AM
Sunday 09-03 ORTHROS (8:15am) &DIVINELITURGY- 13th SUNDAY OF MATTHEW 9:30AM
Serve-a-Meal at FOCUS MN 4:00PM
Monday 09-04 Labor Day – office closed
Friday 09-08 ORTHROS (8am) & DIVINE LITURGY- NATIVITY OF THEOTOKOS 9:00AM
Memory Eternal! Ms. Elsie Hasapopoulos fell asleep in the Lord on August 18th. Funeral service was held in her hometown of Mason City, Iowa on August 24th. God grant her eternal rest!
From Festival Co-Chairs: Thank you to the festival committee members for their hard work, organizational skills, leadership and positive attitudes that resulted in a wonderful 2017 Greek Festival. And thank you to everyone who volunteered! We had an amazing turnout of volunteers: 92 on Saturday, many working double shifts, and 71 on Sunday, plus the 9 volunteers who worked on Monday to help with cleanup and inventory.
IOCC Volunteer Opportunity: This Tuesday, August 29 at 8:30am in Waseca, MN to help resident with flood clean-up. For more information or to RSVP, contact Dan Christopulos DChristopulos@iocc.org, or Dorothy Maples firstname.lastname@example.org.
Think About It: Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:12-13
Philoptochos Elections: Sunday, September 10th, elections for board Members and officers in the conference room after liturgy. Please plan to attend this important meeting. You will be able to vote if you have paid your fair share offering. Currently there are 25 paid members, so check with treasurer Tina Sageotis email@example.com to confirm if you’re a paid member. $21 per member goes to National & Metropolis office.
Philoptochos Farewell: On Sunday, September 24th Philoptochos will host a "Farewell" luncheon honoring past President Reva Adkins and Ron Adkins, who was active on the Parish Council for many years, and who will be moving to Kentucky soon. Please plan to attend liturgy followed by a presentation in the social hall.
Sermons Updated: and posted on our website through May 7, 2017. More to come including children’s sermons from 2016-2017. http://stgeorgegoc.org/pastors-corner/fr-ricks-sermons/
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.
St. Paul Classic Bike Tour: will take place on Sunday, September 10, 2017 from 8am to noon. No parking allowed on the north side of Summit Avenue – cars parked in posted no parking zones will be tagged and towed.
Lebanese Festival: at St. Maron Catholic Church, 602 University Ave. NE, Minneapolis on Saturday, September 23 1-8pm and Sunday, September 24, 11am-6pm. Fun for all ages; free admission, plus food, games, live music and dance. See posting in social hall or visit www.stmaron.com for more info.
Church Fathers Speak: As children are not born without a mother, so passions are not born without distraction of the mind, and sin is not committed without converse with passions. St. Isaac the Syrian (+700)
LOMCP Fundraising Gala: Sunday, September 17, 4-7pm on the terrace of the Stillwater Public Library, 224 3rd Street N, Stillwater. Tickets for the Lyn Olson Medical Crisis Program Annual Fundraising Gala are on sale for $30 after liturgy (from Fr. Rick or in the bookstore) or at www.lomcp.com. This year’s theme is donor appreciation. It is because of your never-ending support that LOMCP can succeed in its mission. Many individuals and their families received assistance this year for major medical crises in their lives. Thank you!
Support Taste of Northeast: at St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral, Sept 29-30, 2017. Consider being a Business Sponsor, Personal Sponsor, or Marketplace Vendor. For more information, including forms and deadlines, contact Lynn Bjornnes at 651.492.5390 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Patristic Wisdom: Speak well of those who speak evil of you. Pay good for evil. Pray for those who cause you various offenses, wrongs, temptations, persecutions. Whatever you do, on no account condemn anyone; do not even try to judge whether a person is good for bad, but keep your eyes on that one evil person for whom you must give an account before God-yourself. St. Ignatius Brianchaninov (+1867)
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.
Lexington Parkway Improvements- concrete and brick crosswalks are being replaced with blacktop and new pedestrian accessible curbs at intersections. Watch for lane shifts and closures.
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.
Wisdom from the Church Fathers: If you want to avoid falling into anger or resentment, try not to feel any passionate attraction to material things…Because if you do not have a passionate attachment to something, you will not obsess over it; but if you do not have this aim, you can be certain that you will not cease from being disturbed and from troubling others. St. Dorotheos of Gaza (+565)
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.
Roselawn Cemetery Lots: available to parishioners at a 15% discount off 2017 list prices. 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. For more info or to purchase a lot, please contact the church office.
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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